Feast Days

Photo album: Saint Michael’s Day Celebration 2017

Posted by on Wed, Oct 4, 2017 in Events, Feast Days, Photos, Season after Pentecost, Youth

Saint Michael’s Day Celebration 2017: Here are some photos taken by parishioners James Violette, Kathie Wilbert, and staff member Jason Anderson at our patronal feast day celebration on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017. Many thanks to all who make the day a festive success!

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Saint Michael and All Angels – sermon

Posted by on Sun, Oct 1, 2017 in Feast Days, Season after Pentecost, Sermons

Jacob is in exile at Bethel, feeling alone and abandoned by God, and goes to sleep using a stone for his pillow. In his dream God appears reiterating his words to Abraham and Isaac, that all humankind would be blessed through them, and now repeats the promise to Jacob. God promises to be with him always and to return him to this land. That divine appearance to the three patriarchs highlights the tremendous importance of these promises to God’s people. Jacob is sure of it because he’s seen the signs of divine angels ascending and descending upon the ladder which reaches from him to the heavenly realm, and now at the foot of this ladder, God appears reiterating that promise. Jacob awakens saying, “Surely the Lord is in this place…This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.” It is this vision of Jacob’s wherein the sacred Temple at Bethel is named and founded. Keep this scene in your mind now, because it is this which Jesus alludes to in our gospel.

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Sep. 10, 2017 – Holy Cross Day – sermon

Posted by on Sun, Sep 10, 2017 in Feast Days, Season after Pentecost, Sermons

Something very powerful happens when we process in following the cross. I say ‘we’ because our procession through the people gathered is not just to cue you about when to stand, it’s done on behalf of the whole assembly. It symbolically draws us all together into worship, so as far as is possible the procession will include all of the orders of the church; lay members, religious orders, deacons, priests, and bishops – at our annual convention each year it’s quite a sight! Being led into worship with the cross is not an accident, it is symbolic of our coming together to pray as people who seek to follow Christ, and our prayers and intentions are thus focus

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Photo album: All Saints’ Day 2015

Posted by on Sun, Nov 1, 2015 in Events, Feast Days, Photos

Photo album: All Saints’ Day 2015 November 1, 2015   Scenes from our 9:15am and 11:00am services on All Saints’ Day 2015 (photos courtesy Anita Freyer and Melanie Violette). Show allNov. 1, 2015: All Saints’...

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Nov. 1, 2015: All Saints’ Day (sermon)

Posted by on Sun, Nov 1, 2015 in Church Year, Feast Days, Season after Pentecost, Sermons

All Saints’ Day, Year B November 1, 2015 Wisdom of Solomon 3:1-9; Psalm 24; Revelation 21:1-6a; John 11:32-44 [ view lectionary readings ] If you are my age or older, you may have learned this bedtime prayer as a child; Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep. If I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take. Recently a grandparent explained to me it had changed, and now one learns; Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep. Guide me safely through this night, and wake me with the morning light. At first I agreed it was an improvement for...

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Nov. 2, 2014: Sunday after All Saints’ Day

Posted by on Sun, Nov 2, 2014 in Feast Days, Sermons

Sunday after All Saints’ Day November 2, 2014 Revelation 7:9-17; Psalm 34:1-10, 22; 1 John 3:1-3; Matthew 5:1-12 “They will hunger no more, and thirst no more; the sun will not strike them, nor any scorching heat; for the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of the water of life, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” Only 50 to 75 years after the death of Christ, John of Patmos penned this otherworldly vision of the saints in light from his island exile, conjuring images of white robes, choruses of praise and joyful...

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