Almighty God, I would learn that while thou art a forgiving Lord, nature has no mercy on them that break her laws. Forgive me for all my neglect, and help me to see the way in which thou hast through mercy led me. Give me the power to endure and the strength to resist temptation. May I seek to understand thy laws, that I may not fail through ignorance. Amen. http://www.prayer-for-the-day.org/prayer-for-the-day -february/prayer-for-the-day-february-17.htm Clergy The Rev. Chuck Woehler, Rector and Headmaster The Rev. Beth Wyndham, Assistant Rector The Rev. Don Wilkinson, Assisting Priest The Rev. Turner Hubby, Assisting Priest The Rev. Nate Bostian, Assisting Priest Church Staff Kathleen Stephens, Parish Administrator Christina Burk, Parish Secretary Ryan Becker, Minister of Music Cathy Villani, Director of Christian Education Spencer Stocker, Youth Minister Barry Brake, Contemporary Worship Leader Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30—4:30 pm School Staff Debra Root, Head of School Robin Rosen, Office Manager Margaret Marble, Business Manager Vestry Kent Copeland, Senior Warden Lisa Nelson, Junior Warden Missy Denney, Hospitality & Fellowship Matt Newman, Newcomers & Communications Wayne Currier, Clerk Marco Rosito, Youth Christy Atkins, Worship Kathleen Brennen, Christian Formation Tom Rickey, Senior Adult Ministries Jon Robinson, Outreach & World Mission Victor Llana, School Liaison Dan Wallace, Treasurer St. Thomas Episcopal Church and School 1416 N. Loop 1604 E. † San Antonio, Texas 78232 (210) 494-3507 Church † (210) 494-3509 School (210) 494-0678 Fax E-Mail † [email protected] † Website † www.tom1604.org Pray for: Our weekly intercessions: Give thanks for Trinity Episcopal Church, Junction. Those in our Parish: Helen Jaeger, Billy Fulton, Kathryn Woehler, Travis Kiker, Jerry Lollar, Jimmie Huckins, Jeannine Foster, Frank Harwi, Jim Whitehead, Ray Parker, Audrey McTighe, Dorothy, Peggy Shearer, Pablo Guajardo, Truman Wheeler, Brandi Woehler, Ann DeForest, Joan Cornell, Joe Robinson, Joyce Rennie, Lee Throop, John Throop, Jake Bain, Esther Rickey, Maxine Swan, Kate Beebe, Pam Currier, Bob Schneider, Gina Schneider, Nancy Priest, Barbara Niemann, Lorraine Rodriguez, Angie Souder, Marci Wolfe, Zoe Parra, Colton Grunwald, Walt Root, Bob Thompson, Ally Giltner, Mike Cain, Janie Trevino Devotional readings for each day Parish prayer concerns, birthdays, and anniversaries February 15, 2015— February 22, 2015 Those in the Armed Forces (and their families): Will Hall, John-Michael Schiavi, Aaron Passeur, Matt Manship, Tony Boone, Leon Slaughter, Margaret Kusiak, Scott Keegan, David Foster, Joseph Lukefahr, Kaleob Williams, Bernice Hillegass, Joshua Lavender, Jake O’Donnell, Matt Pryor Our Thanksgivings: The birth of Anna Parker Leddy Those who have Died: Caroline Ellingson Our Friends and Loved Ones: Long Term Alisa Muller—daughter of Myra Gulley Sharon Nunn—mother of Rene Vinson Richard Needham—brother of Sue Needham PJ Oliver—mother of Stephanie Cady Mike Cochran—brother of Mary Francis Dan Fleenor—friend of Bob Thompson Gabriel Stanhope—nephew of Kathy Lathrop Darla Ray—friend of Lori Harmon Carroll Belton—friend of Lori Harmon Karen & Tim Supper—friends of Sherri Jaeger TJ—nephew of Mona Fox Jennifer Fundersol—cousin of Rene Vinson JP & Olivia Funderson—cousins of Rene Vinson Paulette Family—friends of Lori Harmon Linda Sue—sister of Mona Fox Matthew Jaeger—son of Sherri Jaeger Sara Limnack—cousin-in-law of Susanne O’Brien Terry Stanley—brother of Kathryn Woehler Erin Russell—daughter of Pat Cain Linda McGhee—sister-in-law of Judy Thompson Ken Nunley—friend of Tres Bain Susan Moore Russell—friend of Sherri Jaeger Barbara Murphy—cousin of Leo Castanon Jenni Capps—friend of Marlee Green Linda Brinkman—friend of the Marbles Eric Gonzales—nephew of Marlee Green Rachael Chaffin—friend of Patti Keller & the Woods family Krista Soria—family of Bill & Francis Hall Amanda & Danny Mills—friends of the Thompsons Helen Gray—step-sister of Cathy Villani Robert Cecil—cousin of Ann English John Lockhart—step-brother of Cathy Villani William Schultz & Family—son-in-law of Linda Albrecht Lily Joy Kindred—cousin of Paige Felter Tom Stocker—father of Spencer Stocker Dorothy Hendricks—mother of Beth Wyndham Gregg Epperson—son of Fred & Shirley Epperson Mark Browne—son of Thelmarie Browne Sam Seeley—father of Kathleen Stephens Charles Stephens—father of Charles Stephens Libby Poston—mother of Stacey Arantes Nell Craighead —friend of the Greens Vicki McDonald & John Hershner— friend of Nancy Leming Valerie McCarthy Douthit —friend of Helen Lynch Carl Lee —friend of John & Carol Keith Stephen Furman—nephew of Sherry Jaeger Louis Lockhart—step -brother of Cathy Villani Alan Villani—brother-in-law of Cathy Villani Ranita Adams—friend of Stacey Hunt Cruz Partida—father-in-law of Amy Partida Dave—friend of Mary Clark Mary Kelly—sister of Beth Wyndham Rev. and Mrs. Leroy Miltner —cousins of Helen Lynch Sandra Wilkins—friend of Helen Lynch Ephraim Ledbetter—brother of Charlie Ledbetter Joseph Marone—friend of Helen Lynch Cathy Green—sister-in-law of Marlee Green Bob Dyer—friend of the Green family Robert Carter—father of Kent & Dee Carter Janice—sister of Patty Horridge Short Term JR Souder—father of Jason Souder Clayton Copeland—brother of Kent Copeland Whitaker Family—friend of the Hunt Family Mary Louise Lukefahr—sister of the Lukefahr’s Dr. Emer Kilbride—friend of Chavez family Al Levesque—uncle of Stephanie Pratt Keller Michael David Stanley—grand-nephew of Kathryn Woehler Cinnemon Rohreach—friend of Gary Villani Adam Cardenas—friend of Gary Villani Frank Persyn Jr.—friend of the Harris family Mary Rosenbusch—friend of the Harris family Cherean Greene—sister of Tom Rickey Good News Daily Sunday, February 15 John 12:24-32 “Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” (v.24 NRSV) When I learned that my favorite author had died, I was mad at God for taking him away from the body of Christ so soon. His writings on spiritual formation had changed my life. They gave me reason to believe I could change some of my non Christ-like ways and he showed me how. I believe this desire is in every Christian heart. Isn’t this why we enter counseling, make New Year’s resolutions and read self-help books? The possibility of transformation is the essence of hope. Intellectually, I know God does not make mistakes, but I wanted to hear from Him why this had happened so soon. While reading this verse for today I discovered the answer, which calmed my heart. As Dallas Willard has gone to live in the presence of the One he loved, there is much fruit being written and spoken today by the pastors and individuals who have sought his counsel and whom he has mentored. The fruit has multiplied far beyond what any one man could produce. Deuteronomy 6:1-9; Psalms 148, 149, 150; Hebrews 12:18-29 Birthdays: Pam Currier, Debbie Smith, Lori Backlund Anniversaries: Stephen & Laurie Ersch Monday, February 16 Psalm 25 For the friendship of the LORD is for those who fear him, and he makes his covenant known to them. (v.14) After returning home from a recent high school reunion, I reflected on the value of these friends, most of whom I have known for almost 50 years. When we are fortunate enough to come together we see that our shared secrets are still just between us. Because our family history is also known so well—the good, the bad, and the ugly—when we are together there is no pretense, no masks, no secrets, only acceptance and genuine love. Just like the way my friend Jesus and I relate. Are you aware of the heavenly treasure available to us? He wants to be our friend to share his covenant (secrets) with us. Our verse for today says it is for those who fear him. The Bible gives us two different meanings, like two sides of a coin. They can be found in Proverbs 8:13, and Psalm 33:8-9. My grandma’s favorite song was “What a friend we have in Jesus.” I am grateful to grandma for putting the thought into my mind, at a very early age, that Jesus could be my divine friend. Deuteronomy 6:10-15; Hebrews 1:1-14; John 1:1-18 Thursday, February 19 Birthdays: Anniversaries: Shrove Tuesday, February 17 Psalm 28 Repay them according to their work, and according to the evil of their deeds; repay them according to the work of their hands; render them their due reward. (v.4) In this psalm, King David is praying that the Lord would bring justice to his enemies to save the Jews from being destroyed. In my Bible I have my nephew’s name written in the margin of this verse. Many years ago he became an enemy to my family by murdering all the members of his family. Yes, it was a shock and heartbreak. Since he was only 15 years of age, he was not tried as an adult, but instead served three years in a well-known mental hospital. A few years after being released, he began to practice other atrocities that continued to hurt our family financially, as well as emotionally. All of this was extremely painful and changed our family dynamics for years to come. Forgiveness did not come easy, but this verse was a major help as I choose to relinquish my nephew into the hands of Our All Wise Judge, knowing there would be justice one day. Peace came to me in that moment of truth. Deuteronomy 6:16-25; Psalm 26; Hebrews 2:1-10; John 1:19-28 Psalm 37:1-18 Do not fret because of the wicked… (v.1a) When I first read this verse many years ago, I was in the very midst of fretting over an older family member. I had just learned he touched my young daughter inappropriately while our family was away. “Lord help me, instruct me, guide me before I do something evil.” He instructed me to read the rest of this chapter. Of course our Sovereign Lord would not tell us to do something without telling us how, so I immersed myself in the study of this whole chapter and learned what it meant to trust, to delight, and to commit. The word “commit” in Hebrew means to throw something and “entrust it into” the hands of another. This requires a letting go, which usually includes our sinful attitudes such as revenge, malice, and unforgiveness. The letting go becomes easier if we meditate and delight on all God is for us. If you are ever confronted with any such evil, please know the Bible gives a clear pathway as to how to leave results with God and, in time, live in tranquility. “The Lord laughs at the wicked, for he sees their day is coming” (v.13). Deuteronomy 7:6-11; Titus 1:1-16; John 1:29-34 Ash Wednesday, February 18 Hebrews 12:1-14 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us. (v.1) It’s Ash Wednesday, and if we choose to accept it, the next 40 days can be a race set before us of surveying the blood-stained cross of Jesus and preparing us for the greatest of all celebrations, Easter Sunday. This can be a time for us to choose to spend more quiet time with our Lord concentrating on all that He has done for us. We can find that extra time by giving up a meal at an interval right for us or giving up some tech games or another leisure time activity. Sitting in God’s presence, He will show you what gets in the way of more quiet time with Him. This usually means we will need to deny ourselves something that has taken up too much of our time, and keeps us occupied with fleshly pursuits. Our Lord wants us to love Him so much that there’s only joy in our heart at the thought of spending more time with the One who loves us most. When we choose to deny ourselves something on the outside, while replacing it with more time with Him, we will show our deep gratitude for what He has done for us. Father, for Your glory and our growth, I ask you to inundate us with fresh grace in the coming weeks. This special season is all about what You have done for us, not what we promise to do for You. Jonah 3:1—4:11; Psalms 95, 32, 143; Luke 18:9-14 Birthdays: Laura Hernandez, Stephen Ersch Anniversaries: Birthdays: Marvin King, Eliza Mills, Jennifer Conner, Emmie Guarardo, Alexis Guajardo, Josie Aikens Anniversaries: Birthdays: Anniversaries: by Nancy Ross Friday, February 20 Birthdays: Lisa Nelson, Jean Winbigler Anniversaries: our Savior appeared, he saved us… (vv.3-5a) Reading these verses, I so identify with where I was the night my husband invited one of his lonely co-workers to our home for dinner. He was feeling the pain of experiencing his wife of only 6 months walking out on him. Standing beside him with a cigarette in one hand and bourbon and water in the other hand, I spoke words to him words I will never forget: “What you need to do, is go to church.” In the twinkling of an eye, the Presence of God revealed my hypocritical heart to me. It wasn’t pretty and of course it included many of those sins listed above. I have never been the same since that night after a time of deep repentance. I have always felt the most important word in these verses was “but.” If Jesus had not come to offer me salvation and a new life, I would still be foolish and living in the swamp of sin. I have been forever grateful for God’s mercy, which gives me what I don’t deserve. Deuteronomy 7:17-26; Psalms 30, 32; John 1:43-51 Psalm 31 You are indeed my rock and my fortress; for your name’s sake lead me and guide me. (v.3) My oldest grandson loves to debate with his grandmother because faith is objectionable to him. It is the very center of my life, and he knows that. He loves to get me caught up in the latest Christian scandals or social issues of our day. We are always on opposite sides, so the debate goes on and on. I dislike debating, but for the Lord’s sake I have a desperate interest for him to see the light. So I allow myself to get caught up in endless tirades, both in person and in emails. This has been going on for many decades, but in that time I have learned to establish some helpful boundaries. My desire to represent the Lord’s interests causes me to cling to the Rock who gives me stability when I want to run away from the fight. When these thoughts come to mind, only pleading for guidance saves me from my foolishness. God’s presence sometimes helps me see no right argument will change him. At these times the first words of the Serenity Prayer come to mind: Lord, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change. Serenity is the opposite of panic. Deuteronomy 7:12-16; Titus 2:1-15; John 1:35-42 Birthdays: Lorrie Swain, Tom Foster, Kimberly Reed, Ron Wilson, Ron Lorton, Michael Murphy Anniversaries: Saturday, February 21 Titus 3:1-15 We ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by men and hating one another; but when the goodness and loving kindness of God Used with permission from the BIBLE READING FELLOWSHIP PO Box 380, Winter Park, FL 32790 www.biblereading.org **Please say a special Prayer for our youth minister, Spencer Stocker, on his mission trip to Haiti with the Diocese** Read more about their trip on the Diocese Blog: https://dwtxmissionprayers.wordpress.com/ category/2015-haiti/ To add names to the Prayer Lists: email [email protected] Please indicate whether the person is a parishioner, whether the need is long term (up to 6 months) or short term (up to 1 month), and the name of the person making the request. 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