Worship

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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

Second Sunday in Lent

What will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? That could be the only question we ask ourselves for our entire lives.The question seems a bit utilitarian, but it does get to the roots of having faith. There is no real reason to have faith except to have life with God and have it abundantly. For faith in God is a spacious thing, and it has room in it for everything. It has room, because faith is not certainty, or a particular set of ideas, but a RELATIONSHIP, in which God is with us in it all. The lessons for this second Sunday in Lent revolve around having faith. We begin with the Old Testament’s story of Abraham and Sarah. Many of us know the story to some extent— the couple is very old; they conceive a child and Sarah gives birth to Isaac. Depending…

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First Sunday in Lent

I am sure you have heard the expression of “Christmas and Easter” Christians.  Well, if you were going to pick a day or two on which you were going to come to church, Christmas and Easter would be good days. If I were not a church-going sort of person, I imagine it might be easier to go to church during the watchful expectation of Advent than what many people think of if/ when they think of Lent.   And yet, the defining change from not being a Christian to being a Christian is baptism and Easter.  In so many ways, Easter with its preparatory season of Lent is why we celebrate Christ in Advent and Christmas.  Christ Jesus comes precisely to give himself away for our flourishing—a whole pattern of life crowned and completed in his death and resurrection—and to invite us into the same flourishing life. So we begin the…

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Ash Wednesday

The other day either during or after Annual Meeting, there was a conversation about last year’s Mardi Gras celebration. Kay mentioned it as well in her Warden’s corner.   The thrust of the conversation and Kay’s reflections was about how this was the last time that the church gathered together physically, socially before the pandemic hit. You can imagine, there is much talk in the church how “to do” Ash Wednesday this year and how Lent is going to be really hard this year. Last year, the pandemic was new, this year, it’s old.  Part of the looking back at history is to try to figure out how we deal with Ash Wednesday in these weird times. In terms of how did we do Ash Wednesday before, can history help in any way with the situation we are in? There is a small gift from the pandemic. I have learned more…

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Last Sunday after the Epiphany

Today is the last Sunday after the Epiphany.  There will be other Sundays; well, I hope there will be, but they will be in Lent.  There is a variable number of Sundays after the Epiphany, depending on when Easter falls, and therefore when Ash Wednesday falls.  If you did not read my News of the Week entry this week, Ash Wednesday is February 17th, that’s this Wednesday.  It’s on a Wednesday this year. Today is also Valentine’s Day, which is an overly commercial sentimental holiday, monetized to make money for the card, candy, and restaurant industries, but it is also a celebration of Love. And if it ain’t about Love, then it ain’t about the Gospel. So besides being the Last Sunday after the Epiphany and Valentine’s Day, this Sunday is also known as Transfiguration Sunday, because on the Last Sunday after the Epiphany, the Gospel is always a version…

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Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany

The pandemic has gone on for quite some time now, and it continues to feel as if we are in some ways living in molasses.  Although many in the parish have now received at least one dose of the vaccine, we have a long way to go until possible herd immunity at perhaps 75% of the population with antibodies.  That is the experts best guess, to be revised as necessary. (And I’ll be frank, who knows when I might get my shot.  Fifty-five has never seemed, in some ways, sadly so young.)  Throughout this time, I have heard from parishioners and friends in periodic phases of grief and sadness.  There is a feeling of frustration and ennui, and grief of what feels like possibilities lost. In the face of this, I find that today’s scripture is helpful with surprisingly a lot to say.  The passage from Isaiah, from what is…

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Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany

Do acts from Love, it’s how we know God, and how we know what we do is OF God.  If it’s not about love, then it’s not of God.  Now in the Gospel of Mark, we see the really, really fast paced love of Jesus Christ.  It is still the love of Christ, but the feeling of Mark’s Gospel is decidedly different. I find it edgier than all the other Gospels. More so in the Greek, this Gospel  is rapid fire, always on the move.  Mark’s favorite word seems to be “immediately.” He uses it a lot, the Greek word εὐθέως.   In English, sometimes that word is translated as “immediately” but other times it gets translated as “and then” or “now,” to break it up a bit.  You can imagine with every “immediately”, “and then” and “now” we see in English as a Greek εὐθέως , the narrative would just…

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