The Fisher’s Net
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church
North Lake, WI 53064
Dan Rosa, Sr. Warden
Peter Buerosse, Jr. Warden Phone: (262) 966-7312
Newsletter Editor: Mary Buerosse (262) 691-3549 E-Mail: Mbread@att.net
The Rev. David C. Couper, Vicar (608) 444-7207; firstname.lastname@example.org
Pastor’s Pen Fr. David Couper
When We Are Blessed
I would like to introduce the Beatitudes (Mt 5:1-12) into our weekly worship. We are all familiar with the proscribed weekly recitation of the Nicene Creed — that which the Church believes. The Nicene Creed came about after a 4th century struggle about what must believed to be a Christian. Creeds have been around since the very early days of our faith — a lot of what must be believed but short on what a person of faith must do.
Along with the Nicene there are also two other creeds: the Apostles’ Creed which switches from “we believe of the Nicene Creed to “I believe” and the lengthy creed of Athanasius (BCP, p. 864) which begins with “whosoever wishes” and focuses on the equality of three persons of the Trinity and the Incarnation of Jesus.
On the other hand, the Beatitudes are not a statement of belief, but rather of practice; “You are blessed when you….”
Consider these which result in being “blessed:” (From the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible.}
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
“Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
But we also have a modern translation of those same beatitudes from The Message by Eugene Peterson and a translation by Patricia Fresen from the Aramaic which Jesus actually spoke. Alternate translations can have the ability to deeply open our ears and our hearts.
Listening to the same translation week after week can dull our understanding of the original text and its context.
Now read the earthiness of The Message and the richness of the Aramaic translation:
Modern Day Language from The Message
“You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and [God’s] rule.”
“You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.”
“You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought.”
“You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. God’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat.”
“You’re blessed when you care. At the moment of being ‘care-full’, you find yourselves cared for.”
“You’re blessed when you get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right. Then you can see God in the outside world.”
“You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That’s when you discover who you really are, and your place in God’s family.”
“You’re blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution. The persecution drives you even deeper into God’s kingdom.”
From the Aramaic Language
“Ripe are those who find their home in the breath of the Spirit; they shall be attuned to the inner reign of God.”
“Ripe are those who mourn/weep, grieve for people who are suffering; they shall be comforted; united inside by love.”
“Ripe are the gentle; they shall be open to receive strength from the earth.”
“Ripe are those who hunger and thirst for justice, they shall be encircled by the birth of a new society.”
“Ripe are the compassionate; upon them shall be compassion.”
“Ripe are those who are consistent in heart, whose lives radiate from a core of love; they shall contemplate God.”
“Ripe are those who plant peace in each season; they shall be named the emanations of God.
“Ripe are those who are persecuted for the sake of justice; the reign of God is in them.”
I would like to incorporate the Beatitudes into our Sunday worship along with the Nicene Creed. The objective is to help us think about not only what the Church believes, but what Jesus actually said about how those of us who chose to follow him should live our lives and, therefore, be blessed; to be in a position to be “ripe” for becoming his disciple and receiving his blessing.
Calendar & Times Scheduled Reader
Nov. 7, Sunday 9:30 am Holy Eucharist Wanda Fobian
Nov. 14, Sunday 9:30 am Holy Eucharist Mary Buerosse
Nov. 21, Sunday 9:30 am Holy Eucharist Kathy Marks
Nov. 24, Wednesday 6:00 pm Thanksgiving Eve Volunteer
Nov. 28, Sunday ADVENT 1 9:30 am Holy Eucharist Helen Ackley
Lessons for November
1 Lesson Psalm 2nd Lesson Gospel
Nov 7 Ruth 3:1-5; 4:13-17 127 Hebrews 9:24-28 Mark 12:38-44
Nov 14 1 Samuel 1:4-20 Canticle Hebrews 10:11-14, 19-25 Mark 13:1-8
Nov 21 2 Samuel 23:1-7 132:1-13 Revelation 1:4-8 John 18:33-37
Nov 24 Joel 2:21-27 126 1 Timothy 2:1-7 Matthew 6:25-33
Nov 28 Jeremiah 33:14-16 25:1-10 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13 Luke 21:25-36
Remember in Your Prayers
“And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will,
he hears us: And if we know that he hears us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him” (1 John 5:14-15)
*Pray for our Veterans on November 11 and give thanks for their service to our country to maintain the freedoms we enjoy. Pray for those who continue to have the scars of war.
*Remember those who will travel during the Thanksgiving holiday that families and friends enjoy the holiday safely. Pray for the safety of the deer hunters.
*Keep healthcare providers in your prayers as they continue to labor assisting those sick with COVID-19. Pray for those who have died from COVID-19 and their grieving families.
*Be compassionate in your support for local food pantries and the families they serve.
*Pray for the homeless, the hungry and the jobless. Find ways to help them.
*Pray for peace and justice in all the world. Pray for refugees, especially the Afghan refugees in our country, especially at Ft. McCoy, and in all countries of the world.
*Pray for the peacemakers.
*Remember the Prayer Circle in your prayers. Your added prayers give strength to their theirs.
*Pray for St. Peter’s and its families, for the present and the future, that we may grow in Christ and be His light to the world.
November 12 Andy Marks
November 15 Benjamin Luther
November 17 Wanda Fobian
November 23 Evan Medd
“Rivers do not drink their own water; trees do not eat their own fruit; the sun does not shine on itself and flowers do not spread their fragrance for themselves. Living for others is a rule of nature. We are all born to help each other. No matter how difficult it is…Life is good when you are happy; but much better when others are happy because of you.” —Pope Francis
The Spirit at Work!
*Daylight Savings Time ends Sunday, November 7. Set your clocks BACK!
*St. Peter’s Thanksgiving Eve service is Wednesday, Nov. 24 at 6:00 pm.
*St. Peter’s continues to ask everyone, regardless of vaccination status, to wear a mask when attending Sunday services. We continue to practice COVID safety measures to protect those we love and care about.
*Thank you to our dynamic duo, Pete Buerosse and Andy Marks, for supplying guitar music while our outstanding musician, Matt Luther, was away. St. Peter’s is truly blessed with talent!
*Thanks to everyone who helped with the Road Clean-up this past summer!
*Look at the Flower Chart in the Narthex and sign-up to place flowers on the altar to the Glory of God. St. Peter’s Coffee Hour has been suspended due to COVID.
*The Diocesan E-News provides information on what is going on in the Diocese. You can subscribe to the Mailing List at email@example.com
Blessing the Animals—The Feast of St. Francis
On Sunday, October 10, St. Peter’s celebrated The Feast of St. Francis! We had a variety of breeds: Fr. David & Chris’ Labradoodle “Mocha”, Matt Luther & Ava’s German shepherd “Gunther”, Tyler & Lindsey Naze’s Boston terrier “Fin”, and Eric and Dorina’s Labrador/German Shorthair-“Heinz 57” “Kona”. And some new friendships were made!
Stewardship Sunday—November 28
“We don’t come to Church to be entertained but to worship God. To worship God does not depend on any special form of the Liturgy but on our own attitude. It does not depend on who else is in Church or on whether the preacher is any good at all. It depends on what is in the heart and mind of the worshipper. Don’t get ‘turned off’ because of something totally unrelated to your own relation with God. It is not the Church which must be ‘in tune’ with the worshipper, but the worshipper who must be in tune with God. If the worshipper is right with God, the Church itself will be right too. It’s only a question of which must come first. Since we are the Body of Christ, since it is we who make up the Church, if we are right, the Church itself will be right. AMEN” —From a St. Peter’s Service Bulletin in November, 1972
“The key problem of Stewardship is not how to motivate people to give more, but rather how to help them develop into disciples who, in gratitude, compassion, and justice, are eager to align their money with the needs of God’s created order” —Gordon Cosby
“Estimate of Giving” letters will be available on Sunday, November 28.
Please consider an “Estimate of Giving” on Stewardship Sunday.
St. Peter’s Outreach Committee will be reviewing organizations for our 4th quarter distribution. Some current suggestions include Sojourner Truth House, MS—Just Keep Moving, Inc.,
Episcopal Relief and Development, Family Promise—Waukesha, Hospitality Center-Racine,
St. Francis House—UW Madison and others. If you know of organizations that have special needs during the holiday seasons, please contact a Vestry Member. Thank you.
A Bit of History—Uncovered! –condensed
“Lych-Gate Recalls A Corpse That Wouldn’t Stay Buried” by Lee Hill
There’s a churchyard gate in Wisconsin that looks like a bit of Old England. But not exactly jolly Old England. The gate, or “lych-gate” as it was called, served a somber purpose. It is sometimes spelled lich-gate, is pronounced like “lick”, and is taken from the Anglo Saxon word “lic” which meant body or corpse. This particular gate recalls the strange story of a corpse that wouldn’t stay buried. Lych-gates existed in England at least 3 centuries ago. The purpose was funereal. Here the clergyman met the corpse, and the pallbearers were sheltered under the gate while a portion of the service was read. North Lake’s lych-gate was donated to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in the fall of 1899 by the family of Byron Kilbourn, a mid-19th century railroad tycoon and one of the founders of Milwaukee.
Perhaps the Kilbourn family chose a lych-gate as a fitting memorial to a corpse that would not stay buried. This particular “corpse” was a political scandal—the Watergate of its day—perpetrated by the man whose heirs donated the gate. A legislative committee exhumed it at the demand of an enraged public.
In 1856 Kilbourn and his legal advisor, Moses Strong of Mineral Point, had secured from the Wisconsin legislature a large land grant for their La Crosse and Milwaukee Railroad Company. By 1858 the public had gotten wind of how they had gone about it, and a legislative committee—something like today’s Senate Investigating Committee—was appoint to investigate and to reveal the truth. Their 322-page report known as the “Black Book” was published. But, although 5,000 copies were printed, certain interested parties burned and suppressed it to the extent, that, today, well over 100 years later, the Legislative Reference Library at Madison has never been able to get a copy. The State Historical Society has only two.
The shameful truth was that senators, assemblymen and even the governor had accepted more than half a million dollars in stocks and bonds from the railroad company in return for the land grant. The public of the 1850’s vigorously demanded action. Its cry of outrage led to a more honest government in Wisconsin. The governor removed himself to Arizona Territory. Kilbourn attempted to clear himself by printing a pamphlet that claimed he had not corrupted the legislators. They had intended to vote for his land grant in the first place, he said. But his La Crosse and Milwaukee Railroad Company went into liquidation. In a triumph of good over evil, the corrupt legislators discovered that their stocks and bonds were worthless.
Today the house where Byron Kilbourn lived near North Lake is gone, having been destroyed in the 1960’s by a sand and gravel company which owned the property. There is really nothing left except the old lych-gate which, symbolically, shelters a political corpse that wouldn’t stay buried. WISCONSIN WEEK-END 3, Feb. 20, 1974
NOTE: The entire article may be read on the bulletin board in the Narthex.
Reflections By Andy Marks
Listening to your Hidden Heart
John O’Donohue wrote about finding wisdom and direction by listening to your “hidden heart”. With Thanksgiving, Advent, and Christmas on the horizon, it seems a good time for introspection, to look deeply and see if we’re measuring up to the kind of people we truly wish to be. What is it that holds us back and prevents us from attaining our true self and listening to our hidden hearts? It is our heart, once it begins to beat, that is in total control of the time we have in this world. It is the workhorse that pushes us through the good times, the bad times, and all the challenges that life throws our way. The heart needs to be protected and nourished at all cost. And that’s where the ego comes in. The ego is the “I” in each of us and it has been given the task of protecting the heart and keeping it safe. Ego is also the sense we have of our own self-importance. Keeping a balance between the heart, mind, and soul is essential for leading a meaningful life. Our ego plays an important role in keeping us physically healthy. An unchecked ego, however, can take over the mind and feed itself growing ever stronger all-the-while silencing the heart. There is a line that once the ego crosses, spirituality is no more, and the sense of self-importance is heightened. Empathy and compassion are replaced with apathy and judgement. Fear and anger are used to distort truth so much so that truth no longer seems to matter. Selflessness becomes selfishness and media outlets such as Facebook are used to promote the ego. And as confidence turns into arrogance and righteousness mutates into defiance, the big winner is ignorance. For at this stage, the mind is easily manipulated and often long-lasting and sometimes permanent irrational devastating choices are made. Choices in which the heart was given no voice.
The heart which nourishes the body is also responsible for nourishing the soul. Our soul is the spiritual part of our being. It is where our true self resides. The soul is the essence of who we were before we were born, who we are becoming in our earthly journey, and who we are after our heart sounds its last beat. John O’Donohue states in his book, Beauty, that “At birth we were awakened and emerged to become visible in the world. At death we will surrender again to the dark to become invisible.” But being visible or invisible, implies that we still are. We always have and will belong to that spiritual world whether we exist in a visible or an invisible state.
In order to listen to our hidden hearts, however, we must be willing to accept a degree of vulnerability of which the ego wants no part. For according to the ego, we already are compassionate, selfless, loving, wise, and nonjudgmental. We have no need to be part of the solution because we were never part of the problem. Therefore, there is no need to open ourselves up. We are already there!
But the heart knows our true potential and also understands what is truly required in preparation for the journey we must make when we return from the visible back to the invisible. Thanksgiving, Advent, and Christmas is a great time for reflection and for reconnecting our hearts, minds, and souls by giving voice once again to our “hidden heart”.
The heart was considered to be the source of understanding, love, courage, devotion, sorrow, and joy. Its deep religious meaning is expressed in 1 Samuel 16:7: But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature… for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.”
Friends of Jesus: Sons of Thunder
Aren’t we all
stumbling our way through life,
judging, but not wanting to be judged,
failing, but expecting others to be perfect,
hating, envying, wounding others,
while hoping for love, acceptance, and healing
for ourselves and those we love?
But not for “others,” outsiders, “them,”
all those not like us.
And yet, so much like us that we cringe
to see humanity in those who disagree,
are different, anyone we don’t understand.
Lightning and Love
are fearsome forces.
We are quick to resort to the first,
when the latter is what we need.
And, if we would admit it,
what everyone needs, wants, deserves. ©2021 Holly Moseley
Jesus gave the nickname “Boanerges” to James and John, sons of Zebedee, possibly because of their tendency to be severe and aggressive. This may seem strange, since the letters of John speak so thoroughly of love and many think John is “the beloved disciple” mentioned in the Gospel of John. I often consult the Bible Encyclopedia my mom used in seminary, and it gets confusing figuring out who actually wrote what.
What is clear from the Gospels is that James and John were present, usually with Peter and sometimes Andrew, at many key events. They were called to follow Jesus right after Peter and Andrew. This makes sense, because the pairs of brothers were fishing alongside each other. James and John were among the handful present when Jesus raised the little girl from the dead. They were with Peter at the Transfiguration, when Moses and Elijah appeared with Jesus in his glory.
You’d think that all this close association would have taught James and John a few things about what Jesus thought and how he behaved among all people, yet James and John are also famous for telling Jesus that they tried to stop someone casting out demons “in your name” because the man wasn’t among the regular followers. Jesus tells them that “whoever is not against us is for us” and continues with other examples and admonitions. He concludes this teaching with “be at peace with one another.
Yet not that much later (in the Gospel of Luke) Jesus and his disciples are passing through Samaria on the way to Jerusalem. They don’t receive the best welcome and James and John ask, “Shall we call down fire from heaven upon them?” Of course, Jesus reproached them, as Elijah the prophet was reproached for actually doing this (twice!). The third person who approached Elijah begged, “Let my life be precious in your sight.”
And that is the message Jesus gave, throughout his whole life: every person and all creation is precious in God’s sight. It is not for us to call down judgment and especially not death. Perhaps the best example of this is this sort of “inner circle” of Peter, James, and John: Peter jumped to conclusions and acted hastily and rashly many times. James and John are ready to kill a whole village and be exclusionary. Yet these are among the people Jesus held dear and close and to whom he trusted much. These are the ones who accompanied him during his last hours of freedom, when he prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane. And even when they didn’t stay awake, Jesus recognized their human weakness and loved them.
This is amazing grace – that we are loved, completely and unconditionally, just as we are. And that God can work through us to teach, heal, and love others. May we always follow, each in our own way, as long as it is the way of Love.
Calendar & Times Scheduled Reader
Dec. 1, Wednesday 7—8:00 pm Advent Book Study
Dec. 5, Sunday 9:30 am Holy Eucharist Andy Marks
Dec. 8, Wednesday 7—8:00 pm Advent Book Study
Dec. 12, Sunday 9:30 am Holy Eucharist Dan Schneider
Dec. 15, Wednesday 7—8:00 pm Advent Book Study
Dec. 19, Sunday 9:30 am Holy Eucharist Peter Buerosse
Greening of the church
Dec. 22, Wednesday 7—8:00 pm Advent Book Study
Dec. 24, Friday 4:30 pm Christmas Eve Volunteer
Dec. 25, Saturday Christmas Day—NO SERVICE — Visit family and friends!
Dec. 26, Sunday 9:30 am Holy Eucharist Susan Medd
Jan. 2, Sunday 9:30 am Holy Eucharist Dan Rosa
Lessons for December
1 Lesson Psalm 2nd Lesson Gospel
Dec 5 Baruch 5:1-9 Canticle 16 Philippians 1:3-11 Luke 3:1-6
Dec 12 Zephaniah 3:14-20 Canticle 9 Philippians 4:4-7 Luke 3:7-18
Dec 19 Micah 5:2-5 Canticle 15 Hebrews 10:5-10 Luke 1:39-45
Dec 24 Isaiah 9:2-7 96 Titus 2:11-14 Luke 2:1-14
Dec 26 Isaiah 61:10—62:3 147 Galatians 3:23-25; 4:4-7 John 1:1-18
Jan. 2 Jeremiah 31:7-14 84 Ephesians 1:3-6, 15-19 Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23
Greening of St. Peter’s—December 19
We are planning to decorate St. Peter’s after service on Sunday, December 19 for Christmas. We will put up our Christmas tree, wreaths, garlands and place the poinsettias around the altar and in the windowsills. Please bring a poinsettia to church on this Sunday if you are able. Thank you!
Advent Book Study
The Rule of Benedict: A Spirituality for the 21st Century by Joan Chittister
This new 2010 edition of a classic religious text combines the timeless wisdom of Benedict of Nursia’s Rule with the perceptive commentary of a renowned Benedictine mystic and scholar. In her new introduction to the Rule, the author boldly claims that Benedict’s sixth-century text is the only one of great traditions that directly touches the contemporary issues facing the human community–stewardship, conversion, communication, reflection, contemplation, humility, and equality. It expands its principles into the larger context of spiritual living in a secular world and makes the seemingly archaic instructions relevant for a contemporary audience. A new foreword, updated content, an appendix, and more, make this an invaluable resource for solitary or communal contemplation. Books are available on Amazon and other Book Sellers.
Our Advent Book Study will be held via ZOOM again this year, thanks to Dan Rosa, on Wednesday evenings from 7:00—8:00 pm, beginning December 1. Join us for fellowship and good conversation from the comfort of your home. (You will receive a ZOOM invitation from Dan before our Study.) We will also have available in the Narthex, Advent booklets from the Living Compass, “Practicing Patience with All Your Heart, Soul and Mind”. Pick one up!
O LORD Jesus, Who knowest them that are thine,
When thou rewardest thy servants the prophets, remember, we beseech thee, for good, those who have taught us, rebuked us, counselled us, guided us; And in that day show them mercy.
When thou rewardest the saints, remember, we beseech thee, for good, those who have surrounded us with holy influences, borne with us, forgiven us, sacrificed themselves for us, loved us; And in that day show them mercy.
When thou rewardest the great that fear thy Name, remember, we beseech thee, for good, those who have been our patterns of any virtue or grace, of repentance, acknowledgment of offenses, begging of pardon, obedience, patience, perseverance; And in that day show them mercy.
When thou rewardest the small that fear thy Name, remember, we beseech thee, for good, ignorant disciples, halting followers, weak cross-bearers, kneelers on feeble knees, faithful believers who faint not utterly; And in that day show them mercy.
Nor forget any, not forget us; But in that day show us mercy. Amen –Adapted from a prayer by Christina Rossetti,
Hillspeak Card no. 72-B, designed for the Episcopal Book Club
Christmas — 1988
What is Christmas without Joseph?
How often the obedient and patient carpenter is omitted from our recollection of events surrounding the birth of our bless Lord. The iconography of Christmas usually has Joseph unobtrusively in the background, leaning on his staff or leading the heavy-laden donkey into Egypt. Yet, God called Joseph and through him guided the Holy Family through the dangers of our Lord’s infancy.
When Mary was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit and Joseph considered terminating their betrothal, an angel appeared to him in a dream. The angel revealed to Joseph the working of the Holy Spirit, and told him not to be afraid to take Mary into his house. And the angel named the child Jesus. Joseph was obedient to God’s messenger.
When Herod, having heard of the birth of Jesus, set out to kill the infant, again an angel appeared to Joseph. God’s messenger told him to take the family into Egypt until Herod’s death. Again, Joseph was obedient and took the Holy Family into the safety of exile.
In Egypt, an angel appeared to Joseph and told him of Herod’s’ death, but warned him to avoid the region of Judea and to settle in a town called Nazareth. Joseph, ever God’s obedient servant, did as he was told.
Holy, as in “Holy Family,” does not mean “stress-free.” The brief account of Joseph in the New Testament does not leave us with a record of a trouble-free family. Joseph was called by God to do what was socially unacceptable in taking a pregnant Mary into his house; he was unable to find a suitable place for her to give birth, he led his family into exile; he had to begin a new life in Nazareth. And when Jesus eluded his parents at the age of 12 in the temple, the account does not suggest a doting parent or a compliant child. The story of Joseph is unique, but it is also the story of many of us.
Christmas is one of the most sacred times in our culture. Joseph is an important part of our understanding of the Incarnation because he helps remind us that God entered into the very core of our humanity. Joseph reminds us that God often calls the most lowly and the most unlikely to be instruments of salvation. Joseph reminds us that our relationships may not always be trouble-free or happy, but they can be holy -The Most Rev. Edmond L. Browning, Presiding Bishop
Holiday Outreach for Ronald McDonald House (RMH)
Once again as the holidays are approaching we are asking for you to remember the families that are in need at the RMH. These families are not staying at their own homes during the holidays as they are faced with the challenge of being close to their child that is being treated at Children’s’ Hospital. Many of these families have traveled great distances to receive treatment for their child. They have many needs during this time. We can help to make their life a little easier by providing gift cards to be used by them for their specific needs especially during this holiday time. Family Services at RMH requests that the gift cards be in the amounts of $10 – $25 each. Some suggestions that were given for the cards are: Walmart, Target, Walgreens, and local restaurants (such as, Panera’s, Pizza Man, McDonalds, Chipotle, MOD Pizza, Café Hollander, LOUP, soup with a twist, Starbucks and Noodles) I will place a box for the collection of the gift cards in the narthex at church by Nov. 1. It will be there until Dec. 5 as I will be delivering the gift cards to RMH on Dec. 6. What a wonderful gift you are giving to them; the gift of knowing that someone cares about them and what they are going through. Thank you for your donation of gift cards. They are greatly appreciated. Kathy Marks
Reunion of Wisconsin Episcopal Dioceses
Leaders from the Episcopal dioceses of Milwaukee, Fond du Lac and Eau Claire have unanimously agreed to pursue reunion. This idea has been talked about since the 1970s. It was agreed that now is the time to explore the option. A reunion would incorporate the three dioceses back to the one from which they were formed. Other paths could be followed, but pursuing reunion first provides clarity of purpose. It is understood doing so now is following opportunity rather than responding to necessity.
This agreement was made during the initial trialogue meeting on September 29, 2021. The trialogue explores how the three Wisconsin dioceses might work together to serve the mission of the Episcopal Church. Conversation focused on congregations, specifically how the diocese might better equip them to share the Gospel and serve Christ in their communities. There was enthusiastic discussion seeking new ideas and dreams of what could be developed for the 21st century and beyond. One participant noted, “whether we want change or not, change is upon us.”
Pursuing reunion will involve a variety of voices to develop a common understanding. The focus is first on describing the ministry, then imagining how to form it in the shape of one diocese. The initial leadership group, selected by each diocesan Executive Council, is planning a second meeting with an outside advisor. Together they will seek the best way to engage lay and ordained members of each diocese in conversation. The initial trialogue participants are the Rev. Canon Kathleen Charles, Tim Donahue, the Rt. Rev. Matthew Gunter, the Rev. Canon Aaron Zook (Diocese of Eau Claire), Matthew Payne, Pat Pfeifer, the Rev. Canon Wilson Roane (Diocese of Fond du Lac), The Rev. Canon Scott Leannah, the Rt. Rev. Jeffrey Lee, the Rev. Jana Troutman-Miller, John Vogel (Diocese of Milwaukee). The prayers of the Church and its members are asked to support this process.
The disposition of a person is often described by the kind of heart he has. Can you match them?
- Absalom 6. Pharaoh a. Hard heart f. Tender heart
- Saul 7. Shimei b. New heart g. Understanding heart
- Solomon 8. Josiah c. Perfect heart h. Unhumble heart
- Hannah 9. Belshazzar d. Rejoicing heart i. Upright heart
- Asa 10. David e. Stolen hearts j. Wicked heart
The Golden Rule
The Golden Rule is not just found in the Christian faith. It’s true in all faiths.
Brahmanism: This is the sum of duty: Do naught unto others which would cause you pain if done to you. Mahabharata 5:1517
Buddhism: Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful. Udana-Varga 5:18
Christianity: All things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them; for this is the law and the prophets. Matthew 7:12
Confucianism: Surely it is the maxim of loving-kindness: Do not unto others what you would not have them do unto you, Analects 15:23
Islam: No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself. Sunnah
Judaism: What is hateful to you, do not to your fellow man. That is the entire Law; all the rest is commentary. Talmud, Shabbat 31a
Taoism: Regard your neighbor’s gain as your own gain and your neighbor’s loss as your own loss. T’ai Shang Kan Ying P’ien
Zoroastrianism: That nature alone is good which refrains from doing unto another whatsoever is not good for itself. Dadistan-i-dinik 94:5
—courtesy of Elizabeth Pool via The Old Farmer’s 2022 Almanac
May God Bless You
May God bless you with anger
At injustice, oppression,
And exploitation of people,
So that you may work for
Justice, freedom and peace.
May God bless you with tears,
To shed for those who suffer pain,
Rejection, hunger and war,
So that you may reach out your hand
To comfort them and
To turn their pain to joy.
And may God bless you with enough foolishness
To believe that you can
Make a difference in the world,
So that you can do
What others claim cannot be done
To bring justice and kindness
To all our children and the poor.
– A Franciscan blessing via St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, El Cajon, CA
What Good Is It To Me?
What good is it to me if this eternal birth of the Divine Son takes place unceasingly, but does not take place within myself?
And, what good is it to me if Mary is full of grace and if I am not also full of grace?
What good is it to me for the Creator to give birth to a Son if I do not also give birth to Him in my time and in my culture?
This, then, is the fullness of time; that the Son of God is begotten in us.”
— Meister Eckhart (c 1260—c. 1328)
Laughter is the Best Medicine! (aka “Groaners!)
Brain cells die. Skin cells die. Even hair cells die eventually. But fat cells must have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior because they have eternal life!
Stealing someone’s coffee is called mugging.
The other day I held the door open for a clown. It was a nice jester.
Pasteurize: Too far to see.
No matter how much you push the envelope, it’ll still be stationery.
Whoever invented “Knock-Knock” jokes should get a no—bell prize.
Energizer Bunny arrested: charged with battery.
I put my grandma on speed dial. I call that Instagram.
Did you ever notice that when you blow into a dog’s face he gets mad at you? But when you take him for a ride in the car, he sticks his head out the window?
My kids were eagerly shoveling snow off the driveway to make a mound for sledding. When I stepped outside to check their progress, my youngest informed me of our neighbors’ incredible offer. “Guess what?” my seven-year-old said in near amazement. “The neighbors said we could have the snow off their driveway too!”
- 1. e (2 Sam. 15;6) 2. b (1 Sam 10:9) g (1 Kings 3;9) 4. d (1 Sam. 2:1)
- c (1 Kings 15:14) 6. a (Ex. 7:3) 7. j (1 Kings 2:44) 8. f (2 Kings 22:19)
- 9. h (Dan. 5:22) i (1 Kings 3:6)
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