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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.

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Past Sermons

Maundy Thursday, April 14, 2022

The last supper… in the other three Gospels, the synoptics (remember meaning—“same vision”) , the Last Supper is marked by Jesus giving what becomes the ritual of the Eucharist, the bread and wine, in which we are to remember Jesus as ‘oft’ as we eat and drink. Can you imagine how different it would be if instead the Gospel of John’s foot-washing had caught on as the primary ritual? I’m sure churches would be outfitted with ceremonial shoe racks; in Rome and Spain those racks would be gilded. Every church would have piped water to little sunken foot baths. Although it is clear that the last night Jesus spent with his disciples is portrayed differently in the different Gospels, there is no reason to think that both the words of the Last Supper, which become the warrant for our Eucharist and Jesus washing the feet of his disciples didn’t both…

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Palm Sunday, 4-10-22

Wow, there is just a lot to process in the readings from Palm Sunday, there always is. In part this has to do with the fact that the lectionary gives us the Passion narrative on Palm Sunday. So, we have the King of Kings triumphal entry into Jerusalem (the liturgy of the palms) and then also the Passion.  You may wonder why we do that? Why make it so packed, if we are just going to read the Passion Narrative again on Good Friday?  I suspect more so than ever before, not every person who considers themselves a Christian will make it to a Good Friday liturgy.  For those who will not make it, this would be the only time that the story of the Passion is heard on a Sunday.  The other reason has to do with rotating which version of the Passion we hear. On Good Friday, we…

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the fifth Sunday in Lent, 4-3-22

My parents moved into the house in which I grew up when I was 6 months old, 1966. My brother and I sold that same house about a year after my mother’s death in 2010. For a large part of my life, even when I had my own home, and my own children, there was something to the understanding about going home-home. I remember distinctly the first time that I went away for a trip from my townhouse in Charlottesville, VA and returned and it finally felt like home, whereas all the other times, even coming home from class, it felt like a lodging. I’m sure you can relate. I remember once seeing a painting on a planter’s pot, “Home is where you hang your heart.” That rings true. Old Testament scholar Walter Brueggemann called the words of prophecy from the passage we just heard from Isaiah, “home coming passages.”…

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the Fourth Sunday in Lent, 3-27-22

Lent… we are still in it. The word comes from the Old English, leacte, to lengthen (as in the days are lengthening) and so Lent is another word for Spring really. Of course, it is during Spring that we anticipate Easter, a time for earth’s rebirth, at least in the northern hemisphere. This time that we very intentionally turn towards God, as Jesus turns towards Jerusalem in our Gospel stories. As we turn towards God, most of us are not so good at being God-like. I think most of us see other people as not particularly special, another person is someone we may like or dislike, but we definitely do not see as God sees. “If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!” Wouldn’t it be great to be able to see as God sees? Still, most of…

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the Third Sunday in Lent, 3-20-22

Sermon for the Third Sunday of Lent March 20, 2022 Holy Spirit, Vashon The Rev. Jeffrey Gill Exodus 3:1-15; Psalm 63:1-8; 1 Corinthians 10:1-13; Luke 13:1-9 Our gospel today comes in two parts: the first is a little scene in which some people come to Jesus to tell him about a terrible incident where Pilate, the Roman governor, had ordered a whole group of Galileans to be slain. He did so in a particularly brutal and sacrilegious way, while they were in the act of making their temple sacrifices, in effect mixing their own blood with the blood of their sacrifice. Jesus asked them, “Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way, they were worse sinners than all other Galileans? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish as they did.” He goes on with another example: “Or those eighteen who were killed…

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the Second Sunday in Lent, 3-13-22

Sermon for the Second Sunday of Lent March 13, 2022 Holy Spirit, Vashon The Rev. Jeffrey Gill Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18; Psalm 27; Philippians 3:17-4:1; Luke 13:31-35 Jesus has made his way from Galilee to Jerusalem, teaching, healing, and doing all the things he has done throughout his ministry. But as he approaches Jerusalem things begin to take on an ominous quality. Even the Pharisees, his sometime antagonists, come to him and warn him about Herod and what he’s up to. “Herod wants to kill you,” they warn. But Jesus says to them, “Go and tell that fox for me, ‘Listen, I am casting out demons and performing cures today and tomorrow, and on the third day I finish my work. Yet today, tomorrow, and the next day I must be on my way, because it is impossible for a prophet to be killed outside of Jerusalem.” Jesus is doing what…

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