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Sun, Jan. 26

Providence and Free Will examined at St. Luke’s

The courtyard gate entrance to St. Luke’s Church

The courtyard gate entrance to St. Luke’s Church

Sunday’s Masses at St. Luke’s Church in Sedona will include readings from St. Paul’s letter to the Romans and the gospel according to Saint Matthew, music by the great masters of Christian Hymnody, the rich liturgy of the historic Anglican Church, and a sermon entitled “God’s Providential Nature and Man’s Free Will.”

The two readings combine with the collect, or prayer, for the day, and form the basis for the sermon. In Romans Paul addresses life in the flesh and life in the Spirit, together with the Christian’s calling to suffering for the sake of the faith.

Matthew’s reading from the seventh chapter of the book adds the dimension of Jesus’ warning about false prophets, together with a very clear warning, “Not everyone who says to me Lord, Lord shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father in heaven.”

Hymns contained in the liturgy include J.S. Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring,” George Duffield’s “Stand Up, Stand Up For Jesus,” and the John Day’s Psalter hymn, “Lo! What a Cloud of Witnesses.”

Each Sunday two masses are celebrated - a 9 am Holy Communion, which is a quiet liturgy with sermon but without music, and the main service of the day, the 11 am Solemn High Mass, which includes the full ceremonial of the historic Anglican Church.

Following each mass a fellowship hour takes place on the portico of the church, and includes coffee, iced tea and light collations.

St. Luke’s is an Anglo-Catholic parish and a member of the Anglican Diocese of Arizona. Its bishop and rector is the Rt. Rev. David McMannes, who founded the parish in 1988.

The church is located on Highway 179 in the Chapel area of Sedona, between the Back ‘O Beyond and Chapel Road roundabouts.

For more information, telephone the church at 282-7366, or visit St. Luke’s on the Internet at episcopalnet.org.

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