Upcoming at Faith This Week
I just got off the weekly Zoom call with Bishop Rickel and diocesan clergy. He shared how, throughout the church, bishops are reeling in their plans to open churches in light of the higher incidents of COVID-19 that are cropping up. Here in Kitsap, we almost made it to Phase 3, but that move has been suspended due to the recent increase in cases, and across the sound, Snohomish County is looking at going back to Phase 1. Clearly, it is not yet time to go back to “business as usual”; still, we are planning on Bishop Rickel visiting on July 26th. Things may change radically in the next 24 days, but until we hear otherwise, we will continue with our plans to hold an outdoor service then. Our Senior Warden, Kay Rawlings, will soon be sending out an email asking for folks to assist in our reopening efforts, the bishop’s visit being the first venture toward that end. Please look for Kay’s communication and see if there’s a place you are willing to help out and can do so safely.
I don’t know if any of you happened to tune in to St. Mark Cathedral on Tuesday for the ordinations that took place, but there were extraordinary steps taken to protect all involved from any contagion. Mike and I watched from home and, as weird as it was to see the cathedral without pews or crowds, it was also incredibly moving. The service gave me hope for our ability to continue in our worship together, separated as we are. Click here for a link to a recording of the service.
Thank you all so much for your commitment to Faith—to the Sunday services, to our financial health, and especially to one another. What a blessing this community is for us all.
Barb Fox’s Recovery
There are no new updates regarding Barb Fox’s recovery from a stroke last week. The family has been busy transitioning her into a rehabilitation facility. Your continued prayers for Barb, Les, and their family are so appreciated. If you’d like to send her a card or note, it can be sent to:
Barb (& Les) Fox
815 124th St SW, #158
Everett, WA 98024
Who would vandalize a church?? We don’t know who, and we don’t know when, but someone did their best to destroy the beautiful stations of the cross that Jackson Foster has been so graciously creating and installing in our memorial garden. All five have been uprooted, some have been damaged, and we all feel violated. A police report has been filed; hopefully this was a one-time act of mischief fueled by boredom and frustration. Lord, have mercy.
Instructed Eucharist Summer is the season in which I will typically try to do an instructed Eucharist of some sort—explaining the hows and whys of what we do. In the midst of preparing for our Episcopal 101 class, I came upon How2charist. It’s a site that includes a full-on annotated service calling out the names of objects, people, and factoids about how we worship. Click here to check out the website!
The Faith BOOK GROUP is temporarily suspended. They plan to read Dear Church: A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the US by Lenny Duncan. There’s been a run on this book lately and they are waiting for their copies to arrive; however, if you have a Kindle it is available for download. Stay tuned to find out when it will begin again.
Diocesan High School Youth
This year, the Diocesan High School Youth are meeting virtually. Their normal “six day” summer camp is being condensed into three days—all online. Youth from 8-12 grades are welcome to join the fun. The cost is $30 per youth and there are scholarships available. Please check out the website for more info.
There are slots still available to sign up to bring a meal to this beautiful boy’s mom, dad, and big brother. Please consider helping out our friends, the Mace family. You only need to cook for Kevin, Amanda, and Grayson as Kegan isn’t quite chewing yet. Click here for the link if you’d like to help out.
Tuesday morning Bible Study continues! If you’d like to join us, send me an email or give me a call and I’ll send you a link to the Zoom meeting. It’s at 10:00 and we will be looking at the readings for the upcoming Sunday.
Please remember that Gateway Church is providing day shelter as well as meals for folks in need. If you hear of anyone who would benefit from this offering, please send them there.
Thank you to everyone who has continued to make their pledge payments! If your economic situation has changed as a result of the virus, please let me know. I may be able to help with a bill. On that note, the Diocese has set up an online payment option for each church in the diocese. No one is required to use it, but I put it out as another way to make a donation. Click here to donate. If you prefer, you can always mail in your checks to:
Faith Episcopal Church
PO Box 1362; Poulsbo, 98370
I will continue doing Morning Prayer live on Faith’s Facebook page. Join me M-W-F at 8:00 AM. Unfortunately, we are no longer able to broadcast it to our website, but you can always pray at home in the knowledge that I’m praying with you!
From the Senior Warden - Kay Rawlings
Description: “Lenny Duncan is the unlikeliest of pastors. Formerly incarcerated, he is now a black preacher in the whitest denomination in the United States: the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Shifting demographics and shrinking congregations make all the headlines, but Duncan sees something else at work—drawing a direct line between the church’s lack of diversity and the church’s lack of vitality. The problems the ELCA faces are theological, not sociological. But so are the answers.”
Bishop’s Visit July 26th
The Season After Pentecost is the longest in the Church year. Each year, we have the option of choosing whether we will follow Track 1or Track 2 for our Old Testament scripture reading. Track 1 is a semi-linear telling of some of our Old Testament stories, and Track 2 is scripture that somehow ties in with the rest of the lection appointed for that Sunday. We have been alternating tracks at Faith, and this year, we are back to Track 1. So,
Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
This Sunday's Zoom Meeting:
Our Readings for Proper 9 (the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost) are:
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“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30
Almighty God, who hast given us this good land for our
heritage: We humbly beseech thee that we may always prove
ourselves a people mindful of thy favor and glad to do thy will.
Bless our land with honorable industry, sound learning, and
pure manners. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion;
from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way. Defend
our liberties, and fashion into one united people the multitudes
brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues. Endue
with the spirit of wisdom those to whom in thy Name we entrust
the authority of government, that there may be justice and
peace at home, and that, through obedience to thy law, we
may show forth thy praise among the nations of the earth.
In the time of prosperity, fill our hearts with thankfulness,
and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in thee to fail;
all which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.