Saturday, September 16, 2017

Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity, September 17th, 2017

Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity, September 17th, 2017

I believe that I am a calm, laid-back person . . . .  for the most part, that is.  There really is not too much that "gets under my skin," I have to admit.  But one of the things that really "pushes my buttons," I have to admit, is rude people.  Is it me or are there less and less manners being put into practice by people?  I enjoy going to a store that sells used cd's and movies.  Well, they used to sell cd's.  I don't think they even sell those anymore.  Well, I enjoy going to this store to see if they have any movies that I would enjoy watching.  Since the aisles are rather narrow, you have to pass in front of people in order to go down the aisle.  Now, this is not the problem.  Since the aisles are narrow, this is understandable.  What is not understandable, though, are the complete lack of manners and total disrespect exhibited by a good percentage of people today.  People will walk right in front of you and never say "Excuse me" or "Sorry" or "Pardon me."    Hold a door open for someone today and see if you get a "Thank you" in return for your efforts.  My parents taught me manners while I was growing up.  They taught me to always say "Yes, Ma'am" or "Yes, Sir" when addressing others.  They taught me to say "Please" and "Thank You."  They taught me the art of something we used to call "common courtesy."  You see, common courtesy is something that  . . . . .  no matter your station in life . . . .  whether you are a president of a company or a cook or a janitor . . . .  whoever you are, whatever you are . . .   being respectful and courteous is something that everyone is capable of if they would just put the effort into it.   I am so grateful that my parents taught me to be courteous and respectful.  It is a skill that I have tried to put into practice my whole life.  Sadly, judging from others around me, it seems that this is a "dying art."  Is it a matter that people were never "taught" manners or is it that they were taught, yes, but they just choose not to be respectful?  It's hard to say.  

In the Seventeenth Chapter of the Gospel of St. Luke, we hear about Our Blessed Saviour passing through Samaria and Galilee as He went to Jerusalem.   And as He went, St. Luke tells us, He met ten lepers who begged for healing.  They yelled, "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!"  Our Lord heard their request and gave them the direction to go show themselves to the priest.  As they went, they were miraculously healed .  . . . all ten of them.  The curious thing of this is that out of all of the ten that were cured . . . . only one of the lepers turned back to thank Our Blessed Saviour.  Only one man who was cured returned to give praise and thanksgiving.  Only one man came back to acknowledge the amazing thing that Our Lord just did for him.  Now in this story it is easy to find fault with the other "nine" who were not courteous enough to turn around and show thanksgiving to Our Blessed Saviour.  But how often do we show thanks to God for all the blessings He shows to us on a daily basis?   Do we thank God for blessing us?  Do we go to God daily in prayer to thank Him for the life He has given us?  The blessings He has bestowed on us?  How often do we thank God for the wonderful things He does for us?  Our Blessed Saviour was impressed with the Samaritan who turned around and gave thanks to Him for the healing he had received.  Let us pray that Our Blessed Saviour will be impressed with us as well when we thank Him for all the blessings He has bestowed on us.

St. Margaret Church gathers together every Sunday morning to listen to the Word of God, found in the King James Bible and the 1928 Book of Common Prayer.  Join us as we listen to God speak to each one of us.  Set aside one hour of your busy week and dedicate this time to God.  Receive the Precious Body and Blood of Christ at Communion time to strengthen and nourish you.  

We worship at the beautiful chapel at Marquette Manor, located at 8140 N. Township Line Road on the Northwest side of Indianapolis.  Mass begins at 9:30 AM.  Come join us and use this time to thank God for the many blessings He has shown you.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity, September 10th, 2017

Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity, September 10th, 2017

The section of the Gospel appointed for today's Mass comes to us from the Tenth Chapter of the Gospel of St. Luke and this section actually begins in the 23rd Verse.  There is so much to ponder in these last verses of this tenth chapter:  First, a lawyer questions Our Lord on how to inherit eternal life.  Our Lord, instead of answering the question directly, asks the lawyer a question first:  "What is written in the law? how readest thou?"  It is then that the man quotes Scripture by answering:  "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself." (V. 27)  Here, the man is certainly quoting what is known as the "Shema" or the Jewish call to worship, if you will.  You can find this in Deuteronomy 6:4-5:  "Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might."  But when the lawyer has finished, he asks Our Lord the question pertaining to who exactly is his neighbor?  In other words, he wanted to know who he was supposed to love and who he could get away with not loving, so to speak, I suppose.  This leads Our Lord into telling the story of the what has come to be known as "The Good Samaritan."  In this story, Our Lord points out that while a man was travelling from Jerusalem to Jericho, he was ambushed by thieves who left the man half dead.  While he was laying there, not only did a priest pass him by but also a Levite.  Neither one of these men, Our Lord points out, lifted a finger to help the man in distress.  Only the Samaritan was willing to help the man left for dead along the way.  In fact, the Samaritan certainly went out of his way by doing what he could to heal the wounds; bringing him to an inn so that the man could rest; and paying for the man to be taken care of.  

It seems to me that the Good Lord wants us to help people as best as we can.  Right now, there is so much suffering going on in the world.  And if you have a heart, it's hard NOT to be moved when you see images of people losing their homes and you see images of people taking their pets and a few possessions . . .  basically a few things that they can carry.  With Hurricane Harvey a few weeks back down in Texas and Louisiana.  And now Hurricane Irma winding its' way through the Caribbean and into Florida.  When you hear about the wild fires in parts of California, and Oregon, and even in Canada.  And this week there was also an earthquake in Mexico.  When you see and hear about all of these events, it is easy to get overwhelmed.  There seems to be so much devastation all over.  Again, most people care.  Most people want to help.  Most people are moved with compassion.  It's just that you don't know where to begin, what to do,  . . . you don't know the best course of action, so to speak.  Well, first and foremost, we need to pray.  I mean seriously pray.  We, as a country, need to set aside our wants . . . set aside our desires . . . set aside our normal routine of daily living  . . . .and use that time solely for God.  As a nation, we need to get on our knees and pray for God's guidance and His strength and His knowledge.  We need to ask God to bless our nation and that we will turn back to Him.  Most people run to God when they are in trouble.  But we need to have God number one in our lives not just when we need Him.  Not just when we need something.  You see, this ties back in with what we heard earlier . . . the prayer that the lawyer quoted from Deuteronomy . . . . " And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might"   The key word here is "all."  Most folks seem to love God, yes, but they only seem to have time for God when they need Him . . .  when they are in trouble . . . .  when they've run out of options.  It is then that people go running towards God imploring Him for His help.  We need to love God ALL of the time and not just SOME of the time (i.e., just when we need His help).  The second thing to remember is that even though we can't solve all the problems of the world by ourselves.   We can at least do what is in our power.  The "Good Samaritan" took action.  He did what he could to help the man he saw along the roadway.  Do what you can to help others.  And then ask the Good Lord to guide you where He wants you to be.  God will open doors for us if we only pay attention.  The problem is that so often even when the Good Lord opens a door, we are so busy with other things, we are too busy to notice.  That is why I say, take time to pray . . .  take time to listen to God .  . . . take time to ponder what God would have us do.  God will lead us, yes, but we have to be willing to follow.

St. Margaret meets every Sunday morning at 9:30 AM at the beautiful chapel at Marquette Manor, located at 8140 N. Township Line Road on the Northwest side of Indianapolis.  Join us for Mass as we listen to God speaking to us and worship Him and give Him our thanks for the many blessings He has bestowed upon us.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Exultation of the Holy Cross

Exultation of the Holy Cross

The Feast of the "Exultation of the Holy Cross" falls on September 14th.  This feast actually is a very ancient one, for it was observed in Rome back as far as the seventh century.  In essence, these feast commemorates the recovery of the Holy Cross.  The Cross, which had fallen into the possession of the King of the Persians, Chosroas, was recovered and then returned to Jerusalem in the year 629.

If we take ourselves back in time.  Back even further than the seventh century.  If we take ourselves back in time  . . . .  all the way back to the time of Our Lord .   . . . .  if, at least in our minds eye, we can imagine what it would be like to be one of the disciples of Our Blessed Saviour.  We imagine ourselves traveling with Him; eating with Him.  We can imagine our watching Him interacting with the people;  seeing Him speak to great multitudes but also speaking to small crowds.  We can imagine watching Him teach and preach and heal and laugh and cry.  We imagine seeing Him telling people about the Kingdom of God and imploring people to turn from their sins and turn back to God.  We imagine this Man that we have grown to love and admire, He surely must be the greatest teacher ever.  Surely, He must be sent from God, we tell ourselves.  We hear the words which He speaks.  We see the miracles He performs.  We are in awe of this Man of God.

Keep imagining, though, when this same Man  . . . . our wonderful Rabbi . . . . our learned Teacher . . . our Friend . . . . Our Lord . . .  imagine our horror when He was taken into custody by the authorities.  Imagine how you would feel if you then saw Him taken away in bonds and made to carry a cross.  Imagine how grief-stricken you would feel if you saw your Blessed Saviour hanging on that same Cross on the hill at Calvary . . . .hanging between two petty criminals.   Needless to say, I am sure that there was much confusion on that hill at Calvary that dreadful day.  I am sure that emotions from every corner would come crashing together all at once:  sadness . . .  fear . . . . anger .. . . torment . . .  confusion.   I am quite sure that the sight of that Wonderful Rabbi . . .  that Man of God . . . . our Teacher . . .  our Friend . . . . the image of Him hanging there on that Cross was most certainly seen as defeat by almost everyone present that day.  Who can blame them?  The same Blessed Saviour Who had come into Jerusalem amid cries of exultation . . . cries of Hosanna!   . . . . Who was acclaimed by all as He entered the city.  The tables had now turned, you tell yourself, and Our Blessed Saviour had been utterly defeated.  Or so our eyes tell us.

It is hard for us to imagine what it was like for those who were there during those dramatic days just described above.  After all, we know the "end of the story," don't we?  We know how this drama plays out in the end.  But it is interesting to try and imagine how it was for those who were present that first Good Friday.  Personally, I imagine that there were many people present who thought that it was the end for this dynamic, young Rabbi from Nazareth.  Surely, this was the end for Him, they thought.  Little did they know that this was only the beginning.

Our Blessed Saviour used that Cross to be a vehicle for our salvation.  What rightly would have been a dreadful, painful death turned out to be a victory.  To the human eye, it seemed like a defeat ..  ..  a horrible defeat.  To the eyes of faith, it was something marvelous to behold:  Our Blessed Lord taking the sins of every single person and carrying them upon His blessed shoulders.  He achieved something you and I could never dream of accomplishing.  We could never hope to atone for our own sins, let alone the sins of humanity.  And yet Our Blessed Saviour never fails to surprise us.  Our Blessed Saviour is always ready to turn the ordinary into something extraordinary.   He used ordinary pieces of wood, fashioned into a place of execution for anyone else, and turned that "place of execution" into a "place of redeeming."  He performed on that hill at Calvary something truly extraordinary:  He redeemed the world by dying for us.  He became the true "Lamb of God" Who was sacrificed for our sins.  While Our Blessed Saviour amazed people who witnessed the miracles He performed.  He amazed people even in His death . . . . His death on the Cross.  He turned the ordinary into the extraordinary.  He turned defeat into triumph.  He experienced death so that you and I could ultimately experience life.

So often, you and I are willing to stop ourselves at the first sign of defeat.  So often in our struggles of daily living, we get frustrated . . . we get tired . ..  we get angry.  We try and try and try and things don't seem to go our way.  And so we just give up.  We stop trying.  It's not worth the effort, we tell ourselves.  Why should we continue?  This is crazy.   In a certain sense, as I say often during my sermons, we are our own worst enemies.  We limit ourselves by convincing ourselves that it won't be possible . . .  it can't be done . . . we shouldn't continue.  We convince ourselves that we just aren't worthy.  We tell ourselves that we will never be able to do it.  And to top it all off, we feel sorry for ourselves.  We turn our sorrows into a sort of a "pity party" and use that as an excuse not to continue.

"And he that taketh not his Cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of Me."  (St. Matthew 10:38)

And elsewhere in St. Luke's Gospel, we read:

"And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after Me, cannot be my disciple." (St. Luke 14:27)

All of us have burdens to bear.  All of us have struggles in life.  Whether they be personal addictions what we struggle with on a daily basis.  Or the addictions of a son, a daughter,  a loved one.  Whether they be burdens of health, financial burdens, burdens of loneliness after the death of a spouse.  All of us can name our "cross" that we must bear.  But Our Blessed Lord never leaves us alone.  One of the beautiful things about Our Saviour is that He not only teaches by His words, He leads by His example.  Our Blessed Lord is telling us also to " . . .  come, take up the cross, and follow Me."  (St. Mark 10:21)

When all seemed lost on that hill at Calvary.  When death seemed to triumph in the end.  Ultimately, death was defeated.   When you seem defeated, when you seem as though you can not continue any further.  Place your trust in God.  Ask Him to turn your "defeat" into victory.

On the Feast of the Exultation of the Holy Cross, we should use this feast as a reminder:

1)  Remember that Our Blessed Lord turned defeat into victory.  With God, all things are possible.  Let us always remember that God can turn our defeat into victory.  God can turn the ordinary into the extraordinary.

2) Remember that Christ died on the Cross to atone for OUR sins . . . . not His . . . . . but for OUR sins.  He used an instrument of death to bring life to us.  Let us always look upon the Cross and remember that Christ died for our sins and forgave us from the Cross:  "Father, forgive them for they know not what they do."

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Twelfth Sunday after Trinity, September 3rd, 2017

Twelfth Sunday after Trinity, September 3rd, 2017

In my secular position working for the Department of Corrections, I am a counselor for a faith and character based unit in a maximum security juvenile facility.  Now, bear in mind that we do not call it a "prison."  We refer to it as a "facility."  But I ask the young men sometimes in my unit sometimes:  "What makes this a prison?" because it would lose something in the "translation" if I asked them: "What makes this a facility?"   Of course, I get the usual answers back in response:   Fences . . .  Gates . . .  Doors . . .  Locks . . .  Guards .  .  .  Barbed Wire . .  . .  All very good responses, to be sure.  But the reason I ask this particular question to my guys is not to state the obvious but, rather, to help them understand that we build our own prisons which do not need any of the above mentioned items.  In other words, we imprison ourselves.  We imprison ourselves, for example, by the poor choices we make in life.  We imprison ourselves by the poor choices we make for friends who influence us.  We imprison ourselves by the drugs and the alcohol and the riches of the world that we become addicted to.  We are imprisoned by the poisonous mind-set that we have been taught to look at certain people a certain way.  Who needs fences and barbed wire and locked doors when we keep our own selves down through fear of moving forward.  Through fear of the unknown.  Through fear of being mocked and discouraged by those around us.  As I often say to my guys:  "We are our own worst enemies."  We refuse to improve our lives because we still chained to our addictions that keep us down.  We refuse to move out of the prisons we have built for ourselves because we find them to be comfortable . . .  they're familiar  . . . .  they're ours  . . . . they belong to us.   We are too blind to see that we are imprisoned through bad choices, bad decisions, addictions and the consequences of our wrong ways of thinking.   Who needs gates and locks and fences when many of us carry our own "personal prisons" around with us wherever we go?

The answer is obvious.  The answer is obvious to those who believe.  The answer is right before our eyes if we would only open our eyes and make an effort to look for the answer.  So many of us, as we stated above, are content to be in our prisons.  So many of us, whether we realize it or not, want to remain in our prison.  We may say that we don't but we say otherwise by our actions.  But if we would make the effort to look for the way out of our prison, the answer would be closer than we ever imagined. The answer, of course, is Our Blessed Saviour.  In St. Mark 7:37, we hear the words of the deaf man cured by Our Blessed Saviour:  "He maketh both the deaf to hear, and the dumb to speak"  St. Mark tells us that this man's ears were opened and the string of his tongue was loosed.    Only God can heal our impediments.  Only God can cure what needs to be cured.  The sad thing is that so many in the world do not even realize they need a cure.  So many in the world do not realize that they are imprisoned through their addictions,  . . . their hatreds, . . .  their anger .  .  . , their worldly mindset.  But it is Our Blessed Saviour Who holds the key.  He is the One that can set us free.  He is our cure.  He is our salvation.  He is our everlasting hope.  Let us never depart from Him.  Let us always stay constant in our faithfulness to Him.

Please join us for Mass on Sunday, September 3rd, 2017 as we celebrate the Twelfth Sunday after Trinity.  Join St. Margaret Church this day as we pray for those affected by the hurricane in Texas and Louisiana.  As we pray for those affected by the storm we will listen to the Word of God and hear God speaking to us.  Holy Communion will be distributed so that we can be nourished and strengthened by the Body and Blood of Our Precious Saviour.

St. Margaret Church gathers every Sunday morning at 9:30 AM.  We worship at the beautiful chapel at Marquette Manor, which is located at 8140 N. Township Line Road on the Northwest side of Indianapolis.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Bishop Strawn visits St Margaret Sunday, August 27, 2017

Join the Church of St. Margaret of Scotland on August 27th, 2017 as we welcome His Grace, the Rt. Rev'd Stephen Strawn, the bishop of the Diocese of the Missouri Valley. Bishop Strawn will preach and celebrate Mass for us. Additionally, Bishop Strawn will meet and greet all of us after Mass at the Coffee Hour. Please join us as the bishop of our diocese will celebrate Mass for us this day and preach the Word of God. Mass begins at 9:30 AM.

St. Margaret Church celebrates Mass at the beautiful chapel at Marquette Manor, located at 8140 N. Township Line Road on the Northwest side of Indianapolis.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Tenth Sunday after Trinity, August 20, 2017

Tenth Sunday after Trinity, August 20, 2017

"And when He was come near, He beheld the city, and wept over it . . . ." (St. Luke 19:41)

When I was younger . . . . quite a bit younger . . . . . there was a song that was released by Linda Ronstadt and I just heard it played again recently on the radio.  The song was entitled "You're No Good" and the lyrics were profound, to say the least:  "You're no good, You're no good, You're no good, Baby, you're no good . . . .  "  As I was listening to this particular song . . . .which I had not heard in quite a while . . . .  I thought this song could become the "Theme Song" for the current age in which we live.  I mean, let's face it, everywhere you turn on social media and when you see the news, everybody is expecting everyone else to come out and condemn certain groups.  The problem is that in condemning only certain groups, you are not allowed to point out the flaws and errors of other groups.

All of us have things that really set us off, . . . that push our buttons, so to speak.  As human beings, we love certain things . .  .  on the other hand, we hate certain things.  There are things that drive us crazy and things that we feel strongly about.   I am no different on that front.  Certain things, certain people "push my buttons" as well just like certain things or certain people "push your buttons."  Supremacists of any variety drive me crazy, for example, since we're talking about it now.  If you think you are "supreme" to me because of my skin color or my gender or due to the religion I practice, for example, you better think again.  God loves all of us equally.  God created each one of us.  Another thing that drives me crazy are Hypocritical politicians who tell you they are voting for the interests of the people  that voted them into office, when they are really voting with the special-interest or their political party in mind.  These same politicians love to pin you down with laws that you have to live by but they don't.  Hypocrites like that really stick in my craw.  The "Main-Stream Media," who in my humble opinion lost all credibility long, long ago.  They don't report the news any longer . . . they invent the news.  The report the news and spin the news the way that they want you to hear it.  Likewise, Fringe groups of any variety who don't live in the "real world," meaning they don't know what it's like to pay bills and own a home, they don't know what it's like to go to work every day and do the simple ordinary things in life.  These people live in their own little world.  They live in a dream world and they will use any means necessary to threaten you and intimidate you and force you to accept their way of thinking.

Again, I could go on and on, I am quite sure.  All of us can come up with our own list of things, groups, or people that drive us crazy.  But instead of focusing on things that drive us crazy or focus on differences that we have, as Christians, we should focus on the fact that God loves each and every one of us.  God sent His Son into the world not to condemn us but rather to save us.  Our Blessed Lord spent His some thirty-three years on earth, preaching , , ,  and teaching . . . . and telling the world of His Heavenly Father.  And He also showed the world about His Heavenly Father.  He showed the world not only by what He said  . . . . but how He treated folks . . . . and forgiving folks.   We are called to imitate Him as best we can.  I know I qualify it by saying " . . . as best we can . . . " but that is because Our Lord is perfect  . . . and we ain't, to put it bluntly.  But that doesn't mean we are supposed to stop trying.  Sure, we're going to fail every now and then.  Sure, we're going to miss the mark every now and then.  But as long as we keep in mind that we are not perfect, we will remember that other folks aren't perfect either.  If that's the case, maybe I can cut you some slack . . . and maybe you'll cut me some slack . . . .when it comes to wrong-doing.  Maybe we can both focus more on "forgiveness" and focus less on our "differences."  Maybe, perhaps, if I could follow my own advice, I could be more forgiving of  . . .  people who think they're better than me . . .  journalists  . . . . crooked politicians  .. . . .  and fringe groups.  Whether I want to think about it or not, God loves those people just the same as He loves me.  But we get so caught up in our differences, that we don't have time to realize this simple fact.   God should be at the center of our life.  Our love of God should be the priority of our life.  And, yet, so much of our life centers on everything else OTHER THAN God:  riches . . . . power . . .  hatred of people different than me . . . . lust . . . . drugs . . . selfishness . . .  the list goes on and on and on.  I can't control the whole, wide world but I can at least try to control "Me!"  And as long as I do this and as long as I remember that God loves me,  . . . as imperfect as I am . . . . He will certainly love you .  . . . as imperfect as you are.

St. Margaret Church meets each and every Sunday at 9:30 AM.  We worship God in the beautiful chapel at Marquette Manor, located at 8140 N. Township Line Road on the Northwest side of Indianapolis.  Please feel free to join us as we gather together to worship Our Heavenly Father and listen to His Word.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Ninth Sunday After Trinity, Sunday, August 13, 2017

The Gospel passage from the Fifteenth Chapter of St. Luke, which is appointed for the Ninth Sunday after Trinity,  provides one of the most powerful images in the entire Bible.  For the passage we hear read today has come to be known over time as the story of the  "Prodigal Son."  Certainly, Our Lord used this tale to describe how much God loves humanity.  And yet in this one story there is so much represented here:  the wickedness of the son; this son's recognition of his sins and wrongs against his father; the jealousy of the brother; etc.  And yet, despite this passage being referred to as the "Prodigal Son," I have always contended that the story would be more accurately called "The Loving Father."   As stated, there are multiple points in this story that we can choose to focus on, yet it is the image of the loving father waiting for his sons' return, . .  . . hoping for his son to come home, . . . . praying for his son to come back .  . ..  .. and then finally seeing his son from a great distance and running to his son . . . . without a doubt, that is the most powerful image in all of Scripture.  For it shows the love of a father that never gives up hope.  It shows the determination of a father to still see his son,  . . . .  no matter what wrong the son has committed . . . . , it shows the love that a father has for his son despite everything else.  It represents the love that God has for fallen humanity.

When the son returned to his senses, he made the decision to return to his father acknowledging that he had done wrong.  He had his speech already planned out in his head before he went to his father.  He finished his speech by describing himself:  " . . . . . and am no more worthy to be called thy son"  He knew deep down inside that he had done wrong.  This is why Our Lord stated when telling the story that this young man had "come to his senses."  He knew that he did wrong.  He knew that he messed up big time.  He knew that what he did was an offense against his father in how the son acted.  And for all this, he no longer felt worthy to be called 'son.'  And yet despite everything that this son did, his father treated him like royalty upon his return.  He called for shoes to be placed on his feet and rings to be placed on his sons finger.   The father called for a great feast in celebration.  He did all of this for he loved his son.  He was pleased to see the son's return.  The reason that Our Blessed Lord chose to tell this story is certainly to show the celebration that God, Our Heavenly Father, has when we return to Him.  When we, just like the Prodigal Son, come to our senses and realize that our sinfulness will not lead us anywhere.  When we come to our senses and acknowledge that we have done wrong.  When we come to our senses and realize that we are not worthy to be called a Christian.  It is then that God shows His love for us and welcomes us home.  We are worthy because we are loved.  Loved by Our Heavenly Father that loved us so much that He sent His only Son into the world to die for our sins.  God, just like the father in this story, waits patiently for us as well to return.  He waits for us to come to our senses and make our return to Him.  But only we can do that.  God does not force our return.  We have to make the decision to come back to Him.

St. Margaret Church gathers every Sunday morning to hear the Word of God and to worship Our Heavenly Father.  We are a traditional church.  We use the King James Version of the Bible and the 1928 Book of Common Prayer.  Mass begins at 9:30 AM.  We celebrate at the beautiful chapel at Marquette Manor, located at 8140 N. Township Line Road on the Northwest side of Indianapolis.  Please join us and dedicate an hour of your week to God.  Return home to Him, the God Who waits patiently for your return.