As we watch the setting of the sun…

October 11, 2018 – Thursday Evening

Hallowed be thy name.1

Thou shalt worship no other god: for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.2

Who is like unto thee, O Lord, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?3 Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty.4

Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.5 I saw … the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. Above it stood the seraphims. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory. Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone.6 I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee. Wherefore I abhor myself.7

The blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.8 That we might be partakers of his holiness.9 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, let us draw near with a true heart.10

1Mat 6:9; 2Exo 34:14; 3Exo 15:11; 4Rev 4:8; 51Ch 16:29; 6Isa 6:1-3,5; 7Job 42:5,6; 81Jo 1:7; 9Heb 12:10; 10Heb 10:19,22; From Bagsters Daily light (KJV)

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Help us celebrate!

October fest graphic

Please join us!

Saturday, October 27 at 2:00 pm

Dedication of the Stain Glass Window

And Octoberfest Social

Music provided by Don Vollema & Deborah Colyn

St. Barnabas Anglican Church

2340 N 155th St

Shoreline, WA   98133

(206) 365-6565

For catering, please RSVP by Oct. 20th

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Feast of St. Francis – Blessing of the Animals

Join us, this Sunday October 7, 2018 for a pet blessing. At Noon directly after the 10:30am service we will observe a brief liturgy for our animal companions. Each animal present will receive an individual blessing and prayer.

See you Sunday!

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Animal Blessing Oct. 7 at Noon


Feast of St. Francis

Pet Blessings

 St. Barnabas Anglican Church

2340 N. 155th St.

Shoreline, WA  98133

 October 7, 2018 @ Noon – All pets and their people are welcome!

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Animal Blessing Oct. 7 at Noon

Feast of St. Francis

Pet Blessings

 St. Barnabas Anglican Church

2340 N. 155th St.

Shoreline, WA  98133

 October 7, 2018 @ Noon – All pets and their people are welcome!

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WHO IS GOD? Part 18 (The Wilderness)

St. Barnabas Blog (SBB):  We were talking about the Hebrews in Egypt and their escape after a series of plagues caused Pharaoh to let them go.

Anaiah:  Yes.  This was not simply a political event.  Pharaoh himself puts it most clearly when he says to Moses:  “Rise up, go forth from among my people, both you and the people of Israel; and go, serve the Lord, as you have said.”  Exodus 12:31.  The Hebrews knew, as even Pharaoh grudgingly recognized, that they had been singled out from all the peoples of the world to serve one God.  Remember, this is connected with the promise made to Abraham, that his people would serve as a light to all the peoples of the earth.

SBB:  But didn’t Pharaoh pursue the Hebrews after agreeing to let them go?

Anaiah:  He did, along with his army.  The Hebrews fled until they came to a body of water that barred their path.  At that point, with God’s help, the waters were parted and the Hebrews were able to make their escape.  Pharaoh’s army attempted to follow but were destroyed when the waters returned.

SBB:  But did this . . .?

Anaiah:  Happen?  Yes, though again I believe that legendary details may have grown up around the story.

SBB:  What do we learn about God from this?

Anaiah:  God speaks to us symbolically.  The creation story (Genesis 1:6) describes the entire world as being made by parting the primeval waters.  Now we read that Moses and the Hebrews were saved when God parted the waters. We will see the same image repeated later in the story.  I conclude that God is teaching us something about water and salvation, but as happens often, the teaching is indirect.

SBB:  What happened after the Hebrews are safely across the water?

Anaiah:  They marched off into the wilderness (what is now called the Sinai Peninsula).  This was a very inhospitable place, almost devoid of vegetation.  Soon the supplies of drinking water and food ran short.  But God helped them through miracles.  This was, I believe, another lesson.  God was training the people to be completely dependent on him.

SBB:  Wasn’t this lesson already taught in Egypt and at the crossing of the sea?

Anaiah:  Yes, but this lesson is evidently hard to learn.  We will see this throughout the desert journey and beyond.  In fact, this goes to the heart of our relationship with God.  Abraham was tested when he was asked to sacrifice Isaac.  Adam was tested in the Garden.  The question keeps coming up:  will you trust in God or will you try to invent your own security?  Ultimately, this comes down to the question:  will you admit that God is God, or will you try to be your own god?  Trusting God leads to life, trusting in one’s own resources leads to death.

SBB:  What does it mean to trust in God?

Anaiah:  We see it illustrated in the desert.  Despite repeated miracles, the people complain and express fear about the future, but God saves them.  And then he brings them to the mountain where Moses had first seen the burning bush.

SBB:  Why did God do that?

Anaiah:  God was going to appear to the people, to teach them how to live according to his laws.

SBB:  Why were laws necessary?

Anaiah:  Laws were not necessary originally.  Adam and Eve lived in the Garden with only one, almost token rule.  But God is merciful.  He recognized that the Hebrews were not ready for complete freedom.  They needed direction.  In the same way, we teach children by giving them rules to live by, hoping that they will eventually learn to govern themselves.

SBB:  So what happened at the mountain?

Anaiah:  That’s a story in itself for next time.

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Wednesday Night Music Group

Join Our Wednesday Evening music Group

6:30 pm

Bring your guitar, banjo, mandolin or instrument of your choice and join us in fellowship as we jam and sing! 

All levels of experience are welcome.

Bring a song you want to share.

 St. Barnabas Anglican Church

2340 N. 115th

Shoreline, WA   98133


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As a long weekend comes to a close

A little wisdom at the end of a three day and the eve of a new work week.

September 3, 2018 – Monday Evening

The serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: … your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.1

I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.2

My brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 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. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.3 Lest Satan should get an advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices.4

1Gen 3:4,5; 22Co 11:3; 3Eph 6:10,11,13-17; 42Co 2:11;

From Bagster’s Daily light (KJV)

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WHO IS GOD? Part 17 (The Escape from Egypt)

Our discussion with Anaiah, an educated Jew from the 500’s B.C., continues.

St. Barnabas Blog:  Last time, we talked about Moses, a child of the enslaved Hebrews, raised by a royal Egyptian princess, exiled from Egypt.  God revealed himself in a burning bush and instructed him to return to Egypt and set his people free so that they could return to the land promised to their ancestor Abraham.

Anaiah:  Right, and the story goes on to describe how Moses followed God’s instructions, returned to Egypt, and after a series of signs and wonders from God, persuaded the king (Pharaoh) of Egypt to let the Hebrews go.

SBB:  I’m going to ask my usual question.

Anaiah:  You mean, did this really happen?  I will give my usual answer:  yes though the details may be colored by tradition over hundreds of years of re-telling.  One point I must insist on, though, and that is the last of the signs, the one that finally made Pharaoh relent.

SBB:  What was that?

Anaiah:  Despite a series of plagues involving vermin, disease, and darkness falling over the land, Pharaoh remained stubborn and refused to let the Hebrews go.  Finally, God gave notice of the worst plague of all:  the first-born of all Egypt, people and animals, would die in a single night.  The Hebrews could protect themselves only by putting the blood of a lamb on their doorposts so that the Destroyer would “pass over” them.  That event, as you probably know, is commemorated in the annual Jewish observance of Passover.

SBB:  Why do you insist on that particular sign?

Anaiah:  In doing so I do not mean to deny the reality of the rest, but the commemoration of Passover (as we shall see) follows God’s command and the final sign directly furthered God’s announced plan to bring the Hebrews back to the Promised Land.  Passover is so deeply bound up with our identity as a people that it is hard to imagine that it was simply invented.  Beyond this, it is not the sort of thing that one would invent.  The other signs resemble natural events.  Egypt is periodically infested by flies, frogs, and other vermin, and it is darkened by sandstorms.  But sudden death of the firstborn, averted only by ritual sacrifice, seems different in kind, it has an otherworldly air, like a burning bush that is not consumed.  There is also a kind of irony that we have seen before.  This story began with the Egyptians ordering the death of Hebrew children, and their scheme has rebounded upon them through one child who passed through that peril.  Similarly, we saw that Joseph was attacked by his brothers and left for dead, but he ended up as the savior not only of his brothers but of his whole people.

SBB:  What do we learn about God from this story?

Anaiah:  We learn that God’s purposes are not defeated by human malice or errors.  We learn that God’s promise to the Hebrews is carried out in such a way that they must recognize their complete dependence on God’s free gift.  There is certainly no suggestion in the story that the Hebrews deserved to be saved for any conspicuous goodness of their own, or that their salvation was brought about by their own initiative.  To the contrary, they were saved only by their strict obedience to God’s command.  We learn that God’s actions have a certain pattern.  Abraham was instructed to sacrifice Isaac, but disaster was averted when God provided a ram for sacrifice.  Now in Egypt, the people are saved by sacrificing a lamb.  It is not anything that could have been predicted, but in retrospect a certain pattern emerges.  Finally, we learn that God’s loving purpose remains:  to save all people in the world through the creation of a particular people, the Hebrews, loyal to and dependent on himself.

SBB:  What happened after the Pharaoh decided to let the Hebrews go?

Anaiah:  They set off for the Promised Land, but had many adventures before they got there.  I’ll explain further next time.

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Nigerian Sunday Debrief

Nigerian Sunday has come and gone.  It was a joyful time of singing, dancing, clapping, and praying together. The Venerable Dr. Godson Ofoegbu was our preacher and visiting minister. The Rev. Dr. Godson brought greetings from Transfiguration Anglican Church of Los Angeles in California. He expounded the Gospel lesson that “those who exalt themselves will be humbled, while those who humble themselves will be exalted.” (Luke 18:14)  We shared the Eucharist together, and food and fellowship followed the liturgy.  If you missed it, there is always next year!

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