Walking with the Saints

 Edward Bouverie Pusey

Pusey was born into noble lineage on August 22, 1800 near Oxford.  He was calm and self-assured but isolated. He accepted his mother’s High Anglican teaching and moved toward a clerical vocation by way of Eaton and Oxford.  After studying Theology and languages in Germany he was nominated Regis Professor of Hebrew at Oxford by the Duke of Wellington.

He joined John Keble and John Henry Newman as part of the Oxford Movement, a movement that sought a renewal of Catholic thought and practice within the Church of England in opposition to its protestant tendencies.

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"How Can I Keep From Singing?"  And Why Not You Too?

Last Sunday, Our Saviour Sunday, was a special day.  It was a wonderful celebration of the many ministries COS has to offer and an opportunity to welcome our new rector, Fr. Jeffrey Thornberg.  The choir sang beautifully and the handbells rang out in welcome.

Over this last summer, I spent some time sitting with the congregation, listening to all of the wonderful voices you all offer up each week.  I couldn't help but think how glorious the choir at COS would be with a few additional voices supplementing our very loyal choir members who offer up their talents every week.  Minus our paid section leaders, we had ten singers in our choir last Sunday, and that includes someone who joined us who hadn't sung with us for quite a while (thank you, Laurel Bullock, for joining us).

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Henry Thacker “Harry” Burleigh

Henry Thacker "Harry" Burleigh (December 2, 1866 – September 12, 1949), was an African-American classical composer, arranger, and professional singer known for his baritone voice. The first black composer instrumental in developing characteristically American music, Burleigh made black music available to classically trained artists both by introducing them to spirituals and by arranging them in a more classical form. He is most remembered for recovering and arranging many Negro spirituals for solo voice and piano and bringing that gift to the concert stage.

Although Harry was classically trained at the National Conservatory of Music and enjoyed great accomplishments, the path that brought him there was not always smooth. His grandfather, Hamilton Waters – a slave who was granted manumission from slavery after paying $55 dollars ($50 for himself and $5 for his mother) – was once beaten so savagely that he was left blind.

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Welcome the Thornbergs!

This week we are privileged to welcome our new Rector and his family to the fellowship of the Church of Our Saviour!

The Rev. Jeffrey Thornberg will preach his inaugural sermon this Sunday at 7:45 a.m. and at a combined service with our English and Mandarin congregations at 10:15 a.m.  This is also the occasion of our annual “Our Saviour Sunday” which begins our fall program year.

Father Jeff brings with him his wife Annie and three girls:  Eleanor, who is seven and is a new student in second grade at Coolidge School; Harriet, who is four and is a new student at our Child’s Garden School; and baby Frances, who is 15 months.

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You are Invited to Make Some Joyful Noise!

"Make a Joyful Noise Unto the Lord" (Psalm 100:1) and You're Invited!

This Sunday, the COS Choir will meet to do just that.  And we invite you to come and join us as we raise our voices to God and welcome our new rector.  What a joyous Sunday it will be.

We are happy to have anyone who wants to sing to come join us at 9:00am in the choir room, and anyone means high school age and up.  There is no prerequisite.  Just show up and we will create our choir for the day. 

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Moses the Black, Desert Father and Martyr, c. 400

According to Catholic.net, “Moses the Black, sometimes called the Ethiopian, was a slave of a government official in Egypt who dismissed him for theft and suspected murder. He became the leader of a gang of bandits who roamed the Nile Valley spreading terror and violence. He was a large, imposing figure. On one occasion, a barking dog prevented Moses from carrying out a robbery, so he swore vengeance on the owner. Weapons in his mouth, Moses swam the river toward the owner's hut.

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Bernard, Abbot of Clairvaux, 1153

Bernard was born in 1090 into Burgundian landowning aristocracy.  He grew up in a family of five brothers and one sister. He saw in his parents exceptional models of virtue, mercy, justice, and loyal affection for others. His mother’s death caused Bernard to move toward a life of renunciation and solitude.

In 1098 Bernard decided to enter a struggling, small, new community established by St. Robert of Molesme.  The monks worked to restore Benedictinism to a more primitive and austere pattern of life.  Bernard persuaded his brothers and about 25 companions to join him.  Bernard entered the Citeaux community in 1112.  From then until 1115, Bernard cultivated spiritual and theological studies.

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Jonathan Myrick Daniels

 Just imagine making the split-second choice to jump in front of a shotgun in order to save the life of another. Imagine doing such a brave thing at the tender age of 26. This is what Jonathan Myrick Daniels did when he jumped in front of the shotgun of a racist murderer in order to protect the life of a seventeen-year-old African American girl named Ruby Sales.  

It was August in Alabama when Jonathan, an Episcopal seminarian, made this choice to lay down his life for another. He and other protestors had just spent six hot days in jail without air conditioning, showers and even toilets. But it was in these conditions that Jonathan Daniels sang hymns and said prayers to boost the morale of his friends and to combat the bleakness of the conditions.

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Y(Our) Saviour Center Spotlight

(Y)Our Saviour Center’s Food Pantry is busy with lots of new programs.  During the last 4 weeks, under the enthusiastic and learned guidance of Diane Williams, the Food Pantry has added a free diaper program and Senior food program.  So, if they qualify, the 400+ families who receive food weekly from the Food Pantry can also receive free diapers for children and a free bag of supplemental food for Seniors. 

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John Mason Neale

John Mason Neale, an eminent English clergyman, author, hymn writer and translator, was born in London on January 24, 1818. Neale was named after the Puritan cleric and hymn writer John Mason, of whom his mother Susanna was a descendant. He was educated at Shelbourne Grammar school and by private tutors before he entered Trinity College at Cambridge in 1836.

While studying at Cambridge, he was deeply affected by the Oxford Movement and developed an extraordinary interest in church archeology, especially in architecture. In 1839, he, along with a few others, organized the Cambridge Camden Society, afterwards known as the Ecclesiological Society, which exercised an immense influence on the architecture and ritual of the English Church.

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Ignatius of Loyola  

Priest and Monastic, 1556

Ignatius of Loyola was born into a noble Basque family in 1491. In his autobiography he tells us that until the age of 26 he was “a man given over to the vanities of the world and took special delight in the exercise of arms with a great and vain desire of winning glory.” In 1521 an act of reckless heroism led to his being seriously wounded.  He experienced a profound spiritual awakening during his convalescence. Following his recovery and an arduous period of religious retreat, a call to be Christ’s knight in the service of God’s kingdom was deepened and confirmed.

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Church of Our Saviour calls a new Rector

The Vestry of the Church of Our Saviour is excited to announce that it has called the Rev. Jeffrey D.S. Thornberg to be our next rector . This announcement concludes the search process that started January of 2018 when Father Gary Bradley retired.

Rev. Jeffrey Thornberg comes to the Church of Our Saviour from Fayetteville North Carolina where he is the rector of Holy Trinity Church. Jeffrey brings with him his wife Annie and three children, Eleanor, Harriet and Francie. Jeff’s first Sunday will be Sunday September 8th. We will celebrate the beginning of his ministry with us as well as the birthday of our church.

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Thomas á Kempis

Thomas á Kempis (or Thomas “of Kempis”) was a German and Dutch “Canon Regular” that lived in the Netherlands in the late 1300’s. A “Canon Regular” was a type of ordained priest in the Roman Catholic Church that lived under a “rule”, much like “The Rule of St. Augustine”. Kempis was a member of “Brethren of the Common Life” a community and movement founded by Gerard Groote that focused on living in obedience, humility and a simple life. Kempis entered the Monastery of Mount St. Agnes in 1406 but was not immediately ordained until given Holy Orders in 1413. St. Agnes was a place founded on the ideals of the followers of Groote, and a place that they could fully realize their calling. His time at the Monastery was spent as a copyist and writer, until he eventually served as Sub-Prior.

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Y(Our) Saviour Center Spotlight

Greetings from (Y)Our Saviour Center in El Monte!  Does anyone ever shop on Amazon? What about Ralphs?  Or maybe Office Depot?

Well, if you shop at ANY of these places, did you know your regular shopping habits can turn into MONEY for our MISSION?  It’s true!  All it takes is a couple of minutes registering for the shopping rewards programs.    

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Education for Ministry

As Christians, we face the difficult and often subtle task of interpreting the richness of the church’s faith in a complex and confusing world. Education for Ministry (or as it’s better known, EfM) is a program for adults who desire to grow deeper into scripture, church history and theology in a small group. 

Definitely not your grandmother’s Bible study program, EfM understands that adults are responsible for their own learning and that bible study is more than just reading scripture and being “taught” what it means.

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William White was the second bishop consecrated for the Episcopal Church of the United States. He was ordained in England and then went home to Philadelphia. He became first the assistant rector and after 12 years became Rector of Christ and St. Peter’s in Philadelphia for 57 years. He also served as chaplain of the Continental Congress from 1777 to 1789 and subsequently as Chaplain of the Senate.

Although an Anglican (Episcopal) cleric is sworn to the King in his ordination ceremony, White like all but one of his fellow Anglican clerics in Philadelphia, sided with the American Revolutionary cause.

After the war White wrote a pamphlet called The case of The Episcopal Churches in the United Sta

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Kuddos to so Many Individuals

Lately a number of parishioners have been putting in many hours getting the rectory and the campus ready for the vestry interviews of potential rector candidates.

I would like to thank Scott Kennedy, Sharon Crandall, Peggy O’Leary, Dinah Roberts and Lovey Sherman for all the work they put in getting the rectory ready.  Peggy is the “Power Washer Queen”. She bought the patio area in the rectory back to life, including all the outdoor furniture. It looks fabulous. Sharon Crandall has spent countless hours inside and outside the rectory. She planted azaleas, camellias, lavender, and spruced up the front of the rectory. She also worked scrubbing and working in the kitchen.

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That “In Between Time”

The Opportunity to pray for each other following Fr. Bob’s departure and the starting of a new rector.  

During Lent of this year, we as a parish took on the spiritual practice of praying for each other. For me, it was a powerful experience to pray for individuals that I knew and others that were not familiar to me. I would like to bring back this practice. While the vestry continues to interview and discern the call of a new rector and Fr. Bob is departing as our interim, I would like us, as a church, to pray for each other during this time of anticipation.

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Canon Dorris Dann, Fierce Advocate For the Poor and Needy in El Monte Dies

Dorris Dann began her tenure as Director of Our Saviour Center in 1987. Our Saviour Center is the outreach program of the Church of Our Saviour in partnership with the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles and Immanuel Church, El Monte on which the Center’s main facility is located. Annually the Center serves thousands of individuals with food; shelter; medical care; and children’s and youth programming.

Dorris’s decision to become the Center’s Director was a surprising one: she was nearing retirement as the women’s sportswear buyer for the upscale Broadway department store.

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