Church family camp at Hendy Woods State Park
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
The Rev. Christy Laborda Harris
Thank you to all who made our first work party a success!
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
The 2014 Bible and BCP Challenge
Dear Friends in Christ:
The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California took The Bible Challenge in a big way in 2013. Over 1,100 readers started out reading together and many finished!
Now, I invite you to join me in a different challenge; one that combines some form of the Daily Office from our Book of Common Prayer (BCP) with reading the New Testament through, one chapter at a time, along with a Psalm and a little nugget from elsewhere in the BCP. It is a much lighter reading load than last year, and it encourages us to re-acquaint ourselves with the Book of Common Prayer as a primary resource for our personal spiritual practices. You may also want to read a brief summary of each book of the New Testament on the first day you begin that new book. This will provide an overview of the work with which you will be spending the next several days or weeks. These helpful summaries, by Bible scholar Peter Enns, are available on this 2014 Bible and BCP Challenge section of the diocesan website.
Included in the schedule of readings, in small doses, is… Continue reading