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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

Great Vigil of Easter

Christos anesti! Alethos anesti! Try it again…  Christos anesti! Alethos anesti! “Mortal, can these bones live?”  “He is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you.” Christos anesti! Alethos anesti! “Mortal, can these bones live?”  “He is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you.” Christ is Risen,  The Lord is risen indeed.  This second year of Holy Week in a pandemic, and hopefully the last, and here is Easter, but alas without its usual fanfare.  Last year we bantered around the awareness that the very first Easter was celebrated in fear and hiding.  That scene is best painted in the Markan Gospel, which we just read.  Last year’s Mathean Gospel is a little more joyful and a little less fearful. This year, we have grown somewhat used to the virus, and perhaps we…

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Good Friday

And so… we have arrived in Jerusalem. The time has come. We stand at the edge of a great mystery. The mystery we celebrate each year in Christ, the Crucified Risen One, who did not shrink from dying into our death, to raise us to life. Every year we do this, every year it doesn’t get old, every year has something to show us, every year there is something for us to take away from the readings of scripture in our liturgies about this great mystery. Good Friday is understandably marked by the reading of the Gospel of John’s version of the Passion Narrative. However, for this Good Friday, I want to spend some time with the other assigned readings. The other readings in some sense provide a commentary or contextual support as to why the crucifixion of Jesus is important. He was not the only Galilean the Romans crucified—there…

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Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday and Good Friday mark the points in the year where, we, as a church with a liturgical calendar (in this context, means the readings are preset), read the most amount of the Gospel. If you haven’t read one of the Gospels cover to cover (so we say), go ahead and do so. The shortest Gospel is Mark, so if you are trying to just get one done, start there. Anyway, you notice when we manage to read a large chunk of Gospel lectionary, we have a lot with which to deal. Over the millennia, people much more intelligent than I have spent a lot thought around this narrative, trying to make sense of Jesus’ death and then resurrection, in other words salvation and/or atonement. Most likely I have nothing new under the sun to pass onto you. (But then since we are the recipients of a holy tradition…

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Fifth Sunday in Lent

“Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found.” This is part of the Collect for today that we will pray again in a few minutes. The collect for each Sunday was written with the lectionary readings in mind. Sometimes the readings have since changed and the collect seems to have nothing to do with readings. Such is truly not the case this Sunday. Please take note that there is nothing inherently onerous about commands from God. This prayer expresses the hopes that our thoughts and desires might not just react or respond to God’s thoughts and desires but ALIGN with God’s thoughts and desires so that we find joy, or maybe that might be better worded, that slow down enough…

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Fourth Sunday in Lent

I like to plan things. I like to know what to expect if I can, and how to manage. If I’m not in charge of planning, I like knowing someone else is planning. If you know anything about me, this should come as no surprise at all. Now, I freely admit that planning only goes so far. All we need to do is look at this past year of the pandemic. I really appreciate a meme I saw this past year that said the most useless thing I ever bought was a 2020 planning calendar. I’m probably not alone, even those people who like to fly by the seat of their pants through life, even those people like some structure. And all of us have had a hard year planning. I think at least part of this comes from the territory that we are in a post-modern period. There is…

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Third Sunday in Lent

We are at the third week in Lent, and for some people this may feel like a slog, but for others perhaps they have come up with a way in which they are moving closer to God in this Lenten season. Almost half-way through Lent, they may be hitting their stride. In either case, our readings from the lectionary today may seem a little daunting. There are rules or so it seems, given in the Old Testament reading from Exodus. In the Gospel, Jesus gets mad, and in the epistle, Paul seems to talk in circles, again. Yes, the lectionary seems a bit daunting for Lent 3 this year. As Christians, we could learn a lot from our Jewish brethren about the theology of the Ten Commandments. The Jewish faith envisions and refers to the commandments more as the ten best ways, or you could think of them as best…

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