THE PARISH REGISTER
St. Andrew's-Cheney Memorial Church
November 2001
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Jubilate Deo

In Morning Prayer we regularly sing Jubilate Deo, which is taken from Psalm 100. There are a number of paraphrases of Psalm 100 meant for singing for it has been a favorite hymn of the church throughout history. Since Jubilate Deo was made a part of Morning Prayer, the daily office, it is clear that the composers of the Book of Common Prayer meant for it to be sung or recited every day. That practice was actually borrowed from Judaism, for Psalm 100 is part of the morning service in the Jewish prayer book.

If we look Psalm 100 up in a Bible we find a superscription which reads, “A Psalm for the thank offering.” The thank offering was one of many offerings in the Old Testament. This was not an offering for sin, but simply given out of gratitude. An ox or cow was offered. A portion of the meat was burned in the offering. Some of the meat went to the priest and the remainder was used in a feast of thanksgiving. Psalm 100 may have been chanted as the thank offering was being brought to the altar.

The Psalm reminds us who God is. “Be ye sure that the Lord he is God....” Yahweh and no other. He is not some impersonal force either spiritual or naturalistic. The God of whom we sing, “it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves....” It is the Lord who made us and we reflect His creativity. It is a gross error and sin to say that something other than God brought us into existence. Who are we? The answer, “we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.” The Lord has established a personal relationship with us. Why has He done so? “For the Lord is gracious, his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth from generation to generation.”

This great Psalm tells us how we should respond to God. The first response should be joy. “O be joyful in the Lord, all ye lands....” A joy that cannot be contained or hidden is envisioned here. William Barclay was correct when he said that a dreary Christian is a contradiction. This joy is more than mere emotion. It issues forth in action. As we read, “serve the Lord with gladness....” We do not obey and serve God out of a grim sense of duty, but from grateful hearts. Therefore we, “Come before his presence with a song.”

Thankfulness characterizes our relationship with our Lord. So we sing, “O go your way into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise; be thankful unto him, and speak good of his Name.” Every day is a thanksgiving day for those who know the Lord.

Why do we sing Jubilate Deo so regularly? Simply because it expresses the true essence of what it means to be a Christian. Many things will eventually pass away. But joy, gladness and thanksgiving are eternal, because they are from God. We will sing Jubilate Deo forever.

by Rev. F.M. Levi

Parish News

A financial stewardship seminar was conducted at St. Andrew’s on Saturday, September 29, 2001. Representatives from several parishes were present. The seminar speaker was the Rev. Canon Peter M. Norman from St. Anne’s R E C in Columbus, Ohio.

The annual Family Picnic took place on Saturday, October 6, 2001, at the Monee Reservoir. It was a beautiful and crisp day for playing games and eating out of doors.

Missionary of The Month

Rev. & Mrs. Gerhard Meyer (Grace)
Ester, Melody Jessica, Joy
Youth/Camp/Pastoral Ministries
Richbergstr. 11
34639 Schwarzenborn
Germany

Domestic Missions

Please pray for the Rev. Canon & Mrs. Dennis Cagle (Jeri) and their children Ashley, Austin, and Chelsea. Christ the King Mission, Atascadero, CA.

Spaghetti Dinner

A Spaghetti Dinner will be held in the Parish Hall on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2001, from 5-7 p.m. Sponsored by the Woman’s Guild.

Community Thanksgiving Service

Sponsored by the Tinley Park Ministerial Association. Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2001 at 7:30 p.m.
First Baptist Church
7025 W. 179th St.
Tinley Park, IL

Feast of St. Andrew

Friday, November 30, 2001. Pot luck dinner at 6:30 p.m. Evening Prayer at 7:30 p.m. The offering will go to World Relief to help feed and clothe the world’s needy. This is in support of World Relief’s annual Day of Hope.

Advent Begins December 2, 2001

During Advent there will be a basket in the Narthex for donations of non-perishable food items which will go to the Tinley Park Food Pantry. We appreciate your support of this annual effort to help those in need.

Happy Birthday!

Nov. 3 - Bishop Franklin H. Sellers
Nov. 10 - John Horn
Nov. 17 - Olive Denning
Nov. 19 - Doris Sellers
Nov. 21 - Bryan Reagan

Bishop’s Pledge Campaign

Cranmer Theological House, the seminary for our diocese, has moved from Shreveport, Louisiana to Houston, Texas. We believe this to be a wise and strategic move. However, the seminary is in need of our financial support. The Rt. Rev. Royal U. Grote has initiated the Bishop’s Pledge Campaign for Cranmer Theological House to meet this pressing need. In a letter to the clergy the Bishop made the following observations. “Beyond the tuition we receive from the students, we must raise approximately $150,000.00 each year. Without that support, there will be no institution.” “While I am trying to find some sizable donations for the Seminary, we must recognize that the most powerful part of our support must come from the average individual in the pew, who sees the importance of supporting theological education and makes a small but regular donation. For example, if we can show these agencies that we have 600 individuals who have committed to contributing $25.00 each month, we can insure the future for the institution.” “We have calculated that between our three Dioceses there are about 2000 family units. If a little more than one fourth of those family units were to pledge $25.00 each month, we could raise the $150,000.00 we need each year.”

The future of any denomination is determined by the strength of its seminaries. We would strongly encourage you to make a pledge so that we will have the highest quality of clergy for our parishes. A pledge form is enclosed.


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