The Feast of St. Barnabas

June 11 is the day set aside by the Church to remember St. Barnabas. He is described in the Book of the Acts of the Apostles. His name was Joseph. Barnabas or “son of consolation” was apparently a nickname. Acts 4: 36. He probably knew Jesus. After the Resurrection, to help the infant Church he sold a field he owned and donated the proceeds for. Acts 4:37. He was from Cyprus and he accompanied St. Paul on a missionary journey to that island. Acts 13:1-12. Barnabas and Paul continued to the mainland of Asia Minor (now Turkey) where they established churches in many towns, though often against opposition. At Lystra, Paul cured a man who had been lame from birth and the townspeople were convinced that “the gods have come down to us in human form!” They called Barnabas Zeus and Paul Hermes. It was with difficulty that Paul and Barnabas convinced the people not to sacrifice a bull to them. Acts 14:8-18. Barnabas is depicted in the Acts of the Apostles as consistently helpful and supportive of the Church.  He is a good model for Christians and a good patron saint for our church. Here is a prayer for the feast of St. Barnabas.

Grant, O God, that we may follow the example of your faithful servant Barnabas, who, seeking not his own renown but the well-being of your Church, gave generously of his life and substance for the relief of the poor, and went forth courageously in mission for the spread of the Gospel; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and everAmen.

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Ordinary Time

We have completed the great cycle of Lent, Easter, Ascension, and Pentecost. Now the Church enters “Ordinary Time.” This does not imply that the time is undistinguished, only that we are now counting Sundays by their relationship to Pentecost (the Second Sunday after Pentecost, the Third Sunday after Pentecost, etc.). “First,” “Second,” “Third” and the like are “ordinal numbers” so we have “Ordinary Time,” which continues until Advent begins in the autumn.

Our worship during Lent and through Pentecost focused on the dramatic events at the crisis of Jesus’ life and death. Ordinary Time is an opportunity to step back a bit and look more generally at Jesus’ life and teachings. It’s a good time to come to church. (It’s always a good time to come to church.) It’s a season of growth and ministry. There are great themes of the “work of the church” in ministry and mission.

Ordinary Time is studded with interesting events. For example, June 11 is the feast day of our patron, St. Barnabas and June 29 celebrates the apostles Peter and Paul.

We continue to observe safety precautions (masks, distancing) but look forward to the progressive lifting of restrictions and more opportunities for fellowship.

Our Sunday services start around 9:45 with informal hymns. The more formal liturgy starts at 10:00 am.

Everyone is welcome!

Voices: Ordinary Time in the Liturgy
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It’s Here: Pentecost!

After Jesus’ resurrection, he was with his followers for 40 days, comforting and teaching them. Then he vanished from their sight after telling them to stay in Jerusalem until they were “baptized with the Holy Spirit.” They found out what that meant ten days later on the Jewish feast of Pentecost (commemorating the early summer harvest and the giving of the Law to Moses). They were filled with inspiration from God and began to proclaim the good news about Jesus, startling visitors to Jerusalem by addressing them in their own languages. Peter, the leader, gave a powerful speech that brought many new members to the infant Church. From this time, they were called “apostles” (people sent out with a mission). For more, see the Book of the Acts of the Apostles, chapter 2.

Two thousand years later, we carry on the tradition of the early Church, devoting ourselves to “the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” Acts 2:42.

Join us for a celebration of Pentecost tomorrow, May 23. We begin at 9:45 am with hymns.

6 Good Prayers for Pentecost Sunday - ConnectUS
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Alcuin of York (730-835)

Alcuin (pronounced aelkwin) was born about 730 near York into a noble family related to Willibrord, the first missionary to the Netherlands. He was educated at the cathedral school in York under Archbishop Egbert, a pupil of Bede. He thus inherited the best traditions of learning and zeal of the early English Church. After ordination as a deacon in 770, he became head of the York school. Following a meeting in 781 with the Emperor Charlemagne in Pavia (Italy), he was persuaded to become the Emperor’s “prime minister,” with special responsibility for the revival of education and learning in the Frankish dominions.

Alcuin was named Abbot of Tours in 796, where he died on May 19, 804, and was buried in the church of St. Martin.

Alcuin was a man of vast learning, personal charm, and integrity of character. In his direction of Charlemagne’s Palace School at Aachen, he was chiefly responsible for the preservation of the classical heritage of western civilization. Schools were revived in cathedrals and monasteries, and manuscripts of both pagan and Christian writings of antiquity were collated and copied.

Under the authority of Charlemagne, the liturgy was reformed, and service books gathered from Rome were edited and adapted. To this work we owe the preservation of many of the Collects that have come down to us, including the Collect for Purity at the beginning of the Holy Eucharist. (1)

A powerful quote, attributed to Alcuin, serves as a guide for the Christian life: “Remember to care for the soul more than the body, since the former remains, the latter perishes.”(2)

Join us this Sunday, in saying that ancient prayer “The Collect for Purity”. Our pre-service music begins at 9:50 am and the Liturgy for the Word and Eucharist begins at 10:00 every Sunday.

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Alcuin of York

(1)Church Publishing. Lesser Feasts and Fasts (Kindle Locations 4719-4729). Church Publishing Inc.. Kindle Edition.

(2) Ellsberg, Robert (2016). Blessed Among Us: Day by Day with Saintly Witnesses. Liturgical Press. ISBN978-0-8146-4745-5.

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What is the purpose of your life?

What Is Your Life About?

We are bombarded with messages encouraging us to indulge our impulses (and buy things!) to be happy.

That doesn’t work. Why? Because we are not made to indulge our impulses.

What are we made for? To love God and live with him forever.

Here is how to do that:

It gets better. We fall on our knees to worship God, but God says, “Rise up, my friend.”

O come, let us sing unto the Lord;

let us heartily rejoice in the strength of our salvation.

Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving

and show ourselves glad in him with psalms.

For the Lord is a great God

and a great King above all gods.

In his hand are all the depths of the earth,

and the heights of the hills are his also.

The sea is his, for he made it,

and his hands prepared the dry land.

O come, let us worship and fall down,

and kneel before the Lord our Maker.

For he is our God,

and we are the people of his pasture,

and the sheep of his hand.

We can spend eternity worshipping and praising God and basking in his love.

Worship in the Church is practice for eternity. That’s what our lives can be about.

If you are looking for a way to worship God and learn more about him, you are welcome to join us.

We read from the Bible, confess our sins, sing hymns, and participate in the sacrament of bread and wine as Jesus taught us.

Our services begin at 10:00 am on Sundays.

IDEAS for the Sunday before Advent & Christ the King (Year A)
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Ascension Day

Today is the feast of the Ascension of Our Lord. We recall the conclusion of 40 days after Easter in which Our Lord Ascended to the Father. We prepare for the sending of the Holy Spirit ten days from today at the Feast of Pentecost.

The sermon is titled: “Divine Distancing” and we consider what Ascension means in the life of the faithful.

The service is at 6:30 pm tonight, May 13, 2021.

We are still wearing masks and practicing social distancing.

Ascension Day Mass
The Ascension of Christ, ca. 1745-50 (Primary Title)
Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo, Italian, 1727 – 1804 (Artist)

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We Are Open for Live – In Person Services!

While some churches are still operating remotely, St. Barnabas is back to live Sunday services.

We begin around 9:45 am with a pre-service hymn sing. The more formal part of the liturgy begins at 10:00 am.

We are using the 2019 ACNA Prayer Book, which retains familiar features of the 1928 book in contemporary language.

The liturgy includes readings from the Bible, prayers, a sermon, hymns, and celebration of the sacrament of bread and wine (Eucharist).

The liturgy is followed by a “coffee hour” opportunity for fellowship and conversation.

We wear masks and keep separated for safety, but look forward to dispensing with these things as the pandemic recedes.

You are welcome to join us! Look for the red doors.

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Choose Today!

My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips: when I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches.1

How precious … are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.2 How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!3 Thy love is better than wine.4

Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.5 Thou art fairer than the children of men.6

As the apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among the sons. I sat down under his shadow with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste. He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love.7 His countenance is as Lebanon, excellent as the cedars. His mouth is most sweet: yea, he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, and this is my friend.8

1Psa 63:5,6; 2Psa 139:17; 3Psa 119:103; 4Sol 1:2; 5Psa 73:25; 6Psa 45:2; 7Sol 2:3,4; 8Sol 5:15,16; (Bagster’s Daily Light KJV)

What are we to make of things? How should we approach each day? The Psalmist suggests we start with gratitude. Do you want to make a difference? Don’t start with grievances. Start in gratitude and end in joy! Let us bless this and every day!

A Prayer to Keep the Enemy from Stealing Your Joy - Debbie ...
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He is Risen!

You may have heard this phrase from Christians celebrating Easter. What does it mean?

It means that Jesus “rose from the dead.

That is an odd phrase, but it was a unique event. Jesus was not resuscitated, he did not simply heal from the wounds of crucifixion.

Jesus really died and then, on the third day following, he appeared again alive, but with a new kind of life.

Jesus had a physical body, a body that showed the signs of the nails. But his body was “glorified” as St. Paul later described it.

Jesus was able to enter a locked room and to travel apparently instantly from place to place.

Did this really happen? Yes!

Jesus’ resurrected appearances gave his followers confidence to defy authorities that were trying to persecute them. They received energy to carry the news about Jesus throughout the world.

Jesus said that he had come to show us a cure for sin and evil and death. To prove it, he lived a sinless life and defeated evil and death.

Following Jesus, we too can survive death and live with God forever. This is a big deal. We celebrate this event for 50 days from Easter Sunday to the day of Pentecost. Join us in this great feast of the church and find out more.

We meet on Sundays at 10:00am, the pre-service music begins 10 minutes prior.

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March Calendar & Holy Week

Tuesdays of Lent, 7:00 pm

Discipleship/Explored – Bible Study

Zoom

Handbook Provided

Holy Week and Easter Schedule

March 28th – Palm Sunday

One Service 10:00 am

April 1st – Maundy Thursday

Agape Meal 6:30 pm

Followed by Eucharist

Followed by Virtual Vigil

April 2nd – Stations of the Cross

Noon & 7:00 pm

April 3 – Easter Eve

7:00 pm – Celebration of New Light

April 4th – Easter

10:00 am

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