WHAT is this gift of charity? I stand before the altar today, I spread out my hands as though to call down something from the skies, and I ask for charity. In asking I say that unless I receive it, I may seem to myself to be alive, but God will see that I am dead. Am I dead, then, or am I alive in his eyes? Have I this gift? Will God give it me? What is it, to begin with? Not only doing the decent and helpful thing, for, says Christ’s apostle, I might go to the extreme of visible generosity, I might give all my goods to feed the poor, and yet lack charity. Still less is it mere tolerance and a show of amiability. It means that a caring for God and my neighbour becomes the stuff of my being, the mainspring of my will, not something joined on from outside. God does not have love, he is love, and to have love we also must become it. Why then, if to be alive I must have love thus, it is plain enough that I am dead. Let me be dead; I come to this sacrament to take part in the resurrection. I throw myself into the hands of God, and God is known to be God by this token: he raises the dead. Austin Farrer
11:oo am: Sung Holy Communion
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Services: Weekday Services: This Week:
9:00 am Penitential Office Distribution of Ashes Holy Communion
12:00 Noon Penitential Office Distribution of Ashes Holy Communion
Thursday: 3:30 pm Evening Prayer 4:00 pm Bible Study: Revelation to St. John the Divine
Friday: Litany & Meditation
Sunday February 23, 2020 Quinquagesima 10:00 am Adult Education 11:00 am Sung Eucharist
Ephesians 1:15-23: Prayer for Spiritual Wisdom Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: and hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.