Good Morning and Welcome to St. Mary’s Church

 With faith in God, yet deep sadness, we mourn the loss of our beloved brother 

                                                              Charles  Kelly                                                                                        There will be a memorial service at St. Mary’s towards the end of theweek, which we will keep you posted on. If you would like to contribute towards the funeral, please speak with Christine or contact the church office. We are also preparing a scrapbook for Charles’ family and would love for people to write a note sharing a specialmemory or what Charles has meant to you. We will have notecards available at coffee hour.

 This week’s movie for Aug 17:we bought a zoo (2011, family drama, pg) a father moves his family to the countryside to renovate and re-open a struggling zoo

 Directory Update: We are updating the church directory and need your latest information! Even if you think we have your correct info, please see Christine Lee after the service to confirm.

 Coffee hour donations:Fellowship after service is such an important part of our Sunday worship. Would you consider chipping in to help provide baked goods for Sundays? Look for the donation jar by the coffee.

 Time to collect your recipes for the St. Mary’s Cookbook!  Please fill out a recipe card and turn it in to Lisa Slocum ASAP…

Bulletin announcements: If you need an announcement posted in the bulletin please email Ms. Gwen by 5 pm on Wednesdays only at

Commentary on the Readings by Arthur Cash

First Reading

Second Samuel 18: 5 – 9, 15, 31 – 33

 David loved has son Absalom, who was beautiful, charismatic, and shrewd. Absalom killed David’s oldest son, his half brother, for raping Tamar, Absalom full sister. Revenge it might be, but the killing put Absalom next in line for the throne. David had grown old and feeble, but he didn’t die. Absalom couldn’t wait. He fomented a rebellion, raised an army, and attacked Jerusalem. But David, the wiley old fox, out witted him in warfare. The events in our reading take place during the final battle, clearly being won by David’s General, Joab, himself all too ambitious. I am bothered that in this new lectionary the bishops sometimes piece together widely separated passages to make the lessons they want us to hear.

Second Reading

Ephesians 4: 25 – 5: 2

Most of this lesson speaks for itself, an exhortation to be moral in one’s conduct. But the closing lines contain a puzzling image: Paul speaks of the horrible crucifixion of our Lord as a “fragrant” offering to God. He is using  the language of Temple sacrifices.  For instance, one of the sacrifices done at the Temple was of a bull, killed, cut into pieces and the whole “turned into smoke… an offering by fire of pleasing odor to the Lord”(Leviticus 1: 9. also see 3: 5, 8: 21, 17: 6).


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