Grace and Peace be unto you. In the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Amen.
In this Sunday's Collect, God sends us another Comforter, the Holy Spirit to teach the hearts of thy faithful people, to have a right judgment in all things, and to rejoice in his Holy Comfort with abundance in Peace.
In this Sunday’s Epistle, first, we have come to the Pentecost. Pentecost means 50 days – that is after the Festival of First Fruits, and previous to the Festival was the Passover Sabbath which is on the 7th day. Second, the Holy Spirit comes to the Pentecost as a sound of a mighty wind, not that it is a wind but sounds like one. Third, the Holy Spirit appeared unto them like tongues like fire. So all the men spoke in his own language. Fourth, all of the Jerusalem Jews and devout men were filled with the Holy Ghost. In the Old Testament, the Holy Spirit moved upon the face of the deep in Genesis 1:2. But it was temporarily upon the earth. But here in the New Testament, the Holy Spirit permanently dwells in the believers. In all, the Holy Spirit as a wind and fire is on a blaze.
In this Sunday’s Gospel, first, Jesus tells his disciples: if ye love me, keep my commandments. Jesus says he will then pray to the Father to send another Comforter. Note: Comforter means to strengthen. Second, one cannot go to the Father directly, you have to come to Jesus first. Jesus then prays to the Father for the Comforter. In other words, Jesus Christ is the great Mediator between God and Man – no one goes to the Father directly. Third, Jesus says God the Father will send another Comforter. Here, Jesus is the first Comforter but the other Comforter will not come until Jesus goes to the Father.
Fourth, the world cannot receive the Comforter because it cannot see and know the Comforter because the world does not know & love Jesus as the Christ. Fifth, we are saved because we are in Jesus Christ and we are sanctified because Jesus Christ is in us when Jesus says: ye in me and I in you. Sixth, when the Holy Spirit is filled within us. He is permanently sealing our soul with his Holy Spirit forever. Today’s reading uses the word abode. That means a permanent dwelling. And seventh, Jesus Christ lasts words are: Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you.
In sum, we must love Jesus Christ and follow his commandments. When Jesus Christ is in us, we have eternal salvation and when the Holy Spirit is in us, we are sanctified for Heaven. And when the Comforter gives us Peace of strength, we can overcome our troubles and fears in the coming Trinity season.
In the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost
Fr. Deacon Anton Yoe
REMEMBER THE WORDS OF THE LORD JESUS, HOW HE SAID, IT IS MORE BLESSED TO GIVE THAN TO RECEIVE
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From Rocky Ebener, Music Director:
Please join me in welcoming Chelsea Majors to the St Andrew and St. Margaret of Scotland choir. After six years with us, Lucy Robertson has decided to take some time off. We will miss her. However, we are very fortunate in finding Chelsea who is available and willing to join us. A Virginia Tech grad and a native of the DMV area, Chelsea is an experienced vocal performer and music educator. Chelsea is a music director for the Pied Piper Theatre Company in Manassas and also an actor in the area. Welcome Chelsea!
Sunday Services, 7:45, 9:00 & 11:15 AM nursery care provided during 9 & 11:15 AM services (for online participation for the services go to: https://www.facebook.com/saintsofscotland/ )
Nursery at 9:00 AM & 11:15 AM Services
Sunday School is on recess for the summer
Wednesday at Noon – Holy Communion
Parish Picnic, Sunday September 18, Fort Hunt Park after combined 10 AM Service (7:45 AM Service will be held)
Next Vestry meeting in September
Please pray for everyone on the parish's prayer list that is in the attached bulletins.
One of the ongoing ministries of our parish is our monthly donations of food for the food bank and baby items for the pregnancy crisis center in Alexandria. During the summer months, these donations are even more important as the food bank and crisis pregnancy center each receive fewer of these donations. Please continue your support during these summer months. Below are the needs for each.
Please help this month with a food donation if you are able. Christ House is very thankful for the food we provide to them each month. Please also buy low sugar cereals (and not the kid's types that have lots of sugar). Current needs include the following:
• canned meats (chicken, corned beef, spam)
• peanut butter
• canned vegetables (corn, green beans - (regular and low sodium)
• individual fruit cups (low sugar)
• canned fruit (low sugar)
• cereal (low sugar)
• pasta (regular and gluten-free)
• instant potatoes
• Macaroni & cheese kits
• Coffee, cooking oil, flour, sugar
MaRIH Center (crisis pregnancy center)
MaRIH Center with its all volunteer staff has been providing help to mothers-to-be and mothers in need. If you can provide some of the items that are needed, please do so. (You can leave the donations where the food for the food bank is collected on the pew in the undercorft.)
Baby wipes (an ongoing great need)
Diapers (sizes 4, 5, & 6)
Sleep Sacks: Girls 0-6 mos.
Socks: Boy/Girl 2T
Short sleeved onesies: Boy/Girl 3-6 mos.
Diaper rash ointment
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