Update from Jerusalem Princess Basma Center (JPBC)
This week we received the Fall 2021 newsletter from the American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem (AFEDJ). One article was about a boy named Ahmad, who was born with a rare genetic syndrome, was granted permission to travel from his home in Gaza to receive evaluation and treatment at JPBC in 2017. During Ahmad’s three-week stay JPBC developed an individual treatment plan and his mother received training in how to carry out the therapies he needed once they returned home. Because Ahmad lives in Gaza, he has been denied the opportunity to return to the Center for re-evaluation and an updated therapeutic plan. His mother has had to rely on the ‘Home Therapy Plan’ she learned four years ago as her only resource to help her son.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, JPBC Virtual Therapy Program was developed to help Ahmad and his family, along with five other Gazan families who previously received treatment in Jerusalem. They now meet regularly with the Center’s therapist online. His mother described the opportunity to update his treatment plan.
During the bombardment of Gaza in May Ahmad and his family moved to the safety of a bomb shelter in a United Nations school for five days during the attack. His mother tells us they were able to return to their home, which was damaged, but not destroyed. What does this have to do with Good Shepherd?
Our 2021 Good Friday Offering in excess of $1,200, plus a match of $1,000 for our diocese was designated to the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center for these types of services that enhances enhancing Ahmad’s life and his neighbors in Gaza. Thank You, good and faithful servants for your financial support each year to AFEDJ. The entire full-color newsletter is on the bulletin board.
The Daughters of the King, Emmanuel Chapter, at The Church of the Good Shepherd in Kansas City welcomes three new members on September 12th, 2021. The new members are Sandy Rose, Pam Lipari and Janet Smith. Congratulations to all.
For more information about the Daughters of the King, you can email email@example.com, or contact Marie Ebert or Carye Williams.
Disciples of Good Shepherd,
Thank you to everyone who made Sunday Fun Day a Success!
Christian Formation Members hosted a wonderful End of Summer Sunday party on Sunday after the 10:15 service. The hotdogs, chips, beverages, were delicious. Lakeside Nature Center animals were interesting, diverse, and fun. We had sack races, an egg throw, and of course water balloons and guns to cool us off on a warm afternoon. Many conversed, laughed, and shared stories while sitting in the shade. By 2:00 PM it was cleaned up with everyone on their way home. Once again, Thank You to the committee and vestry members to made it all happen.
The Wisdom from The Letter of James
In this Sunday’s lectionary we heard the wisdom and kindness from The Letter of James. He reminded the Messianic Jews of his day to:
“You must understand this, my beloved: let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger; for your anger does not produce God’s righteousness. Therefore rid yourselves of all sordidness and rank growth of wickedness, and welcome with meekness the implanted word that has the power to save your souls.”
“But be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves. For if any are hearers of the word and not doers, they are like those who look at themselves in a mirror; for they look at themselves and, on going away, immediately forget what they were like. But those who look into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and persevere, being not hearers who forget but doers who act-they will be blessed in their doing.”
His words certain apply to us today because we live in the time of lots of talk by people who try to influence us with lots of loud voices. When we live the life of a Christian we listen, debate, and profess understanding the produces God’s righteousness. One way I’ve found effective is by allowing the silence of God to speak to me, then I remember who’s I am and what I look like when away from a mirror. And should you become too overwhelmed please take some time to read and reflect on the Prayer of Silence from the Monks of Weston Priory in Vermont.
The wise tell us that God abides in silence — that God speaks in the silent serenity of the heart. Let us not speak of silence: rather, let silence speak to us of God. Together let us enter through the door of serenity the silence of our hearts. The chatter of our fears, our anger, our anxieties — the chatter of our desires and curiosity, of our projected plans and unfinished work — falls away in serenity and makes space, an open space, for a new heart, created in the silence of prayer, created in the prayer of silence. A heart that is free, peaceful, quiet, and calm; a heart that is one — a heart so large and wide that it embraces the God of all and the all of God. The God who in silence speaks all languages, the God who in silence speaks in all creatures, the God who in silence speaks one word, the God who speaks of love.The Benedictine Foundation of the State of Vermont, Inc.
Area schools begin the 2021-2022 academic year this week. All of us the best for the precious gift of children and youth in furthering their education. Once again, we’ll need to watch carefully for school buses and children walking to class. Join me in a Prayer for Schools and Colleges.
O Eternal God: bless all schools, colleges, and universities, especially Kansas City area schools, that they may be lively centers for sound learning, new discovery, and the pursuit of wisdom: and grant that those who teach and those who learn my find you to be the source of all truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Meet Our Religious Communities: The Community of the Holy Spirit
Meet the Community of the Holy Spirit, a religious community for women in The Episcopal Church:
How have CHS Sisters experienced their call to monastic life?
The call to monastic life has been different for each Sister. Some have known from childhood that God was calling them to a specific way of devotion, others realized much later that life as they knew it was not enough. Sometimes it is one of God’s amazing surprises. Often there is, upon arriving at the Community, a deep sense of being home.
What do sisters do all day?
Daily life revolves around our community prayer. We practice a four-fold Daily Office: Lauds, Mid-Day, Vespers, and Compline. On the farm, the times for these Offices change with the seasons to follow the sun, and to accommodate planting and harvesting. Outside ministries, personal prayer and meditation, rest and recreation all fall into step with our individual projects to complete the day, at the end of which we enter the Great Silence.
What are your ministries?
We have two locations: New York City and Brewster, N.Y. In both locations, we are working to understand more fully and address the situation that now endangers our planet, both present and future. We are exploring ways that our ministries can serve God’s sacred creation. Each location has a different focus sprung from common roots. In the city, we offer spiritual direction, retreat leadership, and diocesan leadership. On the farm (Bluestone Farm & Living Arts Center), we practice biodynamics, permaculture, seed-saving, and food preservation. We contribute eggs and produce to local food pantries. Our educational focus there is learning to live sustainably, participating in the unfolding and interconnected journey of Earth and humanity.
Do you take vows?
We take vows of Poverty, Chastity and Obedience. Poverty, in that our personal and monetary resources are communal, belonging to the Community; Chastity as celibacy; and Obedience to God and to the Community leadership council.
How can I get involved with the Community of the Holy Spirit?
Check out our website at chssisters.org.
Become an Associate. Associates are people (both lay and clergy) who wish to be connected to the life and work of the Sisters, whether through prayer or active involvement, and desire an affiliation that offers promise of mutual intercessory prayer. They have a sense of the baptismal call to community, hoping to live it more fully. Write firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Become a Farm Companion/Volunteer. There are several programs available. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we were forced to suspend our volunteer programs, but these are reopening as conditions allow. Write email@example.com for more information.
From 2021 The Domestic & Foreign Missionary Society of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the USA.
What Part of the Body of Christ Am I? By Denise Rox
The following is an excerpt from The Royal Cross . . .
. . . Following Christ can be full of exciting adventures. Opening your heart to the Holy Spirit and discovering your gift is a way to step outside yourself and extend Christ’s hand to others. We all have a part to do and one is not more important than another. What gift do you think the Holy Spirit has bestowed on you? Is it caregiving, listening to others, or maybe physical work done for others? The gifts are endless and all of them are important.
1 Corinthians 12:12 For just as the body is one and many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.
We each have a purpose, and working together is how we become one body. I went to Honduras with others who had gifts and together, as one body, we accomplished Christ’s work.
Today you have a special gift and tomorrow it might change. That is how the Holy Spirit works. He comes into our hearts dropping off certain gifts to equip us for the good works we are called to do. Sometimes I want to say “No, no not that gift,” but it doesn’t work that way. Give in to Christ calling you because He calls for a special reason.. The adventures will be amazing!
Please pray with me. “Holy Spirit, I call on you to come into my heart Use me to be part of the body of Christ. May the gift I am given grow in my heart to give glory to God. I pray this in His Holy name.” And all the people said AMEN. Let it by, amen.
Solar Collector Update
Bart’s Electrical has determined the solar panels on the roof of the office area has saved $4,000.00 in our electrical bill the last twelve months. We continue to be good stewards of the earth and our finances by harnessing the power of the sun. We will be sharing quarterly reports from this time forward.
Sunday School begins September 12th
After a long recess, we look forward to resuming Sunday School classes for children aged 3 thru 5th grade at 10 a.m. (shortly before the 10:15 a.m. worship begins). Three classes will be available: Pre-school thru 1st grade, 2nd grade (We have a large number in this age group!), 3rd-5th grade. Currently, we are in need of a teacher for 3rd-5th grades. Talk to Fr. Galen or Judy Kile if you are interested in this ministry.
“The Quality of Mercy”
A post from parishioner, Nancy Marcy.
The piece I quoted in church on July 25 is taken from William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice. It occurs where Portia demands Shylock be merciful, stating that “The quality of mercy is not strain’d, It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven/Upon the place beneath” (Act-IV, Scene-I). In this way, Portia directly makes an appeal to Shylock to leave Antonio’s life, saying that, as we all pray and plead to God for mercy, to be merciful and kind towards us, likewise Shylock should be merciful and kind to him, and he will get a reward from heaven.
The quality of mercy is not strained;“The quality of mercy” is a speech given by Portia in William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice (Act 4, Scene 1).
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath. It is twice blest;
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes:
‘T is mightiest in the mightiest; it becomes
The throned monarch better than his crown:
His sceptre shows the force of temporal power,
The attribute to awe and majesty,
Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings;
But mercy is above this sceptred sway;
It is enthronèd in the hearts of kings,
It is an attribute to God himself;
And earthly power doth then show likest God’s
When mercy seasons justice. Therefore, Jew,
Though justice be thy plea, consider this,
That, in the course of justice, none of us
Should see salvation: we do pray for mercy;
And that same prayer doth teach us all to render
The deeds of mercy.