Excerpts from August 8, 1999 Trinity X Sermon of The Most Rev. John T. Cahoon, Jr., Metropolitan, Anglican Catholic Church; Rector St. Andrew & St. Margaret of Scotland
“We are mired here in the middle of summer, but the gospel for today takes us back to the rather balmier climate of spring. St. Luke describes for us what Jesus is saying to himself as he rides into Jerusalem on the first Palm Sunday.
... Jesus rides a donkey to link himself up with an Old Testament prophecy. The prophecy said that when the true king of Israel arrived in his capital city he would be riding on an ass, not on a white horse. When the people see Jesus on the donkey, they know he is claiming to be their king.
The crowd cheers for him and waves palm branches at him, because they are sure they know what he is going to do. They knew their Messiah king would raise an army, overthrow the Romans, and restore Israel to her rightful political and military independence.
As he rides along on the donkey, in one of his displays of genuine human emotion, Jesus begins to weep over Jerusalem. He is looking beyond what is going to happen to him in the next week and ahead about forty years.
Jesus predicts that Jerusalem's enemies are going to destroy her. ..
Jerusalem's problem in the first century was that the Son of God -- the saviour for whom they had been waiting for a thousand years -- had come to them, and after they failed to recognize him they killed him.
Jesus laments, "If thou hadst known ... the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes," and he ends by saying that Jerusalem will be destroyed, "because thou knewest not the time of thy visitations" -- they didn't know who he was when he came to them.
Now this may all sound bit removed from us .... But the point we have to remember that God treats us -- as a church and as individuals -- just as he treated Israel in the Bible. He loves us without question, but part of loving us is wanting us to grow up and see what is really going on around us and act accordingly....
Israel's foolishness came from the simple fact that they did not take God seriously enough. They tried to pretend that he was not in charge of everything that was going on in their lives, and they ignored what he had to say to them in the Scriptures and through the prophets.
We are in exactly the same position in which the people of Israel found themselves. God is continually trying to get our attention through what we hear in church and in our own private prayers and Bible reading and in the pattern of the things that happen in our lives. Are we really listening? Are we even trying?
As a matter of fact we should be more tuned into God than Israel was, because we have a significant advantage over them. Our advantage is the Holy Ghost. When we are baptized and confirmed, God comes inside us, and he lives in us by his spirit....”
All things come of thee, O Lord, and of thine own
have we given thee
Click here to donate to St. Andrew & St. Margaret of Scotland Church
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 starts again September 11 at 10:30 AM
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 issue will have dates for September Men's Breakfast & Vestry Meeting
Please pray for everyone on the parish's prayer list that is in the attached bulletins.
Donations to the Food Bank and Marih Center have fallen off drastically this summer. Dozens of crisis pregnancy centers have been attacked or vandalized. The needs are great. Please help with either a goods donation or a monetary donation. You can give through the donation button in this newsletter and use the drop down menu to choose "Charity & Mercy." 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
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, 4, 5, & 6)
Sleep Sacks: Girls 0-6 mos.
Socks: Boy/Girl 2T
Short sleeved onesies: Boy/Girl 3-6 mos.
Diaper rash ointment
Aldi, Giant, Safeway & Walmart gift cards (for food!)
Copyright © 2022 St. Andrew & St. Margaret of Scotland, All rights reserved.
You are receiving this email because you opted in via our website.
Our mailing address is:
St. Andrew & St. Margaret of Scotland
1607 Dewitt Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22301-1625