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Weekly Message (Page 3)

Resurrection Delayed

First, A Time of Grief A few days ago, as I was working at home, I experienced a wave of tiredness, and then a wave of sadness. I sat with those feelings for a moment in prayer and realized that what I was experiencing was grief. I miss being at the church. I miss worshipping…

Stay Connected, Stay Church, and Take Care of Each Other

My dear friends, What interesting times we are experiencing. I am writing this from my desk at home rather than my office at the church. This is just one of the many changes we have made to maintain social distancing in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. Every one of us has been touched by this situation, and as a church, we…

Worship During a Pandemic

Our online worship resources may be found here. On Thursday, March 12, Bishop Greg Rickel announced that he is directing all Episcopal Churches in the Diocese of Olympia to close for the next two weeks, until March 22nd. Here is the relevant portion of his announcement:  I am calling for the closure to the public…

Corona Virus Updates

Changes in St. Dunstan’s Events: Wed. Eucharist and Bible Study cancelled until April 2. Dear Friends,I am canceling the Wednesday Eucharist and Bible Study until after Easter. I love these groups, I love worshipping together and studying together with all of you, but given the current situation and the age of most of our group,…

Finding Freedom, Seeking Happiness

Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near. – Matt 4:17 Repent. That’s a word that is hard to use and hard to hear. Too often, we hear the word repent as a club being used to beat us into a guilty obedience to an angry God. We need to rescue the word from religious abuses. We need to find a way…

Heat and Light

This week I attended the annual Clergy Conference for our diocese. This was a working conference looking at the role of anxiety in our lives and in our congregations. The title, “Heat and Light”, is meant to convey the positive and negative effects of anxiety. As a positive, anxiety can be the expression of a…

Thank You

Thank You We spent this week preparing for the Annual Meeting and Celebration of Ministries that will take place on Sunday after the second service. I have had a wonderful time reflecting on all the wonderful accomplishments of the past year. We have many generous and capable people contributing to the life, ministry and worship…

Worship in a Construction Zone

On Sunday we had our first worship in the sanctuary since the demolition of the altar and choir platforms, side walls, and choir screen. Without the wall and shelf behind the altar, we had to figure out where to put the things, like flowers and chalices and bread baskets. The altar guild and Chris Johns…

This Month in the Organ Shop: January

The astute reader may have noticed the lack of December update. The biggest reason for that is that organ builders are also organ maintainers, and spend a good chunk of time maintaining local organs. In December, “maintenance” predominantly means “pre-Christmas tunings,” and these kept Jonathan busy the whole month, thus no December update. Now, though,…

Like a Gym for Love

We hear a lot about how the Millennial Generation does not see the value of church, so I was delighted to hear an interview this week where a young man, about my son’s age, was describing how much he loved his church. When he first visited the church several years ago, he was welcomed warmly.…