The Church Of St Dunstan

Mission Statement - Growing in Christ, Reflecting His Love
800 N Johnson, Mineola Texas 75773
Telephone: 903-569-2478


Father Pantle's Quill 

Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost Readings (October 2, 2016)

Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4
Psalm 37:1-10
​2 Timothy 1:1-14
Luke 17:5-10

Collect:  ​ALMIGHTY AND EVERLASTING GOD, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray, and to give more than we either desire or deserve:  Pour upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid, and giving us those good things for which we are not worthy to ask, except through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ our Savior;  who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen


                                      THEY EVEN KNEEL IN PUBLIC

Right!  A lot of Episcopalians (not all) kneel during parts of the service.

They have a funny way of looking at worship.  They don't attend church for the primary purpose of enjoying stirring sermons or beautiful hymns.  "This is no spectator sport," they say.

Worship, to them, means offering a bit of themselves to God.  Their first thought is one of giving...not receiving.  Kneeling sometimes helps.

Sure!  Episcopalians, too, have music and "messages from the pulpit."  But if the choir is lousy-or the sermon something less than eloquent-the hour isn't really wasted.  Every individual gives a bit of himself.  And if kneeling seems to help, then God probably doesn't mind.