Sunday, April 7th was the first Sunday after Easter. In the Anglican tradition Easter is not just one Sunday, but Eastertide, or season of several Sundays to stress the significance of the time for the church.
Bishop Glen Hartley based his sermon on the epistle for the day, Ist St. John 5:4, “Whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world….” John says that Jesus came by water (baptism) and blood (the crosss) and the spirit, meaning that the Holy Spirit is God’s continued availability to us.
During announcements Bishop Hartley reported on the trip he and Mrs. Hartley and others from St. Francis made on Saturday to Branson for the dedication there of a new building for our fellow Anglican congregation in St. Joseph’s Anglican Church. The congregation had been meeting in the old stone Presbyterian Church, but now has their own building.
Word has been received here of the death of my Ava High class of 1960 classmate June Burk, who passed away last week at age 71 in Columbia, Missouri. To my knowledge, no services are planned locally.
Sunday evening I attended a very fine concert of gospel music given at the Methodist Church by a local group The Montanas, four young siblings who all play and sing and did a superb job, presenting an excellent concert.
Services at St. Francis Anglican (Traditional Epsicopal) Church are 10:30 a.m. Sundays and 6:30 p.m.Wednesdays. Our website is stfrancisavamo.org.