Sunday Reflection & Vicar’s Note

Sunday’s Reflection:  The episode at the burning bush is one of the most memorable Old Testament stories, perhaps because it portrays God’s encounter with a particular person, as well as God’s compassionate response to the afflictions of his people. This is the first of many divine acts that will bring forth Israel’s deliverance from slavery in Egypt and culminate with the blessings of the new covenant of God’s Law. What are some ways in which God invites us to “continually seek his face”?

Jesus knows he must die to bring completion to the Father’s plan of deliverance initiated since time immemorial. His followers are called to carry their own crosses and follow the Lord, at the risk of losing their lives for his sake. This is what being a disciple means -to proclaim that the Kingdom has come, in the example of Jesus, the ultimate servant and victim (cf. Matthew 20:28). The Lord knows that the disciples are liable to fail – several times.

The overriding message of hope of these pages is not that we are perfect, but that in seeking perfection after the heavenly Father, we are not alone. After all, Jesus’ very last words in Matthew’s Gospel are almost the same as the ones spoken to Moses at the burning bush, “I am with you…” (Matthew 28:20). What are some of the difficulties of being a follower of Jesus? How do we overcome them? From Sermon that Works, written by Ignacio Gama.
Vicar’s Note: Welcome back, Father Paul Illical! Today, He will take both services. Please extend your usual hospitality to our visiting clergy.
We are now on Phase 3 of our re-opening plan to in person worship service.  I would like to thank all members of St. Mike’s for attending our service last week. Please let others know that we are now offering communion (in one kind: bread only) at both Sunday worship services.
Our fellowship (coffee hours, socials, etc.) has also re-started in groups of 50 and under. Pastoral Care may be done in one-on-one meetings in the church building as long as physical distancing is adhered to.
Outdoor Eucharist & BBQ: Next Sunday, Sept. 6th, 1:30pm, we invite you to come and be part of our outdoor service & BBQ in the green space of St. Mike’s property. Please bring your lawn chair. Hope to see you all. Thank you! The Venerable Louie Engnan, Vicar.

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