2024, May 30: Corpus Christi

From Father Michael

Dear Nativity Family,

“Corpus Christi” is more than a city in Texas!

On the Thursday that follows Trinity Sunday, Christians around the Globe take time to remember the Real Presence of Christ in the Holy Eucharist. While this day is not set aside in the Prayer Book, this day is observed by Roman Catholics, Anglicans, and the Orthodox. It is a public holiday in 25 countries.

Just what is it that happens when we extend our hands to receive the Bread and the Wine of the Holy Eucharist? Since the 13th Century, some have held that Jesus, “transubstantiated”, is physically present. Since the 16th Century, some have held that we are receiving the bread of a memorial meal, taken in gratitude.

I find the Catechism of the Prayer Book to be helpful — “The inward and spiritual grace in the Holy Communion is the Body and Blood of Christ given to his people, and received by faith”.

In any sense, it is the love of God that feeds us and revives our spirits. May the grace of this day lead us to a closer walk with Him.

Fr. Michael

June 30 is Fr. Michael’s last Sunday as our Priest in Charge. He has requested one service at 9:15am. Mark your calendars so you don’t miss his last Sunday with us.
Also, Deacon Tim’s ordination is not until August 10 so we will be having supply priests for the month of July and the first Sunday in August. Accordingly we will have only one service at 9:15 for all of those dates. Again, mark your calendars so you don’t show up either early or late for service. :-))))))
Monday, June 10, 5:30pm, Parish Hall. Bring Your Own Beef!! MON will supply salad, baked potato, vegetable, rolls & butter, dessert. Cook your own steak or chicken or whatever. Don’t like to cook, we’ll do it for you. Join in on a night of good food and fellowship. Sign up sheet on the MON bulletin board.
Nativity Bible Study continues Friday, May 31, at 10:00am, in the Parish Hall. The current study is on Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians.
If you would like more information, please call Judy Haywood (her number is in the directory).
Have you remembered Nativity in your Will or your Estate plans? Our Endowment Committee is happy to assist. Please call the Parish Office to make a connection.