St. Andrew's-Cheney Memorial Church
September 2001
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Christian Unity

One of the hallmarks of Anglicanism is its emphasis on prayer. This is especially evident in the daily offices of Morning & Evening Prayer. Those two liturgies are of course found in the Book of Common Prayer. The word "Common" means just that, something we have and do in common. Prayer ties us together unifying us in our approach to the throne of grace.

Our emphasis on prayer and the unifying power of prayer is most biblical. Our Lord said, “Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” (St. Matthew 18:19,20) There is in deed a relationship between unity and prayer.

Unity gives strength to our prayers. “If two of you agree....” The word translated “agree” is the Greek word sumphona from which we derive our word symphony. As we join together our prayers become a symphony rising up to heaven and giving pleasure to God.

Unity also gives us confidence as we pray. Christ promised to be present if two or three believers come together and pray in His name. For prayer to be meaningful we must have a sense of confidence. We need to know that we aren’t just going through the motions, but Christ is with us and true communication is taking place.

Strength and confidence are ours only within the context of unity. Disunity disrupts our prayers. Speaking to husbands and wives St. Peter wrote, “Likewise you husbands, live considerably with your wives, bestowing honor on the woman as the weaker sex, since you are joint heirs of the grace of life, in order that your prayers may not be hindered.” (St. Peter 3:7) A bitter or divisive heart hinders prayer.

Not only does unity strengthen prayer, but prayer promotes unity in the church. To pray together we must humble ourselves before each other. We ask someone to pray for us. We in turn pray for them. We each must open ourselves up to the other.

Such united prayer promotes love. How can we not develop love for a person when we are praying for their needs? How can we be distant from a person when we have opened ourselves up to them by asking them to pray for us?

Prayer also promotes unity because we need each other. The Lord designed His Church that way. Lone Ranger Christians are a menace to themselves and to the Church.

Prayer and unity form a glorious circle. Unity strengthens our prayers and prayer promotes unity in the Church.

by Rev. F.M. Levi

Sunday School

Classes resume September 9, 2001, at 9:30 a.m. Classes are provided for all ages, including adults.

Missionary of The Month

Judy King
Bible Translation/Discipling
Summer Institute of Linguistics
Caixa Postal 431, 69000 Manaus
Amazonas, Brazil.

In May Judy met with Bishop Robert Booth in Sao Paulo, with representatives of a Brazilian church that left the Episcopal Church and now call themselves “The Reformed Episcopal Church.” Judy and Cathy continue to press on with final revisions of the Apurina New Testament.

Domestic Missions

Please remember the clergy of the Missionary Diocese: the Rev. Ken Harmen, the Rev. Milton Hood, the Rev. Richard Jones, the Rev. Dr. Lowell Saunders.

Happy Birthday!

Sept. 1 - Nancy Toomey
Sept. 4 - John Matthias Horn
Sept. 16 - Paul Zaleski
Sept. 19 - Sadie Case
Sept. 20 - Franklin H. Sellers, Jr.
Sept. 23 - Stephen Horosinski
Sept. 28 - Anne McDonough Horn
Sept. 28 - Brian Patrick Sutton

Church/Preschool/VBS Family Picnic

Place: Monee Reservoir
Date: Saturday, October 6, 2001
Time: 10:00 A.M.- 2:00 P.M.
Hamburgers, hotdogs, buns, pop provided.
Everyone invited. Bring a dish and come along.

Do You Belong?

Are you an active member,
The kind that would be missed?
Or are you just contented
That your name is on the list?

Do you attend meetings
And mingle with the flock?
Or do you always stay at home
To criticize and knock?

Do you take an active part
To help the work along?
Or are you satisfied to
Only just belong?

Do you ever go to visit
A member who is sick?
Or leave the work to just a few,
Then talk about the “clique?”

Think this over good and long;
You know right from wrong,
Are you an active member,
Or do you just belong?

- Author Unknown

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