June 21, 2020 – The Rev. Dr. Stephen Shaver

Year A, Proper 7, Revised Common Lectionary, Track 2
Jeremiah 20:7-13
Psalm 69: 8-11, (12-17), 18-20
Romans 6:1b-11
Matthew 10:24-39

In the name of Jesus Christ, who was, and is, and is to come: Amen.

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Sometime when I was younger I remember being shown a chemistry demonstration. It started with what looked like a plain, clear glass of water. And then the teacher dropped a tiny grain of salt into the water—and almost instantly the water was filled with spiky crystals, growing in every direction until the glass was completely full. It turns out that what looked like plain water was actually a supersaturated solution of sodium acetate. That’s a salt you can make using plain baking soda and vinegar. Heat the water up to a high temperature and you can dissolve a larger amount of this salt in it than usual. As the water cools back down to room temperature, the salt remains dissolved as long as it’s undisturbed. But that solution is highly unstable. Those crystals are just waiting for the tiniest disturbance to fall out of the solution and become solid again. All it takes is a little grain dropped in, and suddenly what was hidden is revealed. (more…)

June 12, 2020 – The Rev. Pamela Moore

Second Sunday After Pentecost, Year A, Revised Common Lectionary, Track 2
Exodus 19:2-8a
Psalm 100
Romans 5:1-8
Matthew 9:35-10:8 (9-23)

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When Jesus met with the apostles before sending them out into the world, he knew that he had already taught them all that they needed to know to do the work he wanted them to do. Jesus knew their strengths and their weaknesses. He knew their fears and concerns. Jesus knew the individual skills each apostle had, and he knew that none of them were perfect. Jesus also knew that they would never fully understand what his teachings meant until the apostles tried to share those teachings with those who did not yet know the good news. And, Jesus knew one more thing, that the apostles would not be able to heal others unless they trusted in the power and authority he gave them. (more…)

June 7, 2020 – The Rev. Dr. Stephen Shaver

Year A, Trinity Sunday, Revised Common Lectionary
Genesis 1:1-2:4a
2 Corinthians 13:11-13
Matthew 28:16-20
Psalm 8

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Jesus had been crucified.

I know we know this already. But let us dwell on it, just a bit, before we turn back to resurrection, and glory, and joy.

Jesus had been crucified. He was bruised and beaten. We use church language like passion and Calvary that can distance us from the reality. We speak of Jesus’s suffering. But he didn’t just suffer; he was made to suffer. Men who worked for the government hit him with their weapons. He was arrested and brutalized. And then he was killed. His body was left out in public for hours, until people who loved him were allowed to come and tend to it. (more…)

May 31, 2020 – The Rev. Dr. Stephen Shaver

Year A, Day of Pentecost, Revised Common Lectionary
Acts 2:1-21
Psalm 104:25-35, 37
1 Corinthians 12:3b-13
John 20:19-23

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When was the last time someone breathed on you?

When I was a kid I sometimes teased my little sister by blowing a quick puff of air on her hair: pffff.

I could get away with that with my sister. I might get away with it today with my wife or my daughter. I wouldn’t do it to just anybody.

Think of the intimacy of feeling another human’s breath. A baby’s breath, rising and falling as you hold it against your chest. A lover’s breath on your cheek. (more…)

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: http://facebook.com/IncarnationSantaRosa.

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.

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.

RSVP to dvernon@nullincarnationsantarosa.org


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, dvernon@nullincarnationsantarosa.org

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.

November 17, 2019 – The Rev. Hugh Stevenson

Proper 28, Year C, Revised Common Lectionary
Malachi 4:1-2a
Psalm 98
2 Thessalonians 3:6-13
Luke 21:5-19

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There will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and plagues; and there will be dreadful portents and great signs from heaven. Luke 21:11

We live in apocalyptic times. Let me explain what “apocalyptic” means. It is the opposite of the words of the song: “Don’t worry; be happy.”

Here’s a little song I wrote
You might want to sing it note for note.
Don’t worry, be happy
In every life we have some trouble
But when you worry you make it double.  Don’t worry, be happy[1]

But we do worry because we are threatened by the coming of “the Four horsemen of the apocalypse,” which are disease and war, famine and death.[2] the gospels list the signs of tribulation as “great earthquakes, and in various places famines and plagues; and dreadful portents and great signs from heaven.”[3] (more…)

October 20, 2019 – The Rev. Dr. Stephen Shaver

Proper 24, Year C, Revised Common Lectionary
Genesis 32:22-31
Psalm 121
2 Timothy 3:14-4:5
Luke 18:1-8

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“All scripture is inspired by God.”

When I was a teenager I had a number of friends who were conservative Christians with a pretty literalist understanding of the Bible. They would often quote this verse, sometimes using the translation “God-breathed” where the translation we heard today uses “inspired by God.” Now the word in Greek can mean either one. But of course there’s a difference between believing scripture has been inspired by God, or perhaps breathed into by God’s spirit, and believing that it is breathed directly out of the mouth of God. And as a bit of a contrarian, I would sometimes point that out. I would also point out that it’s a circular argument to quote scripture to support your argument about the inerrancy of scripture. (more…)

Altar Flower Donations

Every Sunday beautiful flower arrangements adorn our altar, created by our Altar Guild. If you would like to contribute to our flower fund in thanksgiving for, in memory of, or in honor of a loved one, please sign up for a specific Sunday and make a donation of $60 to the flower fund. An acknowledgment of your donation will be printed in the bulletin for that specific Sunday. This is a lovely way to both support our flower ministry and remember or honor a loved one.

In order to sign up to donate altar flowers, you may either click here or send an email to flowers@nullincarnationsantarosa.org. We are no longer using a flower poster for sign ups.

Advent Service of Lamentation

Tuesday, December 17, 6:30 p.m.

Come as you are to a service of lamentation where through prayer, quiet, and chant we will make our grief an offering to God, entrusting it to that divine love always at work in us and the world. The service will be followed by an opportunity to walk the labyrinth.

Officiant: The Rev. Patricia Moore
Musicians: Jean Farmer, Robin O’Brien
Labyrinth guide: Diane Schoenrock

There is so much to grieve—and often there seems to be no place for our grief in this season of preparation for Christmas. and its anticipated joy. And to be honest, some of us try to avoid our grief for fear that it will be too painful to bear. There are our personal losses: loved ones who have died, or moved away, losses and disruptions caused by fires, dreams unfulfilled, jobs lost, divorce or separation, the ache of family relationships, the list is long. And, then encircling those griefs, there is the pain of the earth, and there are the seemingly intractable divisions within our nation, and perhaps a sense that who we thought we were is not who we really are.

In truth, avoiding grief or closing it down, only leaves us numb, overwhelmed and apathetic. The path toward new life leads through grief—and our willingness to go there. Grief is a spiritual practice honored in our tradition. When we dare to embrace our grief, we find that underneath it is our love—our love for others, for life, and for the world itself.

All Souls Day Creative Retreat – with Lisa Thorpe

Sunday, October 20, 2019, 1:00 p.m.-5:00 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 an afternoon of art and meditation and community building. 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. If you have been to this retreat many times before, we have some new offerings for you.

We will assemble a beautiful Dia de los Muertos altar in the church to share with the whole Incarnation community during the Harvest Party on October 27.

Adults and teens
$35.00 – Includes all the materials needed to make one icon

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.

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:


Ministry Fair

Sunday October 20

Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate and learn about all the ministry groups here at Incarnation! Whether through prayer and worship, study and learning, community life, or action, there are dozens of ways to get involved, serve God and neighbor, and connect with others here. Ministry groups will be staffing tables after all three services. There will be fun, festivity, and maybe some surprises.

Check out our full Directory of Ministries, and fill out a Ministry Interest Form to let us know which ministry groups you’re interested in learning more about. You’re not making a commitment to join a group right now—you’re just expressing your desire to learn more. See you there!

A SoulCollage® Retreat Day

Saturday, August 24, 2019, 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Exploring the Suits of SoulCollage®

Give yourself a day of creative expression with SoulCollage®.  Suitable for both beginning and experienced SoulCollagers, this workshop will provide an introduction to the suits of SoulCollage® (Committee, Council, Community and Companion). You’ll have extended times of card making, time to journal and work with the cards you’ve made, and time for sharing in small groups.

Bring your lunch, any cards you’ve previously made, and your adventurous spirit for SoulCollage® fun. 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®.

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

Saturday August 24, 2019
Church of the Incarnation
Short Hall


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

First Sundays: Episcopal 101

No Episcopal 101 this summer

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..