April 30, 2005

A Measure Of Success

Seen in the comments section of "Father Jake Stops The World:"

It is a truism that 20% of the membership does 80% of the work of a parish. If this is so, even roughly speaking, then it stands to reason that the key statistic is not how many show up on Sunday, but how many are active. "The ministers of the church," the Catechism says, "are laypeople, bishops, priests and deacons" (ECUSA BCP [1979], p. 855). This simple statement makes it clear that the work of the church belongs to the laity. The clergy are there to help the laity do that work.

What this means is that the primary function of a parish is to be a community of ministering people. It starts with offering worship on Sunday, "the work of the people," which is what "liturgy" means. The ability to offer regular Sunday worship is the sine qua non of every church. This is so fundamental that we often overlook it. New missions, and the tiny churches that dot the nation, however, understand it well.

But the work of the people is much more than that. Each one of us has a speaking part in God's drama of salvation. The meaning of a Christian's life is to discover that role, accept it, and learn to employ the specific gifts of the Holy Spirit in accomplishing that work. This means of course being part of the ministry of the local congregation.

Each congregation is therefore a seedbed—a "seminary"—for the individual ministries of each member. Those congregations that claim this as their primary role will succeed in helping birth the vocations of their members. The consequences of this will be enormous. First of all, the negativity of being a static or declining church will disappear, as well as the "category envy" ("we wanna be a corporate parish!") that all too often infest the thinking of parochial leadership. The higher the percentage of members who have claimed their ministry, the more joy a congregation will experience being who they are, rather than wishing they were another bigger, richer parish (Eph. 4:16). - Anglicans Online Essays | The True Measure of a Successful Parish, by Pierre W. Whalon

This enlarges on themes and topics that are being kicked around in our diocese, and adds new food for thought as well.

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April 28, 2005

Summer Time Is Coming

St Columba will celebrate Holy Eucharist at 9am beginning Sunday, May 29th. Come to church a little later than before, and then get out and enjoy summer!

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April 27, 2005

Readers Needed

Pentecost, Sunday May 15th, will be a special day - but we need your help!

We need people to read the Gospel for that day in as many languages as possible. We've had a few volunteer that they have a working knowledge of Spanish, German, Italian, French, and even Greek and Latin. We could use some more readers, especially native speakers. This would be a great opportunity to invite someone to come with you that day, so if you know someone who speaks a language other than English, please offer them the opportunity.

This is the Gospel that Father Ted will read:

John 14:8-17 Bleaching Berlin

Philip said to Jesus, "Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied." Jesus said to him, "Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, `Show us the Father'? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves. Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.

"If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you."

There are a lot of language resources online, but this website yielded th biggest variety of languages, in a highly readable format.

So far, I've gathered readings in Spanish, German, French, Italian, Latin, Greek, Norwegian, Swedish, Tagalog, Modern Hebrew, and Thai. There are several African languages available, along with Maori, Chinese, and even Esperanto.

Please email me, Ginny Gibbs, if you're interested in being a reader.

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April 25, 2005

Sixth Sunday of Easter

The readings for Sunday May 1, the Sixth Sunday of Easter.

There are several options for readings, but this one from Acts is especially welcome in a time when people of different faiths are in conflict, and indeed when people of the same faith are in conflict:

Acts 17:22-31 Paul stood in front of the Areopagus and said, "Athenians, I see how extremely religious you are in every way. For as I went through the city and looked carefully at the objects of your worship, I found among them an altar with the inscription, `To an unknown god.' What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. The God who made the world and everything in it, he who is Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines made by human hands, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mortals life and breath and all things. From one ancestor he made all nations to inhabit the whole earth, and he allotted the times of their existence and the boundaries of the places where they would live, so that they would search for God and perhaps grope for him and find him-- though indeed he is not far from each one of us. For `In him we live and move and have our being'; as even some of your own poets have said,

`For we too are his offspring.'

Since we are God's offspring, we ought not to think that the deity is like gold, or silver, or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of mortals. While God has overlooked the times of human ignorance, now he commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will have the world judged in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed, and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead."

Rather than criticising the Athenians as idolators and rejecting their beliefs out of hand. Paul "looked carefully at [their] objects of worship" and found the altar to "an uknown God" could be a point of convergence between their religious views and his own. His persuasive and logical argument could not fail to intrigue them and inspire them to learn more about this unknown God and the Man He appointed as judge.

It's probably the worlds' first example of ecumenicalism in action.

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Greeters and Ushers May-August

The schedule for greeters and ushers is available for May through August - click on "Continue reading" to see the full schedule. And thank you for serving!

May - August 2005
May 1 Wally and Ellie Jacobs
May 8 Bob and Pat Kalicki
May 15 Ron and Colleen Muehl
May 22 Earl and LaWayne Williams
May 29 Walt and Ellie  
June 5 Bob and Pat  
June 12 Ron and Colleen  
June 19 Earl and LaWayne  
June 26 Wally and Ellie  
July 3 Bob and Pat  
July 10 Ron and Colleen  
July 17 Earl and LaWayne  
July 24 Wally and Ellie  
July 31 Bob and Pat  
August 7 Ron and Colleen  
August 14 Earl and LaWayne  
August 21 Wally and Ellie  
August 28 Bob and Pat  

If you are unable to be at church for your Sunday, please call someone to
substitute for you. Also, please take an attendance count for entry in the church register and give the numbers to the MC on duty that Sunday. Thank you.

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April 24, 2005

Lay Ministries In May

The schedule has been updated through the end of May. Click "Continue reading" to see the complete schedule for the month.

Lay Ministries May 2005
Date Server &
Lay Reader &
Chalice Bearer
May 1 Edwin Bainer
Matt Portillo
Daniel Bainer
Duncan McPherson Rob Bartlett
May 8 Earl Williams
Ashley Portillo
Chris Bollyn
Andrea Weust Earl Williams
May 15 Ron Muehl
Michael Toren
Michael Milner
Colleen Muehl Ron Muehl
May 22 Mark Britt
Chris Raufeisen
Matt Portillo
Mark Britt Mark Britt
May 29 Rob Bartlett
Daniel Bainer
Ashley Portillo
Scott Eiler Rob Bartlett

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Concert At St Nicholas May 21

Sopranos Sharon Garvey Cohen and Elizabeth Anne Swanson will perform Saturday, May 21st at 7:30pm at St. Nicholas Episcopal Church. Ms. Cohen is a member of the Lyric Opera Chorus, and Ms. Swanson has studied voice here in the U.S. and in Europe.

Tickets are $15.00, and a formal dessert buffet will follow the performance.

For tickets, contact St Nicholas Church at or . The church is located at 1072 Ridge Avenue in Elk Grove Village.

Proceeds from the concert will benefit St. Nicholas Church.

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May 4: Ascension Eve With Bishop Persell

The Rt. Rev. William D. Persell will be preacher and presider at our celebration for the Eve of Ascension at Holy Innocents Wednesday, May 4 at 7:00pm. Holy Eucharist will be jointly hosted for area Episcopal churches by Holy Innocents, Incarnation, and St. Columba.

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Family Mass At St Columba Sunday May 1

The monthly Family Mass will be this Sunday at St Columba at 9:15am. Children will be given jobs to do during the service, such as carrying something in procession, so arrive by about 9:00 or so if you'd like your child to assist.

This is a good "starter" service for anyone, as it's a more relaxed and informal celebration of the Eucharist. The regular morning Eucharist at St Columba will be at 8:20am, and is a quiet and simple service.

The photo gallery with images from previous Family Mass services is here.

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For The Sick or Home-Bound

Day 24 (from Day By Day Crisis Edition)

Our prayers at Holy Innocents are asked our infirm or home-bound members, especially Ruth S. and Michael J.

Our prayers at St Columba are asked for Audrey.

Prayers for the Sick

For a Sick Person
O Father of mercies and God of all comfort, our only help in time of need: We humbly beseech thee to behold, visit, and relieve thy sick servant N. for whom our prayers are desired. Look upon him with the eyes of thy mercy; comfort him with a sense of thy goodness; preserve him from the temptations of the enemy; and give him patience under his affliction. In thy good time, restore him to health, and enable him to lead the residue of his life in thy fear, and to thy glory; and grant that he may dwell with thee in life everlasting; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For Recovery from Sickness
O God, the strength of the weak and the comfort of sufferers: Mercifully accept our prayers, and grant to your servant N. the help of your power, that his sickness may be turned into health, and our sorrow into joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

or this

O God of heavenly powers, by the might of your command you drive away from our bodies all sickness and all infirmity: Be present in your goodness with your servant N., that his weakness may be banished and his strength restored; and that, his health being renewed, he may bless your holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Prayers for use by a Sick Person

For Trust in God
O God, the source of all health: So fill my heart with faith in your love, that with calm expectancy I may make room for your power to possess me, and gracefully accept your healing; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

In Pain
Lord Jesus Christ, by your patience in suffering you hallowed earthly pain and gave us the example of obedience to your Father's will: Be near me in my time of weakness and pain; sustain me by your grace, that my strength and courage may not fail; heal me according to your will; and help me always to believe that what happens to me here is of little account if you hold me in eternal life, my Lord and my God. Amen.

For Sleep
O heavenly Father, you give your children sleep for the refreshing of soul and body: Grant me this gift, I pray; keep me in that perfect peace which you have promised to those whose minds are fixed on you; and give me such a sense of your presence, that in the hours of silence I may enjoy the blessed assurance of your love; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

In the Morning This is another day, O Lord. I know not what it will bring forth, but make me ready, Lord, for whatever it may be. If I am to stand up, help me to stand bravely. If I am to sit still, help me to sit quietly. If I am to lie low, help me to do it patiently. And if I am to do nothing, let me do it gallantly. Make these words more than words, and give me the Spirit of Jesus. Amen. - The Book Of Common Prayer

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April 23, 2005

Past Is Future

This is interesting, as Holy Innocents is pretty "high" on the liturgical scale of things (for this part of the country, anyway):

Choosing the "high church" or Anglo-Catholic format for the new service also was deliberate. Hawkins said several studies had shown that the post-Gen X group, known as the "baby busters," is attracted to high ceremonial worship as a reaction against the casual style of services preferred by their baby boomer parents.

"There is a critical mass of younger persons who are drawn to more formal styles of work," said Hawkins. "As a liturgical church, it's easy for us to do that, so we're drawing upon a part of our tradition that was not drawn upon previously." -- Episcopal Life

Even more interestingly, they use a trial version of the Eucharistic liturgy. There are a couple of nice pictures on the page as well.

This topic was raised earlier today in a workshop attended by several members of the Bishop's Committee.

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April 22, 2005

Paging Mr Lincoln

Found at another "Episcoblog:"


It's not mine. Honest: Assorted Abes check to see whose cell phone is ringing during dedication ceremonies for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Ill.
From SFGate via Going Jesus
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April 21, 2005

Synergy Quintet News

Holy Innocents and St Columba's members who were lucky enough to attend one of the two concerts we hosted for Synergy Brass Quintet will be happy to hear they are doing very well, and are constantly on the road doing concerts. In fact, a check of their concert listing not only still shows their previous concerts here at Holy Innocents (good times!) but some very exciting future dates in July/August 2006. Yes, they're booked to perform during Evensong for a week at Bristol Cathedral, and then they will perform a concert one night at Canterbury Cathedral.

There is a possibility they'll be in the area of Ravinia in late August of this year, so watch this space for more information as it becomes available. As Chris said in his email "You guys always have such a fun crowd." We'd better dig out our "Synergy groupie" T-shirts just in case.

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April 18, 2005

Fifth Sunday of Easter

The readings for next Sunday, April 24th: Fifth Sunday of Easter

They include this well-known Gospel text:

John 14:1-14

Jesus said, "Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way to the place where I am going." Thomas said to him, "Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?" Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him."

Philip said to him, "Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied." Jesus said to him, "Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, `Show us the Father'? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves. Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it."

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April 15, 2005

Love Is Come Again

The choir is working on a special piece for this Sunday: a modern arrangement of an old hymn, "Now The Green Blade Rises." With any luck we'll have some special accompaniment, too. It's a wonderful piece to sing and the words are worth a closer look:

Now the green blade riseth from the buried grain,
Wheat that in the dark earth many days has lain;
Love lives again, that with the dead has been:
Love is come again, like wheat that springeth green.

In the grave they laid him, love whom men had slain,
Thinking that never he would wake again.
Laid in the earth like grain that sleeps unseen:
Love is come again, like wheat that springeth green,

Forth he came at Easter, like the risen grain,
He that for three days in the grave had lain.
Quick from the dead my risen Lord is seen:
Love is come again, like wheat that springeth green.

When our hearts are wintry, grieving, or in pain,
Thy touch can call us back to life again;
Fields of our hearts that dead and bare have been:
Love is come again, like wheat that springeth green.

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Via Media Breakfast Retreat


The retreat for the end of the Via Media program will be tomorrow, Saturday April 16th at St Columba. Fr. Ted and Mark will serve a light breakfast at 9:00 AM, with the final program to follow. There will be a mid-day Eucharist and the retreat will end around 12:40 PM or so.
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For Sale: Cypriot Copper Mine Fit for King Herod

NICOSIA (Reuters) - A copper mine in Cyprus where the metal has been mined since Biblical times faces closure unless the Church of Cyprus can find a buyer, officials said on Wednesday.

The Skouriotissa mine, which produced copper ore at a site where there has been mining for some 4,000 years, suspended operations in January, leaving its workers unpaid and with debts labor unions estimate at 14 million pounds ($31.1 million).

Herod the Great, who in the Bible ordered the Massacre of the Innocents in an attempt to murder the infant Jesus, has been recorded among those having rights to mine at the site in Cyprus's picturesque Troodos Mountains.

Amazing - this ancient copper mine is linked to the sad history of our patrons, the Holy Innocents. That it should still exist after all this time, and be in danger of permanently closing and throwing so many people out of work is particularly poignant.

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April 11, 2005

Fourth Sunday of Easter

The readings for next Sunday, April 17: Fourth Sunday of Easter

The readings include Psalm 23, which is probably one of the best-known and most frequently quoted passages from the Bible.

Psalm 23 Page 612, BCP Dominus regit me

The LORD is my shepherd; *
I shall not be in want.

He makes me lie down in green pastures *
and leads me beside still waters.

He revives my soul *
and guides me along right pathways for his Name's sake.

Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I shall fear no evil; *
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

You spread a table before me in the presence of those
who trouble me; *
you have anointed my head with oil,
and my cup is running over.

Surely your goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days
of my life, *
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

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Third Sunday of Easter

The readings for last Sunday, April 10: Third Sunday of Easter

The Gospel reading concerned the walk to Emmaus - how Jesus appeared to two disciples as they traveled to the nearby village of Emmaus, but they did not recognize him until they invited him to stay with them and share their meal:

When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes wered, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. They said to each other, "Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he wasng the scriptures to us?" That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven and their companions gathered together. They were saying, "The Lord has risen indeed, and he has appeared to Simon!" Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.

Fr. Ted's sermon enlarged on this theme; it is sometimes difficult for us to recognize Jesus in others, or to invite Him into our busy lives. We must take the time to listen to others and be present to them, or we might miss an opportunity to "walk the walk," and not just "talk the talk."

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Hints from (St) Heloise

Another Episcopal blogger and priest, "Fr. John Wilkins," recently passed along tips for getting candle wax out of carpet. This is the sort of thing the Altar Guild has dealt with, but not everyone may know it. As there may have been drops of melted wax scattered about during the Easter Vigil at Holy Innocents, I'll include the link here.

Salt: Getting Wax out of the Carpet

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April 07, 2005

Via Media April 12, Retreat April 16


Dear Friends:

Last (Tuesday) evening was our first Eastertide Via Media gathering. While our numbers
were small, our discussion was rich and lively as we discussed the topic of
Sin. I know that all of our schedules are full these days; however, I do hope
that as many of you as possible will be able to complete this import shared
formation and learning experience for St. Columba's and Holy Innocents.

Our final Tuesday night of Via Media will be next Tuesday, April 12, and our
closing retreat is scheduled for Saturday, April 16. The plan for the retreat
is to gather at 9:00 for a light breakfast that Mark and I will prepare and
then to conclude with the Eucharist which will end around 12:30 p.m. We can
either go home after the Eucharist, or we could bring things to share for a
picnic lunch together following the Eucharist.

(I thought we might gather at St. Columba's. If the weather is nice, we
could consider having the closing Eucharist outside, and we could use the patio
for a picnic.)

For planning purposes the following information would be helpful.
(Please respond by e-mail.):

  • Will you be able to attend next Tuesday's Via Media session?

  • Will you be able to attend the Saturday retreat?

  • If you can attend the retreat, would you prefer to go home after the
    Eucharist or to stay and share a picnic together?

Thank you --

Fr. Ted

PS I will be in touch w/ those who do not have e-mail.

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Evangelism Webcast April 30

The Episcopal Diocese of Texas and the Parish of Trinity Church-St. Paul's Chapel in New York are co-sponsoring a unique webcast focusing on the Episcopal Church and evangelism. All are invited to watch the live webcast, which is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Eastern time (9 a.m. Central) on Saturday, April 30. Viewers should log on to www.trinitywallstreet.org/evangelism. The webcast will also be available for on-demand viewing after its conclusion. - Episcopal News Service
There are viewing resources and materials available, as some Episcopal parishes will be acting as local hosts for the webcast. However, all are welcome to log on and watch from home.
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April 02, 2005

John Paul II Links

John Paul II 1920-2005
It is a momentous event when any world religious leader dies; it is even more momentous when that leader has been in office longer than an entire generation has been alive. Americans of many faiths respected Pope John Paul II as a great and influential world leader for peace and evangelism, but many of us had difficulty with some of his teachings.

Still, there was no denying his genius for connecting with the people, and making connections between people. He will be much missed in this strife-torn world.

Chicago Tribune: Full Coverage
New York Times: Full Coverage
Catholics in America: A Restive People

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Daylight Saving Time: Spring Ahead

Remember to set your clocks ahead 1 hour tonight!

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