Youth Is Not Wasted On the Young
“The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible – and achieve it, generation after generation.” —Pearl S. Buck
In times of great transition, we often yearn for our imagined past. Nostalgia offers us comfort and a sense of community and stability when our present reality challenges us. So, we, as adults, often look back to our past through the proverbial “rose-colored glasses” longing for what we remember as the simpler and easier times of our youth. But for many of us, if we were really to be transported back to our youth, the rose-colored glasses wouldn’t stand up to the light of day. Things weren’t as easy as we remember them. We worried. We struggled. We felt many things strongly and fiercely. We didn’t even think the way we do now because our brains weren’t fully developed yet, and our pre-frontal cortexes, responsible for our “adult” decisions, were still developing. During this time, teenagers and young adults rely heavily on the amygdala, the part of the brain associated with emotions, especially fear, impulses, aggression, and instinct. I know I was a markedly different person in my young adulthood. A bubbly and sunny child, I became much quieter and serious in my teens. Raised in a town which during my youth sat in the middle of 1,000 Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missiles and little else, I read a lot and thought a lot about many things including all that those missiles signified.
I don’t know if I should have worried. As one of our teachers reminded us, we were as safe as houses. What enemy would bother to send their missiles out to kill the cows and few denizens of Central Montana? Especially since before they could “get” us, the missiles would be long gone, and the weapons of mass destruction wasted on us few. While all of this was true, the missiles were as much a part of my landscape as Fergus County High School, St. James Episcopal Church, or the City Pool and Park. While I didn’t often consciously think about them, they affected me. They made me feel less safe. Reality wasn’t rose-colored for adolescent me, in fact, the future sometimes seemed rather dangerous and dark. Humanity seemed to be Hell-bent on self-destruction.
While we might wish to remember it differently, being young doesn’t equal being carefree. While young adults might not have all the responsibilities of older adults, they also don’t often have all the agency either; not to mention that stress really is more difficult to negotiate whilst living under the influence of the amygdalae and their predilection for fear. Because young people do indeed feel fear – do indeed feel everything more acutely, I am even more in awe of their courage and holy chutzpah in the face of the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Out of all this darkness, God is at work in them.
Today our young people are raising their voices in a way that I never would have imagined possible in my own youth. They are raising their voices because they feel like they must, and they do not trust us to do so. There are those who want to discount their voices as naïve. And there are those who suggest that the young cannot possibly see all the intricacies of the problems at hand. From what we know about brain development, some of that may indeed be true. However, it is also true that our young people have grown up in a world that has taught them several things. The first is that, as much as we might want to assure them otherwise, safe spaces are not always safe. The second is that we have not kept them safe. Gun violence is as real to our young people as their schools, churches, pools, and parks. And gun violence, unlike the Minuteman missiles of my youth, has, in fact, entered into their schools, churches, pools, and parks with increasing frequency. It entered into Fergus County High School the year after I graduated. It entered into Columbine and Sandy Hook and a whole host of other schools as well.
While I am sure this situation does entail a good deal of complexity, one thing is certain; we have a duty to our children. Let us listen to them and support them. Let us act on our Christian beliefs and on their behalf. Risk-taking, impulsive decisions, and strong emotions are developmentally normal behaviors for teens and young adults. Reasoned and well-thought-out courses of action and healthy decision-making are what our youth need from us. Positive behaviors and relationships are what our youth need from us. Our very best efforts in addition to our prayers are what our youth need from us.
Nostalgia reminds us of better times and can help us to try to recreate what was positive in the past. So, while it has never really been easy to be young, may we endeavor to bequeath to the next generation their own pair of rose-colored glasses. Or better yet, may we all aspire right now to see with the eyes of Christ.
Sunday Services – 7:30 am, 8:45 am, 11 am & 5 pm
February 21 at 5:30 pm in the Chapel
The homilist: Thaddeus Gunn
The Examen: Contemplative Prayer Practice
February 23 & March 2 at 5:30 pm in the Chapel Christie House Library
Followed by a simple meal of soup and bread in the Christie House Library.
Discernment Group – Informational Session
Is God calling you to something new?
February 28 form 6 to 7:30 pm in the Garden Room
The Examen: Contemplative Prayer Practice
Fridays in Lent: February 16 through March 23 at 5:30 pm
Followed by a simple meal of soup and bread.
The season of Lent is a season of preparation for the miraculous and life-changing resurrection of Jesus Christ. Our Lenten work then is reason to start again, return to those things that open us to Christ’s working in us, and, when we fall short, to begin again. And again and again. St. Ignatius of Loyola believed that we were called to find God in all things and at all times, so he never included specific times for prayer in the Jesuit Rule of Life. Rather, in his Spiritual Exercises, St. Ignatius urged us to have a personal relationship with Jesus by opening ourselves to the presence of God throughout our day. And, at day’s end, St. Ignatius taught us to pray The Examen, from the Latin word for examination, which leads believers in a contemplative practice of reviewing our day in the presence of Christ. While there are many versions of the Examen today, all are based on five steps:
1. Placing yourself in God’s presence and giving thanks for God’s great love for you
2. Praying for the grace to see how and where God is acting in your life
3. Reviewing your day and whatever specific experiences come to mind
4. Reflecting on your thoughts, actions, or words in these instances
5. Looking forward to tomorrow and how you might want to do things differently
February 21 and 28, March 7, 14, and 21 at 5:30 pm
According to The Book of Common Prayer, “The Holy Eucharist, the principal act of Christian worship on the Lord’s Day…and Daily Morning and Evening Prayer, as set forth in this book, are the regular services appointed for public worship in this Church.”
On Wednesdays during Lent, we have an Evening Prayer service at 5:30 pm. At these services, we use the daily Eucharistic readings to keep us grounded in the themes of this holy season. We also invite members of the parish to present homilies.
The homilists are:
February 28 – Kyle Gupton
March 7 – Elizabeth Walker
March 14 – Ryan Klein
March 21 – Diana Bender
Discernment Group – Informational Session
Is God calling you to something new?
February 28 | 6 to 7:30 pm | Garden Room
Lent can be a time when we begin to feel a stirring of something new. Is now the time for change? The Discernment Group beginning in early March will offer you the opportunity to explore how God might be speaking to you as you encounter and respond to change in your heart and/or your life circumstances. Discernment Groups are primarily experiential, quite different from a small group. Over the course of six sessions, we will try out various discernment techniques and approaches, helping you carve out time and space to be intentional about whatever change is happening in your life. Unlike a small group, we won’t share much of our internal experience (unless it’s helpful for you!). We’ll walk a Labyrinth, pray with the Saint John’s Bible, attend a Taizé or Compline service, experience Visio Divina, and engage in a variety of exercises to look at your transition or change from different perspectives.
We will schedule the group at a time and day that works for everyone who wants to join. Most of the time we’ll meet at Epiphany, but we’ll have a few field trips as well! Please plan to attend the discernment class on February 28, which is a prerequisite for this group.
If you are interested in being a part of the Discernment Group, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or text or call 206- 459-9140. Many people are interested already, and I’d like to begin scheduling.
Donate the the Easter Flower Fund
This Easter Sunday, the highest celebration of our Christian year, you can remember a special person or event by donating towards our Altar Flower Fund. Perhaps you would like to acknowledge the birth of a baby, or a marriage, or a loved one now departed. You may donate towards one or more lilies, but you are not limited to Easter. Any date during the year we can decorate the altar with a floral arrangement on the Sunday closest to that date.
Complete the attached form and send your check to the church office or add it to the collection plate. Remember that during Advent and Lent only greens are used on the altar.
Thank you for your consideration of the Altar Flower Fund.
PLEASE COMPLETE THE ATTACHED FORM AND RETURN
TO THE CHURCH OFFICE BY WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28.
March 4 | 6 pm | Doyt’s House
Here at Epiphany, it is a goal of our community to truly welcome those that God sends us. If you are a newcomer to Epiphany and are interested in meeting other newcomers, ministry leaders, and getting more involved, we hope that you will give us an opportunity to welcome you and get to know you better at our Newcomers’ Reception at Doyt’s house! Please join us after the evening service on Sunday, March 4th at 6pm. Beverages and appetizers will be provided. On-site supervision will be available for children! For more information and to RSVP, please contact Ruth Anne García at
Get together with fellow parishioners and enjoy a delicious Sunday brunch. Catch up with old friends, meet new friends. March’s brunch will be hosted by the Service and Outreach Ministry and cooked by Chinn Eap, Sarah Phongsavanh, and Amy Tullis. See you there!
Epiphany Quiet Day for Lent
March 10 | 1 to 6 pm
Spend a few hours allowing your soul to rest in this holy place as we engage in the season of Lent. This is our season to look deeply into our dark corners and consider how we might turn back more fully toward God, preparing ourselves for the more full and rich life available to us in the Kingdom of God. Spend some time in prayer; come sit, read, or meditate in the quiet. Be still and seek God’s will for your life through guided meditation, Visio Divina, prayer exercises, walking the Labyrinth, or playing with art materials.
All are welcome.
Schedule of Events
1 pm: Welcome & instructions for the day
1–5:30 pm: Prayer Mandalas, Visio Divina, Labyrinth in the chapel, full use of the Icon Prayer Room, various art media, journaling. Mid-afternoon there will be a guided Meditation with Pieter Drummond.
5:30 pm: Evening Prayer with Taizé chant
Light snacks and beverages will be available throughout the day. The schedule is self directed. Come and go as you wish and enjoy the day.
Paul Galbraith, Classical Guitar
March 11 | 6:15 pm | Church
Grammy nominee and billboard “top ten” artist Paul Galbraith returns to Seattle but this time for his debut concert at Epiphany Parish.
“Internationally renowned as a brilliant innovator of the classical guitar, Paul Galbraith has been working since the 1980s towards expanding the technical limits of his instrument, besides augmenting the quantity and quality of its repertoire. These efforts have already resulted in a series of critically acclaimed recordings of works by Bach, Haydn, and Brahms, along with his own arrangements of folk tunes from various countries, all of which demonstrate the originality of his musical personality. By exchanging the traditional guitar for the eight-string Brahms Guitar, which he helped to develop, Galbraith found the ideal instrument with which to interpret the challenging Classical transcriptions from his highly personal repertoire.”
We invite you to join us in welcoming Paul to Epiphany Parish on Sunday evening, March 11 at 6.15 pm. All are most welcome, and admission is, as always, FREE – sponsored by gracious support of the Epiphany Seattle Music Guild.
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SAVE THE DATE!
Epiphany Vacation Bible Camp
July 9-13, 2018 from 1-4 pm
Registration information coming soon!
Second Sunday in Lent
Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16
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