Celtic Evensong Services

Wednesdays in Advent, December 7, 14, 21 – 5:30 p.m. (NEW TIME)

  • Worship to nurture the soul
  • Beautiful music & chant
  • Prayer & silence
  • Respite from the pace of the season
  • An opportunity to sink into the gifts of Advent

Please join us! All are welcome!

Childcare provided.

Book Circle for Advent (and beyond) with Pastor Jim

Beginning Sunday, November 27

Please join Pastor Jim beginning on the First Sunday of Advent, November 27, at 10:30 a.m. for a special book circle reading Joan Chittister’s The Monastery of the Heart: An Invitation to a Meaningful Life. This extraordinary book takes the ancient Rule of Benedict out of the cloisters and applies it to everyday life. The book is written in stanzas almost as a long poem; each line is to be savored.

We will read the book out loud, pause at appropriate junctures, and talk about it. We will take as many Sundays as we need to finish the book (with a timeout for Bishop Beisner’s visitation). You can purchase a copy in the bookstore, and if you can’t afford a copy, Pastor Jim will buy one for you. Here are a few lines from the book in its stanzas:

In a Monastery of the Heart—
in the riches of the tradition it offers
and the treasures to which it leads,
and in company with others who are seeking, too—
find a loving spiritual guide
to encourage your journey,
to refresh your faith
when life is dry and dark,
when the days are long and draining,
when you are inclined to forget
that God is with us
for the taking.
most of all, every day
start over again.

Taizé at Incarnation

Friday, December 2, 7-8 p.m.

Welcome to our Taizé gathering at the church. On Friday, December 2, from 7-8 p.m., we will spend the hour together in simple chanting and silent prayer. No experience is necessary! This month we will be joined by bass player Christy Edmondson. If you have any questions please email Robin O’Brien at robinannobrien@comcast.net

Bishop Beisner’s upcoming visitation

Sunday, December 4

Please join us on Sunday, December 4, as Bishop Barry Beisner makes his official visitation to our parish. He will be at all three services, and it will be a joyful occasion as he confirms and receives people into the Episcopal Church. We will also be joined by confirmands from St. Paul’s Church in Healdsburg.

Advent: Mary as Sacred Vessel

A Creative Retreat with Lisa Thorpe
December 10, 2016 – 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Adults and teens. $30 includes lunch and all the materials needed to make one bowl.

bowls

The angel appeared to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” And Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be.

-Luke 1:28-29

Spend a creative day with artist and teacher Lisa Thorpe reflecting on the angel Gabriel’s words to young Mary and her response of faith, trust and openness. We will employ the Lectio Divina practice to read, meditate, pray, and contemplate the passage from Luke 1:28-38 that introduces us to Mary and her role as the sacred vessel, nurturer, protector, mother of Jesus. Our contemplation will be artistic and each participant will create a “sacred vessel” to take home. We will use images of Mary, bible passages, decorative papers and glass bowl.

You don’t have to bring anything. Everything you need will be provided to make one decorative bowl, however…

  • Lisa will provide a variety of images of Mary to use–both traditional and nontraditional–however, if you have an image you want to use, feel free to bring that along to use instead. [Note: The bottom of the bowl is a 2.25 inch circle and the image will be cut to fit. An image that is larger or much smaller probably won’t work.]
  • Lisa will bring all decorative papers needed but if you have some nice tissue or rice papers you would like to bring, feel free.

Online registration – Registration deadline is Sunday, December 4. Some scholarships are available.

Please Note: Your registration will not be complete until payment is received. We prefer that you use the online payment feature on the registration form. If you wish to pay by check, please make sure that payment is received prior to December 4.

Lisa Thorpe is the Artist in Residence at The Bishop’s Ranch Retreat Center outside of Healdsburg. She has been making art and teaching to all ages for 30 years and loves merging art, spirit and community!

Find out more about Lisa at her website: http://lisathorpe.com

Blog: https://lisathorpeartist.wordpress.com/

 

A word about the election

From Pastor Jim

“I lift up my eyes to the hills; from where is my help to come?
My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.
—Psalm 121

Dear friends,

The election is now behind us, possibly the most bitterly divisive in our lifetime. The voters have spoken, and many are delighted at the outcome. Many others are deeply disappointed and fearful for the future. This would have been true no matter which presidential candidate won. We remain a divided and anxious nation. How do we respond as people of faith?

First, as people of faith, we need to pray for the president-elect, Donald Trump, and for those who found in him an outlet for their dreams for a better life — and their frustrations with what is amiss. Pray that he may be the president of all the people and that he will work to unite us, not divide us. Pray for Hillary Clinton, her family, and those who were inspired by her ground-breaking campaign as the first woman to be nominated for president by a major party. Pray for the nation and the world and all our leaders.

This election was more than about candidates or their campaigns. The election was about how we govern ourselves as a free people, and how we shape our nation and the world into a better place for our children and their children.

As people of faith, we need to be instruments of healing, binding the wounds of this land. More than ever, we must live out our baptismal covenant to “strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being.” We must protect the most vulnerable, listen for the cries of the voiceless and forgotten, and break down the barriers that divide us. The election is over, but our work of discipleship is not.

I’d ask that you join with me in the “Prayer For the Human Family,” found in our prayer book on page 815:

“O God, you made us in your image and redeemed us through Jesus Christ 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 struggles 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.