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Trail Notes

Trail Notes: 10/6/2019

Posted 6:45 PM

“The Church is the only institution that exists primarily for the benefit of those who are not its members.” ~ William Temple, Archbishop of Canterbury during WWII

This month, as we join with our brothers and sisters throughout our Diocese in celebrating Creation Season, we will shift to Eucharistic Prayer C for the Great Thanksgiving. Prayer C is a natural choice for this season because it emphasizes our collective responsibility for “this fragile earth, our island home” (Book of Common Prayer, p. 370).

I find this eucharistic prayer particularly challenging – not only because of its call to care for God’s Creation, but also because of its outward orientation. In it we ask God to “deliver us from the presumption of coming to this Table for solace only, and not for strength; for pardon only, and not for renewal.”  We are reminded that the Eucharist is intended not just for our own spiritual sustenance: it is fuel for carrying out God’s mission in the world. We may approach the Altar seeking comfort, but we come away strengthened and renewed for the ministry entrusted to us by God.

Here at St. Dunstan’s we will have a number of opportunities to engage in ministry in the next few days, and I invite you to consider participating in one or more of these offerings:

  • On Friday, October 4, join me at Washington Episcopal School (WES) for an evening of fun and service. (See announcement later in this newsletter for details.) This is a great, low-stakes way to witness about God’s love to the wider community.
  • On Sunday, October 6, come to the Blessing of the Animals at 4 PM. Whether you have a pet in your life or not, we need your help to extend our hospitality to our neighbors. We will be joined by our friends from WES and from Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ. Please also consider distributing this flyer to your local listservs to help get the word out. It takes all of us, working together, to spread the Good News.
  • On Tuesday, October 8 at 6:30 PM, I will be visiting the students in the Anglican/Episcopal Fellowship at American University for a simple service of Holy Eucharist, followed by a meal and discussion. If you would like to join me – and/or if you would like to help provide food (the way to a student’s heart…!) – please let me know by Sunday.

How might you share God’s love with those outside our walls?

Your Sister in Christ,

Patty+

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