As many of you may be aware, this Sunday we are celebrating the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels. We will, quite literally, pull out all the stops this Sunday. The Parish Choir and Schola will sing both 8:45 am and 11 am Eucharists and the Choristers will join them at 11 am. Some might inquire as to why St. Michael the Archangel is so important. One reason: “Michael the Archangel flies down from heaven to kick Satan’s butt,” as one of my choristers from England reminded me a couple years ago. The text from Revelation 12, which we will hear on Sunday, paints a vivid picture of conflict between the angels of heaven and the angels of hell.
There are seven Archangels (four of which are specifically mentioned by name in the Bible): Michael, Gabriel messenger of God, Raphael Archangel of healing, and finally Uriel Archangel of light. Craig Phillips, Director of Music at All Saints’ Beverly Hills, set these Archangels’ attributes to music in his Archangel Suite for Organ, which we will hear played on Sunday by our brilliant organ scholar Wyatt. Another item on deck for Sunday is Neil Cox’s smashing anthem “War in Heaven.” It combines the full resources of our Noack organ with triumphant dulcet-tones from the choirs. And it just so happens this will be the North American premiere- not to be missed!
All this ‘war in heaven’ brings me to ponder, “How can we triumph over conflicts in our own communities, the world, and with those whom we are in disagreement?” Natalie Ham, one of our 20s30ish groupies, made an interesting point at our last meeting on Friday, “Being in disagreement with someone is different than persecution.” To persecute is to subject someone to hostility and ill-treatment because of one’s race or political or religious belief(s). Oftentimes persecution gets confused with simply disagreeing. We see this frequently in political and social climates.
Now, in times of adversity and sadness I like to channel Raphael. Raphael appears, by name, only in the book of Tobit and is disguised, in human-form, as Azarias the son of Ananias. Azarias carries on traveling alongside Tobit’s family and cures Tobit’s blindness, and delivers his wife, Sarah, from the demon Asmodeus. After which time, Azarias’ true self is revealed as the angel Raphael. Who are the Raphaels in your life? Who is the person that brings comfort in times of sorrow? To whom can you bring comfort and healing?
Being at Epiphany these few months I’ve noticed something that particularly stands out in this holy place: Being in relationship. By being in relationship with one another we become the body of Christ. We become each other’s “Raphael.” It is in moments of grief and trouble, and even rejoicing in something good, that we become closer to one another. Reverend Doyt encouraged us last Sunday to think of that person we envy and applaud them. So, this Sunday, might I ask that we think of 1) that person with whom we are in disagreement, 2) that person who is causing trouble in our lives, 3) that person we don’t like, and show those people healing through the power of Christ’s love. Because it is in showing Christ’s love and living into our baptismal covenant to respect the dignity of every human being, that we can begin to heal our own brokenness, the brokenness of the world, and defeat the powers of Satan just as St. Michael did. Put down your sword, and “Take up your cross, the Savior said, if you would my disciple be; take up your cross with willing heart, and humbly follow after me.”
Interim Director of Music
First Sunday Brunch
This Sunday, October 1 at 10 am in the Great Hall
On the first Sunday of every month, join us in the Great Hall for brunch during Everybody Hour. This Sunday’s brunch will be hosted by Small Group EMG2.
Pick up your name tag ($5) and get Church Life on your phone. Epiphany baseball caps ($20) and tote bags ($5) will be for sale, too.
This Sunday at 10 am in the Garden Room and Christie House Library
The Music Director Search Committee invites you to an interactive session to share your experience with music at Epiphany and your ideas about how the music program might evolve and grow. Please come and help shape the future of music at Epiphany!
Music at Epiphany
Saint Francis Day
Saturday, October 7 at 10 am in the Great Hall
Pet Blessing | Pet & People Treats | Dog Washing Station
Alexandra Day, author of Good Dog Carl series of books, will be present with Carl to sign books!
Followed by Holy Eucharist in the Church chancel for those who would like communion.
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.
An Occasional Update from the Christie House Library
Like those home libraries, our Christie House library is full of books, sometimes even the ones we need. Libby Goldstein and Ann Lockhart are working on organizing and updating the library to make it more useful. We’re developing a “New Books – Current Classes.” We’ll also support and promote the “Epiphany Reads” table for Sunday mornings. And we’re looking at different ways to manage the books so they are easier to find.
To make room for new books, we will be culling books that haven’t aged well, working with the clergy to make sure no important works are discarded. All books that leave will be given to Goodwill. The books they receive are evaluated and often sold through Amazon; then Goodwill uses the money from the sale to support their language and computer training programs for adults. This is another way to do outreach.
While we know it’s tempting to bring us your used spiritual books, please don’t. Especially right now. We just don’t have room. And we will probably just pass them through to Goodwill. So avoid the middle-person and take them directly.
… there is a drawer in the back of the church for you to store your Epiphany name tags. Keep them there so you never forget to wear them at Epiphany’s events, brunches, and get togethers. If they are in the drawer, they are not lost or forgotten.
Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
Psalm 78:1-4, 12-16
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