50 Plus Years of Ministry

The Members of St. Barnabas Anglican Church

Invite you to celebrate our 50th Anniversary on

Sunday, May 28, 2023  at 9:45 am

Eucharist, confirmations, special Pentecost musicians, and reception to follow

Special Guests:  The Rt. Reverend and Mrs. Kenneth Myers, Celebrant

The Very Reverend Canon, Michael Penfield (Vicar General)

St Barnabas Anglican Church

2340 N. 155th St., Shoreline, WA 98155

(206) 365-6565

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Ascension Day Mass

Ascension Day Service

Thursday, May 18th

6:30 pm

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Behold the Lamb of God (1)

It is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me: in burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure. Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me) to do thy will, O God.2 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.3

Ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, … but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: … manifest in these last times for you who by him do believe in God … that your faith and hope might be in God.4

Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.5

1Joh 1:29; 2Heb 10:4-7; 3Isa 53:7; 41Pe 1:18-21; 5Rev 5:12; (From Bagsters Daily Light)

Behold the Lamb of God! We are in a season of the Lamb of God. It is often referred to as the Great 50 days, the time between Easter and Pentecost. This is the time when we particularly explore what it means to worship a risen Lord. This Sunday we continue our study of the key elements of the Christian faith and the unique aspects of our Anglican way of Christianity. We begin with preservice music at 9:50 am on Sunday. The service begins at 10:00am. During our time of fellowship, after the service, we consider the Creeds this Sunday. Join us, you are welcome.

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Brothers & Sisters, the time is short.(1)

Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble. He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down: he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not.2 The world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.3 As in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. Death is swallowed up in victory.4 Whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s.5 To live is Christ, and to die is gain.6

Cast not away … your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.7 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.7 The end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.9

11Co 7:29; 2Job 14:1,2; 31Jo 2:17; 41Co 15:22,54; 5Rom 14:8; 6Phi 1:21; 7Heb 10:35-37; 8Rom 13:12; 91Pe 4:7; (From: Bagster’s Daily Light)

Join us for service on Sunday. Pre-service music begins around 9:50 and the worship service starts and 10:00 am. At fellowship after the Mass we will be studying the Lord’s Prayer and the Creeds. Each Sunday until Memorial Day we will be studying the Christian faith as we prepare for a visit from our Bishop.

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Fifty Days and Fifty Years

The season after Easter is called the Great Fifty Days because during this time we celebrate the greatest event in the history of the earth: Jesus’ Resurrection. Lots of other important things have happened: an asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs, Greek culture flourished in the 5th Century B.C., Columbus discovered America, Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, Elvis recorded “That’s All Right Mama.” But all these events happened within the world we know and all the participants were subject to sin and death. Jesus opened up a world where we can be free of sin and death and live with God forever. Even among religious events the Resurrection stands out. Moses received the Ten Commandments, but he foretold the coming of another greater than he. The Jewish prophets also looked forward to Jesus’ coming to lead the world back on course. Jesus himself performed many miracles and said many great things, but his chief accomplishment was dying and coming back to (a new) life to save us all from sin and death. In the face of this tremendous event, the Resurrection, our appropriate response is to worship and try to live as Jesus has commanded. That’s what we are doing at St. Barnabas.

This Sunday we begin confirmation classes after the service during coffee hour fellowship. We will have 6 sessions covering such topics as the prayer book, the Bible, and the Anglican Way of Christian faith. This is a part of St. Barnabas celebrating our 50th year as a parish family. Stay tuned for more news of upcoming events, which will culminate on Sunday, May 28, with the visit of a bishop to perform baptisms and confirmations.

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Time for some good news!

We are bombarded with bad news: the climate is changing, crime is rising, banks are failing, there are wars and riots around the world. We may be tempted to despair.

Consider some events 2000 from years ago. The Jewish people had an ancient kingdom based on sacred revelation. After a brief period of independence, the kingdom had split into two warring factions that were swallowed up by stronger neighbors. Some refugees returned to re-establish the kingdom, but they were in turn oppressed by Greek and then Roman conquerors. King Herod was a murderous usurper, and his successors were immoral puppets of Rome. The Roman governor, Pontius Pilate, ruled with an iron hand. Many thought that the religious authorities were corrupt, more interested in power and wealth than in duty to God. Some faithful groups moved to remote areas to practice their religion in peace. Many pleaded for God to do something.

God did something, but not what was expected. There was no lightning from heaven, no army of angels, no conquering hero. There was a preacher, Jesus, who told the crowds that God’s kingdom was coming. He said that God offered forgiveness of sins so that people could embrace a new life of loving relationship with God. Jesus went to the holy city of Jerusalem where he was greeted joyfully by many, but the religious leaders conspired with the Roman authorities to arrest and kill him. On the third day after his death, Jesus returned, transformed, and said he had conquered sin and evil and death and that his victory made possible the new life he had been talking about. Jesus’ followers traveled the world to share this good news. The world remained a place of war and oppression, but the new life offered by God was like a light to drive away the darkness of despair, hate, and fear.

That new life is available to us today. Come and learn about it. This Sunday, April 2, is Palm Sunday, commemorating Jesus’s joyful entrance into Jerusalem. The following Sunday, April 9, is Easter, commemorating Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. In between we have liturgies on Thursday April 6, recalling Jesus’ last supper with his followers, Friday April 7, recalling Jesus’ crucifixion and death, and Saturday April 8, a foretaste of Easter. Come and hear the whole story and find out why it is Good News.

Holy Week Schedule of Services

Palm Sunday April 2, 2023 – Litugy & Procession of Palms 10:00 am

Maundy Thursday April 6, 2023 – Eucharist & Vigil 6:30 pm

Good Friday April 7, 2023 – Stations of the Cross Noon & 6:30 pm

Easter Eve April 8, 2023 – New Light & Eucharist 6:30 pm

Easter Day April 9, 2023 – Easter Celebration 10:00 am

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The Meaning of Life

What is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.1

My days are swifter than a post: they flee away, they see no good. They are passed away as the swift ships: as the eagle that hasteth to the prey.2 Thou carriest them away as with a flood; they are as a sleep … in the morning they are like grass which groweth up. In the morning it flourisheth, and groweth up: in the evening it is cut down, and withereth.3 Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble. He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down.4

The world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.5 They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end.6 Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, and today, and forever.7

1Jam 4:14; 2Job 9:25,26; 3Psa 90:5,6; 4Job 14:1,2; 51Jo 2:17; 6Psa 102:26,27; 7Heb 13:8;

(From Bagster’s Daily Light KJV)

Explore this and other questions on Thursday nights at 6:30 pm and Sunday mornings at 10:00 am.

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The Lord will provide.1

God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering.2

Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear.3 There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob.4

Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God.5 Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy; to deliver their soul from death.6

My God shall supply all your need, according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.7 He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.8 The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusteth in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth: and with my song will I praise him.9

1Gen 22:14,8; 2Isa 59:1; 3Rom 11:26; 4Psa 146:5; 5Psa 33:18,19; 6Phi 4:19; 7Heb 13:5,6; 8Psa 28:7;

(From Bagster’s Daily Light KJV)

Joins on Sunday March 12, 2023 at 10:00am and we’ll explore the ways that the Lord provides. Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead!

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What is Lent?

Lent is a season of the church year that emphasizes repentance. Jesus said, “Repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand.” To repent means to turn around, to make a new start. Christians need to do this continually because we acknowledge a very high standard of conduct. Jesus said we are to love God with all our heart and soul and strength, and to love others (even those who hate and injure us) as ourselves. Reflection on how we fall short of this standard can be sobering, but fear not! Through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, God offers us eternal life with him, even though we can never deserve this by our own efforts. It is in gratitude for this free gift that we try to respond in love for God. We also try to love others, remembering that God has loved our enemies enough to offer them forgiveness, so we should do the same.

Lent is the season that proceeds Holy Week and Easter. This gives us a clear picture of our sinful situation and allows us to understand more fully the forgiveness that God has offered us in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.

During Lent, our Sunday services will be, as usual, at 10:00 am, preceded by about 10 minutes of hymn singing. On Thursday evenings at 6:30 pm, we will gather to hear God’s word, pray, and sing praises. All are welcome.

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First Sunday in Lent

February 26, 2023 – Sunday Morning

Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the Lord.1

Examine me, O Lord, and prove me; try my reins and my heart.2 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.3 I thought on my ways, and turned my feet unto thy testimonies. I made haste and delayed not to keep thy commandments.4 Let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.5

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.6 We have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: and he is the propitiation for our sins.7 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is say, his flesh: and having a high priest over the house of God; let us draw near with a true heart, in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.8

1Lam 3:40; 2Psa 26:2; 3Psa 51:6; 4Psa 119:59,60; 51Co 11:28; 61Jo 1:9; 71Jo 2:1; 8Heb 10:19-22;

(From Bagster’s Daily Light, KJV)

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