STAR WORDS are back!
In this new year and this season after the Epiphany, as we discern those things that we want to lay at Jesus’ feet, like the magi – I (Mo. Danáe) want to gift you with your own star to follow as you go home another way, so-to-speak, on the road to where God is beckoning you. During the Epiphany Compline service reflection time on January 6, I prayed over and blessed our “star words” – one word on each star that you can use as a spiritual focus for 2021. If you would like me to pull a star word for you, please email me: firstname.lastname@example.org by January 15.
I trust the Holy Spirit to move when I select a star at random for you. Once your star is chosen (or chooses you, as the Spirit would have it), write the word down at home and put it in a place where you can refer to it throughout the year—your refrigerator door, on a mirror, on your computer screen, in your prayer book or Bible, or whatever works. Look up its definition and see what strikes you. Notice your word in places and in conversations throughout the year. As you continue to reflect, it becomes a year-long conversation with God. If you are social media inclined, you can post about your star word throughout the year with the hashtag #standrewsseattlestarword. I hope this conversation with God on your journey of following the star will deepen your faith and bring you meaning this year.
A Liturgy for a Home Meal at Thanksgiving or Other Times of Celebration
Adapted from The Rev. Josephine Robertson, All Saints’, Bellevue, WA by The Rev. Danáe Ashley
Concerning the Service
This service was designed for use in the home, as part of the main meal of the day for ordinary time or special occasion (whatever shape that takes). Consider setting the table and surroundings with your favorite and/or special seasonal items in the home. A tablecloth, flowers, and your favorite place settings that express the festive theme of the day or season. The meal may consist of favorite and/or seasonal foods. We sit down to feast with God and for that we bring our full heart, our favorite things.
…This racism is an old, sinful disease in the fabric of the United States that continues to murder the spirits and bodies of those who are created in God’s image. If we, as Christian people, believe in our baptismal covenant that we are to ‘seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself’ and we are to ‘strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being’ then we have a mission to minister to and with those who are marginalized, those who are struggling, those who are mourning, and those who cry out for justice, repentance, and reconciliation….”
Mo. Danáe Ashley.
Many of you have asked your clergy what you can do personally, as the St. Andrew’s community, and as the larger Episcopal Church in the United States. I have gathered together resources from the Presiding Bishop, our Diocesan Bishop, and other places to aid you in your discernment. Please click here or on the PDF linked above to view it. I encourage you to begin with the foundation of prayer: pray for discernment about what God is specifically calling you to do in the midst of this. Pray for those who have been killed, wounded, hurt, and those who mourn, are angry, and feel helpless. Some of the resources are prayers if you do not know what to pray, including Kyrie: Repentance for Complicity with music by Kester Limner and Andy Myers and text by Laura Jean Truman. -Mo. Danáe
•Spirituality of Gardening with Christine Sine
One of the positive impacts of our current situation is that people are taking to gardening again and I know that many here are finding that this is a place of renewal, refreshment and intimacy with God. In some ways I think that gardening is the ultimate worship experience. I read about the story of God in the Bible but in the garden, I see it lived out. Every time I plant a seed, bury it in the ground and watch it spring into life, I feel I have entered into the life, death and resurrection of Christ. It is so hope giving. In response to this trend, I have recently created an online course called The Spirituality of Gardening.
This course includes video sessions with me, downloads of prayers and handouts for each session. There will also be Walk Through the Garden videos with guest gardeners; including Mother Danae Ashley who told me that she has been wowed by the experience.
1. Welcome to the Spirituality of Gardening – FREE PREVIEW!
2. Gardening with God as a Spiritual Practice
3. Organic Gardening 101 – Gardening Basics Enliven Our Faith
4. Creating a Sacred Space in the Garden
5. Liturgical Gardening – Exploring Rhythms and Seasons
6. Creativity and Contemplative Gardening
•Our Cathedral, St. Mark’s, is live-streaming services every week. You can watch any of their livestreamed services by visiting their website here: https://saintmarks.org/worship/live-stream/page/2/
Greetings Diocese of Olympia! I am happy to give you this 27 minute documentary on the “Holy Fire” at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem. Holy Week is, typically, the most visited week of the year with thousands of pilgrims. But this year, like us, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher is closed. The documentary will explain some of the history and more about this beautiful and strange place. I have purchased the rights to show it and to let you see it as my Holy Week gift to all of you. I hope you will watch and enjoy. LINK: https://vimeo.com/401940998 PASSWORD: olympia2020