SPIRIT OF ST STEPHEN'S CATHOLIC COMMUNITY
Worship: 2201 First Ave, Minneapolis MN 55404
Mail: c/o 106 E. 24th Street, Phone: 612-767-4530 Fax: 612-767-4534
21st SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
August 27, 2017 ~ 9:30 A.M.
Community Council email@example.com: Cathy Heying, Karen Klein, Virgil Mathiowetz, Darlene Mattson, Mark Muller, Hugh Smeltekop and Jeanne Wingenter
Community Life Coordinator: Marilaurice Hemlock firstname.lastname@example.org
Spirit of St. Stephen’s Catholic Community is an independent Catholic community rooted in Vatican II and Catholic Social Teaching. We believe in the priesthood of all people of faith, and we center our worship on the Eucharist. We support each other in trying to follow the nonviolent Jesus who was radically inclusive. Justice and inclusion in our worship and in our community support our work for justice and peace in our world. We are living the questions, and listening for the Spirit's guidance. All are welcome.
Please pray for mercy for all those who live on death row across the country, especially those scheduled to be executed in the coming weeks including Steven Long on 8/30/17 in TX. Please also pray for the victims of violent crime, all the families involved, the prison staff, and those who hold vigil to end the death penalty. For more information about efforts to abolish the death penalty, go to www.deathpenaltyinfo.org.
This week we pray in the name of the God beyond all names. We pray with all who know their name in the presence of God. We pray with all who know the power of naming another. We pray with all who name themselves as members of the Spirit of St. Stephen’s Catholic Community. We pray with all who name themselves as faithful to the Law of Love. We pray with all who know that God knows their name. We pray with all who hold the keys to wisdom and knowledge and share them freely. We pray with all who know humility from the inside out. We pray with all who hold the keys to justice and truth, especially those who seem reluctant to use them. We pray with all who honor and enjoy their families and all who cannot. We pray with all who assist others in opening or shutting the doors and windows of life. We pray with all who are trusted with authority, especially Donald Trump and all elected officials. We pray with all who return to the Living God the joy and wonder of our creation. We pray in gratitude for the great gift of God’s love, moving in power within us and around us. We pray in gratitude for the name of God that is Awe. We pray with all who wholeheartedly seek and courageously live out the answer to Jesus’ question, “Who do you say that I am?”. We pray with all who speak out for the bound and the loosed and for all who miss opportunities every day to do such. We pray with all who practice the loosening freedom of forgiveness, mercy and reconciliation. We pray with great humility and wonder; “Who has known the mind of God?” We pray with all who stand at the door between this life and the next and the loved ones who walk them to the threshold, especially Diane and Rita, and Kathleen Olsen’s dad. We pray with all who are newly diagnosed with a disease or illness and those facing surgery or more tests as part of their healing. We pray with all seeking the healing presence of God, especially, John and Jeanne H., Kathleen C., John and Loretta, Mary W., all community members and their dear ones. We pray with all in need of peace and healing who have no one to raise a prayer with them. We pray with all victims of life-changing accidents. We pray with all who live with depression and every form of mental illness as they struggle to keep their lives in balance. We pray with all who love us when we are difficult to love. We pray in gratitude for teachers, administrators and support staff turning their hearts and minds to another year of teaching and learning; may they carry excitement and seek it in each student. We pray with all students, especially those off to school for the first time or who are for any reason fearful of the upcoming school year. We pray with Grace, Elise. and all students off on a learning adventure. We pray with all parents-- the primary teachers of children. We pray with children at our border, children in Israel, Palestine, Somalia, Afghanistan, children who know violence and fear, and their parents. We pray with all who have lost their dream job or have yet to find it. We pray with all who have lost sight of their dream. We pray in gratitude for all who care for us, body, mind or spirit. We pray for peace and pray harder when peace talks fail. With the sick and suffering, faithful caregivers and all who have died, we pray to our God…
Who Do You Say That I Am?
Our Christological reflections reach a climax in the question posed to the disciples: Who do you say that I am? In this liturgical context, the same question is posed to us. Who is this one who multiplies loaves of bread, who walks on turbulent waters, who breaks the boundaries that separate insider from outsider? It is none other than the Messiah. When Peter testified to Jesus’ identity, it was a relevant religious and political statement, for messianic expectation was a burning question at that time. But what does it mean for the average Christian today? Many believers consider messianic expectation a theological theme that belongs to the past. They feel that it is difficult to get excited about the coming of someone we believe has already come and gone.
If Jesus were to pose this question today, how would we answer? And what are the implications of our answer? You are the Messiah, the one who will establish justice on the earth, and I offer my services to you in this venture. You are the Messiah, the one who will ensure that the vulnerable of society will not be exploited, and I will stand in their defense. You are the Messiah, the one who will usher in the kindom of peace, and I commit myself to the practice of peace. You are the Messiah, the one who will refashion us into a holy nation, and I open myself to this transformation.
TODAY, 11:00 a.m. - Sanctuary Education Committee after church in the All Saints Room.
Next Sunday, Sept. 3rd, Labor Day Peacemeal Choir opportunity! Rehearsal at 8:45. All are
Thursday, Sept. 7th, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. - 2017 SEPTEMBERFEST. Please join us on the grounds of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet (1890 Randolph Ave.) for food, music, games, craft beer, door prizes and tons of fun. You’ll also get to reconnect with your favorite Sisters of St. Joseph. Admission is FREE! Food and beer (21+) available for purchase. Come, RAIN or SHINE!
Family and Children Program Update for ALL! This week I am e-mailing out surveys about teaching and participating in our Family and Children program. If you don't receive one, and would like to!, please let me know and I will be happy to send it to you electronically or by paper. If you know someone you think might be interested, feel free to pass the surveys on. In the coming weeks, we will also be looking for more feedback from the congregation as a whole, so that we can continue to create a Family and Children program that fits us and teaches our children about the values and beliefs we hold dear. Contact me with any questions or concerns: Gretchen Hovan, email@example.com, 612.412.6163
Africa Classroom Connection-Books for Africa’s annual Learning Tour to South Africa, Malawi, and Zambia (led by Henry Bromelkamp) is a valuable opportunity to gain insight into a new culture, witness the great work we are doing with your help, and make new friends. This is not a conventional package tour of Africa. While there is the opportunity to see wild animals on safari (a treasure of Africa!), the heart of our Tour is philanthropic and cultural. You will meet wonderful people and learn about the promise and challenges of education. Just ask some of our community members: Ward, Cathy M, Rita Q, Ruth, and Virgil. The next Tour takes place January 15 - February 10, 2018 and you can choose which portions of the trip you would like to join. Learn more at an informational session via webinar or in person at Henry Bromelkamp’s house:
106 E. 24th St. Minneapolis on Tuesday, September 19th 7:00 - 8:30 pm. Find details or register for the info session at www.africaclassroomconnection.org. Questions? Catch Henry or write to firstname.lastname@example.org. All are welcome, of course.
Heartfelt prayers are needed for Angel Barragan & his family. Angel was 10 when his family came to the USA from Mexico following their dad. Angel now has a Master's degree & certificate in teaching. But since his dad was sent to prison for a broken tail light, they think, & then deported to Mexico where he struggles to survive, their entire family suffers greatly. For DREAMERS stories like that of Angel Barragan go to: madeintoamerica.org/angel-barragan Submitted by the Spirit Sanctuary Task Force.