Weekly Word for April 27, 2018

April 27th, 2018

Dear Epiphany,

On Sunday night we had our second Epiphany Music Guild Gala. We began the evening listening to Wyatt Smith and his Discovery Trio of harpsichord, flute, and cello and ended the evening back in the reconfigured “Epiphany Chapel speakeasy” enjoying the musical stylings of Jeremy Bacon and his jazz trio of piano, bass, and drums. This sold out event raised the necessary funds to support five Epiphany Chapel chamber concerts and six Epiphany Chapel Evensongs next program year.

If you haven’t experienced a chamber concert or an Evensong in the Epiphany Chapel consider doing so. In the expansive world of the uniform and the virtual, music shared from the Epiphany Chapel creates a sense of the intimate, and the unique, and the incarnational. Depth, beauty, and soul-inspired engagement are what we are unleashing in the sacred space of the Epiphany Chapel.

This matters. This matters because, as the world seems to connect in a way that it was never able to before, we are losing touch with, or diminishing the value of, the small, the particular, the intimate, the face to face, the incarnational, and the neighborhood. Yes, it is great to have status updates through Facebook. Yes, it is amazing that we can see the trauma of a natural disaster or a war and reach out with prayers, aid, and assistance. This is good. It is very good. And yet, it is complementary to, not replacement for, real, authentic relationship. The neighborhood church was designed for real, authentic, life-long relationship… with God, and with our neighbors. It is through the exercises in and experience of the neighborhood church that we grow into the fullness of our souls.

The work of the Music Guild is to cast a broad net of invitation to the neighborhood church of Epiphany through chamber music in a sacred space and Evensong designed to touch the sublime. The music is the offering. The hospitality that follows is the action of being a neighborhood church. The intention is not “evangelism.” It is not our hope to “get them to be Jesus followers” once they wander in the door. That has never been the way of Epiphany. The intention is to know them, and in the knowing, to open Epiphany as a place where they are comfortable and maybe even for them to consider Epiphany their “neighborhood church,” whatever that means to them.

My request of you is to come to the Guild events. Enjoy them. Invite a friend. Introduce them to your neighborhood parish. Celebrate the goodness of the intimacy and depth created here. Rejoice and welcome. That is a blessing we can give to and share with our community.

Finally, I can imagine in the not too distant future that we have monthly chamber concerts. And regarding Evensong, with time, I pray this ancient, mystery laden service becomes a spiritual staple in the secular city of Seattle, much like Compline at St. Mark’s.


Walking Pilgrimage along St. Oswald’s Way in 2019 – Engage in a Spiritual Discipline that will transform your soul

What is a pilgrimage? “A pilgrimage is a journey, especially a long one, made to some sacred place as an act of religious devotion. “In June of 2019 Epiphany will embark on our second walking pilgrimage. This time our pilgrimage is along St. Oswald’s Way. This long-distance trail is in northern England and ends on Holy Island, the site where the Lindisfarne Gospels were produced and illuminated.

Join with fellow parishioners as we walk the beautiful countryside of England, worshiping along the way, and visiting small parish churches. The walking portion of the trip is approximately 110 miles. We will be staying in small inns and B & Bs. Our luggage will be transported for us, so you will not need to carry a heavy pack on your back. Because we will be walking through small towns with limited accommodations we will need to have two separate walks. Both pilgrimages will walk the same route, one beginning on June 13 and the other beginning on June 27. The second pilgrimage has two additional days so that you will not have to walk over 13 miles on any one day, and there are a couple of shorter days in which to rest a little. Both pilgrimages feature two nights on Holy Island to rest and pray before walking the final 10 miles to Berwick-Upon-Tweed. Click here to see the itineraries for both walks including the distance hiked each day.

The total cost of the pilgrimage will be approximately $4,000. The exact price will be determined by how many people are going, how much airfare is, and how you will travel to and from our start and end points. We are asking for a deposit of $500 per person to hold a place for you. Please click here to sign up for the pilgrimage. Please let me know whether you would like to walk the first or second pilgrimage. Your $500 deposit must be received by Chinn no more than seven days after you email me to secure your spot. Should you decide you are not able to go, your $500 is only refundable should we be able to fill your spot. Spaces will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Once we know who is going we will have an information meeting and will help you plan a walking program to help you be physically able to walk the entire route. For more information about the trail itself visit stoswaldsway.com (note: we will be walking in the opposite direction from what is described on the website). If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask! I know these pilgrimages will be an excellent spiritual exercise, and you will return from your pilgrimage transformed.


Welcoming Kids4Peace Guests This Sunday

On Sunday April 29, Epiphany is hosting a group of students from different faith traditions, as part of a Kids4Peace exchange. During Everybody Hour in the Garden Room, our 5th-6th graders will lead a discussion with these visiting youth and their families about the Episcopal liturgy, and then they will host our guests at the 11 am service. Please extend a warm welcome to any visitors you encounter on Sunday!

This opportunity has presented itself because Epiphany is one of seven congregations taking part in a pilot of the Kids4Peace Congregational Curriculum. Through this experience, our 5th-6th graders have had regular lessons during the Everybody Hour, been invited to regional interfaith workshops, and visited other congregations. Eight of us from Epiphany went to Congregation Beth Shalom for a service in March, and we’ll gather again to attend a service at University Unitarian Church in May.

The pilot is being developed in partnership with congregations of different faiths and denominations to respond to two urgent needs that have emerged with the increase in religious discrimination in the US:

  • Equipping youth with knowledge about other faith traditions, which allows them to speak up when they hear myths and misperceptions about religious groups
  • Providing opportunities for youth to meet and form meaningful relationships with other youth from diverse backgrounds

If you’re interested in learning more about this great partnership happening at Epiphany, please be in touch with us.

Elizabeth Walker and Laura Sargent

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Madrona Mayfair
May 12, 2018 | 9 am to 1 pm

Madrona Mayfair is a long running (over 40 years) kids and family tradition organized by the Madrona Community Council (MCC). Mayfair starts in the morning with a 3-block walking and kids’ bicycle parade down 34th Ave. from Al Larkins Park to the Madrona Playground.
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We need you at the Madrona Mayfair!
Please help as Epiphany reaches out to the children and families of Madrona at the annual Mayfair event. We need volunteers to help with staffing, making, and serving popcorn at the Epiphany booth! Other volunteer opportunities are available. Please contact Ruth Anne @ rgarcia@epiphanyseattle.org ASAP!

Three Sundays in May

Choral Evensong for The Feast of the Ascension
May 13 | 5 pm | Chapel
Sung by the Epiphany Parish Choir
Plainsong Responses
Psalm 93
Stanford Evening Service in G
Mathias Lift up your heads, O ye gates

Pipe and Bow, Wind and Wood: A Concert for Violoncello & Organ
May 20 | 6:15 pm | Church
Michael Kleinschmidt, organ
Page Smith, cello
Program to include a virtuoso arrangement for cello and organ of a Toccata by the early baroque composer, Girolamo Frescobaldi; an adaptation for cello and organ of the gorgeous Moderato Cantabile from Widor’s Eighth Organ Symphony; and J. S. Bach’s beloved Sonata in D for Viola da gamba and Harpsichord, here
performed on pipe organ and modern cello.

Choral Evensong for Trinity Sunday & Recognition of
Dr. Carole Terry, Artist-in-Residence
May 27 | 5 pm | Church
Sung by the Epiphany Choirs & Choristers
Radcliffe Responses
Psalm 29
Dyson Evening service in D
Stainer I saw the Lord

Taize music
Monthly Taizé
May 15 | 8 pm | Chapel

Join this peaceful prayer service in the candle-lit Chapel. Taizé music is beautiful simple, repetitive chant sung as a prayer. We sing with the help of a piano and a cantor, say a few prayers, and sit together in one long period of silence in the middle of the service. Some people sing and others just rest in the beauty of the experience.

Taizé music was developed by the monastic community of Taizé in southern France. Founded after WWII to pray for peace, the Taizé community is the only ecumenical monastery in the world which are authorized by both the Anglicans and the Roman Catholics. Along with this spirit of ecumenism, Epiphany is part of a group of churches in Seattle which are organizing to offer Taizé somewhere in Seattle every week. We are the 3rd Tuesday of every month!

On-going Taizé Schedule:
1st Tuesday | 6:30 pm – The Well, 1606 5th Ave W in Queen Anne
2nd Sunday | 8 pm – Valley & Mountain in Columbia City (Rainier Ave S & S Orcas streets)
3rd Tues | 8 pm – Epiphany Parish in Madrona
4th Sun | 8 pm – Ravenna Collab, 5751 33rd Ave NE, in Wedgewood/Ravenna

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On Pentecost May 20, we are looking forward to welcoming new members into the community of the faithful. If you are interested in being baptized or having your child baptized, please contact Ruth Anne by May 6th so we can set up a time to meet and discuss baptism and any questions you may have. Please also include our rehearsal on May 19 at 10 am in the church in your planning.

Now is the time to put our annual July Friday night concert series in your schedule of summer plans! Join your Epiphany community as we welcome our fellow Seattle neighbors on Fridays – July 6, 13, 20, and 27. Bring your family and friends!

It’s Time to Register for
Epiphany Vacation Bible Camp
July 9-13 | 1-4 pm

Vacation Bible Camp (VBC) at Epiphany is a place for all ages to experience God’s love in a safe and welcoming environment.

Bible Storytelling | Crafts | Games | Chapel | Music | Service

To register now, click here.



Fifth Sunday of Easter
Acts 8:26-40
1 John 4:7-21
John 15:1-8
Psalm 22:24-30


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