Community of Hope Training begins September 13

Is God Calling You to be a Lay Chaplain? Do you want to deepen your relationship with God? Do you want to strengthen your ability to handle difficult circumstances in everyday life? Do you want to be a better listener—to God, to your own heart, to your neighbor? Then, the Community of Hope might be for you!

Classes will be held on Monday evenings, September 13 through November 22. Class size is limited. Registration deadline is August 15. For more information or to receive an application, contact Beverly Davis at beverlydavis@ctkelc.org.

Sermon for Sunday, July 25, 2021

NINTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST   July 25, 2021
2 Kings 4:42-44; Psalm 145:10-18; Ephesians 3: 14-21; Saint John 6: 1-21

Amandus J. Derr
Interim Senior Pastor

In nomine Jesu!
Grace and peace to you from God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen 

Once upon a time in a city far, far away I served with a colleague who subscribed to and always lived by the maxim:  Expect the worst – prepare for the worst – and you’ll never be disappointed.  Some of us might also subscribe to that maxim.  Whether we do or not, the Good News is this:  Today and for the next four Sundays, people who do subscribe to this show up for us in the readings from the Hebrew Scriptures (the Old Testament) and in the readings from the sixth chapter of John’s Gospel; and God and Jesus address them all.  This is especially important for our congregation, filled with type A personalities who, at this time of our life together want an answer to one question: What’s the plan.  As the members of our staff, the congregation council, and those who have worked with me in the past and are worshiping with us remotely now have quickly learned, planning is one of my passions.  So, over these next five weeks I hope we will be listening carefully as John’s Jesus addresses us inveterate planners and shapes the way we plan. Continue reading

Sermon for Sunday, July 18, 2021

Sergio Rodriguez, Vicar

Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest for a while.” Mark 6:31

Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Jesus’ compassionate teaching led the crowds to the still waters of God’s presence. The exhausted disciples heard Jesus say to them, “Let us have a desert experience that we may receive God as our rest.” Jesus continues to teach to us to us the manifold gift of orienting our daily lives to being with God in deserted places. We were made to abide in God and for God to rest along side us. The gift of abiding in God and God to abide in us is not just for the St. John of the Crosses of the world. This gift of abiding in God may appear to be of the mystic-purgative type. Our journey commences with the letter of the law. We then enter the dark night of the soul where we are purged of our sin. And only after, can we gaze through faith the unmeditated gaze of God’s presence. To abide in God and God rest alongside us is akin to waking up from a dream; to be beside yourself in your own skin. Continue reading

Midweek Meditation

Wednesday, July 21 at 6:00 p.m., online
Join Vicar Sergio Rodriguez in his garden as we reflect on Mary Magdalene arriving at Jesus’s empty tomb and her encounter with a nearby gardener who reveals himself as Christ. We are invited to discover where this gardener appears in our own lives as Mary Joy Silmaro delights us with piano and organ pieces.

*This meditation was recorded in the summer of 2020

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Thursday Book Reviews

Thursday at 7:00 p.m., online

Join us the the last book review of the summer on Thursday evening on Zoom at 7:00 p.m. Click here to join on Zoom

July 22
The Anchoress: A Novel by Robyn Cadwallader.
Maureen Sahualla discusses this imagined life of an anchoress in 13th century England. An anchoress was a church position for a young woman who lived in a small room attached to a church, praying unceasing, never leaving her room. Written by a scholar of Medieval history, the story is a psychological profile of a young woman who struggles in her role.