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September 17, 2014
St Dunstan’s Weekly
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Dear Parish Administrator,

 

The church I served as an intern during seminary was founded in 1737. It was a fantastic congregation called St. Paul’s-on-the-Green in Norwalk, CT. About a third of the congregation came from the Caribbean, and the worship was very “high church” (which meant lots of incense, extra special vestments, and traditional everything) but it was never stuffy. The rector used to describe the place as “smells, bells and sneakers.”

 

This church almost had to close because of a bad spell that emptied out the pews, but it was being reborn while I was there.

 

Being a Californian in Connecticut, I often marveled at the history of the institutions around me, including St. Paul’s. There was a graveyard in front of the doors of the church with slim, crumbling gravestones that dated to the Revolutionary War, and in the hallway beside the sanctuary there was a wall with framed picture of each rector back to the origins of the church. There were a lot of rectors on that wall, and the earliest ones were dressed in very foreign attire. They were depicted in drawings, of course, because they served this parish well before the invention of photography!

 

By contrast, we were founded in just 1955, and our building is from the early 60s. I am only the fourth rector in our nearly 60 years of existence.

 

California, compared to Connecticut, still still has the air of a frontier land-especially here, where we have rugged, untamed wilderness all around us. Being on the frontier carries the blessing of freshness, and of requiring us to be flexible and open to new things.

 

While the Christian faith has become very established in its ways, it is not really designed to be as institutionalized as we sometimes try to make it. Jesus brought us out to a frontier-to a crossroads of life and death, heaven and earth, spirit and body. We are meant to live on the edge where these things meet each other. We are called to be on the crossroads. As Bill Countryman has eloquently put it, our home as Christians is not in safety and comfort, but on the borderlands!

I am so happy that St. Paul’s has emerged as a place like this, in spite of its awesome history as a parish. I looked at their website and nowhere does it say the date when they were founded, which used to be the top of the page. Hooray! Instead they talk of whom they are becoming as a parish today, which is a lively, diverse and spirit-filled place.

 

I am grateful that St. Dunstan’s is doing new, exciting things also. We are responding to God’s call to be more than safe and comfortable. We are starting up new ways of drawing ourselves closer to God in Christ (two new services and and the construction of a brand new pipe organ were all officially started this month!)

 

Thank you all for your spirit of engagement. I am so glad to join with you in ministry together. Pray that God will ground us and guide us forward into the exciting times ahead.

 

Blessings,

Rob+

Blessing of the Animals

Sunday, October 12 

Blessing of the Animals

Bring your furry, fluffy, scaly, and stuffed friends to church on Sunday, October 12, as we give thanks for their presence in our lives and their ministry to us.

 

 

Common Thread

All new.  All worship.

 

The first Saturday of each month in Mothersill Hall
October 4

 5 o’clock

 

 

Save the Date

Sunday, November 2, immediately following our 10:00 AM worship, we will retreat to Rancho Canada Golf Club for our annual Autumn Stewardship Lunch Event. All members and friends of St. Dunstan’s are invited to this very popular and important event. There is no charge. Please mark your calendars now.

George Lockwood

Stewardship Chair

Uth Groop: Sundays @ 9

Want some time with other teens when you can just be you, ask any question, challenge God and yourself?

Each Sunday you can do just that in Mothersill Hall before church from 9-9:45.  There will be donuts and coffee (or juice), so if making it to church a bit early means no time for breakfast, we’ve got you covered!

Come, just as you are.

 

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Youth Movie Night: This Saturday

“It would be a privilege 

to have my heart broken by you”


Youth Movie Night

The Fault in Our Stars

September 20

5 – 8 pm

Hazel and Gus are two teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them on a journey.
Their relationship is all the more miraculous given that Hazel’s other constant companion is an oxygen tank, Gus jokes about his prosthetic leg, and they met and fell in love at a cancer support group.

Watch the trailer

Pizza, drinks, and dessert are always provided

Youth movie nights are the third Saturday of each month from 5 – 8 pm in Mothersill Hall. Our discussion after the movie will be guided each week by these five basic questions.

 
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In This Issue
Blessing of the Animals
Common Thread
Save the Date!
Uth Groop: Sundays @ 9
Youth Movie Night: The Fault in Our Stars (Sept 20)
SEPTEMBER
BIRTHDAYS

1   Pinky McCammon

2   Ruth Hardisty

3   Duncan Murray

8   Al Alvarez

10  Lori White

12  Sarah Pease

14  Marcia Lockwood

15  Richard Habermann

      Blake Langland

16  Zoe Fisher

19  Lois Kettel

20  Brody Murray

25  Patricia Eggleston

27  Margo Fuselier

29  Jan Piña

30  Kevin Saunders

UPCOMING EVENTS
 

Wednesday, September 17

10:00 am Holy Eucharist, Rite I

with Healing

11:00 am Prayer Shawl Ministry

4:00 pm   Choir Rehearsal

5:15 pm   Handbell Rehearsal

Thursday, September 18

4:00 pm I-Help (St. Dunstan’s)

5:00 pm Vestry

Friday, September 19

12:00 pm Organ recital

St. Paul’s Salinas

Saturday, September 20

5:00 pm Youth Movie Night:

The Fault in Our Stars

Sunday, September 21

8:00 am  Holy Eucharist

8:30 am  Choir Rehearsal

9:00 am  Youth Group

Bible Discussion Group

10:00 am Holy Eucharist

   Story & Song

11:30 am Choristers

 Haiti Team Meeting

7:00 pm  AA

Monday, September 22

5:30 pm EfM

Tuesday, September 23

10:00 am Staff Meeting

12:30 pm Bible Discussion Group

8:00 pm   AA

Wednesday, September 24

10:00 am Holy Eucharist, Rite I

with Healing

11:00 am Prayer Shawl Ministry

4:00 pm   Choir Rehearsal

5:15 pm   Handbell Choir

Thursday, September 25

Friday, September 26

12:00 pm Organ recital

St. Paul’s Salinas

Saturday, September 27

Sunday, September 28

3rd Annual Griggs Nursery

Kids Count Classic GolfTournament

 

8:00 am  Holy Eucharist

8:30 am  Choir Rehearsal

9:00 am  Youth Group

Bible Discussion Group

10:00 am Holy Eucharist

 Story & Song

11:30 am Choristers

1:00 pm Golf Tournament

7:00 pm  AA

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Organ Recitals
Fridays at Noon
St Paul’s Salinas
You are warmly invited to attend a free pipe organ recital at St Paul’s Church, Salinas each Friday at noon. Click here to view the flyer and learn more!
Lectionary for this Sunday

The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost – September 21, 2014 

 

Grant us, Lord, not to be anxious about earthly things, but to love things heavenly; and even now, while we are placed among things that are passing away, to hold fast to those that shall endure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

Jonah 3:10-4:11

 

When God saw what the people of Nineveh did, how they turned from their evil ways, God changed his mind about the calamity that he had said he would bring upon them; and he did not do it.

 

But this was very displeasing to Jonah, and he became angry. He prayed to the LORD and said, “O LORD! Is not this what I said while I was still in my own country? That is why I fled to Tarshish at the beginning; for I knew that you are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and ready to relent from punishing. And now, O LORD, please take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live.” And the LORD said, “Is it right for you to be angry?” Then Jonah went out of the city and sat down east of the city, and made a booth for himself there. He sat under it in the shade, waiting to see what would become of the city.

 

The LORD God appointed a bush, and made it come up over Jonah, to give shade over his head, to save him from his discomfort; so Jonah was very happy about the bush. But when dawn came up the next day, God appointed a worm that attacked the bush, so that it withered. When the sun rose, God prepared a sultry east wind, and the sun beat down on the head of Jonah so that he was faint and asked that he might die. He said, “It is better for me to die than to live.”

 

But God said to Jonah, “Is it right for you to be angry about the bush?” And he said, “Yes, angry enough to die.” Then the LORD said, “You are concerned about the bush, for which you did not labor and which you did not grow; it came into being in a night and perished in a night. And should I not be concerned about Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand persons who do not know their right hand from their left, and also many animals?”

 

 

Psalm 145:1-8 Exaltabo te, Deus

 

1    I will exalt you, O God my King, *

and bless your Name for ever and ever.

2    Every day will I bless you *
and praise your Name for ever and ever.

3    Great is the LORD and greatly to be praised; *

there is no end to his greatness.

4    One generation shall praise your works to another *

and shall declare your power.

5    I will ponder the glorious splendor of your majesty *

and all your marvelous works.

6    They shall speak of the might of your wondrous acts, *

and I will tell of your greatness.

7    They shall publish the remembrance of your great goodness; *

they shall sing of your righteous deeds.

8    The LORD is gracious and full of compassion, *

slow to anger and of great kindness.

 

 

Matthew 20:1-16

 

Jesus said, “The kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. After agreeing with the laborers for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard. When he went out about nine o’clock, he saw others standing idle in the marketplace; and he said to them, `You also go into the vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’ So they went. When he went out again about noon and about three o’clock, he did the same. And about five o’clock he went out and found others standing around; and he said to them, `Why are you standing here idle all day?’ They said to him, `Because no one has hired us.’ He said to them, `You also go into the vineyard.’ When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his manager, `Call the laborers and give them their pay, beginning with the last and then going to the first.’ When those hired about five o’clock came, each of them received the usual daily wage. Now when the first came, they thought they would receive more; but each of them also received the usual daily wage. And when they received it, they grumbled against the landowner, saying, `These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.’ But he replied to one of them, `Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage? Take what belongs to you and go; I choose to give to this last the same as I give to you. Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or are you envious because I am generous?’ So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”

 

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Sunday Lay Servers

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8 o’clock Eucharist

Lay Leader: Ollie White

10 o’clock Eucharist

Lectors

First Reading: Janet Morse

Psalm: Clare Riggs

Prayers: Joe Heston
Chalice Bearers: Joe Heston & Lois Kettel
Acolytes
Head Crucifer: Noemy Garcia

Ushers: Karen Deaton & Hal Snellgrose

Greeters: TBA

Cookie Monsters: Lisa Ireland & TBA

Name Tags: Erika & Ross Merrifield

Story & Song

Story Teller: Marcia Lockwood

Music: Louis Powell

Greeters: TBA

Nursery: Katie Spaur

Altar Flowers

The altar flowers are given to the Glory of God

in thanksgiving for Lois Kettel by her godson, Randy, and his family

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