Directions for the Journey

May 30, 2020 – Saturday Morning

Let us labour to enter into that rest.1

Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction: … strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.2 The kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.3 Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you.4 Give diligence to make your calling and election sure: … for so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.5 So run, that ye may obtain. And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.6

For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.7 The Lord shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory.8
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1Heb 4:11; 2Mat 7:13,14; 3Mat 11:12; 4Joh 6:27; 52Pe 1:10,11; 61Co 9:24,25; 7Heb 4:10; 8Isa 60:19; (Bagster’s Daily Light K.J.V.)

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Finding the way to life.

Meet us in the parking lot for directions, any time from 10:00 a.m. until Noon on Sundays.

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Memorial Day – May 25, 2020

 

May the Lord Bless and Keep Them Memorial Day May 25 2020

On this Memorial Day, we are thankful for the sacrifice so many throughout our history have made, for the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice and for their families who had to carry on without them. It is a sacrifice that is easy to forget. For those who have it, freedom is like oxygen. It is something we just have. Many will not understand just how precious either is, until they are at risk of being taken away. There are encroachments being made on our freedoms right now by those who think they know better. This is a conversation for another time. Today we remember a sacrifice made and a debt we cannot repay. Today we pray for the God of heaven to bless the families of those who have lost loved ones while serving our great nation. We pray for Him to bless and comfort the walking wounded who are still with us and bless their families as well. It is our prayer that we remember their sacrifice and the precious gift of freedom every day, not just once a year or when they are in danger of being taken away. Amen

Memorial Day Blessings May 25 2020

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May 23, 2020 – Saturday Morning – Walking with God

Thou shalt put the two stones upon the shoulders of the ephod for stones of memorial unto the children of Israel: and Aaron shall bear their names before the Lord.1

Jesus … because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.2 Him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory.3

Seeing … that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not a high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace.4

The beloved of the Lord shall dwell in safety by him: and the Lord shall cover him all the day long, and he shall dwell between his shoulders.5
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1Exo 28:12; 2Heb 7:24,25; 3Jud 1:24; 4Heb 4:14-16; 5Deu 33:12; (Bagster’s Daily Light, K.J.V.)

Learn more this Sunday, any time between 10:00 am and Noon at our drive-through Eucharist.

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Take my hand precious Lord

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Ascension Day – May 21, 2020

The Gospel of Luke (Chapter 24 verses 44 ff) tells us that, after his Resurrection, Jesus stayed with his disciples 40 days, teaching them from the Scriptures (what we call the Old Testament) that it was necessary that he should suffer and then rise from the dead. He then told them to stay in Jerusalem and then, blessing them, he “withdrew from them and was carried up into heaven.” See also the Acts of the Apostles, Chapter 1 verses 8-9.

The resurrected Jesus was still human but more than human. He was able to appear in closed, locked rooms and to disappear at will. His choice of a means to depart this life was made to comfort the disciples. He didn’t pop like a soap bubble, which might have suggested that he had been an illusion. He didn’t slowly fade away or dissolve, which might have suggested that he was being pulled away by some outside force. He had said he was going to the Father. The disciples knew that God does not live in the clouds, but they also knew that God had been depicted that way (to show that he could survey the whole earth at once). Jesus the Son’s choice, to rise up (ascend) out of the disciples’ sight, showed them that he was in control and returning to the right hand of the Father.

St. Barnabas will celebrate the Ascension on Thursday, May 21, at 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Because of ongoing Covid restrictions, we will have our usual drive-through Eucharist. You can drive through at any time between 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Come and share in Jesus’ body and blood in a hygienic, socially-distanced way. You will not need to leave your car. We remain Socially Distant yet Spiritually connected.

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Mothers Day

Mother’s Day is an opportunity to be sentimental while shopping for flowers and candy. It also calls up the following thoughts:

Honor your father and your mother, so that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you. Exodus 20:12.

The family was the basic unit of ancient Jewish society as reflected in this excerpt from the Ten Commandments. That is why the Prodigal Son acted in a shocking way when he demanded his share of the inheritance while his father was still alive (see the story in the Gospel of Luke, Chapter 15, verse 11).

Jesus acted shockingly too, but in a different way. Early in his preaching career, his mother and brothers heard people saying that he had lost his mind (wandering around instead of staying at home in the carpenter’s shop), so they came to see him. When he was told that they were asking for him, Jesus said, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” And looking at those hearing his words, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.”

Jesus was not lowering the status of his family, he was raising the status of those he was calling to a new life of intimacy with God. He was establishing a new family whose members were united around himself with ties even stronger than family loyalty. His family understood this and became active members in the church that Jesus left behind.

In other words, the family is great, but something greater is here. What is this promised life that goes beyond family? Here is how it was described in 1678 by John Bunyan in his Pilgrim’s Progress:

There is an endless Kingdom to be inhabited, and everlasting Life to be given us, that we may inhabit that Kingdom for ever. There are Crowns of glory to be given us, and Garments that will make us shine like the Sun in the firmament of Heaven. There shall be no more crying, nor sorrow, for He that is owner of the place will wipe all tears from our eyes. There we shall be with Seraphims and Cherubims, creatures that will dazzle your eyes to look on them. There also you shall meet with thousands and ten thousands that have gone before us to that place. None of them are hurtful, but loving and holy, every one walking in the sight of God and standing in his presence with acceptance for ever. 

How do we get to this place? We must be sorry for the sins that have separated us from God. We must turn around and trust in Jesus to save us and give us access to that new life. That is what we are trying to do at St. Barnabas. You are welcome to join us. The promises are for every one of us.

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Happy Easter!

Wait a minute, isn’t Easter over? It’s true that Easter Sunday was a couple of weeks ago, but Easter is so important that is celebrated for 50 days! It is not every day that someone dies and rises again.

Jesus rose from the dead on a Sunday (the first day of the week) and appeared to his followers, sometimes hundreds at a time, for a period of 40 days. After that he disappeared from their sight as they watched, telling them to remain in Jerusalem until the “power of the Holy Spirit” was given to them. This happened on the 50th day (Pentecost).

During the 40 days following the Resurrection, Jesus told his followers more about the “kingdom of God.” He explained more fully why he had come and what he was doing. His followers were ready to hear because Jesus’ crucifixion and Resurrection had broken down their preconceptions that Jesus’ mission was a political one to drive out the Romans. He did not do that, he did much more. He confronted and destroyed the effects of sin, evil, and death.It was a cosmic victory. The Jews had come to realize that sinful people are unable to bridge the gap dividing them from the holy God, yet they understood that they had been made for fellowship with God. God himself must bridge the gap. This is what Jesus had done. Although sin, evil, and death remain in the world, they are no longer ultimate realities for us. Through Jesus, God defeated sin, evil, and death and offers everyone eternal blissful life with him.

Jesus told his followers, “Peace be with you. As my father has sent me, so I send you.” What are we sent to say? That God offers us eternal life free of sin, evil, and death. What we need to do is to follow Jesus, listen to what he has to say, and put our trust in him. A good place to start is by reading the Gospel of Luke. And come by St. Barnabas on Sunday between 10 and 12. We’ll be there (in an appropriately  hygienic, socially distanced way).

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The Good Shepherd

April 30, 2020 – Thursday Morning

Whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected.1

The God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.2

Hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.3 If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.4 Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him. Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.5 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.6
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11Jo 2:5; 2Heb 13:20,21; 31Jo 2:3; 4Joh 14:23; 51Jo 3:6,7; 61Jo 4:17; (From Bagster’s Daily Light KJV)

Scripture Speaks: "I Am the Good Shepherd"

 

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Earth Day April 22, 2020

Mount Rainier Earth Day April 22 2020

Mount Rainier National Park – Washington State

O gracious Father, you open your hand and fill all living things with plenteousness:  Bless the lands and waters, and multiply the harvests of the world; send forth your breath, and renew the face of the earth; show your loving kindness, that our land may yield its increase; and save us from selfish use of what you provide, that the poor and needy may give thanks to your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen

(2019 BCP)

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In Memory of +Bishop Richard Boyce

It is with sadness and fond memories that St. Barnabas Anglican Church of Seattle recognizes the passing of The Right Reverend Richard John Boyce.  Bishop (+Bp.) Boyce was a tireless and unwavering advocate for orthodox belief and practice in the Anglican Way of Christian Faith.

A native of Seattle he was Born 11/29/1928. He majored in science and economics at Seattle University. He graduated from American Bible College and Trinity College of the Bible. +Bp. Boyce pursued additional studies at Cranmer Seminary and Trinity Theological Seminary.

He was a man of wide and varied interests. Bp. Richard pursued faithfulness in the orders of Jesuit, Third Order Franciscans, and as a discalced Carmelite. He worked for a time at Pacific Northwest Bell telephone as an engineer. For many years he maintained an active practice as a pastoral and mental health counselor and was particularly involved in hospice care in a Christian context.

+Bp. Boyce was an active and steady guiding hand in the “Continuing Anglican Movement”. Most notably he served in many like minded bodies such as Forward in Faith in North America, and a priest to St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Bellevue, WA. In 1984 he served as the secretary of the Anglican Orthodox Church General Convention. On June 26, 1986 he was consecrated a bishop in the Orthodox Anglican Church, by Bishop James Parker Dees.

This priest is not alone in recalling Bishop Boyce to be an ever-accessible mentor, friend and encourager. He will always be remembered for his steady resolve to coax and inspire. He showed unflagging strength in serving his parishes. He rescued not only chihuahuas, but also many persons and parishes, weary in the faith. Bp Boyce with Fr Harley in the fellowship hall

Bishop Richard was the epitome of a consummate bishop. Both empathetic and compassionate he expressed these qualities in steadfast humility. He was unparalleled as pastor to the pastors and shepherd to all.

It was my great honor and privilege to have his trust and serve as his chaplain and priest at times of significant joys and sorrows. Always a man of few words, Bishop Richard was decisive, discreet, wise and loving. We are comforted by the words of his favorite hymn, Abide with me: Hold thou thy cross before my closing eyes; Shine through the gloom, and point me to the skies; Heav’n’s morning breaks, and earth’s vain shadows flee: In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me. Amen.

+Bishop Richard Boyce -God rest your soul. Submitted in love, Fr. Harley A. Crain+

Bishop Richard John Boyce retirement 2011

 

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A certain future

Jeremiah 29 11 plans for the future

He has plans and provides opportunity for all to serve his church!

Volunteers are needed for:

Garden planning (immediate and future)

Reunion celebration (anticipated!)

Anglican Music Symposium Planning (October)

 

Please contact Fr. Harley if you are interested.

(206) 365-6565

Rain or shine, we will have open-air worship on Sundays,

10:00 to Noon until the quarantine is lifted.

 

Easter Junco at the top of the pavillion tent April 12 2020

Proudly perched atop our Easter canopy! Praise God for all His creatures coming to worship.

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