Posts By: Linelle Lane

June 9, 2019 – The Rev. Dr. Stephen Shaver

Year C, Day of Pentecost, Revised Common Lectionary
Genesis 11:1-9
Acts 2:1-21
John 14:8-17, 25-27
Psalm 104:25-35, 37

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They wanted to make a name for themselves.

They wanted to be somebody. To be big. To be famous.

So they decided to make a big tower.

Of course they did, right? It’s classic. Powerful people build things—particularly powerful men. To show how important you are, build something. A statue, a pyramid, a skyscraper, whatever it is, but make it huge. The bigger the better. Bigger than anybody else’s. That’s how you know you’re important. That’s how other people know you’re important. (more…)

June 2, 2019 – The Rev. Dr. Stephen Shaver

Year C, 7 Easter, Revised Common Lectionary
Acts 16:16-34
Psalm 97
Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21
John 17:20-26

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Back when I was doing a yearlong residency as a hospital chaplain in Seattle, and then again during the years I was working on a doctorate in Berkeley, I often used to serve as what church lingo calls a “supply priest.” This is a priest who’s available to cover Sunday services when a congregation’s regular clergy aren’t available. It’s sort of like being a substitute teacher, except with vestments on, and with usually a better-behaved clientele. (more…)

May 26, 2019 – The Rev. Dr. Stephen Shaver

Year C, 6 Easter, Revised Common Lectionary
Acts 16:9-15
Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5
John 5:1-9
Psalm 67

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Last year I met a youngish woman named—well, let’s call her Naomi. Naomi arrived at the church office one afternoon and politely asked for help charging her cell phone. She was in the process of making a long list of phone calls, looking for a place to live.

After years on the waiting list, Naomi had finally received a Section 8 housing voucher. Good news—or so it seemed. Because having a voucher can help you pay the rent … but only if you can find a vacancy with a landlord willing to rent to you in the first place. In California, unlike many other states, it’s legal for landlords to simply refuse to take Section 8 vouchers. But if you don’t use the voucher within a certain period of time, it expires. At the time I met her, Naomi had three weeks to find a place to live, or else be sent to square one to start all over again. There are 26,000 people on Sonoma County’s Section 8 waiting list. There are only 3,000 rental properties known to take Section 8 vouchers. And each year only about 300 of those actually turn over.[1] The odds didn’t look good. (more…)

Who We Are

The Church of the Incarnation is an inclusive community of faith, following Jesus Christ as a parish of The Episcopal Church. We are a downtown urban church. We recognize that Christ has no body now on earth but ours, and we are committed to carrying out Christ’s charge to love one another through service, worship and prayer. Our abiding values are those expressed in our Baptismal Covenant with Jesus Christ, and those values guide us in our life of faith.

We believe that Christ calls us to strive for justice and peace among all people while respecting the dignity of every human being. While we are partners in God’s work throughout the world, we are called in particular to respond to the needs for both bodily and spiritual nourishment of the community where we live, work, and worship.

The Episcopal Church is a member of the global Anglican Communion which has a common root in the Church of England. Anglican churches follow a middle path between the traditions of the Roman Catholic Church and Protestant denominations. The Episcopal Church includes diocese in the United States, Mexico, Central America, Ecuador and Taiwan.

Altar Flower Donations

Every Sunday beautiful flowers adorn our altar, arrangements created by our Altar Guild. If you would like the opportunity to contribute to our flower fund in thanksgiving for, in memory of, or in honor of a loved one, you may sign up for a specific Sunday, make a donation of $50 to the flower fund, and the name(s) of those you wish to honor will be printed in the bulletin for that Sunday. This is a lovely way to both support our flower ministry and remember or honor a loved one.

There are two ways to sign up for altar flowers:

  1. Write your name on the flower chart in Farlander Hall and mail your check to the office or place in the collection plate. Make sure to write “flower donation” in the memo field. Send an email to the address below and say who your donation is for.
  2. Fill out the online form.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact flowers@incarnationsantarosa.org.

Embracing Your Inner Children: A SoulCollage® Workshop

Sunday, July 21, 2019, 1-5 p.m.

Spend the afternoon getting to know the children within you through the medium of SoulCollage®. Joyful child, playful child, sad child, scared child–all of these parts of ourselves need a voice and expression.

SoulCollage® is fun. No artistic experience is necessary. All materials are supplied. Both beginning and experienced SoulCollagers are welcome in this workshop.

Space is limited to 15 participants.

Church of the Incarnation
Short Hall
$35.00
Space is limited, register today.

Pay here

Connie Beall, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, has been working with SoulCollage® since 2011 and trained as a SoulCollage® facilitator in 2012. She delights in sharing SoulCollage® in workshops, retreats, and in private sessions. Her personal collection of SoulCollage® cards numbers over 200 and continues to grow. A Veriditas certified Labyrinth Facilitator, Connie loves to integrate the process of SoulCollage® with labyrinth walks.

For more information:
Connie Beall
cabeall@sonic.net
www.soulcollage.com

First Sundays: Episcopal 101

Next class July 7

What do we do in church and why do we do it? Episcopal 101 is a quick, fun introduction to the Episcopal Church and our worship, held in the church after the 9:15 and 11:15 services each first Sunday of the month. Meet at the front of the church, 10 minutes after the end of the service. Bring your questions!

Choral Evensong

June 16, Sunday, 5:30 p.m.

A choral evensong at Incarnation will be presented by Cantiamo Sonoma, with Carol Menke, Artistic Director, and Marilyn Thompson, Organist. Cantiamo is attracting a growing number of listeners for its Evensong services in local churches. 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. This coming Evensong will feature the choral music of Humphrey Clucas, Kevin Siegfried,and Eriks Esenvalds..

Ascension Day Eucharist

May 30, Thursday, 7:00 p.m.

The Feast of the Ascension commemorates Jesus’ farewell to his disciples, after his resurrection, when he ascended into heaven (Acts 1:1-14). It is always the fortieth day after Easter, which means it always falls on a Thursday. Ascension Day is one of the seven Principal Feasts of the church calendar (see p. 15 of the Prayer Book). This year we will celebrate it with a special evening Eucharist at 7:00 p.m. The Alleluia Choir will sing (the last time either of our choirs will sing before their summer break!). Incense will be used in this service. Please plan to be a part of it!

May 12, 2019 – The Rev. Dr. Stephen Shaver

Year C, 4 Easter, Revised Common Lectionary
Acts 9:36-43
Revelation 7:9-17
John 10:22-30
Psalm 23

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I hear these sheep passages differently since moving to Sonoma County … because I see sheep more often.

I didn’t see sheep too much in Berkeley. As the old radio ad said, Berkeley has cows, grazing up in the East Bay hills, but the only sheep I used to see there were petting-zoo sheep at the Little Farm in Tilden Park.

But here they’re just kind of around more. I saw flock after flock driving down Lakeville Highway toward a meeting in Vallejo last Friday. Last fall we went to the Gravenstein Apple Fair in Sebastopol and my daughter Abby watched a sheep-shearing demonstration, starting with a sheep shaped like a barrel and ending with a skinny buzz-cut sheep and massive, luxuriant piles of wool all over the ground. This is a place where people really raise sheep. (more…)

May 5, 2019 – The Rev. Dr. Stephen Shaver

Year C, Easter 3, Revised Common Lectionary
Acts 9:1-6
Psalm 30
Revelation 5:11-14
John 21:1-19

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It doesn’t take a whole lot of time on pilgrimage in the Holy Land before you begin to learn to take some of the historic identifications of the holy places with a grain of salt.

It’s not that there aren’t holy sites that archeologists think could actually be historically authentic—like the Church of the Resurrection, as I said two weeks ago at Easter.  But when twenty centuries have supplied enough piety, pilgrimage, and potential income, holy sites tend to pop up exponentially.  So there are at least two birthplaces of John the Baptist; at least two sites where Jesus and his disciples held the Last Supper; and no less than four contenders for real Biblical town of Emmaus.  Those who visit Israel and Palestine looking to find places to venerate the mysteries of the faith … tend to find what they are looking for.  Those who go looking to pinpoint THE spot where they happened … are often disappointed. (more…)

Living Compass Series

Tuesday, May 21, 28, June 4, 11
10:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. (Library)

People are living longer and want to maintain active and productive lives. The Study of Adult Development from Harvard University shows that there are several factors that determine our health as we age. These include how one copes with stress, whether one cultivates a strong spiritual life, maintains a healthy weight, doesn’t smoke cigarettes, exercises regularly, maintains strong social relationships, and pursues life-long education.

Aging well requires us to be more mindful about the choices we make. The benefits of choosing to age well include more energy, better relationships, and an overall sense of greater vitality.

Living Compass invites us all to think about how we can age well in heart, soul, strength, and mind. There are many things that we have control over as we age. What can you celebrate and embrace? What are you most looking forward to? What issues or concerns do you face as you age?

We hope this class will help you think about the ways in which you can maintain or improve your wellness even as you grow older. Led by Daphne Vernon, Director of Spiritual Formation. For more Information or to register, contact Daphne at dvernon@incarnationsantarosa.org.

First Two-Service Sunday & Parish BBQ

May 26, Sunday

Next Sunday, May 26, marks the beginning of our summer schedule and the opportunity to celebrate our choirs for all the joy they have brought to our worship over the year. After the 10:00 a.m. service, come enjoy a BBQ lunch and the entertaining Apple Tree Morris Dancers. There will be an opportunity to join in some community dancing along with our Maypole tradition. The summer schedule will last through Labor Day weekend. We’ll return to our full three-service schedule on Sunday, September 9.

April 21, 2019 – The Rev. Dr. Stephen Shaver

Year C, Easter Day, Revised Common Lectionary
Isaiah 65:17-25
Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
1 Corinthians 15:19-26
Luke 24:1-12

This is the gate of the Lord; whoever God makes righteous may enter.

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It’s been said that there’s only one monument in the world that was built over an empty tomb.

There are many, many monuments over tombs with bodies inside. New York City has Grant’s Tomb and Arlington National Cemetery, has the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. You can go to Red Square in Moscow and see Lenin, his body still eerily preserved, lying in state. The tombs of the ancient pharaohs in Egypt are empty now, mostly, the remains inside fallen victim to grave robbers over the centuries; but they weren’t built to be that way. (more…)

April 19, 2019 – The Rev. Dr. Stephen Shaver

Good Friday, All Years, Revised Common Lectionary
Isaiah 52:13 – 53:12
Psalm 22
Hebrews 10:16-25
John 18:1-19:42

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Why are we here today?

Are we here to remember the political execution of a small-time failed messiah, a man who got in the way of good government and good religion and ended up crushed between the gears of power?

Or are we here to celebrate the redemption of the world by its creator and Lord?

The fact that we are here to do both is the mystery of the cross. (more…)

April 7, 2019 – The Rev. Dr. Stephen Shaver

Year C, 5 Lent, Revised Common Lectionary
Isaiah 43:16-21
Philippians 3:4b-14
John 12:1-8
Psalm 126

Thus says the LORD: I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth.
Do you not perceive it?

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There’s a saying you hear a lot in the world of interviewing and hiring: past performance is the best indicator of future results. In other words, if you want to know what someone is likely to do if you hire them for a future job, don’t pay attention so much to what they say they’ll do. Pay attention to what they’ve done in the past. Someone who’s shown leadership skills in previous situations is likely to show those skills again. Someone who’s been resourceful, or flaky, or creative, in the past is likely to act those ways in the future. (more…)