We will recognize the feast of St. Francis on Sunday October 2, 2022. We will offer pet blessings after the Sunday service at Noon. Rain or shine, meet us at the red doors. All pets and creatures are welcome!
Summer days are long in Seattle, providing a good time to sit on the porch, or in a park and read. What should we read? Today’s best-seller that will be forgotten next year, or something of perennial interest, like the Bible? The Bible is not one book, it is a whole library of books written by many people over many centuries. There is something for everyone: good news in the Gospels of Mark and Luke (“gospel” means good news), adventures around the Mediterranean world in the Acts of the Apostles, practical messages followed by mystical imagery in the book of Revelation. Don’t forget the familiar Bible stories from the books of Genesis and Exodus, the philosophical musings in the books of Job and Jonah, the political history in the books of Samuel and Kings, and the inspiring (and sometimes angry) poetry of the Psalms. Christians believe that the books of the Bible are not ordinary books, that God the creator of the universe guided the authors to produce information that God wants us to hear. The point of the exercise is to offer a personal relationship between individual believers and a God who loves us, just as friends ask each other, “Where do you come from, what do you do, what do you think about the world?”
You can read the books of the Bible for the rest of your life with increasing understanding and wonder. Get started now! Not sure where to begin? Come and join us at St. Barnabas on Sunday mornings. Our liturgy begins shortly before 10 am with hymns (many of which echo Bible texts). One of the glories of the Anglican tradition is that every Sunday liturgy includes Bible readings. The sermon usually focuses on exploring one of that day’s Bible passages.
Thou hast given me the heritage of those that fear thy name.1
No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.2 The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them. O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. O fear the Lord, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him. The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing.3 The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage.4
Unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings: and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.5 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?6
Summer is a season of learning and a good time to come to church. Our readings track through books of the Bible in a sequential way, and summer is a good time to learn about our prayers and ceremonies. Most importantly, any time is a good time to learn more about Jesus, who came to live and die to save us from our sins. This is the greatest story ever told, and we look forward to sharing it with you. Our liturgy starts officially at 10:00 am on Sundays, though we start singing hymns about 10 minutes earlier. All are welcome.
Many of the summer sermons will explore Luke’s Gospel as it appears in our assigned (lectionary) readings:
Blessings for the summer, wherever your travels take you!
On Thursday May 26, 2022 we commemorate the Ascension of Jesus Christ. We will observe Masses at Noon and 7:00 p.m. Join us as we conclude the 40 days of Easter tide with Christ’s return to the Father in heaven.
On Sunday June 5, 2022 we celebrate the birthday of the Christian church on the Day of Pentecost. Sunday services are at 10:00 a.m. The Day of Pentecost concludes the period of the Great 50 days from Easter to Pentecost. A new season of the church year begins on the following Sunday with Trinity Sunday, celebrated on Sunday June 12, 2022.
Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.2
It is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. 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.3 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.4 Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed: and make you a new heart and a new spirit.5 Lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.6 Little children, abide in him that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming. If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him.7
We have entered what the Church calls the “Great 50 Days” between Easter and Pentecost. Jesus’ resurrection from the dead (that’s right, he was dead and later was found alive again, which is worth looking into) changed the world and freed us from the consequences of our sins. This is a big deal, worth celebrating for 50 days. What does this all mean? It’s a big of a long story, and you should come and join us for the Great 50 Days to find out.
This extended Easter story is sometimes referred to as Easter tide in the Anglican church. We are swept by this spring tide in the church from the Resurrection to the Ascension of Jesus Christ and bringing events to a culmination on the day of Pentecost. At the end of the great 50 days we are brought to a new season and transformed by those 50 days.
Our Sunday liturgy starts officially at 10:00 am, we start about 10 minutes early singing hymns.
Lent is an opportunity for self-examination and preparation for Easter. At St. Barnabas we are having soup suppers at 6:30 on Tuesday evenings. During the suppers we are discussing a book based on Jesus’ parable of the Prodigal Son. We finish with a short Compline service. Our Sunday services continue at 10:00 a.m. (join us for pre-service hymns starting around 9:50).
If you have been separated from Christian fellowship because of Covid or other life experiences, this is a great time to return. Get ready to hear the good news that Jesus has saved us!
Beginning Tuesday, March 8th there will be no Zoom studies during Lent. Rather, we will be continuing our discussions during soup suppers at 6:30 pm in the fellowship hall. We will conclude our fellowship with Compline.