Trinity1 homily and more

From Deacon Ron Reno:

Transubstantiation. Father’s homily was based on our Holy Day of Corpus Christi on May 30th. The homily was given on how Corpus Christi was actually instituted to the honor of the Sacrament of the Eucharist itself. Please read this historical narrative and homily by Father Andrews. What I would like to add to this conversation is  on transubstantiation and how we believe the bread and wine become the body and blood of Christ. We believe the Real Presence is there. Jesus Christ our Saviour being incarnate by God’s word took flesh and blood for our salvation. We also believe that bread and wine consecrated by the priest’s words, prayers and spirit is changed to Christ’s body and blood. It is all by the power of God’s Spirit and Word, and it is meant to transform us, who are imperfect people, to have a more personal relationship with Jesus. Deacon Reno cannot do this and that is the important reason we are fortunate to have a priest for this mission church. Thank you Father Andrews for praying for the Spirit (epiklesis) and standing in the place of Christ for this mission. “This is my Body. This is my Blood.” can only come from a man with priestly orders. What a blessing it is to receive the Lord’s body into our physical body. Hallelujah!!!

We had a chanted and sung Litany for this First Sunday after Trinity. The organ prelude from the “Organ Mass for the Convents” was a great intro to the Litany and to the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts. We are so lucky to have such God filled music in our midst.

O GOD, the strength of all those who put their trust in thee; Mercifully accept our prayers; and because, through the weakness of our mortal nature, we can do no good thing without thee, grant us the help of thy grace, that in keeping thy commandments, we may please thee, both in will and deed; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Deacon Reno will be and our organist Nick may be gone June 15. Deacon will email if this is to be changed. Deacon is taking his daughter and granddaughter to Colorado for fun and geology. Our 12 year granddaughter is a budding geologist and the Rockies is a great place to explore. It will be fun to explain geo-thermal water to her in Steamboat Springs. Do MP at your home that Saturday. God bless, Deacon

Ascension Homily and more

From Deacon Ron Reno:

We were blessed! Father Andrews and Anneliese made it for the Ascension service. After all our tornado activity recently; it was wonderful to see them here safely. Earlier in the week Father suggested we do the Ascension of our Lord service. Father aspersed everyone while the choir sang the Vidi Aquam for that Rite. It was pretty dramatic that Pascal candle was extinguished during the reading of the Gospel as “He departed them.” Father also called all the mothers attending to the front to give them a blessing. That was another special moment. Thank you Father for all you do for this mission church. After Mass our mission group along with Father and Anneliese went to lunch at the LaCasa Restaurant. Thank you Vestry!

The college of Saint Mary’s graduation ceremonies will be this Saturday in the chapel. We will sing Evensong to celebrate Whitsunday/Pentecost. Our worship will be held this Sunday, May19 at 4PM. Please take note of this change. There will be no Anglican service at the Chapel this Saturday.

GRANT, we beseech thee, Almighty God, that like as we do believe thy only-begotten Son our Lord Jesus Christ to have ascended into heaven; so that we may also in heart and mind thither ascend, and with him continually dwell, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen. Collect for Ascension. God bless, Deacon

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Fourth Sunday after Easter Homily and more

From Deacon Ron Reno:

Regina Coeli. We have been chanting this antiphon at the end of each service all of Eastertide. It is a chant that dates back to the 13th Century of praise and veneration of the Virgin Mary, Mother of Jesus. From antiquity, Mary has been called “Theotokos” or God bearer (Mother of God) and deserves our gratitude through this Eastertide. The word “Theotokos” has been in use since the early third century. We have had a magnificent festal season this year that has focused on the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Without Jesus we are nothing and of all things to do, we need to cling our souls to the Risen Lord. Chanting the Regina Coeli honors her and shows our love of God. Because through her, He became incarnate in the flesh. Thank you God.

Father Andrews did not make his journey here last week because of bad weather. We seem to have had many tornadoes dancing all around the eastern part of the state. Many houses have been destroyed and families displaced. We need to pray for them and perhaps we should donate to the Red Cross. The Red Cross here does an admirable job. God willing Father and Anneliese plan to journey here May 11, for the Sunday after Ascension service. We need to pray for traveling mercies for them.

David and Julie are back in town and plan to be here for Rogation Sunday. It is always a blessing for us to see them. They are still members and part of our mission church. It is admirable they have moved to Michigan to be closer to their aging parents. We are thankful that they can be with us often. God bless you two and we will be praying for traveling mercies for you on your travel back.

O ALMIGHTY God, who alone canst order order the unruly wills and affections of sinful men; Grant unto thy people, that they may love the thing which thou commandest, and desire that which thou dost promise; that so, among the sundry and manifold changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed, where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.  Collect for Fourth Sunday after Easter.

May God be merciful to all those displaced, Deacon

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Palm Sunday and more

From Deacon Ron Reno:

We were blessed to have Father Andrews and Anneliese for our Palm Sunday Service. Without Father we would not be able to feed God’s children with the Sacrament of Holy Communion. Father always makes sure we have both elements in our tabernacle for use of the Presanctifed Gifts which I am allowed by our Bishops to do. Baptism, Confirmation and Communion brings us to the fullness of our life in Christ. Receiving Holy Communion brings us grace that affects us both spiritually and physically. Spiritually it helps our souls to be united with Christ and physically it leads us closer to sanctification of our own bodies. God bless you Father for all you do for this mission church.

The choir did all the antiphons for the Palm Sunday Rite including for the blessing and distribution of the Palms. Thank you choir!  The vocal postlude “Behold and SEE” from Handel was exceptional. We actually succeeded doing the Passion of Mathew as a church group; it was a true blessing.

ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who thy tender love towards mankind, hast sent thy Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ, to take upon him our flesh, and to suffer death upon the cross, that all mankind should follow the example of his great humility; Mercifully grant, that we may both follow the example of his patience, and also be made partakers of his resurrection; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

We will have a Good Friday service at 6PM. Easter will be observed at our normal time. God bless, Deacon

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Fifth Sunday in Lent plus more

From Deacon Ron Reno:

We will be blessed to have Father Andrews and Anneliese for Palm Sunday and the beginning of Holy Week. David and Julie will be here also for another two weeks before they travel back to Michigan. Father will have two acolytes and a Deacon serving this week. God will be pleased that all of His children are doing His work. God willing, our little group will do Mathew 27: The Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ. It will be a challenge but we can do it for the glory of God.

We finished our annual meeting last week. All officers were chosen and our budget was approved.

The offertory anthem ”Eripe Me Domine” by the choir was exceptional and the communion anthem “Stabat Mater Dolorosa” was equally exceptional. Thank you Nick, Julia, Lynda and Julie sharing your God given talents with us. It is so wonderful to have music with the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts.

WE beseech thee, Almighty God, mercifully to look upon thy people; that by thy goodness they may be governed and preserved evermore, both in body and soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who hates nothing that thou hast made, and dost forgive the sins of all who are penitent; Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness, may obtain of thee, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

We are planning for a Good Friday service as well as a Saturday Easter Service for Holy Week. Father’s homily was exceptional; please take time to read it. God bless, Deacon

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Third Sunday in Lent homily and more

From Deacon Ron Reno:

Blessings all around. Father Andrew and his lovely wife Anneliese were here for the Third Sunday in Lent. It is always great for them to be with us. It is a blessing for us that he drives 8 hours to feed God’s children. We always pray for traveling mercies for them.

Father, you mean so much to this mission church. We were also blessed to have David and Julie here. They have moved to Michigan to be closer to his aging parents but will remain members of our small group. We have so many God loving people in this mission church.

Nick, Lynda, Julia and Julie had beautiful Godly music for this Mass. They sang an offertory anthem “Virgo virginium preclaire from Sabet Mater” by Rheinberger in Latin. They always surprise me with their God given talents. Please click on the attached bulletin to see what music was offered for Father Andrews. Father had some input on choices of the music.

WE beseech thee, Almighty God, look upon the hearty desires of thy humble servants, and stretch forth the right hand of thy Majesty, to be our defense against all our enemies; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen “Collect for the third Sunday in Lent”

ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who hates nothing that thou hast made, and dost forgive the sins of all those who are penitent; Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness; may obtain of thee, the God of mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. This collect is be said all through the Lenten season from Ash Wednesday until Palm Sunday.

Continue to pray for Bishop Ashman. He is getting better and praying helps. Our Bishops and Priests need our prayers because the devil is relentless in working against them. The devil is not omnipresent like God; but when we pray, we counter with the spiritual goodness that the devil cannot defeat. God bless, Deacon

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Quinquagesima, Lent and more

From Deacon Ron Reno:

We have finished our four ancient “Gesima” Sundays this last weekend and we have done our best in preparation for Lent. We saw that change was coming and have celebrated Jesus’s birth, circumcision and more. We have discovered that Grace is not easily understood and Grace is probably undeserved. We know we are laborers seeking His reward and we worship Him best by living a godly Christian life. We do Him justice by gathering together by doing MP, doing music like “My God, I Love Thee” by Filbert, doing the the pre-sanctified gifts and the Eucharist when Father Andrews is among us. This mission church loves God!

O LORD, who hast taught us that all our doings without charity are nothing worth; Send thy Holy Ghost, and pour into our hearts that most excellent gift of charity, the very bond of peace and of all the virtues, without which whosoever liveth is counted dead before thee. Grant this for thine only Son Jesus Christ sake. Amen “Collect for Quinquagesima’

During Holy Week, when the most brutal sufferings of Jesus are put forward to us in the liturgy; the Church really invites us to follow His blood stained footsteps and in a way to carry the cross with Him. We often associate Lent as a time to give up things, change bad behavior, give up alcohol and maybe get in better physical shape. Sacrifice is good and can help us grow in our relationship with the Lord; all of those things are important to consider doing. I think God would look at it a little differently than just giving up things; sure, He wants us to seek penance but I bet He would be pleased if we added things like reading more scripture, maybe doing the stations of the cross at Saint Mary’s Chapel and work on renewing our faith in Jesus. I think He would choose us to add time, talent and treasure for the good of others and seek virtue. Charity, virtue and penance can be our foundation for this Lent and that by itself will strengthen our faith. Embrace adding anything that will help you to spiritually grow: use your Lenten books given to you by Saint John’s to reflect on.

We will do our imposition of ashes this Saturday just before services. Did you know Ash Wednesday dates back to the 11th century for us but the tradition of marking ones forehead with ashes goes back to ancient Hebrew times? PENANCE, does that sound familiar?

Our services the following weekend will be on Sunday, February 25 at 11:15. Please take note of this change.

God willing and the weather permitting, Father Andrews and Anneliese are hopeful to be here March 2, God bless, Deacon

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Candlemas, Bishop Ashman and more

From Deacon Ron Reno:

Pray for all of our Bishops. Pray especially for Bishop Ashman who has landed in the hospital again because of Covid. It reminded me of the need to pray for all of our clergy because the Devil is real and he attacks our clergy however he can. We must pray for mercy, the grace of God and His love to combat the Devil. The Devil is not omnipresent but he and his minions do try to destroy the people who bring the truth of God. That is especially true of God’s clergy and His Bishops.

We had a lovely External Solemnity of Candlemas along with the collect for Sexigesima. Candlemas is important to us because its ancient origins go back to the early church about 354AD. For the prelude, the choir did the Antiphons from the Candlemas rite. We chanted the Litany and the offertory anthem of “When Mary to the Temple Went” by Johannes Eccard was especially appropriate. A MUST read is Father Andrew’s attached homily. Father put a wonderful historical narrative to this ancient custom. Thank you Father!

ALMIGHTY, and everlasting God, we humbly beseech thy Majesty, that’s thy only-begotten Son was this day presented in the temple in substance pf our flesh, we may be presented unto thee with pure and clean hearts, by the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen “Collect for Candlemas”

O LORD God, who sees that we put not our trust in anything we do; Mercifully grant that thy power we may be defended against all adversity; through Jesus Christ our Lord.Amen
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Septuagesima, Don Gerlach RIP, King Charles I

We celebrated Septuagesima with a sung MP with the Communion of the Pre-sanctified gifts while also having a external solemnity of Saint Charles Stuart, King and Martyr. We are blessed to be a small mission of God loving individuals and a choir that honors Him and the martyrs of the church. Our job on this earth is to love Him, be humble of heart and do His work and that includes in remembering His saints. Thank you choir for your hard work; I especially loved the anthem sung the “Call to Remembrance” by Richard Tarrant, maybe 1550 AD?

I attended the funeral of Don Gerlach, PHD  in Harvard Nebraska. Don retired to his childhood home in Harvard 2010.  Don was connected with us because of his love of Anglican tradition and liturgy. Don helped to found Saint Mary’s Anglican in Akron, Ohio in 1978. He was a member of that church but came to ours when he could; we claim him as a member also. Reverend Canon Leigh Aaron Kester from Saint Mary’s was the officiant of this service. It was a traditional Anglican service within the Harvard United Methodist Church. An honor guard was there at the grave-site and Don was given a proper Anglican Christian burial. Of your charity, please pray for the repose of Don’s soul.

O LORD, we beseech thee favorably to hear the prayers of thy people, that we, who are justly punished for our offenses, may be mercifully delivered by thy goodness, for the glory of thy Name; through Jesus Christ our Saviour, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost ever, one God, world without end. Amen

Homily and bulletin are attached. God bless, Deacon

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EpiphanyIII, Don GerlachRIP and more

From Deacon Ron Reno:

Earlier this week I received a call from a second cousin of Don Gerlach. Bonnie knew that last summer I offered to be backup clergy in case the priest from Saint Mary’s Anglican Church in Akron, Ohio couldn’t be here. A priest from Saint Marys will be there. Don was a founding member of that church in 1977. She also wanted us to know the latest information concerning Don’s funeral in Harvard Nebraska. Harvard is 132 miles west of Omaha.. Nick sent out an email this week about Don’s obit. Reading Don’s obit showed a man who lived a Godly full life. I encourage all of you to visit www.apfelfuneralhome.com to read about Don. Don was a very humble and generous man; he came to us when he retired to his ancestral home in Harvard and visited us whenever he could. He liked us and gave alms every month even when he couldn’t be here. The last couple of years Saint John’s took the sacrament to him whenever he wanted it. I told Bonnie that I would be there; anyone one that wants to go with me would be welcome. It will take most of the day that would include 4 1/2 hours of drive time.

We had a great 3rd Sunday of Epiphany. Our choir has such a sense of beauty when doing the music; they bring so much joy and love of God to the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts. Nick played  Noel “Minuet fut fait un Reveal” by JF Dandrieu as the postlude. I learn more about music from this group than any I have been around.

ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, mercifully look upon our infirmities, and in all our dangers and necessities stretch forth thy right hand to help and defend us, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Collect for the Third Sunday after Epiphany

Good news from the Doctors office that my small tumor was benign. Prayers do work and we need to pray for all the people on the Saint Judes Prayer Group. We also need to pray for our friends and family. I have attached the correct homily from Father Andrew’s for last Saturday. I am also attaching our bulletin. God bless, Deacon

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