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The Winged Ox

The Winged Ox is the Ancient Symbol of St. Luke, the Beloved Physician

A Newsletter for the People of The Memorial Church of St. Luke, the Beloved Physician June 2011 Issue 128

The Memorial Church of St. Luke, the Beloved Physician

Pentecost and the ew Covenant The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. It will not be like the covenant that I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt—a covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, says the Lord. But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. o longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other, “Know the Lord,” for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the Lord; for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more (Jeremiah 31.31-34). In the passage above, God, speaking through the prophet Jeremiah reveals his plans for a new covenant. Unlike the covenant that God initiated at Sinai during the Exodus from Egypt, this covenant will not depend on a law external to the people, written on tablets of stone. Instead, God promises to the law within the people—to write it upon the peoples’ hearts. And just as the previous covenant formed the identity of the people of Israel into the chosen people of God, so this new covenant will transform those on whose hearts the new law is written. In other words, the new covenant will not form the people from without through their observance of external laws, it will transform the people from within because they will no longer be dependent on an external law, and they will no longer know God as one separate from them from whom they can be alienated. Rather God will be known to them from within, so that they will no longer need to suffer from separation and alienation from God because God will be within them, in their very hearts. It takes only a little reflection to see how wonderful that situation is. The people of the new covenant no longer need to worry about keeping and observing rules. They will need only to look within themselves to know what they should do and how they should be. There is no law that they must keep; no rules that they must observe. They need only remain true to their heart, and they will do the right thing. And they no longer need to look outside of themselves to find God, they must only look within to find and commune with God. What blessed people indeed! (Continued on P.2)

150 Years of Ministry 1861-2011 1946 Welsh Road Philadelphia, PA 19115 215.969.3645 (office)

Sundays: 10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist with music Followed immediately by refreshments and fellowship in the parish hall. Wednesdays: 7:30 p.m. Healing Eucharist

ACTIVITIES: Contemplative Prayer Wednesdays – 6:45 p.m. in the church office Inside this issue:
Birthdays............................... 8 Calendar................................9 News...................................3,4 Photo Gallery.........................7 Prayer Requests......................4 Rector’s Message................1,2 Reminders.............................2 Singing in Church..................6 Strawberry Festival................5 Those Who Serve..................3 Welcome Visitors.................. 2 Word Puzzle..........................8

Of course most of us know enough about our tradition to realize that we are the people of the new covenant. The inaugurating event of this new covenant—the point at which the Spirit of God became available to us—is the feast of Pentecost, which occurs fifty days after Jesus’ resurrection. In this respect it mirrors the Jewish feast of Shavuot, which occurred fifty days after the Exodus. It was at this time that Moses received the law from God on Mount Sinai. However, there are important differences between the previous covenant and the new covenant. For one thing, Moses had to ascend Mount Sinai to receive the law from God. While in the case of the new covenant, God descends to the level of humanity in order to provide the new law; first in the person of Jesus who we know as God in the flesh, and then in the person of the Holy Spirit who is the gift of the Incarnation. Thus our hearts were made ready by God assuming a human nature, and thereby transforming humanity as a fit receptacle for the Spirit of God. Unfortunately most of us fail to perceive the gift of God within us and so we fail to trust ourselves. For this reason we continue to look for God outside of us and we continue to suppose there is some “thing” or other outside of us that will make us whole. And just as we fail to appreciate our own dignity or the magnitude of the gift that God has provided to us, we fail to appreciate the dignity and divinity of our neighbors. All of this is a symptom of our larger failure to truly believe the Good News of God in Christ. But this is Jesus, fulfilled for us on the first Pentecost, “Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them” (John 14:23). That’s who we are, who God has made us. This Pentecost may we remember this is our birthright so that we may bring God, who has made his home with us, into our lives and our world.

God bless, Father Tim

you a new reader? Come visit us! We’re so glad that you picked up this publication; we hope you will find it interesting and worth your time and we hope you will take the next step and worship with us sometime. If you are worshiping with us, we welcome you! Whatever your religious background, and however you have come to be here, we welcome you to St. Luke’s. Please let us know who you are by signing our guest book (by the door) or filling out a card found in the pews. You can hand your card to an usher, or put it in the collection plate when it comes later.



REMI DERS: The Winged Ox will be on summer vacation in July & August! See you in the fall!

Those Who Serve Sunday, June 5 Chalice Bearer: S. Carmody Readers: M. Geiger, L. Carter Ushers: J. Oxenford, J. Litzke Altar Guild: L. Carter, R. Fischer Coffee Hour: J & J Litzke, J. Oxenford, J. Gardner Counters: B & D Shifflett Sunday, June 12 Chalice Bearer : L. Carter Readers: B. Kaufold, K. Gibson Ushers : K. Gibson, J. Shahene Altar Guild: K. Kenny, S. Nesbitt Coffee Hour : Espositos, A. Thorpe, M. Geiger Counters: J. Brambilla, R. Whaley Sunday, June 19 Chalice Bearer: J. Gardner Readers: C. Martino, J. Brambilla Ushers: J. Oxenford, J. Litzke Altar Guild: J Oxenford, J. Litzke Coffee Hour: B. Kaufold, G. Shahene, C. Rodriguez Counters: C. Rodriguez, A. Thorpe

Church School / ursery
June 5th will be the last meeting of church school until September.. The children will read, sing and display sidewalk chalk art about the things that God has made. The teachers will hold a planning meeting for the upcoming church school year on Sunday, June 19th during coffee hour.

Outreach St. Luke's is supporting two outreach programs, each vital to the community. They are the Somerton Food Bank and area shelters. We need your continued support to continue these worthy projects. The Food Bank is always in need of canned goods, cereal and cash donations to buy meats and maintain operating expenses. The shelters look forward to the Wawa gift cards provided by your donations.

Sunday, June 26 Chalice Bearer: J. Glenn Readers: C. Rodriguez, S.Carmody Ushers: K. Gibson, J. Litzke Altar Guild: S & C Carmody Coffee Hour: S. Remick, J. Glenn, N. Hurley, R. Whaley, H. Rolland Counters: J & J Litzke

On June 26th there will be an outdoor service followed by a picnic. The children are encouraged to bring bikes, toys or games


150th Anniversary

Members: Joyce, Dorothy, Elaine, Ruth B., Nancy H., Edna, Alan, Mabel, Ruth L., Louise, Betty K, Cheri, Joan W., Virginia, Len, Carlos R., Joshua W., Roberta M., Nancy O. Friends and Family: Kathy, Robert, Arlyne, Nancy, Martha, Bobby, Joselyn, Curtis, Francine, Lynda, Ruth, James, MerriLee, Sandra, Joyce, Christopher, J.R., Joseph, Diane, Larry, Nancy, William, Jeff, Margaret, Mai, Maria, Thomas Those Serving in the Armed Forces: William William, Chris G., Kevin M., Alex G., Andrew R., Chris K., John R., Chris R., Eric B., Rob D., Jerry F., Thomas H., Tom B., Casey R., Jermaine, Bradley, Michael, Matthew, Maxx

We now have a beautiful banner displayed on Welsh Rd., thanks to John Litzke's efforts, advertising St. Luke's 150th anniversary. There will be one more planning meeting in June, date to be announced, to discuss cost of dinner tickets, programs, advertising and mementos,etc. John Litzke has agreed to be master of ceremonies for the October 15th event.
19th Annotation Retreat: As noted in the bulletin that Father Tim will be offering what is referred to as a 19th annotation retreat or a retreat in ordinary life. “19th Annotation” refers to a particular note in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits. During his conversion from a somewhat wayward life, St. Ignatius developed the Spiritual Exercises. Essentially he would reflect on passages of Scripture or other types of meditations in order to draw closer to God and to discern God’s meaning for his life. In the end, Ignatius began to offer these Exercises to his friends and fellow priests, which proved to be the beginning of the Society of Jesus, more popularly known as the Jesuits. As originally conceived by Ignatius, one who was going through the Exercises would go on retreat for a month during which s/he would spend 3-4 hours daily at prayer. However, for those who were not able to leave the world in this way, Ignatius permitted them to work through the exercises while going about their ordinary lives. So instead of praying 3-4 hours per day, those who remained in the world would spend one hour per day praying over material assigned for the week. And the length of time for performing the Exercises was extended to about six months. In addition, the one making the Exercises would meet with a spiritual director once each week to discuss how the previous week’s prayer had gone. So that is a brief summary of what a 19th Annotation retreat is. If anyone is interested in making such a retreat beginning in September, please see Father Tim.

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Singing in Church
Greetings from Los Angeles. For those of you who don’t know me so well, my name is Bill Wong. I visited St. Luke’s on Palm Sunday as part of my visit to Philadelphia, as I was attending the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) conference for several days before that in downtown Philadelphia. I made the visit because I knew Stacey through Facebook, as we are both fellow contributors on Episcorific, a ‘zine for young adults in the Episcopal Church. So, I was glad that I was able to make the visit happen. So, my little post is about singing in church. I remembered some of you liked my singing voice and my enthusiasm. One thing about me is that I always enjoy singing and am blessed with a booming voice. Of course, because I learned how to play the piano since 2nd grade, I usually can grab the hymnal and just sing, even if it is a hymn that I have not heard of before. Meanwhile, I have been involved in music ministry for the most part since 2006- one plus year in my former parish, and two and a half years and counting in my current parish, as both are in the Diocese of Los Angeles. There was a time gap in between because I was transitioning to my current parish during 20072008. But during the roughly 3-4 years in music ministry, I served the organist for my former parish and am currently one of the tenors in my current parish, among the many other ministries I do in those two parishes, too. I do say that singing from the pews is quite different from singing when I am vested. When I am singing from the pews, I would simply let my voice fly, just like a pitcher sometimes might reach back to try to find a few extra miles per hour on his fastball. When that happens while my parish’s choir is on vacation, I can sing so loud that I could literally cover almost everyone’s voice from the back pews. However, when I am vested, I would sing with more of a “controlled loudness” because the choir director in my parish went over the importance of that with every new choir member. Either way, to maintain my enthusiasm up in singing, I sometimes would improvise the ending on the last verse of some hymns as if I were a soprano as well as singing some descant lines if I feel like I could do them. My philosophy on singing during service comes from a saying in the Bible where we got to worship God with all our hearts and all your minds. Part of that in most worship services today includes singing, of course. One thing I do say, however is that singing loudly carries a huge responsibility.

Once you establish a “reputation” for singing loudly in service, other regulars at your parish might “gravitate” toward you when it is time to sing hymns. After all, just like an organist, other people might expect you to lead them to sing, as your loud voice could be what they go on during the service. If you are not ready for the responsibility, then it’s better to sing at a “just right” volume. So, what is the “just right” volume, you might ask? According to my current parish’s choir director, the “just right” volume is about a notch or two below what you are capable of singing. Unless you are trying to perform “solos from the pews” (except for communion hymns) like I do sometimes at my parish during the summer, you are singing too loud if you can’t hear at least two other people singing. Next, you could be oversinging if you feel that you couldn’t get to some high or low notes that you could normally reach if you sing at a “just right” volume. Meanwhile, if you are atonal like my dad, be extra aware of how loud everyone is singing. You might be worshiping with all your heart and all your mind, but you could lead others go astray. Lastly, if you are vested, it’s extremely imperative that you do this. Otherwise, you could look like a wild and crazy fool, as this is the last thing you would want give people an impression of if you are vested. Singing hymns can be a really joyful experience and a great way to show God that we are worshiping Him wholeheartedly. So, next time when you pick up a hymnal anywhere, put some enthusiasm into what you sing. You might get a lot more out of your Sunday service experience.

The Winged Ox thanks Bill Wong for visiting St. Luke’s and sharing his experiences with us!


PHOTO GALLERY: Springtime was busy at St. Luke’s!
Bishop Turner’s Visit Easter Flower Cross

Spring Flea Market


Summer Birthdays










June 1-Gail Hair 12- Don Shifflett, Julia Gardiner 18-Edna Wilkinson 25-Fr. Tim Griffin 27-Frank Baker, icole Martino

(Matthew 9:12 NRSV) But when he heard this, he said, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.


July 2-Jennifer Litzke 4-Ruth Von Clef 13-Walley elson 25-Joshua Woods 26-Stephanie Remick August 5-Laure Padian 15-Jean Gardner 27-Herb Rolland


JU E 2011
Sun Mon Tue Wed
1-6:45PContemplative prayer in Office 7:30P -Holy Eucharist with Healing in Church


3-7:00P-AA Spirituality Meeting in Hall

4-10a-Yoga in
Hall 11:30a-Al-Anon Mtg in Hall

5-7th Sunday of Easter 10:30a:Holy Eucharist 10:20a- Church School 11:45: Coffee Hr. In Hall 12-Whitsunday
10:30a:Holy Eucharist 11:45: Coffee Hr. In Hall

Meeting in Hall

Meeting in Hall

8- 6:45PContemplative prayer in Office 7:30P -Holy Eucharist with Healing in Church


7:00P-AA Spirituality Meeting in Hall

10a- Yoga in Hall 11:30a-Al-Anon Mtg in Hall

13-7:00p-AA Meeting in Hall 700p-Vestry Meeting in Church Office

8:00P-AA Meeting in Hall

15 6:45PContemplative prayer in Office 7:30P -Holy Eucharist with Healing in Church


7:00P-AA Spirituality Meeting in Hall

18- 10a-Yoga in Hall 11:30a-Al-Anon Mtg in Hall

19 -Trinity Sunday
10:30a:Holy Eucharist 11:45: Coffee Hr. In Hall

Meeting in Hall

8:00P-AA Meeting in Hall


6:45PContemplative prayer in Office 7:30P -Holy Eucharist with Healing in Church


24-7:00P-AA Spirituality Meeting in Hall

25- 10a-Yoga in Hall 11:30a-Al-Anon Mtg in Hall

26- 2nd Sunday
after Pentecost
10:30a:Holy Eucharist 11:45: Picnic

27-7:00p-AA Meeting in Hall

8:00P-AA Meeting in Hall

29- 6:45PContemplative prayer in Office 7:30P -Holy Eucharist with Healing in Church



Have a Nice Summer!

The Memorial Church of St. Luke the Beloved Physician 1946 Welsh Road Philadelphia, PA 19115 215-969-3645


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