Monday, April 22, 2013

Sing A New Song!

The Psalm appointed for the Eucharist today is Psalm 96 where the Psalmist prays:

O sing to the Lord a new song;
   sing to the Lord, all the earth.
Sing to the Lord, bless his name;
   tell of his salvation from day to day.
Declare his glory among the nations,
   his marvelous works among all the peoples.
For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;
   he is to be revered above all gods.
For all the gods of the peoples are idols,
   but the Lord made the heavens.
Honor and majesty are before him;
   strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.
Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the peoples,
   ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
   bring an offering, and come into his courts.
Worship the Lord in holy splendor;
   tremble before him, all the earth.

Let us all sing to the Lord a new song for God has done mighty deeds for us!  What a song of praise this is, and on a day like today where on the Gulf Coast we are witnesses to the beauty of God’s creation, let us all sing a new song indeed. 

Let us pray: O heavenly Father, who hast filled the world with beauty: Open our eyes to behold thy gracious hand in all thy works; that, rejoicing in thy whole creation, we may learn to serve thee with gladness; for the sake of him through whom all things were made, thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

On the Occasion of the Death of Randy Furlong who died on Friday at 4:15 p.m.  Into your hands, O merciful Savior, we commend your servant Randy. Acknowledge, we humbly beseech you, a sheep of your own fold, a lamb of your own flock, a sinner of your own redeeming. Receive him into the arms of your mercy, into the blessed rest of everlasting peace, and into the glorious company of the saints in light. Amen.


Adult Christian Education: The Resurrection by Bishop N.T. Wright. Join us at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings as we explore the ideas of the afterlife in the ancient world, what people during the time of Christ believed, what the reality of the Resurrection means for us as Christians.
Community Garden Meeting on Saturday, 20 April 2013: the next garden meeting between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. We'll have potluck at noon, and try to get updates and do some planning for the garden. I sent in the form to be on the Clean Galveston Backyard Garden Tour on June 1 and 2.

3rdAnnual St. Augustine’s BBQ, Saturday, 27 April 2013. Here is a link to the Houston Press’s article about the upcoming event:

Please remember everyone on our Prayer List, especially, Lou, Virginia, Hal, Hazel and all of the victims of the bombings in Boston.

Your servant in Christ,

The Rev. Chester J. Makowski+
St. Augustine of Hippo Episcopal Church
Galveston, Texas 77550

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