Posts By: Linelle Lane

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.

Ways to make a gift to Incarnation

In this time of economic uncertainty, being good stewards of the financial resources God has entrusted to us is as essential as ever. Our ability to continue our ministry depends on the generous contributions of our members, attenders, and friends.

Even while our in-person services are not taking place, there are still plenty of ways to make a gift to Incarnation:

Incarnation website: Online giving

Text (onetime setup required): 707-532-0060.


Mail checks directly to the church: 550 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa, 95401

Thank you for your support of Church of the Incarnation.

Holy Week and Easter Schedule – 2020

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All services will be held online on Zoom. We will also be streaming the services on Facebook:

To participate on Zoom so we can see your face and hear your voice, click the link sent out in the parish e-News and Notes, or follow the instructions in the bulletin.
To dial in by phone, call (669) 900-9128. Enter the meeting code in the bulletin.

If you can’t join us for the services online or by phone, all our Triduum liturgies this year can also be celebrated on your own at home and can be adapted as works for you.

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April 9: Maundy Thursday
The Liturgy of the Word
with the Washing of Feet, 5:30 p.m.
For this liturgy, you are encouraged to have nearby:
  • A basin, washtub, bucket, or even a large pot.
  • Some water (warm if possible).
  • One or more clean towels (small hand towels are fine).
This first night of the Holy Triduum commemorates Jesus’ last supper with his disciples, when he washed their feet in loving service and instituted the Eucharist until his coming again. Imitating Jesus, we will wash our own or one another’s feet.
After the online gathering, please plan to have a simple supper (see directions in the booklet). You might choose to celebrate it together with other households, leading the blessings together by phone or video. Consider contacting others in the congregation, perhaps those in your Neighbor Group or some other group you are part of, to share in this meal together.
The evening concludes with the stripping of home decorations in preparation for Good Friday (see directions in the booklet).
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April 10: Good Friday
The Liturgy of the Passion, 12:00 p.m.
For this liturgy, you are encouraged to have nearby:
  • A cross or crucifix (big or small, simple or elaborate–any cross is fine. If you don’t have a cross, you might make one out of two sticks).
On this most solemn fast day of the year, we gather for a liturgy centered on the story of Christ’s Passion from John’s Gospel. We join in Christ’s prayers from the cross for the whole world in the Solemn Collects, an ancient form of the Prayers of the People. We honor the cross, an instrument of suffering turned into the sign of our salvation.
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April 11, day: Holy Saturday
The Liturgy of Holy Saturday, 12:00 p.m.
This brief liturgy reflects on this Sabbath day when Christ lies in the tomb.
The bulletin will be shown onscreen during the service.
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April 11, evening: Easter Eve
The Great Vigil of Easter, 8:00 p.m.
For this liturgy, you are encouraged to have nearby:
  • A single central candle, and something to light it with. You might decorate this candle, if you like. It will be your household’s Paschal candle. You might keep it in a prominent position at home for the Fifty Days of Easter.
  • (optional) A smaller candle for each person.
  • A bowl of water, and something to sprinkle the water with
  • (optional) One or more bells, or anything that will make a sound.
A night like no other, the Easter Vigil is the central service of the church year. We gather after sunset to kindle the new fire of Easter and light the Paschal candle. We retell the sacred stories of God’s people by candlelight. We celebrate the renewal of our baptismal vows. And finally we proclaim the arrival of Easter, joyful to be singing our Alleluias once again to the risen Savior. It’s a long service–outside of time, really–and one filled with profound spiritual power. This night is the heart of who we are as an Easter people.
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April 12: Easter Sunday
The Liturgy of the Word, 10:00 a.m.
The bulletin will be shown onscreen during the service, or download it here.
After last night’s journey into Easter, this morning’s service extends the celebration as we feast on God’s Word, pray for all creation, and proclaim the resurrection once more.

March 15, 2020 – The Rev. Dr. Stephen Shaver

3 Lent, Year A, Revised Common Lectionary
Exodus 17:1-7
Romans 5:1-11
John 4:5-42
Psalm 95

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So there’s the physical, and there’s the spiritual.

The Israelites were in the desert. They were thirsty. Physically thirsty. And God met them there and provided water, miraculous water, water gushing out of a rock.

Jesus was by the well at noon, in the heat of the day. He was thirsty. Physically thirsty. And God met him there in the form of a woman, a Samaritan woman, and provided water, not miraculous water but very ordinary water, gushing out of a well dug so long ago by Jacob, the common ancestor of Jews and Samaritans alike. (more…)

March 1, 2020 – The Rev. Pamela Moore

First Sunday in Lent, Year A, Revised Common Lectionary
Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7
Romans 5:12-19
Matthew 4:1-11
Psalm 32

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My Brother’s Keeper

During this last week, I spent a significant amount of time researching a financial product so I could assist my younger brother with an important decision he will need to make in the next few months. My brother is about to become 62 years old, and since I am seven years older than him, our thoughts have been turning more and more as to how we might best prepare for the future as neither of us has children or a spouse to care for us. My brother is generally capable and can manage his household. However, when complicated decisions are involved, he often turns to me for assistance. As the dutiful older sister, I take these requests seriously because my mother always told me to look out for him and to take care of him. By the way parents, I understand what you are hoping when you ask older siblings to take care of younger ones. You are encouraging them to look out for each other. However, it would be great if you could put an end date on the request. After all it was one thing to look after my brother when he was twelve or before he turned twenty-one. He’s sixty-two now and honestly someone as hyper-responsible as me can struggle with this request as most grown folk won’t do as you say just because you told them to do it. (more…)

Blossoming: A Spring SoulCollage® Workshop

Sunday, March 29, 1-5 p.m., Short Hall

This Lenten season, what would you like to release that is preventing you from blossoming into a more expansive version of yourself, aware of your own divine nature? Spend the afternoon in sacred space, using guided imagery and the creative process of SoulCollage® to connect with your inner wisdom.

SoulCollage® is a therapeutic art process developed by Seena Frost and shared throughout the world. Each person creates and interprets their own set of 5×8 collaged cards. No artistic experience is necessary and all materials and supplies are provided. Make friends with all parts of yourself through SoulCollage®. Both beginning and experienced SoulCollagers are welcome in this workshop. The cost is $35 and space is limited to 15 participants, so register online today!

Living Compass Lenten Series

March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, April 7
10:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

Lent is a time for introspection and self-reflection, a time to reflect on the core of what it means to live a Christian life in the midst of great change and uncertainty. When facing change and uncertainty, few practices are more central to that life than courage—the courage to be vulnerable, the courage to grow, the courage to change direction, the courage to let go, the courage to act with grace, and the courage to walk in the way of love. The 2020 Living Compass Lenten devotional is a tool to assist you on your journey. Join us on Tuesdays as we reflect together on the daily readings. Space is limited; first come first served on the list.



Food and Fellowship Dinner

Sunday, March 1 – 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Are you a parent, child, grandparent, or Godly Play teacher? If so, you and your children are invited to an evening of Food and Fellowship on Sunday, March 1, 4:30-6:30 p.m., for a potluck dinner in Farlander Hall. At this gathering we will do an outreach project and discuss Lenten practices. To RSVP with the dish you will bring, or for more information, contact Daphne Vernon,

Ash Wednesday

February 26 – 8:00 a.m., 12:10 p.m., 7:00 p.m.

The season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday. At services on this day, we remember that we are dust, and to dust we shall return. We turn away from sin and toward practices of simplicity, prayer, and service that prepare us to meet the joy of Easter. The Holy Eucharist with the Imposition of Ashes will be held at 8:00 a.m., 12:10 p.m., and 7:00 p.m. All are welcome. Childcare is available for the 7:00 p.m. service.

January 26, 2020 – The Rev. Patricia Moore

Third Sunday After Epiphany, Year A, Revised Common Lectionary
Isaiah 9:1-4
1 Corinthians 1:10-18
Matthew 4:12-23
Psalm 27:1, 5-13

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“The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom then shall I fear?”

Indeed, whom shall I fear? Whom do I fear? Whom or what do you fear? The Bible is filled with talk about fear, mostly with admonitions to fear not! Remember the angel Gabriel to Mary, “Fear not, the Lord is with you.” Angels are very much into “Fear not!”

But of course, if truth be told we do fear. I read recently that 40% of Americans suffer from anxiety—ranging from panic attacks to other forms of anxious living. Look around this church and think about that. 40% of us are living with anxiety. (more…)

January 12, 2020 – The Rev. Pamela Moore

First Sunday After Epiphany, Year A, Revised Common Lectionary
Isaiah 42:1-9
Acts 10:34-43
Matthew 3:13-17
Psalm 29

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Somewhere in my house, there is a button I got a few years ago that says, “Jesus loves you, but I’m his favorite.” I thought of that button when I read today’s Gospel lesson. As a young girl, I longed to be unique, to be noticed for who I was, and to know that I had God’s blessing. Whenever I heard the account of the Baptism of Our Lord, I could not help but wonder what it would be like for a ray of light to come from the heavens and for a voice to say, “This is my child, the beloved, in whom I am well pleased.” What would it take, I thought, to be the kind of person that God would think was an exceptional being? (more…)

Coronavirus Update: Services Cancelled, But Please Join Us Online

As of March 17, all in-person parish activities are suspended in response to the COVID-19 situation, with the exception of our Sunday Open Table breakfast ministry, which remains active in a meals-to-go format.

We will be working to find new ways to connect, support, and care for one another in the weeks ahead. For the most immediate updates on online services, classes, and other activities, please visit

Please pray for all who are sick; for those caring for them; for those at risk; and for all who are afraid. Pray also for those whose livelihoods are threatened, those without sick leave or the ability to work from home, students forced to leave their campuses on short notice, those caring for children or elders, and those without homes. Be of good courage, wash your hands a lot, and look for moments to practice God’s love as you go through each day.

O God of peace, you have taught us that in returning and rest we shall be saved, in quietness and confidence shall be our strength: By the might of your Spirit lift us, we pray you, to your presence, where we may be still and know that you are God; through Jesus Christ our Lord.


A Prayer for Quiet Confidence
(Prayer Book, p. 832)

January 6, 2020 – The Rev. Dr. Stephen Shaver

The Epiphany, Revised Common Lectionary
Isaiah 60:1-6
Ephesians 3:1-12
Matthew 2:1-12
Psalm 72:1-7,10-14

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They brought him gifts, these magi; these wise men, mages, learned ones from the East. They came to find a king, and the one who was already king was not amused. He sent them on to Bethlehem, Herod, that fox, that sly wielder of power, plying them with smooth words even as his soldiers sharpened their swords for what was to come.

They brought him gifts, these sages, these Iranian seers, these Zoroastrian seekers of God. They followed a light from heaven, and they came to a humble house. And they opened their chests and brought forth their treasures, rich gifts laden with hope and expectation: Gold. Incense. Myrrh. (more…)

January 5, 2020 – The Rev. Dr. Stephen Shaver

2 Christmas, Year A, Revised Common Lectionary
Jeremiah 31:7-14
Ephesians 1:3-6,15-19a
Luke 2:41-52
Psalm 84

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It’s not easy being twelve.

It’s not so easy being the parent of a twelve-year-old either.

Maybe even a little more so if that twelve-year-old is the Messiah.

This is the only passage in the Bible that tells us a story of Jesus participating in the universal human experience of being a kid, with every bit of the joy and frustration that involves. (more…)

December 29, 2019 – The Rev. Hugh Stevenson


When these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. (Luke 21:28 KJV)

I got a kite for my birthday. I love kites, the way they ascend into the heavens transcending the force of gravity, up, up and away. We took my new kite to Bodega Head where there was a fresh breeze from the sea and it flew up into the air. What exhilaration! So the song that concludes Mary Poppins speaks to me. It’s a song of joy or redemption, a song of resurrection. The Banks family had been going down hill, while George Banks devoted his full attention to the bank where he worked and neglected his family. But when he lost his job it was a blessing in disguise; he had time to fix the kite which was broken and to take his family out to the park as he sang:

Oh, oh, oh! Let’s go fly a kite up to the highest height!
Let’s go fly a kite and send it soaring up through the atmosphere
Up where the air is clear. Oh, let’s go fly a kite![1] (more…)