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.

El Hogar – Advent Fundraiser

Church of the Incarnation Youth Group is continuing their work with El Hogar.

This Christmas we ask you to consider El Hogar in your giving options.

The mission of El Hogar is to “transform and empower abandoned and hopelessly poor children in Honduras by providing a loving home and education. Our goal is for them to fulfill their ultimate potential as productive, caring and independent Honduran citizens.”

We offer a variety of ways for you to support the work being done in Honduras. There’s something for every budget.

https://form.jotform.com/incarnationsr/elhogar-adventfundraiser

November 25, 2018 – The Rev. Pamela Moore

Year B, Proper 29, Track 2, Revised Common Lectionary
Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14
Psalm 93
Revelation 1:4b-8
John 18:33-37

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 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”

Who do you say I am?

During hard times, when people want to be helpful and they really do not know what to do, they will often come up with a saying in the hope that it might make things a little better for us. My mother used to say, “And this too, shall pass.” It was to remind me that all experiences, good and bad, have their time and place and will not last forever. I once heard someone say, “Stop telling God how big your problems are and start telling your problems how big your God is.” This, I find, is a good reminder for those times when one feels especially overwhelmed by life’s difficulties. Another saying I heard recently is to remember Grace over Drama. G-O-D. It helps us to remember to pause, center, and focus on God’s grace rather than give into the emotional turmoil of the moment. (more…)

November 18, 2018 – The Rev. Dr. Stephen Shaver

Year B, Proper 28, Track 2, Revised Common Lectionary
Daniel 12:1-3
Psalm 16
Hebrews 10:11-14 (15-18) 19-25
Mark 13:1-8

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As a teenager in the 1990s I spent a few years identifying with a particular kind of evangelical Christian subculture. My youth group friends and I wore bracelets with the initials WWJD on them, for “What Would Jesus Do?,” and shopped at Christian bookstores for CDs by popular Christian bands with names like Jars of Clay and the Newsboys. None of these references will probably make sense to you unless you happened to come up through the same subculture. But they functioned as markers of identity. (more…)

November 11, 2018 – The Rev. Dr. Stephen Shaver

Year B, Proper 27, Track 2, Revised Common Lectionary
1 Kings 17:8-16
Psalm 146
Hebrews 9:24-28
Mark 12:38-44

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It’s almost too easy, really. Hearing this gospel story the week before the end of our annual pledge campaign. This is one of the classic so-called stewardship texts, isn’t it? This poor widow has put in more than everyone else, for she has put in everything; all she had to live on. Now I’m supposed to say: go and do likewise. Increase your pledge! Classic stewardship sermon, and I can go sit down—which is good, because sermons are supposed to be short during the pledge campaign so there’s time for the testimonials later. (more…)

November 4, 2018 – The Rev. Dr. Stephen Shaver

Year B, All Saints’ Sunday, Revised Common Lectionary
Wisdom of Solomon 3:1-9
Psalm 24
Revelation 21:1-6a
John 11:32-44

John looked into heaven, and saw a great multitude from every nation, robed in white, crying praise to our God and to the Lamb.

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There are times when the church calendar and current events come together more than you could ever have guessed.

We didn’t need for it to be All Saints’ Day to come close to the great mystery of death and what lies beyond death this week. (more…)

October 28, 2018 – The Rev. Pamela Moore

Year B, Proper 25, Track 2, Revised Common Lectionary
Jeremiah 31:7-9
Psalm 126
Hebrews 7:23-28
Mark 10:46-52

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. (Psalm 23)

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Restoration

Whenever I read the name of someone who is featured in a Gospel story I learn two things. One is that someone thought enough of the person to remember their name and two that the story is like the underline in a written document as it is meant to draw our attention to something important. I do not know about you, however, these days I have difficulty remembering a person’s name within minutes of having been told what it is. I am much more likely to remember their face what they wore or some part of what they shared with me than their name. It is different though if they have a dog. I will remember the dog’s name. And from then on the person who I met will forever be remembered as “Fluffy’s” mom or dad. I do not care how famous they are or how well known they may be in the community, for me their primary identity will be as a pet. (more…)

October 21, 2018 – The Rev. Dr. Stephen Shaver

Year B, Proper 24, Track 2, Revised Common Lectionary
Isaiah 53:4-12
Psalm 91:9-16
Hebrews 5:1-10
Mark 10:35-45

In the name of God, Source of all being, Incarnate Word, and Holy Spirit: Amen.

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What comes to mind when I say the word “Ambition”?

Maybe it’s a positive word for you, something to do with setting goals and working hard. Maybe it’s more of a negative word, something to do with lacking humility and trying to be better than other people. (more…)

October 7, 2018 – The Rev. Dr. Stephen Shaver

Year B, Proper 22, Track 2, Revised Common Lectionary
Genesis 2:18-24
Psalm 8
Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:5-12
Mark 10:2-16

Most high, omnipotent, good Lord, to you be praises, glory, honor, and blessing.

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That’s the opening line from the Canticle of the Creatures, a famous text composed by St. Francis in the 1200s. Francis is well known for his strong sense of kinship, not only with animals, whom we’re blessing today, but with the entire natural creation. His feast day fell this past Thursday, on October 4. We’ll get back to Francis in a minute. But first we’d better talk a little about divorce. (more…)

September 30, 2018 – The Rev. Dr. Stephen Shaver

Year B, Proper 21, Track 2, Revised Common Lectionary
Numbers 11:4-6,10-16,24-29
Psalm 19:7-14
James 5:13-20
Mark 9:38-50

In the name of the one, holy, and living God: Amen.

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What do aspirin, cellophane, a trampoline, and an escalator have in common?

It’s not a trick question. All four of those words started out as trademarks, but eventually became generic terms.

When a brand name becomes used generically by enough people, a company can lose its trademark. Lots of companies today are fighting very hard against that very possibility. Think of Kleenex … or should I say Kleenex brand facial tissues, as the company would prefer we say. You can probably think of other trademarks that people often use generically: Jello. Xerox. Band-Aid. (more…)

September 16, 2018 – The Rev. Dr. Stephen Shaver

Year B, Proper 19, Track 2, Revised Common Lectionary
Baptism of Parker Jaye Deniz
Isaiah 50:4-9a
Psalm 116:1-8
James 3:1-12
Mark 8:27-38

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Today is an occasion of great joy. Today we celebrate the baptism of Parker, who is already a child of God by nature and now becomes a second time the child of God by grace. Today Parker becomes a member of Christ’s Body. Today the Holy Spirit descends on him, just as the Spirit descended on Jesus, and God says, “This is my beloved child, in whom I am well pleased!” Today, too, Parker is joined with us as part of the communion of saints, all God’s people in all places and times, past, present, and yet to come. (more…)

September 9, 2018 – The Rev. Dr. Stephen Shaver

Year B, Proper 18, Track 2, Revised Common Lectionary
Isaiah 35:4-7a
Psalm 146
James 2:1-10, [11-13], 14-17
Mark 7:24-37

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A couple of years ago I first became aware of an online test you can take through Harvard University. Maybe you know of it: it’s called the Implicit Association Test, and it’s designed to measure the subtle biases and stereotypes many of us carry around, both consciously and unconsciously. The best-known version is about race. Images of black people and white people are flashed on the screen, together with words with either positive or negative associations, like “kind” or “sneaky” or “hardworking” or “lazy.” The test measures your response times as you push a button to categorize the images you see. The results for most people in our culture can be sobering. It’s easier and quicker for most participants to associate a picture of a white person with a positive descriptor, and a picture of a black person with a negative descriptor, than the other way around. Most people show some level of preference for white people over people of color. (more…)

September 2, 2018 – The Rev. Dr. Stephen Shaver

Year B, Proper 17, Track 2, Revised Common Lectionary
Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9
Psalm 15
James 1:17-27
Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

Lord, speak to us this day: and may we have ears to hear.

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Today’s gospel reading was a long one—and you can blame me for that. The lectionary, our schedule of readings, actually abbreviated this passage, but in doing that it left out some verses that are key to what’s going on … so I decided to take advantage of a permission in the Prayer Book and put them back in.[1] I did this after it was too late to change the bulletins, so you might have noticed hearing some lines that weren’t printed in! Let’s dive in and figure out what’s happening between Jesus and this group of Pharisees. (more…)

Santa Rosa Rise and Shine Child Care Center

Cary and Josiah Rich started their day care program in October 1990. In the last 27-plus years they have always supported the families they serve with a program that provides stability for children to thrive.

In 2017 our community was devastated by a County-wide firestorm and they lost their home. No longer able to operate as before, they were issued a temporary waiver to operate in the home of another licensed provider. With their waiver expiration coming to end they were presented with an opportunity to open anew as a child care center. (more…)

Let the handbells ring!

Have you enjoyed the handbell music presented at various services in the past? If so, you can be a part of our new campaign to purchase Incarnation a 2-octave, 25-bell set to use instead of borrowing from other groups. With these new bells, we hope to enhance our musical worship at services and special church events.

You can become a supporter by purchasing a specific bell (and have an acknowledgement engraved on the bell handle) or simply donate towards the goal of $7,500 by clicking on the link https://www.jotform.com/incarnationsr/handbell-fundraiser

We hope you will join us in this endeavor to add to the musical legacy of Incarnation.

All Souls Day Creative Retreat – with Lisa Thorpe

Saturday, October 27, 2018, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

“There is no death, daughter. People die only when we forget them,” my mother explained shortly before she left me. “If you can remember me, I will be with you always.”

-Isabel Allende, Eva Luna

The urge to honor and remember is long and strong in the human spiritual story. From the ancient traditions of Hindu home shrines to Eastern Orthodox icons to Dia de los Muertos altars of Mexico, people through time and place and religion have created structures and images to remember and honor those we love and revere. To create a piece of art dedicated to a person or idea is to take the time to absorb, observe and remember-to put that person or concept foremost in our hearts and minds.

Join artist and teacher Lisa Thorpe in a day of art and meditation and community building. The morning will be filled with story telling of saints old and new. After a lunch break the making begins! Each person will make a decorative icon on a wooden plaque. Lisa will bring images of saints to use or you can bring photos of someone who has passed that you would like to honor.

To complete the day together we will assemble a beautiful Dia de los Muertos altar in the church to share with the whole Incarnation community.

Adults and teens
$35.00 – Includes all the materials needed to make one icon
Bring a sack lunch

Click here to register

Registration closes October 21, 2018. Space is limited; don’t wait to register!

What to bring:

You don’t have to bring anything. Everything will be provided to make one saint icon. However, if you would like to honor someone important to you—be they famous, family or friend—you are welcome to bring a photo or printed image. The boards we are using are 6×8 inches so you will want your image to be smaller than that to fit on the board and leave room for embellishment. Don’t bring anything you aren’t willing to glue down.

You may bring flowers to put on our altar. Marigolds are traditional but any would be nice.

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 and her blog:

http://lisathorpe.com
https://lisathorpeartist.wordpress.com/

Incarnation presents: Music for Trumpet and Organ

Friday, October 12, 7:30 p.m.

Incarnation will host a concert of Music for Trumpet and Organ on Friday, October 12, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The performers will be Dr. David Rothe, Organ, and Ayako Nakamura, trumpet and flugelhorn. They will be joined by our own Carol Menke, Soprano, and Laura McLellan, Cello.

Dr. David Rothe taught music at CSU, Chico, from 1968 to 2008, and is one of the finest organists around! Ayako Nakamura is lead trumpet for the North State Symphony and also teaches trumpet and other music courses at CSU, Chico.

A suggested donation of $10 is requested at the door. Mark your calendars for this rare opportunity to hear the “regal” combination of music for trumpet and our own Casavant pipe organ!