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"This is the day which the Lord hath
made; we will rejoice and be glad in it."
Holy, holy, holy, Lord God
Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.
The Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity
Sunday September 25, 2016 is The
Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity
Services are held: Sunday, at 9:30 a.m.
(Please Call (805) 524-1697 or e-mail
for further information and location.
Collect for The Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity
Lord, we beseech thee, grant thy people
grace to withstand the temptations of the world, the flesh, and the
devil; and with pure hearts and minds to follow thee, the only God;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
* Please note that
"prevent" equals to go before, or lead the way)
Epistle: 1 Corinthians 1:4, page 214
Gospel: St. Matthew 22:34, page 215
You will find the text of these lessions as well as the Collect
of the Day, the minor propers and sermons at
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It contains history, drama, poetry, letters.
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Your Servant in Christ
Fr. Bob Hammond
Food for Thought
"He who plants kindness gathers love."
— St. Basil
There is a sign series on the West Virginia
Turnpike that says, "Driving while drowsy can put you to sleep -
permanently." Drowsy, uncaring living can put us to sleep -
permanently. That kind of person, Jesus says, is separating himself
from God until it becomes permanent, by digging a chasm between
himself and heaven that even the love of God cannot bridge.
— Carveth Mitchell, The Sign in the Subway,
CSS Publishing Company
Who Have We Been Trampling?
There is an ancient story about a botanist who
was studying the heather bell found in the highlands of Scotland.
While looking through his microscope at this beautiful flower, he
was approached by a shepherd who asked what he was doing. Rather
than trying to explain, the botanist invited the shepherd to peer
through his microscope and observe for himself. When the shepherd
saw the wonder of the flower, he exclaimed, "My God, and I have been
tramping on them all my life!"
Is that the word of warning we need? Wake up!
Pay attention! Look around you. You may be tramping on the heart of
someone nearby. Who is the Lazarus at your gate?
— King Duncan, Collected Sermons,
The Torment of the Mature
"The torment of the dead is that they
cannot warn the living, just as it is the torment of the mature
that the erring young will not listen to them."
— Dr. Helmut Thielicke
The Stopped Up Dam
There was a beautiful lake that lost its zesty
freshness. The water formerly had been clear. It was alluring to
animals and people alike. But it became covered with a green scum.
The farm animals became ill from drinking the water. Finally someone
came by the lake who understood the problem. Debris collecting from
the hard spring rains had stopped up the dam and prevented the free
flow of water, not into the lake, but out of the lake. The spillway
was cleared, and soon the lake was fresh and clean again. The flow
in and out was necessary to keep the water pure!
Doesn't the same principle apply to you and me
as human beings? The blessings of life flow to you and me, but we
fail to realize that most of these blessings are not meant just to
flow to us, but through us, for the good of others around us,
especially for those in need.
— Richard W. Patt, All Stirred Up,
23 September 2916 at 1835 PDT