Friday, October 22, 2021

Tuesday Night

Join us!

Sunday, October 25, 2021

Join us for “at church” or “virtually” for worship this Sunday, October 24, 2021, The Twenty Second Sunday after Pentecost at St. Alban’s, St. Thomas’, St. Patrick’s, and Iglesia Episcopal La Esperanza de Familias Unidas. Remember - Masks are again mandatory for all, and communion will be offered in one kind - bread only. We strongly urge everyone to get vaccinated. Please maintain social distance in non-family groups.

Holy Eucharist, Rite Two
St. Alban’s - 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.* - Mtr. Rita Jefferson will celebrate!
St. Thomas' - 10:00 a.m.* 
St. Patrick’s – 1:30 p.m.*

* These liturgies will be Live-Streamed on Facebook for those who choose
to remain at home. Download a pdf of the leaflet to print or to use on your
phone or tablet with this link -
La Santa Eucaristía: Rito Dos en la iglesia (primeros domingos
del mes y retransmitido en directo por Facebook) o Oración
Vespertina Diaria a través de Zoom (siguientes domingos del
Iglesia Episcopal La Esperanza de Familias Unidas – Domingo - 5:00 p.m.

Oración Vespertina Diaria a través de Zoom - Únete aqui
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Zoom Compline - All Welcome 
Sunday -  8:00 p.m.
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We hope to “see” you all on Sunday as you are most comfortable!

Dawnell+, Rita+, Rob+ and Whit+

Art from Clip Art, Steve Erspamer, Liturgy Training Publications –

Hope, Patience, and Perseverance

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

How to Read the Bible & Evening Prayer

How to Read the Bible

If you’ve never really read the Bible as an adult, how do you get started? Learning something about what the Bible really is - its various sorts of stories and literary types can help make reading “The Big Book” a little less intimidating. 

Another way to start reading the Bible is by reading, and hearing it in the daily worship of the Church - in Morning Prayer, Noonday Prayer, Evening Prayer, Compline and The Holy Eucharist. The Church has both a three-year Sunday Lectionary cycle (meaning a list of fixed texts), and a two-year Daily Lectionary cycle, along with readings for special occasions and saints’ days. 

Join us tonight for Evening Prayer and our Bible Project Class video. Dawnell+ and Whit+ will discuss the Lectionary Cycles, and we’ll watch The Bible Project’s  How to Read the Bible video.*

*The Bible Project is here at The Episcopal Church’s Lectionary texts begin on page 887, The Revised Common Lectionary or RCL (Sunday three year cycle, see note below about Track 1 and Track 2) on page 889, and The Episcopal Church’s Daily Office Lectionary begins on page 933. (The 1979 Lectionary for Sundays, now replaced by the RCL can be found on page 1003 - in new BCPs.) 

Note: The Revised Common Lectionary allows us to make use of either of these tracks, but once a track has been selected, it should be followed through to the end of the Pentecost season, rather than jumping back and forth between the two strands. The first track of Old Testament readings (“Track 1”) follows major stories and themes, read mostly continuously from week to week. In Year A we begin with Genesis, in Year B we hear some of the great monarchy narratives, and in Year C we read from the later prophets. A second track of readings (“Track 2”) follows the Roman Catholic tradition of thematically pairing the Old Testament reading with the Gospel reading, often typologically—a sort of foretelling of Jesus Christ’s life and ministry, if you will. This second track is almost identical to our previous Book of Common Prayer lectionary.

Zoom Evening Prayer & The Bible Project Class
Wednesday, 5:30 p.m.
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Passcode: 530
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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Henry Martyn

Henry Martyn, Priest and Missionary, 1812

The Collect:

O God of the nations, who gave to your servant Henry Martyn a longing to share your Gospel with all peoples; Inspire the church in our own day with that said desire, that we may be eager to commit both life and talents to you who gave them; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Henry Martyn was born in 1781, studied at Cambridge, and became Senior Wrangler. (That is, he won the Cambridge University annual mathematics problem-solving competition, and was accordingly recognized as the University's best undergraduate mathematician. "Wrangling" is a British University expression for solving mathematical problems.) He had, moreover, a considerable facility in languages. Under the encouragement of Charles Simeon (see 12 Nov 1836), he abandoned his intention of going into law and instead went to India as a chaplain in 1806. In the six remaining years of his life, he translated the New Testament into Hindi and Persian, revised an Arabic translation of the New Testament, and translated the Psalter into Persian and the Prayer Book into Hindi. In 1811 he left India for Persia, hoping to do further translations and to improve his existing ones, there and in Arabia. But travel in those days was not a healthy occupation, and he fell ill and eventually died at Tokat on October 16, 1812. (The American Calendar commemorates him on 19 October.) He was buried by the Armenian Church there, with the honors ordinarily reserved for one of their own bishops. His diary (vol. 1, vol. 2) has been called "one of the most precious treasures of Anglican devotion." *

* The Lectionary, James Kiefer,