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Easter 2022: A Message from Bishop Rickel

Easter 2022: A Message from Bishop Rickel

Alleluia, Christ has risen. The Lord has risen indeed, alleluia. Happy Easter to each and every one of you. Perhaps the highest feast of the Christian life has arrived, Easter, resurrection, new life born out of the old. That’s the hope of Easter, the yearning of Easter, even if, and I would say most especially if, the world itself doesn’t seem to portray it, does not seem to go along, as it were. This is the point really, even out

Lent 2022: A Message from Bishop Rickel

Lent 2022: A Message from Bishop Rickel

Greetings, Diocese of Olympia and all who may be watching. It is indeed hard to believe that this will be our third Lent in which one of our main overarching themes and topics of daily life is this ongoing pandemic. These last three years have been a rollercoaster, to say the least, up and down, feeling that this long disruption will soon end, only to have it not end, but even worsen. All the while we learn, we grow, we

Christmas 2021: A Message from Bishop Rickel

Christmas 2021: A Message from Bishop Rickel

Greetings, Diocese of Olympia and all who may be watching, and most especially on this day, Merry Christmas to all of you. I hope you all are with those you love and who love you, but if you can’t be with them, I hope you will make connections with them today in some way. I know this can be for many, a season of wild extremes. For some, the most joyous and happy time of the year, and for some,

Advent 2021: A Message from Bishop Rickel

Advent 2021: A Message from Bishop Rickel

Greetings, Diocese of Olympia and all who may be watching. And as I’ve said just about every year, let me also say “Happy New Year.” For our planet, we won’t be saying that for another month or so, but as Christians, we say it now. Our new year starts with the first Sunday of Advent, which this year is Sunday, November 28th. So Happy New Year, church. Advent may be my favorite season, just four Sundays. It’s also the season

Bishop Rickel’s Stewardship Sermon – October 4, 2020

Bishop Rickel’s Stewardship Sermon – October 4, 2020

Bishop Rickel’s sermon on stewardship from October 4 is now available to view below. A written version of the sermon is also available below in English, Spanish, Arabic, Simplified Chinese, Dinka, Japanese, and Khmer. BISHOP RICKEL’S SERMON (ENGLISH) BISHOP RICKEL’S SERMON (SPANISH) BISHOP RICKEL’S SERMON (ARABIC) BISHOP RICKEL’S SERMON (SIMPLIFIED CHINESE) BISHOP RICKEL’S SERMON (DINKA) BISHOP RICKEL’S SERMON (JAPANESE) BISHOP RICKEL’S SERMON (KHMER) Bishop Rickel’s Stewardship Introduction is also available below for churches to use as part of their own

Bishop Rickel’s Convention Eucharist Sermon

Bishop Rickel’s Convention Eucharist Sermon

The reading today from the Acts of the Apostles begins with the 12 disciples saying, or at least having these words put into their mouths, “It’s not right that we should neglect the word of God in order to wait tables.” That seems kind of like a slight to me. As if that lowly work of waiting tables, we might say this is one of the first whisperings of delusions of grandeur about those in leadership in the church. We

Meeting Mary in Nazareth – Bishop Rickel’s Sermon at Christ Church, Nazareth

Meeting Mary in Nazareth – Bishop Rickel’s Sermon at Christ Church, Nazareth

Christ Church, Nazareth The Rt. Rev. Gregory H. Rickel January 12, 2017 So, we are all here! Finally. It wasn’t easy, but it was a piece of cake compared to those who have known and experienced this journey for thousands of years. Getting here can be difficult, but in the end, it is worth it. I always feel that, and I hope you will too. One of the first times I came with Barry, who has been here far more

Your Kingdom Come – Bishop Rickel’s 2016 Convention Address

Your Kingdom Come – Bishop Rickel’s 2016 Convention Address

Watch the video of Bishop Rickel’s Address to the 106th Annual Convention of the Diocese of Olympia. Listen to the audio recording of Bishop Rickel’s Address to the 106th Annual Convention of the Diocese of Olympia. October 22, 2016 Good People of the Diocese of Olympia, guests, and visitors. It is so very good to be together with you once again and especially for this our 106th Annual Convention. In preparing for this convention and especially for this address, I