Weather Update!

Prepare a cup of hot chocolate in your favorite mug or make an eggnog with whipped cream piled high. The weather is well suited to staying home safe and warm for our next event. With more snow and ice predicted to be on the way, we’re moving our service of Lessons & Carols to Zoom.

Don’t forget to have an appetizer on hand as we had intended.

Our music director will play the hymns and readers will share the Scripture Lessons. We will celebrate our Christmas tide virtually and gather in person on Sunday January 2nd, 2022, at 10:00 am for the Mass.

Stay warm and stay safe.

If you have not joined us virtually before, call this number (206)365-6565 or email at

Blessings to all, we pray this prayer on the Tuesday after Christmas:

Almighty God, you have poured upon us the new light of your incarnate Word: Grant that this light, kindled in our hearts, may shine forth in our lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Nine Lessons and Carols - YouTube
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Winter Storm Warning!

Dec 1 - Service Cancelled Due to Weather - St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Ancaster

No Mass today, December 26, 2021.

Our next scheduled service will be Lessons & Carols on Friday at 2:00 pm. An appetizer potluck to follow in the Fellowship Hall.

Blessings on this First Sunday after Christmas, remembering St. Stephen – Deacon & Martyr.

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Christmas is Coming!

The pre-Christmas theatre event featuring the Taproot Theatre Company was enjoyable and well attended, as was the dessert that followed.Now we turn our attention to Christmas, celebrating the birth of Jesus the Messiah.For centuries, the Jewish people had pondered their need for salvation. They focused their expectation on a powerful figure, the Messiah, who would defeat their enemies and set up the universal worship of the one true God.Some looked for a mighty warrior like David, others looked for a charismatic leader like Moses, a few (puzzling over the Book of the prophet Isaiah) imagined someone who would gain victory through suffering.

What they got was better than anyone had imagined, they got Jesus. Jesus was not just sent from God, he was (and is) God. He did not defeat human enemies in battle, but he defeated sin, evil and death, giving us access to an eternal and blessed life with God. He was not just a solitary leader, he empowered the leaders of the early Church to begin to convert the world. Christmas, celebrating Jesus’ birth, is just the beginning of the story, but you will understand the story best if you hear the beginning.

Come join us on Christmas Eve (Friday) starting at 7:00 pm.

You can also join us on Christmas Day (Saturday) starting at 10:00 am.

And we will have our regular Sunday liturgy on December 26, starting (as usual) at 10:00.

May your Christmas be blessed and may you learn more about Jesus!

Christmas Eve Candlelight Memorial and Communion Service
Christmas Eve Candle Light Service
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Join us for Dessert Theatre!

Dessert Theatre – December 18th @ 6:00 pm

(Doors open at 5:30 pm)


Taproot Theatre Company



Seasonal Music by Don Vollema!

Bring your family and friends!

Tickets – $10.00

Space is limited – Make your reservation, early!

(206) 365-6565

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Thanksgiving Day Service & Advent Season

Happy Thanksgiving! The holiday stands for freedom because it reminds us that the Pilgrims, a Christian sect that had been living in the Netherlands because of religious persecution in England, came to the New World to find freedom of worship.

Thanksgiving also stands for self-government. While still on board, the travelers signed the Mayflower Compact, setting up the first “civil body politic” in the New World and setting the example for other countries around the world to establish governments based on the consent of the governed.

Thanksgiving also stands for courage. More than half of the settlers died during that first bleak winter, but the remainder struggled on and the settlement survived.

Thanksgiving also stands for harmony among diverse people. That first harvest meal shared with local Indians, though later overshadowed by warfare between settlers and Indians, remains a vivid symbol of good will and hospitality.   

After Thanksgiving comes Advent, the first season of the Christian year. Advent means the arrival of someone or something important. The ancient Jewish people were convinced that God would send a champion with mighty power to save them from sin, evil, and death. Jewish leaders were normally anointed with oil to signify their status, so one of the terms used for this future savior was Messiah, meaning “anointed one.” The Greek translation of Messiah is Christos (or Christ).

Christians believe the Jesus was God’s champion and in fact that he was God himself. In the four Sundays leading up to Christmas, we hear again the Jewish prophecies about the saving Messiah and we prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus. God’s champion came, not in mighty power, but in humility.

Thanksgiving Day, Thursday November 25, we celebrate a communion service with music –10:00 am.

Every Sunday in Advent Join us at 10:00 a.m. It will enrich your life.

Verse for Today- Giving Thanks | Living Notes of Life
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Does God Love Me Just the Way I Am?

The answer to the question above is “Yes, and no.” God loves you, yes absolutely, and he wants you to live with him forever. This is proved by the fact that God sent his Son, Jesus, to take on human nature and to die for our sins. God’s extraordinary self-sacrifice, taking on himself the penalty for our sins, shows that from God’s point of view our sins are literally a matter of life and death.

Sometimes the phrase, “God loves me just the way I am” is used to mean “God loves me and doesn’t care what I do.” But look at the first interaction between God and humanity recorded in the Bible, to story of Adam and Eve. God issued one rule (don’t eat from that tree). Adam and Eve broke the rule. God did not say, “Well, that’s all right, I love you just the way you are.” He expelled Adam and Eve from their pleasant garden and consigned them to a life of work and pain. Look at the history of the people of Israel. When they broke the Ten Commandments, God punished them. God cares deeply what we do. He loves us despite our sins, but he wants us to give up our sins.

Jesus instructed us (in the Lord’s Prayer) to call God “Father.” Think of how a father loves his children. He loves them no matter what, but he does not love them “just the way they are.” He wants them to grow in maturity and good works.

Our liturgy at St. Barnabas reflects both sides of this question. There is thanksgiving for God’s love and there are stories about his mighty works to save his followers in the past. There is also confession and prayers for forgiveness because we recognize that everyone sins in one way or another. This is liberating! It is unhealthy to fool oneself into thinking that one does not sin, and it is equally unhealthy to suppose that our sins have irrevocably cut us off from God.  The fact is that we do sin and that God has done something about it in Jesus, but he wants us to strive for holiness, and he has promised to help that striving.
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Blessing of the Animals

This Sunday – October 3rd at Noon we recognize the stewardship of St. Francis for all of God’s creation. We will have a brief liturgy to recognize our role as steward’s of our animal companions. Each pet will be blessed individually and will receive a goody bag. Join us under the tent, right in front of the church. Everyone is welcome!

Sunday, October 3rd @ Noon
All Creatures Great & Small Invited!
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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 in reaction to perceived (and acknowledged) abuses in the medieval Roman Catholic Church.  The Church of England has been through many political twists and turns, but at its best it has always emphasized familiarity with the Bible and humble dependence on God’s actions in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus as the key to salvation. 

In the Seventeenth Century, the Anglican Church developed a beautiful liturgy (a form of prayers and readings for public worship) that has been used worldwide.  In the course of time, however, some words in the liturgy fell out of use and some changed their meanings.  In 2019, the ACNA published a new version of the liturgy that preserves the sense of the original but uses more modern language to avoid confusion.  That is the liturgy that we use at St. Barnabas.

The ACNA publishes forms of daily prayer (called the Daily Office) online at

 You can find prayers for the morning, for midday, for the evening, and for late evening (compline).  Here is how the morning prayer liturgy often begins:

Dearly beloved, the Scriptures teach us to acknowledge our many sins and offenses, not concealing them from our heavenly Father, but confessing them with humble and obedient hearts that we may obtain forgiveness by his infinite goodness and mercy. We ought at all times humbly to acknowledge our sins before Almighty God, but especially when we come together in his presence to give thanks for the great benefits we have received at his hands, to declare his most worthy praise, to hear his holy Word, and to ask, for ourselves and on behalf of others, those things which are necessary for our life and our salvation. Therefore, draw near with me to the throne of heavenly grace.

There are comforting themes here.  We are all beloved of God, and we strive to love one another.  We acknowledge that we all sin.  Sin separates us from God and we cannot fix that separation ourselves.  We must depend on God to do it, and so we make humble confession, trusting in God’s infinite mercy to forgive.  This is particularly appropriate when we come together to acknowledge all the great gifts of God, including this beautiful world.  Together (virtually together if you are using the website) we hear God’s words in the Bible and make our prayers and thanksgivings.  We draw near to God’s throne, preparing for eternal life in which we will praise God and bask in his love for us in a renewed world without sin, evil, or death.

Our Sunday liturgy addresses these same themes, and centers around the ceremony of bread and wine that Jesus instructed us to follow.  

One way to learn about Anglicanism is to try the Daily Office for a while.  Plus, come and join us on Sundays.  We begin around 9:50 am with some hymns.  The formal liturgy starts around 10:00 am.

Book of Common Prayer 2019
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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 life.

To you we say, “Come and join us!”

Why do we say this? Are we the cleverest and best looking people around? By no means, but we can introduce you to Jesus.

This is a big deal. Jesus is God, and if you want to learn about the spiritual dimension of the universe, it makes sense to get to know the one who made the universe.

Is St. Barnabas the only place you can meet Jesus? By no means, but it is one such place.

At St. Barnabas, we read from the Bible every Sunday, we talk about Jesus and what he means, and we share bread and wine as he instructed us to do.

Come and learn of him.

I am the living bread which has come down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will live for ...

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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 Book:

We usually follow the Eucharist service that starts on page 105. You can read through the service ahead of time to get oriented.

Here’s a guide:

  1. Someone will hand you a leaflet as you enter. Hang onto this. The inside back cover has a step-by-step outline of the service, keyed to page numbers in the hymnal and Prayer Book.
  2. Sit anywhere you like.
  3. About 10 minutes before the service begins (i.e., around 9:50 am) the pianist leads us in four “warm-up” pre-service hymns from the Celebration Hymnal, copies of which are located at the ends of the pews. During the service, we switch to the 1940 Hymnal found in the rack in front of you.
  4. The service begins with a processional hymn (from the 1940 Hymnal) followed by an acclamation found inside the front cover of your leaflet.
  5. The service continues on page 106 of the Prayer Book (in the rack in front of you) with the Collect for Purity. The service then follows sequentially through the Prayer Book, with a few digressions.
  6. On page 108, the Prayer Book indicates that the “Lessons” for the day will be read. There is an Old Testament lesson, a Psalm, a New Testament lesson, and a Gospel lesson. They change from week to week but all are printed in your leaflet. We stand to recite the Psalm. We stand again to hear the Gospel lesson and, to make it extra special, we frame the Gospel lesson with a hymn, typically singing a couple of verses before and the remaining verses after the Gospel. The hymn number is in your leaflet.
  7. After the Gospel lesson comes the sermon hymn (usually announced but also listed in your leaflet) and the sermon.
  8. We return to the Prayer Book at page 109 for the Nicene Creed, then the Prayers of the People on pages 110-111. At the top of page 112, the priest adds prayers for members of the parish, then we continue with the Confession, Absolution, and Comfortable Words on pages 112-114.
  9. On page 114, the priest says, “Peace be with you,” and we respond, “and with your spirit.” Then there is a break while the priest prepares the bread and wine for the Eucharist. A collection is taken during this time and when it is brought to the front we sing: “Praise God from whom all blessings flow.”
  10. Now we are at page 115 for the Sursum Corda (“lift up your hearts”) and then we sing the Sanctus (“holy, holy, holy”). Bells are rung to mark this important moment.
  11. Next comes the Prayer of Consecration on pages 116-117. Bells are rung at additional important moments.
  12. Then we say together the Lord’s Prayer on page 118 and the Prayer of Humble Access on page 119, then we sing the Agnus Dei (“lamb of God”).
  13. Then comes the Eucharist, which is open to all baptized Christians. To protect health, the wafers are distributed using tongs, the wine is provided in individual cups. If you have limited mobility, we will bring the bread and wine to you.
  14. Next we have the post-communion prayer on page 121, then some brief announcements, then a blessing and a recessional hymn. Then a brief prayer and another hymn while the candles on the altar are extinguished.
  15. The final exchange is “Go in peace to love and serve the Lord, alleluia, alleluia!” “Thanks be to God, alleluia, alleluia!”

It can be a bit complex working with two hymnals and a Prayer Book and a leaflet, but you’ll soon get the hang of it. The people sitting around you will be happy to help.

Don’t be shy! If you have been meaning to come to church, this is a good time to do it!

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