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Tri-Faith Initiative on the Road

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Meet with Jewish, Christian and Muslim leaders of the Tri-faith Initiative in Omaha for an update on this exciting project and a workshop on how your church can engage in interfaith and ecumenical work to build bridges of respect and understanding among people of different faith traditions.

These workshops are open to all, but especially clergy, lay leaders and religious educators of Episcopal and ELCA Lutheran Churches across Nebraska.   If this time and location are not convenient, there will be additional workshops in Norfolk and Omaha in the coming months and video resources as well.

 

 

 

 

Our next presentation of Tri-Faith on the Road will be held Saturday, September 28th from 10:00am – 1:30pm at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Kearney.  Lunch is provided.

 

Please register for this event by going to either the Episcopal Tri-Faith website:  www.episcopaltrifaith.org or the Tri-Faith Initiative site: www.trifaith.org.  Or click on the following link: Tri-Faith on the Road Registration 

Bring a friend and join us!

Saturday, September 28th

10:00 am – 1:30 pm

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

2304 2nd Ave

 Kearney NE

Bible Challenge Week 35 September 2nd-8th

12ba4fb9-5a18-4263-b078-33c47ce543e3Weekly Word from Bishop Barker for Week 35
September 2nd – 8th

In the Old Testament this week we finish the Book of Isaiah and begin reading the Book of Jeremiah. We will also read Psalms 45 through 50. In the New Testament we will read the first half of Saint Paul’s Letter to the Hebrews.

 

I wonder…

– There seems to be a flow from Psalm 46 to Psalm 47, as the psalmist moves from affirming God is distant but caring, to celebrating God as omnipresent and utterly triumphant. Does that movement reflect your own faith journey in any way? Why or why not?

– The Book of Jeremiah opens with God scolding the young and reluctant prophet Jeremiah. “Do not say, ‘I am only a boy.’ For you shall go to all whom I send you.” Indeed, Jeremiah is remembered as one of the greatest prophets known to humankind. In what ways are you reluctant to follow God calls? If God could tell you to “stop saying” one thing, what would God tell you to stop saying?

– “The word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword.” (Heb 4:12.) Where do you experience “the word of God” as evidently and sharply active in your life? Has the Bible Challenge contributed in any way to your experience of God’s word as active?

 

  Please consider inviting a friend to join us in our read.

May each and everyone one of us be blessed by the Word this week!

 

In love and Faith –

+ Bishop Barker

 

This week’s readings:

Day 239  – Monday, September 2, 2013
– Isaiah 61-63, Psalm 45, Hebrews 1
Day 240  – Tuesday, September 3, 2013
– Isaiah 64-66, Psalm 46, Hebrews 2
Day 241  – Wednesday, September 4, 2013
– Jeremiah 1-3, Psalm 47, Hebrews 3
Day 242  – Thursday, September 5, 2013
– Jeremiah 4-6, Psalm 48, Hebrews 4
Day 243  – Friday, September 6, 2013
– Jeremiah 7-9, Psalm 49, Hebrews 5
Day 244  – Saturday, September 7, 2013
– Jeremiah 10-12, Psalm 50, Hebrews 6
Day 245  – Sunday, September 8, 2013 – Enjoy hearing the Scriptures read aloud in church

We Bid Your Prayers…

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We bid your prayers…

The deacons who gathered at St. Luke’s, Kearney, two weeks ago decided that the new format of The Nebraska Episcopalian gives us a way to do something we first discussed at a deacons’ retreat a few years ago: bid the prayers of people throughout the diocese for needs beyond our parishes. We invite everyone to join us in praying for the needs, hopes, concerns, and joys of the world. As deacons get used to gathering and sending these biddings, our intention is to publish them toward the end of the week in time for them to be a resource for deacons and others preparing the Prayers of the People for Sunday worship. Deacons are invited to send biddings for prayers for the world to deaconbetsy@windstream.net by Thursday noon for each week’s gathering of biddings.

 

The deacons of our diocese bid your prayers:

 

For all those affected by the wildfires burning in the western United States; for people whose lives, homes, or businesses have been lost or are threatened now by fires, for the firefighters, rangers, and first responders working to contain the fires and help people, and for wisdom to understand and address the underlying causes of this year’s wildfires.

 

For the people of Syria and for the leaders of the world as they decide how to respond to the situation in Syria.

 

For seasonable weather, and for relief for people suffering from the heat.

 

For victims of flooding in Mali, in Russia, in China, and elsewhere, and for those preparing for floods expected in the days ahead.

 

For all those known and unknown who have been killed in wars around the world, especially Spc. Nicholas Welch of Mill City, Oregon killed the week of August 4.

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Atlantic Monthly: Meaning Is More Important than Happiness

For discussion, from the Atlantic Monthly
By putting aside our selfish interests to serve someone or something larger than ourselves — by devoting our lives to “giving” rather than “taking” — we are not only expressing our fundamental humanity, but are also acknowledging that that there is more to the good life than the pursuit of simple happiness.
http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/01/theres-more-to-life-than-being-happy/266805/

The American Church: Searching for a New Imprint (Sojourners)

“Churches tend to become generationally narrow — focused on a single generation that shares a certain moment of imprint, like grand hymns of the 1950s or contemporary Christian rock. Each generation hears its soundtrack, as it were, and relaxes. Going broader and deeper means accepting a fresh take as worthy: new songs, words, and images, new sorts and conditions of people….
Click here for full story by Fr. Tom Ehrich of NY.

New Prayer Request Site

pray-without-ceasing-400There is a new TNE “Sister Site” for daily prayer requests.  Please pass the word that all are welcome to post prayer requests here as a comment to each day’s devotion, and others will “Like” the comment as they pray for the intercession.

http://necommonprayer.org

or Facebook:  Nebraska Common Prayer
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nebraska-Common-Prayer/461306697310088

Movie Review: The Butler

Review of Lee Daniels’ The Butler by a loyal Tri-Faith member.

For the past several days, a fellow member of the Episcopal Tri-Faith community and I have been exchanging email messages about this past week’s Gospel: Luke 12:51-53. Paraphrased (by me) it reads:

“The simplistic ‘feel good’ message of many contemporary preachers is flat wrong. God did not send me here to gift unto you Peace. I do not come to bring peace on earth. I did not come to simply increase Average Sunday Morning Attendance figures. To the contrary, with intention, I have come to bring division and angst—especially within the family unit. I assure you that I will divide families and cause great turmoil within your family. I will set father against son and son against father.”

What is Jesus saying? The total body of the Gospels’ writers works ought to leave all Christians with the firm conviction that the Prince of Peace commands mankind to reform and be individually transformed so that we love and take care of the least among us—not to continue running over the poor and disenfranchised.

Fresh on the heels of rummaging around with this week’s Gospel, I attended a showing of The Butler.

What is the director saying? This fictional family story is raw with father-against-son and son-against-father tension. In the end, it is a story about the transformation (individually and for all of mankind) that comes out of the division that Jesus intentionally brings to our lives.

So, my take: study last week’s Gospel. With that study fresh in mind, go see The Butler. I am drawn to Carl Sandburg’s poem that may be saying something similar. Perhaps something along the lines of: God does not want us to simply follow in our father’s footsteps and/or (more to my stage of life), God most certainly does not want our children to follow in the messy foot prints we have left.

Lay me on an anvil, O God.
Beat me and hammer me into a crowbar.
Let me pry loose old walls.
Let me lift and loosen old foundations.

Lay me on an anvil, O God.
Beat me and hammer me into a steel spike.
Drive me into the girders that hold a skyscraper together.
Take red-hot rivets and fasten me into the central girders.
Let me be the great nail holding a skyscraper through blue nights into white stars.

– Carl Sandburg

I Was Thirsty…(Bus Stop Ministry)

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Church of the Resurrection renews water/bus stop ministry.

The summer has finally arrived in Nebraska.  With temperatures nearing 100 predicted for the next two weeks, the Church of the Resurrection renews a much needed urban ministry.

There is a bus stop at the corner of the church yard and led by the St. Teresa’s Guild, COR has placed a cooler of water bottles, a bin, and a tablet there.  Pedestrians, bus commuters, and neighbors are invited to take a water and leave a prayer request.

This is one of the many small ways the congregation serves its neighborhood.  You may not have a bus stop near your church or be in a metropolitan area, but there are probably many ways your church can reach out in this way – construction workers, roofers, farm workers…

Peggy Mitchell, St. Teresa’s Guild