The Holy Spirit Comes Down

The Holy Spirit Comes Down

The Day of Pentecost “Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them.” -Acts 2:3 (NRSV) Among the stories people tell about the human relationship with God, most remind people that God’s vision for how we will care for Creation is far more expansive than we expect or imagine. Pentecost is a story like this. Chapter 2 of the Book of Acts tells a surprising tale involving a particular group of people, a

He Ascended into Heaven…

He Ascended into Heaven…

While the child in each of us might imagine the feast of the Ascension marks the departure of the risen Christ from the earth for heaven, a closer look at the Bible offers another, and for some, a startling perspective. While medieval artists frequently painted the risen Christ seated on a heavenly throne at the Father’s right hand – safely distant from this earth – another voice in the Christian tradition has suggested that since God has no hands –

Alleluia! Christ is risen!

Alleluia! Christ is risen!

The Great Fifty Days of Easter For the secular world, Easter is a one day celebration of spring, for finding brightly colored eggs and sporting new spring finery. For the Church, Easter is the center of our faith and of our year, a great festival of fifty glorious days stretching from the Easter Vigil through Pentecost, a celebration of the resurrection of Christ and the sending of the Holy Spirit. This spacious fifty-day feast affords us the time we need

Holy Week – A Journey with Jesus

Holy Week – A Journey with Jesus

Palm Sunday begins one of the most sacred times in our tradition: Holy Week. All of our preparation, prayers, learning and discipline over the season of Lent serves to prepare us to get close to this week: this mystery that is the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, God-with-us. Early on in Christian tradition, the mothers and fathers of the church decided that we would mark our time each year by remembering the life of Jesus in our church calendar.

40 Days and 40 Nights

40 Days and 40 Nights

ASH WEDNESDAY AND LENT “Eternal Lord of love, behold your Church walking once more the pilgrim way of Lent . . .” (The Hymnal 1982 # 149) As the hymn above suggests, Lent is a communal pilgrimage, a journey of the whole Church following Jesus on the road to Jerusalem, to his Passion and death, and to his resurrection, under the watchful, loving protection of God.  Lent is traditionally the time of preparation for baptism at the Easter Vigil, and

Under Our Skin: Bishop Rickel participates in Seattle Times video project intended to foster deeper conversations about race and racism

Under Our Skin: Bishop Rickel participates in Seattle Times video project intended to foster deeper conversations about race and racism

Discussions about race, inclusiveness and sensitivity clearly aren’t new. Terms like “racism,” “white privilege” and “politically correct” are often used — and interpreted — in very different ways.  The Seattle Times interviewed 18 people from Western Washington about what these and other phrases mean to them, and is featuring their responses in a video project titled “Under Our Skin: What do we mean when we talk about race?” The project includes 12 videos; each focused on a single word or

2015 Lenten Resources

It’s never too late to find your Lenten resources!  There are a wide variety of options this year from books to devotionals to social media and more. Here is a resource list to get you started:   A very different kind of book selected by Bishop Rickel for this year’s Lenten reading.  See Bishop Rickel video introduction for more information. Other resources offered by people in the diocese include: The Souls of Black Folk, by W.E.B. DuBois The New Jim

Pastoral Update from Bishop Greg Rickel on the Marysville Shooting; resources for talking with youth

Bishop Rickel issued the following pastoral update:O God our heavenly Father, you have blessed us and given us dominion over all the earth: Increase our reverence before the mystery of life; and give us new insight into your purposes for the human race, and new wisdom and determination in making provision for its future in accordance with your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Yesterday, once again, one of the major issues of our time came not close to

Ashes to Go in the Diocese

There will be a number of places in the diocese where Ashes to Go will be available. You can find them below or through this link. St. Andrew’s – Aberdeen Downtown Aberdeen and under the bridge St. Mark – Montesano Downtown Montesano-US Post Office: Noon to 2 PM Christ Church – Seattle On corner of 47th & Brooklyn – approximately 12:30 PM Christ Church – Anacortes Corner of 6th Street & Commercial Avenue, Anacortes 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Trinity