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All Saints' Episcopal Church, Lakeland, Florida.

Withdraw and Pray

Luke 5:16: “16 But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.”

Bob Johnson and I recently felt led to draw apart from our busy everyday lives to seek God. We had the privilege of doing a six day, mostly-silent prayer retreat at an Episcopal monastery earlier this month. A lot of our people don’t know there are Episcopal monasteries, but Bob and I can assure you that there are, and that the Episcopal monks at St. Gregory’s Abbey (Michigan) are very serious about the prayer life they feel called to. Their first prayer session is at 4:00 a.m., and there are six more throughout the day, plus daily Eucharist, and a 30-minute meditation period. The last prayer session is at 7:45 p.m.

It was a truly special time for Bob and me in multiple ways. In one way, a strong way, it was hard to leave the monastery and the monks. Though we had not spoken with them much at all, mostly keeping silence as they do, we felt we had connected deeply with them in the Spirit through the prayer sessions, daily Eucharist, and daily meditation period. As we left the monastery, we felt strengthened in our desire to follow Jesus in often withdrawing to pray and simply be with 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
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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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