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IMPORTANT UPDATE: Worship on January 23 will be on ZOOM ONLY.

Click for the link for Sunday Zoom.

Click the date for the service booklet: January 23

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On the last Sunday of each month, all gather by Zoom only: January 30, February 27, March 27.

Happy Epiphany!

Gather on Sundays in-person or on Zoom.

Zoom Meeting ID: 849 8100 8124

Worship with Music @ 10:00 am 

Coffee Hour @ 11:00 am

The Rev. Jim Ward vicar.redeemer@gmail.com 

The Rev. Stephanie Green digitalchaplain.redeemer@gmail.com

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Collect for Third Sunday of Epiphany

Give us grace, O Lord, to answer readily the call of our Savior Jesus Christ and proclaim to all people the Good News of his salvation, that we and the whole world may perceive the glory of his marvelous works; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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This Fragile Earth, Our Island Home

O God, the ground of being, who formed us and all living creatures from carbon dust, into which you breathed your Spirit of life; forgive us for viewing ourselves as separate from and dominating creation; give us instead a humble sense of ourselves as belonging to the earth so that we use our skill and power as stewards of the land from which we come and to which we return, through Jesus Christ who took on our flesh, and with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, forever and ever. Amen.

More Prayers for the Season of Creation at Episcopal Relief and Development.

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A Letter for Gathering in COVID-tide

January, 2022

We are grateful to be able to worship indoors in our sanctuary even as the pandemic continues. (The last Sunday of each month will be Zoom only, however.) In doing so we will keep the requirements of Marin County Department of Health and the Episcopal Diocese of California. We will also have a Zoom link on our website so those who are not ready or able to join us in person will be able to participate on the internet.

An Order of Service will be available from the usher at the entrance to the church and collected at the conclusion of worship. 

Contact Tracing: In case there should be a need for contact tracing, please sign-in on the clip board with the usher when you arrive.

All attendees must wear masks during worship and while socializing with others. 

Physical distance: Please maintain a social distance of 6ft or more (estimate 2 arm lengths) between your household and others. 

Family and friend groups or “bubbles” are asked to sit together and need not social distance with each other.

Children: Please ensure that younger children remain near an adult family member. Families are welcome to bring along drawing materials, blocks, or other quiet toys. Materials are also available in the children’s area in our sanctuary.

For Communion: Instructions will be made clear verbally for receiving communion. We distribute bread broken from a single loaf and wine in individual glasses. Communicants are welcome to receive in one or both kinds or request a blessing. All are welcome at God’s table.

Greetings and “the Peace”: Please refrain from direct contact with others, such as handshakes and hugs.  Smiles and waves are always good or a simple bow can communicate a sign of greeting or Peace. 

Stay home if you or someone in your household is experiencing COVID symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell). You can join us via Zoom and ensure the safety of others.

As a local expression of the Body of Christ we are eager to gather together for worship. In the expectancy of Advent and mysteries of Christmas we rejoice to be together.

In peace,

The Rev. James S. Ward, Priest in Charge

The Rev. Stephanie Green, Associate Priest and Digital Chaplain

Episcopal Church of the Redeemer

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The Way of Love

The Way of Love is a way of life.

More than a program or curriculum, it is an intentional commitment to a set of practices. It’s a commitment to follow Jesus: Turn, Learn, Pray, Worship, Bless, Go, Rest. After a brief introduction, each Sunday we consider a different aspect of the Way of Love. Presiding Bishop Michael Curry introduces The Way of Love in the video available here.

Introduction

How do we live out our Resurrection faith as disciples of Jesus in community with one another? How is our life of faith multi-dimensional and cyclical, outward and inward, scriptural and in the world? Where are we in the spiraling path of The Way of Love?

Turn: Pause, Listen, and Choose to Follow Jesus

As Jesus was walking along, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he got up and followed him. – Mark 2:14
“Do you turn to Jesus Christ …?” – Book of Common Prayer, 302

Like the disciples, we are called by Jesus to follow the Way of Love. With God’s help, we can turn from the powers of sin, hatred, fear, injustice, and oppression toward the way of truth, love, hope, justice, and freedom. In turning, we reorient our lives to Jesus Christ, falling in love again, again, and again.

For Reflection and Discernment
– What practices help you to turn again and again to Jesus Christ and the Way of Love?
– How will (or do) you incorporate these practices into your rhythm of life?
– Who will be your companion as you turn toward Jesus Christ?

Learn: Reflect on Scripture each day, especially on Jesus’ life and teachings.

“Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.” – John 14:23
Grant us so to hear [the Holy Scriptures], read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them. – Book of Common Prayer, 236

By reading and reflecting on Scripture, especially the life and teachings of Jesus, we draw near to God and God’s word dwells in us. When we open our minds and hearts to Scripture, we learn to see God’s story and God’s activity in everyday life. 

For Reflection and Discernment
– What ways of reflecting on Scripture are most life-giving for you?
– When will (or do) you set aside time to read and reflect on Scripture in your day?
– With whom will you share in the commitment to read and reflect on Scripture?

Pray: Dwell intentionally with God daily

He was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” – Luke 11:1
“Lord, hear our prayer.” – Book of Common Prayer

Jesus teaches us to come before God with humble hearts, boldly offering our thanksgivings and concerns to God or simply listening for God’s voice in our lives and in the world. Whether in thought, word or deed, individually or corporately, when we pray we invite and dwell in God’s loving presence.

For Reflection and Discernment
– What intentional prayer practices center you in God’s presence, so you can hear, speak, or simply dwell with God?
– How will (or do) you incorporate intentional prayer into your daily life?
– With whom will you share in the commitment to pray?

Worship: Gather in community weekly to thank, praise, and dwell with God

When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them.
Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. – Luke 24:30-31
Celebrant: Lift up your hearts.
People: We lift them to the Lord. – Book of Common Prayer, 361

When we worship, we gather with others before God. We hear the Good News of Jesus Christ, give thanks, confess, and offer the brokenness of the world to God. As we break bread, our eyes are opened to the presence of Christ. By the power of the Holy Spirit, we are made one body, the body of Christ sent forth to live the Way of Love.

For Discernment and Reflection
– What communal worship practices move you to encounter God and knit you into the body of Christ?
– How will (or do) you commit to regularly worship?
– With whom will you share the commitment to worship this week?

Bless: Share faith and unselfishly give and serve

“Freely you have received; freely give.” – Matthew 10:8
Celebrant: Will you proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ?
People: We will, with God’s help. – Book of Common Prayer, 305

Jesus called his disciples to give, forgive, teach, and heal in his name. We are empowered by the Spirit to bless everyone we meet, practicing generosity and compassion and proclaiming the Good News of God in Christ with hopeful words and selfless actions. We can share our stories of blessing and invite others to the Way of Love.

For Discernment and Reflection
– What are the ways the Spirit is calling you to bless others?
– How will (or does) blessing others – through sharing your resources, faith, and story – become part of your daily life?
– Who will join you in committing to the practice of blessing others?

Go: Cross boundaries, listen deeply and live like Jesus

Jesus said to them, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” – John 20:21
Send them into the world in witness to your love. – Book of Common Prayer, 306

As Jesus went to the highways and byways, he sends us beyond our circles and comfort, to witness to the love, justice, and truth of God with our lips and with our lives. We go to listen with humility and to join God in healing a hurting world. We go to become Beloved Community, a people reconciled in love with God and one another.

For Discernment and Reflection
– To what new places or communities is the Spirit sending you to witness to the love, justice, and truth of God?
– How will you build into your life a commitment to cross boundaries, listen carefully, and take part in healing and reconciling what is broken in this world?
– With whom will you share in the commitment to go forth as a reconciler and healer?

Rest: Receive the gift of God’s grace, peace, and restoration

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.
I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. – John 14:27
Blessed are you, O Lord … giving rest to the weary, renewing the strength of those who are spent. – Book of Common Prayer, 113

From the beginning of creation, God has established the sacred pattern of going and returning, labor and rest. Especially today, God invites us to dedicate time for restoration and wholeness – within our bodies, minds, and souls, and within our communities and institutions. By resting we place our trust in God, the primary actor who brings all things to their fullness.

For Discernment and Reflection
– What practices restore your body, mind, and soul?
– How will you observe rest and renewal on a regular basis?
– With whom will you commit to create and maintain a regular practice of rest?