Schedule of Services:
8:00 a.m. Sunday, Holy Eucharist, Rite I
9:00 a.m. Sunday, The Rite Place Liturgy (Contemporary Eucharist in the Chapel)
10:30 a.m. Sunday, Holy Eucharist, Rite II
5:00 p.m. Sundays in Lent, "Dinner Church" Eucharist in Parish Hall
5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Holy Eucharist and Healing

Small Groups & Studies

Sundays, 9:15 a.m. Adult Forum
Tuesdays 8:30 a.m. Bible Study
Second Tuesdays 7:00 p.m. Theology on Tap
First Wednesdays 6:15 p.m. Calvary Dreams dinner discussion
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Calvary St. Nicholas Bazaar, Saturday, December 2

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The annual Calvary St Nicholas Bazaar is Saturday, December 2.  The Bazaar will feature many items, including our famous hand-sewn Calvary Church Mice, various treasures in the treasure room, and a variety of handmade crafts and candles.  Of course, the Calvary Country Breakfast will also be available in the parish hall.  Mark your calendars!  All proceeds go to local charities.

God loves cheerful givers–2Corinthians 9

 

This coming Sunday, November 12, wraps up this year’s pledge campaign.  We are asking our members and friends of the parish to submit their pledge cards this Sunday, as an act of worship, or to mail them if they are unable personally to be present in church.

Your faithfulness in pledging is what enables us to continue doing the many good things Calvary is doing in our city, for our members, and for the community at large.  Money for ministry does not fall from the sky; it must be provided by those who believe in what we are doing.

As one of our Vestry members mentioned in her stewardship talk this past Sunday, however, the most important aspect of pledging is not that it raises money for ministry–even though that is crucial.  The most important part of pledging is that it gives us an opportunity to be thankful, and generous, and to trust God for our daily provision.

Lest we imagine this is just pious talk concocted by modern clergy, it would be wise to remember 2Corinthians 9:1-9.  The point of the passage is very simple: Paul is encouraging the Corinthians to give generously, not only because it will help others, but because it will help the Corinthians themselves.

The key line is one we quote often: God loves cheerful givers.  Did you know the act of giving can actually make us cheerful!  Don’t believe it?  Try it.  Surprise someone with a gift, and see how the joy becomes contagious.

God is so excited about the power of generosity, 2Corinthians 9:1-9 promises special blessings for those who are generous.  What about you?  Are you willing to put God’s promise to the test?

Taste and see that the Lord is good!

See you Sunday!

A Prayer for Morning Devotions

Gracious and loving God, 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.

Sunday, November 5

Jesus was different.
Jesus calls his followers to be different.
It is challenging to really follow Jesus.
Saints are people who try to follow.
Some follow more faithfully than others.
All need God’s love, God’s help, God’s guidance,
and God’s forgiveness.

We admire especially those great saints who have followed especially faithfully, and those who are following faithfully now.
They give us examples to follow.

We are thankful for all the saints who have tried,
in their own way,
to be faithful.
And we remember the impact that they,
particularly those who have been close to us,
have had on our lives.

We join this Sunday, November 5, in worship to remember and praise God for them, and to pray that, with them, we too may someday enter into God’s nearer presence, surrounded by people who, from every family, language, people, and nation, have responded to Jesus’ persistent call:
Come, follow me!

Calvary Connections

Last call to sign up for Calvary Connections!!

 

What is “Calvary Connections”?
It’s an opportunity to meet and get to know other parishioners in small groups, centered around FOOD!  Groups typically meet once a month according to a schedule the group sets, to share dinner and enjoy fellowship.  It’s fun! People tend to really enjoy their participation in Calvary Connections.
Click here to download the form, and bring or send it to church: Sign Up Form

A Morning Resolve to Love God, our Neighbor, and Ourselves

The Gospel Lesson for Sunday, October 29 is the Great Commandment to love God, and to love our neighbor.

As you seek to love God, your neighbor, and yourself, you may find this prayer a helpful way to start your day:

I will try this day to live a simple, sincere and serene life, repelling promptly every thought of discontent, anxiety, discouragement, impurity, and self-seeking; cultivating cheerfulness, magnanimity, charity, and the habit of holy silence; exercising economy in expenditure, generosity in giving, carefulness in conversation, diligence in appointed service, fidelity to every trust, and a childlike faith in God.

In particular I will try to be faithful in those habits of prayer, work, study, physical exercise, eating, and sleep which I believe the Holy Spirit has shown me to be right.

And as I cannot in my own strength do this, nor even with a hope of success attempt it, I look to thee, O Lord God my Father, in Jesus my Savior, and ask for the gift of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
 
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Calvary to Host Climate Forums, September 24&25

We need volunteers to help test a pilot program on Climate Choices, and how people in a democracy can work together to meet the challenges of a warming planet.
Two MU researchers will be coming to Calvary on September 24th and 25th to lead two focus groups.
The purpose of the groups is to gather opinions from a variety of perspectives; they particularly welcome people who may have questions about climate change, and policies intended to address it.
We need volunteers!
The two opportunities are:
Sunday, September 24, from 11:45-2:00 p.m.
Monday, September 25, from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Lunch will be served Sunday, and a dinner Monday. Please phone the parish office to RSVP: 449-3194

The Commemoration of the Holy Cross, September 14

The Cross, and what it stands for, is absolutely central to Christian Faith.  Jesus once said, “If I be lifted up, I will draw the whole world to myself” (John 12:32).  He was speaking of his death on the Cross.  St. Paul calls the Cross the “wisdom of God” (1Corinthians 1:24).

Wednesday, September 14, is the Feast of the Holy Cross.  It commemorates the power and meaning of the Cross.  In the Gospel assigned for September 14 (John 3:13-17), Jesus expresses his hope that the whole world will be saved through him.

What does the Cross symbolize?  Self-sacrifice.  Forgiveness.  Love.  Given for the sake of others, to bring peace, unity, and wholeness.

In a world where many leaders are doing their best (worst?) to divide us one from another, the Cross of Christ provides a powerful counter-example.

“O Savior of the world, who by thy cross and precious blood hast redeemed us: Save us and help us, we humbly beseech thee, O Lord.”  (Book of Common Prayer, page. 282).

I heard an anecdote about John Wesley years ago.  Asked how he could afford the time to begin each morning in prayer, he replied, “I get so much more done if I take time to pray.”  I can’t vouch for the authenticity of that quote, but I agree with the principle it expresses.

I myself don’t begin every day with prayer.  But I do begin most days by spending time with God.  Sometimes I read set prayers.  Sometimes I pray for you all and my work at Calvary.  Sometimes I sit and write in my journal, to try to gain perspective on my life and my work.  I find the time I spend helps me center myself, and live in a better way than I might otherwise live.

Prayer is not always easy.  But it doesn’t have to be hard.  Romans 8:26-27 assures us that, if we take time to at least go through the motions, the Spirit will assist us in our efforts.  I also much like the saying, “Pray as you can; not as you think you must”.  It helps to see God as an advocate, a counselor, and a friend.

Faithful Jews in Jesus day began their day with the Shema: “Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is One, and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your mind, and all your strength.”  Jesus added, “And you shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

If you have time for nothing else, may I suggest repeating those phrases first thing each morning?  I bet it will change your life.

All the best,

Fr. Knute