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Join us for Worship at our Franciscan Chapel, 1004 N. College Avenue in Columbia, Missouri.
Saturday mass is at 5pm, followed by fellowship (about 90 minutes.) Tuesday and Thursday mass at Noon (about thirty minutes)
All baptized Christians are welcome to receive Holy Communion
August 14-21, 2016
Well, around here it is time to get geared up for school--elementary, junior, high school, and our colleges. For our little community here in Columbia, we send one of our youth away to Truman State in Kirksville, MO (that would be Maranatha Prenger). We blessed her at last weekend Eucharist and off she goes.
This weekend's scriptures are Isaiah 66: 18-21; psalm 46; Hebrews 12: 25-29; and Luke 13: 22-30. Our Isaiah reading is from the last chapter of that prophet's work and it tells of the close of the age when people will join the new Israel of God from all the nations of the earth. (It was fulfilled in promissory fashion when the Magi came to worship the Christ child and it is perfectly fulfilled as THE coming Kingdom is spreading over all the earth).
The account from Hebrews makes the strong case that we belong to a kingdom that CANNOT BE SHAKEN. (Hang on to that truth as our society seems to be coming unravelled.) "Fear not, little flock, it has pleased the Father to give us the Kingdom."
And the gospel reminds us that "not everyone who calls out 'Lord, lord!' is in reality experiencing their salvation. Just because we say that we are His (and we are, and He wants us to be), it is necessary to 'strive' to do His Work and Word, that is, to enter through 'the narrow gate'. There are those who think that they are first, but who are actually last and those who think they are last and actually are first. (Do you see why St. Francis ALWAYS really considered himself LAST? It is really the only way to get to Blessed Assurance--to choose deliberately THE last place.)
Happenings of the week are:
Noon Eucharist on Tuesday and Thursday
Wednesday evening prayer
Saturday 5 pm Eucharist and fellowship
(Fraternity business meeting after the fellowship on Saturday)
Dates and times to make note of:
Warm Up Columbia collection of coats, hats and scarves for Voluntary Action Center must be ready at the end of October.
Also, if any want to volunteer for Room At The Inn, those opportunities will be there right after Thanksgiving. Remember, you have a good contact through Jim Jantz.
And our fall study called THE CHURCH IS BIGGER THAN YOU THINK!, (using Jenkins, The Lost History of Christianity as our catalyst) begins Thursday September 15 right after noon Eucharist for an hour and a half. I expect it will go till mid November. (Don't think that you have to be there every week. If you are free on a particular Thursday, I know the discussions will be good.)
That is all that occurs to me. For those affected by the 'school year', have a good one. Much love,
Fr. John OFP
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