Holy Apostles CREATION II, October 17, 2021 Service: Video
CREATION II SUNDAY
The Rev. Canon Arthur P. Powell, celebrant.
The Rev. Denise Cavaliere, deacon
Hymns: 8, 412, 383
Anthem: For The Beauty of The Earth arr. Whitworth
Today’s Collect and Scriptures
COLLECT Pentecost XXI, Proper 24, Yr B
Almighty and everlasting God, in Christ you have revealed your glory among the nations: Preserve the works of your mercy, that your Church throughout the world may persevere with steadfast faith in the confession of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
A Joint Message for Protection of Creation 1 September 2021
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby (Anglican Communion)
Pope Francis (Catholic Church)
Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew I (Orthodox Christians)
Read the entire message here
TODAY’s Non-Scriptural Reading – Section 1
The Importance of Sustainability
In our common Christian tradition, the Scriptures and the Saints provide illuminating perspectives for comprehending both the realities of the present and the promise of something larger than what we see in the moment. The concept of stewardship—of individual and collective responsibility for our God-given endowment—presents a vital starting-point for social, economic and environmental sustainability. In the New Testament, we read of the rich and foolish man who stores great wealth of grain while forgetting about his finite end (Lk 12.13–21). We learn of the prodigal son who takes his inheritance early, only to squander it and end up hungry (Lk 15.11–32). We are cautioned against adopting short term and seemingly inexpensive options of building on sand, instead of building on rock for our common home to withstand storms (Mt 7.24–27). These stories invite us to adopt a broader outlook and recognise our place in the extended story of humanity.
But we have taken the opposite direction. We have maximised our own interest at the expense of future generations. By concentrating on our wealth, we find that long-term assets, including the bounty of nature, are depleted for short-term advantage. Technology has unfolded new possibilities for progress but also for accumulating unrestrained wealth, and many of us behave in ways which demonstrate little concern for other people or the limits of the planet. Nature is resilient, yet delicate. We are already witnessing the consequences of our refusal to protect and preserve it (Gn 2.15). Now, in this moment, we have an opportunity to repent, to turn around in resolve, to head in the opposite direction. We must pursue generosity and fairness in the ways that we live, work and use money, instead of selfish gain.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: MASKS REQUIRED indoors at Holy Apostles. In response to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s recommendations of July 27, 2021, due to the rising levels of infections of COVID-19, the RRR Task Force of the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey is recommending congregations return to requiring face masks that fully cover the nose and mouth for indoor activities for all worship attendees and outside group participants immediately, regardless of vaccination status, in counties where the infection rate is more than 5 per 100K. PLEASE READ: MASKS REQUIRED indoors at Holy Apostles EFFECTIVE JULY 31/AUGUST 1, 2021. Click here.
- To comply with social distancing guidelines, we’ve planned for 4 services over each week:
- 5 pm Saturdays
- 8 am Sundays
- 9:30 am Sundays (with music, *except- see below)
- and 11:00 am Wednesdays (*except- see below)
*EXCEPT DURING THE RECTOR’S VACATION: All of July and 1st week in August.