Sunday, September 15 was the sixteenth Sunday after Trinity. Bishop Hartley based his sermon on the Epistle for the day, Ephesians 3:13, ” I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you.” In this passage St. Paul discusses the question where do we as Christians belong and what our purpose is, and states that it is service to God and to our fellow man, following his example and adopts the pasture of service and humility: “For this cause I bow my knees.” The Jews and early Christians stood to pray, but Paul insists on humility. He prays that his hearers would be strengthened by the permanent presence of God through the Holy Spirit. Paul was the first Christian writer to emphasize the universality of Christianity through the church and developed the idea of the universal church.
On Saturday I drove to Springfield and joined Chandler Connell for dinner at Gilardi’s Restaurant then we attended a performance of “Monty Python’s Spamalot” at the Springfield Little Theatre. This is a musical comedy based on the legend of Camelot or King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, but is a comic version orignated by the British comedy group and is hilariously funny. We enjoyed it immensely along with the rest of the audience, who couldn’t stop laughing.
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