All Saints' Blog

All Saints' Episcopal Church, Lakeland, Florida.

Who We Really Are

1 Peter 2 (ESV):9…you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. 11 Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul.”

This scripture proclaims our great privilege: to be the People of God. This is our primary identity, who we really are. And this identity is a secure one, a blessed one. In this translation, the ESV, we are called sojourners and exiles in this world; another translation calls us aliens and strangers (NASB). So while we want to incarnate faithfully and fully in our present situations, we need to remember these situations are not ultimate or final. Our true home is the Kingdom of God, and our true self, “our inner self is being renewed day by day,” as the Apostle Paul said in 2 Corinthians 4:16 (ESV). My prayer is that we more and more seek God and be who we really are, not by own strength and effort, for God said, "Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit" (Zechariah 4:6, ESV).

Covering the Basics
The Fullness of God

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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Upcoming Events

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Sep
Lakeland
Date: 24 September 2017
Sunday Rite I Eucharist

24
Sep
Date: 24 September 2017

24
Sep
Lakeland
Date: 24 September 2017
Sunday Rite II Family Eucharist 8:50 a.m.

27
Sep
Lakeland
Date: 27 September 2017
OSL Healing Service

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Sep
Date: 27 September 2017
Meet at the Welcome Center

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Sep
Date: 27 September 2017
Kid's Club (K-3rd graders) and God Squad (4th-5th graders) are back in action. Choirs meet this week in the 6

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Sep
Date: 27 September 2017
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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Sep
Date: 27 September 2017
The God Who Is There: Finding Your Place in God's Story Textbook: The God who Is There: Finding Your Place in God's Story by D.A. Carson Susan Waldron September 6 The God Who Made Everything September

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Sep
Date: 27 September 2017
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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Sep
Date: 28 September 2017
Kathy Hulin will be leading a 6-week Study through the book Unglued: Making Wise Choices in the Midst of

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