The Old Testament reading for today is taken from the Book of Job where we are reminded that God is in control; God has the big picture:
And the Lord said to Job:
‘Can you draw out Leviathan with a fish-hook,or press down its tongue with a cord?
Can you put a rope in its nose,
or pierce its jaw with a hook?
will it make many supplications to you?
Will it speak soft words to you?
Will it make a covenant with you
to be taken as your servant for ever?
Will you play with it as with a bird,
or will you put it on a leash for your girls?
Will traders bargain over it?
Will they divide it up among the merchants?
Can you fill its skin with harpoons,
or its head with fishing-spears?
Lay hands on it;
think of the battle; you will not do it again!
Any hope of capturing it will be disappointed;
were not even the gods overwhelmed at the sight of it?
No one is so fierce as to dare to stir it up.
Who can stand before it?
Who can confront it and be safe?
—under the whole heaven, who? (Job 40:1 to 41:1-11).
The Leviathan represented the deep, chaos, evil for the people of the Old Testament. People are powerless in the face of chaos and evil; God is not. Sometimes we need to be reminded that God is the one who is actually in control; God has the big picture and we see but a little part of reality. We are called to trust in God and God’s will. God has the victory in Jesus Christ! Remember that.
Let us pray: Almighty and everlasting God, you made the universe with all its marvelous order, its atoms, worlds, and galaxies, and the infinite complexity of living creatures: Grant that, as we probe the mysteries of your creation, we may come to know you more truly, and more surely fulfill our role in your eternal purpose; in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Adult Christian Education Series: Lord, Teach Us To Pray: Six Studies on the Lord’s Prayer from the Kerygma Series. We started the study this Sunday, and it was wonderful! Please join Jillian Bain on Sundays at 11:00 a.m. and Tammie Taylor on Mondays.
We had a hearing today with the City of Galveston Planning Commission and they granted a variance to build the pergola.
The Fourth Annual St. Augustine Art Show begins this week. The judging will take place during the week, and the show is open to the public starting this Saturday, 22 September, at 6:00 p.m. with a reception. We have a record 103 entries!
St. Vincent’s Day Celebration at St. Vincent’s House on 29 September 2012 at 10:00 a.m.
Blessing of the Animals for St. Francis Day, Saturday, 13 October 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at the Cross on the lawn in front of Sutton Hall.
Please remember everyone on our Prayer List, and especially the family of Anne Ladner who died yesterday and whose funeral will be on Saturday at 5 p.m. at Grace Episcopal.
Your servant in Christ,
Fr. Chester J. Makowski+St. Augustine of Hippo Episcopal Church
Galveston, Texas 77550