A Note from The Rev Paul Rietmann…
Reflections on the Holy Trinity and Relationship
This coming Sunday we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Trinity. I have always enjoyed this holy day because it immerses us into the mystery of God. It is impossible to fully understand the Holy Trinity, but we can enter into relationships with the three persons of the Godhead.
Contemporary theologians such as Richard Rohr talk about the Holy Trinity as “relationship.” The essential nature of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit is being in relationship with one another, a relationship of love. God does not exist in isolation or dwell alone. God lives in relationship with everything.
Since all human beings are made in the image of God, that means that we too are called to find our true nature in relationships. Our relationships with God, with ourselves, with one another and with creation. Relationships are kind of scary. We become vulnerable when we enter into a relationship with someone. Yet, it is through relationships like friendship, family, and community that we discover our true selves. We discover our true identities in relationship with the Living God, who is the Holy Trinity, and with one another.
We have all been experiencing deep emotions these past couple of weeks from the murder and death of George Floyd. We are filled with grief, sorrow, and sadness, but also frustration, fear, and righteous anger. One way we can honor the life of George Floyd is to enter into relationships with people we may not know. For example, we can reach out to people of color and learn about their experiences. In doing so we are modeling the sacred mystery of the Holy Trinity. My friend and mentor, The Rev. David Alger, often said that we are transformed by getting to know the “other.” People who have different life experiences than we do. People from different races, religions, and backgrounds. This is the way of Jesus, the way of love. On this great feast day, we give thanks for relationships. All of them, because they help us learn to grow in love.
One Diocese, One Church, One Day to Worship Together
On June 7, the Office of the Bishop in the Diocese of Olympia will hold one worship service for our entire diocese. We are more than individual churches, we are a diocese – more than 26,000 Christians following the way of Jesus together across Western Washington. Designed to bring together all Episcopalians in Western Washington to worship as one, connect to each other, and meditate on all the ways we stay connected and stay church, this Sunday will also give our many hardworking clergy, church musicians, and lay volunteers a Sunday of rest in what has been a challenging season.
- 10:30 am – Prelude with Music from Across the Diocese
- 11:00 am – Holy Eucharist
Come worship with us on Sunday, June 7, starting at 10:30 am! Streaming on Facebook or YouTube!
- 12:30 pm – Town Hall Meeting
Then join us after the one diocese worship service for a virtual Town Hall with Bishop Rickel and members of the diocesan staff. Bishop Rickel will share his reflections and take questions from attendees. Don’t miss this time for continued community and a chance to gather as one diocese in Western Washington. Join the Town Hall via Zoom at the link below.
Foreseeable Future – Weekly Parish Calendar
Access to Worship, Bulletin, Coffee Hour Made Easy
For all weekly events you can find the Zoom links and additional information by visiting this link:
- Sunday worship can be viewed on the website along with the bulletin. Visit the homepage at www.stmaryslw.org.
- Coffee Hour – Each Sunday at noon you can join in the fun with online Coffee Hour. Smile and wave to everyone and say hello your friends and neighbors. Bring your own coffee and goodies!
- Tuesdays – Bible Study The Rev. Dr. Bill Hardwick will lead this study group for men and women beginning at 10 am via Zoom. Readings the weeks following Easter are available via the Lectionary Page.
- Zoom Contemplative Prayer Chapel. Tuesday evenings, 7:00 – 7:30 pm. “Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10. To sign up for this new prayer group please contact Paul Rietmann at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Wednesdays – Finding Faith in the Midst of Pandemic continues Wednesday at 10 am via Zoom.
- Contemplative Prayer continues Thursday at 11 am via Zoom.
- Book of Common Prayer Class Friday at 10 am via Zoom.
- May 29 The Historical Documents
- *NEW* Book Group Reads – Starting June 5
- The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd
Visit the Foreseeable Future – Weekly Parish Calendar for more information!
Online GIVE Works
Now it’s easier than ever to manage your pledge payments without writing a check. GIVE is our new online giving platform that is available on the church website. Visit www.stmaryslw.org at the top left of the home page you’ll see a large green button. There is a 3% processing fee for each transaction.
Graduates – St. Mary’s Celebrates you
Senior Graduates have their day on Saturday June 13, 2020 at 4 pm.
Details to come…
St. Mary’s Book Group reads The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd
The book group will meet with Rev. Marian Stinson On Friday, June 5th at 10:00 am to discuss this incredible read…
An extraordinary story set in the first century about a woman who finds her voice and her destiny, from the celebrated number one New York Times bestselling author of The Secret Life of Bees and The Invention of Wings.
In her mesmerizing fourth work of fiction, Sue Monk Kidd takes an audacious approach to history
and brings her acclaimed narrative gifts to imagine the story of a young woman named Ana. Raised in a wealthy family with ties to the ruler of Galilee, she is rebellious and ambitious, with a brilliant mind and a daring spirit. She engages in furtive scholarly pursuits and writes narratives about neglected and silenced women. Ana is expected to marry an older widower, a prospect that horrifies her. An encounter with eighteen-year-old Jesus changes everything.
Grounded in meticulous research and written with a reverential approach to Jesus’s life that focuses on his humanity, The Book of Longings is an inspiring, unforgettable account of one woman’s bold struggle to realize the passion and potential inside her, while living in a time, place and culture devised to silence her. It is a triumph of storytelling both timely and timeless, from a masterful writer at the height of her powers.
Available at Amazon: Kindle $14.99, Hardcover $16.80 and paperback $16.89
Exercising with Mary Jean-New video workout featured weekly!
Get off the couch, get out and walk, click on the videos and workout with our own Mary Jean Fischer. As a Fitness Director for GenCare Lifestyle at Point Ruston. Mary Jean works with people post-surgery recovering from joint replacement, those with arthritis and other conditions that require one on one personal training. Let’s join the fun and live Happy, Healthy and Holistic.
- This week’s new video:
- Workout Video 1: https://www.facebook.com/329473857819122/videos/673262030184015/
- Workout Video 2: https://www.facebook.com/329473857819122/videos/600930607217331/
- Workout Video 3: https://www.facebook.com/329473857819122/videos/228817571900446/
- Workout Video 4: https://www.facebook.com/329473857819122/videos/522161225330731/
- You can learn more about GenCare and exercising…click here: https://www.facebook.com/329473857819122/videos/228817571900446/
Virtual Prayer & Share – Save the Date!
We are missing you all! We still can’t meet in person and may not be able to do so for a while. We decided it was time to try something different so we are looking at virtual options. In the meantime – Save the Date!
- Date: Saturday, June 27th
- Social Zoom: 9:30am, Begin P&S: 10:00am.
- We expect to break out into separate “rooms” for Grouping. Details to follow!
Wit and Wisdom
If you are helping someone and expect something in return, you are doing business, not kindness.
Be a pencil: write happiness, erase sadness
Wag more, Bark less.
Wendell Dutt, in loving memory of his parents, Vivian & Orville Dutt.
Donna Payne-Snyder, in loving memory of the birthday of Donald Payne
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