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..
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!
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 email@example.com.
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.
According to the Gospel of Matthew, Joseph was a carpenter who was chosen by God to serve as earthly father to Jesus. A man of faith, humility, and compassion, he accepted the responsibility of becoming Mary’s husband despite the scandal of her miraculous pregnancy. Guided by mystical visions, he led Mary and Jesus to Egypt to escape the wicked King Herod’s slaughter of the innocents. Later he and Mary returned to Israel, raising Jesus in the town of Nazareth. Joseph is the patron saint of laborers. According to tradition, he taught his trade to Jesus. He is thought to have died during Jesus’ youth, since he disappears from the record during Jesus’ adult life. As Lesser Feasts and Fasts puts it, “The little that is told of him is a testimony to the trust in God which values simple everyday duties, and gives an example of a loving husband and father.” We will commemorate Joseph on Tuesday with Morning Prayer at 8:00 and a special Holy Eucharist at 12:10 p.m.
From Sandy Hook to Las Vegas to Parkland to Aurora, and too many other places to name, this country is plagued by an epidemic of gun violence unique among developed nations. Together with many other faith communities, the Episcopal Church seeks to work toward an end to this epidemic. Please mark your calendars for this special liturgy of prayer, lament, and call to action, held on the one-year anniversary of the March for Our Lives. Featured in the service will be The Murder of Innocents, a musical piece composed especially for this event by our own Beverly Kinnison and sung by the Alleluia Choir.
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…)
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…)
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.
“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
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:
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!
Please come join us for a special Service of Prayer and Remembrance for the anniversary of the fires on Sunday, October 7, at 5:30 p.m. in the church. All are welcome to attend as we mark this occasion and offer our grief, hopes, and prayers to God, whose love is always with us in joy and sorrow. If you wish, bring an object or photo for a prayer altar.
Don’t miss our parish’s Celebration of New Ministry, coming up Wednesday, October 3, at 7:00 pm! Our bishop Barry Beisner will preside and Stephen Shaver will be instituted as rector. A festive reception will follow.
In order to have as accurate a headcount as possible for planning, we request that everyone RSVP. Please take a moment to let us know you’re coming. Childcare will be available. Just click the link below:
Come and hear the beautiful service of Evensong, one of the more elegant traditions of the Anglican church. At the end of the afternoon and before the evening, it’s a time for meditation and prayer; the service lasts for less than an hour. Our Evensong combines chant, hymns, Renaissance polyphony, and modern choral works with Biblical readings and prayers.
The choral ensemble Cantiamo Sonoma will sing Evensong on Sunday, September 16, at 5:30 pm in the church. The music of of J. P. Sweelinck, Eriks Esenvalds, Rachmaninoff, and more will be featured. Come join us!
Don’t miss the celebration of our annual pledge campaign! This year we are asking everyone to bring in their pledges by November 18, so they can be carried to the altar to be blessed at our Sunday morning liturgies on that day. That evening we will celebrate with our New Beginnings Celebration: beverages and appetizers at 5:00 p.m., a festive program in the church at 6:00 p.m., and a celebration dinner in Farlander Hall at 6:30 p.m..
What’s Godly Play? How do I use the nursery? What should we do about baptism? Can my child receive communion? How do I talk to my kids about God?
If these kinds of questions have ever occurred to you—and even if they haven’t—please come for an evening of food, fellowship, and conversation with Pastor Stephen and Daphne Vernon. We’ll have dinner, then the kids will enjoy some staff-supervised play time while the grown-ups gather for conversation. We’ll talk about the shape of our children’s ministries here at Incarnation, both now and in the future. We’ll also talk about this whole crazy project of raising kids and how we support one another in that as a community of faith.
Parents, grandparents, and other caregivers for children from infancy up through grade 6 are all invited. Older siblings are welcome too. Please RSVP to Daphne.
We are collecting brand new backpacks for Burbank Elementary School students who need our support. Now is the time for plenty of great sales at Target, Costco, and Walmart. School supply lists are available at Target.
We are asking for new
Pens and pencils in packages
Please bring the new backpacks with supplies in them to the office. If you prefer that we pick up supplies on your behalf, you can make a donation of $25, writing “Backpacks” in the memo line.
Thank you in advance for your generous support. Burbank Elementary School is so thankful to be supported by everyone here at Incarnation. Let us pray for them and keep them in our prayers throughout this year.
God of all mercies
We ask that you would bless
the youngest to the oldest of learners,
children and youth who are helpless and powerless,
with Your infinite and loving mercy,
granting them the strength to learn, concentrate,
and act in love towards
their teachers and fellow students.
We also ask that You would watch over them,
at home and at school
and give them proper direction
so that they may learn
of Your wonderful virtues.
We ask this in the name of Your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen
Sunday, August 19, 2018
All services – 8:00, 9:15, 11:15
On Sunday, August 19, 2018, we will mark the end of the summer season with the Blessing of the Backpacks. There will be a time to bring whatever you carry to do the work you have been given to do by God – your school backpack for yourself and for donation, your briefcase, your lunchbox – to the altar for a special blessing. In blessing the things we carry, we go blessed to be the Presence of God in all circumstances and conditions whether lunchroom, classroom or boardroom.
Have you ever wondered how many people have ever lived on Earth?
The people at a think tank called the Population Reference Bureau have. Of course a lot depends on how far back on the evolutionary tree you start. But starting about 50,000 years ago with the emergence of modern Homo sapiens, they came up with an educated guess of about 108 billion human beings ever born.(more…)
We welcome you to any and all services at The Church of the Incarnation. All who seek God in Christ are welcome to receive communion at God's Table.