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
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. 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.”(more…)
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…)
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.
“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
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:
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!
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
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.
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!
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..
Beginning on September 8, our Sunday services will be held at 8:00, 9:00 (not 9:15 as previously), and 11:15 a.m. As we return to our full three-service schedule, this Sunday will also mark the return of our Alleluia and St. Cecilia Choirs, plus Godly Play Sunday School for children at the 9:00 service. Please mark your calendars!
Our summer schedule allows people who usually attend the 9:15 and 11:15 services to worship together. It also provides a special opportunity to use the 9:00 hour as a time when the whole congregation can gather for conversation and learning: 8:00 folks can stay after, 10:00 folks can come early.
We’ll take advantage of that golden opportunity to have a series of three Incarnation Town Halls this summer. We’ll gather in Farlander Hall over coffee and refreshments, enjoy being together, and do some collective celebration of where God is at work at Incarnation, and some reflection and discernment about where God may be calling us in the future.
Please save the dates and plan to be part of the conversation.
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!
Please join us for worship in Armstrong Woods on Sunday, August 4, at 11:00 a.m. Plan to arrive earlier. We’ll gather together for worship, with musical accompaniment by a woodwind quartet, followed by a barbecue. Grilled chicken and paper products will be provided. Please bring a dish to share and something to drink.
17000 Armstrong Woods Road, Guerneville
Day Use Fees: $10.00 per vehicle, $7.00 per vehicle for seniors.
Ask to be directed to the Group Picnic Area. For more information about the park, go to https://www.parks.ca.gov/ (Visit a Park tab, Armstrong Woods).
Simple services with no music will also take place that morning at Incarnation at 8:00 and 10:00 a.m.
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.
Our amazing congregation contributed their time, treasure, and talents to make the 2019 Incarnation 100 a resounding success! We had 165 riders this year, which is fewer than in 2018, but the level of donations raised by these riders increased over last year. The final financial numbers are still being tallied, but we know that we raised a significant amount of money to assist services provided by The Living Room, Sunday Open Table, and St. Andrew’s Food Program. We very literally could not have done this without of all of you. As we often hear people say, “It takes a village…” Well, in our case, our congregation is that village, and you all rose to the occasion once again this year to help those in our broader community who have no place to call “home.” You are all wonderful lights in our community!
Please join us in Farlander Hall after the 8:00 and 10:00 a.m. services on Sunday, July 21, to see a presentation and hear more detailed information about the funds raised by the 2019 Incarnation 100.
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.
One of the loveliest Anglican traditions we have is that of Evensong, a service at day’s end of sung prayers, psalms, and canticles. The musical offerings at the coming Evensong at Incarnation will include that of William Smith, Louis Bourgeois, Nicolas Custer, Healey Willan, and Ériks Ešenvalds, sung by Cantiamo Sonoma, and directed by Carol Menke. The service is at 5:30 p.m. and lasts a little over half an hour. If you haven’t experienced Evensong, consider coming on Sunday, September 15 at 5:30 p.m.
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.
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.