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On Sunday, February 27, seven men from St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Montrose were inducted into the international Brotherhood of St. Andrew. The Brotherhood is a ministry of men within the Anglican Communion, of which the Episcopal Church is a part, dedicated to bringing men of all ages into the Christian disciplines of prayer, study, and service. Members are called Brothers of Andrew, the disciple of Jesus who brought his brother, Peter into the followers of Jesus. Inducted in the local chapter of the Brotherhood are: David Calby, John Eidenier, Al Leigh, Jack Moulton, Ed Ochse, Joe Welden and Scott Zimmerman.
Men of St. Paul’s (l-r) establish local chapter Brotherhood of St. Andrew: back row – Al Leigh, Scott Zimmerman; middle row – Ed Ochse, Joe Welden; front row – Jack Moulton, David Calby, Presenter from St. Stephen's Wilkes-Barre – Steven Bloomberg.
The Brotherhood was incorporated by an Act of the U.S. Congress signed by President Theodore Roosevelt, in 1908. It had its origins in a prayer and Bible study group of young men in Chicago, in 1883. The group ministered to the men living in rooming houses and hotels in their neighborhood and began putting Bibles in the rooms of these places, nearly 25 years before the Gideons began their work in hotels. In 1886 the Episcopal Church accepted their ministry, and in that year over 100 local chapters were formed.
The Brotherhood rapidly expanded their work and was fundamental in the establishment of the Episcopal Church in the Philippines and Japan. A chapter of the brotherhood was formed in Seoul, Korea in 1969 due to the interest and ministry of members of the Brotherhood who were US GIs stationed there.
Years after the founding of the first Brotherhood chapter, James Houghteling, the layman who conducted the founding prayer and Bible Study group in 1883, observed, “God stirred up the wills of the little company, that dozen insignificant fold, so that they started out to do something.”
“We have been impressed by the ministry and outreach of the Brotherhood,” said David Calby, who helped organize the local chapter. “We knew of its rich history and its current work worldwide. We were attracted to the symbolism of Andrew, and his role as Jesus’ disciple as described in the Bible. He recruited his brother Peter, he was the apostle who found the young boy with the loaves and fishes when the people were hungry, and he was the person to whom the apostles turned as people of many nationalities began to find their way to the teachings of Jesus. Andrew seemed like a perfect model for us and we hope to emulate him.”
A Healing Service with the Laying on of Hands and Anointing will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 60 Church St., Montrose, on Wednesday, March 9, at 6:00 p.m. The service is open to all who are sick, minister to the sick, members of prayer groups, doctors, nurses, and those living with family or friends who are ill. The parish chapter of the Daughters of the King is the sponsor of the service.
Along with offering prayers for the sick and pastoral counseling, the laying on of hands and anointing with oil is one of the ancient ministrations of the early Christian faith community. The practice is noted many times in the Hebrew Scripture. Laying hands on the sick was a common practice in the Early Church. Jesus often laid hands on people before healing them. He instructed His followers to “place their hands on sick people, and they will get well” (Mark 16:18).
Anointing with oil for many different purposes was commonly practiced throughout the Scriptures. On one occasion Jesus sent out the twelve disciples on a mission; they “anointed many sick people with oil and healed them” (Mark 6:13). The anointing was a symbolic reminder of God’s healing presence and power.
“We invite all those in our community who are ill, or living with physical, emotional, or spiritual pain, or those who care for the sick, to join us in prayer, the linking of hands in compassion and solidarity, and to welcome the healing presence of God into our lives and the lives of those we love,” reports Brenda Syle, president of the St. Paul’s Chapter of the Daughters of the King.
In preparation for Easter, the following dates and locations are being announced for Penance Services.
Sunday, March 13: 4:00 p.m. St. Martin’s – Jackson; 7:00 p.m. St. John’s – Susquehanna.
Sunday, March 20: 4:00 p.m. St. Francis/St. Joseph – St. Joseph’s; 7:00 p.m. Holy Name of Mary – Montrose.
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