Dear Parish Family,
As I sit writing this article we are in the throes of winter,
the temperature outside is 29 degrees with a wind chill of 22,
and yet I am already beginning to think about the corning of spring.
Perhaps that is influenced by knowing that before we actually
reach spring, we will journey through the season of Lent. This
year Ash Wednesday will mark the beginning of Lent on March 6th
and Easter will be on April 21st.
During Lent we will be having our traditional Wednesday evening
soup suppers and study sessions. Our study sessions will be focused
on one single disciple of Jesus. He was not rich or educated,
but was familiar with hard work. He was quick tempered and impetuous,
and full of doubts and fears. ----that is one way to describe
Simon Peter. But here is another: He left everything to follow
his teacher and possessed a passion that would change the world.----Doesn't
even sound like the same man does it. And that is the point of
our six-week study. Peter was just an ordinary guy who heard and
followed God's extraordinary call. It will be a study where we
too, may discover how each of us has special gifts, talents, and
abilities that God can use to make a difference in today's world.
We will use the book "Simon
Peter, Flawed But Faithful Disciple" for our study. It is
an easy to read and a short book. We will also be using a video
featuring the author Adam Hamilton on location in Israel and Italy,
showing key sites in the life of Simon Peter. The video segments
are approximately 16-20 each and when combined with the book will
take us on a 6 week, in depth dive into the life, faith and character
of Simon Peter. The book will be made available to you and if
you are able a $10.00 donation per volume would be appreciated.
I will be ordering the books in early February so please let me
know no later than February 3rd (the first Sunday in February)
if you would like a book.
As you are aware the Diocese of Oklahoma
Bishop Search Committee (BSC) has begun its work. I respectfully
request that you would include the following prayer in your regular
Almighty God, giver of every good
gift; Look graciously on your Church,
And so guide the minds of those who shall chose a bishop for this
That we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your
Equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
On February 7th I will begin my 5th
year as your priest. I thank God, and each of you, daily for the
blessings you have bestowed upon me and for allowing me to serve
you in this special place that is St. Paul's. God's Blessing upon
each of you.
Love and peace, Mother Suzanne