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201 S Killingsworth Ave, Bolivar, MO 65613
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 844, Bolivar, MO 65613

News from St. Alban's Episcopal Church,

Bolivar, Missouri

new red roof

The 3rd Sunday after Epiphany


January 25, 2015

"The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near..."


Fear versus Love 


"There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear." 1 John 4:18

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." Martin Luther King, Jr.

On last Monday morning, Olivia and I went to Springfield to participate in the annual march honoring Dr King. For her, this was an entirely new experience. She had never before seen so many people standing together for a single purpose, with a single heart and vision, walking with signs, and greeting each other with hugs, laughing and talking as we walked. She had never seen black and white people together in such numbers, really and truly together. She hadn't heard the freedom songs. She stared and grinned, and took pictures as fast as she could: of the sign on the Dr. Martin Luther King bridge, of the crowds, of herself in the midst of the crowd. She grabbed my hand and said, "Look! Those people are from Bolivar. They go to gymnastics with me!"

That afternoon we came home and watched, "Selma, Lord, Selma," an older, child-friendly version of the Selma march and "bloody Sunday." It shocked her again that Christians were so often on the wrong side of that conflict. "But Jesus said...," she kept repeating. Yes, child, Jesus did say..."Love your neighbor"... and harder, "Love your enemies." But fear blocks love. Fear blocks understanding.

For her, it was a new thought that fear could so totally dominate a people that their response to someone else's hunger for equality and freedom would be violence and rage. But Jesus knew: under rage lies fear. Always. And only love, only love can drive that fear out and make room for the freedom to love one another as Christ has loved us.

Go and see "Selma." Watch what we, Christian and non-Christian Americans, can be like at our worst. Don't be afraid of our past fears and hatreds, or our collective history of racism. And don't explain it away, It was sin, plain and simple. But watch what love did, too. And faith. And courage.

We follow Jesus. No turning back. Jesus IS the way. And Jesus is the Truth. And Jesus is the Life, And in Him there is no darkness at all. And perfect love drives out fear, even the fear that runs so quickly to anger and violence. Love can do it still.


Upcoming events at St Alban's


2nd Tuesday of every month - Days 4 Girls -  sewing (and assembly) of reusable menstrual pads to give teen girls back their "days" when they can attend school without embarrassment or humiliation.

NEXT day: Tuesday, February 10


****For everyone. Even if you can't sew - Please purchase a package of girls' underwear and put it in the basket in the church. We need these for the bags of pads and shields we will be sending.

(Please, ONLY girls' size 8-10, 12-14, or 16. NO women's sizes and no bikini type)****





Last Sunday before Lent - The Transfiguration

Sunday, February 15



Mardi Gras Party - Tuesday evening Feb 17

We'll celebrate with both pancakes AND New Orleans gumbo.

We'll enjoy decorations, makes and whatever costumes you can come up with, and exchange those silly, cheap, Christmas "gifts" we  never did get around to foisting off on each other!   And there may be some other surprises as well...


Mardi Gras mask

Ash Wednesday services,

Wednesday, Feb 18

at noon and 7 pm. 

Ash Wed cross  



     Sunday,     Jan. 25,
 10:30 AM
3 Epiphany
Jonah 3:1-5, 10
Psalm 62:6-14
Vance Halfaker 
1 Corinthians 7:29-31
Heather Pacheco 
Mark 1:14-20
The Rev. Brenda Sickler



Prayers of the People Minda Cox


Altar Guild
Louise Ritter



In Paul's letter to the Corinthians, he says, "the present form of this world is passing away."
Jesus, in today's gospel says,
"the time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near..." 
Are these two related?
If so, how?
And beyond that, what does either of them mean to us in  our 21st century American context?