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St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Parish is a welcoming Christian community which celebrates, embraces and shares the Good News of Jesus Christ with a world hungry for the Word of God in their daily lives.
The Reverend Canon Mark H. Sims +
Weekend Service Schedule
Saturday at 5 p.m., Holy Eucharist
Sunday at 8:00 a.m., Holy Eucharist Rite I
Sunday at 10:30 a.m., Holy Eucharist Rite II
Weekday Service Schedule
Wednesday at 7:30 a.m., Healing Service and Holy Communion
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Alfred the Great (King of the West Saxons, 899)—Alone of all English rulers, Alfred is called “the Great,” because of his courage and Christian virtues in the face of Viking invasions. After defeating one Danish attacker he even convinced him to receive baptism. He encouraged the translation of the classics of history and theology into English.
Reformation Sunday (Protestant Observance)—Marked on the last Sunday in October by Lutherans and other Protestant denominations, this day recalls the date (Oct. 31) in 1517 when the German theologian, Martin Luther, posted his famous 95 Theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg. This was the normal procedure for announcing academic disputes at the University. There was nothing dramatic in this act, however the content was to forever change Christianity. It has come to mark the beginning of the Protestant Reformation, which together with the Counter-Reformation in the Roman Catholic Church, led to major changes in Christian thought and worship. Today Catholic and Protestant churches are finding that in our faith in Christ we have much more in common than those particular beliefs which separate us. In England the tradition of the Anglican via media (or middle way) held to embracing both Catholic and Protestant ideals.
St. Simon and St. Jude (Apostles)—We know little of these apostles. Simon was a Zealot, an extremist in fighting the Romans in ways we would today call terrorism. Jude was mentioned briefly and may be the author of a small epistle in the New Testament. Tradition associates them with missionary work in Persia. In the West they are believed to have been martyrs, but in the East they are said to have died peaceful deaths. Jude is often called the patron of desperate or lost causes.
James Hannington and His Companions (Bishop of Eastern Equatorial Africa, Martyrs, 1885)—As an English priest Hannington volunteered to serve in the mission field in Africa, along the shores of Lake Victoria. After becoming bishop he and other members of his party were extending their work into new areas when they were apprehended by the King Mwanga of Uganda, treated cruelly and martyred. His last words were: “Go, tell Mwanga I have purchased the road to Uganda with my blood.”
Clarence Jordon (Founder of Koinonia Farm, 1969)—An ordained Southern Baptist minister with a doctorate in New Testament, Jordan founded Koinonia Farm, an experiment in communal Christian living in rural Georgia. Koinonia is the word in Acts that describes the early church’s fellowship and sharing of resources. Long before Supreme Court decisions on desegregation, he promoted reconciliation between blacks and whites. Koinonia became the object of a violent campaign of persecution. Jordan wrote a vernacular paraphrase of most of the New Testament, called the Cotton Patch Version, which sets the story of Jesus in the modern rural South. Jordan committed to living his faith as a disciple of Jesus in the here and now.
John Wyclif (Priest and Prophetic Witness, 1384)—Wyclif was a priest and university professor who is remembered as a forerunner of the Protestant Reformation. He argued the believer could have a direct and unmediated relationship with God. He supported the idea of a national church without papal authority. So the Scriptures could be available to any who could read them he translated the Bible from Latin into English. He got into trouble when he questioned the doctrine of transubstantiation. Both Martin Luther and John Hus later acknowledged their debt to him.
Paul Shinji Sasaki and Philip Lindel Tsen (Bishop of Mid-Japan, and of Tokyo, 1946, Bishop of Honan, China, 1954)—These two bishops were key leaders in the Anglican churches of Asia in the 20th century. When the Nippon Sei Ko Kei (Anglican Church of Japan) was founded in 1859 it was the first such church not composed primarily of British expatriates. Sasaki was imprisoned and persecuted for his support of an independent church during WWII. Tsen was raised by Episcopal missionaries and was eventually ordained. He was the principal leader of Anglicanism in China. Upon returning from the Lambeth Conference in 1948 he was arrested by Communist authorities and put under house arrest.
All Hallows’ Eve (Secular holiday)—Who doesn’t like to dress up for Halloween and—even if briefly—become someone or something else? And you can get candy, too! Or so it is for most children. This popular holiday is the night before All Saints, or All Hallows’ Eve. In Wiccan communities this is known as Samhain, a celebration of endings and beginnings, and a time for honoring elders. Our Book of Occasional Services provides for a Vigil for the night before All Saints not unlike our Easter Vigil. It also provides for a Service for All Hallows’ Eve, including readings such as the story of the witch of Endor, the valley of dry bones, and the war in heaven from Revelation.
All Saints’ Day—The commemoration of all the saints (collectively) on November 1 is believed to have begun in Ireland and spread from there to England and the continent, reaching Rome by the 9th century. However, the desire to express the communion between the living Church and those who had lived especially virtuous lives, particularly with heroic deaths as martyrs, goes back to well before the middle of the 3rd century. In the Prayer Book this day is considered a Principal Feast, and can (as in this year) be transferred to the first Sunday of the month. It is also one of four days recommended for baptism. The “communion of saints” affirms that the mystical Body of Christ transcends both time and space. Even when we think we are alone, we are surrounded by their presence and inspired by their witness.
This week, please pray for the following—
Diocese of Southeast Florida, especially...
The Rt. Rev. Leo Frade, our bishop
Daughters of the King
Anglican Communion, especially…
The Rt. Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding
Bishop of the US
The Church of Ceylon
Diocese of the Dominican Republic, our
Andros Island, Bahamas:
St. Stephen’s, French Creek
St. Bartholomew, Behering Point
St. Faith, Staniard Creek
Ministries in this parish…
12-step and other support groups
Sherry Kross, Preschool Director and Junior
Ministries in the world…
Episcopal Urban Caucus (ministries of
reconciliation, justice, & peace)
journalists who work in places of war, disaster,
those who travel, for recreation or for work
the selection of a new Bishop for our diocese
sacrifices made for our benefit
those celebrating birthdays and anniversaries
the saints and holy days remembered this week
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A Stewardship Prayer—
God our Father,
make us to think more
of what we can give to life
and less of what we can get out of it.
May we be mindful that we hold our gifts,
our life itself,
in trust for you
and the service of humankind.
Save us from thinking only
of our own needs and desires;
and help us to remember
that it is more blessed to give than receive, according to the teaching
of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.