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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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Readings for Sunday, October 22

First Lesson 2 Samuel 24:18-25
Psalm Psalm 1
Second Lesson 2 Corinthians 9:6-15
The Holy Gospel Matthew 22:15-22

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Upcoming Events

21
Oct
Tomkow Lodge
Date: 21 October 2017
Please join us for our annual church picnic. They'll be lots of food, fun and fellowship!

21
Oct
Date: 21 October 2017
No Saturday Service on October 21st Due to the Car Show Most of our regular attendees are aware of this date, but if you spontaneously show up to

22
Oct
Lakeland
Date: 22 October 2017
Sunday Rite I Eucharist

22
Oct
Lakeland
Date: 22 October 2017
Sunday Rite II Family Eucharist 8:50 a.m.

24
Oct
Date: 24 October 2017
At All Saints' Church meet in the Welcome Center

25
Oct
All Saints Episcopal Church
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Lakeland
Date: 25 October 2017
Wednesday Morning Bible Study with Fr. Reid

25
Oct
Lakeland
Date: 25 October 2017
OSL Healing Service

25
Oct
Lakeland
Date: 25 October 2017
Wednesday Evening Eucharist

25
Oct
Date: 25 October 2017
Fall Fun for our Children and Teens

25
Oct
Date: 25 October 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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