The CLAY youth and adult volunteers from Algoma Deanery have safely returned after a wonderful experience! Please pray for safe travels for those from other parts of our diocese who are continuing their journey home today.
All Week…Holy Trinity, SSM, is having a Vacation Bible School for children ages 4-12. Please pray for the kids and leaders throughout the week.
For Your Devotions:
Monday, August 20th is the memorial of Bernard, Abbot of Clairvaux who died in 1153. Bernard is very well known for his mystical writings on the love of God but was also a strong supporter of the Crusades. He founded the Cisterian abbey at Clairvaux and then 70 more during his lifetime. He was austere to the extreme, causing himself health issues with his excessive fasting and sleep deprivation but he was arguably the most influential Christian of his era. Here is one of his most famous quotes…“You wish me to tell you why and how God should be loved. My answer is that God himself is the reason he is to be loved”… and here is where you can find more information on this colourful monk: https://www.christianitytoday.com/history/people/moversandshakers/bernard-of-clairvaux.html
Friday, August 24th is the Holy Day of St. Bartholomew the Apostle. Bartholomew is listed as one of the 12 apostles but, other than that, we don’t hear about him. Since Bartholomew is actually a surname (son of Tolmai), the theory out there is that this apostle is Nathaniel – the one called with Philip – of whom Jesus says, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!” Legend says that Bartholomew was flayed and beheaded on the order of an Armenian king named Astyages. For more info: https://www.britannica.com/biography/Saint-Bartholomew