The Ham Code


The Radio Amateur is

CONSIDERATE…He/[She] never knowingly operates in such a way as to lessen the pleasure of others.

LOYAL…He/[She] offers loyalty, encouragement and support to other amateurs, local clubs, the IARU Radio Society in his/[her] country, through which Amateur Radio in his/[her] country is represented nationally and internationally.

PROGRESSIVE…He/[She] keeps his/[her] station up to date.  It is well-built and efficient.  His/[Her] operating practice is above reproach.

FRIENDLY…He/[She] operates slowly and patiently when requested; offers friendly advice and counsel to beginners; kind assistance, cooperation and consideration for the interests of others. These are the marks of the amateur spirit.

BALANCED…Radio is a hobby, never interfering with duties owed to family, job, school or community.

PATRIOTIC…His/[Her] station and skills are always ready for service to country and community.

– adapted from the original Amateur’s Code, written by Paul M. Segal, W9EEA, in 1928

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PARC Field Day 2016

*From the archives of my old blog Just Us Owls*

2016 Field Day Logo

This past weekend was Field Day, for Ham Radio operators it is a time to practice skills in Emergency Communications and Operations, make contacts and just plain old have fun!  Our designation/section was 4AME.

I was able to Get-On-the-Air under an Extra Class License and use HF to make 11 different contacts!  I want to thank WA1JMM for allowing me to operate under his license and have a good time doing it!

Photos were taken by both KB1WEA and KB1WRY.

WA1JMM in his A/C Photo Credit: KB1WEA

WA1JMM in his A/C
Photo Credit: KB1WEA

K1PQ Field Day operation was surrounded by commercial, government and amateur towers. The tower second from left belongs to PARC and is the home of N1BUG/R (147.105) and the new K1PQ/R (444.950). Photo Credit: KB1WEA

K1PQ Field Day operation was surrounded by commercial, government and amateur towers. The tower second from left belongs to PARC and is the home of N1BUG/R (147.105) and the new K1PQ/R (444.950).
Photo Credit: KB1WEA

KC1FLG, KC1WRZ, & KB1WEA.. A big thanks goes out to Bill Welsh (KB1WEA) for taking on the role of FD Coordinator & trouble-shooter extraordinaire! Photo credit: KB1WRY

KC1FLG, KC1WRZ, & KB1WEA.. A big thanks goes out to Bill Welsh (KB1WEA) for taking on the role of FD Coordinator & trouble-shooter extraordinaire!
Photo credit: KB1WRY

KC1FLG (Ed Tatro's) 1st FD experience operating the GOTA Station (KB1WEA's KX3)

KC1FLG (Ed Tatro’s) 1st FD experience operating the GOTA Station (KB1WEA’s KX3)

PARC President, Debbie Kaczowski (KB1WRY) mentors Ed Tatro (KC1FLG) out in the open on a beautiful Sunday afternoon at the Get-On-The-Air (GOTA) station. They are operating a KX3, KXPA100 to multi-band ground plane on 20 meter SSB. In the background, George Dean (WA1JMM) is operating 40 meter CW from his air-conditioned truck... Photo Credit: KB1WEA

PARC President, Debbie Kaczowski (KB1WRY) mentors Ed Tatro (KC1FLG) out in the open on a beautiful Sunday afternoon at the Get-On-The-Air (GOTA) station. They are operating a KX3, KXPA100 to multi-band ground plane on 20 meter SSB. In the background, George Dean (WA1JMM) is operating 40 meter CW from his air-conditioned truck… Photo Credit: KB1WEA

Safety! Safety! Safety! Yellow caution tape around antenna guy wires.

Safety! Safety! Safety! Yellow caution tape around antenna guy wires.

WA1PBR, Ben Kittredge, operating on 40 meters. Photo Credit: KB1WEA

WA1PBR, Ben Kittredge, operating on 40 meters.
Photo Credit: KB1WEA

Chuck Nevala (KC1UCK) operating digital modes. Photo Credit: KB1WEA

Chuck Nevala (KC1UCK) operating digital modes.
Photo Credit: KB1WEA

KB1WRZ, Dave Ramsey, operating in late evening/early morning.

KB1WRZ, Dave Ramsey, operating in late evening/early morning.

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Jesus is Going to Win

17th Sunday after Pentecost 2017

Processional Hymn:

Grant, O merciful God,
that your Church,
being gathered by your Holy Spirit into one,
may show forth your power among all peoples,
to the glory of your name;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

The Gloria

First Reading:
A Reading from the Book of Exodus 17:1-7
1All the congregation of the people of Israel moved on from the wilderness of Sin by stages, according to the commandment of the LORD, and camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink.2Therefore the people quarreled with Moses and said, “Give us water to drink.” And Moses said to them, “Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you test the LORD?” 3But the people thirsted there for water, and the people grumbled against Moses and said, “Why did you bring us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our livestock with thirst?” 4So Moses cried to the LORD, “What shall I do with this people? They are almost ready to stone me.” 5And the LORD said to Moses, “Pass on before the people, taking with you some of the elders of Israel, and take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go. 6Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock at Horeb, and you shall strike the rock, and water shall come out of it, and the people will drink.” And Moses did so, in the sight of the elders of Israel. 7And he called the name of the place Massah and Meribah, because of the quarreling of the people of Israel, and because they tested the LORD by saying, “Is the LORD among us or not?”

The Word of the Lord.

Psalm 78:1-4, 12-16
1Give ear, O my people, to my teaching;
incline your ears to the words of my mouth!
2I will open my mouth in a parable;
I will utter dark sayings from of old,
3things that we have heard and known,
that our fathers have told us.
4We will not hide them from their children,
but tell to the coming generation
the glorious deeds of the LORD, and his might,
and the wonders that he has done.
12In the sight of their fathers he performed wonders
in the land of Egypt, in the fields of Zoan.
13He divided the sea and let them pass through it,
and made the waters stand like a heap.
14In the daytime he led them with a cloud,
and all the night with a fiery light.
15He split rocks in the wilderness
and gave them drink abundantly as from the deep.
16He made streams come out of the rock
and caused waters to flow down like rivers.

Epistle Hymn:

Second Reading:
A Reading from the Letter of Paul to the Philippians 2:1-13
1So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, 2complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 3Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
12Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, 13for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

The Word of the Lord.

Gospel Hymn:

The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ According to Matthew 21:23-32
23And when he entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came up to him as he was teaching, and said, “By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?”24Jesus answered them, “I also will ask you one question, and if you tell me the answer, then I also will tell you by what authority I do these things. 25The baptism of John, from where did it come? From heaven or from man?” And they discussed it among themselves, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say to us, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ 26But if we say, ‘From man,’ we are afraid of the crowd, for they all hold that John was a prophet.” 27So they answered Jesus, “We do not know.” And he said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.
28“What do you think? A man had two sons. And he went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’ 29And he answered, ‘I will not,’ but afterward he changed his mind and went. 30And he went to the other son and said the same. And he answered, ‘I go, sir,’ but did not go. 31Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Truly, I say to you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes go into the kingdom of God before you. 32For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him. And even when you saw it, you did not afterward change your minds and believe him.
The Gospel of the Lord!

The Commentary
“As our Lord now openly appeared as the Messiah, the chief priests and scribes were much offended, especially because he exposed and removed the abuses they encouraged. Our Lord asked what they thought of John’s ministry and baptism. Many are more afraid of the shame of lying than of the sin, and therefore scruple not to speak what they know to be false, as to their own thoughts, affections, and intentions, or their remembering and forgetting. Our Lord refused to answer their inquiry. It is best to shun needless disputes with wicked opposers. Parables which give reproof, speak plainly to the offenders, and judge them out of their own mouths. The parable of the two sons sent to work in the vineyard, is to show that those who knew not John’s baptism to be of God, were shamed by those who knew it, and owned it. The whole human race are like children whom the Lord has brought up, but they have rebelled against him, only some are more plausible in their disobedience than others. And it often happens, that the daring rebel is brought to repentance and becomes the Lord’s servant, while the formalist grows hardened in pride and enmity.”

Last week our Jewish sisters and brothers celebrated Rosh Hashanah, “the head of the year.” The shofar is blown calling people to synagogue and to wake up to the New Year. It is a time of final summer harvest and preparing the fields for winter. At Rosh Hashanah the people celebrate God’s creation of human beings as well as the whole universe. They pray for a year of health and peace living in God’s ways of justice, mercy, peace and love. This week is the celebration of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, a time of repentance and forgiveness.

We through Christ have won our atonement…that atonement took place on the Cross. We must not forget we are Victorious in Christ…The victory has been won for us…let us not let it be a hallowed victory. Do not squander this victory. Repent. Repent and return to Christ…return to the Father and His House. Return to the traditions of Christ. Confess your sin…Accept Him as Savior and receive His Absolution…Eat His Body and Drink His Cup…and inherit Everlasting Life! Remember He loves us and hates our sin. Return to a state of Grace.
Story Time

While a student at theological college, Bernard Travaieille was playing basketball with some friends. They were using the court at a nearby school, where a friendly old janitor would patiently wait until they had finished their game before locking up. One day Bernard noticed the janitor was reading the bible. In fact he discovered the old janitor was reading the Book of Revelation.

Bernard was surprised. It was a difficult book to interpret even for highly trained bible students! “Do you understand it?” asked Bernard.

“Oh yes, I understand it” the janitor replied.

Now Bernard was really intrigued. Here was this book that baffled scholars, that was the focus of every conspiracy theory known to humanity, and this old man, a janitor with little formal education, claimed to understand it!

“You understand the Book of Revelation?! What do you think it means?” asked Bernard.
The old man looked up at him and very quietly said, “It means that Jesus is gonna win.”

Source: Reported by Bernard Travaieille in Illustrations Unlimited

Let us walk unto the Lord an offering and a sacrifice.

Offertory Hymn:

The Doxology:

Communion Hymn:

Spiritual Communion:
Oh Jesus, I turn toward the holy tabernacle where You live hidden for love of me. I love you, O my God. I cannot receive you in Holy Communion. Come, nevertheless, and visit me with Your grace. Come spiritually into my heart. Purify it. Sanctify it. Render it like unto Your own.

Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldst enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.

My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the most Blessed Sacrament. I love You above all things and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You have already come, and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen

Recessional Hymn:

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To the NFL

I’ve always enjoyed football until last year, and it appears that I must continue my boycott of spoiled millionaires who are paid way to much to entertain us.  To refuse to stand for the National Standard/Anthem is a slap to every veteran (living and dead) and current man or woman in uniform.

The game I loved to play in my youth and watch now in my adulthood has become a bitter, unpatriotic and spoiled.  Stand for our National Anthem be proud of those that died to defend your right to be stupid, ignorant and greedy.

Your protests of the National Anthem is petty and un-American and you should be filled with shame.  If you want to protest do so in a way that is not an insult.

I am an American veteran, citizen, and man of God.  If you want to take a knee do so in Church with me and pray to Almighty God that the injustices in this world and divisions would be healed.  Take a knee and pray for the millions that are alone/lonely, who are hungry, who do not have the basic needs of life meet.  Do so where it will do good…not on the field.

God Bless America

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Stop the Nay Saying

I want to take a moment and address something I’ve been seeing in our hobby. I’ve seen plenty of arguments both online and in person about the less expensive HT and mobile rigs put out by Chinese manufacturers.

My first radio was a Baofeng UV5RA and it saw me through four ARES events (including Hurricane Matthew). I upgraded recently to the UV82HP which I just used during the Hurricane Irma Activation after my Yaseu FT-8900R bit the dust during a power surge.(Yes even the big three can’t escape power surges).

These inexpensive radios if programmed correctly will stay within the bands programmed and they are a great little radio for emergencies and for the new amateur radio operator just getting started. Give people a break. Don’t talk down to them about their rig choices, not everyone can afford the big three. Teach people the hobby not nastiness. Just my two cents.



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The Aftermath

Hurricane Irma

I was stationed at Melbourne High School for Hurricane Irma, it was one of the hurricane shelters opened by the county.

We spent four days in the shelter, where I was the amateur radio operator.  This was the first year that the American Red Cross was no longer in charge of the shelters and with the county in charge.

Out during the beginning of the outer bands.

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Irma Update

I will be the radio operator at one of the shelters here in Brevard County during Hurricane Irma. Tomorrow I will packing last minute things and then Friday I will do a double check of my go bag. I will do my best to keep ya’ll informed. Prayers are appreciated.

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Hurricane Irma…


Hurricane Irma may impact Florida, for those that follow this blog, I am in Brevard County, which is on the central East coast about 45 minutes south of Kennedy Space Center.  Have your Go Kits/Emergency bags packed.
Gov. Scott declared a State of Emergency for all Florida Counties, to quote him “Florida prepares for the worst but hopes for the best.”  We do not yet know for certain where Irma will track.  I ask your prayers for my state as well as for all of the Gulf States during this hurricane season, we are only at the halfway mark in the season.
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Are you a Modern-Day Pharisee or Once Saved Always Saved?

10th Sunday after Pentecost

Processional Hymn:

Are you a Modern-Day Pharisee or Once Saved Always Saved?
Archbishop Edward L. Tatro, Jr.

This Sunday my Brothers and Sisters I am not using the lectionary for today, instead I was given an inspiration from the Holy Spirit and we are going to do some expounding on it.

Have you heard or even been guilty of saying: “Once saved always saved?” Lets take an adventure through the Holy Word!

We begin in Jeremiah 6: 27-30 (ESV) “27“I have made you a tester of metals among my people,
that you may know and test their ways.
28They are all stubbornly rebellious,
going about with slanders;
they are bronze and iron;
all of them act corruptly.
29The bellows blow fiercely;
the lead is consumed by the fire;
in vain the refining goes on,
for the wicked are not removed.
30Rejected silver they are called,
for the LORD has rejected them.”

Are you or have you become rejected silver?

Let us continue in Jeremiah 7:8-10 (ESV) 8“Behold, you trust in deceptive words to no avail. 9Will you steal, murder, commit adultery, swear falsely, make offerings to Baal, and go after other gods that you have not known, 10and then come and stand before me in this house, which is called by my name, and say, ‘We are delivered!’—only to go on doing all these abominations?” Moving further into Jeremiah…11:15-16 (ESV) 15What right has my beloved in my house, when she has done many vile deeds? Can even sacrificial flesh avert your doom? Can you then exult? 16The LORD once called you ‘a green olive tree, beautiful with good fruit.’ But with the roar of a great tempest he will set fire to it, and its branches will be consumed” Be careful and vigilant for you may just made yourself tinder!

Lets jump to Proverbs 2:14-15 and Psalm 83:2 (ESV). Proverbs: “who rejoice in doing evil
and delight in the perverseness of evil, 15men whose paths are crooked, and who are devious in their ways.” Psalm: 2For behold, your enemies make an uproar; those who hate you have raised their heads.” Do you seek things that are against the Kingdom of God? We are suppose to bear good fruit! What happens to the bad?

Lets go to John 15:2 and Isaiah 27:11 (ESV). John: “2Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit.” Isaiah: “11When its boughs are dry, they are broken; women come and make a fire of them.” Again I say be watchful or you may become tinder in His sight!

Let us turn to John 13:18 and Jeremiah 32:33-34 (ESV). John: “18I am not speaking of all of you; I know whom I have chosen. But the Scripture will be fulfilled, ‘He who ate my bread has lifted his heel against me.’” Jeremiah: “33They have turned to me their back and not their face. And though I have taught them persistently, they have not listened to receive instruction. 34They set up their abominations in the house that is called by my name, to defile it.” Remember your actions, thoughts, words, etc. will either bless His House or defile it!!!

In John 15: 16 (ESV) it says: “16You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.” In Matthew 15:3 (ESV) He says: “13He answered, “Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be rooted up. “ Now let us go to Daniel 11:35 (ESV) “35and some of the wise shall stumble, so that they may be refined, purified, and made white, until the time of the end, for it still awaits the appointed time.” Some of us will be refined, however I am not speaking to those right now. I’m addressing those who have become modern day Pharisees.

It says in Matthew 13:41-42 (ESV) 41The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all law-breakers, 42and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” O repent ye who only give lip service to the Lord! I know you are probably thinking but Pastor doesn’t Romans 3:23-25 say “ 23for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith.” I would agree with you, however, if one continues to wall in sin it says in Romans 1:28-31 (KJV) 28And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; 29Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, 30Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful…” God will turn you over to a reprobate or worthless mind.

I call upon you to repent, repent, REPENT! Repent and return to the TRUTH! Return to Him, His Word and His Traditions! Claim Christ as Savior and live that way and not as someone who defiles God’s Holy House!

Recessional Hymn:

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More Vietnam, No. 4

Phil it is a great honor that you show the humor of what was to say the least difficult times. As always your tales from your service touch me and I’ve shared it with the rest of the class.

Excuse Us for Living

More Vietnam, No. 4

Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam

Dogs, Movies, & Carpenters!


Philip Fontana

     Excuse us for living, but having already told my top favorite anecdotes from my military service in Vietnam (in “More Vietnam, No. 2 & 3,” found in the bottom right margin here), does not mean there are not more “gems” humorous and worthy to share. These are shorter vignettes and so I’ll combine a few here that are loosely connected.

As with my posts relating humorous stories that I experienced in Cam Ranh Bay, South Vietnam in 1970, I feel I must give my apology for writing humorously about Vietnam. So Many thousands of G.I.s gave their lives or were severely wounded. (See “My Vietnam, 1970,” for the tragic numbers, also bottom right margin here.)


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On God’s Side

Eight Sunday after Pentecost

Processional Hymn:

A Reading from the Book of 1st Kings 3:5-12
5That night the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream, and God said, “What do you want? Ask, and I will give it to you!”
6Solomon replied, “You showed faithful love to your servant my father, David, because he was honest and true and faithful to you. And you have continued your faithful love to him today by giving him a son to sit on his throne.
7“Now, O LORD my God, you have made me king instead of my father, David, but I am like a little child who doesn’t know his way around. 8And here I am in the midst of your own chosen people, a nation so great and numerous they cannot be counted! 9Give me an understanding heart so that I can govern your people well and know the difference between right and wrong. For who by himself is able to govern this great people of yours?”
10The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for wisdom. 11So God replied, “Because you have asked for wisdom in governing my people with justice and have not asked for a long life or wealth or the death of your enemies— 12I will give you what you asked for! I will give you a wise and understanding heart such as no one else has had or ever will have!

The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Responsorial Psalm 119:129-136
129Your laws are wonderful.
No wonder I obey them!
130The teaching of your word gives light,
so even the simple can understand.
131I pant with expectation,
longing for your commands.
132Come and show me your mercy,
as you do for all who love your name.
133Guide my steps by your word,
so I will not be overcome by evil.
134Ransom me from the oppression of evil people;
then I can obey your commandments.
135Look upon me with love;
teach me your decrees.
136Rivers of tears gush from my eyes
because people disobey your instructions.

Epistle Hymn:

A Reading from the Letter to the Romans 8:26-39
26And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. 27And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will. 28And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. 29For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. 30And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And having called them, he gave them right standing with himself. And having given them right standing, he gave them his glory.

31What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us?32Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else?33Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself. 34Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.

35Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? 36(As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”) 37No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.

38And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

The Word of the Lord!
Thanks be to God!

Sequence Hymn:

A Reading from the Holy Gospel According to Matthew 13:31-33,44-52
31Here is another illustration Jesus used: “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed planted in a field. 32It is the smallest of all seeds, but it becomes the largest of garden plants; it grows into a tree, and birds come and make nests in its branches.”

33Jesus also used this illustration: “The Kingdom of Heaven is like the yeast a woman used in making bread. Even though she put only a little yeast in three measures of flour, it permeated every part of the dough.”

44“The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure that a man discovered hidden in a field. In his excitement, he hid it again and sold everything he owned to get enough money to buy the field.

45“Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant on the lookout for choice pearls. 46When he discovered a pearl of great value, he sold everything he owned and bought it!

47“Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a fishing net that was thrown into the water and caught fish of every kind. 48When the net was full, they dragged it up onto the shore, sat down, and sorted the good fish into crates, but threw the bad ones away. 49That is the way it will be at the end of the world. The angels will come and separate the wicked people from the righteous, 50throwing the wicked into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 51Do you understand all these things?”
“Yes,” they said, “we do.”

52Then he added, “Every teacher of religious law who becomes a disciple in the Kingdom of Heaven is like a homeowner who brings from his storeroom new gems of truth as well as old.”

The Gospel of the Lord!
Praise to you Lord Christ!

Here are four parables. 1. That of the treasure hid in the field. Many slight the gospel, because they look only upon the surface of the field. But all who search the Scriptures, so as in them to find Christ and eternal life, Joh 5:39, will discover such treasure in this field as makes it unspeakably valuable; they make it their own upon any terms. Though nothing can be given as a price for this salvation, yet much must be given up for the sake of it. 2. All the children of men are busy; one would be rich, another would be honourable, another would be learned; but most are deceived, and take up with counterfeits for pearls. Jesus Christ is a Pearl of great price; in having him, we have enough to make us happy here and forever. A man may buy gold too dear, but not this Pearl of great price. When the convinced sinner sees Christ as the gracious Saviour, all things else become worthless to his thoughts. 3. The world is a vast sea, and men, in their natural state, are like the fishes. Preaching the gospel is casting a net into this sea, to catch something out of it, for His glory who has the sovereignty of this sea. Hypocrites and true Christians shall be parted: miserable is the condition of those that shall then be cast away. 4. A skilful, faithful minister of the gospel, is a scribe, well versed in the things of the gospel, and able to teach them. Christ compares him to a good householder, who brings forth fruits of last year’s growth and this year’s gathering, abundance and variety, to entertain his friends. Old experiences and new observations, all have their use. Our place is at Christ’s feet, and we must daily learn old lessons over again, and new ones also.

Story Time

How would you get young people interested in classical music? A few years ago Richard Dreyfuss starred in the movie Mr. Holland’s Opus. You’ve probably seen it. Mr. Holland is a high school music teacher who is passionate about music. He loves Beethoven, Bach, Mozart. For Mr. Holland “music is…about heart, it’s about feelings, moving people, and something beautiful, and it’s not about notes on a page.” But how do you communicate that passion to a bunch of teenagers who have as much energy for Bach as they do for household chores? When Mr. Holland starts talking about the classical composers he meets a sea of blank faces and bored looks.

And then one-day Mr. Holland discovers something amazing. He starts playing one of the hit pop songs of the time. All of a sudden the students perk up, their feet start tapping to the beat, their heads start nodding with the rhythm. “You like that huh?” asks Mr. Holland. “Do you know what it is? It’s Beethoven.” This pop song has taken one of Beethoven’s melodies and set it to a rock beat, played it with electric guitars rather than violins, and given it lyrics that speak about boys and girls falling in love. All of a sudden Beethoven is not some ancient relic of a bygone era. All of a sudden Beethoven is relevant, Beethoven has become meaningful to Mr. Holland’s students. Beethoven connects.

When people hear about Christianity they can sometimes become a bit like Mr. Holland’s students. Their eyes glaze over, their face goes blank, and they’re bored by it. They’re telling me, “I’m not interested in a faith which is nothing more than an ancient relic of a bygone era. I’m interested in a faith which is a dynamic force in my era. I’m not interested in a faith that speaks to the questions of yesterday, I’m interested in a faith that speaks to the questions I face today. I’m not interested in a faith that dredges through the issues of the past. I’m interested in a faith that engages with the issues of today.” Do you ever find yourself feeling like that?

You know the wonderful thing about the Christian faith is that it can be like Beethoven was for Mr. Holland’s students. It’s a song that can be played anew in every era; a melody line that repeats through history, but played using the instruments of our time, with a beat we can dance to. And the task of the Christian church is to take this ancient song and play it in such a way that it connects with the people of our time, the mood of our time and the issues of our time.

Source: Scott Higgins

One more story to tie this all together.

During the US civil war Abraham Lincoln met with a group of ministers for a prayer breakfast. Lincoln was not a church-goer but was a man of deep, if at times unorthodox, faith. At one point one of the ministers said, “Mr President, let us pray that God is on our side”. Lincoln’s response showed far greater insight, “No, gentlemen, let us pray that we are on God’s side.”

Lincoln reminded those ministers that religion is not a tool by which we get God to do what we want but an invitation to open ourselves to being and doing what God wants.
We must remember through both our prayers, words and actions that we are on God’s side. We may stumble but it is through Christ that we are washed anew. I call upon you all to return to God, and His most Holy Church and Her Traditions. It is with God that we have life, we have sanctuary, we have peace and substance. He succors us spiritually and physically. In this unstable political time in America we must remember the wise words of President Lincoln, let us pray that we are on God’s side, and pray that He gives us the Wisdom He bestowed upon Solomon to do His will amongst His Children!

Remember what St. Paul so adequately and powerfully wrote in his Letter to the Romans, “If God is for us, who can ever be against us?”, but we must always live for God and obey His Commands. Come and feast on His Truth, His Holy Mana, His Table is spread for all sinners and His Sacrifice is for us all that take it upon us to claim the title of Child of God and confess to the world that we are His!

Come ye Sinners to the Savior’s great feast and take upon His Holy Yoke and ever pray that we are on His side!

All God’s Church says: AMEN!

Let us walk unto the Lord and offering and a sacrifice.

Offertory Hymn:


Communion Hymn:

Spiritual Communion:
My Jesus,
I believe that You
are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment
receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You.

Recessional Hymn:

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Praying for your Spouse

We as Christians and children of Almighty God are instructed in many of the verses of Sacred Scripture to pray.  In Ephesians 6:8 “Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.

Husbands,  the first person that should and must be on your prayer list is your wife.  My darling Snowie came across a nice break down on praying for your wife and vise versa.  I’m going to break it down here.   All scripture comes from the New Living Translation.

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