Upcoming at Faith This Week
Our first week of Advent has been graced with clear skies and the winter sun, and for this I am most grateful. If we were dealing with rising numbers of COVID cases, over-burdened medical facilities, illness and death in the family, as well as the wet dreariness that is so often with us the first week of December, we might lose hope entirely. Instead, we have been blessed with warmth and light which feel like a tangible reminder of the promise of God’s kingdom inbreaking in our world. Yes, the rain and the darkness will surely return, but for now, in this moment, let us rejoice in this grace.
As you know, I had hoped to begin live-streaming our services from our church building with a few people in attendance; however, the prevailing wisdom is that we refrain for a bit longer. Our medical facilities and professionals are really seeing the effects of the rise in COVID cases. Not only is there a shortage of beds in our hospitals, but medical staff are exhausted. We shall support them by refraining from in-person worship a bit longer. Also, my hope is that if we’re cautious now, then we’ll be able to do some kind of worship service on the property come Christmas Eve. It will likely not look like anything we’re used to, but with a little creativity and a whole lot of grace, we just might be able to welcome the holy child in a joyous, meaningful worship service.
Finally, as we approach the end of the calendar year, please take a look and see if you are current on your financial commitment to Faith. I confess, this is an area where I am often having to play catch-up, myself. If you’re not sure even how much you promised to give, much less if you’re current, please contact Louise Kernaghan, she is gracious and will be able to tell you all you need to know; however, she requests you don’t wait until the last minute.
I hope you’re able to enjoy a little sunshine!
Connie Aurand has been consolidating our Sunday Prayers and sending them out to the prayer chain. If you have a prayer request, please do remember to let Connie know. Also, if you join Vicar Laura for Facebook Morning Prayer, there is an opportunity to share your prayer requests in that space. Prayer remains one of the surest ways we commune with God. Please share your concerns, offer up prayer for others, and rest in God.
It appears as if Barb’s body has recovered all it is going to from the stroke. She will, however, continue to have therapy to work on her speech. Please continue to pray for Barb and her husband, Les.
If you would like to send Barb Fox a card, her address is:
Harbour Pointe Sr. Living
10200 Harbour Place
Mukilteo, Washington 98275.
Carl is not doing well, and he and Leslie need all our prayers. He is in Swedish Hospital, Issaquah, where he is struggling with sepsis. Vicar Laura spoke to him on the phone and he is feeling peaceful and full of gratitude for all the prayers offered on his behalf by the people of Faith. He says he “feels them all”. Please continue to hold the Sandbergs in your prayers.
As reported last week, our dear friend Bob has passed from this dimension into the deeper, truer one in God. Please keep his family in your prayers as they grieve, especially, Peter, Patty, and Robert. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.
An Advent Prayer from “Prayers” by Theodore Parker Ferris
O God, may we simplify our lives that we be not so concerned with unimportant things that we miss the real thing. Open our eyes to him who is already among us, and who will come again into our midst on Christmas, that we may see his brightness even in the dim surroundings, and recognize his greatness even in his weakness. Give us this second sight, O God, that our lives may be saved from meaninglessness and sin. Amen.
Happenings At Faith
THE VICAR’S BIBLE STUDY I hope you will consider joining us via Zoom as we look at the next Sunday’s readings. You do not need to have a lot of scriptural knowledge or exegetical skills to take part, just a curiosity about what God is saying to us in the holy texts. Our conversations often wander down unexpected paths as we dive into God’s word, and you never know what we’ll come away with after our time. Here’s the Zoom link which will be good through December 22
Topic: Bible Study
Time: Dec. 8, Dec. 15 & Dec. 22, 2020 10:00 AM 10:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
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Bits & Pieces
Here is the video link for the Listening Circle our delegates referred to after convention. It is moderated by Terry Kyllo and depicts challenging and important insights into our diocese as shared by our BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) sisters and brothers.
Additionally, here is the video of the Circles of Color webinar regarding the six resolutions presented and accepted at convention.
And if you missed it last week, Bishop Rickel’s address and Bradley Hauff’s keynote address:
We have decided to postpone our Sacred Ground class until after the holidays, so look for it to begin after the first of the year. The good news in this, is that there is still plenty of time to find out about the program and sign up! Click here to review the curiculum.
Thank you to everyone who has continued to honor their financial commitments! Please make sure they are up to date. Our treasurer, Louise Kernaghan, is happy to check for you. 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. Here’s the link: https://resources.ecww.org/give-parish/faith-poulsbo If you prefer, you can always mail in your checks to: Faith Episcopal Church at PO Box 1362; Poulsbo, 98370
I will no longer be offering Morning Prayer on Mondays; however, join me live on Faith’s Facebook page Wednesdays and Fridays at 8:00 AM. I will continue this offering as long as it is of use. --Vicar Laura
Our Readings this Sunday - The Second Sunday of Advent are:
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