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This was composed and read at both services on Sunday, November 15, by the Rev. Betsey Monnot.
On Friday, I heard, as I expect many of us did, about the terror attacks in Paris. As it happened, I was first informed by other people, and quickly my understanding of the events there grew through social and traditional media. I spent yesterday at our Diocesan Convention, along with the clergy and delegates from around the Diocese of Northern California, and while there our bishop led us in prayer for those affected by the Paris attacks.
We do, indeed, need to keep those killed, injured, or otherwise affected by the attacks in Paris in our prayers, and we included them in the Prayers of the People here just a few moments ago. At the same time, we must remember the refugees from Syria and other parts of the middle east, fleeing violence and persecution in their own countries, who will now be subject to increased violence, persecution, and suspicion in the countries to which they are fleeing for refuge. They may find that there is nowhere safe for them to go.
We also need to be mindful of other terrorist attacks that have taken place over the past several days, that were less widely reported here than the attacks in Paris. I speak of ISIS attacks in Baghdad and Beirut, that also killed civilians as they went about their daily lives. These attacks were less reported in both mainstream and social media, and we need to consider why not.
I suggest that the systemic racism that plagues this nation is alive and well in this selective media reporting. When white people from a European city like Paris are killed as they enjoy time in a cafe, at a concert, or at a football game, we become immediately saddened and outraged. When the same thing occurs in Beirut, or Baghdad, we, collectively as a society, shrug our shoulders and turn away.
Let us pray:
Holy God, you move in all that we are, in all that we see, and in all that we do. We ask you to bless, heal, and guide all those affected by terror attacks everywhere: in Paris, in Baghdad, in Beirut, and anywhere else they occur. We ask you to work in the hearts of those moving toward violence, helping them to turn and to see your face in the ones they want to attack. And we ask your forgiveness for our part in the system of racism, intolerance, and privilege that results in people for whom violence is the only answer, both here in our country and throughout the world. We ask these things through your son, Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, who calls the whole world into union with you.
Ten days ago, I sat by a campfire, wondering how I would answer my own question.
About thirteen of us were watching the smoke rise from the fire pit at the first-ever All Saints Parish Camp at our diocesan camp and conference center, Camp Noel Porter. We had eaten dinner and were chatting about this and that, and it was time to bring the group together and to introduce the theme of our time at camp. I read a Miwok creation story, and the group reflected on how it was similar to and different from the creation stories in Genesis. Then, as we were about to go to our tents, I invited everyone to speak a blessing or an intention for our time away from home, up at camp.
It is very easy to ask others to come up with a blessing or an intention for a time away, but I discovered that it was harder to think one up for myself. As I listened, I became aware that the circle would eventually get around to me, and that I would have to answer my own question. What would I say?
I went up to camp after a very intense week with some of the volunteer work that I do for Camellia Waldorf School, the school that my children attend. I had been on the phone, on email, and texting with school staff and volunteers every day, leading up to the culmination of the work we had been doing for months. I was ready to take a break and disconnect.
What I realized, when it was my turn to speak, was that I wanted more than just to disconnect. I also wanted to reconnect with things I had become disconnected from during the intense work I had been doing. I wanted to reconnect with my family, with the natural environment (so very beautiful up at Camp Noel Porter), and with God.
I wonder how often that feeling of wanting to “get away from it all” includes, hiding behind it, a desire to reconnect with those life-giving things that tend to fall by the wayside when life gets stressful. I would guess that this happens especially at transition times, such as moving from summertime to school time (which is often a transition time even for people who aren’t in school themselves!).
Take some time to pay attention to your feelings, especially when you are stressed. If you are feeling like getting away from things, ask yourself if there is anything that you want to move toward–silence, family, friends, God–and then, in addition to disconnecting from things that cause you stress, make the opportunity to reconnect with things that give you life.
The next meeting of Holy Wisdom Chapter will be Monday, September 14th, at 6:00 p.m.
We will gather at Norma Kohout’s home, 5994 Lake Crest Way, Apt. 3.
Our dear Norma is back home after suffering a major set-back following hip surgery. She was in ICU for a week. The chapter is very thankful that she is doing well with lots of prayer and good care.
The book we are reading and discussing during the meeting is “The Screwtape Letters”by C. S. Lewis.
For information about Holy Wisdom Chapter and The Order of Daughters of the King contact Carolyn Sutton at 916 395-4972 or Norma Kohout at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All Saints Episcopal Church
2076 Sutterville Road
Sacramento, California 95822
8:00 am Sunday Holy Eucharist, Rite II
9:15 am Sunday Adult Bible Study
10:00 am Sunday Holy Eucharist, Rite II
Nursery and Sunday School at the 10 am service.
All Saints Church is located across the street from Sacramento City College. Each semester we offer students the opportunity to purchase a pass to park in our parking lot Monday through Friday from 7:00 to 4:00. For more information see our parking pass information page.
Jesus didn’t need John’s baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, but Jesus, who, we must remember, was God, had taken on humanity for his own. That means that Jesus, who was without sin and therefore didn’t technically need John’s baptism, needed it anyway, because we are not without sin. As part of God taking on human flesh and identifying as human in the person of Jesus, God did all kinds of things that God didn’t need to do, including suffering and dying on the cross.
Sermon by the Rev. Michael Monnot
on the Second Sunday of Christmas, December 27, 2015
In my parents’ house there is, as in many homes, a hallway with family pictures hung on the walls. In their house, my mother has hung the pictures from her side of the family on one side, and my father’s family pictures on the other. They have a very good collection, going back on both sides to my great and even some of my great-great grandparents.
At the end of the hallway, there’s an unusual picture. There’s a very pretty young woman in her mid twenties, looking straight into the camera without smiling just as people usually do in official photographs, like driver’s licenses or passports. In her arms is a small child, a girl maybe 1 or 2 years old, a baby just becoming a toddler. What‘s interesting about the picture, is that the photograph, which is fairly large, is attached to a form which is filled out in Spanish with a typewriter and includes a official-looking stamp. Though it looks a little like a passport, it is in fact, a military pass, addressed to all civilian and military authorities who may see it, asking that the named and pictured bearer be allowed to pass in order to meet her husband. The date is 1919. The young woman in the picture is my great-grandmother and the little girl is her daughter, my grandmother, my mother’s mother. Read more