February 12, 2020:
Today, February 12, is Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. When I think about
President Lincoln, I can only begin to imagine how difficult his service as
President must have been. Indeed, I have a hard time imagining what it
must have been like to live, much less lead, in those years. In some ways
it is hard to compare then and now. On the other hand, today’s tensions,
divisions, and hostilities are serious and damaging in their own way.
Perhaps President Lincoln’s words, at least the spirit of them, can still
provide guidance today…
…with malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right
as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are
in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne
the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve
and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.
(from Lincoln’s 2nd Inaugural Address)
The lectionary texts for February, 16, the 6th Sunday after Epiphany…
Sunday Conversations continue this Sun, Feb 16, 10am, in Trinity Hall,
with a conversation titled, Praying for Our Enemies, which has been the
subject of some public conversation in recent days. We will explore what
Jesus had to say on the subject, as well as the related topic of loving one’s
enemies, asking whether or not we agree with Jesus’ teaching, and what
it might mean in our public and personal lives. You might want to read
Jesus’ words on the subject in advance: Matthew 5:43-48.
Walnut Hill Bike Ride 2020 – It is time to get started planning this year’s
Walnut Hill Bike Ride. If you would like to be part of the planning, please
stay after worship for just a few minutes this Sun, Feb 16, to meet with this
year’s event coordinator, Julie Swim. If you would like to be part of the team,
but cannot meet this Sunday, let us know by reply email, and we will put you
in contact with Julie.
Cathedral Domain – Speaking of summer, it is not too early to think about
your child/youth attending a summer camp program at Cathedral Domain.
Look for summer camp brochures on the bulletin board in Trinity Hall.
Remember that Walnut Hill sponsors half the cost of camp for any Walnut
Hill child/youth attending a Cathedral Domain summer camp program.
…Nature’s Wonders is the title of a new display at the Creation Care table.
Stop by to have a look and pick up a “take home copy” to share with your
family and friends.
…Love in a Time of Climate Change is the title of a book that will be a
resource for a Lenten study, “Honoring/Loving God by Honoring/Loving
Creation,” beginning Sun, March 1. You can pick up a complimentary
copy of the book at the Creation Care bookshelf in Trinity Hall.
…Up to date recycling information for those living in Fayette County is
available on the Creation Care table. Recycling is a simple earth care
practice in which everyone can have a part.
Walking Through Scripture is a reading practice in which participants
read and reflect on the weekly lectionary texts (see above). Over a period
of three years participants will walk through much of the biblical witness.
Copies of the Walking Guide for the next three months are available in the
Sanctuary foyer. You may also use reply email to subscribe to Mike’s weekly
introduction and commentary on the texts.
Her Way of Love is the title of a “virtual” Lenten retreat featuring the
wisdom of early Christian teachers known as the “Desert Mothers.” One
of the retreat contributors is Lori-Lyn Hurley, artist and writer, and also
the daughter of our own Angela and Carl Hurley. Visit Her Way of Love
for more information.
Celebrating “Penny” – Many Walnut Hill folks remember our late fellow
member and friend, Helen “Penny” Chenery. I was recently made aware
of an online tribute (2018) to Penny, which I am happy to share with you.
Visit “The Blue Distance.”
…to the Rt. Rev. Mark Van Koevering, Bishop-elect of the Episcopal
Diocese of Lexington, for his visit to Walnut Hill on Sunday, February 9.
We pray blessings for “Bishop Mark” as he anticipates his investiture as
Diocesan Bishop on Saturday, March 21, at Christ Church Cathedral.
…to the choir, communion preparers/servers, offering ushers, and readers
who shared in worship leadership last Sunday.
…David Sharrard who, at the Vestry’s request, transformed the Sanctuary
pulpit into an attractive and user-friendly lectern. Thanks also to Ruth
for her assistance and advice to Dave in completing this project.
Peace to all.