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During COVID, we are conducting services online, at Facebook Live, 9:30 am every Sunday at the link below:

The service is about 45-50 minutes in length, followed by a Zoom coffee hour.

Please join us for worship and fellowship!

When we are able to have worship in person we have an 8 am service of Holy Eucharist Rite I, and a 10:15 am of Holy Eucharist Rite II each Sunday. Rite I language is more Elizabethan English. Rite II language is more contemporary.

For any seasonal liturgies, please see the home page.

Contact office@holyspiritvashon.org with questions about accessing our worship services through Facebook, or joining our virtual (Zoom) coffee hour after Sunday prayer.

Past Sermons

Sixth Sunday of Easter

Get to work and be still. Get to work and be still. Get to work and be still. It’s Trinitarian to say something three times. Or it’s like the army, everything they want you to know they tell you multiple times. There is really, so much to unpack in this Gospel. We have “love” and “laying down one’s life”, “abiding”, and “commandments” or work—all just to get at what this Gospel means. And I’m going to opine that it all can go back to “Get to work and be still.” Let’s linger over these two aspects of the baptismal life. Get to work/ Commandments… which commandments does Jesus mean? Remember the young man who asked Jesus what he must do to gain salvation and Jesus said keep the commandments, and he said I do that, and Jesus said, give away everything. Maybe Jesus means a commandment that is particular to…

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Fifth Sunday of Easter

Since the time I last preached, we had a momentous few days. The police officer, Derek Chauvin, was tried in the murder of George Floyd and was found guilty. It was only a few minutes that passed in order for the country to breathe a collective sigh of relief, and then there was another police officer who killed yet another black teen, a 15 year old girl, in Columbus. The data is not in on this one, and it may have been justified, not every police shooting of a black or brown person is murder, but the timing could not have been worse. I never watched the cell phone video of the murder of George Floyd. I think in my previous job as a Washington DC medical examiner, I have seen too many dead black men. I know what lifeless dead bodies look like. The more I read of the…

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Third Sunday of Easter

Let us pause for a minute. We are back in the church. Let us just take a minute to let that sink in. This past week, I heard afresh Jesus’s “peace be with you.” It’s a heck of a thing for Jesus to say to a bunch of disciples… if you think they have been freshly traumatized and think they are staring at a ghost. I think I understand this story now on a whole different level—the peace part, not a ghost part. This is not the first time that these words have been heard new, fresh and profound. Think of people over the course of centuries gathering again after a war, or after any displacement. Things go back to a new normal—eventually. And it takes time to figure this new normal out. We may feel like we are out of the woods, but this virus is still a new…

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Second Sunday of Easter

Today is often called Doubting Thomas Sunday. This is UN-DOUBT-edly (you see what I did there!) one of the DUMBEST things Christians have ever come up with in the history of our shorthand devices for holding on to the stories of Scripture. Thomas is not a doubter. Thomas does not argue with the other disciples who have seen the risen Jesus, declaring that this cannot be so. Thomas does not flatly refuse to believe, he is not an unbeliever, he is not unfaithful; rather, he refuses to acknowledge as Lord and God any Jesus who does not bear the transfigured marks of his suffering. Thomas knows what to look for in the risen Christ: the marks of his wounds. He will be the one who was crucified, died, and was buried. He will be, as the poet Edward Shillito put it, Jesus of the Scars. We should remember that Thomas…

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Great Vigil of Easter

Christos anesti! Alethos anesti! Try it again…  Christos anesti! Alethos anesti! “Mortal, can these bones live?”  “He is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you.” Christos anesti! Alethos anesti! “Mortal, can these bones live?”  “He is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you.” Christ is Risen,  The Lord is risen indeed.  This second year of Holy Week in a pandemic, and hopefully the last, and here is Easter, but alas without its usual fanfare.  Last year we bantered around the awareness that the very first Easter was celebrated in fear and hiding.  That scene is best painted in the Markan Gospel, which we just read.  Last year’s Mathean Gospel is a little more joyful and a little less fearful. This year, we have grown somewhat used to the virus, and perhaps we…

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Good Friday

And so… we have arrived in Jerusalem. The time has come. We stand at the edge of a great mystery. The mystery we celebrate each year in Christ, the Crucified Risen One, who did not shrink from dying into our death, to raise us to life. Every year we do this, every year it doesn’t get old, every year has something to show us, every year there is something for us to take away from the readings of scripture in our liturgies about this great mystery. Good Friday is understandably marked by the reading of the Gospel of John’s version of the Passion Narrative. However, for this Good Friday, I want to spend some time with the other assigned readings. The other readings in some sense provide a commentary or contextual support as to why the crucifixion of Jesus is important. He was not the only Galilean the Romans crucified—there…

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