EMINDER August 30 – September 5

The Gospel for this Sunday, August 30, is Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

Now when the Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered around Jesus, they noticed that some of his disciples were eating with defiled hands, that is, without washing them. (For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, do not eat unless they thoroughly wash their hands, thus observing the tradition of the elders; and they do not eat anything from the market unless they wash it; and there are also many other traditions that they observe, the washing of cups, pots, and bronze kettles.) So the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, “Why do your disciples not live according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with defiled hands?” He said to them, “Isaiah prophesied rightly about you hypocrites, as it is written, ‘This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching human precepts as doctrines.’ You abandon the commandment of God and hold to human tradition.” Then he called the crowd again and said to them, “Listen to me, all of you, and understand: there is nothing outside a person that by going in can defile, but the things that come out are what defile. For it is from within, from the human heart, that evil intentions come: fornication, theft, murder, adultery, avarice, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, folly. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”

The readings for all Sundays and weekdays may be found at http://www.lectionarypage.net



8:30 am Holy Eucharist

Homily: The Rector


Sermon: The Rector

“I Swear”

Nursery Care for Children from 10:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

There will be a Dutch Treat brunch at a local restaurant following the 11:00 a.m. service and coffee hour; cost is around $20. All are welcome. Reservations are not necessary.

5:00 pm Candlelight Communion

Meditation: The Associate Rector



On the Gospel Reading:

What Defiles, What Defines


Monday, August 31

7:00 p.m. Vestry meets in the Parish House.

Tuesday, September 1

8:00 a.m. Morning Prayer in the Chapel of the Nativity. Please use the 35th Street entrance.

Wednesday, September 2

12:15 p.m. Holy Eucharist

Friday, September 4

12:15 p.m. Holy Eucharist with prayers for healing


Sunday, September 6

A brief tour of Incarnation and its art will be offered by one of our volunteer tour guides after the 11:00 a.m. service. Please meet at the back of the church.

Sunday, September 13

6:00 p.m. The 20s/30s Group kicks off the fall with a festive reception in the Parish House and a little “scheming and dreaming” about future social events, service projects, and spiritual formation opportunities. All young adults – veteran Group members and newcomers alike – are invited to stop by and dream big.

Sunday, September 20

Incarnation Choir returns; Godly Play and Adult Forum begin again!

Sunday, October 4

11:00 a.m. Installation of the Associate Rector. Homecoming Potluck Luncheon follows.

Monday, October 5

7:00 p.m. The Men’s Group meets in the Parish House to discuss the question, “What is grace?” Refreshments will be served.

Sundays, October 18 and November 1

12:30 p.m. Human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal enterprise in the world and enslaves thousands in our city. Come hear the Rev. Adrian Dannhauser speak about this issue and how communities of faith can respond. Adrian will give a brief presentation in the Parish Hall after coffee hour on October 18.

Following morning services on November 1, she will lead a trip to the Cathedral of St. John the Divine for parishioners to experience the UN GIFT Box, a walk-in piece of art that educates viewers about the realities trafficked individuals face. If you’d like to volunteer to help guide viewers through the GIFT Box experience, click here.


Volunteers are needed, both mornings and afternoons, in the church office beginning Wednesday, September 2, to assist with answering the phone and door and basic office tasks. If you are interested and have the time to spare, please contact the Rector.


The program year is coming up, and we’re looking for worship leaders and Sunday school teachers. If you’d like to explore leading in worship as an acolyte or teaching Godly Play to the children of Incarnation, please contact the Rev. Adrian Dannhauser.

We’re also looking for people to serve on the Altar Guild. While appointments are made by the Rector, you are invited to have an initial conversation with Adrian to learn about this ministry of reverence and devotion in preparing our most sacred space for worship.


We give thanks for Sandy Cecchini’s ministry among us at Incarnation and wish her Godspeed as she permanently makes her home in Fort Myers, Florida. Sandy arrived at Incarnation in 1994 and has served in various roles, including Vestry member and front office volunteer. Sandy has been a tremendous asset to our community, and we will miss her greatly!




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