Iris detail from our Resurrection Window, by Leslie Mason
The Season after Pentecost is the Growing Season: the liturgical color is Green. Our children are working in the vegetable garden, which they tend during Children’s Chapel. What better way to understand the growing season – but by working in God’s earth? We enjoy the warm days, Sabbath rest, time with family and friends. It is a time to rejoice in the good work God is growing through you, in your life, as a gift to the world and to others.
Let us pray together.
Gracious God, your church is composed of all kinds of people. I help make the church.
She will be friendly, if I am.
Her pews will be filled, if I help fill them.
She will do great work, if I work.
She will make generous gifts to many causes, if I am a generous giver.
She will bring other people into worship and fellowship, if I invite and bring them.
She will be a church where people grow in faith and serve you, if I am open to such growth and service.
Therefore, with your help Lord, we shall dedicate ourselves to the task of being all the things you want your church to be. Amen.
Trinity Sunday is always the first Sunday after Pentecost.
Andrei Rublev Icon – Holy Trinity – late 1300′s - Moscow school of iconography
The three angels came to Abraham, and they shared a meal together. In this icon, this story is opened up, and brings us also to an understanding of the threefold nature of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, as a moment of hospitality. One of the main functions of our doctrine of the Trinity is to understand God as being relationship – being the embodiment of community. God’s existence as three-in-one means that this is a relational God, and we are invited to join in. God is not a closed circle; just as we are invited into that relationship, so also are we called to keep our circle open for others to join in.
The table or altar lies at the center of the picture. It is at once the place of Abraham’s hospitality to the angels, and God’s place of hospitality to us. That ambiguity lies at the heart of communion, at the heart of worship. As soon as we open a sacred place for God to enter, for God to be welcomed and adored, it becomes God’s place. It is we who are welcomed into the community of God.
Notice in this icon that from your perspective, you have a place at the table. The empty spot is for you – who are a precious child of God. You, always welcome at the table.
Welcome Home to Christ Church!
We invite you to our home church – You will find people here who genuinely care for one another, and who gather for worship each week. We are very much like a family – many different ages and stages, personalities and quirks, with political, theological, and personal perspectives of every sort. We strive for authentic prayer, inspiring preaching, and worship in the Anglican/Episcopal tradition. We have several artists here, and you’ll see evidence of that in our banners and some of our stained glass windows.
Come as you are … and Welcome Home.
We are located at 4th and Boblett, in Blaine, WA
Contact: 360-332-4113 firstname.lastname@example.org
Open House featuring Stained Glass by Leslie Mason
3:00 – 5:00 Saturday, May 3
Christ Episcopal Church
382 Boblett, Blaine, WA