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Sunday, May 3, 2020 + Easter 4A

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Christ Episcopal Church
382 Boblett St., Blaine, WA USA

 
Christ Episcopal Church is an affirming and inclusive Christian community. Our members and leaders strive through love, worship and service to welcome all people just as God created them. No matter where you are on your journey of faith, our welcome knows no boundaries of age, race, ethnicity, culture, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, or economic condition. We believe that God delights in the diversity of creation and so do we.
 
LET'S GIVE THANKS FOR MOTHERS
A Message from The Rev. Rilla Barrett

 Dear Friends,

Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 10th.  Typically, families gather that day to honor mothers, and for young families, those are often precious celebrations that lead to sweet memories and lots of handmade keepsakes.  For mothers no longer living with their children, this year’s gathering may not occur in the same way as we practice good social distancing and love for one another.   Mothers will miss those gatherings!

We remember our mothers this Sunday (and on many other days) and give thanks for their love for us, shown in a multitude of ways.  We also remember how very complicated mothering is.  Many folks have had challenging relationships with either or both parents, and many have had surrogate men and women in their lives who have fulfilled those parental roles in countless ways. Many women who have deeply desired to have children have been unable to do so. Mothering, it seems, happens in ways far past the typical family structure.  So, this weekend, especially in this year of separation, let’s give thanks for mothers, ours and others, and for all who mother in so many other ways,  for the mothers who loved us as they could, and for all of the women in this congregation who give daily for the good of all of God’s children.  May God’s blessing rest on them.  

Faithfully, Rilla+ 


WHAT WOULD LOVE DO?
A Word to the Church

by The Most Reverend Michael B. Curry
Presiding Bishop and Primate, The Episcopal Church
Click on the video image. to hear the sermon in its entirety.

In the midst of this COVID-19 pandemic, we are now at another one of those threshold moments when important and significant decisions must be made on all levels of our global community for the good and the well-being of the entire human family. In this moment, we would like to share with you a Word to the Church: What Would Love Do? (Companion resources available herehttps://episcopalchurch.org/concerning-covid19.)
Jesus calls us; o'er the tumult
of our life's wild, restless sea,
day by day his clear voice soundeth,
saying, "Christian, follow me"

 
Text of Hymn 549, verse 1 – Cecil Frances Alexander (1818-95), alt.
 
Throughout the Book of Common Prayer there are rubrics, those small or italicized words that don’t always catch our eye, that provide direction and guidance for how a liturgy or service is to be conducted. Rubrics tell us what must be done and what may be done. They limit us and they give us freedom. They require us to exercise our judgment. And when we are at our best, we exercise this judgment under God’s rubric of love.
 
Jesus tells us things like: Love your enemies; Bless those who curse you; Do unto others as you would have them do unto you; As you did to the least of these who are members of my family you have done to me; Father, forgive; Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, all your strength. This is the first and great commandment and the second is like it. You shall love your neighbor as yourself. Jesus makes it abundantly clear that the way of unselfish, sacrificial love – love that seeks the good and the well-being of others as well as the self – that love is the rubric of the Christian life. 
 
This rubric of love is seen no more clearly than in the twenty-first chapter of the Gospel according to John.
 
When [the disciples] had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.” A second time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Tend my sheep.” He said to him the third time, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter felt hurt because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” And he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep. Very truly, I tell you, when you were younger, you used to fasten your own belt and to go wherever you wished. But when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will fasten a belt around you and take you where you do not wish to go.” (He said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God.) After this he said to him, “Follow me.” (John 21:15-19)
 
The death of Jesus had left his followers disoriented, uncertain, and confused, afraid of what they knew and anxious about what they did not know. Thinking that the movement was probably dead, the disciples went back to what they knew. They tried to go back to normal. They went fishing.
 
They fished all night but didn’t catch a thing. Normal would not return. When the morning came, Jesus showed up on the beach, alive, risen from the dead. He asked them, “Children, have you any fish?” They answered, “No.” Then he told them to cast the net on the other side of the boat. They did and caught more fish than they could handle. And then, Jesus invited them to breakfast.
 
After having fed his disciples, Jesus turned to Peter and three times asked him, “Do you love me?” Three times Peter said, “Yes.” And Jesus said, “Feed my lambs,” “Tend my sheep,” “Feed my sheep.” In this, Jesus told Peter what love looks like. Love God by loving your neighbors, all of them. Love your enemies. Feed the hungry. Bless folk. Forgive them. And be gentle with yourself. Follow me. You may make mistakes, you may not do it perfectly. But whatever you do, do it with love. The truth is, Jesus gave Peter a rubric for the new normal – God’s rubric of love.
 
Today, like Peter and the disciples, we must discern a new normal. COVID-19 has left us disoriented, uncertain, and confused, afraid of what we know and anxious about what we do not know. Our old normal has been upended, and we hunger for its return. 
 
I do not say this from a lofty perch. I get it. There is a big part of me that wants to go back to January 2020 when I had never heard of COVID-19, and when I only thought of “Contagion” as a movie. Looking back through what I know are glasses darkened by loss, I find myself remembering January 2020 as a “golden age.”
 
But of course, January 2020 wasn’t perfect, not even close. And anyway, I can’t go back. None of us can go back. We must move forward. But we don’t know for sure what the new normal will be. Fortunately, God’s rubric of love shows us the way. 
 
In her book The Dream of God the late Verna Dozier, who was a mentor to me, wrote:
 
Kingdom of God thinking calls us to risk. We always see through a glass darkly, and that is what faith is about. I will live by the best I can discern today. Tomorrow I may find out I was wrong. Since I do not live by being right, I am not destroyed by being wrong. The God revealed in Jesus, whom I call the Christ, is a God whose forgiveness goes ahead of me, and whose love sustains me and the whole created world. That God bursts all the definitions of our small minds, all the limitations of our timid efforts, all the boundaries of our institutions. [1]
 
Kingdom of God thinking is already happening. God’s rubric of love is already in action. I’ve been watching bishops, priests, deacons, and lay people of our church following Jesus in the practices that make up his way of love and doing things we never imagined. The creativity and the risk-taking – done with love – is amazing.
 
We’ve been trying, making mistakes, learning, regrouping, trying anew. I’ve seen it. Holy Week and Easter happened in ways that none of us dreamed possible. I’ve quietly read Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer, and Compline online with you. I’ve seen soup kitchens, pantries, and other feeding ministries carefully doing their work in safe and healthy ways. Zoom coffee hours, bible studies, and small discipleship groups. I’ve seen this church stand for the moral primacy of love. I’ve seen it, even when public health concerns supersede all other considerations, including in-person worship. That is moral courage. Who knows, but that love may demand more of us. But fear not, just remember what the old slaves use to say, walk together, children, and don’t you get weary, because there is a great camp meeting in the Promised Land. Oh, I’ve seen us do what we never thought we would or could do, because we dared to do what Jesus tells us all to do.
 
As our seasons of life in the COVID-19 world continue to turn, we are called to continue to be creative, to risk, to love. We are called to ask, What would unselfish, sacrificial love do?
 
What would love do? Love is the community praying together, in ways old and new. Love finds a path in this new normal to build church communities around being in relationship with God. Love supports Christians in spiritual practices. Prayer, meditation, study. Turn, Learn, Pray, Worship, Bless, Go, Rest.
 
What would love do? Love calls us to care for our neighbors, for our enemies. Love calls us to attend to those in prison, to those who are homeless, to those in poverty, to children, to immigrants and refugees. Love calls us to be in relationship with those with whom we disagree. 
 
What would love do? Love calls us to be gentle with ourselves, to forgive our own mistakes, to take seriously the Sabbath. Love calls us to be in love with God, to cultivate a loving relationship with God, to spend time with God, to be still and know that God is God. 
  
 Jesus says, Simon, son of John, do you love me? 
Jesus says, Michael, son of Dorothy and Kenneth, do you love me? 
Jesus says, Do you love me? 
 
Jesus says, Follow me, and take the risk to live the question, What would love do?
 
This, my friends, is God’s rubric of love. This, my friends, is God’s very way of life.
 
In our joys and in our sorrows,
days of toil and hours of ease,
still he calls, in cares and pleasures,
"Christian, love me more than these."
 
Jesus calls us! By thy mercies,
Savior, may we hear thy call,
give our hearts to thine obedience,
serve and love thee best of all.
 
Text of Hymn 549, verses 4 and 5 – Cecil Frances Alexander (1818-95), alt.
 
God love you. God bless you. And may God hold us all in those almighty hands of love.
 
Amen.
 
+Michael



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CHRIST CHURCH CALENDAR
5/10 Mother's Day
5/17 Bishop's Committee Meeting
5/18 Loads of Love

LOADS OF LOVE
This vital ministry of Christ Church Blaine provides laundry money, detergent, dryer sheets, and refreshments at The Washhouse on 3rd Street on the first and third Mondays from 5-7:30pm. Social distancing measures are being followed during this time for the safety of volunteers and program participants. To learn more, or volunteer to help, contact Susan Thomson.

MAY BIRTHDAYS
5/11 Brad Siefkes
5/12 Wendy Dahl
5/12 Curt Gerner
5/16 Bruce Smith
5/23 Shannan Trautmann
5/25 Summer Cushman
5/31 Henry Trautmann
5/26 Brooke Finley


MAY ANNIVERSARIES

5/2 Jory Mickelson & Justin Taylor
5/7 Matt & Pauline Emerick
5/17 Carl & Mary Bradley


Don't see your name on this list?
Please
email Myra Ryneheart Corcorran to add your birthday and anniversary.

PRAYER LIST
Colleen
Hilary & Family
Glenn
Camilo
Duncan & family
Elizabeth
Health care providers
Inice, Jade & Jason
Jodith & Mark
John
Joshua & Amanda
Joyce
Kathi, Jeff, Linda, Ed, Mike & Diane
Kelley
Leah & Shom
Leslie
Lindsey K.
Molly & family
Nancy & Don
Nikki
Rachel
Randy 
Rev. Brent
Velma

 
Please send your prayer requests to Jodith Allen, prayer list steward, at jodith@maritzia.com. Jodith updates our list and shares it with the prayer team for daily prayers by the prayer team.

All churches in the Diocese of Olympia are to remain closed through at least May 31.
Since we will be unable to worship together,
you may wish to tune in to the online streaming from...

Christ Episcopal Church, Blaine: 
https://www.facebook.com/christchurchblaine/ 10am Sundays
St. Mark’s Cathedral in Seattle: https://saintmarks.org/worship/live-stream/
The National Cathedral: https://cathedral.org  
St. John the Baptist, West Seattle: 
https://sjbwestseattle.org 
Christ Church, Seattle: 
https://christchurchseattle.org 

St. Columba, Kent: https://www.facebook.com/St-Columbas-Episcopal-Church-Kent-Washington-148136801905200/
Diocese of Olympia: https://ecww.org/live-streaming-services-in-the-diocese-of-olympia/

NOTE FROM THE TREASURER
Please continue to send your pledges by mail to Christ Church, Blaine. If you normally place your pledge in the offering plate on Sundays, please consider mailing it while worship services are cancelled to 382 Boblett St., Blaine, WA 98230.

Please note that pledges may be modified or changed, especially if you are experiencing financial hardship during the pandemic. Email Susan Thomson, our pledge secretary, if you need to make any changes.
Parish Ministry & Lay Leader Contacts
BISHOP’S COMMITTEE
Doug Dahl, Senior Warden; Mary Rebman, Junior Warden;Jodith Allen, Gary Little, Sexton Pro Tem; Eileen Richardson, Secretary; Myra Ryneheart Corcorran; Jim Savidge, Sexton Emeritus; Bruce Smith, Peter Smith, April Thomson
STAFF
  • Carl Bradley, Organist
  • Mary Rebman, Housekeeping
  • Eileen Richardson, Treasurer
  • Susan Thomson, Bookkeeper and Guitarist/Choir Leader
MINISTRY LEADERS
  • Altar Guild: Mary Rebman
  • Children’s Giving Garden: Wendy Kunst-Massey
  • Choir/Music Committee: Susan Thomson
  • Crafters: Eileen Richardson, Caroline Hodgins
  • Garden Team: Brooke Finley
  • Hospitality: Jeane Austin, Leslie Mason
  • Outreach: Susan Thomson
  • Prayer Team: Myra Ryneheart Corcorran
  • Ushers: Jeanne Austin
Want to get more involved? See our list of contacts/ministry leaders if you feel called to help in a particular area of worship or parish life. We’ll be happy to answer your questions, and we welcome your help.
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