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Learning About Anglicanism

St. Barnabas is part of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA), a group of Christian churches that trace their heritage back to the Church of England.  The Church of England began as part of the Protestant movement that arose … Continue reading

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To Whom or What do you belong?

Which Church Do You Belong To? Maybe you recognize that there is a “spiritual” dimension to the universe beyond the physical things we can see, but you don’t go to church, or church is not a significant part of your … Continue reading

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What Do They Do In There?

Welcome to St. Barnabas! Perhaps you have passed our church a few times and considered attending a service, but you wonder what will happen. For a preview, it’s easy to find a free online copy of the 2019 ACNA Prayer … Continue reading

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“You have taken your first step into a larger world.”

That is what Obi-Wan Kenobi says to Luke Skywalker when he  introduces him to the “force” in the first Star Wars movie ( Episode IV, A New Hope). When that movie came out, many people noticed that there were strong … Continue reading

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Summer Worship

In Seattle we have just passed through record-breaking heat. In years gone by, preachers could have used this as a mild foretaste of the hellish flames awaiting the ungodly. The modern Anglican style may be less colorful, but we should … Continue reading

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The Feast of St. Barnabas

June 11 is the day set aside by the Church to remember St. Barnabas. He is described in the Book of the Acts of the Apostles. His name was Joseph. Barnabas or “son of consolation” was apparently a nickname. Acts … Continue reading

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Ordinary Time

We have completed the great cycle of Lent, Easter, Ascension, and Pentecost. Now the Church enters “Ordinary Time.” This does not imply that the time is undistinguished, only that we are now counting Sundays by their relationship to Pentecost (the … Continue reading

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It’s Here: Pentecost!

After Jesus’ resurrection, he was with his followers for 40 days, comforting and teaching them. Then he vanished from their sight after telling them to stay in Jerusalem until they were “baptized with the Holy Spirit.” They found out what … Continue reading

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Alcuin of York (730-835)

Alcuin (pronounced aelkwin) was born about 730 near York into a noble family related to Willibrord, the first missionary to the Netherlands. He was educated at the cathedral school in York under Archbishop Egbert, a pupil of Bede. He thus … Continue reading

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What is the purpose of your life?

What Is Your Life About? We are bombarded with messages encouraging us to indulge our impulses (and buy things!) to be happy. That doesn’t work. Why? Because we are not made to indulge our impulses. What are we made for? … Continue reading

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