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All Saints' Episcopal Church, Lakeland, Florida.

"Let it be to me": Welcoming God

Luke 1:34 And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?”35 And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God….” 38 And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.”

As I reflect over the Christmas season we have just celebrated, I am especiallymoved by Mary’s words in response to the angel’s announcement that she would conceive and give birth to the Christ child. Though she couldn’t understand how this could possibly be, she said, “Let it be to me according to your word.” I long for this attitude of welcoming the will of God, not merely surrendering passively, but instead actively welcoming. What a great model and inspiration for us. As we begin this New Year, I pray that all of us will more and more be able to let go of our own way of understanding and instead more and more to have faith like Mary, to welcome God’s presence and action and let things be unto us according to God’s will in and through our lives.

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Scripture Readings for Sunday, September 24

First Lesson Leviticus 27:30-34
Psalm Psalm 19:7-14
Second Lesson Acts 5:1-10
The Holy Gospel Matthew 7:7-14

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World Religions By, The Rev. Dr. L. Reid Hensarling September 6 Overview of The World's Religions September 13 The Development of Religion September 20 Ancient and Primal Religions September 27 Hinduism

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Old Testament Textbook: Old Testament Essentials, Creation, Conquest, Exile and Return by Tremper Longman III A Bible and notebook for journaling and class notes will needed (The Bookstore

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Kathy Hulin will be leading a 6-week Study through the book Unglued: Making Wise Choices in the Midst of

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