Popcorn Theology • Friday, May 18 at 7 PM
“The light shineth in the darkness, and the darkness hath not overcome it.”
“The Mission” is a 1986 motion picture nominated for seven academy awards including best picture staring Robert De Niro and Jeremy Irons based on a true story set in 18th century colonial Brazil and the Amazonian rainforest. The film tells the story of two very different men, Father Gabriel (Irons), a Jesuit missionary who seeks to establish a mission base in the Argentine
jungle to convert, educate, and protect the indigenous people. Mercenary and slaver Rodrigo Mendoza (De Niro) who is at first at odds with Gabriel, but after he kills his own brother begins a journey of redemption and purpose that brings him into the Jesuit order at the Mission. Trouble comes to this idillic bastion when a cardinal is called by the colonial authorities to decide if the Mission should continue or if it should be closed and the people left
behind enslaved. How these two priests react to the crisis of the Mission delves deeply into the power of love or if might really does makes right.
Summer Adult Formation Class
Commencing Sunday, May 23 • 10 AM
In Archbishop Michael Ramsey’s book, The Gospel and the Catholic Church, we find the classic study of the Anglican theology of ecumenism as well as the relationship between Christ and the church in the New Testament. The book reveals a fresh understanding of the hope and blueprint of life for the church and Her members that are the body of Christ,
++Michael’s central conviction is that the church’s meaning lies in its fulfillment of the sufferings of Christ and that every part of Her history is intelligible in terms of His Passion. Examining Scripture, doctrine, and history, Ramsey paints an intricate portrait of the church as an example of Christ’s death and resurrection. He explores Eastern orthodox doctrine; explains the purposes and preconditions of the Reformation; and calls for a renewal of liturgical worship and reconciliation within the communion of the saints.
After more than eighty years, its wisdom concerning the relationship between Catholic and Evangelical, and the underlying complementarities and tensions which characterize the Anglican tradition, remains theologically sound and biblically astute that stands as important today as when first published..
Over the course of several weeks we will examine this thin but weighty volume in depth to find in it a life-changing understanding of how the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ impacts the church as well as each of us who make up the Body of Christ.
June Book Club Meeting – Thursday, June 10 at 6:30 PM – In-person ONLY
News of the World by Paulette Jiles
In the aftermath of the Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people in this exquisitely rendered, morally complex, multilayered novel of historical fiction from the author of Enemy Women that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust.
In the wake of the Civil War, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd travels through northern Texas, giving live readings from newspapers to paying audiences hungry for news of the world. An elderly widower who has lived through three wars and fought in two of them, the captain enjoys his rootless, solitary existence.
In Wichita Falls, he is offered a $50 gold piece to deliver a young orphan to her relatives in San Antonio. Four years earlier, a band of Kiowa raiders killed Johanna’s parents and sister; sparing the little girl, they raised her as one of their own. Recently rescued by the U.S. army, the ten-year-old has once again been torn away from the only home she knows.
Their 400-mile journey south through unsettled territory and unforgiving terrain proves difficult and at times dangerous. Johanna has forgotten the English language, tries to escape at every opportunity, throws away her shoes, and refuses to act “civilized.” Yet as the miles pass, the two lonely survivors tentatively begin to trust each other, forming a bond that marks the difference between life and death in this treacherous land.
Arriving in San Antonio, the reunion is neither happy nor welcome. The captain must hand Johanna over to an aunt and uncle she does not remember—strangers who regard her as an unwanted burden. A respectable man, Captain Kidd is faced with a terrible choice: abandon the girl to her fate or become—in the eyes of the law—a kidnapper himself.
Credit: Good Reads
Sunday Coffee Hour
Join us every Sunday via Zoom and at the Church at 10 AM.
Monday Lectionary Bible Study
Fr. Patrick’s weekly bible study meets in-person and via Zoom on Mondays at 10 AM.