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St. Michael & All Angels
Episcopal Church

Transforming lives through Christ

St. Michael's ~ Friday Brief

July 10, 2020
REFLECTION

     Can we still be happy despite our circumstances?  I came across an article in AARP The Magazine about happiness in hard times (I know it’s hard to believe, but I am over 55).  One of the illustrations in that story concerned Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. Every time a corona virus patient was discharged or recovered enough to breathe without a ventilator the Beatles song “Here Comes the Sun” was played over the hospital sound system.  If you don’t remember the song, click this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQetemT1sWc.  It’s a happy tune with happy words – the sun will return after the longest of winters.  One doctor in the hospital said that the reminder provided by the song that people were recovering gave everyone the opportunity to feel good for a moment.  Dr. Maria Sirois said, “The happiness that helps in great difficulty is realistic.  It recognizes fears and anxieties.  It looks for meaning.  It nourishes and sustains us.”  Interestingly, it was written and recorded during a time of stress and tension among the Beatles.  In fact, the day this song was recorded was the last time the four Beatles were ever in a recording studio together.

     What about happiness for us?  Happy songs will certainly make us feel better for a bit, but they’re not a long-term corrective.  And so, we turn to Scripture, because we know that our happiness, and more importantly our joy, are founded within our faith.  Some translations render the word in the beatitudes as happy rather than blessed.  While that is a legitimate translation, being happy, in English, is not the same as being blessed.  Rather, happiness is a byproduct of being blessed.  Recognizing that we are blessed is not dependent on our present circumstances, however unpleasant they may be.  From Matthew, Chapter 5, "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.  Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.  Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.  Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.  Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.  Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.  Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”  That is not only Jesus’ prescription for being blessed, and for the happiness that attends blessing, but it is his promised to us.  As we live in the Kingdom of God, and are obedient to Christ, we will be blessed, and more than happy, we will be filled with Joy.  His promise!

Blessings,
Alan+
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LIVESTREAM ~ 07/12/2020
SERVICE BULLETIN ~ 07/12/2020
BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER - pdf
David Krafft (7/12)
Dick Salerno (7/13)
Paul Chaveas (7/14)
Tom Comella (7/14)
John Bordieri (7/15)
Jenny Rando (7/15)
Don Adams (7/17)
Jan Gulledge (7/17)
Paula Traxler (7/17)
Libby Hawley (7/18)
Oliver Kirchner (7/18)
Betsy McCullough (7/18)
Claudia Upper (7/18)

Gigi & David Brand (7/12)
Joyce & Kim Ross (7/12)
Mary Ann & John Boorn (7/14)
Boyd Johnson     •     Barbara Cover     •     Judy Workman     •    Don Rolley
Peter Blaze Corcoran     •     Lynda & Charlie Dunham     •     Susan Elam     
Martha & Wayne Ponader     •     Kristen Beltz     •     John Bordieri     •     Ed Pereles
Mary Chasseur     •     Polly Pinney     •     Paula Traxler     •     Wes Rooker
Brenda Demaree     •     George Craig     •     Jim & Pat King     •     Pat Van Alstyne
Jan Pearson-Graham     •     Margi Shilay     •     Claudia Johnson
Gretchen Van Walterop     •     Mary Lou Flynn     •     Billy Walker

 

May She Rest in Peace

Kathy Boatman
(July 4, 2020)
Prayer for New Rector Search
 
God of patient and gentle strength, who knows our needs before we ask, may your loving presence guide us as we seek the next rector for St. Michael and All Angels. Give us an open spirit, discerning hearts and clear minds, that we may trust your will for us and become ever more united in your son our Savior, Jesus Christ.  Inspire our conversation, deepen our prayer, and make us a community of humility and grace.  Raise up for us, we pray, a priest and pastor who will boldly proclaim your Gospel, faithfully administer your sacraments, and serve your people with love and compassion.  Amen.
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