THE PARISH REGISTER
St. Andrew's-Cheney Memorial Church
December 2001
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A Presidential Proclamation

In the midst of a great national calamity President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation appointing a National Day of Prayer and Fasting. The date of the proclamation was March 30, 1863, but the content and viewpoint expressed is as appropriate today as it was in the 19th Century. The following is the complete text of that proclamation.

Whereas, THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES, devoutly recognizing the supreme authority and just government of the Almighty God in all the affairs of men and of nations has by a resolution requested the president to designate and set apart a day for national prayer and humiliation:

And whereas, it is the duty of nations as well as of men to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God: to confess their sins and transgressions in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon: and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord:

And inasmuch as we know that by His divine law nations, like individuals, are subjected to punishments and chastisements in this world, may we not justly fear that the awful calamity of civil war which now desolates the land may be but a punishment inflicted upon us for our presumptuous sins, to the needful end of our national reformation as a whole people? We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven. We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth, and power as no other nation has ever grown; but we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious land, which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God who made us.

It behooves us then, to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.

All this being done in sincerity and truth, let us then rest humbly in the hope authorized by the divine teachings, that the united cry of the nation will be heard on high, and answered with blessings no less than the pardon of our national sins, and the restoration of our now divided and suffering country to its former happy condition of unity and peace.

Abraham Lincoln

Parish News

Homecoming Sunday was October 14, 2001. We thank all of you who were in church that day and also the Woman’s Guild for the delicious luncheon.

Missionary of The Month

Rev. and Mrs. William Jerdan (Diane)
Stephanie (USA), Daniel, Benjamin, Jonathan
Res. Les Hauts de Bergerac - A1
Rue Cyrano de Bergerac
34090 Montpellier, France
E-mail: bjerdan@aol.com

Domestic Missions

Pray for Rev. & Mrs. Paul Howden (Beth) and their children, Malachai, Mark, Timothy, and Charissa. St. Luke’s Reformed Episcopal Church, Santa Ana, California.

Advent

Advent begins, Sunday, December 2, 2001. Annually during Advent we place a basket in the narthex to collect non-perishable foods and paper products for the needy of our community. These donations are given to the Tinley Park Food Pantry for distribution. We ask for and appreciate your support. The basket will remain in the narthex to the end of December.

Founders Day

December, 2, 1873. The founding of the Reformed Episcopal Church.

Christmas Eve Service

The candlelight service of Holy Communion will begin at 11:00 p.m., December 24th. Refreshments will be served in the Parish Hall prior to the service starting at 10:00 p.m.

Bake Sale

The Woman’s Guild will hold their annual bake sale in the Parish Hall on Sunday, December 9, 2001, after morning service.

Happy Birthday!

Dec. 11 - Loretta Sellers
Dec. 14 - Elizabeth Horn
Dec. 16 - Barney Reagan
Dec. 17 - William O’Brien
Dec. 20 - Leah Zoe Andricopulos

In Memory

Mr. Ray C. Sims, Sr. passed away on September 5, 2001 at the age of 85. He is survived by his son Ray Jr. Our sympathies are extended to the family.

The Mystery of Christmas

by Marion Schoeberlein

Never a season so full of cheer,
No matter where we go,
Tinkling silver in the bells,
Lost carols in the snow,
But most of all the Christmas love
That shines in faces show,
That Christ has come again to earth
To give each heart its glow.

Never a time so beautiful,
For children, you and me -
When every house is a warm home
That trims a tinseled tree,
And Christ returns to everyone
Reliving poetry -
Explaining once again to us
The Christmas mystery!


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