All Saints' Blog

All Saints' Episcopal Church, Lakeland, Florida.

The Call to Intimacy with God

The Gospel addresses all of reality, every aspect of our lives, but it has within it a call to intimacy with God. This might be called “the heart part” of the Gospel. It’s God’s desire for intimacy with us and ours for intimacy with him. We need to get the heart part right. God calls for us, through Jesus Christ, to be united with him, and we need to respond. This begins as spiritual listening with the heart and develops as a desire to know God fully and fully enter into God’s love. It is made possible by a dying and emptying of self and the developing experience of the infilling of God’s love. It is a practice of abiding in Christ, and through it a transformation of mind takes place, a change of consciousness. This dynamic sharing of God’s nature recreates each of us and opens us to the mind of Christ and life in the Spirit. It draws us to be expressions of God’s love and action in the world. We seek to be established in union with God and recognize God’s presence and action in all the aspects of our lives. As the Apostle Paul prays in Ephesians 3:19 (ESV), we seek "to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that [we] may be filled with all the fullness of God."

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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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