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:

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

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, or joining our virtual (Zoom) coffee hour after Sunday prayer.

Past Sermons

Second Sunday after the Epiphany, Jan 16, 2022

This second Sunday after the Feast of the Epiphany also is considered “ordinary time”, just like after the Feast of the Pentecost, primarily because we are back to counting time. However, the stories after the Epiphany have in common a focus on dramatic manifestations of God’s power. On this particular Sunday, the commonality among the lessons is this dramatic manifestation of God’s power regardless of what state of affairs in which we find ourselves. The dramatic manifestations find a home firmly in our very human situations. This Sunday’s Gospel is familiar to almost everyone, even though it appears only in the Gospel of John, and even though we only hear it read in church every three years. I think the familiarity is there because it is in the social fabric of our wider culture… who hasn’t heard of turning water into wine? Our human situation, although it has much room…

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Baptism of Our Lord, First Sunday after the Epiphany

Today on this first Sunday after the Epiphany, we commemorate the Baptism of our Lord, the Gospel story we just heard. We are in year C of the lectionary and so most of the Gospel readings will come from Luke’s Gospel. Granted, pretty much every Christmas Eve we hear Jesus’s birth story as told by Luke. This year we have also heard the birth narrative of John the Baptist, and the Advent readings contain John out in the wilderness baptizing people for the forgiveness of their sins. Actually, from the beginning of the liturgical year at Advent 1, we have been back and forth in the first few chapters of Luke. This back and forth that our lectionary does among the first few chapters of Luke is a tad ironic particularly since the opening lines from the Gospel according to Luke read, “Since many have undertaken to set down an…

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Eve of the Feast of the Epiphany

We don’t think much of it now. Our popular culture is fixated on Christmas and Easter as the two most important days of the Christian calendar. In some sense, this has spilled over to our religious observances too, so that even though Epiphany is considered a principal feast, most people do not know much about Epiphany. And for popular culture, it is totally about Christmas, it is Christmas that matters, much more so than Easter. Christmas presents have really nothing to do with the birth of our Savior. And yes, there is a cultural-religious history that united the winter solstice celebrations with Christmas, and that may explain part of the massive exchange of presents, but it really has a life of its own. This may be your first Epiphany service in quite some time or ever, and that is okay. However, Epiphany became a celebrated holiday even before Christmas did.…

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Christmas 2, January 2, 2022

Bishop Rickel’s sermon https://vimeo.com/658777455 1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26 Psalm 148 Colossians 3:12-17 Luke 2: 41-52  

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Christmas 1, Dec 26th, 2021

Merry Christmas! On Friday night and Saturday, we celebrated Christmas with Luke’s version of the birth of Jesus. Those here on a Sunday two days after Christmas Eve almost by definition constitute a well-seasoned, biblically literate crowd and so most know what follows. And even if you aren’t biblically literate, you always get a “bye” at Christmas in terms of Biblical knowledge. Thus most of us know that Luke has the story of Mary with child and Joseph traveling to a stable and a manger, and the shepherds who are visited by an angel and come to see the Christ child. The Gospel Matthew has the wisemen or magi come to visit. Mark, of course, doesn’t have a birth story, but instead starts Jesus’ story with his ministry from the time of his baptism with John the Baptist. And for this Sunday we have the beginning of John’s Gospel. One…

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Eve of the Feast of the Incarnation, Dec 24, 2021

This past Monday night, the 20th, my section for Sacred Ground met on Zoom. All day before the meeting, I kept saying, “ugh, I have Sacred Ground at 6:30.” Please understand that this is entirely atypical for me to complain about this meeting. Four meetings out of ten into this program and the videos, the readings, the discussion that has ensued have all been amazing. Each of us has learned so much more than what we were ever taught about the history of our nation and its history of white supremacy and resulting genocide of the native people and oppression of anyone not white. However, the topic for our Monday meeting was one of the hardest and it seemed incongruous with the spirit of Christmas. We covered the trans-Atlantic slave trade. We had two people absent from our normal group, people traveling over the holidays, but even with our 6-7…

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