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