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

Easter 5, 5-15-2022

Easter 5, Year C-2022                   Fifth Sunday of Easter      May 15, 2022   The Reverend Martin Yabroff Our opening prayer or Collect today refers to Jesus as the Way, the Truth, and the Life.  Some will remember in John 14 where the text continues: “No one comes to the Father except through me.”  Now to say in this community and for many of us in our families and relationships, that Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life is to espouse a minority view.  It may be offensive to some.  At the very least, it is to take a perspective among lots of different perspectives, religious positions, spiritual paths. Today, church attendance all over the country is going down (not just at Holy Spirit).  So many people reject the Church as judgmental, arrogant, close-minded, and even abusive.  Their attitude towards Jesus is similar, given what they have seen and heard…

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Easter 4, 5-8-2022

Easter 4, Year C-2022                               May 8, 2022 at Holy Spirit, Vashon   By the Reverend Martin Yabroff   Opening prayer – Lord, open our ears that we may hear the words you have for us.  And open our hearts that we may receive the grace by which you have brought us together for reasons we may not yet fully understand . . . .   Introducing me:  retired last Fall from St. Andrew’s, Tacoma, where I served as Rector for 14 years.  I have been blessed to know Sarah Colvin as a colleague and friend, and I miss her with you.  You are in transition – liminal time, between ending and beginning anew – as am I in retiring from full-time parish ministry and seeking what this next chapter will be like. Today is a special day in both our American cultural calendar and in the Church calendar.  In our…

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Easter 2, 4-24-2022

“Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” The book of Revelation is so misunderstood, and so we avoid it, and it gets even more misunderstood. During this year, lectionary year C Eastertide, you will hear quite a number of readings from the Book of Revelation. If you remember nothing else about the book of Revelation (Or book of apocalypse) according to St. John of Patmos, remember it is not a predictive text of the future, instead this is a vision or dream… However, what it truly IS a word of hope to a community who was experiencing suffering and rigors of martyrdom, persecution, and internal conflict about belonging. John of Patmos knows well these churches to whom he writes, and he is clear that salvation from Christ is for all, that we ALL belong to God. Every community, every sinner, every single one…

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Easter Day, 4-17-2022

The two main stories of the Christian life, here we are: Christmas and Easter. These stories juxtapose nicely. In one, we are like proud parents or grandparents cooing over the little baby Jesus, no crying he makes. And then there is Easter… Houston, we have a problem. Dead people are supposed to remain dead, and preferably where you left them. Although the surprise has worked its way out of the story due to familiarity; can you imagine what this was like the first morning? It seems happy now, but I imagine that for the original disciples this was absolutely terrifying. I think about the fearful disciples, losing Jesus twice. In 2004, I was deployed to Gulfport, MS after hurricane Katrina. Because of the timing of when I was sent, we were identifying remains from coffins that had washed out due to the high waters. These families were faced with so…

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John Chrysostom’s Easter sermon, night of 4-16-2022

Preached at the Great Vigil of Easter The Easter sermon of John Chrysostom (circa 400 AD) Read aloud on Easter in Eastern Orthodox & Eastern Rite Catholic Churches Are there any who are devout lovers of God?
Let them enjoy this beautiful bright festival!

Are there any who are grateful servants?
Let them rejoice and enter into the joy of their Lord!

Are there any weary with fasting?
Let them now receive their wages!

If any have toiled from the first hour,
let them receive their due reward;
If any have come after the third hour,
let him with gratitude join in the Feast!
And he that arrived after the sixth hour,
let him not doubt; for he too shall sustain no loss.
And if any delayed until the ninth hour,
let him not hesitate; but let him come too.
And he who arrived only at the eleventh hour,
let him not be afraid by reason of his delay.
For the Lord is gracious and receives…

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Good Friday, April 15, 2022

I think more than any other day in the Christian liturgical calendar, Good Friday has a particular feel to it.  I think part of this feel comes about because Good Friday used to be marked by the “seven last words” of Jesus Christ.   There was this focus on the finality, the ending of Jesus’s life, and therefore we tend to think of the finality of our own lives, and that leaves us with a slightly morose, and often very reflective, contemplative element to Good Friday. I’ve also noticed that there is occasionally this focus that people act like they did something to participate in causing Jesus to die, and therefore people feel very guilty or full of remorse.  Now, this may be the result of priests or pastors trying so hard to move the focus away from the Jews being responsible for the crucifixion, in order to not perpetuate…

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