7/18/2010 ~ Today I visited St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Palatka, FL
I came across this beautiful Episcopalian Church just over the river in Palatka on a back route back to FWB from Delray Beach. The photos let it speak for itself!
It was absolutely an AH-men environment with Vestments, Acolytes, a processional, padded individual kneelers and abundant stained glass.
Communion was offered in both species, there was breaking of the bread from behind the Altar; at least a couple of Crucifixes appeared among the many Crosses; and I even believe that's a representation of the Blessed Virgin on the left!
There were about 35 people present, mostly older folks, though there was one young mother with babe and another young kid in the congregation.
The music and the "Meet 'n Greet" were restrained; though everyone shook my hand genially. I took communion (kneeling at the altar) and really had to watch carefully. There were three ways to do it: You could eat the wafer after the Pastor put it in your palm and await a sip of the chalice (scrupulously wiped and turned with each contact); OR you could hold onto your wafer and dip it as the wine came by; OR you could have the wafer taken from your palm by the assistant celebrant, dipped into the wine and then placed on your tongue. I chose this latter as it reminded me of the 'Old Time' R.C. method whereby the Priest just charged down the line and popped the 'bread' into your mouth! Today, in most R.C. Churches I've visited they appear to have done away with kneeling for Communion; instead the Priest meets you at the head of the line with a wafer and the wine is optional "off to the side." Anyhow, this Episcopalian service was absolutely "High Church"!
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The Eighth Sunday of Pentecost
The Sermon was given by The Rev. James M. Dorn, III, Rector.
The Mystery of God: What should we proclaim?
It is Christ whom we proclaim. But what should we proclaim?
God sent Jesus Christ to die for your sins. Therefore we have hope. But many questions remain. The eternal mysteries of God cause us to have many questions. The inscrutable ways of the Lord and the mystery of God will never end.
Wendel Holmes, a Calvinist clergyman, thought he had it all figured out. He believed that he could discover the mystery when placed under anesthesia (a new technique of his era). So he had himself anesthetized, and experienced a Profound Revelation. But, upon awakening he could not remember the key. Therefore he tried again, with more forethought: He had a stenographer take notes, and just before he passed out, he mumbled certain phrases to the stenographer who wrote down what he was saying.
Upon awakening, he was very excited and asked to have the transcript read back to him. She quoted: “The entire universe is permeated by a strong odor of turpentine!"
In the end we only know what God permits us to know!
Paul in Galatians states that we must have knowledge of God to be pleasing to God and then we can bear fruit.
The true mystery of God revealed to us is the blood of Christ on the cross. It was freely given. Note the parable in Matthew: To those to whom much is given, more will be given; you who have “nothing” will have even that taken away. Jesus teaches his followers in Parables The reason for parables is so they will not understood by non-believers. But as the disciples know, and now so do you ~ Christ is in you.
The hope of glorious salvation will sift you like wheat.
Jesus Christ prayed that Peter would not fail. And Paul continued the teachings of Jesus reminding us of separation. Therefore the glory of God is not in how bad his creation can be but how good it can become.
So now we recognize Jesus Christ as the first born who could present you holy and blameless before God. But for you part, stay steadfast. This does not mean that you won't fail, but like Peter, you can return strengthened; return to carry out the commission. Make the word of God wholly received, and make known the mystery. What lies within us (The Mystery of God) is by far more important than what lies before or ahead of us.
(NOTE: I want to emphasize that, pursuant to the relevant campaign prohibitions, none of the churches, Pastors nor parishioners in their official church capacities ~ referenced or pictured herein ~ officially support my political candidacy).
Pd. Pol. Adv., paid for and approved by Dr. Bill Escoffery,
Candidate for U.S. Senate from Florida.
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