O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus your Son: Look with compassion on the whole human family; take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in your good time, all nations and races may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
O God, the King eternal,
who divides the day from the night
and turns the shadow of death into the morning:
Drive far from us all wrong desires,
incline our hearts to keep your law,
and guide our feet into the way of peace;
that, having done your will with cheerfulness while it was day, we may, when night comes,
rejoice to give you thanks;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
"Advent is the period of four Sundays and weeks before Christmas (or sometimes from the 1st December to Christmas Day!). Advent means 'Coming' in Latin. This is the coming of Jesus into the world. Christians use the four Sundays and weeks of Advent to prepare and remember the real meaning of Christmas." Here is a wonderful way to practice the real meaning of Christmas. ...
Servant Amidst all the competition of this society in which we live – so consumed with success, recognition, and achievement – the apostle Andrew’s is a refreshing witness. St Andrew wanted others to see Jesus, not himself. He was the servant who ushered them into the presence of the Master. -Br. David Vryhof Society of Saint John the Evangelist ...
Reply God calls us each by name: in impossible joy and unthinkable suffering; in the need of another, communicated clearly or barely recognized; in the revelation of tasks that seem beyond our capacity; in the love of those who share our table. The simplest task, and the work of a lifetime, is the reply – in free and loving obedience – Here I am. -Br. Keith Nelson Society of Saint John the Evangelist ...
The Episcopal Diocese of Olympia As we prepare to enter Advent, that season of preparation and expectation before Christmas, Bishop Rickel offers his blessings for the season and several resources for your journey through Advent. ...
Respect Following Jesus informs how we view people and ourselves. Rather than restricting people and taking offense, following Jesus invites respecting people, supporting and encouraging their development. -Br. Luke Ditewig Society of Saint John the Evangelist ...
We hope to see you on Saturday, December 1st when we celebrate our his/herstory, our community, our past, present and future. As part of this celebration, we encourage you to bring a donation for one of our mission partners, Community Lifeline: donations of socks, t-shirts, men's and women's underwear, sweatpants and shirts, gloves, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, light non sugary snacks, cup of noodles for our inclement weather shelter. ...
Our Diocesan Librarian has compiled a list of resources to help with the fifth practice in "The Way of Love" - PRAISE. Join us in following "The Way of Love" and be sure to browse the resources we've collected! #WayOfLove
"When we see the remarkable good of our work as Episcopalians in the world, it’s good and right to declare, 'This is Us,' but equally, when we look at the ways we have failed to engage the world, pay attention to what we could do, 'This, also, is us.' Declaration and indictment. We have to own both. We are all equals in both."
Read the transcript of Bishop Rickel's address at the 2018 Convention below!
Please join us this Sunday for Holy Eucharist @ 7:30 & 10:30 a.m.
Although our entire church is being painted we hope to have the church and fellowship area restored and looking great!
In celebration of this hard work that Suzy Petty has been making happen and Jane & Chris McGee, we will offer a turkey dinner for our fellowship time after the 10:30 service.
This is a potluck so please bring a side dish for fellowship time!
Finally, we've been invited to St. Christopher's Church on Steamboat Island, next Wednesday at 6:30 to join in with their congregation and their Thanksgiving Eucharist and fellowship after the service. More to come, but please join us Sunday for worship and fellowship! ...