There was a full moon last Thursday night. I usually don’t notice that kind of thing, which speaks to my sin of self-centeredness or perhaps my addiction to my cell phone. Every evening I take a walk with my dog, and usually I’m trapped in my own thoughts. But not last Thursday. Last Thursday I noticed the big, bright, full moon. Maybe I noticed it because I’m not used to seeing the sky this time of year. Maybe I noticed it because it was so bright. But for whatever reason I noticed, and what struck me is that, while the moon was so bright, it was not bright enough to do anything by. In other words, I couldn’t have read a book by it, or discerned the face of a person walking across the street, or identified a bird in a tree. And yet, I could see. Moonlight, on bright nights, allows us to see, but not to identify; it allows us to perceive without claiming full knowledge of that which we gaze upon.
As I walked in the moonlight, I was mindful of Ruth Haley Barton’s words from her book Invitation to Solitude and Silence:
“In silence we begin to recognize that a lot of our God-talk is like a finger that points to the moon. The finger that points to the moon is not the moon. Pointing to the moon, talking about the moon, involving ourselves in study and explanation about how the light of the moon is generated is not the same thing as sitting in moonlight, letting moon beams fall around us illuminating what they will… When we sit in the light of the moon, we don’t try to figure it out, explain it, or force it to be anything other than what it is” (p. 75).
It is so easy to miss the moonlight. It is so easy to misinterpret the moonlight. It is so easy to mistake one thing for another thing in the moonlight. The moonlight is best for perceiving, for gazing upon the ethereal side of creation. The moonlight is a good and true metaphor for how we see our God.
As I walked, Cat Stevens’ song Moonshadow came to mind. Some of you hippy-dippy folks might remember it. Stevens talks about how the shadow of the moon follows him, and in its mystery blesses him, particularly in times of trial. When he loses his hands and plow and land, he is blessed by not having to work any more. When he loses his eyes and his colors run dry, he is blessed by not having to cry any more. When he loses his legs, he won’t mourn or beg, just be blessed by not having to walk any more. And finally, when he loses his teeth, north and south, he won’t have to talk any more. It is this “faithful light,” to use Stevens’ words, this moonlight, made to follow us so we may gaze, perceive, and see without the acquisition of knowledge. So we may know, in truth, that our eyes were made to function best through the moonlight of faith.
My prayer for you this Lent is that you let the moonlight shine in your life; that you sit in its brightness, faithfully, needing not to understand or articulate what you are taking in, rather to just know that it is God, and that God is with you, that God loves you, and that you are blessed by God.
As Epiphany Acolyte Wrangler, I invite all acolytes and youth interested in Acolyting to join Verger Diane Carlisle, Youth Ministry Convener Laura Sargent, and me on Sunday, March 11 after church (12:30-2 pm) for the second quarterly Acolyte meet-up. As with the first gathering, we’ll bring together our group for food, fellowship, and fun.
We will gather in the Fireside Room at 12:30 pm for lunch, followed by a short training, and a round of Acolyte Olympics–all in a tidy, ninety minute package.
Please let me know if your Acolyte(s) can join us or if you have a new young person who is interested in joining us. Acolyting is open to all of our youth, 5th grade and older. You can reach me, Wellesley Chapman, at email@example.com.
We are grateful for our acolytes’ service to Epiphany and look forward to building fellowship through these regular meet-ups.
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..
Music Director Search Update
Over the past two months we have conducted the Epiphany candidate visit portion of our search for Epiphany’s next music director. Each candidate has rehearsed and performed with our choirs, led the congregation in service music, met extensively with staff and lay leadership, met many parishioners, and experienced a bit of what Seattle offers. We are now in the process of checking additional references on our four candidates – Zach Hemenway, Chris Lynch, Simon Morley, and Joseph O’Berry – and request that any final feedback be submitted using this link by March 15. We are approaching the close of the search and anticipate making a decision soon. As always, please feel free to contact the committee anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org. As a reminder, committee members are: Laura Blackmore, Beth Clark, Doyt Conn, Sherman Griffin (Chair), Bill Hurt, Laurel Nesholm, John Starbard, and Gary Sundem.
Sunday Services – 7:30 am, 8:45 am, 11 am & 5 pm
The Examen: Contemplative Prayer Practice
March 9 at 5:30 pm in the Chapel/Christie House Library
Followed by a simple meal of soup and bread in the Christie House Library.
Epiphany Quiet Day for Lent
March 10 from 1 to 6 pm at the Epiphany Campus
March 14 at 5:30 pm in the Chapel
The homilist: Robert Klein
The Examen: Contemplative Prayer Practice
Fridays in Lent: March 9 through 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
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.
March 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:
March 14 – Ryan Klein
March 21 – Diana Bender
Psalm Chant Rehearsal
March 17 at 2 pm Chapel
Join other men of Epiphany as we learn to chant the psalms in anticipation of
Watchnight. We will chant the Psalms at the begining of Watchnight following the Maundy Thursday liturgy. If you have questions, please email Peter Drumond at
March 19 – 23 from 7:45 to 8:15 am and/or 8:30 to 9:30 am in the Chapel
In preparation for Holy Week, Pieter Drummond is offering a week-long guided meditation intensive every morning in the chapel. Two time slots per day are
available; you may come to one or both. If you have questions, please email Pieter Drummond at email@example.com
Click here to download Creative Process and Lenten Laughter.
Marching For Our Lives
If you are planning to march and/or interested in marching with others in the Epiphany Parish/ Episcopal community to support our youth asking for gun reform on March 24th in the “March for Our Lives” Seattle please contact Ruth Anne (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Bailey Kimmel (email@example.com). If we have a group interested, we will have tentatively set two dates for poster making on March 18 and 23.
We Need Your Voice! Voices Wanted!
If you are interested in participating in a different kind of musical event (with contemporary music) please contact Ruth Anne. One rehearsal only and lots of fun!
Still have parts open for the Reading of the Passion Narrative at Park Shore on Good Friday @ 10:30 AM.
Please contact Ruth Anne @ firstname.lastname@example.org
I am blessed to be able to report the activities and decisions from our Vestry meeting of February 13, 2018.
An even greater blessing was to have the privilege as the Vestry Person of the Month to share the prayer and devotions with Vestry Members. I shared briefly from The Day the Revolution Began, Reconsidering the Meaning of the Crucifixion, by NT Wright and St. Theresa’s Prayer, as sung by John Michael Talbot. I will have concluding remarks on Vestry bonding at the end of this article.
We heard good news from our church Treasurer, Ed Emerson, for the year ending 2017. We spent less than the budgeted amount and thereby had a year end surplus of over $23,000. For 2018 we have exceeded our pledge goal by almost $15,000. We are encouraged but realize we will always have some lean months during each year. It was suggested that we track lean months to each other over time to help with year end projections for potential budget adjustments.
Doyt reported on the many ministries and in particular the hope for Theology Roundtables, in and out of the Parish walls. The first session was very encouraging.
We had elections of Junior Warden, Jamie Balducci; Member at Large, Sherman Griffin; Chancellor, Doug Oles; Building and Grounds Supervisor, Pete Melin. Also we voted in a replacement Vestry Member for Coleman Greene, Scott Hitch. Coleman was not able to serve as his work necessitates a move out of the area.
I provided information on Vestry Norms and Expectations for our new Vestry members and gentle reminders for current members. In addition, I encouraged the Vestry to be more transparent with each other so that we may be a support system on the issues of life and ministry. We discussed our work for God that is sometimes self directed as opposed to letting God work through us. I shared the following poem on the subject.
Working for God versus letting God work through you.
Listen closely and He will guide.
Instead of just ‘doing,’ which builds your pride.
Serving God while He is serving you
Is much more satisfying when you are through.
Oh yes, you will ‘do’ but at His direction
Providing a much more meaningful reflection.
How many times have we been out in front?
Then realizing His spirit we did blunt.
It takes prayer and patience to achieve that goal,
But ultimately finding our servants role.
Thank you for taking the time to read this Vestry report.
Richard Nelson, Senior Warden
20s & 30s Gathering
March 16 | 6:30 pm
Game night on Friday, March 16 from 6:30 pm-until at Star Brass Lounge (5813 Airport Way S, Seattle, WA 98108)
All are most welcome to drop in for food and beverage. And do bring your favorite game, if you fancy.
For inquiries contact Joseph on email@example.com
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.
Help YWCA shelter kids celebrate Easter by giving them an Easter basket!
You can purchase a pre-filled basket or fill one yourself with fun things like toys, candy, books, hygiene needs, socks, or learning supplies.
If you make your own please wrap it in cellophane so it will stay intact.
Baskets can be for any age, boy or girl (range $15 – $20). Each basket will make a difference to a child in need. Drop off by Sunday, March 25 at 11:00 am service.
Questions? Contact Sherilyn Peterson, firstname.lastname@example.org or (206) 322-2831.
We are having our Easter Egg Hunt on Holy Saturday! Invite your neighbors and friends to enjoy bagels and then scour the grounds for plastic eggs.
Gather at 9:30 am in the Great Hall for bagels and activities, followed by the hunt. Separate parts of the campus will be assigned to different age groups in the spirit of fun and fairness.
Join members of the Altar Guild in the Chapel to make Palm Crosses for the Palm Sunday services. This is a great activity for the kids and adults too! RSVP to email@example.com
We have some fantastic food traditions during Holy Week that we hope you can be a part of, regardless of whether you bring a dish to share or just show up. If you would like to help out by sharing a dish at any of the following events, just email Diane Carlisle at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Parish Office at 206-324-2573.
March 29 | 6:30 pm | Great Hall
The Agape Meal dates to apostolic times and celebrates our Christian love for each other. For this meal, we are asking for:
Meatless Soup (5 pots)
Bread & Cheese (3 loaves/blocks)
Olives (3 plates)
Fruit (3 plates)
Grape Juice (3 bottles)
Red Wine (5 bottles)
NO SWEETS please (saving that for the Vigil!)
Easter Vigil Reception
March 31 | after 8 pm service | Great Hall
After all the Alleluias and bell-ringing at the end of the Easter Vigil service, come to the Great Hall for a grand reception. Please sign up to bring:
Wine (15 bottles)
Sparkling Cider, Juice, or Sparkling Water (20 bottles)
Dessert of the finger-food variety (10 dishes)
Fruit (10 plates)
April 1 | 10 am | Great Hall
We are throwing open the doors of our church for parishioners and visitors alike. We are planning on serving:
Quiche or Strata (20)
Fruit Salad (10 dishes)
Breakfast Bread (10 loaves)
If there is a special dish you associate with Easter, feel free to bring that too!
SAVE THE DATE!
Epiphany Vacation Bible Camp
July 9-13, 2018 from 1-4 pm
Registration information coming soon!
Fourth Sunday in Lent
Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22
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