Looking Forward and Backward: Becoming a 500-year church and Our Anglican Heritage
In this season at Epiphany, we are talking about what it would mean for us to be a 500-year church and looking forward to what God may be calling us to do. We’re not entirely sure. As we pray and ponder, we are studying Christian communities already in their 500th year and considering our own Anglican heritage. Our Book of Common Prayer was first published in 1549. Its language is both familiar, like an old sweater whose warmth and comfort delights us, and alien, as Tudor vocabulary and theological emphasis can be so distinct from ours.
On October 22, the Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost, we will be using language from a 1604 edition of the Book of Common Prayer, with scripture texts from the King James Version, and music from the same era. Our hope with this is to both remind ourselves of our Anglican heritage and to lay a foundation for part of our discussion of becoming a 500-year church.
As we use this language in our worship, we invite you to notice those things which have not changed, such as the Collect for Purity: Almighty God, unto whom all hearts be open, all desires known, and from whom no secretes are hid: cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of thy Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love thee, and worthily magnify thy name, through Christ our Lord, Amen. We also encourage you to consider what is different, and use these two elements to prompt additional discussion.
We’ll be holding an Everybody Hour Forum on Cranmer and the Book of Common Prayer at 10 am on October 22 as part of this discussion as well, and we encourage you to join us there.
Introducing Ruth Anne Garcia
Epiphany’s New Senior Associate Priest
I am very pleased to announce that Ruth Anne Garcia has accepted our invitation to be the next Senior Associate Priest at Epiphany. Some of you met Ruth Anne and her husband Jeremy Bacon when they were visiting over Labor Day weekend. Ruth Anne will be coming to us from Middletown, NY where she is serving at Grace Episcopal Church as Interim Rector. Ruth Anne has served as Rector in two parishes and also has experience as a Chaplain and an Associate. After graduating from General Theological Seminary, Ruth Anne served as Chaplain at St. Paul’s School Concord, NH. From there she joined St. Columba’s Church in Washington DC. St. Columba’s is a large parish and during her years there, it was in rapid growth mode. After St. Columba’s she joined the staff of Trinity Wall Street where she was involved in a wide variety of ministries, one of which was a children’s chapel.
Over the past eighteen years as a priest, Ruth Anne has seen many types of churches from many different perspectives. My invitation to her is as priest partner and collaborator at Epiphany. Ruth Anne’s role will be to care for, lead, and assist programmatic ministry leaders; care for the staff; invite and incorporate newcomers; assist in new program launches as necessary; serve as outreach representative to the neighborhood; and have priestly duties writ large. Ruth Anne has a steady and thoughtful way about her, which some might say will be an orienting complement to our system. But what struck me most about Ruth Anne was her desire to be part of a church where, “I can practice my Christianity with so many other faithful Christians.”
Ruth Anne was raised in Lewistown, MT, and Jeremy comes from New York/ New Jersey. He is an accomplished jazz pianist and is looking forward to broadening his exposure in the Pacific Northwest. To get a sense of Jeremy and his art, I invite you to visit him at https://soundcloud.com/user-134092572 and https://youtu.be/gqhbE27s4nU.
Ruth Anne’s first Sunday will be 1 Advent, December 3. I am excited for you to meet her and know you will warmly welcome her and Jeremy into the patterns and rhythms of our life in this little corner of the kingdom of heaven.
Threads Group Annoucement
There will be no “Second Saturday” meeting for the Threads Group. I’ll be out of town that weekend. (YIPPEE!) Usually, we would meet on October 14th in the Christie House library on every second Saturday of each month from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm. See you next month.
Music Guild Concert This Sunday Evening
TONIGHT! Get Baking!
Email Bailey for information.
TOMORROW – Saint Francis Day
Saturday, October 7 at 10 am in the
Great Hall and Epiphany Gardens
Sunday, October 8 at 11 am Service During the Children’s Sermon
TOMORROW! Scrapbooking Affinity Group
October 7 at 5:30 in the Fireside Room
Do you have boxes of photos and memorabilia you’ve been meaning to organize? Now is your chance! Please join us for an evening of scrapbooking and fellowship. All are welcome, whether you are an accomplished scrap booker, want to organize a box of photos, work on journaling, or just come see what it’s about! Please contact Jessica Yates, (206) 931-5119, email JRYates@Live.com.
Help YWCA SHELTER KIDS have a fun HALLOWEEN
Thank You EMG2 for Hosting October’s First Sunday Brunch!
(Left to right) Ed Emerson, Cory Carlson, Pete Melin, Alec Williamson,
Sterling Stiff, Sherman Griffin, and Jonathan Roberts
20s & 30ish Spice O’ Life Get Together
October 27 at 6 pm in the Fireside Room
Upcoming Baptisms at Epiphany
All Saints’ Day
Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 11:00 am
Baptism Preparation Class and Rehearsal for Families and Godparents
Saturday, November 4. 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Please contact The Reverend Todd Foster for more information at 206-324-2573 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
…The Right Reverend and Right Honourable honorable The Lord Williams of Oystermouth (Rowan Williams, just past Archbishop of Canterbury) will be at Epiphany November 12th preaching at the 8:45 and 11:00 services.
Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20
Click here for Prayer List