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9/27/2020 | Morning Prayer Service

 

Fr. Eliacín leads the congregation in the Morning Prayer Service and shares a reflection about Authority in the Kin-dom of God. Nancy Vandenberg and Gabriel Rosario-Kilmer lead the readings.

Link to PDF version of the Service Bulletin: https://bit.ly/3ctZBAD

Link to Online Giving & Offering: https://bit.ly/366HvDM

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SEND US A PHOTO OF YOUR PET!!

On Sunday, October 4th
St. John’s will Celebrate St. Francis’ Day

in our virtual Sunday Morning Prayer service

SEND US A PHOTO OF YOUR PET!!
office@stjohnsnohomish.org
We’ll share these photos at the service.

Photo Jamie Street_Unsplash.com
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from the frying pan into the fire

“Live your life in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ…”
– Philippians 1:27, St. Paul to the church in Philippi, and the church in Snohomish County.

Beloveds in Christ,

I’ve been thinking about my mother this past week. Two things I learned the most from my mother, gratitude, and resilience. She had all sorts of sayings and saying to communicate deep wisdom. Some of those sayings were rooted in the courage that poor people developed to face a life of hardship, and still see beauty, express love, and celebrate being alive.

These days it seems that we are jolted continuously, getting out of the frying pan into the fire. We are living amid a global pandemic that changed our habits and patterns of human interaction, a severe economic crisis that is impacting the livelihood and well-being of many, the gloom of collective trauma that alters our focus and our capacity for empathy, the blunt exposure of the wickedness of racism in our country and towns, the feelings of guilt and powerlessness at dealing with our complicity in racism, the increase politicization and polarization on issues like wearing masks, showing support for Black Lives Matter movement or appreciation for the work of the Police, hurricanes, fires, and now our skies covered in smoke. Yes… from the frying pan into the fire indeed. So much have happened, or have been unveiled, in a matter of months.

No wonder we feel tired, I know I am tired. And I get anxious, and I get snappy and cranky and long for the good old days of late 2019.

Nothing, or very little, in our lifetime, prepared us for figuring out life and meaning during this time. At the same time, we are not passive participants or merely waiting for this to happen. As Christians, we are summoned to be awake, clothe ourselves in Christ, and follow the Way. We might be tempted at this moment in history to say, Come Lord Jesus! But know that plea comes with a response that we might not want to hear. Our Lord Jesus is here, present among us, in solidarity with us in our struggles and hardship. While at the same time, it is us, the Church who now enfleshes the Good News of Christ’s Gospel in our neighborhoods. The Apostle Paul instructs and encourages the church in Philippi, and us the church in Snohomish County, to live our life as a church in a manner worthy of the Gospel of Christ.

Let us continue to be honest with God about our feelings of disheartening and sorrow during this time. While also continue to look for opportunities to live in the manner of the Gospel of Christ by not waiting for the time to resume our church services but seeking to be the church in the world. If you are tempted to ask what is St. John’s or the church doing about this or that, remember that you are the church, so the question also is what “I am doing about this or that” or “how am I helping, assisting, or leading on this or that.” We are all ministers of the church. We are all bearers of Good News, even, and perhaps more importantly, when we are all feeling that we are moving out of the frying pan into the fire.

From the Book of Common Prayer, pg. 855

Q. Who are the ministers of the Church?
A. The ministers of the Church are lay persons, bishops, priests, and deacons.

Q. What is the ministry of the laity?
A. The ministry of lay persons is to represent Christ and his Church; to bear witness to him wherever they may be; and, according to the gifts given them, to carry on Christ’s work of reconciliation in the world; and to take their place in the life, worship, and governance of the
Church.

Re-gathering Protocol: Please join me in thanking the Protocol Team, Leann Torgerson, Dave Baldwin, Kim Eichner, Jackie Grove, and Dawn Wheatley, for all their work in developing a substantial safety protocol for when our time to re-gather comes. The document was finalized on our end this week and sent to the Office of the Bishop for feedback and approval.

 

 

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Online Sunday Service

September 20, 2020 | Morning Prayer Service

 

Fr. Eliacín leads the congregation in Morning Prayer Service. He shares a reflection on the idea of Enough. Jackie Grove, and The Rev. Liz Van Dyke lead the readings.

You can find the service bulletin here:

https://bit.ly/2FEh7q1

You can make an online offering following this link:

https://bit.ly/33B7dgY

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September 13, 2020 – Morning Prayer Service

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Intercultural Competency Webinar, Sept. 19

Saturday, September 19th
10:30 am – 12:00 pm

A webinar with other Episcopalians from around the Diocese of Olympia to learn about how increasing your skill in navigating intercultural similarity and difference can help you begin to do the personal work necessary to navigate, understand, and support efforts to dismantle racism in our church and in our individual lives. CLICK HERE to register

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The Episcopaper returns!!!!!

Dave Baldwin and Jackie Grove are spearheading the re emergence of the St. John’s newsletter, The Episcopaper. The date of first publication will be early October. We are looking for reflections from you about how being a member of St. John’s forms your daily life.  We would like to explore your experiences of church in this time of COVID 19. Prompts to ponder:

•    how are you staying connected to St. John’s during this time?
•    what do you miss most by not being at church every Sunday?
•    what is happening in your life that is surprising or new?

If you have any ideas for content that you would like to see or would like to help us create for the Episcopaper, please contact Jackie Grove (jackiegrove@hotmail.com) or Dave Baldwin (davebaldwin37@gmail.com).

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Seek Holy Wisdom and Divine Grace

Dear Ones,

The date of September 11 carries the dreadful memories of pain and violence. On September 11, 1973, General Augusto Pinochet, supported by the CIA, lead a coup d’ état against President Salvador Allende in Chile, leading to many years of violence and oppression.

On September 11, 2001, we heard the horrific news of the terrorist attack on New York City and the Pentagon. Many of us can tell with exact details where we were and what we were doing when we heard about it. The shock left us confused, broken, bereaved, and enraged. Our hearts and spirits were crushed.

On 9/11/2001, we, in the United States, experienced a fragility and vulnerability never known before. Such desolation moved many of us to drink from the deep wells of our spiritual traditions. There were silent vigils and prayer services. In our pain and confusion, we opened ourselves to Divine wisdom.

Today, in our COVID-19 pandemic time, the prophetic call for Racial justice, the lack of courage from our nations’ leaders to the well-being of people over profit – it edifies us to seek Holy Wisdom and Divine Grace.

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ANTIRACIST BOOK STUDY: MONTHLY ON 3rd THURSDAY, 7PM

Our Antiracist Book Study will meet over Zoom on the 3rd Thursday of every month at 7:00 PM. The first book in our study will be How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi. You can purchase the book at any online bookseller, including our local bookstores. I know Uppercase Bookstore in Snohomish takes orders online.

I have three copies for any of you to borrow. In our first meeting on September 17, we will discuss our learnings and challengers from these chapters in the book:

My Racist Introduction

i.    Definitions
ii.    Dueling Consciousness
iii.    Power
iv.    Biology
v.    Ethnicity
vi.    Body
vii.    Culture
viii.    Behavior
ix.    Color

Evening Book Study Host: Fr. Eliacín, eliacin@stjohnsnohomish.org
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How do I love during this time of COVID-19?

From Fr. Eliacín

Besides this, you know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep. – Romans 13:11

Dear Ones,

It is my constant prayer that love, faith, and hope to be with you every day. Love is what sustains us and mobilize us as followers of the Way of Jesus. In the Epistle reading for this coming Sunday, Romans 13:8-14, St. Paul reminds us that love is what we owe one another. St. Paul’s and Jesus in the Gospels present us with a perfect love – a verb, an active performance of seeking wholeness and well-being for the other.

“Owe no on me anything, except for love one another…” 
While the commandment to love others is always at the core of our discipleship, it is also a constant demand. Just like God’s love is not a stale love, but new and fresh for us at every moment in our lives, so is the demand to love others. The commandment to love one another asks that we always seek to love intentionally at this moment in my life:

How do I love during this time of COVID-19?

How do I love during this time of the prophetic call for racial justice in our country?

“Love does no wrong to the neighbor…”
Christian love is not a passive posture. It is a generator, a live-wire that propels us to lively name and resists evil, seeks and serves Christ in all persons, and strives for justice and peace in respecting every human being’s dignity. In sum, by actively loving, we craft the experience of the Kingdom of God for others, in which we can all have life abundantly.

So… in times of lies and manipulations, love speaks truth.
In times of violence toward black lives, love proclaims that Black Lives Matter.
In times of perversion of religious symbols and language for oppressive purposes, love calls us to the liberating words and actions of Jesus.