Sunday, July 1 was the fourth Sunday after Trinity. Bishop Hartley based his sermon on the epistle for the day, Romans 8:18: “I reckon that the sufferings of the present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” In the passage St. Paul expresses traditional Jewish thought that the present age is bad, but the future will bring the day of the Lord and a renovation of the world. All creation waits for something better; this is God’s gift of expectation. All creation experiences evil and the life cycle, but God’s gift of the Holy Spirit is a foretaste of the glory to come. Because of Christ the human situation is not hopeless and we can look forward to a future body that will be spiritual.
Sunday, July 8 was the fifth Sunday after Trinity. Bishop Hartley based his sermon on the gospel for the day, St. Luke 5:1, in which Jesus encounters Peter, James and John fishing in the lake of Genesaret where he preaches to them in their boat and then brings them a miraculous bounty of fish. This event led to the image of the church as the ship of faith, a symbol depicted in one of our stained glass windows which Bishop Hartley created for the church. The passage ends with Jesus calling the fishermen to be his apostles and fishers of men.
Bishop Glen Hartley leads services Sundays at 10:30 a.m. and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. Our website is stfrancisavamo.org.