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As Easter people, we embrace audacity of Jesus’ love | Worship

On Easter Sunday, and every Sunday until Pentecost 50 days later, we begin our worship with “Alleluia, Christ is risen! The Lord is risen indeed, Alleluia!” I love that our Easter words stand in stark contrast to the words we said during lent, th... Full story

 

Like it or not, we must pray for everyone, even President Trump | Worship

Recently, I’ve encountered a number of people who had expressed a hesitancy, even inability, to pray for our new president. When a person is in such violent disagreement with someone else, prayer, that intimate act of standing vulnerable before...

 

Religious groups stand together in God’s love | Worship

The Muslim Association of Puget Sound and the Church Council of Greater Seattle, with support from Temple di Hirsch Sinai, are hosting a series of community conversations called “Standing Together.” In a society and a world dominated by drawing... Full story

 

It is time to take a stand for love and peace | Worship

Some 60 people came together at St. Hilda St. Patrick Friday, Nov. 20, to read the names of all those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. Nov. 20 of every year is the Transgender Day of Remembrance, held to honor Rita...

 

Make love your first priority | Worship

This summer, as the U.S. Supreme Court was ruling on the legal status of same-sex marriages, the national Episcopal Church in the USA met for its triennial General Convention. At this convention, delegates and bishops approved liturgies for blessing...

 

One reverend’s trip to the Holy Land | Worship

A pilgrimage is defined as a journey of spiritual significance. The purpose of making a pilgrimage is to change one’s perspective, which often happens in unexpected ways. In January, I made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. The spiritual experience...

 

We must live with the eyes of our heart enlightened | Worship

I think that The Church as an American institution has died. Everybody who never enters our doors already knows this; The Church is just figuring it out. By The Church, I mean the whole of us who are part of some organized religion. Whether Roman Cat...

 

Why am I in this hand basket? | Worship

Where are we going and why am I in this hand basket? This is one of the best bumper stickers I have seen. Two images come to mind: Toto, (that cute black dog from the “Wizard of Oz”) stuck in the...

 

Renew yourself in God’s sabbath time | Worship

Open the windows, check the oil, fill the gas tank – it is time to hit the open road! Summer is, without a doubt, my favorite time of year. Vacation, trips to the off-leash dog park, walking on the beach for an hour, barefoot. These are all the...

 

New group gives youths chance to explore their souls | Worship

At St. Hilda St. Patrick, we are stepping outside our routine and taking a risk for God. Maybe it’s not such a big risk for larger churches, but for us, a neighborhood church with about 75 people each Sunday, it is a big step. Starting Sunday,...

 

God’s plan for you is your plan, too | Worship

God has a plan. I get so frustrated by those words. Really? Was it God’s plan that my friend’s nephew died of brain cancer? Or that my husband be struck by a car and killed? I really don’t believe that. In my opinion, the idea that God has a... Full story

 

Don’t rush this holiday – be present | Worship

A gift of presence and amazing grace. That’s what I was given by my congregation this past summer when I took a much-needed four-month sabbatical. Clergy in my denomination are encouraged to take a sabbatical every 5-7 years, and this was my...

 

Sabbaticals: Time to reflect and refresh

Do you dream of having an extended time of rest and re-creation? A time when all you have to really think about is where you are with God, with your own spirit? Jesus frequently took himself off to pray. He went up mountains, he walked along the... Full story

 

Alleluia! The true meaning of Easter

Alleluia, Christ is risen! The Lord is risen indeed, alleluia! This is how we begin our worship from Easter Sunday until the day of Pentecost, eight weeks later. That is a lot of alleluias! We take full advantage of saying “alleluia” throughout...

 

Continue the work that Jesus began

Last year couldn’t end soon enough, especially for my congregation of St. Hilda St. Patrick. In the last three months of the year we had five deaths, two of them completely unexpected. One of those deaths was my husband’s. In the midst of these...

 

Worship is not about you

“The devil likes it when you skip church because he knows that dry people burn better.” Perhaps it’s not theologically or even politically correct to say such things now, but I'm reminded of that proverb as I have observed church attendance... Full story

 

Advent: A season of vulnerability

In the Episcopal Church, which is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion (think Church of England), we have always celebrated the ancient tradition of Advent. We count the four weeks leading to the celebration of Jesus who becomes the Christ. We...

 

Dealing with life's changes

"The only constant in life is change.” – Heraclitus, Greek Philosopher, 535-475 B.C. Heraclitus was a Greek philosopher, known for his philosophy that change is central to the universe. He is also known for establishing the term...

 

Reveal moments of truth with creativity

Introspection: Moments of Truth. There are times when we cannot avoid being honest with ourselves, when we must acknowledge failure and weakness, as well as wonder, distinction, and glory. These moments are humbling and yet we may be oddly reassured...

 

How do you see God in your life?

How do you see God in your life? I think that can be the hardest question to ask or answer. There is a follow-up question, too: When do you feel close to God? These are not questions commonly asked. You probably won’t get asked this by a...

 

We, like God, long for a better world

Over the past two weeks, my husband and I have been dealing with family dramas of the medical kind. Both of my in-laws experienced medical emergencies that have landed them in a rehabilitation facility. Fortunately, they are in the same place and in... Full story

 

God calls for compassion and hope

I was well into writing this column when the earthquake in Haiti struck. I originally thought to write about the season of Epiphany and the Wise Men who came to see the Christ Child. I was going to talk about the Christmas lights on homes as an...

 

The time on the water is indeed holy time

Not too long ago, our choir at St. Hilda St. Patrick Episcopal church performed "Row Together to the Kingdom" by Pepper Choplin, who is renowned for his inventive, inspired worship music. Much of what he writes has a gospel feel to it: Row-wuh,...

 

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