Sunday, August 25 was the Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity. Bishop Hartley based his sermon on the Gospel for the day, St. Luke 10:23, in which a lawyer tempts Jesus by asking him, “What shall I do to inherit enternal life?” and Jesus answers him with the famous parable of the good Samaritan in which a priest and a Levite ignore a wounded man on the road, but a Samaritan (a group despised by the Jews) stops to help him. The key word in this passage is do, not believe or worship because it is what we do that counts and the help we give others must be practical and universal and we must not put ceremonial claims or social status first.
Saturday, August 24 I drove to Springfield and joined Chandler Connell then we attended a wonderful event, the Season Opening Party for the Springfield Regional Opera. This event was a fundraiser held at a magnificent home in the Emeral Park section of Springfield. We were treated to a table loaded with several kinds of food and drink, then performances by a number of singers who sang opera arias and popular songs. We enjoyed food, music, and much good conversation with fellow music lovers and the evening was a great success.
Services at St. Francis Anglican (Traditional Episcopal) Church are Sundays at 10:30 AM and Wednesdays at 6:30 PM. Visit our website at stfrancisavamo.org.