Thanksgiving Day Worship

Why not begin Thanksgiving with worship? Each Thanksgiving Day for over 11 years the parish of St. Barnabas Anglican has started this National day in prayer. We hear the Scriptures, an exposition of the Gospel, and receive the Eucharist in a brief service at 9:00am. Why not join us in prayer as we consider the many blessings of this life and land. Our Thanksgiving Eucharist is held at 9:00am, Thursday November 24th 2016.

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Prayers for Our Nation

Praying for Godly men and women to exercise their civic duty. May we all honor our true King, a sovereign Lord, with actions that honor Him!

Our retiring + Bishop Mott gives us Godly council for us to look to the Psalms for guidance and direction. He recommends particularly:

Psalm 146. Lauda, anima mea.

PRAISE the LORD, O my soul: while I live, will I praise the LORD; * yea, as long as I have any being, I will sing praises unto my God.
2 O put not your trust in princes, nor in any child of man; * for there is no help in them.
3 For when the breath of man goeth forth, he shall turn again to his earth, * and then all his thoughts perish.
4 Blessed is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, * and whose hope is in the LORD his God:
5 Who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that therein is; * who keepeth his promise for ever;
6 Who helpeth them to right that suffer wrong; * who feedeth the hungry.
7 The LORD looseth men out of prison; * the LORD giveth sight to the blind.
8 The LORD helpeth them that are fallen; * the LORD careth for the righteous.
9 The LORD careth for the strangers; he defendeth the fatherless and widow: * as for the way of the ungodly, he turneth it upside down.
10 The LORD thy God, O Sion, shall be King for evermore, * and throughout all generations.

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Concert of Praise & Thanksgiving

Join us for a concert of Praise and Thanksgiving on November 4, 2016 at 7:00 pm. Featuring pianist, Don Vollema along with Deborah Colyn, Rob Veinneau and other local guest performers. Enjoy and evening of music to include pieces by Beethoven, Horovitz, Chopin, and others.

Refreshments to follow the performances. Please RSVP by October 31st at (206) 365-6565 or stbarnabasanglican@outlook.com.

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Blessing the Animals – Sunday October 2, 2016

Why do we bless our pets?

This Sunday October 2nd at 12:30pm we will hold a service of animal blessings. Each animal will be prayed for individually. On a Sunday on or near the feast of St. Francis we hold this service to bless the animals. St. Francis feast day is officially observed on October 4th. He is identified as a humble servant of Christ who willingly took a vow of poverty. He is also known for his great love and concern for all of God’s creation. It is fitting that on his feast day we would give God thanks for the blessings of His creation. This is a time when we can pray for the care and safety of God’s creatures, who are a gift from God. We recognize the blessings that our animals bring to us and pray for God’s care over His creatures. This is a time to not only celebrate our own pets but of the Lord’s magnificent handiwork.

All are welcome!

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Spike waiting to go to St. Barnabas Pet Blessing – Don’t make your pet’s drive alone!

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Women’s Fellowship Group

The Women’s Fellowship Group – Tea @Ten on Tuesdays begins a new Bible study . Tomorrow Sept. 27 we will embark on the “Discipleship Explored” curriculum. We will enjoy a time of prayer, discussion and participation in the Discipleship Explored materials. A study guide will be available at our first meeting. Join us at 10:00am on Tuesdays for a  life changing study. Bring a sack lunch to extend our time o Fellowship. To learn more about the program go to the twitter page:

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Prayers to God for the People of God

This Wednesday, September 14th at 6:30 pm we will gather to offer prayers for our country, our neighborhood, and the world. Join us for praise and personal prayers. This is the first of  weekly Wednesday evening prayer meetings.

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Theology through music

Our Sunday worship includes hymns from the American Hymnal of 1940.  Here is one example:

 

Alleluia! sing to Jesus! His the scepter, his the throne.

Alleluia! his the triumph, his the victory alone.

Hark! the songs of peaceful Sion, thunder like a mighty flood;

Jesus out of every nation hath redeemed us by his blood.

 

The words are by William Chatterton Dix, an Englishman who (according to Wikipedia) lived from 1837 to 1898 and varied his career in marine insurance by writing hymns.  He also wrote “What Child Is This,” a Christmas carol sung to the tune of Greensleeves.

What a wealth of theology is here in just the first verse!  We begin with the ancient Hebrew cry of praise to God, Alleluia!, followed by royal references to scepter, throne, triumph, and victory.  These point to a great mystery, namely, that Jesus, a man who lived and died 2,000 years ago, is still alive and is God, through whom the universe was created.  The next line recalls the final book of the Bible, Revelation, describing the culmination of God’s plan for a new holy city (called Sion or the New Jerusalem) where multitudes extol God’s greatness with voices like thunder.  The final line touches on another great mystery, namely, that God’s plan was carried out to benefit people of all nations through Jesus’ sacrifice of himself in a bloody death by crucifixion, followed by his resurrection from the dead.

 

These things are not myths, they are true and of eternal importance.  If you want to hear more, come and join us!

 

Choir of Angels, 19th century stained glass by Edward Burne-Jones,

Church of St Michael, Forden, Wales

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Have you read a good book lately?

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Reading the Bible

The Bible is a whole library of books divided into two parts.  The Old Testament books were written over centuries (mostly in Hebrew) by Jewish historian, poets, prophets, and philosophers and together they tell the story of God’s work in the world, choosing one people to know and love Him.  The New Testament books were written in a short period (in Greek) to tell about the life and death of Jesus of Nazareth and the early days of the Christian Church.  We believe that these books were inspired by God, so that together they paint a reliable picture of God’s relationship to us and His purposes for us.  They tell that we were made to love God and to live eternally with Him, and that death is not the end.

Are you familiar with Handel’s musical masterpiece, Messiah?  Its text is a collection of quotations from the Bible, telling this story. If you want to hear more, we read from the Old and New Testaments every Sunday, and the sermon is always focused on explaining a Bible passage.  Moreover, our form of service relies in large part on quotations and paraphrases of the Bible.  If you want to learn about the wonderful things that God has prepared for you, we welcome you to our Sunday services.

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Will I need to check my brain at the door?

In some organizations, even some churches, you need to “check your brain at the door,” meaning that you must turn off the inquiring part of your mind and simply accept what is being offered.  The Anglican tradition is different.  Here, when you enter you need to check that your brain is functioning and ready for service.  We welcome questions and want to talk to you about why loving and serving Jesus is the most intelligent thing you could choose to do.  Do you have doubts or questions? So did Jesus’ own followers from time to time (see the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 28, verse 17).  Do you want to know why we think Jesus is the source of life and light?  We welcome that conversation.

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This is a detail of the huge figure of the Pantocrator in the semidome of the apse at Cefalù. The mosaic was completed by the time of the dated mosaic inscription of 1148. D’Emilio photo archive no. s19780713_1919u (13.4.20/JD)

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Praying the Psalms

The Psalms
People experience a wide range of emotions in their relationship with God.  Those emotions are captured in a powerful way in the collection 150 Psalms in the Bible.  The Psalms (the name comes from a Greek musical term) are poems that include praise (“Praise the Lord! Praise, O servants of the Lord, praise the name of the Lord!” Psalm 113:1) and longing (“O God, you are my God, I seek you, my soul thirsts for you, my flesh faints for you” Psalm 63:1), holy fear (“O Lord, rebuke me not in your anger, nor chasten me in your wrath! Psalm 38:1) and even despair (“O God, why do you cast us off for ever?  Why does your anger smoke against the sheep of your pasture? Psalm 7:1).  Do you want to learn what a relationship with God, the creator of the universe, could be like?  Pick up the Bible and read a Psalm or two a day.  Or come and see us.  We read at least one Psalm during every service on Sunday.
The Psalms are considered to be a model for prayer. To encourage us in that model, the prayer book divides the psalms as daily devotions for morning and evening. In the 1928 Book of Common they appear as the translations written by Miles Coverdale, a  16th century reformer. Here’s a link to follow the way of the psalms: http://justus.anglican.org/resources/bcp/1928/Psalms_1928.pdf.
Tradition attributes the psalms to  David the boy shepherd who became king.
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