Saint Paul's Episcopal Church

Epistle

Thomas and A Street - Altus, Oklahoma

Priest's Reflections

 



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 prayers.

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 Diocese,
That we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and
Equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen (BCP p.S18)

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



 


 










 


 




 
 




















 

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