Online Services
2nd Sunday After Pentecost
June 6, 2021
The Rev. Richard A Chandler, Jr. Celebrant

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Sundays @ 9:30 a.m.
Morning Prayer each Wed. @ 9:00 a.m.

Evening Prayer each Thurs. @ 5:00 p.m. 

prayers of the people

Prayers for the healing power of the Holy Spirit to be ever-present in the lives of our friends & family:  Bud Feiler, Chandler family and Nataya, Family of Helen Garlach, Family of William & Wilma Hoover, Marcia Clarke, Randi, Reisig family

 

Continued prayers: Pat & Dave Howard, Lisa, Noelle, Wanda, Sister Ann Rose,  Jack & Doris, Bert & Dn. Cheryl, Jack, Mark, Tom, Richard, Joanne, Linda, and our whole nation.

 

Prayers for the clergy, counseling center, church staff, vestry and all of the ministries of St. Anne’s.

 

Prayers for the safety and the empowerment of the ministry of our missionaries: Wayne & Rena Goodrich, Sean & Rebekah Conklin, Fr. Dass & Mary, and for Kevin and Michelle Brown with the Armed Forces Baptist Missions

  

Prayers for the continuing safety and return of loved ones actively serving in the military, in the reserves, and veterans: Romulo, Joshua, Ben, Talon, Clafdia & Austin, Ritchie, Janae, Patrick, Tony, Marc, Matthew, Sean, Christian, Jordan, Maydia, Jake, Zach, Joey, AJ, Dalton, Cade, Nash, Robert, Zach, Luke, Tom, Rachel Snow, Leah, Mark, Tressa, Sidney, Sean, Ryan, Tony, and for all of our veterans.

 

Prayers for the safety, encouragement, and enrichment of parishioners and/or loved ones of parishioners who are students: Makayla, Sean, Tiffany, Jerrod, Nathaniel, Juliet, Mark, Abigayle, Calvin, Angelina, Madelyn, Elijah, Zach, Charlotte, Anisha, Tiffany, Taylor, Kalista, Clyde, Dennis, Daisy, Franklin, Aubrey, Morgan & Peyton, Landon, Jariah, Elijah, Janelle, Tatiana, Richard, Ava, Elizabeth

Bible study

Proper 5, Year B, 2021-06-06

Genesis 3:8-15, Psalm 130, 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1, Mark 3:20-35

 

Genesis 3:8-15

  • 8 Was walking in the garden God’s habit? Prior to this, did the man and his wife walk with God?

  • 15 Does the enmity still exist? Are the strikes to our heel pulling us away from God? Are they distracting us from our mission? List some strikes to our heel? List some strikes to his head?

  • 15b Is the strike-to-the-head-and-heel metaphor Messianic?

 

Psalm 130

  • 1 “Out of the depths” Out of what depths?

  • 3 (BCP, v. 2) Are you a constant sinner?

  • 4 (BCP, v. 3) Is our forgiveness like God’s forgiveness?

  • 5 (BCP, v. 4) How are hope and waiting and God’s word connected?

 

2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1

  • 16 “our inner nature is being renewed day by day” Are we growing spiritually? Are we becoming more suited for heaven?

  • 17 Do you ponder the “eternal weight of glory”?

 

Mark 3:20-35 

  • 21 “He has gone out of His mind” What caused this assessment? Did Mary, Jesus’ mother, believe that Jesus had gone out of His mind?

  • 22 Were these scribes sent to investigate Jesus?

  • 22 “He has Beelzebul” What caused this assessment?

  • 28-30 Why does Jesus make such a serious charge against the scribes?

  • 31-35 Is Jesus being harsh to His family? Why was His family there? Are we Jesus’ family as much as His mother and brothers? Is our church family to be as close as our biological family?

Flourish Again

The more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread. Exodus 1:12

Given enough sunlight and water, vibrant wildflowers carpet areas of California such as Antelope Valley and Figueroa Mountain.  But what happens when drought strikes?  Scientists have discovered that certain wildflowers store large quantities of their seeds underground instead of allowing them to push through the soil and bloom.  After the drought, the plants use the seeds they have saved to begin to flourish again.

The ancient Israelites thrived in the land of Egypt, despite harsh conditions.  Slave masters forced them to work in fields and make bricks.  Ruthless overseers required them to build entire cities for Pharoah.  The king of Egypt even tried to use infanticide to reduce their numbers.  However, because God sustained them, "the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread."  [Exodus 1:12]  Many Bible scholars estimate that the population of Israelite men, women, and children grew to two million (or more) during their time in Egypt.

God, who preserved His people then, is upholding us today as well.  He can help us in any environment.  We may worry about enduring through another season.  But the Bible assures us that God, who "cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and [are gone] tomorrow," can provide for our needs.  [Matthew 6:30

Why is it so hard to trust God during life's "dry" seasons?  How has God provided for you in the past, and how might the story of His faithfulness encourage someone you know?

Father, sometimes it's so hard to keep going.  Please meet my needs today, and help me to persevere through the power of Your Holy Spirit.

- from Our Daily Bread, March/April/May edition