18th Sunday after Trinity

Struggling for a New You:

A Homily for the 18th Sunday after Trinity (Proper 24, Year C)

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Homily Text: Genesis 32:3-8, 22-30

Jacob sent messengers before him to Esau (EE’-saw) his brother in the land of Seir (SEER’), the country of Edom (EE’-dom), instructing them, "Thus you shall say to my lord Esau: Thus says your servant Jacob, 'I have sojourned with Laban (LEH’-bun), and stayed until now; and I have oxen, asses, flocks, menservants and maidservants; and I have sent to tell my lord, in order that I may find favor in your sight.' " And the messengers returned to Jacob, saying, "We came to your brother Esau, and he is coming to meet you, and four hundred men with him." Then Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed; and he divided the people that were with him, and the flocks and herds and camels, into two companies, thinking, "If Esau comes to the one company and destroys it, then the company which is left will escape." The same night he arose and took his two wives, his two maids, and his eleven children, and crossed the ford of the Jabbok (JAB’-bok). He took them and sent them across the stream, and likewise everything that he had. And Jacob was left alone; and a man wrestled with him until the breaking of the day. When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and Jacob's thigh was put out of joint as he wrestled with him. Then he said, "Let me go, for the day is breaking." But Jacob said, "I will not let you go, unless you bless me." And he said to him, "What is your name?" And he said, "Jacob." Then he said, "Your name shall no more be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with men, and have prevailed." Then Jacob asked him, "Tell me, I pray, your name." But he said, "Why is it that you ask my name?" And there he blessed him. So Jacob called the name of the place Peniel (PEN’-ih-el), saying, "For I have seen God face to face, and yet my life is preserved."

Announcements

Generations: Generations is intended to be our primary engine for spiritual development and is designed for everyone—ages 1-100. This week at Generations we will be learn how to pray the Prayer of Hours. All are welcome! Dinner starts at 5:30.

Fleece Ingathering: Every year the WOGS make fleece blankets for those in need. We are now collecting fleece. Monetary donations should have “WOGS-Fleece” in the memo line. Material donations of fleece should come in pairs of 2 yds each for adults, 1.5 yds each for children, and 1 yd each for babies.

 Bazaar Prep: If you’re the leader of a soup team, make sure you schedule a day in the Parish Hall. Please pick up some tickets from Sandy in the back after church to sell to family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers. Also, we are still accepting baked goods and Bazaar items.

Saints and Mass Schedule

Feria Mass:  Wednesday, 10/16 at 4:30 pm in the chapel (2019 BCP, Sarum Use), commemorating St. James of Jerusalem, Martyr, d. 1st cent.; also St. Raphael the Archangel (transf. 10/24); Ss. Crispin and Crispinian of Rome, Martyrs, d. 287 (transf. 10/25); and St. Alfred the Great, King and Confessor, d. 899; (transf. 10/26).