Thursday, October 17, 2019

Bishop’s Note – 2019 BCP – Prayers for Mission

Bishop Eric Menees

Dear Friends, as we continue our examination of the 2019 BCP service of Morning Prayer we come to the Prayer for Mission immediately following the Collects.

Having offered our collects, and assuming that the Great Litany or Holy Eucharist doesn’t follow, we pray a prayer for mission. This prayer reminds us of the saving love and power of Jesus Christ and the need to share that love with any and all who are or will be open to the good news of Jesus Christ.

The first prayer is for the clergy of the church, those deacons, priests, and bishops who have been set aside for ministry. In it, we ask God’s grace to rest upon them as He uses them for His good purpose.

The second prayer is for all the peoples of the earth that they may come to the saving embrace of Jesus Christ.

The third prayer reminds us of the loving sacrifice of Jesus on the cross and asks us, by God’s Spirit, to have the strength and grace to reach out to all those who do not know Jesus Christ!

I pray that as you pray these prayers the Holy Spirit may inspire you to share the good news of Jesus Christ with all whom you meet.

A Walk Around The Block: An Epiphany

Fr. Dale Matson

I have been walking in my own neighborhood more as I recuperate from two recent surgeries. It is about 7/10th of a mile around my block of nice homes in an ungated California community.
This micro community near Woodward Park is a veritable gold mine for contractors. The subdivision is about 30 years old and the infrastructure is in constant need of updating and repair.
One fact is both a blessing and a curse. The mature landscaping is in a constant state of flux. In this block, the amount of landscape contractors at any given moment in time is impressive. Many lawns are now being replaced with artificial green carpets (synthetic lawns). There are tradeoffs to this approach.
We still do most of the landscape maintenance on our home but we did hire a landscape contractor to “mow and blow” the front yard which has a steep hill that is too difficult for our elderly legs.
Yesterday, as I did an afternoon walk around the block, I passed a husband and wife landscape “team”. The woman was mowing the lawn and the husband was on a ladder trimming the trees. I am not used to seeing women participating in the landscape maintenance business. Most of the landscapers here are Mexican American.
Additionally, the driver’s door was open on their pickup truck and when I glanced inside, I was a bit surprised. Sitting on the front passenger seat was a girl about 9 years old. She was doing her school homework. I don’t know if the adults were her parents or grandparents but it was obvious that they were her custodians. I can’t get the image out of my mind.
It seemed to me to be a logical progression. The grandparents probably worked initially in the fields dressing and picking fruit as day laborers. The parents started a landscaping business and the girl would be the next generation that would probably not be involved in agriculture/landscaping.        

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Bishop’s Note – 2019 BCP – The Collects

Bishop Eric Menees

Dear Friends, as we continue our examination of the 2019 BCP Service of Morning Prayer we move from the Suffrages, which I wrote about last week, to the collects.

You will remember that a “Collect” is a short prayer meant to collect our thoughts together and to set the theme for the week. We have a series of collects we can use but it is, in my mind, right to begin with the Collect of the Day taken from the previous Sunday’s worship. In a very real way the daily offices after the Sunday service are an extension of that Sunday’s worship. As the rubrics detail below, we can use the Collect of the Day or the collect listed for that specific day of the week. Personally, I prefer to use both the Collect of the Day and the Collect assigned to that specific day of the week. I’ve listed them both below the way that I prayed them this morning.

The Officiant then prays one or more of the following Collects, always beginning with the Collect of the Day (the Collect of the Sunday or Principal Feast and of any of the weekdays following, or of the Holy Day being observed), found on pages 598-640. It is traditional to pray the Collects for Peace and Grace daily. Alternatively, one may pray the Collects on a weekly rotation, using the suggestions in italics.

Proper 22
Week of the Sunday from October 2 to October 8
Keep, O Lord, your household the Church in continual godliness, that through your protection it may be free from all adversities, and devoutly serve you in good works, to the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

A Collect for Guidance Thursday
Heavenly Father, in you we live and move and have our being: We humbly pray you so to guide and govern us by your Holy Spirit, that in all the cares and occupations of our life we may not forget you, but may remember that we are ever walking in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
I pray you all every blessing!