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

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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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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