PRAYERS FOR OUR NATION
Annually, as we draw near to the 4th of July, our minds turn toward patriotic themes and concern for our nation. As Anglicans we regularly pray for our country and its leaders as we use the offices of Morning and Evening Prayer. However, the Book of Common Prayer has many other prayers which are seldom heard. Here are a few of those prayers, which it would be good for us to pray more often.
A Prayer for the Congress [p. 58 BCP]
MOST gracious God, we humbly beseech Thee, as for the people of these United States in general, so especially for their Senate and Representatives in Congress assembled; That Thou wouldest be pleased to direct and prosper all their consultations, to the advancement of Thy glory, the good of Thy church, the safety, honour, and welfare of Thy people; That all things may be so ordered and settled by their endeavours, upon the best and surest foundations, that peace and happiness, truth and justice, religion and piety may be established among us for all generations. These and all other necessaries, we humbly beg in the Name and mediation of Jesus Christ, our most blessed Lord and Saviour. Amen.
For Courts of Justice [p. 59 BCP]
ALMIGHTY GOD, whose judgements are true and right; We humbly beseech Thee to bless and guide all Magistrates and Courts of Justice throughout our land; granting unto them knowledge and firmness; enduring them with the spirit of wisdom and understanding, that they may discern the truth, and impartially administer the law in the fear of Thee alone; through Him who shall come to be our Judge, Thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For Our Country [p. 62 BCP]
ALMIGHTY GOD, who hast given us this good land for our heritage; We humbly beseech Thee that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of Thy favour. Bless us with industry, prosperity, learning, and purity of life. Save us from discord and violence, and from pride and arrogancy. Preserve us from public calamities, pestilence, and famine; from war, privy conspiracy, and rebellion; and especially from national sins and corruption. Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people the multitudes brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues. Endue with wisdom those in authority, that justice and peace may prevail. Make us strong and great in the fear of God, and in the love of righteousness, that, blessed of Thee, we may be a blessing to all people. In prosperity fill our heart with thankfulness, and in trouble suffer not our trust in Thee to fail; all which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For the Army, the Navy, and the Air Forces of Our Country [p. 63 BCP]
ALMIGHTY GOD, the strong Tower and Refuge of Thy people; We entreat Thy favour upon the officers and all who are enlisted in the service of defence of our country, upon land, and on the water, and in the air. Ever spare them from being ordered into a war of aggression or oppression. Use them if need be, as Thine instruments, in the defence of our national life and liberty. But restrain, we beseech Thee, the greed and wrath of man, that wars may cease in all the earth. Deepen in the hearts of our defenders the spirit of peace; and, for His sake, may they ever love and serve the Prince of Peace, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
For Social Justice [p. 68 BCP]
ALMIGHTY GOD, who hast created man in Thine own image; Grant us grace fearlessly to contend against evil, and to make no peace with oppression; and, that we may reverently use our freedom, help us to employ it in the maintenance of justice among men and nations, to the glory of Thy holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
A “Very exciting Bible School ” was held from Monday to Friday, June 10-14, 2013 with the Closing Program on Friday, the 14th at 1:00 p.m. The “Explorers” (children ages 3 yrs. to 3rd Grade) went down to “Exploration Stations” in our “Amazing Amazon Jungle”, “A Jungle Journey to Discover Jesus.” Those traveling to Stations 4 & 5 had to take boats to get to those destinations and back. Expedition Guides & Puppeteers were at 5 different Exploration Stations, 3 open each day for the Explorers. At Nighttime Expedition Exploration Station #1 were Expedition Guides, Beth & Will Garrison with puppeteer Toluwa Balogun, with Zeez the Nightime Monkey. Explorers learned about the Israelites in the wilderness and about “Jesus Our Guide.” Exploration Station #2 was Jungle Trek with Patty Levi and Tammy Tjoelker as Guides. The puppeteer was Pete Maiolo as Chibi, the Poison Dart Frog. Explorers learned that “Jesus is our Provider” as the story was about Elijah and the widow and her son, who never went hungry during the famine as God provided them with oil and flour for bread. Exploration Station #3 Treetop Retreat had Expedition Guide Sara Hassert with Tar-Tar, the Royal Flycatcher Bird and Nina Maiolo as the puppeteer for Tar-Tar. Here the Explorers learned about “Jesus Our Shelter” with the story being of Noah and the Ark filled with animals and his family. At Station #4 Danger Bend were Rev. Frank Levi and Matthew Anderson as Exploration Guides where Explorers learned about “Jesus our Defender” and the story of Elisha's servant being able to see angel warriors protecting and defending them from the enemy. Jacob Tjoelker was JoJo the Jaguar puppet. Nancy Bailey and Maureen Anderson were the Exploration Guides at Station 5 “ Forever Falls.” Pink Dolphins really live in the Amazon, thus, Pinkie the River Dolphin was there with Catarina Maiolo as puppeteer. “Jesus our Savior” and story about Jesus walking on the water and saving Peter from drowning was taught.
We all have a Savior who wants to save us: J E S U S!
Scouts and Explorers :
Preschool Purple Dragonflies & Pink Dolphins–Scouts Bethany Tjoelker, Tola Balogun
Explorers: Caylee Dyke, Griffin Faxel, Dominic Haddad, Ariana Muscio, Madeline Rumbaugh, Roscoe Thompson, Joesph Tjoelker, Beatrice Zugaj
Kindergarten and 1st Grade* Green Crocodiles Explorers– Scout Maddie Levi; Explorers: Gia Cizmar, Anthony Haddad, Renee Hassert*, Audrey Garrison, Will Garrison,Gracie Marzano, Lexie Tjoelker, Amelia Zugaj - Trooper! She came w/broken leg. (We prayed all week for Joshua Ramirez who was sick and didn't get to come.)
2nd & 3rd *Grades - Scout Ben Anderson - Blue Beetles & Blue Butterflies Explorers:
Brandon Dyke*, Sophie Levi, Stella Levi, Mikayla Kochnairczyk, Matthew Marzano
Song Scouts: Bethany , Tola and Maddie;
Snack Scout – Eddy Greco;
Directors' Scout – Elizabeth Kochnairczyk;
VeBS Directors' Team: Mrs. Levi, Sara, Nancy B., Tammy T.;
Helper Props Scout: Tutu Balogun
making us 20 workers with 21 Explorers!
VBS OFFERINGS for AMAZON CHILDREN'S BIBLES in their language!
The Explorers gave A Team: $246.24 + B Team $268.98 = $515.22. Other money on Friday, June 14, given by parents for Bibles was $56.22 + 515.22 = $571.44. Pledges by church parishers total $430. Thus, $571.44 + 430 = $1,001.44 Grand Total. Praise God!
The ladies of the Women's Guild had their Annual Rummage Sale on two Saturdays, June 22nd and 29th. We thank all who donated items for selling and those who helped.
“Taste of Tinley Park Churches” was held at Faith Christian Reformed Church on Saturday, June 22, 2013. This event was a fundraiser for Love INC, Love In the Name of Christ! St. Andrew's sold cups of fresh fruit, watermelon slices, and cups of veggies. We thank all of you who helped and especially to Cheryl Yapp for organizing our part in this event. There are now nine churches in Love INC of Tinley Park . Praise the Lord!
YOUTH ACTIVITIES PLANNED!
May we borrow your rocking chairs?
St. Andrew's Youth Rock-a-Thon Fundraiser
July 19-20, 8:00 p.m. – 8:00 a.m.
St. Andrew's youth are raising money for the group activities planned for 2013-2014. Please support the youth with either a pledge per hour of rocking in a rocking chair all night or a flat donation for the group. See a youth to make a pledge on his/her pledge sheet today!
Next Meetings : Sundays, July 14 & 28, 6:00 -7:00 p.m.
The 28th is bring a dessert night.
Youth Pool Party is Sunday August 25 at Garrison's house starting at 2 p.m. Hamburgers & Hot Dogs will be served for dinner.
NEXT WORK DAY!
Saturday, July 27, 2013 starting at 9:00 a.m.
MISSIONARY PARISHES OF THE MONTH
Please pray for the Anglican Church in Napal.