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    The Memorial Church of St.Luke, the Beloved Physician150 Years of Ministry

    1861-20111946 Welsh RoadPhiladelphia, PA 19115215.969.3645 (office)[email protected] stlukesbustleton.webs.com

    SERVICESSundays :10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharistwith musicFollowed immediately byrefreshments and fellowship inthe parish hall.

    Wednesdays :7:30 p.m. Healing Eucharist

    ACTIVITIES:

    Contemplative Prayer Wednesdays 6:45 p.m.in the church office

    Inside this issue :

    Birthdays............................... 8Calendar................................9News...................................3,4Photo Gallery.........................7Prayer Requests ...................... 4Rectors Message ................ 1,2Reminders.............................2Singing in Church..................6Strawberry Festival................5

    Those Who Serve..................3Welcome Visitors.................. 2Word Puzzle..........................8

    The Winged OxThe Winged Ox is the Ancient Symbol of St. Luke, the Beloved Physician

    A Newsletter for the People of The Memorial

    Church of St. Luke, the Beloved Physician June 2011 Issue 128

    Pentecost and the ew Covenant

    The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will make a newcovenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. It will not be like the covenant that I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypta covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, says the Lord. But thisis the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after thosedays, says the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it

    on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. o longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other, Knowthe Lord, for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the

    greatest, says the Lord; for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more (Jeremiah 31.31-34).

    In the passage above, God, speaking through the prophet Jeremiahreveals his plans for a new covenant. Unlike the covenant that Godinitiated at Sinai during the Exodus from Egypt, this covenant willnot depend on a law external to the people, written on tablets of stone. Instead, God promises to the law within the peopleto writeit upon the peoples hearts. And just as the previous covenantformed the identity of the people of Israel into the chosen people of God, so this new covenant will transform those on whose hearts thenew law is written. In other words, the new covenant will not formthe people from without through their observance of external laws, itwill transform the people from within because they will no longer bedependent on an external law, and they will no longer know God asone separate from them from whom they can be alienated. Rather God will be known to them from within, so that they will no longer need to suffer from separation and alienation from God because Godwill be within them, in their very hearts.

    It takes only a little reflection to see how wonderful that situation is.The people of the new covenant no longer need to worry aboutkeeping and observing rules. They will need only to look withinthemselves to know what they should do and how they should be.

    There is no law that they must keep; no rules that they must observe.They need only remain true to their heart, and they will do the rightthing. And they no longer need to look outside of themselves to findGod, they must only look within to find and commune with God.What blessed people indeed !

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    WELCOME VISITORS! Areyou a new reader? Come visit us! Were so glad thatyou picked up this publication; we hope you will findit interesting and worth your time and we hope youwill take the next step and worship with us sometime.If you are worshiping with us, we welcome you!Whatever your religious background, and however you have come to be here, we welcome you to St.Lukes. Please let us know who you are by signingour guest book (by the door) or filling out a cardfound in the pews. You can hand your card to anusher, or put it in the collection plate when it comeslater.

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    Of course most of us know enough about our tradit ion to realize that we are the people of the newcovenant. The inaugurating event of this new covenantthe point at which the Spirit of God becameavailable to usis the feast of Pentecost, which occurs fifty days after Jesus resurrection. In this respectit mirrors the Jewish feast of Shavuot, which occurred fifty days after the Exodus. It was at this time thatMoses received the law from God on Mount Sinai.

    However, there are important differences between the previous covenant and the new covenant. For onething, Moses had to ascend Mount Sinai to receive the law from God. While in the case of the newcovenant, God descends to the level of humanity in order to provide the new law; first in the person of Jesus who we know as God in the flesh, and then in the person of the Holy Spirit who is the gift of theIncarnation. Thus our hearts were made ready by God assuming a human nature, and thereby transforminghumanity as a fit receptacle for the Spirit of God.

    Unfortunately most of us fail to perceive the gift of God within us and so we fail to trust ourselves. For this reason we continue to look for God outside of us and we continue to suppose there is some thing or other outside of us that will make us whole. And just as we fail to appreciate our own dignity or themagnitude of the gift that God has provided to us, we fail to appreciate the dignity and divinity of our neighbors.

    All of this is a symptom of our larger failure to truly believe the Good News of God in Christ. But this is

    Jesus, fulfilled for us on the first Pentecost, Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father willlove them, and we will come to them and make our home with them (John 14:23). Thats who we are,who God has made us. This Pentecost may we remember this is our birthright so that we may bring God,who has made his home with us, into our lives and our world.

    God bless,Father Tim

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    REMI DERS: The Winged Ox willbe on summervacation in July &August! See you inthe fall!

    Outreach

    St. Luke's is supporting twooutreach programs, each vitalto the community. They arethe Somerton Food Bank and

    area shelters. We need your continued support tocontinue these worthy

    projects.

    The Food Bank is always inneed of canned goods, cerealand cash donations to buymeats and maintain operatingexpenses.

    The shelters look forward tothe Wawa gift cards provided

    by your donations.

    Those Who Serve

    Sunday, June 5

    Chalice Bearer: S. CarmodyReaders: M. Geiger, L. Carter Ushers: J. Oxenford, J. Litzke

    Altar Guild: L. Carter, R. Fischer Coffee Hour: J & J Litzke, J.Oxenford, J. Gardner

    Counters: B & D Shifflett

    Sunday, June 12Chalice Bearer : L. Carter

    Readers: B. Kaufold, K. GibsonUshers : K. Gibson, J. ShaheneAltar Guild: K. Kenny, S. Nesbitt

    Coffee Hour : Espositos, A.Thorpe, M. Geiger

    Counters: J. Brambilla, R. Whaley

    Sunday, June 19Chalice Bearer: J. Gardner Readers: C. Martino, J. BrambillaUshers: J. Oxenford, J. LitzkeAltar Guild: J Oxenford, J. LitzkeCoffee Hour: B. Kaufold, G.Shahene, C. Rodriguez

    Counters: C. Rodriguez, A. Thorpe

    Sunday, June 26

    Chalice Bearer: J. GlennReaders: C. Rodriguez, S.CarmodyUshers: K. Gibson, J. LitzkeAltar Guild: S & C CarmodyCoffee Hour: S. Remick, J. Glenn,

    N. Hurley, R. Whaley, H. Rolland

    Counters: J & J Litzke

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    EWS

    Church School / ursery

    June 5th will be the lastmeeting of church schooluntil September.. Thechildren will read, sing anddisplay sidewalk chalk art

    about the things that Godhas made.

    The teachers will hold aplanning meeting for theupcoming church schoolyear on Sunday, June 19thduring coffee hour.

    On June 26th there willbe an outdoor servicefollowed by a picnic. Thechildren are encouragedto bring bikes, toys orgames

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    PRAYERS PLEASE PRAYERS PLEASE PRAYERS PLEASE PRAYERS PLEASE Members: Joyce, Dorothy,Elaine, Ruth B., Nancy H.,Edna, Alan, Mabel, Ruth L.,Louise, Betty K, Cheri, JoanW., Virginia, Len, Carlos R.,Joshua W., Roberta M.,

    Nancy O.

    Friends and Family: Kathy,Robert, Arlyne, Nancy,Martha, Bobby, Joselyn,Curtis, Francine, Lynda,Ruth, James, MerriLee,Sandra, Joyce, Christopher,J.R., Joseph, Diane, Larry,

    Nancy, William, Jeff,Margaret, Mai, Maria,Thomas

    Those Serving in theArmed Forces: WilliamWilliam, Chris G.,Kevin M., Alex G.,Andrew R., Chris K.,John R., Chris R., Eric

    B., Rob D., Jerry F.,Thomas H., Tom B.,Casey R., Jermaine, Bradley,Michael, Matthew, Maxx

    CONGRATULATIONS! CONGRATULATIONS! CONGRATULATIONS! CONGRATULATIONS!

    May 22, 2011Confirmed:Cheri CarmodyDirinda Witcher

    ancy Orlando

    Received:Caroline Cotugno

    Reaffirmed:Genevieve Scott

    (See P. 8 for Birthdays)

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    150 th Anniversary

    We now have a beautiful banner displayed on Welsh

    Rd., thanks to John Litzke's efforts, advertising St.Luke's 150th anniversary. There will be one more

    planning meeting in June, date to be announced, todiscuss cost of dinner tickets, programs, advertisingand mementos,etc. John Litzke has agreed to be master of ceremonies for the October 15th event.

    19th Annotation Retreat:

    As noted in the bulletin that Father Tim will be offeringwhat is referred to as a 19th annotation retreat or a retreat inordinary life. 19th Annotation refers to a particular note inthe Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits. During his conversion from a somewhatwayward life, St. Ignatius developed the Spiritual Exercises.Essentially he would reflect on passages of Scripture or other types of meditations in order to draw closer to Godand to discern Gods meaning for his life. In the end,Ignatius began to offer these Exercises to his friends andfellow priests, which proved to be the beginning of theSociety of Jesus, more popularly known as the Jesuits. Asoriginally conceived by Ignatius, one who was goingthrough the Exercises would go on retreat for a monthduring which s/he would spend 3-4 hours daily at prayer.However, for those who were not able to leave the world inthis way, Ignatius permitted them to work through theexercises while going about their ordinary lives. So insteadof praying 3-4 hours per day, those who remained in theworld would spend one hour per day praying over materialassigned for the week. And the length of time for

    performing the Exercises was extended to about six months.In addition, the one making the Exercises would meet with aspiritual director once each week to discuss how the

    previous weeks prayer had gone.So that is a brief summary of what a 19th Annotation retreatis. If anyone is interested in making such a retreat beginningin September, please see Father Tim.

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    Singing in Church

    Greetings from Los Angeles. For those of you who dont know meso well, my name is Bill Wong. Ivisited St. Lukes on Palm Sunday as

    part of my visit to Philadelphia, as Iwas attending the American Occupational Therapy Association(AOTA) conference for several days before that in downtownPhiladelphia. I made the visit because I knew Stacey throughFacebook, as we are both fellow contributors on Episcorific, azine for young adults in the Episcopal Church. So, I was gladthat I was able to make the visit happen. So, my little post isabout singing in church. I remembered some of you liked mysinging voice and my enthusiasm. One thing about me is that Ialways enjoy singing and am blessed with a booming voice. Of course, because I learned how to play the piano since 2nd

    grade, I usually can grab the hymnal and just sing, even if it is ahymn that I have not heard of before. Meanwhile, I have been involved in music ministry for the most

    part since 2006- one plus year in my former parish, and two anda half years and counting in my current parish, as both are inthe Diocese of Los Angeles. There was a time gap in between

    because I was transitioning to my current parish during 2007-2008. But during the roughly 3-4 years in music ministry, Iserved the organist for my former parish and am currently oneof the tenors in my current parish, among the many other ministries I do in those two parishes, too.

    I do say that singing from the pews is quite different fromsinging when I am vested. When I am singing from the pews, Iwould simply let my voice fly, just like a pitcher sometimesmight reach back to try to find a few extra miles per hour on hisfastball. When that happens while my parishs choir is onvacation, I can sing so loud that I could literally cover almosteveryones voice from the back pews. However, when I amvested, I would sing with more of a controlled loudness

    because the choir director in my parish went over theimportance of that with every new choir member. Either way,to maintain my enthusiasm up in singing, I sometimes wouldimprovise the ending on the last verse of some hymns as if Iwere a soprano as well as singing some descant lines if I feellike I could do them. My philosophy on singing during servicecomes from a saying in the Bible where we got to worship Godwith all our hearts and all your minds. Part of that in mostworship services today includes singing, of course. One thing I

    do say, however is that singing loudly carries a hugeresponsibility.

    Once you establish a reputation for singingloudly in service, other regulars at your

    parish might gravitate toward you when itis time to sing hymns. After all, just like anorganist, other people might expect you tolead them to sing, as your loud voice could

    be what they go on during the service. If youare not ready for the responsibility, then its

    better to sing at a just right volume.

    So, what is the just right volume, youmight ask? According to my current parishschoir director, the just right volume isabout a notch or two below what you arecapable of singing. Unless you are trying to

    perform solos from the pews (except for communion hymns) like I do sometimes atmy parish during the summer, you aresinging too loud if you cant hear at least twoother people singing. Next, you could beoversinging if you feel that you couldnt getto some high or low notes that you couldnormally reach if you sing at a just rightvolume. Meanwhile, if you are atonal like mydad, be extra aware of how loud everyone issinging. You might be worshiping with allyour heart and all your mind, but you couldlead others go astray. Lastly, if you arevested, its extremely imperative that you dothis. Otherwise, you could look like a wildand crazy fool, as this is the last thing youwould want give people an impression of if you are vested.

    Singing hymns can be a really joyfulexperience and a great way to show God thatwe are worshiping Him wholeheartedly. So,next time when you pick up a hymnalanywhere, put some enthusiasm into whatyou sing. You might get a lot more out of your Sunday service experience.

    The Winged Ox thanks Bill Wong for visiting St. Lukes and sharing hisexperiences with us!

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    PHOTO GALLERY: Springtime was busy at St. Lukes!Bishop Turners Visit Easter Flower Cross

    Spring Flea Market

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    WORD PUZZLE

    P H Y S I C I A N

    T H I S A I D T H

    W H E N R S V H E

    B U T O E W H O A

    M A T T H E W S R

    O S I C K N E E D

    F H A V E W E L L

    (Matthew 9:12 NRSV) But whenhe heard this, he said, "Those whoare well have no need of a

    physician, but those who are sick.

    Word List

    PHYSICIAN MATTHEWTHOSE HEARD WHEN WELLTHIS SICK SAID NRSV NEEDHAVE WHO BUT ARE OF

    Summer Birthdays

    June

    1-Gail Hair12- Don Shifflett, JuliaGardiner18-Edna Wilkinson25-Fr. Tim Griffin27-Frank Baker, icoleMartino

    July2-Jennifer Litzke

    4-Ruth Von Clef 13-Walley elson25-Joshua Woods26-Stephanie Remick

    August 5-Laure Padian15-Jean Gardner27-Herb Rolland

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    JU E 2011 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thur Fri Sat

    1-6:45P-Contemplativeprayer in Office 7:30P -HolyEucharist withHealing inChurch

    2 3- 7:00P-AASpiritualityMeeting in Hall

    4-10a-Yoga inHall11:30a-Al-AnonMtg inHall

    5-7th Sundayof Easter 10:30a:Holy

    Eucharist10:20a- ChurchSchool 11:45: Coffee

    Hr. In Hall

    6-7:00p-AAMeeting in Hall

    7-8:00P-AAMeeting in Hall

    8- 6:45P-Contemplativeprayer in Office 7:30P -HolyEucharist withHealing inChurch

    9 107:00P-AASpiritualityMeeting in Hall

    11 10a- Yoga inHall11:30a-Al-AnonMtg in Hall

    12 -Whitsunday 10:30a:HolyEucharist 11:45: CoffeeHr. In Hall

    13-7:00p-AAMeeting in Hall 700p -VestryMeeting inChurch Office

    148:00P-AAMeeting in Hall

    15 6:45P-Contemplativeprayer in Office7:30P -Holy

    Eucharist withHealing inChurch

    16 177:00P-AASpiritualityMeeting in Hall

    18- 10a-Yogain Hall11:30a-Al-AnonMtg inHall

    19 -Trinity Sunday

    10:30a:HolyEucharist 11:45: CoffeeHr. In Hall

    20-7:00p-AAMeeting in Hall

    218:00P-AAMeeting in Hall

    22 6:45P-Contemplativeprayer in Office

    7:30P -HolyEucharist withHealing inChurch

    23 24 -7:00P-AASpiritualityMeeting in Hall

    25- 10a-Yogain Hall11:30a-Al-Anon

    Mtg inHall

    26 - 2nd Sundayafter Pentecost 10:30a:HolyEucharist 11:45: Picnic

    27-7:00p-AAMeeting in Hall

    288:00P-AAMeeting in Hall

    29- 6:45P-Contemplativeprayer in Office7:30P -HolyEucharist withHealing inChurch

    30

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    Have a Nice Summer!

    The Memorial Church of St. Luke the Beloved Physician1946 Welsh RoadPhiladelphia, PA [email protected]webs.comFIRST CLASS MAIL

    Address Correction Requested

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