The Rt. Rev. Brian R Seage, Bishop
The Rev. C.J. Meaders, Rector
The Rev. Cathy Halford, Deacon
Wardens: Kris Mink - Sr. Warden, Arrington Widemire – Jr. Warden
Vestry: Andre Ducote, Robin Gourley, Keith Grant, Matthew Guinn, Tim McIntyre,
Chris McMillin, Donna Nigro, Elise Stewart, Sharon Stewart,
David Jackson (Treasurer), Sarah Shelby (Clerk)
Staff: Andrea Tyre – Parish Administrator, Carleen Hicks – Sexton,
Gus Schreiber – Interim Organist / Choir Director
April 13, 2021
IN-PERSON WORSHIP IS BACK!
We are now up to 125 per service!
RSVP FOR SERVICES HERE
IN-PERSON WORSHIP IS BACK!
We are now up to 125 per service!
RSVP FOR SERVICES HERE
REGISTER FOR HOLY EUCHARIST SATURDAY 4/17 5PM
REGISTER FOR HOLY EUCHARIST SUNDAY 4/18 8AM
REGISTER FOR HOLY EUCHARIST SUNDAY 4/18 10:30AM
HOLY EUCHARIST SUNDAY 10:30 AM LIVESTREAM FACEBOOK
**You may also call the church office to reserve your space for services.** 601-853-0205
"I am haunted by waters."
RECTOR'S REFLECTION: FISHING FOR RESURRECTION
Ever notice that John's Gospel puts the fishing story of Jesus' disciples hauling in a large net of fish AFTER the resurrection? Weird, huh?
In the other Gospels, the story is included at the beginning of Christ's ministry as he recruits disciples to follow him. The miracle in those Gospels has the function of convincing Peter and company that Jesus is the messiah and his teaching is legitimate. In John's unique Gospel, things are different. Here, this miraculous fishing trip has something to teach us about resurrection.
Peter and company are out on the Sea of Tiberias and the risen Lord appears to them. Jesus says the thing you say when you see someone fishing, "have any luck?" You can almost hear the disciples moan and grumble in response, knowing they haven't caught a thing. Then, Peter finally lifts his head and yells "It is the Lord!" Then, he jumps straight into the water to swim to Jesus. The other disciples follow, now with a full net of fish they drag to the shore.
So why did John remember this fishing trip post-resurrection? Ultimately, we'll have to ask him in God's Kingdom, but I think this third resurrection appearance teaches us about the abundance of spiritual life given to us in a post-resurrection world. Resurrection fulfills Christ's promise that we "might have life and have it more abundantly." (John 10:10)
I also think about the journey of Peter. To borrow a phrase from one of my favorite fishing movies A River Runs Through It, I think Peter is "haunted by waters." Of course we know the story of Peter attempting to walk on water, losing faith, and sinking down into the water. That story is a symbol of all the inner turmoil Peter faces as he struggles to remain faithful to the Lord. Then, we also know of Peter's rock bottom when he denies the Lord three times just before the crucifixion. It makes you wonder if Peter's memory flashed back to that moment where he was sinking in the water. Think of all the memories of Peter's time with Jesus that must have flooded his mind. No doubt he was crushed by what seemed to be a bitter end to the journey.
And then, redemption! And then, glorious resurrection! Can you see pensive Peter out there on the boat barely fishing at all? Can you see him lift his weary head to see a stranger? Can you see him squint his eyes and then open them wide as he shouts "It is the Lord?" Can you see the joy as he childishly leaps into the water, no longer frightened by his lingering doubts?
It's the culmination of Peter's spiritual journey. It is vindicated faith and forgiven fear.
Peter didn't know it, but on that day he wasn't just fishin, he was fishin for resurrection!
Now, it's our turn.
**NEW SLOTS ADDED**
Can I buy you a cup of coffee?
I'd like to invite you to a one on one conversation with me over a cup of coffee... on me. The conversation will be a chance for us to get to know one another better and for me to offer pastoral care and spiritual direction. We can meet at the local coffee shop or I'll make you a cup at the church. If you don't drink coffee (why?) then I will make an equally attractive beverage available to you, if there is such a thing.
And, of course, we can sit distanced from one and other and raise our masks for each sip.
Sign up for a spot on the calendar. I look forward to our conversation! Click here to reserve your spot
FROM YOUR DEACON
Please remember that as the days and weeks and months go on, there are people who will continue to need someone to take them to appointments and pick up groceries and prescriptions for them. If you are willing to be that special someone, please call the office or me so we can put your name on the list. This ministry is so important. I hope that it will continue into the future.
Spring has sprung! Thank you, Lord! Calling all who have green thumbs and would like to come and work in our St. Francis Garden or Columbarium Garden. If you enjoy seeing God's beauty and having a part in taking care of our church campus, please call Doris Carpenter or Cathy.
Calling all youth from 2nd to 12th grade, you've been summoned to serve as ACOLYTES!!!
What is this strange word we've put before you? Acolytes are those who serve at the Lord's table and bring God's people into worship. They are earthly symbols of the angelic hosts in heaven. That's right... be an acolyte and pretend to be an angel! Your family already says you are a precious little angel anyway, right?!? Actually, the angels in heaven looked like 6 winged-serpents according to Isaiah. Maybe that's the kind of angel you'd rather be?
See you at the Lord's table
We need any variety of 15-16 oz canned vegetables. Corn, Green Beans, Mixed Vegetables, Carrots etc.
CENTERING PRAYER has resumed in person on Tuesdays at noon. There will also be a virtual option for those who are not yet ready to return. Kris will be emailing the link on Mondays. For more information, please contact Kris.
DOK will meet Tuesday April 13 at 11AM and 5:30PM.
JOY! will meet on May 4 at 10:00am. The topic is Bearers of Joy. Hope to see you there!
TALKING ABOUT GRIEF “Talking about grief” is not meeting at church presently but if you need a listener you may call Kate Largel or Gus Schreiber.
2021 REALM UPDATE
If you have a monthly auto draft through REALM and need to update it for the new year, please log in to your account and make the appropriate changes under the GIVING tab on your profile. If you have any questions please email or call the office.
St. Columb's would like to give a birthday shout out to the following folks who will be celebrating their special day this week:
Everett Meaders - April 15
Peter Sittler - April 17
Have a blessed day!
SIGN UP FOR 2021 ALTAR FLOWERS OR PRAYER LIST
We are moving some of our on-going sign ups online. If you would like to sign up to donate altar flowers with special intentions or if you have someone to add to the prayer list, please sign up online or contact the church office.
Altar Guild: Howell, Mahaffey, Stewart, Woodrick
Lay Eucharistic Visitation: Cathy Halford
LEM: Arrington Widemire
THE READINGS FOR THE THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER
First Reading: Acts 3:12-19
Psalm: Psalm 4
Epistle: 1 John 3:1-7
Gospel: Luke 24:36b-48
THE PRAYER LIST
For our Parishioners: Floyd King, Peggy Wilkinson, Floyd Sulser, Billy Boykin, Tom Hardy, Bill Walker, Anne Derryberry, Dr. Karl Hatten Sr., Glynn & Eugenie Bradshaw, Cheryl Marbury, John Gourley, Tom Willard, Tommy Pegg, Paul George, Marian Alexander, Gwyan Covington, Virginia Earnest, Satya Packianathan, Janice Jordan, Maor Alderman, Dick Largel, Gloria Mitchell, LeAnne Brady, Judy Glenn and family
For our Family Members: Polly Killough, Marty Miller, Janet, Teresa, Meri Lee Halford, Hamilton Francis, Jane Campbell
For our Friends and those in our Community: Kevin Bass, Barbara Brooks, Nancy Martin, Merrie Gayle McNemar, Nivea, Leigh Ziller, James Anderson, and all those recovering from COVID-19
For the Faithfully Departed: Chad Knecht, and all those who have died from COVID-19
The college students: Emma, Emily, Delaney, Lake, Grace, Caley, Haley, Charles, Luke, Noah, Alan, Zachary, Britain, Raegan, Connor, Miller, Maddie, Sydney, Gage, Georgia, Isaac
The vestry, officers, and wardens of St. Columb’s: Kris, Andre, Matthew, Robin, David, Arrington, Keith, Donna, Elise, Chris, Tim, Sharon and Sarah.
Those serving in our armed forces: Suzanne, Nicholas, Preston, David, Matthew Paul, Andrew, Chase, Beau, Casey, Matthew, Marc, Sarah, Patrick, Gus, James, Josh, Justin, Tad, Carter Merideth, Jack
For our clergy: our presiding bishop, Michael, our bishop, Brian, our rector, CJ, our deacon, Cathy.
Please contact the church email at firstname.lastname@example.org for any announcements to be included in the Cantor
by Tuesday no later than 10:00 am.