Posts By: Alison Cole

January 13, 2019 – The Rev. Dr. Stephen Shaver

First Sunday after Epiphany, Year C, RCL with BCP substitution for Epistle
Isaiah 43:1-7
Psalm 29
Acts 10:34-38
Luke 3:15-17, 21-22

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So why was Jesus baptized, anyway?

It’s clear that the early Christians who produced the four gospels had some difficulty with that question. You can tell by comparing the four different accounts. Mark’s gospel is the earliest to be written, and Mark narrates Jesus’ baptism clearly: “In those days Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan”; and then the Spirit descends upon Jesus like a dove. But a decade or so later the Gospel of Matthew retold that story, and Matthew clearly found it awkward to have Jesus seemingly submitting to John the Baptist’s authority. So he inserted a dialogue where John says, “How can I baptize you when you should be baptizing me?” and Jesus responds, essentially, “It’s OK; God wants it to happen this way.” And so Jesus is baptized, and the Spirit descends on him like a dove. (more…)

Donate to Santa Rosa Fire Relief

Donate to the Incarnation – Santa Rosa Fire Relief Fund

Our care for those who have lost so much in the fires:

An update on our efforts at Church of the Incarnation

By the Rev. Jim Richardson, priest-in-charge

We have experienced an amazing outpouring of generosity since the October fires that killed more than 40 people and destroyed more than 9,000 structures in our region. In our parish, we know of 11 families who have lost homes (and we are protecting their privacy).

To date we have collected more than $80,000 for our fire relief efforts. We are exceedingly grateful for your contributions. Most of these donations have come from outside parish, including from a family foundation that has given us an unsolicited grant of $10,000. We also collected more than $2,700 at a recent fire relief concert we hosted in the church. (more…)

Feast of St. Matthew

Friday, September 20

St. Matthew was one of the Twelve, Jesus’ closest followers. He is also traditionally credited with having compiled the gospel that bears his name. We’ll keep his feast day on Friday, September 20, with Morning Prayer at 8:00 a.m. and Holy Eucharist at 12:10 p.m. All are welcome.

Evensong Service – Sunday, April 17, 2016

Come and hear Evensong at the Church of the Incarnation on Sunday, April 17 at 5:30 p.m. Originating in Anglican ritual, Evensong combines chant, hymns, Renaissance polyphony, and modern choral works with Biblical readings and prayers. The intent is to provide listeners with a peaceful hour of music and meditation at day’s end. Cantiamo’s Evensong services are the only ones offered in Sonoma County. This coming Evensong will feature the choral music of Thomas Tomkins, J. P. Sweelinck, Tomás Luis de Victoria, James McMillan, and more. Evensong lasts about 40 minutes — come and experience this reflective service.

June 7, 2015 – The Rev. Linda Clader

Think about this: what were the first words God spoke to human beings in today’s episode of the great drama of our holy scriptures?  What were those first words?  Do you remember?

“Where are you?” God asks.  “Where are you?”

These weren’t the first words God spoke to the human in the story.  (more…)

News & Notes March 22, 2015

Incarnation’s Lenten Series: A Path Through the Passion of Christ

Join Fr. Rod on Wednesdays in March. We start the evening at 6 PM with a potluck soup dinner with a Lenten class to follow from 6:30-8 PM.

Dates:
One remaining Wednesday in March (the 25th)
(See description below)

Time:
6 PM gather for soup supper in Farlander Hall
6:30 begin class (continues in Farlander Hall)
8:00 adjourn

Please sign up for the class and a potluck dish of soup, salad or bread (enough for 12 people). Signup sheet is in Farlander at the Welcome Table.

March 25: Eternal Life: review Scripture and Liturgy for references to eternal life. Explore some short readings and then open discussion on the understanding and role of sacrifice in our eternal life.

Event sponsored by Christian Formation
For more information contact Daphne Vernon at dvernon@incarnationsantarosa.org

Dine & Wine & Donate!

Ken and Melissa Moholt-Siebert, parishioners and owners of Ancient Oak Cellars, have graciously offered to support the Incarnation 100 with a Dine & Wine & Donate at their new tasting room and deli shop in downtown Santa Rosa!  On Sunday, March 29th, 50% of food sales and 25% of wine sales will be donated to the Incarnation 100.  No flyer needed – just tell the cashier that you’re there for the Incarnation 100 and we’ll get the credit.
Ancient Oak Cellars’ Downtown Deli is located at 621 4th Street, between Mendocino Avenue and D Street, and they will be open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  They have a new pastry chef to make delicious treats, and they are known for their amazing sandwiches!  So please stop by for food and even a wine tasting! Hope to see everyone there. Thanks!

Get your tickets now for the Good Friday Concert 4/3/15

This year’s Good Friday Concert will be Cherubini’s “Requiem in C Minor.” The St. Cecilia Choir will be joined by Cantiamo Sonoma and the Incarnation Orchestra, comprised of many members of the Santa Rosa Symphony, and conducted by Carol Menke.
The Requiem was composed in 1816 to commemorate the execution of Louis XVI, and it stands at the very peak of Cherubini’s achievement.  Musicians such as Beethoven, Schumann and Brahms held it in high esteem because of the work’s superior compositional construction, orchestration, and mastery of form (it was sung at a memorial service for Beethoven in Vienna shortly after his death).  Robert Schumann said the piece “stands without an equal in the world.” Scored for chorus and orchestra without the added display of vocal soloists, the music is complex, original, full of color and drama.
The concert is Good Friday evening, April 3 at 8:00 p.m.  Tickets are $25 Preferred, $20 General, and $15 Seniors/Students, and can be purchased by any St. Cecilia Choir member, or by calling the church office at 579-2604, ext. 104.  This concert traditionally sells out, so get your tickets early!

Fresh Flowers Needed

The Altar Guild will need lots of cut flowers to decorate our beautiful Church for Easter Sunday. Please bring your cut flowers to Farlander Hall by 9 am on Saturday, April 4th, so that we can arrange them in the baskets. Thank you!

Caritas Contemplative Healing

Contemplative Prayer Healing sessions are held on the first Saturday of each month in Room 3. Call Lynn Garland at 545-7525 to schedule your half-hour appointment at 10:30 or 11:15 a.m. for Saturday, April 4th.

Parish Easter Party

Saturday, April 4th, 2015, 5:00- 6:30 pm. Bring your own eggs and decorating kits and decorate Easter eggs. Join us in flowering the cross, and making baskets for our parish members who can’t make it to church. Decorate Easter Cookies and have an Easter Egg Hunt. Join us for a Pizza Dinner before the 7pm Easter Vigil. PLEASE RSVP by emailing dvernon@incarnationsantarosa.org or by calling Daphne Vernon at the church, 579-2604 ext. 106.

Bishop Barry’s Sermon

Bishop Beisner gave a lovely sermon on March 8th and it has been posted on our special members-only Facebook page “Incarnation Episcopal Church, Santa Rosa” where you can listen or we have this in an audio file of about 5 MB that we can email to you. To receive that, please write to alison@incarnationsantarosa.org. In addition, the same is the case to hear Fr. Rod’s sermon from March 15th, which Alison also can provide. Many thanks to Gene Mendez for recording and posting both of these!

Bridge Group: Reborn!

The Incarnation Bridge Group will meet in Farlander Hall on the first and third Tuesday of each month, from 1 pm to 3 pm, beginning April 7th. All are welcome: experienced, rusty, and new players, including any who want to learn. We love teaching new players. For more information, call Elizabeth Gibbs at 542-9822.

Parish Potluck!

The Welcome Committee will be hosting a potluck for ALL– newcomers and not so new parishioners — on Saturday, April 11th. This is an opportunity to come together and share a meal as we continue to work towards healing and loving one another wherever we are at in our personal journeys during this time.
Happy hour starts at 4pm, with a potluck dinner to follow at 5pm. Please email welcome@incarnationsantarosa.org to RSVP and let us know what you’ll be bringing. Sign up sheets will be in Farlander Hall too. Thanks and we hope to see many people there!

Lighting for the Stained Glass Window Above the Altar

You most certainly have noticed that the lighting for the stained glass window above the altar has worsened over time.   “Why doesn’t someone just change the light bulbs?” is a very reasonable question.  Well, the problem is not the bulbs, it’s the fixtures.  Worse yet, fixing the fixtures would simply advance the same chronic problem to future years.
The fluorescent fixtures crammed into the narrow cabinet were the best solution for the two decades past.  After extensive consultations with a lighting expert, an electrician, and an installation expert, the solution for future decades is LED lighting.  Not the LED lighting found at Costco or Home Depot, but commercial strips of closely-spaced, high-lumen-output LEDs.  Lighting technology is coming closer to matching the sunshine which once illuminated our window a century ago.
We are pleased to inform you that on Easter Sunday, the stained glass window will once again appear to have glorious sun shining through.  In preparation of its return to full beauty, the window will be dark on Palm Sunday, as the lighting structure will have been removed.
The Vestry voted to pay for this lighting improvement from the Estate Funds of Barbara Biebush.  Though less than 5% of her bequest to the parish, this will be a stunningly beautiful legacy of her Planned Giving, and a lovely way to honor her in her generosity to the church she loved.

Words to Ponder:

I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.

The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

News & Notes March 1, 2015

Incarnation’s Lenten Series: A Path Through the Passion of Christ

Join Fr. Rod for four Wednesdays in March. We start the evening at 6 PM with a potluck soup dinner with a Lenten class to follow from 6:30-8 PM.

Dates:
Four Wednesdays in March (the 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th)
(See descriptions below)

Time:
6 PM gather for soup supper in Farlander Hall
6:30 begin class (continues in Farlander Hall in a different area)
8:00 adjourn

Please sign up for the class and a potluck dish of soup, salad or bread (enough for 12 people). Signup sheet is in Farlander at the Welcome Table.

March 4: Sacrifice: review Scripture and Liturgy for references to sacrifice. Explore some short readings and then open discussion on the understanding and role of sacrifice in our lives.

March 11: Death: review Scripture and Liturgy for references to death. Explore some short readings and then open discussion on our experience and understanding of death.

March 18: Resurrection: (same as above)

March 25: Eternal Life: (same as above)

Event sponsored by Christian Formation
For more information contact Daphne Vernon at dvernon@incarnationsantarosa.org

Bishop’s Visit on March 8th

The Rt. Rev. Barry Beisner, Bishop of the Diocese of Northern California, will lead all of our three services on Sunday, March 8th. We don’t get to see him that often (he has MANY churches to visit throughout the year), so join us that Sunday for sure! Note that services that day will be as usual: 8 am, 9:15 am, and 11:15 am.

Incarnation 100 Volunteers Needed!

We got a great response from the parish at the Volunteer Fair on February 22nd, but we still have some spots that need to be filled. If you think you might be able to help, please email volunteer@incarnation100.org. Thank you!

Save the Date: Good Friday Concert 4/3/15

This year’s Good Friday Concert will be Cherubini’s “Requiem in C Minor.” The St. Cecilia Choir will be joined by Cantiamo Sonoma and the Incarnation Orchestra, comprised of many members of the Santa Rosa Symphony, and conducted by Carol Menke.
The Requiem was composed in 1816 to commemorate the execution of Louis XVI, and it stands at the very peak of Cherubini’s achievement. Musicians such as Beethoven, Schumann and Brahms held it in high esteem because of the work’s superior compositional construction, orchestration, and mastery of form (it was sung at a memorial service for Beethoven in Vienna shortly after his death). Robert Schumann said the piece “stands without an equal in the world.” Scored for chorus and orchestra without the added display of vocal soloists, the music is complex, original, full of color and drama.
The concert is Good Friday evening, April 3 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $25 Preferred, $20 General, and $15 Seniors/Students, and can be purchased by any St. Cecilia Choir member, or by calling the church office at 579-2604, ext. 104. This concert traditionally sells out, so get your tickets early!

Please Wear Your Nametag!

Please remember to wear your name tag every week! It helps others to get to know you better. People feel more comfortable talking to you when they know your name. Thank you!

Lenten Message from the Bishop

Dear Friends in Christ:
Grace and peace to you. As we enter that Season of repentance and renewal called Lent, I pray that you will be helped to embrace such spiritual practices as will feed your soul and deepen your awareness of the transforming power of God’s love in your life.
I hope that you will join me in one particular discipline: the Bishop’s 2015 Bible Challenge. The Ash Wednesday liturgy directs us to make this Season one of “reading and meditating on God’s holy Word.” The Bible Challenge is a good way for us to do that work together. This year, we will be reading the Daily Office Lectionary; your clergy can show you how to utilize this simple method of approaching the Scriptures that is at the heart of our tradition.
God bless you in the work of Lent. May Easter find us all better prepared to greet and follow our risen Lord.
Yours in Christ,
Barry+
The Rt. Rev. Barry L. Beisner, Diocese of Northern California

2015 Flower Chart

The Flower Chart is available on the south wall of the church, near the front doors. Please write your name on the date you with to donate money for flowers. More than one person/family can sign up for the same Sunday. You will be called by the office inquiring how the acknowledgement, in the bulletin, should be done (“in memory of…” or “in thanksgiving for… “) The Altar Guild will purchase and arrange the flowers as part of their normal duties. Thank you.

Socks & Other Items Needed!

Help keep feet dry, warm, and healthy during these cold winter months! So many of our Open Table men are in desperate need of socks. Bring new white socks to the office or on Sunday to the back of the church. We also need disposable razors and cream, toothbrushes and toothpaste. Thank you!

Tuesday Book Group

The book group meets every Tuesday at 9:30 am in the library. We’re reading God’s Secretaries: The Making of the King James Bible, by Adam Nicolson. We already have several copies, so none need to be purchased. We take turns reading aloud, so you really don’t need your own book. It is a wonderful way to read a book; it brings a different perspective to hear the words spoken. If reading aloud isn’t your forte, it isn’t necessary. Just listen! Everyone is welcome. Come and try it! For further information, call Barbara Avery at 707-577-8718.