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 Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

Proper 14, Year C-2022                                                    August 7, 2022 The Reverend Martin Yabroff (based on my sermons at St. Andrew’s in 2013 & 2019)   “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”   Faith appreciates the present and looks ahead to what is coming – that is its nature. Faith raises children, helping them to grow into who they will be, beyond where they are now.  Faith builds marriages and relationships, beyond their trials and stumbles, into what is deeper and more meaningful.  Faith sustains churches like Holy Spirit with vitality and enables them to go on.  Faith is how we navigate new chapters and maturing years, grounded in what has been before and is now and eager to discover what is to come and be discovered. Sometimes we may think that what we can see is all there is – that is…

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The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

Proper 13, Year C-2022                                        July 31, 2022 Preacher:  The Reverend Martin Yabroff (based on my sermons of Proper 13, 2013 & 2019) (quotations from Elisabeth Johnson’s 2019 commentary on the gospel at www.WorkingPreacher.org )  Opening Prayer:   Open our ears, O Lord, that we may hear the words you have for us this morning.  And open our hearts to receive the grace by which you have brought us here together for reasons we may not yet fully understand . . . So what are we doing here together today?  Why has God brought us together – this unusual grouping of folks – at this place and time? I am not usually here.  I retired last Fall from St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Tacoma, have enjoyed serving at Holy Spirit several times this Spring and Summer. In August we move back to California to begin our next chapter of family life and…

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The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

Proper 12, Year C-2022                            July 24, 2022 at Holy Spirit, Vashon The Reverend Martin Yabroff (based on my sermons of Proper 12, Year C-2010 and Proper 15, Year A-2014)   “Jesus was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray, as John (the Baptist) taught his disciples.’” In our Gospel reading today, Jesus first responds to the disciples with what we recognize as the Lord’s Prayer.  Notice that there are different versions in Matthew and Luke, and two in BCP – which shows us that prayer is not about saying certain or special words. Prayer is relational – tending to our relationship with God, sharing and listening and turning to God.  When we say the same prayer frequently (e.g., the Lord’s Prayer), or the same liturgy is used, by and large, week by week – it…

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The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

 * Amos 7:7-17, Psalm 82, Colossians 1:1-14, Luke 10: 25-37 Rev. Ann M. Saunderson God of justice, your word is light and truth. Let your face shine on us to restore us, that we may walk in your way, seeking justice and doing good. Amen. Mark Nepo’s poem To Glow sets a tone for today’s reflection on the lessons.  Like light in the sun, the spirit within beams its way through all our cracks till our most treasured walls come down.  The coming down of those walls is the blessing we crave and resist.  The coming down of those walls—so the light of the soul like the light of the sun can help the world grow—this is the call of calls.  The readings this morning are delicious, full and challenging.  I hardly know where to begin with the banquet of images and wisdom, especially from the Prophet Amos, spoken around…

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The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Proper 9, Year C-2022                                                       July 3, 2022, Martin Yabroff at Holy Spirit, Vashon (based on my sermon for Proper 9, 2019) Today we hear three insightful lessons about graceful living – living with grace, with serenity – in a complicated and often conflicted world.  We speak often in church of God’s grace – God’s love – for us.  Today let us consider living with open-ness to such grace and being centered in it. Now this is the Fourth of July weekend.  These reflections can also relate to our nation and how we exercise our power as citizens in a nation of conflicting expectations.  I invite each of you to apply these lessons on your own to the social and political issues of the day as you see them fitting. In our first lesson, we meet Naaman, a very able Syrian general, a successful and powerful man.  Like all of us,…

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The Third Sunday after Pentecost

Sermon for Third Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 8C), June 26, 2022 The Rev. Jeffrey Gill 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14; Psalm 77:1-2, 11-20; Galatians 5:1,13-25; Luke 9:51-62 It has been quite a week, has it not. Unsettling. Although we’ve known for some time that a decision from the Supreme Court on the fate of Roe v. Wade was coming, the reality hit this week, and suddenly, the rights of women to make choices for themselves about whether to terminate a pregnancy was no longer guaranteed in our Constitution. The wide-ranging implications of this ruling are devastating, including the criminalization of women’s health choices in over half the states in the US. A woman’s right to choose was “settled law,” as recent Supreme Court nominees had assured us while seeking appointment to the Court. And yet, no longer is it settled law, thanks to their votes to take it away. The hard-won…

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