In the Cracks, New Shoots Will Sprout
A Reflection by the Rev. Doyt L. Conn, Jr.
At the bottom of a particular parishioner’s email, under her name, there is this quote: “There is a crack, a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” (Leonard Cohen) I saw it again this week and it gave me pause. In the life of Epiphany right now the cracks are opening up. Over the past nine years the Epiphany team has ordered and organized our common life into consistent patterns of worship, stewardship, parties, concerts, education, rights of passage, pilgrimages, and the like. While we have never been a Swiss watch, we’ve been a pretty good Timex. Now Tom and Kate have left, and things will change. Things will be different. They have been comfortable, now they will be uncomfortable, at least a little bit, at least for a while, at least for me. But in these cracks something new will grow.
I actually consider Tom and Kate’s near simultaneous departure a providential blessing, as the combined weight of their individual tectonic plates will produce more shifts in the topography of Epiphany. As a result, change will be more apparent, and we can be more bold and obvious and intentional in how we embrace it.
So what changes am I talking about? Well, first there will simply be new personalities on the scene. We have Joseph O’Berry as our Interim Director of Music, and a new Priest Associate will be hired, I pray, sometime this fall. Second, there will be some shifts in our current staff responsibilities. Elizabeth Walker has an expanded role, which now includes overseeing Christian Education. She will be working alongside Steve Clemons who will be coordinating Adult Formation. Marsha Crockett will be taking over Kate’s leadership of Small Groups. And Laura Sargent will be leading staff meetings. Through Elizabeth, Steve, Marsha, and Laura we have covered Kate’s primary program duties. Please help Steve and Marsha in particular, as they set about understanding and then carrying forward in their new responsibilities. Third, with new people and new leadership we are given fresh eyes through which to see our systems and patterns. I believe that God gives us these new vistas so we can grow, so we can become more the people God created us to be. And in response to God’s reorienting our common life, I believe we should step forward boldly to see if we can be more helpful in moving people along on their spiritual journey.
Let me give you two little examples that are already in the works. The first is acolytes. When the acolyte program was restarted we decided acolyting should begin in sixth grade. Why? For a lot of little reasons. But for a lot of new little reasons it has been brought to my attention that we should move the beginning age from sixth grade to fifth grade. Is this a big deal? No, it is just a little different than how we used to do things. My mantra of late to the staff is that if you you’re saying: “We’ve always done it that way,” or “We’ve never done it that way,” stop, and listen to the request more carefully.
Here is another example of a change that might begin to take place. We are thinking about differentiating our 7:30 AM service from our 5 PM service. As you may recall the 5 PM was started as a Holy Eucharist Rite 1 service because it replaced the 8 AM service during construction. When we finally settled into our current pattern of four Sunday services, the 5 PM service retained its Rite 1 status. But as we reflect on on the 5 PM service we suspect there may be room for some changes to better accommodate the people who attend it. And so we are going to try some different things at that service to see if we can create something new that is broadly inviting.
And so it goes. There are cracks. Things have shifted. Seeds are being scattered, and we are watching for sprouts to appear. Some will take root; others will wither. Our task is to step in, step up, be supportive, and stay open to how the Holy Spirit is moving anew in our midst.
Tom and Kate have had a great impact on Epiphany. They have helped move us to where we are now. Thank you to both of them, and thanks be to God. And now, a new day. If you have any thoughts or reflections on things to try, or things to let go of, or things to reconsider, please let me know. We are in the age of the Holy Spirit and she is speaking to all of us.
Kate with Epiphany Staff
A Celebration for The Rev. Kate Wesch
Sunday, August 6, after the 11 am service
Say Good-bye to Kate
Sunday is Kate’s last day at Epiphany. Come hear her final sermon (all four services) and join us in the Epiphany Gardens after the 11 am service for a cook-out picnic. Come celebrate Kate as she prepares to take over as the new Rector at St. John the Baptist in West Seattle.
If you would like to help in anyway, contact Elizabeth Walker.
Seafair is this weekend!
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Oblitride Is Coming — August 11 – 13
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Help Needed for Madrona K-8 Playground Facelift
Our mission on August 20th is to paint new lines and patterns on the asphalt for the new playground at Madrona K-8 School. The PTA will provide designs chalked onto the fresh asphalt as well as paint and other supplies. There will also be some gardening chores on the side (moving wood chips, etc. to prepare for equipment installation). We just need to provide the muscle!
Backpacks for YWCA Teenagers!
Help YWCA resident teenagers get ready for school! Epiphany has committed to supply 100 fully supplied backpacks to start the new school year. Each needy teenager will receive:
2017 GENERAL BACKPACK SUPPLY LIST
1 backpack (teenager appropriate!)
4 spiral notebooks, college rule, 70 ct.
1 filler paper, college rule, 120/ct.
1 package 8-tab dividers for binder
1.5″ 3-ring binder
1 fabric pencil case w/3 grommets, 10″ x 6″
1 box #2 pencils, 12/pk
1 box colored pencils, 12/pk
3 medium blue or black pens
1 package 6 highlighters, chisel-tip, assorted colors
1 index cards, 3″x 5″, ruled, 100 ct., white
1 glue stick, .28 oz
2 tape, invisible, ¾” x 1296″
1 sharpener, double barrel
1 USB Flash Drive
*To make giving easy… click here to donate online.
How can you help? It’s easy-just two simple steps!
1. Purchase your donations and bring them to the office by August 20.
You can provide either:
a. A fully provisioned backpack, or
b. Some of the items listed above, or
c. It takes approximately $75.00 to complete a backpack and donations in any amount are welcome.
2. Email Jennifer Alviar (firstname.lastname@example.org) with what you will donate.
This really helps us keep track and not have too much of one item and too little of another.
Help us reach our goal of 100 backpacks!
Sock Drop Thanks
Once again Epiphany hosted a successful summer concert series….what a wonderful way to enjoy our campus, listen to fun music, meet up with friends and celebrate summer in Seattle.
This year we added a sock drive to support clean and dry feet for our friends at Teen Feed and Night Watch. I am thrilled to announce that 130 pairs of socks were donated. I will be making sure they are delivered to our social outreach partners.
I thank each and everyone of you…socks are considered gold on the streets!! You are a most generous group!
Cheers and blessings….Ann Beck
SAVE THE DATE!
Fall Kickoff Picnic
September 10 – 12:15 pm in the Epiphany Gardens
Reconnect with old friends and meet new ones.
1. Gumbo provided by Blueacre Catering
2. Bouncy House
3. Henna Tattoos
4. Opportunity to pick up your nametag ($5.00) or order one
5. Pictures taken for the directory
6. Get Church Life on your phone (our online calendar and directory)
Don’t miss it!
Epiphany will soon be finalizing registrations for our pilgrimage to the Holy Land! The dates of the trip are December 27, 2017 – January 10, 2018 which coincides with Orthodox Christmas. It includes three nights in Nazareth and 8 nights in Jerusalem. Are you interested in joining the pilgrimage? If so, we’d love to include you. Please reach out as soon as possible to Charissa Bradstreet at email@example.com to express interest and receive details on the itinerary, associated costs, and payment schedule. Registrations and deposit are due by September 1. Materials on the pilgrimage are also available in the church office – look for the Holy Land Pilgrimage slot in the mailbox area. Thank you!
New Affinity Group Starting
20’s/30ish at Epiphany
Friday, August 18 from 6 to 9 pm in the Fireside Room
Contact Joseph O’Berry
2 Peter 1:13-21
Psalm 99 or 99:5-9
Click here to view Prayer List.