The Dove November 2009

Christian Healing

By Fr. Hardman

On Sunday, November 8, we will be holding a Celtic Healing Service. I have already said a few words about Celtic Spirituality and its emphasis on God's presence everywhere. Now I would like to say a few words about Christian healing.

First, forget most of what you know or think you know about Christian healing if the television is your only source of knowledge. Much of what happens on TV is manipulative, simplistic, and often damaging to all who listen-whatever the effect to those who may or may not be healed.

Christian healing goes back to Jesus' proclamation of the Kingdom of God. We are healed when we enter that kingdom or when that kingdom comes near. To understand what is meant by that, think about our world as being made up of two kingdoms, the kingdom of me and the Kingdom of God. The kingdom of me kind of dominates our thoughts and experience while the Kingdom of God is often hidden from view.

The kingdom of me is characterized by a quest for prestige, status, and power over others. It is about grasping all we can, getting what we think we deserve, and establishing our worth through our own efforts. This is how the kingdoms of the world operate, and we, of course, get caught up in thinking that is the way life operates as well. But, the more we live into that way of thinking, the more restricted and diminished our life becomes. When we think life is about grasping everything we can, we soon find we can never grasp enough to satisfy our increasing desires. When we think life is about getting what we deserve we find we never get what we think we deserve. When we think life is about securing our worth through what we do, we find we can never do enough to feel worthy. Thus, trying to grasp at life does not bring life. Instead, it diminishes our life because we get caught in cycles that alienate us from ourselves, from God, from each other, and from the world. Before we know it, we are emotionally distraught, spiritually bankrupt, and often physically ill.  Full article here>>>

Special Liturgies

All Saints' Day and Holy Baptism, Sunday, Nov 1
The Sacrament of Holy Baptism will be celebrated on the Feast of All Saints at the 9:00am Eucharist.  On this day, Currey Jane Godbout will be received into the Body of Christ.  This is a celebration of God's love that gathers the lost, binds what is broken, and knits together that which is separated into one fellowship and communion.  A reception welcoming Currey Jane will be held in the Great Hall following the liturgy.

All Souls' Day Liturgy, Monday, Nov 2
This pastoral Eucharist commemorates all the faithful departed, and honors in particular the memory of family and friends.  During this service of light and prayer, an opportunity will be given to place a lighted candle on the altar and name the departed loved one before God.  The Bereavement Ministry will host a reception in the parlor following the 7:00pm liturgy.

Celtic Healing Service, Sunday, Nov 8
Our worship space will be transformed into a more authentic Celtic atmosphere for our Celtic Liturgy and Healing Service on Sunday, November 8. Music, trees, candles, and the whole Body of Christ gathered will make us much more aware of God's healing presence all around us. We do hope you will join us for this special liturgy at 9:00am.

2nd Saturday Service, Nov 14
Our next 2nd Saturday Service, an informal family Eucharist with contemporary music, will be held on November 14 at 5:30pm. It is celebrated in the Great Hall, which is transformed through lighting, candles and art to create an intimate worship space, bringing us closer to each other as we draw nearer to God. The service lasts approximately 45 minutes and is held once a month on the second Saturday.

Youth Preacher Morgan D'Arcy, Sunday, Nov 22
New Trier Senior Morgan D'Arcy will be our guest preacher at the three liturgies on Sunday, November 22.  Morgan is a talented, articulate young man, and has been an active member of our youth program, and we look forward to hearing his perspective.

Thanksgiving Liturgy, Thursday, Nov 26
In observance of our nation's day of thanks, a Choral Eucharist will be celebrated at 9:00am.


In the Vineyard

We joyfully announce the birth of . . .
• Alex Joseph to Andrew and Lisa Young.  Alex's grandparents are Charles and Harriet Young.

We extend our sympathy to . . .
• Janet Drake and her family on the death of her husband, George, on October 18.  

Congratulations to . . .
• John Hinshaw, Chief Information Officer of the Boeing Company, who was the recipient of the Executives' Club of Chicago's 2009 CIO of the Year Award. 

If you have news you'd like to share, contact the Vineyard.

Community Life

Celebration Sunday, Nov 1
Canvass is a time to reflect on the role of Holy Comforter in our families, our community and our world. We ask that you join in the celebration of our community by offering your 2010 Canvass pledge at the altar with other parishioners on Sunday, November 1. 

Shawl Ministry Invitation, Monday, Nov 2
Kenilworth Union Church's Knitting Ministry will join our Shawl Ministry at their weekly meeting on Monday, November 2, from 1:00-2:30pm in the library.  They will enjoy refreshments as they share their experiences and stories.  All interested knitters, regardless of ability level, are invited.  To date, the Shawl Ministry has given away 195 shawls and baby blankets, providing comfort and strength to the recipients.  
Thanksgiving Food Drive, Nov 2-13
Our food drive provides a Thanksgiving meal for families serviced by the Primo Center for Women and Children.  Donations will be collected in the church parlor until November 13; perishables should be put in the kitchen refrigerators or freezers.  Click here for a list of requested food items and to find out more about the Primo Center.

Wine Tasting Party, Tuesday, Nov 10
Can you tell the difference between a $10 bottle of wine and a $30 bottle? A $20 sparkling wine and a $50 Champagne? The MOM Group is hosting a Wine Tasting Party at the Bottle Shop in Wilmette on Tuesday, November 10, at 7:00pm.  Receive a 15% discount on any wine purchased that night.  Cost is $20/person (regularly $37.50); reservations are required.  Sign up here>>>

Parish Service Project, Saturday, Nov 14
Twenty-five parishioners will roll up their sleeves and put in a full day's work doing manual labor at Good News Partners in Rogers Park.  Job will include scraping, sanding, painting and general cleaning at the Jonquil Hotel and Esperanza, low-income and transient housing offered by Good News.  Thank you to our volunteers for providing this very worthwhile community service. Learn more >>>

WHAM Pizza Party, Saturday, Nov 14
WHAM, our high school youth group, will host a pizza party beginning at 6:15pm in the Student Union.  High schoolers are encouraged to attend the 2nd Saturday Service at 5:30pm and join us for dinner afterwards. No RSVP needed - just stop in! For other high school news, check out the latest WHAM newsletter>>>

Thanksgiving Offering
Thanksgiving gifts are given to the Rector's Discretionary Fund and used to strengthen his ministry among us.  Your generosity is appreciated.  Thanksgiving offering envelopes are available in the parish office.

News from Our Directors

Reflections on Community Life  by Patti Pateros, Community Building

Formation Principles
  by Mary Johnson, Children's & Youth Ministries

Music Notes  by Derek Nickels, Music

Rectors Message >>>