Martin Luther King, jr. Day

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Behold my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my Spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations“. (Isa. 42:1 ESV)

Prophet, priest, and the Lord’s anointed. On this day, we remember the courage, conviction, and calling of a life lived boldly and sacrificially. https://i0.wp.com/picsholic.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/martin-luther-king-jr-quotes-2.png

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Epiphany or the Manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles

What happens after the 12 days of Christmas tide? Yesterday we concluded the 12 days, while today we celebrate a new season.

The Christian church year, which begins with Advent, the season leading up to Christmas, tells the story of Jesus’ life and saving acts.  Christmas of course celebrates his birth at Bethlehem.  The next season, following the twelve days of Christmas, is marked by the festival of Epiphany, which is today January 6th.  “Epiphany” comes from a Greek word meaning to reveal or make public.  The season of Epiphany celebrates the ways in which Jesus was revealed to the world as the Son of God.  The Bible readings during this season include the visit of the Wise Men from the East, showing that Jesus’ mission had a world-wide scope.  We will also hear about Jesus’ baptism in the Jordan River, when signs from heaven attested to his divine nature, and about his first public miracle, the changing of water to wine at a wedding in Cana.  Later in the Epiphany season, we will hear about Jesus’ presentation as a child in the temple in Jerusalem, where he was recognized as the promised Savior.  Come and join us, so that Jesus may be revealed to you also.
This is our prayer (collect) on Epiphany and for 8 days following: O God, who by the leading of a star didst manifest thy only-begotten Son to the Gentiles; Mercifully grant that we, who know thee now by faith, may after this life have the fruition of thy glorious Godhead; through the same thy son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
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Join us in this wonderful discovery of God and the manifestation of His son in this Epiphany season.
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A Service of Lessons & Carols

Join us this Sunday, January 1st for a Service of Lessons and Carols. Our 10:30 am service will begin with this sweeping narrative of salvation history through Scripture readings and the carols which help to tell the story. The service will then transition to our Sunday Mass, the first of the New Year – 2017!

Lessons and Carols was first introduced at Kings College, Cambridge England in 1918. It has been a time honored tradition to celebrate the story of Christ through nine Scripture Lessons and nine accompanying carols. It is particularly well suited as a story to be told at Christmas tide. These are the 12 days after Christmas and a season that extends the celebration of the birth of the Messiah at the Feast of the Nativity.

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It’s Almost Christmas!

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Starting on December 24 (Saturday) at 5:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. we celebrate the birth of Jesus.  We also have a service on December 25 (Sunday) at 10:00 a.m. (A wee bit earlier than usual).  Christmas is not (just) for children, and it’s not (just) about good cheer and gifts.  The festival celebrates the fact that God, the Holy and Almighty God that created the universe, chose to become man (that’s right, Jesus was both man and God) in order to save us from the consequences of our sins.  Are you oppressed by sin?  Do you have trouble forgiving others (or yourself) for past shortcomings and failures?  Are you concerned that your life is not headed in the right direction?  God has acted to set things right!  The first step in God’s action was to become man, to join with us in our limitations.  That birth led to a death and resurrection that we celebrate at Easter.  If you want to hear this story (the greatest story ever told) from the beginning, we invite you to join us on Christmas and to stay with us as the Church celebrates the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus in the coming months.
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Advent – it’s not Christmas yet…

While some are immersed in the annual Santa Festival (more lights! more food! more retail purchases!), St. Barnabas is celebrating the season of Advent.  Advent (from the Latin for “coming” or “arrival”) is a season of expectation, looking to the ancient prophecies that God would visit and save his people.  The prophecies addressed a situation with which we all can relate:  the world was made by a holy God, but everyone has failed in many ways to be holy.  How can we be reconciled to God?  We can’t do it alone, God himself must act.  So in this season of Advent we reflect on our need for salvation.  This readies us to respond with joy and wonder when we hear what God has done in Jesus.  We invite you to join us.  We have services on Sundays at 8:00 and 10:30.
Don’t worry, Christmas is coming.  Like the early Church, we at St. Barnabas begin our celebration of Jesus’ birth on December 24, the eve of the festival of Christmas.  On December 24, we will have services at 5:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m..  You are very welcome to join us.  There will be lights and flowers and music.  And the Christmas festival continues for twelve days from December 25 through January 5 (you have heard of the “Twelve Days of Christmas”?).  That’s a great time to show your Christmas lights and to sing Christmas songs.
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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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