Please remember in your prayers and thoughts the 6 Christian Martyrs murdered at the Nashville Covenant School and also for their families. The six are three nine year olds: Evelyn Dieckhaus, William Kinney, and Hallie Scruggs; and three school staff members: Mike Hill, Katherine Koonce (head of the school), and Cynthia Peak.
In this Sunday’s Gospel reading from St. John, we are given a portion of the Farewell Discourse Jesus gave to His disciples at the Last Supper. Jesus tells them in “a little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me, because I go to the Father.”
Going to the Father is a good description of what our faith is about, for Christ is the Way. The great truth of the Way is that it leads to the Father. To have the Easter faith is to accept this truth, this purpose, this hope – and therefore to avail ourselves of the help needed for the journey. That help is Christ who has gone before us and created the Way. “No man cometh unto the Father but by me” (John 14:6).
We are saved by faith, but we still must exist on this mortal coil with its trials and travails. In contrast to this chaotic earthly life, for us there is a Christian rule of life that is so artfully summarized by St. Peter in this Sunday’s Epistle.
It is important for us to heed what St. Peter is telling us as we find ourselves in an increasingly hostile world, similar to that of the Apostles. This is not just about surviving in the world but thriving in the faith. God's purpose is to make us, with the rest of the creation, function as we, and it, should in relation to Him. That is why Christ was incarnate. That is why He takes His mortal body – with Crucifixion wounds and all – with Him to heaven, to the very presence of God, and why we will, God-willing, rise with our bodies when the time comes for our own Ascension, our going to the Father.
--Fr. Deacon Chris
All things come of thee, O Lord, and of thine own have we given thee
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Sunday, 7:45 AM, 9:00 AM, and 11:15 AM services (for online participation for the services go to: https://www.facebook.com/saintsofscotland/)
Wednesday at Noon – Holy Communion and anointing for healing ( for online participation see above)
Men's Group, Saturday, April 29, 8:30 AM, Breakfast, Fellowship, Bible Study
May 8, 11:00 AM, Requiem Service for Donald Baldwin, followed by reception in undercroft
May 22, 7:30 PM, Vestry meeting
Your support of the Food Bank and MaRIH Crisis Pregnancy Center is greatly appreciated. The lists below tell what is needed. The MaRIH Center list has been updated. If you cannot bring items to the church, you can also click on the donate button above and then on the drop down menu that appears on the donation page choose Charity and Mercy to give a cash donation. In the comment box you can specify if the donation is for the Food Bank and/or for the MaRIH Crisis Pregnancy Center. Thank you.
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
Recently Updated List of Needs for 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 1, 2, 3, 4*, 5*, & 6*)
Diaper rash ointment
Spring/Summer clothing for 0-3 months and 2T*
Sleeping -- Pack-n-Play*
(Bold and * are a critical need.)
Sleep Sacks: Girls 0-6 mos.
Socks: Boy/Girl 2T
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