All Saints' Blog

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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Scripture Readings for Sunday, August 27

First Lesson Deuteronomy 8:6-20
Psalm Psalm 146
Second Lesson Acts 4:32-36
The Holy Gospel Matthew 19:16-26

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Upcoming Events

22
Aug
Date: 22 August 2017
Outing to Chef T's on Gary Rd.

22
Aug
Date: 22 August 2017
John Classroom

23
Aug
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Lakeland
Date: 23 August 2017
Wednesday Morning Bible Study with Fr. Reid

23
Aug
Lakeland
Date: 23 August 2017
OSL Healing Service

23
Aug
Date: 23 August 2017
We will meet from 6-7 p.m. on the children's floor with group times Bible story and activities (kid's club)

23
Aug
Date: 23 August 2017
Our 3 year olds through 1st graders will meet for choir during 6:35-7 p.m. 

24
Aug
Date: 24 August 2017
Ladies nights starts back up!

25
Aug
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Lakeland
Date: 25 August 2017
Friday Morning Men's Bible Study with Fr. Reid

26
Aug
Date: 26 August 2017

27
Aug
Date: 27 August 2017
We are hosting CPR/AED training on Sunday, August 27 at 1:00 p.m. youth floor. The cost for certification is $34 per person. If you are

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