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March 8, 2017



Have you ever done the math on Lent, counting from Ash Wednesday until Easter? It isn't 40 days, but 46. So what's up with that?

Well, there are six Sundays that fall in the season of Lent, but these days don't count. They are Sundays in Lent, that is within the confines of the liturgical season, but they are not "of" Lent. They are not days of fasting and abstinence according to the Lenten disciplines.

According to page 16 of the Book of Common Prayer, "All Sundays of the year are feasts of our Lord Jesus Christ." Not just feast days or holy days, like St. Joseph and the Annunciation later this month, Sundays are feasts of our Lord. They are days of celebration as we recall week by week the resurrection of the Lord.

Feasts of our Lord, by their very nature, cannot be fast days. Which means that our Lenten observance ought to take into account the difference between Sundays and the rest of the season.

For those who are undergoing a temporary discipline, giving up meat or chocolate for example, then it is appropriate to enjoy those on Sundays. Note, however, that there is a difference between breaking the fast on Sundays and overindulging.

On the other hand, those who are undertaking a new habit or discipline that requires a long-term commitment, giving up smoking for example, it would seem wiser to stay the course even on Sundays.

In our properly ordered enjoyment of the feast, we find the fullness of the fruits of our fast. Having submitted the body and will to discipline, we celebrate the freedom we have received in Jesus Christ and the resurrection.
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Make-up Video: 5 PM
Mass: 5:30 PM
Soup & Study: 6:00 - 7 PM

It's NOT too late to join us for the midweek study series this Lent.

If you missed last week's video, a few folks will be watching it this evening at 5 p.m. before Mass at 5:30. After the service, we will grab some soup and discuss the first topic, Adoratio, before jumping into the next video, The High Priest. All are welcome!
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Stations of the Cross:  Friday, March 10, we will walk the Stations of the Cross with St. Mary's Catholic Church. This week will be at St. Mary's beginning at 7:00 p.m. Also, the Knights of Columbus have their Friday Fish Fry from 5 to 7 p.m.

Vestry Meeting:  The Vestry will meet following the service Sunday. Please send any agenda items and/or regrets to Fr. Ben. After the business session, we will eat lunch and have a broad discussion of the various ministries here at Trinity.

Changing Office Hours:  Monday morning was a great success as several folks came out to Panera for some conversation and fellowship.

After some feedback, Fr. Ben is tweaking the schedule just a bit further. New ideas take time to work out the bugs. The afternoon session at King City Books from 3 to 5 pm for coffee and conversation will move to Wednesdays starting March 15.
  • Mondays
    • 9-12, Panera Bread
    • Note: Will end early at 11:30 on 3/13 due to meeting in Salem
  • Tuesdays
    • 1-4 pm, Church office
  • Wednesdays
    • 3-5 pm, King City Books
  • Other times by appointment or simply call ahead
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Wednesday, 3/8
5:30 PM - Mass
6:00 PM - Soup and Study

Friday, 3/10
5-7 PM - Knights of Columbus Fish Fry
7:00 PM - Stations of the Cross at St. Mary's

Daylight Savings Time begins this Sunday
Don't forget to Spring forward

Sunday, 3/12 - Second Sunday in Lent
9:15 AM - Anglican Rosary
9:30 AM - Sunday School
10:30 AM - Mass

Coffee Hour and Vestry Meeting following

Tuesday, 3/14
8:30 AM - Mass @ Good Samaritan Hospital

Wednesday, 3/15
5:30 PM - Mass
6:15 PM - Soup and Study

Mark Your Calendar
3/20:  St. Joseph (transferred)
3/27:  The Annunciation (transferred)

Office Hours
Monday: 9 AM-12 PM, Panera Bread
Tuesday:  1-4 PM, Church
Wednesday:  3-5 PM King City Books



Sunday, March 12


Altar Guild
Tami Cralley
Kathy Lewis

Coffee Hour
Kitty Harmon

Esther Schelosky


Lay Eucharistic Minister
Jim Adams

Kathy Lewis

Monthly Ministry Schedule Here
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Hear, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest

March 12, 2017 - Second Sunday in Lent, Year A

The Collect

O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy: Be gracious to all who have gone astray from thy ways, and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of thy Word, Jesus Christ thy Son; who with thee and the Holy Spirit liveth and reigneth, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Genesis 12:1-8

Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who curses you I will curse; and by you all the families of the earth shall bless themselves.” So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. And Abram took Sar′ai his wife, and Lot his brother’s son, and all their possessions which they had gathered, and the persons that they had gotten in Haran; and they set forth to go to the land of Canaan. When they had come to the land of Canaan, Abram passed through the land to the place at Shechem, to the oak of Moreh. At that time the Canaanites were in the land. Then the Lord appeared to Abram, and said, “To your descendants I will give this land.” So he built there an altar to the Lord, who had appeared to him. Thence he removed to the mountain on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east; and there he built an altar to the Lord and called on the name of the Lord.

Psalm 33:12-22

12           Happy is the nation whose God is the LORD! *  happy the people he has chosen to be his own!
13           The LORD looks down from heaven, *  and beholds all the people in the world.
14           From where he sits enthroned he turns his gaze *  on all who dwell on the earth.
15           He fashions all the hearts of them *  and understands all their works.
16           There is no king that can be saved by a mighty army; *  a strong man is not delivered by his great strength.
17           The horse is a vain hope for deliverance; *  for all its strength it cannot save.
18           Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon those who fear him, *  on those who wait upon his love,
19           To pluck their lives from death, *  and to feed them in time of famine.
20           Our soul waits for the LORD; *  he is our help and our shield.
21           Indeed, our heart rejoices in him, *  for in his holy Name we put our trust.
22           Let your loving-kindness, O LORD, be upon us, *  as we have put our trust in you.

Romans 4:1-17

What then shall we say about Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh? For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. For what does the scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness.” Now to one who works, his wages are not reckoned as a gift but as his due. And to one who does not work but trusts him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is reckoned as righteousness. So also David pronounces a blessing upon the man to whom God reckons righteousness apart from works: “Blessed are those whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered; blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not reckon his sin.” Is this blessing pronounced only upon the circumcised, or also upon the uncircumcised? We say that faith was reckoned to Abraham as righteousness. How then was it reckoned to him? Was it before or after he had been circumcised? It was not after, but before he was circumcised. He received circumcision as a sign or seal of the righteousness which he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised. The purpose was to make him the father of all who believe without being circumcised and who thus have righteousness reckoned to them, and likewise the father of the circumcised who are not merely circumcised but also follow the example of the faith which our father Abraham had before he was circumcised. The promise to Abraham and his descendants, that they should inherit the world, did not come through the law but through the righteousness of faith. If it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void. For the law brings wrath, but where there is no law there is no transgression. That is why it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his descendants—not only to the adherents of the law but also to those who share the faith of Abraham, for he is the father of us all, as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations”—in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist.

Matthew 4:1-11

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And he fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterward he was hungry. And the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” But he answered, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’” Then the devil took him to the holy city, and set him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down; for it is written, ‘He will give his angels charge of you,’ and ‘On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.’” Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’” Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and the glory of them; and he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Begone, Satan! for it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.’” Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and ministered to him.


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For those to be ordained

Almighty God, the giver of all good gifts, who of thy divine providence hast appointed various orders in thy Church: Give thy grace, we humbly beseech thee, to all who are called to any office and ministry for thy people; and so fill them with the truth of thy doctrine and clothe them with holiness of life, that they may faithfully serve before thee, to the glory of thy great Name and for the benefit of thy holy Church; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
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