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Feast Days

All Saints’ Day Livestream: Nov. 1, 2020

Posted by on Sun, Nov 1, 2020 in Feast Days, Livestream, Season after Pentecost

An archival video recording of the online service streamed live via Zoom and Facebook Live on Nov. 1, 2020, at 10:30 AM PST. Any words or music under copyright are included with permission under ONE LICENSE No. A-706794.

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Mother Katherine’s sermon preached Nov. 1, 2020

Posted by on Sun, Nov 1, 2020 in Feast Days, Season after Pentecost, Sermons

Time magazine is changing its cover for the first time in its nearly 100 years. I’ve seen those issues arrive since I was old enough to see the top of the coffee table, and always inside those red borders it said “TIME” — on this cover it says instead, “VOTE”. The editor’s explanation is all about what a critical point this election is in our country, our lives, our children’s lives, our world. Yes, it very well might be. So, Vote, please, please VOTE. Still, no matter who is elected, this will not be “the Second Coming of Christ” nor is it the Apocalypse.

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Holy Eucharist Livestream for Sep. 27, 2020

Posted by on Sun, Sep 27, 2020 in Feast Days, Livestream, Season after Pentecost

An archival video recording of the online service streamed live via Zoom and Facebook Live on Sep. 27, 2020, at 10:30 AM PDT. Any words or music under copyright are included with permission under ONE LICENSE No. A-706794.

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Mother Katherine’s sermon preached Sep. 27, 2020

Posted by on Sun, Sep 27, 2020 in Feast Days, Season after Pentecost, Sermons

Wouldn’t it be great to have a crystal ball which could tell the future?! I’d like to know just how long this pandemic will last, when a trustworthy vaccine will come, and when we can gather in person. I want to know the outcome of November’s election and whether anger and disappointment will lead to violence between polarized weaponized people across our country. I want to know the forest fires will abate and I’d like to know when! Yes, a crystal ball would relieve a lot of preoccupying fear and worry, and yet may not give us the good news we want to hear.

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Apr. 5, 2020 – sermon

Posted by on Sun, Apr 5, 2020 in Feast Days, Holy Week, Lent, Sermons

It is said that for one’s soul to come to God we must either travel the path of love or the path of suffering. And really, if we love deeply, we know we risk suffering for that love. Jesus’ procession into his last days dynamically reminds us of this I think we try to shield children from pain and loss as much as we can, including from the pain and messiness of Jesus’ last days. When we’re young it’s understandable to learn such things at a child’s level, and  sometimes children themselves seem to filter out the scary or bad parts; perhaps this is how God protects them. As we grow up we learn this protection no longer serves us, and that yes, bad things can happen to good people.

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Feb. 2, 2020 – sermon

Posted by on Sun, Feb 2, 2020 in Epiphany, Feast Days, Sermons

Today we see the last glimpse of Jesus as an infant, and this moment in the temple is our pivot from Christmastide toward Easter. Today is the start of preparations for all that Jesus will become, heard through the words of the prophet Anna and blessed Simeon, and seen through the actions of Joseph and Mary. Though many Episcopalians have never observed it before, The Presentation of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Temple, or Candlemas Day, has been celebrated since the 4th century. Originally infant presentations and purification blessings were carried out in accordance with the law set forth in Leviticus, prayers being offered when mother and child entered the tent or Temple for the first time.

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