The following are the notes taken at the St. Stephen’s community forum on August 10th about the possibility of developing outdoor worship space:
1. What makes a place sacred or holy?
*Silence *Joy *Stillness * Quiet *Water *Circular shape *A focal point
*Nature (sounds & sight) *Trees *Good acoustics *Seclusion *Open
*Inviting *Beautiful *Color/warmth *Embracing *Soul *Safe
*Place that Gathers *Angle and quality of light *Unseen presence
*Mystery & Surprise *Natural materials/ Organic
A quiet, secluded and welcoming place that is beautiful, fits in with the earth and feels numinous or mysterious.
2. What words describe our community?
*Welcoming *Grounded *Intimate *Joyful *Safe *Hard working
*Happy *Diverse *Inclusive *Unconditionally accepting
*Humble *Hard working *Generous *Congenial *a comfortable size
*Mercy & Justice *Use our gifts/ don’t hide lights under a basket *Dependable
Heart community *Active *Uninhibited *Passionate *Forgiving
*Healing *Tolerant *Innovative
3. Where do you see life, change, growth and energy in our community?
*Always in transition, adapting *Children and young families arriving
*Young leadership *Outreach in community *New services (Taize)
Music *Peace work * Eucharist/liturgy- experimentation
*participation of children
4. How might a new outdoor worship space… Continue reading
Pentecost VI/ Proper 11 The Rev. Christy Laborda Harris
Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 July 20th, 2014
Sing: “We are climbing Jacob’s ladder, we are climbing Jacob’s ladder…” Such a lovely passage, I was looking forward to learning about it and preaching on it… until I read the Gospel.
…an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat…
…the weeds are the children of the evil one, and the enemy who sowed them is the devil…
…Just as the weeds are collected and burned up with fire, so will it be at the end of the age…
…The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will collect out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all evildoers, and they will throw… Continue reading
Easter Sunday 2014 Photos
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The Rev. Christy Laborda Harris
Thank you to all who made our first work party a success!
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Dear People of St. Stephen’s,
This coming Sunday is the fifth Sunday of Lent already! The following Sunday is Palm Sunday and our entrance into Holy Week. I encourage you to take part in the services that move us through Holy Week and towards Christ’s death and ultimately into his resurrection.
Our Palm Sunday services will begin with a joyful procession around the church property. At the 10am service we will be led by Lola the miniature donkey (thanks to Serafina, Jen and Rubyrose). The joyous celebration of Jesus’ triumphant entrance into Jerusalem will grow somber as we read the story of the passion.
On Maundy Thursday, we will celebrate the institution of Holy Communion—that on his last night with his disciples, Jesus instructed them break bread and share wine in his memory— and we will have a foot washing to help us recall and embody Jesus’ teaching, “So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you”(John 13:14-15).
That evening, after the service, we will keep vigil in our sanctuary… Continue reading
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