Community of the Incarnation
10:30 a.m. Charles Fillmore Chapel
November 4: (All Saints/ All Souls)
Bishop Cliff Kroski
November 11 Bishop Janet Sunderland
November 18: Bishop Cliff Kroski
November 25: ( Feast of Christ the King/
Last Sunday of Church Year)
Bishop Janet Sunderland
This month’s healing service will be Tuesday, November
13th at 7 pm. We will resume watching one of the Jesus
The year, we’ll once again send a donation to the Kansas City Mission to help feed the homeless over the holidays. If you are able, please contribute. Make checks to KC Rescue Mission. Thanks!
We begin November with the celebration of All Saints/All Souls. This is a celebration in which we remember and honor those men and women who have gone before us. We specifically honor our loved ones who are deceased. This is a very special celebration as we bring pictures and mementos and place these items on a table in front of the altar. We thank these people for being a part of our lives and we remember the many ways in which they helped shape us.
The second Sunday of the month presents the story of the “widow’s mite” in Mark’s gospel. Widows were treated as third class citizens at the time of Jesus and they had little in terms of rights since they did not have husbands. They were extremely mistreated and ostracized. Jesus even mentions in this gospel that the scribes “devour the houses of widows.”
Jesus makes a clear point in telling the people that the amount that the widow gave (a few cents) was worth more than those who gave from their surplus wealth.
It is easy to give from our surplus wealth, not only in terms of money, but in terms of time, energy, love, compassion, etc. But, the task to remember is that when we give from our lack, whatever the lack may be, we truly follow the example of selfless love and giving.
As the Church Year draws to a close, we hear a familiar reading about the end time. It is probably more interesting at this time when some have predicted that the world would end on December 21, 2012. Anyway, Mark’s gospel was written 2 years before the fall of the Jerusalem Temple, in 70 AD. So the warning in Mark’s gospel was for the people to be aware of the circumstances of their time and be ready for drastic change and an end to what they knew as familiar to them. In present day context, the point of the reading is that we should always be vigilant, prepared, and ready. We should live every day as if it may be our last.
We celebrate Thanksgiving on November 22nd. As we gather with family and loved ones, may we be truly thankful for what we have. We know that recently, so many have lost everything in Hurricane Sandy. May we in our gratitude remember those who are in need of so many things, including our thoughts and prayers.
We close the Church Year with the Celebration of Christ the King, on November 25th. This celebration was instituted in 1925 by Pope Pius XI. He hoped that a day honoring Christ as king of the universe would serve as a corrective to dangerous political ideas of that time. We also remember our spiritual progress throughout the 2012 church year and we look forward to the 2013 church year with hope and joy.
Peace, + Cliff and + Janet