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Is Bible Boring? Lesson 6
In the Old Testament, we read about the sin offering and it assumed forgiveness of moral violations. People believed by shedding the blood of some animals they became morally pure. That was not the case. They became ritually pure and there is lot to say about that. But today, I want to take a different direction.
Moral failures that caused irreversible harm to people or property were dealt with harshly in the OT. Sometimes even capital punishment. But then there are some that required restitution, meaning the law of the Lord requires us to do reparations to the victims so that the offender can be restored to grace.
This is why we read in Hebrews 10:4 “For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.” It was an inadequate system but temporary relief from perpetuating wrong doings. Moral failures can only be solved by the Lord.
“Reparation is the making of amends for a wrong one has done, by paying money to or otherwise helping those who have been wronged.” This weekend when we celebrate the feast of Blessed Absolom Jones, the first Episcopal Priest, who was a slave, who bought the freedom of his wife so that his children will be free, we are also remembering the innumerable crimes we have committed against black and indigenous people. It is time for reparation in a way the dignity of our ancestors are restored and healing is brought about to us as a nation.
Fr. Jos+
Youth and Children Sunday School
EKC and EYC this week: We are taking a break due to the increased Covid cases. Please download the lesson below and share it with your child. Hope to see you all back very soon!
Celebrations & Prayers This Month
Happy Birthdays
Roger Palmer, Feb. 4th.
Matt Hopper , Feb. 5th
Bill Pruitt, Feb. 11th
Donald Francis, Feb. 11th
Tessa Eggers Feb. 12th
Peter Ibrahim, Feb. 12th
Eric Atkinson, Feb. 24th
Rachel Redden, Feb. 24th.
Erica Terry, Feb. 25th.
Happy Anniversary
N/A
Prayers for Families This Week
Eggers, Francis, Freitag
Flower Dedications
To the Glory of God.
Altar Schedule- No In-person Service at this time. But thank you, Volunteers!! Grateful
Altar Guild
Celebrant & Preacher
Fr. Jos Tharakan
Deacon & Gospel Proclamation
The Rev. Suzy Lynch
Eucharistic Minister 1
Eucharistic Minister 2
Thank you, Julie Gillogly
Thank you, Bob Lanning
1st Reading
Psalm
2nd Reading
Thank you, Eric Atkinson
Prayers of the people
Thank you, David Britt
Acolyte (s)
Thank you, Lisa Pruitt
Thank you, Chris Dodson
Usher
No in-person ministry due to covid
Greeter
Hospitality
Thank you, Eric Atkinson

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