Sing A New Church

Singing Circles of Color

The Singing Circles of Color symbol above represents our Theme. Notice the dynamic relationships that each individual circle and a variety of combinations of circles share. Through relationships there is a plethora of creation – new colors and diverse sounds. We SING A NEW CHURCH in the Key of Faith as Love in Action.

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SING A NEW CHURCH: Week I

Singing Circles of Color

The Singing Circles of Color symbol above represents our Theme. Notice (color version at www.stphilip.org and Church Banner) the dynamic relationships that each individual circle and a variety of combinations of circles share. Through relationships there is a plethora of creation – new colors and diverse sounds. We SING A NEW CHURCH in the Key of Faith as Love in Action.

75th Jubilee Parish Theme: Sing A New Church

We sing the good news of God’s love. Our song begins as a single note of love whispered to us by God at the very moment of our creation. In every breath through the years we draw notes and melodies together in our relationship with our self, others and God. Our song crescendos in the joyous eternal choir which is the hymn of heaven, a song of never ending praise and thanksgiving.

God’s song of love is gently played in every heart and heard as we share our unique song as Love in Action. Every time a gift or talent is given for another, our church community sings a new song and a new church into being. Faith is our key which gives voice to our collective mission which is to do Christ’s Work, Opus Christi.

During the next weeks we will explore the living relationships represented in the symbols above:

Father Son Spirit, God Self Others, Creation Redemption Sanctification, Body Mind Spirit, Gift Gratitude Action, Awakening Interpreting Responding.

Reflection Story

Directly after the collection basket is passed around the church, an usher announces from the pulpit that someone had accidentally dropped his or her hearing aid in the basket. There is a period of profound silence, followed by the clever priest who suggests, “Maybe you should say that a little louder!” Our parish theme and the opportunity for personal reflection and prayer may help us to hear God’s song in our hearts, “a little louder.” In today’s readings, Isaiah promises that God will open our ears and our eyes so that as St. James says we might experience within ourselves and as a community, “the riches of faith.” Jesus works a miracle of opening ears to hear in today’s Gospel. May our prayer and reflection this week lead us to be open and “astounded” as we sing the song of God’s love in the key of faith through love in action, a church ever new.

Reflection Questions

1. What good news do I hear in these reflections?
2. Who sang songs of love to me in word and deed throughout my life? Sing your praise to God for those people.
3. How am I love in action? What does the song I sing to the world sound like?
4. Thinking in musical terms, what does, “faith our key” mean to me? Talk to God about the different keys to the kingdom that you use in your life. What keys are you being invited to try?
5. What action can I take to sing a new church through love in action?

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SING A NEW CHURCH: Week II

Singing Circles of Color

The Singing Circles of Color symbol above represents our Theme. Notice (color version at www.stphilip.org and Church Banner) the dynamic relationships that each individual circle and a variety of combinations of circles share. Through relationships there is a plethora of creation – new colors and diverse sounds. We SING A NEW CHURCH in the Key of Faith as Love in Action.

75th Jubilee Parish Theme: Sing A New Church

We sing the good news of God’s love. Our song begins as a single note of love whispered to us by God at the very moment of our creation. In every breath through the years we draw notes and melodies together in our relationship with our self, others and God. Our song crescendos in the joyous eternal choir which is the hymn of heaven, a song of never ending praise and thanksgiving.

God’s song of love is gently played in every heart and heard as we share our unique song as Love in Action. Every time a gift or talent is given for another, our church community sings a new song and a new church into being. Faith is our key which gives voice to our collective mission which is to do Christ’s Work, Opus Christi.

During the next weeks we will explore the living relationships represented in the symbols above:

Father Son Spirit, God Self Others, Creation Redemption Sanctification, Body Mind Spirit, Gift Gratitude Action, Awakening Interpreting Responding.

Reflection Story

The attractive young woman is at the hardware store to get a duplicate of her car key. The store clerk asks, “You’re a model?” It is exactly what a woman wants to hear. She responds, “Well, no, I’m not, in fact I’m turning thirty this week but I’m very flattered.” The clerk stops her right there, points to the car keys and repeats slowly and loudly, “Year… and…model?” (Kirsten Jeppson adapted).

Our story illustrates that whatever image we might have in our heads about who we are, we are all created in a certain year and as a specific model. We are human and created as body, mind and spirit.

Jesus asks his disciples in the Gospel today, “Who do people say that I am?” Jesus asks the question so that he might understand how best to minister to others not because he is confused about his own identity. Jesus was fully aware that he was both human and divine and that because of his humanity, suffering was inevitable. Peter does not want to hear the truth that there are crosses in every life.

As Isaiah points out in today’s first reading, the good news is that God is ready and willing to “help” in every situation. Honestly turning to God in faith is the key to receiving help in times of trouble. St. James points out the Catholic perspective that faith and prayer must be accompanied by works which are love in action.

Our Singing Circles of Color can symbolize our humanity in its three components which are body, mind and spirit. These aspects of our lives are deeply integrated and are all to be considered when we are living our faith and acting with love.

Reflection Questions

When suffering visits, we need to pay attention to all three parts of ourselves – body, mind and spirit.
Faith is our key, love is our action.
1. BODY CIRCLE
FAITH – we reflect with God in prayer about our rest, exercise, food, use of mood altering substances, environment, appreciation of beauty, prayerful use of our senses, paying attention to our intuition and God’s gift of wisdom at work in our lives.
ACTION – What loving actions will I take for the good of my body which is God’s gift to me?

2. MIND CIRCLE
FAITH – We believe that God can do for us what we cannot do for ourselves. Be honest with God. Do not be afraid to express negative emotion with God, even if it is directed at God. All loving relationships are based on honesty – God can take it!
ACTION – Ask the question in prayer, “OK God, what’s the good news?” What one action can you take to be good news for another person? Do it.

3. SPIRIT CIRCLE
FAITH – In the singing circle that represents our wholeness, the very heart and center where all circles intersect and come together, is represented as a rainbow. The rainbow in the Bible is a symbol of hope, new creation, forgiveness, healing, renewal and a reminder that as St. Paul writes:
‘ultimately all things work together for good with God’s power at work within us which accomplishes much more than we could ever hope for or imagine.’
We need not fear the quiet of prayer because at the center of our very being is God’s own spirit waiting to embrace us with unconditional acceptance.
ACTION – Use Our Parish Jubilee Hymn “Sing a New Church” for your prayerful reflection. Read the hymn through once, read it again or sing it to yourself slowly. What word or phrase: Comforts, Challenges, Teaches and/or Speaks to you? These are the area or areas that God wishes to touch and heal within you. Pay attention, speak to God honestly about your body, mind and spirit. Listen carefully as God whispers God’s song of unconditional love. May God continue to shape each circle of your life ever more colorful, wider, richer, deeper, fuller and may you be ever more free.

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SING A NEW CHURCH: Week III

Singing Circles of Color

The Singing Circles of Color symbol above represents our Theme. Notice (color version at www.stphilip.org and Church Banner) the dynamic relationships that each individual circle and a variety of combinations of circles share. Through relationships there is a plethora of creation – new colors and diverse sounds. We SING A NEW CHURCH in the Key of Faith as Love in Action.

75th Jubilee Parish Theme: Sing A New Church

We sing the good news of God’s love. Our song begins as a single note of love whispered to us by God at the very moment of our creation. In every breath through the years we draw notes and melodies together in our relationship with our self, others and God. Our song crescendos in the joyous eternal choir which is the hymn of heaven, a song of never ending praise and thanksgiving.

God’s song of love is gently played in every heart and heard as we share our unique song as Love in Action. Every time a gift or talent is given for another, our church community sings a new song and a new church into being. Faith is our key which gives voice to our collective mission which is to do Christ’s Work, Opus Christi.

During the next weeks we will explore the living relationships represented in the symbols above:

Father Son Spirit, God Self Others, Creation Redemption Sanctification, Body Mind Spirit, Gift Gratitude Action, Awakening Interpreting Responding.

Reflection Story

While waiting online in the grocery store, a young man begins to sing along with the music playing on the PA system. Suddenly the customer behind him, a seemingly sweet elderly woman, taps him on the shoulder and asks, “What did you do with the money?” “What money?” he asks. She says with a wicked smile, “The money your parents gave you for singing lessons.”

When a person sings, hums or speaks within our earshot we hear and are affected by the sound. According to Wayne Muller this phenomenon is called sympathetic vibration.

“There is a principle of physics, called sympathetic vibration, that can be used by musicians to shape and amplify sound. When two strings are tuned to an identical pitch, striking one will instantly cause the other to vibrate in sympathy. If we place two identically tuned harps at opposite ends of a large room and pluck the note C-sharp on one string of one harp, every string tuned to C-sharp – on both harps – will suddenly come alive in a collaborative celebration of that note.”

Sympathetic vibration is one way to understand our interrelationships with one another. The three circles represented in our symbol are in sympathetic vibration when seen as musical sounds that interact. Our relationship with God, with ourselves and with others are like sympathetic vibration – intimately connected, mutually stimulating and united at the deepest levels.

An example of sympathetic vibration occurs in today’s Gospel when Jesus overhears the disciples arguing about who is the greatest and the first among them. Jesus is troubled by what he hears and speaks to his disciples about their need to echo, speak, sing, resonate, be in sympathy with God’s song which is always a song of love and service. Any other note is a false note not played in the key of faith but in self-serving behavior which is not God’s song. In the second reading, St. James reminds us that we are to sing in the key of faith and in the key of love not with notes of jealousy or ambition but with the soothing sounds of generosity, gentleness, peace and wisdom.

Reflection

Our reflection this week invites us to pay attention to the song we sing to one another and to be attentive to the song that God sings to us in prayer. We sing to each other in every interaction. In every encounter we sing some type of song, at times beautiful or pleasant, at times discordant, harsh or even painful to hear.
• Quiet yourself, listen closely, hear the song of gentleness, peace and wisdom that God sings in your heart.
• Ask yourself: what song do I sing to others through my words and my deeds? My family? My coworkers? My friends?

This week we reflect on sympathetic vibration. We are invited to pray for one another and to pay attention to the sound we make. God has not given us money for singing lessons but rather, gifts and talents that we are given to share as we join our voices, works in prayer singing a new church as God’s song of love.

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Dear Sisters and Brothers,
Our Parish continues to Sing the Good News of God’s love as we celebrate our 75th Jubilee Year, 1943 – 2018.

Our Sing a New Church Theme symbol shows Singing Circles of Color. Our Church community sings a new church as we, like St. Philip the Apostle, do the work of Christ. By sharing our time, talent and treasure we become Love in Action, gratefully revealing new colors of God’s gifts among us. In the Key of Faith, we join the notes of our song of thanks so that all might hear, know and experience the beauty of God’s song of unconditional love.

Please consider how you can help our parish to continue our mission of Christ’s work. Our goal through this Jubilee Giving Commitment initiative is to increase our regular offertory contributions, in light of the extraordinary expenses incurred due to the fire our school experienced in January 2018.

• Although the school restoration was funded by insurance, we incurred costs that were not reimbursed and took the opportunity to update/refurbish several areas of the school at our own expense totaling $343,598.00.

• The insurance company decided to demolish our Kaleidoscope Wing due to irreparable damage. We are currently in the last phase of pre-construction for our new building which will now be called the Jubilee Wing. Insurance and cost are close as of this writing.

• An anonymous donor offered to be the financial foundation for the creation of new stained glass for the East and West Windows of our church as a Jubilee Year Beautification Gift. The parish will contribute to the windows through this giving initiative.

Increasing our weekly gift enables our spiritual, service and social ministries to be the very colors and sounds of God’s Kingdom. When we collectively increase our weekly ‘gift,’ we will be able to accomplish our rebuilding and beautification projects.

As you prayerfully consider your gift increase, remember that God cannot be outdone in generosity. Please know that you and your loved ones remain in our prayer.

Yours in Faith,
Rev. Joseph J. Garbarino and Pastoral Team

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