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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

the First Sunday in Lent, 3-6-22

Let’s start with naming that for many in this congregation, the passage from Romans that we just heard can make you itchy or uncomfortable. Thanks to a cooptation of the word “saved” by what have been called Evangelical Christians, we don’t like that word. I have an Episcopal priest friend who grew up in rural Georgia and when she asked by her more evangelical friends if she was saved, would answer, “Yes, 2000 years ago.” It is odd that this word has so much baggage around it. I guess it is particularly odd here, because no one in the PNW is likely to ask you if you are saved. And still, here we are at the first Sunday in Lent– the season of Lent which specifically asks us what it means for us to live out the faith that we hold in our hearts. The faith we live out has…

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Ash Wednesday, March 2nd, 2022

“We entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.” And thus, we begin the season of Lent. If you are here, or tuned in, then it is not news to you that Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. During Lent, we set our sights on Jerusalem, as Jesus makes his journey there to the passion, his death and his resurrection. I will, just after this sermon, invite you to a holy Lent. We will have our Litany of Repentance. Ash Wednesday, is an odd duck day in that it liturgically marks that we all must, at some point, embrace our own finitude in a holy and sacred manner. In other words, one way or another, we come to grips that we are all going to die and we make our peace with that, as best we can. We embrace our own finitude. This is one of the…

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the Last Sunday after the Epiphany, 2-27-2022

O God, Grant to us that we, beholding by faith the light of his countenance, may be strengthened to bear our cross, and be changed into his likeness from glory to glory. Amen. It always feels good to get positive feedback. For me, last week was possibly record breaking in terms of number of people who told me they appreciated my sermon, and that’s kind of weird since although we were back in person, there were only five people at the 8 o’clock and fifteen present at the 9:30 service. It feels good. Hopefully it isn’t just that it was a message that sits well with others, but was one that was challenging. No sermon speaks to everyone. But hopefully it felt Spirit led. I mention last week’s sermon, because I think it actually plays an important role in this week’s sermon. For those who missed it, the main take-away point…

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Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany, 2-20-2022

This week while I was beginning to mull the topic or topics for this sermon, I went down many a rabbit hole. Where I landed was this, ideally a sermon should have one topic and today’s particular topic is difficult, but it is the only one we can do anything about. While I was pondering, two different emails came across my screen (well, many more than two, but two that led to rabbit hole ventures). One was from the International Justice Mission. It had a picture of a woman carrying a girl of maybe five years of age in a Mickey Mouse shirt. This girl was being rescued from sexual exploitation, the actions of which had been recorded and distributed around the world. The caption was that the victims were getting younger and younger. And yes, I know this exists, this was not my first time to be made aware…

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Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany, 2-13-22

Does anyone else feel like we just kept reading the same lesson over and over today? Many know that the lectionary pulls together readings so that we have an overarching theme, but this almost feels like someone made an exact copy or something. Most of us previously have heard the Gospel beatitudes, more on that in a second, but we seem to have them in repetition in Jeremiah. We even have the same message in the psalm! There are some subtle differences that are worth noting, but it very much feels like, “alright already, we got it.” There is this strident dualism in these readings that seems like a ball game, volleying back and forth between good and bad, blessed and cursed… It is worth noting that reading from Jeremiah has a bit more to say as to what causes us as people to just not do right. In a…

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Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany 2-6-22

Both the Gospel passage and the passage from Isaiah today give depictions of people who are faced squarely with God almighty – one in a vision and one in the form of the Word made flesh. The responses are remarkably similar in each. In both cases, the person (Isaiah with the heavenly vision of God’s hem in the temple and seraphim, and Peter with the overwhelming catch of fish in the Gospel) is overwhelmed and gob smacked. Immediately for both individuals there is a feeling of unworthiness. Isaiah speaks of being from a sinful people, with sinful lips. Peter also seeks to put distance between himself and Jesus. “Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!” As a modern people, we have a hard time talking about sin. I think understandably we don’t like to think less of ourselves. But for our purposes today, let’s just say…

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