Worship

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We are now able to have worship in person! Please join us at 8 AM or 9:30 AM, for Holy Eucharist Rite I (8 am) and Holy Eucharist Rite II (9:30 am) service each Sunday, as well as online at Facebook Live, at the link below:

Services are about an hour in length as well as the online Facebook service at 9:30.

Please join us for worship and fellowship!

For any seasonal liturgies, please see the home page.

Contact office@holyspiritvashon.org with questions about accessing our worship services through Facebook.

Past Sermons

The First Sunday in Advent

Sermon for 11-27-2022, 1st Advent, The Rev. Evan Graham Clendenin   For as the days of Noah were, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark, and they knew nothing until the flood came and swept them all away, so too will be the coming of the Son of Man. What sort of time do we live in now? Well, the disciples with Jesus were living in a time of expectation, the arrival of some person, some power, some reign we might call messianic, the son of Man as Jesus says. It may be that they expect, that they actively hope for what will settle intractable disputes, pacify struggles, purify and enrich and hallow the ground, feed the hungry, wipe every tear from…

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Christ the King

“He is the image of the invisible God,…in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross.”   Colossians 1:15-20 NRSV   Who is Jesus Christ, what does he do, and what does that matter to us, our neighbors and the world? Who is he? What does he do? What does it matter? These are some questions that people might ask, somewhere in their mind and body and heart. And we might be open to how this scripture lifts up these questions and offers answers.  It’s less an intellectual exercise, and much more a matter of living guidance, and listening and looking for leadings from God. These living questions open the eyes of our hearts more and more to certain things. The image…

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The Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost

Sermon for Sunday, Nov 13, 2022 The Rev. Evan G Clendenin   “But be glad and rejoice forever in what I am creating.” Is 65:18 What is God creating?  What is God creating? Here and now, in you and among you? Here on Vashon Island, here at Church of the Holy Spirit? As the winds blow through the passages and straits, as the tides ebb and flow…what is God creating? While you enjoy a hot beverage on a cold rainy day, what is God creating? In the lives of the people who live and work, here on this island, or ferrying onto or off of the island to undertake the services, professions, trades, all the building and planting and toil on which our common life depends, in your various holy efforts of simple daily living…what is God creating? The prophet Isaiah invites the people of Israel to notice that God…

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The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Sermon for Pentecost 18 (23C) Holy Spirit, Vashon October 9, 2022 Luke 17:11-19 – The Ten Lepers, Gratitude The story of the ten lepers that we have just heard could be used in a number of ways: it could be a parable about the relations of Jews and Samaritans; or the marginalization of people suffering from a dreaded disease and the punitive nature of the laws regarding untouchable peoples; it could be used to talk about Jesus’ willingness to bend the purity laws in favor of compassion for the outcast; or it could be about this progression of his journey from Galilee to Jerusalem and the mounting evidence of his identity as the Christ. But this little story is primarily about one thing – Gratitude. That’s right – Gratitude. I could easily fill a sermon with stories or famous quotes about gratitude, and how important it is, and maybe that…

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The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

Proper 17C August 28, 2022 Holy Spirit Vashon Jeremiah 2.4-13 Ps 81.1, 10-16 Hebrews 13.1-8, 15-16 Luke 14.1, 7-14 Earlier this summer I attended the memorial service for the mother of someone in the congregation. I had never met her, but I am a big believer in attending the funerals anyway. At the reception, as folks were browsing the table of photos and mementos, I picked up a copy of the 1922 edition of Emily Post’s book http://Etiquette in Society, in Business, in Politics and at Home. I sat down and started to thumb through this book, now 100 years old, and my mouth began to drop open. There are chapters such as: Salutations of Courtesy, The Clothes of a Gentleman, The Débutante, and One’s Position in the Community. You can find the http://entire book online and it’s a fascinating way to waste some time! So much of the overall “flavor”…

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The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

August 21, 2022 Holy Spirit Vashon Jeremiah 1.4-10 Ps 71.1-6 Hebrews 12.18-29 Luke 13.10-17 As I was beginning to think about a sermon for today and reading the lessons, I also read the Collect which you heard just a few minutes ago. “Grant, O merciful God, that your Church, being gathered together in unity by your Holy Spirit…” Church unity isn’t always our best thing, whether it’s Christians as a whole, Anglicans or Episcopalians. Ever since St. Peter was given the keys to the kingdom we’ve been busily disagreeing on large and small points so that now there are something like 20,000 “denominations” calling themselves Christians around the world. The Episcopal Church is one of the “schismatic” churches as we famously separated from the Roman Catholic Church during the Reformation. At that point it was the Church of England. In the ensuing years, it has spread around the globe, due…

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