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Monday, June 30, 2014

Revdo MANNING MAXIE SUAREZ - Diocese of Panama: Peter 'Prince of the Apostles'

Peter ¨Prince of the Apostles¨

Revdo Manning Maxie Suárez
Revdo Manning Maxie Suárez
Saint Peter and Saint Paul, Apostles

Peter has often been called the 'Prince of the Apostles' because of the words of Jesus re-naming him, from Simon to Cephas. This was the Aramaic form of the Greek word Peter, which means 'rock'. Jesus said that on this rock he would build his Church. But both Peter and Paul came to be seen as having different rôles to play within the leadership of the Church: Peter in witnessing to the Lordship of Christ and Paul in developing an understanding of its meaning for Christ's followers. Peter and Paul have been remembered jointly on this day since the very early days of the Church, it being regarded as the anniversary of their martyrdom in Rome in about the year 64.

O Lord, let my soul rise up to meet you,
as the day rises to meet the sun.

You are built upon the foundation
of the apostles and prophets,
with Christ Jesus himself
as the cornerstone.
Let us worship God.


Blessed are you, God of savlation in the witness of and the preaching of Paul
you have poured out an oil of gladness to kindle the flame of faith among your people. Your Spirit keeps that fire burning strongly in your Church, that we may proclaim the message of salvaiton and attain to the blessings of your kingdom.
For these and all your mercies, we praise you: Father, Son and Holy Spirit:
Blessed be God for ever!
Amen.

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St Alban Mission holds English services every Sunday at Noon

Casa Convento Concepcion, Antigua Guatemala, All are welcome.

See welcome letter at the sidebar.

St. Alban English Mission, Antigua, Guatemala is a outreach project of The St. James English parish, Episcopal Diocese of Guatemala, IARCA


The Most Reverend Armando Guerra Soria,  Rector of St. Alban Mission, Bishop of Guatemala and Primate of Central America

The Reverend Ricardo Frohmader 
Associate Minister of St. Alban Mission
Antigua, Guatema

LAY ANGLICANA: Intercessions for the Feast of St Peter and St Paul Year A – 29 June 2014

St Peter and St Paul by El Greco

The Collect

Almighty God, whose blessed apostles Peter and Paul glorified you in their death as in their life: grant that your Church, inspired by their teaching and example, and made one by your Spirit, may ever stand firm upon the one foundation, Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

¶ The Liturgy of the Word

First Reading: Zechariah 4.1-6a,10b-14

The angel who talked with me came again, and wakened me, as one is wakened from sleep. He said to me, ‘What do you see?’ And I said, ‘I see a lampstand all of gold, with a bowl on the top of it; there are seven lamps on it, with seven lips on each of the lamps that are on the top of it. And by it there are two olive trees, one on the right of the bowl and the other on its left.’ I said to the angel who talked with me, ‘What are these, my lord?’ Then the angel who talked with me answered me, ‘Do you not know what these are?’ I said, ‘No, my lord.’ He said to me, ‘These seven are the eyes of the Lord, which range through the whole earth.’ Then I said to him, ‘What are these two olive trees on the right and the left of the lampstand?’ And a second time I said to him, ‘What are these two branches of the olive trees, which pour out the oil through the two golden pipes?’ He said to me, ‘Do you not know what these are?’ I said, ‘No, my lord.’ Then he said, ‘These are the two anointed ones 1 who stand by the Lord of the whole earth.’
1Zechariah probably meant Joshua and Zerubbabel, Israel’s spiritual leaders of his time…in the context of today’s festival, we think of Peter and Paul.




Refrain: Glorious things are spoken of you, Zion, city of our God.
Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, *which cannot be moved, but stands fast for ever.
As the hills stand about Jerusalem, *so the Lord stands round about his people, from this time forth for evermore.
The sceptre of wickedness shall not hold sway over the land allotted to the righteous, * lest the righteous turn their hands to evil.
Do good, O Lord, to those who are good, * and to those who are true of heart.
Those who turn aside to crooked ways the Lord shall take away with the evildoers; * but let there be peace upon Israel.
Refrain: Glorious things are spoken of you, Zion, city of our God.

Second Reading: Acts 12.1-11

King Herod laid violent hands upon some who belonged to the church. He had James, the brother of John, killed with the sword. After he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to arrest Peter also. (This was during the festival of Unleavened Bread.) When he had seized him, he put him in prison and handed him over to four squads of soldiers to guard him, intending to bring him out to the people after the Passover. While Peter was kept in prison, the church prayed fervently to God for him.  The very night before Herod was going to bring him out, Peter, bound with two chains, was sleeping between two soldiers, while guards in front of the door were keeping watch over the prison. Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell. He tapped Peter on the side and woke him, saying, ‘Get up quickly.’And the chains fell off his wrists. The angel said to him, ‘Fasten your belt and put on your sandals.’He did so. Then he said to him, ‘Wrap your cloak around you and follow me.’ Peter went out and followed him; he did not realize that what was happening with the angel’s help was real; he thought he was seeing a vision. After they had passed the first and the second guard, they came before the iron gate leading into the city. It opened for them of its own accord, and they went outside and walked along a lane, when suddenly the angel left him. Then Peter came to himself and said, ‘Now I am sure that the Lord has sent his angel and rescued me from the hands of Herod and from all that the Jewish people were expecting.’

Gospel Reading: Matthew 16.13-19

When Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, ‘Who do people say that the Son of Man is?’ And they said, ‘Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.’ He said to them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’ Simon Peter answered, ‘You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.’ And Jesus answered him, ‘Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.’

Thanks to Lay Angliicana, sidebar
Please find it all:
http://www.layanglicana.org/blog/2014/06/23/intercessions-for-the-feast-of-st-peter-and-st-paul-year-a-29-june-2014/

PLANNING A VISIT TO ANTIGUA, GUATEMALA?  

St Alban Mission holds English services every Sunday at Noon

Casa Convento Concepcion, Antigua Guatemala, All are welcome.

See welcome letter at the sidebar.

St. Alban English Mission, Antigua, Guatemala is a outreach project of The St. James English parish, Episcopal Diocese of Guatemala, IARCA


The Most Reverend Armando Guerra Soria,  Rector of St. Alban Mission, Bishop of Guatemala and Primate of Central America

The Reverend Ricardo Frohmader 
Associate Minister of St. Alban Mission
Antigua, Guatemala

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, blesses Pope Francis

Pope Francis accepts a blessing from the Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby

In a warm ecumenical gesture, this humble man, Pope Francis, allows himself to be blessed by the Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. They are brother bishops, equals. There is no Roman triumphalism here.

Thanks to Lances's Blog, sidebar

http://anglicanchurch.blogspot.com/2014/06/pope-francis-accepts-blessing-from.html


PLANNING A VISIT TO ANTIGUA, GUATEMALA?  

St Alban Mission holds English services every Sunday at Noon

Casa Convento Concepcion, Antigua Guatemala, All are welcome.

See welcome letter at the sidebar.

St. Alban English Mission, Antigua, Guatemala is a outreach project of The St. James English parish, Episcopal Diocese of Guatemala, IARCA


The Most Reverend Armando Guerra Soria,  Rector of St. Alban Mission, Bishop of Guatemala and Primate of Central America

The Reverend Ricardo Frohmader 
Associate Minister of St. Alban Mission
Antigua, Guatemala

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Prayers of the People: The Price of Free, 3rd Sunday after Pentecost, Christiana Brennan Lee


...the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.     Romans 6:23b NRSV

       This week our first reading is related to one of the four "texts of terror" as author and seminary Professor Phyllis Trible describes several biblical accounts in her book of that name. Even many non-Bible readers are aware of God's call to Abraham to take his son Isaac and make him a burnt offering, to sacrifice his beloved child's life, as a test of obedience. Who hasn't wondered, and worried, if this is what it means to "obey" God?  
        
It's easy, and scary, to get caught up in the language of fear but each of this week's readings reinforces the steadfast love of God which will not harm us, and the full reward of Christ by doing what we should be doing anyway, welcoming and caring for others. 
       
Free gift? Well, it is free choice and, at the very least, the promise of eternity seems well worth obedience and hospitality as the price.
LET US, GOD’S PEOPLE, PRAY:


Thanks to Christina Brennan Lee, sidebar

PLANNING A VISIT TO ANTIGUA, GUATEMALA?  

St Alban Mission holds English services every Sunday at Noon

Casa Convento Concepcion, Antigua Guatemala, All are welcome.

See welcome letter at the sidebar.

St. Alban English Mission, Antigua, Guatemala is a outreach project of The St. James English parish, Episcopal Diocese of Guatemala, IARCA


The Most Reverend Armando Guerra Soria,  Rector of St. Alban Mission, Bishop of Guatemala and Primate of Central America

The Reverend Ricardo Frohmader 
Associate Minister of St. Alban Mission
Antigua, Guatemala

Saturday, June 21, 2014

The Reverend Ricardo Frohmader: ¨Have No Fear¨ - The Second Sunday After Pentecost, 2014

Carrying the cross of Christ, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, Tenn. Original source
¨Following Jesus means action, and that may lead to conflict especially if persons who should be dear to us and close to us are standing in our way as we seek to serve Jesus and love our neighbors¨ Ricardo+

Last Sunday an Episcopal priest writing on a web-site called Sermons that Work said:

“Well, friends, today is Trinity Sunday, the day in the church year when we ponder the mystery of the Triune God, how God is Three in One and One in Three.

It is also the day when, throughout the world, rectors usually decide that it is a good Sunday for their assistants to preach.

Ask your average assistant pastor, and he or she will probably tell you his or her files contain several Trinity Sunday sermons, along with several on Doubting Thomas, John the Baptist calling people a brood of vipers, and Jesus saying if you don’t hate your father and mother you cannot be his disciple”.

Well yes, today is another of those Sundays when rectors flee and leave things to their assistant. Why didn’t I ask someone else to preach? “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and one’s foes will be members of one’s own household.” Jesus my prince of peace, what on earth are you saying? Are you really coming to tear families apart and to set sons against their fathers, and daughters against their mothers? Don’t we have enough pain and strife in our lives already?

Here we have Jesus at his most demanding. Impossibly demanding some of us would say. Where is the love the compassion, the mercy we associate with Jesus? It’s there, but we cannot just lie back and bask in God’s love, not when evil is rampant in the world. Following Jesus means action, and that may lead to conflict especially if persons who should be dear to us and close to us are standing in our way as we seek to serve Jesus and love our neighbors. “Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever does not take up his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.” I am not sure that my love for my sons and daughters displaces the devotion that Jesus is demanding of me. Fortunately they live their lives ethically and for the most part I do not have conflicts stemming from what they do for a living or how they lead their lives. I also am not sure that God wants us, as a rule to break away from our families, much less hate them. So what is this morning’s Gospel all about?

Jesus is speaking privately to his disciples. His message in the first verses is “Have no fear”. Have no fear of what people are saying about Jesus: they are saying that he is the devil (Beelzebul). Have no fear of proclaiming the Gospel, the good news of the Kingdom of God: “What I say to you in the dark, tell in the light; and what you hear whispered proclaim from the housetops”. Have no fear of people who can kill your body but not your soul. Fear the forces of darkness that can condemn your body and soul to a permanent exile from God. “Stand up, stand up for Jesus” says hymn #561. Trust in God’s Providence.

What is God’s Providence? God’s loving care for creation which extends to sparrows is more forcefully deployed in support of the disciples: “And even the hairs of your head are all counted. So do not be afraid, you are of more value than many sparrows”. Do not be afraid of worldly powers but proclaim Jesus’ message, knowing that God is with you.

After these words of comfort Jesus challenges the disciples, and us. His followers must not deny him, for he will deny them. Being true to the teachings of Jesus is not easy. It may involve conflict within the family, especially if members of the family are indifferent or opposed to the Gospel. It may involve not participating in some family activities because there are other things Jesus wants us to do for his Kingdom. It may involve breaking with them because of their behavior. Some of you who have dealt with addictions in your families and your own lives know that you must not be enablers of self-destructive and anti-social behaviors. We will know what it is that we have to bear, what we have to suffer as we seek to follow Jesus. We must accept those challenges, that suffering, and deal with them… “Take up the cross and follow me”.

And here Jesus leaves us with a paradox- if we avoid the hard moral and ethical choices that will bring us into conflict with the world around us; we will not be saving our lives. On the contrary, by acquiescing to wrong, to evil we will become part of it, we will be co-opted into that rottenness around us, and we will lose the eternal life that Jesus brings us because we have not had the courage to take up the cross and follow him. This might seem like a harsh message, and difficult to follow, but give it a thought-we can start little by little to say no more confidently, more assertively, to what we know is wrong, saying no to those forces that deny God, saying no to that which degrades us and our neighbor. In so doing we move from being passive lip-servants of Jesus and become his disciples. May he give us the strength to do so, to stand up for him, to be soldiers of the cross, to “put on the Gospel armor, and watching unto prayer, when duty calls or danger, be never wanting there” (Hymn 561- The Hymnal, 1982).¨ *
Amen

*emphasis added/lc

PLANNING A VISIT TO ANTIGUA, GUATEMALA?  

St Alban Mission holds English services every Sunday at Noon

Casa Convento Concepcion, Antigua Guatemala, All are welcome.

See welcome letter at the sidebar.

St. Alban English Mission, Antigua, Guatemala is a outreach project of The St. James English parish, Episcopal Diocese of Guatemala, IARCA


The Most Reverend Armando Guerra Soria,  Rector of St. Alban Mission, Bishop of Guatemala and Primate of Central America

The Reverend Ricardo Frohmader 
Associate Minister of St. Alban Mission
Antigua, Guatemala