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,
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
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
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
Bishop Rickel visited St. Clement, Seattle for their celebration of All Saints’ and All Soul this weekend, reminding us that we are all called to be saints and, like Abraham Lincoln, appealing to our “better angels” in the aftermath of this bitter and contentious election season.
During his visitation to St. Paul, Bellingham, Bishop Rickel spoke on the story of Zacchaeus, the tax collector, from the Gospel of Luke. Listen to his exploration of what it means to lean in to Christ, ready for movement, with a heart that is ready to embrace change.
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
Bishop Rickel speaks on the Parable of the Persistent Widow during his visitation to St. Clare, Snoqualmie. He speaks about our need to live out lives of prayer, faith, justice, and persistence.
During his visitation to Church of the Redeemer, Kenmore, Bishop Rickel offered up the following message on the reading from the Gospel of St. Luke about embracing our neighbors – the poor and the marginalized – with thankfulness and standing against those voices who would demean or degrade them.