On February 3rd, the community of St. Tim’s will have the opportunity to approve the financial budget for 2019. This budget represents the generous surrender of resources by this community. After many months of listening to the Spirit, hard work and conversation by the Finance committee, this budget reflects the financial representation of the values of St. Tim’s for the coming year.
I have been looking forward to this upcoming Sunday for some time. Ever since I first visited St. Tim’s—before I was called here—my imagination was sparked by the possibilities of building relationships and partnerships with Arapahoe High School and our surrounding neighbors. When I first arrived in late 2016, I reached out to Arapahoe High School to see how we could be good neighbors.
Liturgy is the sacramental rites and texts used in our worship services. It expresses the church’s identity and mission, and calls others to serve with concern for the needs of the world.
Epiphany is a time, for me, of change in the liturgy and the music. Music can be as diverse as its worship services, and so it is with the season of Epiphany. When we speak of the music within the service, I am speaking of hymns and service music. We will be changing all the service music for Epiphany as is our usual practice. Sometimes the music chosen is familiar but many times we introduce new service music as well as hymns. It is our practice to teach the new selections before or during the service. New music of the Word must be taught prior to the beginning of the service, whereas Music of the Table can be taught at announcement time. Usually when a new service piece or hymn is taught, it is used for several weeks or even a whole liturgical season. The choir usually is the teacher for this process, but several times this past year the children have taught us new music which we used within the service.
Each person has their preference when it comes to the style of music they like in their church service. The two most often chosen are traditional and contemporary music. This provides a great challenge to worship leaders and volunteers as they attempt to blend both styles into one worship setting. Here at St. Tim’s, you might find Anglican chant, African spiritual, and Hispanic songs within the same service. The anthems sung by the children, youth and adult choirs cover the gamut… classical, traditional and contemporary.
The point is that our liturgy and music here at St. Tim’s are always growing and changing as our community is growing and changing. Change is not always easy. But we hope that you all will participate in the hymns and service music. The music of the Word and Table are most important and it is my hope that it will include all the congregation ‘s participation. So, be on the lookout for new service music and hymns and join us as our liturgy and music adapt to our busy lives.
Patricia Ann Lewis
Two days ago was the first day of 2019. It’s hard to believe. All around us there were celebrations for the arrival of this New Year. We love new things in our society—the newer the better. In the new we sense hope, the future, that all will be well. I can’t help but wonder if this, too, is part of our consuming culture—to seek the new not only to hide from “what has been” but also to give us the assurance that we are here now and up-to-date.
I must admit to some amount of trepidation at authoring a message for our community newsletter, if for no other reason than I personally do not care much for digital reading. The more I considered the task, however, the more I came to see it as an opportunity to offer a challenge you may just find bracing.
This Sunday we celebrate the final Sunday in Advent with one service at 9am. Our combined worship is followed by the Greening of the Church as we prepare for Christmas Eve services on Monday at 4pm (Family Service and Children’s Pageant) and 8pm (Lessons and Carols), please note that both of these services have Communion.
What is it about this time of year that brings about such a wide array of emotions? I truly believe that this season of Advent, this season of preparation, allows us to reflect on the past year, not only the times of joy but also the hardship and sorrow. As we move through the weeks leading up to ‘that blessed morn’, we all move through a vast array of these emotions.
This Sunday, you might notice something a bit different. Nearly every Sunday we pray together a psalm as part of our worship service. This Second Sunday of Advent, we will not be praying a psalm together, but reciting a passage from Luke's gospel (Lk. 1:68-79), often called the Benedictus, meaning "Blessed"
The turkey (and people) have been stuffed and we’re off to the next big season… Advent! That’s right, it’s not Christmas yet. Despite the lights, shopping, and fluctuating Holiday plans, we still have the work of Advent to do.
Thanksgiving is upon us and is the beginning of the holiday season of planning, festivities, and sometimes hand-wringing. As the days turn to night sooner, we would do well to be reminded that even in the darkness there is need of joy and celebration. Surrounded by night we have special need of fellowship to remind us we are not alone.
This Sunday we close our annual pledge campaign to meet our financial needs for the work we believe God is calling us to as the people of St. Tim's. We have heard from parishioners each Sunday over the past 5 weeks about how St. Tim's--how you!--make a difference in their lives. We have heard the stories of how we have offered ourselves to one another in care and prayer; we've heard how our life together in showing love and welcome transforms people's lives and their relationship with God
“Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died,” says Mary, the sister of Lazarus. Can you imagine the piercing power of these words to the heart of Jesus—who was a dear friend to Lazarus and Mary and Martha? John tells us that Jesus wept in this moment. The power of death is a real thing in our lives and, it’s power is not final; indeed, the power of death has been defeated.
This Saturday, October 27th, we, as the Episcopal Church in Colorado, will be electing a new bishop. Last year our bishop, Rob O’Neill, announced his plans to retire in March of 2019 and this began a search process that culminates this Saturday as delegates from the parishes and throughout the diocese gather to prayerfully elect the 11th Episcopal Bishop of Colorado.
Over the past several months, I’ve had, what I might call, meaning-conversations with quite a few people. More than normal, to be honest. I’m not sure what has caused this spike in people wanting to talk about the core values of their lives.
It is an exciting time at St. Tim’s. And as our Senior Warden, Simon Caddick, mentioned on Sunday: God continues to guide us and call us forth into deeper waters of faith as a congregation. We are working to align our monies with our mission, which is a way of saying, that we are committed to being faithful to the ways God is calling us forth in ministry.
This week brought deep sadness, pain and grief upon many in our larger community as we heard the news that two students, in separate incidents, died by suicide. These students were not immediately a part of St. Tim’s, but some of us did know them. John Putnam, our Youth and Children Minister has been in touch with our youth and parents. The reality of such tragic moments in our lives, families, community, and church brings forth a myriad of emotions. As a parent of two children, my heart is sick for the families, friends and loved ones of the dead. Indeed, my heart, as I am sure for many of us, is touched by the fear and wondering of, “What can I do to help my children, grandchildren, loved ones?”
Our Gospel for Sunday contrasts the very humanness of Jesus’ disciples with Jesus’s vision of the Kingdom of God. We encounter Jesus and his disciples on the road, and while he was teaching them, they were arguing about who was the greatest. Even they knew this was silly, so when Jesus asked them what they were arguing about, they were silent. So Jesus told them plainly, “Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.”
“Jesus called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, ‘If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life?’” This is one of my favorite scriptures, coming from Mark 8—and we hear it this Sunday
This coming Sunday, September 9th, will be our Kickoff Sunday. We launch our program year together and gather after the 10am service for an all-parish picnic and celebration.
There is unspeakable joy in being a priest and pastor. There is also great responsibility and with it, great privilege to offer care, love, forgiveness, blessing and edification in the name of Jesus. In part, this is why I am writing to you this week about a topic in the life of the greater church that is difficult for me as a priest and a parent to put into words.