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,
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 Christmas Message Merry Christmas, Diocese of Olympia and everyone watching! For those of you who love Christmas, I have good news for you, it’s a season, not a day. It runs from this day to January 5, and then to the Feast of the Epiphany, the arrival of the Magi, the 6th of January, so enjoy it, keep celebrating. Christ arrives, that’s what Christmas is all about. Christ coming into our lives, coming into our world, incarnating love
In Bishop Rickel’s Easter message, he reflects on an Ash Wednesday spent ministering to mariners in the Port of Seattle and learning of the horrific shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. And, of course, he reflects on the resurrection we find in Jesus Christ.
Bishop Rickel offers his reflections for the season of Lent and encourages us to use the season as a time to explore new spiritual disciplines.
Bishop Rickel reflects on the life, ministry, and work of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his relevance today.
Bishop Rickel offers his reflections for Christmas and Epiphany, and sends his wishes for a joyous holiday season.
As we prepare for Advent and enter into this season of expectation and waiting, hear Bishop Rickel’s encouragement to slow down and use this season to truly listen. You can find more reflections from Bishop Rickel on Advent in Living Compass’ “Living Well Through Advent 2017.” Copies are available at their website (https://www.livingcompass.org/) or by calling the Office of the Bishop at 206.325.4200.
Bishop Rickel offers his wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving and challenges us to make this holiday more than a celebration and reflection on the year’s blessings, but also a reminder to live out our faith in the present.
Bishop Rickel reflects on Easter and living as the resurrected people of God.