By Way of Reminder: September 11, 2019 


Prayers for the observance of 9/11, 

this year being the 18th Anniversary of the 9/11 attacks


For our enemies   From the Elizabethan Prayer Book   1559


Most merciful and loving Father, which hatest not any of the things which thou has made, but sufferest them and bearest with men’s misdoings, winking at them to provoke them to repentance:  We beseech thee most humbly, even with our hearts, to pour out upon our enemies with bountiful hands whatsoever things thou knowest may do them good, and chiefly a sound and uncorrupt mind, wherethrough they may know thee and seek thee in true charity and with their whole heart, and love us, thy children for thy sake.  Destroy them not, O Father, for their hatred towards us, but save them at our entreatance for them.  Amen.  


For those who have given their lives in the service of our country  From the Book of Common Prayer 1979


Almighty God, our heavenly Father, in whose hands are the living and the dead:  We give you thanks for all your servants who have laid down their lives in the service of our country.  Grant to them your mercy and the light of your presence; and give us such a lively sense of your righteous will, that the work which you began in them may be perfected; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.  


Holy Day This Week: The Feast of the Holy Cross: September 14


The cross on which our Lord was crucified has become the universal symbol for Christianity, replacing the fish symbol of the early Church, though the latter has been revived in recent times.  After the end of the persecution era, early in the fourth century, pilgrims began to travel to Jerusalem to visit and pray at the places associated with the life of Jesus.  Helena, the mother of the emperor, was a Christian and, while overseeing excavations in the city, is said to have uncovered a cross, which many believed to be the Cross of Christ.  A basilica was built on the site of the Holy Sepulcher and dedicated on this day in the year 335


From a homily on the “Exaltation of the Cross” by Andrew of Crete


We are celebrating the feast of the cross which drove away darkness and brought in the light.  As we keep this feast, we are lifted up with the crucified Christ, leaving behind us earth and sin so that we may gain the things above.  So great and outstanding a possession is the cross that whoever wins it has won a treasure.  Rightly I could call this treasure the fairest of all faith things and the costliest, in fact as well as in name, for on it and through it, and for its sake, the riches of salvation that had been lost were restored to us.


Had there been no cross, Christ could not have been crucified.  Had there been no cross, life itself could not have been nailed to the tree.  And if life had not been nailed to it, there would be no streams of immortality pouring from Christ’s side, blood and water for the world’s cleansing.  The bond of our sin would not be cancelled, we should not have obtained our freedom, we should not have enjoyed the fruit of the tree of life and the gates of paradise would not stand open.  Had there been no cross, death would not have been trodden underfoot, nor hell despoiled.


Therefore, the cross is something wonderfully great and honorable.  It is great because through the cross the many noble acts of Christ found their consummation very many indeed, for both his miracle and his sufferings were fully rewarded with victory.  The cross is honorable because it is both the sign of God’s suffering and the trophy of his victory.  It stands for his suffering because on it he freely suffered unto death.  But it is also his trophy because it was the means by which the devil was sounded and death conquered; the barred gates of hell were smashed, and the cross became the one common salvation of the whole world.


The cross is called Christ’s glory; it is saluted as his triumph.  We recognize it as the cup he longed to drink and the climax of the sufferings he endured for our sake.  As to the cross being Christ’s glory, listen to his words: “Now is the Son of Man glorified, and in him God is glorified, and God will glorify him at once.”  And again, “Father, glorify me with the glory that I had with you before the world came to be.”  And once more: “Father glorify your name.”  Then a voice came from heaven: “I have glorified it and I will glorify it again.  Here he speaks of the glory that would accrue to him through the cross.  And it you would understand the cross is Christ’s triumph, then hear what he himself also said:  “When I am lifted up, then I will draw all people to myself.”  Now you can see that the cross is Christ’s glory and his triumph.


                                                                        From:  Celebrating the Saints.


Offering the best of the Christian Faith to the best of our ability


This Week


Catechesis of the Good Shepherd begins and why it matters

Healing Loss with Light and Love

O Gladsome Light:  Evensong Sept 22

            Music for the Canticles

            Why we read the Psalms

Episcopal Dodger Night:  Not one person is looking at their phone!!

Emmaus Road

Santa Maria Barbecue:  Can now sign up on line!

Annual Parish Retreat


Core Purpose: 

In all we do, we are to nourish Christ’s people from the riches of his grace and strengthen them to glorify God in this life and in the life to come.


Core Values:

We cherish reconciliation so that when we hurt each other, we recognize and acknowledge our fault and seek each other's forgiveness and God’s, and when forgiveness is asked for, it is granted.  


Goals Flowing From Purpose & Values

We will successfully pass on the faith to our children so that they will remain and participate in the Christian community for the whole of their life.  We will support them in their journey to adulthood so that one day we all may stand together as adults and friends, a joy and comfort to one another all the days of our lives.


Altar Flowers    The Altar Flowers are given by Bill & Rebecca Woods in honor of their granddaughter Cordelia's 2nd birthday

Altar Flowers are $55.00.  Please make your check to Church of the Angels and mark it “Altar Flowers


Attachments to By Way of Reminder

Homily Proper 18

Calendar: Sept. 15,


Daily Scripture Readings online



September 15  Pentecost 14   Proper 19

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Begins

Coffee Hour:  7:45 Connie Branson

                       10:15 Need Volunteer

 LEM & Ushers:  7:45 a.m. Patrick Dore, Lary Ohlson

                            10: 15 a.m.  Jim  Gruettner, Kris Hillary

                                               Cox Family

7:00 p.m. Jouyssance Rehearsal

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Begins

Sunday September 15


In Last Sunday's Los Angeles Times was an article about the recent College Admission Scandal, and the first person who will be sentenced in the case.  This person is the actress Felicity Huffman, and the title of the article was "Parents Give Their Side of the Story."


This person has written to the judge explaining her motivation for a decision she now sincerely regrets.  "I only wanted to be a good mom."  Apparently her daughter was having some difficulty in math and she was afraid her daughter would not make the cut for the college of her choice.  So the "college admission consultant" had the math portion of her SAT "improved."  The grateful parent made a "contribution" to his foundation for $15K.  . 


She only wanted to be a good mom.  But what make a good parent?  What is the most important thing a parent can give their offspring?  What is the most important thing a parent must teach and model?  It is teaching about and modeling the difference between right and wrong, good and evil.  The most important thing a child must develop and development that absolutely requires parental assistance and support is a conscience.  


Sometimes it is just assumed that a child will "pick this up."  But is it really happening?  Youth sports are important.  But are they teaching the fundamentals:  how to play the sport well, don't break the rules we've all agreed to abide by, show respect and courtesy toward one's opponents, and finally both win and lose with grace.  


The development of a moral conscience, knowing the difference between right and wrong, telling the truth, abiding by such values even when others are not, then to add the Christian dimension of what gets said at baptism Will you strive for justice and peace among all people and respect the dignity of every human being, these only come about by intention, example, explanation, and support.  


This is why we put so much effort into fostering the Religious Potential of the Child, Sofia Cavaletti's book that got the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd rolling at COA.  We've been at it for not 25+ years.  It is the way we "nourish Christ's people (in this case the youngest among us) from the riches of his grace and strengthen them to glorify God in this life and in the life to come."  Sofia Cavaletti put it this way, "The greatest things for the littlest ones."  


Level 1:  Age 3-6:  Georgie McAdams, Catechist


Level 2:  Age 6-9:  Emily Woolery, Gisa Nico Catechists


Level 3:  Age 9-12:  Tracy Gaestel, Catechist.  


Levels 1, 2, 3 meet in their respective atriums in the Parish Hall at 10:15 and join us for Communion


Going Beyond Catechesis of the Good Shepherd


"Level 4"  Fr. Bob  9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m

There is really no such thing.  It is young people who've aged out of Level 3 meet with Fr. Bob in his office between 9-10 to go into more depth of the Christian faith.


The Young Person's Guide to Love and Wealth Management

On occasion Sunday afternoons when we can get everyone together

4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the home of Bill and Rebecca Woods

Bill & Rebecca Woods and Fr. Bob meet with high school, college, and young adults to talk about adult topics like love and money. 


All of which is to say, that at COA we don't leave these most important aspects of human development to chance, but do our very best to give the very best so all can be their very best.  


Church of the Angels welcomes childless men and women to honor their loss in a safe space through poetry, readings, violin, candle lighting ceremony, and more. Whatever the reasons you find yourself childless when having a child was your dream, you’re sure to find welcome and comfort at this event. 

Led by Kelly Brandt, a certified bereavement facilitator and Gateway Women facilitator.

More info at and RSVP or questions to Kelly at


Healing Loss with Light and Love 

takes place on Sat 21 September 2019 at 10am at the Church of the Angels, 1100 Avenue 64, Pasadena, CA 91105




Choral Evensong -

Sunday September 22nd at 4PM


Evensong:  One of the Glories of the Anglican Tradition

The service of choral Evensong is a unique Anglican contribution to Christian Worship.  It is the service of Evening Prayer in The Book of Common Prayer that is set to music.  Many English composers through the centuries have written settings for the service.  If you go to England and visit their cathedrals, you'll usually find a service of Evensong in the afternoon led by a men and boys choir.  It is phenomenally wonderful.


Why it is so great.

The photograph of the afternoon light coming through our window is one reason.  As the day draws to a close, as we begin to slow down from the hectic pace of day time life, a natural sense of reflection often begins to take hold.  What has taken place for us during the day?  What have been its challenges?  What have been its blessings?  What is this feeling of grace and thanksgiving that can begin to stir inside us?  Evensong both celebrates and elevates this dimension of our human lives taking it beyond the mundane to its filling up within us a new energy renewing what we've expended in the day just past.


Notes on the Music for Evensong  

From Alice Murray

Thomas Tallis (c. 1510 - 1585) was an English composer who served the Chapel Royal as organist from 1537 to the time of his death.  One of the most important composers of sacred music before William Byrd, he wrote Latin motets, hymn tunes, and anthems, and was one of the first composers to provide settings of the English liturgy.  He wrote settings of the preces and responses, a litany, and a complete service “in the Dorian Mode”, which includes the canticles Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis,  which will be sung by the choir during our September 22nd Choral Evensong.  The Dorian Mode refers to the scale of notes used for these pieces, the same mode you hear in the traditional tune of Scarborough Fair, with lowered third and seventh steps.


Not just Canticles but also Psalms.  Ever wonder why we recite and sing psalms in the Liturgy? 


From: the Early Church Father John Cassian


A Reading- from the Conferences of John Cassian

Nourished by the Scriptures, we should learn to penetrate so deeply into the meaning of the psalms that we sing them not as though they had been composed by the prophet, but as if we ourselves had written them, as if this psalm were our own private prayer to God, uttered amid the deepest compunction of our heart. We should think of the psalms as having been specially composed for us, and recognise that what they are expressing is real not simply historically so in the life and person of the prophet, but now, today, they are being fulfilled in our own lives.


When we pray in this way, we will find that the Scriptures lie ever more clearly open to us. They will be exposed to our gaze, heart and sinew. Experience will not only allow us to know the psalms intimately, but will actually lead us to anticipate what they convey. The meaning of the words comes through to us not just by means of commentaries but by what we ourselves have gone through. Seized by the identical feelings in which a psalm was composed or sung we find ourselves becoming, as it were, its author. We find ourselves anticipating its ideas instead of just following them. We have a sense of the psalm even before we make out the meaning of the words. The sacred words stir memories within us, memories of the daily attacks which we have endured and are enduring, marks of our negligence or profits of our zeal, the good things of providence and the deceits of the enemy, the subtle tricks of memory, the mistakes of human frailty, the improvidence  blindness.


All these things we will find expressed in the psalms. They are the bright mirror in which we become more profoundly conscious of what is happening to us in our lives. We are made sensitive by our own experience. It is no longer a question of second-hand knowledge. We are in touch with. reality. Their meaning is not like something entrusted to our memory but rather, something we give birth to in the depths of our heart through an intuition that forms part'of our being. We enter into their meaning not because of what we have read but because of what we have ourselves experienced.


This method of prayer does not involve the contemplation of some image or other. It is marked by no sounds or words. It is rather an outburst of flame in the soul, an indescribable exaltation, an insatiable thrust of the soul to God. Free of what is sensed and seen, wordless in its groans and sighs, the soul pours out its prayer to God.


What we're going to do:  

The Choir of Church of the Angels will join with members of Jouyssance to present a Choral Evensong, featuring music from the 16th, 17th, 18th and 21st centuries.  We invite you to join in worship with the choir, while they sing the prayers, Psalms, canticles, responses and other music.  You will have opportunities to join in singing hymns, the Creed, and in adding the Amen to said prayers.


If you've never been to an Evensong, or if it has been some time since you experienced it:  You owe it to yourself to come to this one. 

Afterwards:  Wine and snacks on the Patio.  


Episcopal Night:  Dodger Stadium:  Friday September 6


Emmaus Road:  Monday September 16, 2019

The History of the Bible. Chapter 2, 


Santa Maria Barbecue is back!


The Santa Maria BBQ - Now with an Online Sign-Up Sheet (Batteries Not Included)!


The Santa Maria BBQ is less than 3 weeks away, on Saturday, September 28, 2019, at 4:30pm! In an effort to more accurately track both attendance (so we'll know how much food to order) and willingness to contribute and/or help at the event, we have created a digital form version of the sign-up sheet for those who may have forgotten to fill out the paper version at church. To fill out the form, please click the link below:


Church of the Angels 2019 Santa Maria BBQ Sign-Up Sheet


Even if you choose not to bring desserts/drinks or volunteer, please fill out the paper OR the digital form, so that we know you'll be joining us. Thanks for helping us to make this BBQ a fantastic return to form at Church of the Angels!

Annual Parish Retreat:  October 18-20 Camp Thousand Pines in Crestline.

There are two rooms remaining for families on the Annual Parish Retreat.  These are in one of the cabins.  Each room has 10 bunk beds and its own bathroom which makes it ideal for families.  So, if you've been thinking about this, it's time to sign up.  Fr. Bob will be communicating with parishioners who've signed up already to begin the registration process.