Sunday, November 25 was the last Sunday in Trinity, known in the Anglican tradition as the Sunday next before Advent. It is also known as “stir up” Sunday from the words of the collect prayer for the day, “Stir up,” O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people.
Bishop Hartley based his sermon on the gospel for the day, St. John 6:5, the feeding of the five thousand, one of the most popular stories in the Bible in which Jesus makes a small quantity of food feed five thousand people. In this passage Jesus is revealed as the true Messiah and demonstrates that money can never meet our needs, but that all needs are met by Jesus; God’s blessings always provide for us.
I was blest to enjoy two Thanksgiving dinners this year, one as the guest of the Harley family in Ava and again as a guest of the Connell family in Norwood who were also entertaining Lincoln’s girlfriend and her family who had driven down from Warrenton, Missouri for the day.
Bishop Glen Hartley holds services Sundays at 10:30 a.m. and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. at St. Francis Anglican (Traditional Episcopal) Church. Our website is stfrancisavamo.org.