We strive to know Christ more deeply and bring others to his redeeming grace.
"I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power" (Ephesians 1:17-19, NRSV).
I have always been amazed by Magic Eye books that allow readers to see computer generated 3-D images, by changing their focus. Part of the trick is to focus on a point beyond the surface of the page. I also love how material things like a children’s book can give us insight into the spiritual life. Scripture and our Christian walk often ask us to look beneath the surface. In the passage from Ephesians above, which comes from the readings for All Saints Day year C, the prayer is that the church in Ephesus will be granted wisdom to enlighten the eyes of their hearts. With this new focus, this new way of seeing, they will understand the hope of their calling, the rich inheritance of the saints of Christ, and the immense power of God. Wow! That is a tall order.
This is not a natural way of seeing, but supernatural. What if we could learn to see as God sees? When we see someone who confounds us, what if we saw not only the frustrating behavior but also God’s beloved child. What if we could even see ourselves that way and what if we could see the hope of our calling at St. Bede’s?
The hope of our calling as God’s beloved community at this time and place is largely what our discernment committee is hoping to see. We have had three meetings thus far to learn about our community life, worship, and study and learning. Our final meeting discernment meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, November 13. Please come and help us “enlighten the eyes of our hearts,” through prayerful conversation.
These are just some of the momentous things happening in November to enlighten the eyes of our hearts at St. Bede to which we are welcome to attend:
Saturday, November 9 at 10 a.m. the Memorial Service for Don Moore
Sunday, November 10 our pledge ingathering
Wednesday, November 13 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Congregational Discernment concerning Outreach, Evangelism,
Stewardship, and other Active Ministries
Sunday, November 17 after service, Wedding shower for Jenna and Míchaél (see below)
Monday,November 18 at 10 a.m. the Wedding of Jenna Murillo and Míchaél Æsír - all are invited
Thursday, November 28 at 10 a.m. our Thanksgiving Day Eucharist
I pray that by God’s grace we may be given new eyes to see our
role as saints of light who follow the footsteps of those who have
gone before us. I invite you to walk and worship with us as Christ
illuminates the eyes of our hearts.
Special thanks to those St. Bedians who helped with the cleanup
and bulb planting at Cornelius Elementary School.
MESSAGE FROM OUR VICAR
ST. BEDE EPISCOPAL CHURCH
1609 Elm St. Forest Grove, OR