Good Morning and Welcome to St. Mary’s Church

 Welcome, to our newly baptized members Tatyana Ann Washington, and Christopher Gordon. May God’s blessing on this Day always be with you!

 This week’s Friday Night 6 pm movie for Aug 24:

the sorcerer and the white snake (2011, martial arts/fantasy, pg).  an herbalist falls in love with a white snake disguised as a woman & jet li stars as a sorcerer who discover s her true identity and battles to save the man’s soul.

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

First Kings 2: 10 -12; 3: 3 – 14

Our first reading jumps from the account of David’s death to Solomon’s prayer for wisdom. Between these passages is the story of Solomon’s killing his older half-brother, Adonijah, and David’s old general, Joab, because he suspected them of planning a coup. But there ends the violence. Solomon’s prayer is a sort of hinge in the saga of the family, closing a story of family murder and warfare bred of ambition, and opening a story of sane rule and religious tolerance. Solomon does not ask for power or riches or honor, but with humility uncharacteristic of his family, he asks for wisdom. God, surprised and pleased, grants his request.

Our assigned readings do not include the most famous story of Solomon’s justice, his judgment that settles a quarrel between two women claiming to be the mother of a baby. Read it yourself at 3: 16-28

Second Reading

Ephesians 5: 15 – 20

I don’t understand why our bishops chose this passage. The verses before it are colorful and provocative, but this is made up of vague generalities. Just go out there and “understand what the will of the lord” as though that were not a problem. And Paul’s rules for families are omitted from our reading. I don’t think our bishops wanted us to hear Paul saying, “Wives, be subject to your husband’s …” “He who loves his wife loves himself…” “Slaves, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling…” I doubt that the bishops thought we might take such an unpleasant side of Paul.






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