Some may think that enjoying a delicious Jagerschnitzel with a pint of Hirter Morchl is an odd way to finish the day after viewing the Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away. Exhibit at Union Station in KC. Yet, one of things the exhibit makes clear is that the hatred and horrors of the Holocaust is without borders. Yes, while Hitler was the leader of Germany during the Holocaust, the planning and execution was only made possible by the active and passive participation of millions of individuals across occupied Europe. While there were certainly those who happily killed others in the camps, the vast majority of those who perpetrated the Holocaust were ordinary citizens. Their reasons for participation ranged from dedication to Nazi ideals to social pressures and personal career concerns.
After viewing the exhibit I struggled with the question; what is it that causes us to believe a group of people are evil? There is probably not one answer to that question. What is important is that we search our hearts to see what biases or prejudices are there. We can convince ourselves and say, “Oh, I’m not racist!” But, that’s a lie. The Auschwitz exhibit makes it clear that the holocaust was not the result of one person, or a group of people, but of a culture. A culture who were absolutely convinced beyond any doubt that certain groups of people had to be wiped off the face of the earth. The opposite of faith is not doubt. The opposite of faith is certainty. Which is why Jesus reminds us, over and over, that love must be at the center of our lives and everything we do. Those with love in their hearts could never completely hate a race of people. Love gives us courage to question our certainties. Love gives us the power to say no to hatred.
Please let me know if you’d like to sit down and talk or enjoy a coffee, at a social distance of course, or feel free to call meat 785-670-0158, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.My office hours are Monday - Thursday 10 am - 3 pm. … Fr. Tom
Whoever eats of this bread will live forever."
Jesus' words in the Gospel make clear what He asks of us: an eternal commitment. As stewards, we care for others because they are our brothers and sisters for eternity. Our care, compassion and love are signs that we have eaten the bread of life and intend to share that life with others, forever.
Sunday, August 8 - Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
10:00 am: Sunday Worship Service withDaughters of the King Installation.
Links for the ZOOM events are available on the website, under EVENTS.
Olathe Schools Start August 14, 2021
Look for current BackSnack info in the coming months.
St. Aidan’s is in our second decade of working with five Olathe Elementary Schools in this important ministry.
...See St. Aidan's Facebook and Web page for more information about BackSnacks.
Pastoral Concerns and Prayer Requests
In case of pastoral emergencies, please contact Fr. Tom Baker at
785-670-0158 (call or text)oremail him at email@example.com.
Please email any prayer requests to Karon Wintrode, and she will post them on Unison. firstname.lastname@example.org.
The parish email system is accessible through our website – www.staidansolathe.org See Julie Wojtas (630 865-3931) for information or any questions.
Be sure to check Unison for all updated information regarding St. Aidan's.
Thanksgivings and Prayers
Thanksgivings – Birthdays & Anniversaries
We give thanks for the birthdays of Jill Reed and Patrick Bennett. We give thanks for the anniversaries of Chris and Denice Jayaram and Gordon and Kathy McDaniel.
We give thanks for the people of St. Aidan’s and the privilege of serving each other, our church and our community throughout the year. We give thanks for the faithfulness and resilience of St. Aidan's parish as we all work together during this difficult time, finding new ways to stay connected in spite of the challenges.
Cycle of Prayer –
In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the United Church of South India.
In the World Council of Churches Cycle of Prayer we pray for the people of Canada and the United States.
In the Kansas Cycle of Prayer,we pray for St. Francis' Overland Park.
For Our Parish Leadership –
We pray for our rector, Rev. Tom Baker and his wife, Cherie. We pray for the members of the Vestry: Senior Warden Jane Bush, Mark Sappenfield, Sarah Smith, Kathy Mencer, Bonnie Eckel, Clarice Ewing and Paul Reed; for the Vestry Clerk, Janet Seifert; for our Treasurer, Tim Tatlock; and for our delegates, Carolyn Sturgeon, and Sarah Smith.
For Our Troops, Veterans, and Law Enforcement –
Almighty God, we commend to your gracious care and keeping all the men and women in the service and law enforcement at home and broad. Defend them with your grace; give them courage; and grant them a sense of your abiding presence; through Jesus Christ. Amen.
For the Departed–
Eternal Lord God, you hold all souls in life: Give to your whole Church in paradise and on earth your light and your peace; and grant that all your faithful people may at the last enter into your unending joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For Guidance and Grace
Heavenly Father, in you we live and move and have our being: We humbly pray you so to guide and govern us by your Holy Spirit, that in all the cares and occupations of our life we may not forget you, but may remember that we are ever walking in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Heavenly Father, giver of life and health: Comfort and relieve your sick servants, and give your power of healing to those who minister to their needs, that those for whom our prayers are offered may be strengthened in their weakness and have confidence in your loving care; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.