March 14, 2019

This Week

The Gospel of Divine Irony

from the Rector

“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!” - Luke 31:34

Jesus’ lament over Jerusalem is remarkably prescient for Lent, particularly if we hear it with the symbolic imagination that Luke and, perhaps, Jesus himself intended. Jerusalem, after all, literally means “city of peace”, and we need only look at today’s headlines to know just how far it is from the vision its name is meant to summon forth.

This week’s gospel is all about divine irony in Lent: the sense in which prophets are unwelcome where they are called, the city of peace is anything but peaceful, and that our hearts are very much the same. We easily reject or ignore the prophetic voices in our lives, and our hearts are often devoid of the peace and vibrant life God in Christ calls us to. The outer world, from our cities to our nation and the wider world reflect this inner reality of the human condition.

But the divine irony is that Christ comes to us anyway, just as he makes his way to Jerusalem anyway, fully knowing the fate that awaits him there. One of the great and joyous mysteries of our faith is this irony: knowing that we will most likely only reject him, Christ nevertheless persists in his approach out of love for us.

This is what love ultimately looks like, after all. Part of our Lenten journey is about not only finally turning and accepting this divine love in our lives, but learning how to love others the same way.

With blessings for your Lenten journey,

Br. Richard Edward+

Back to Basics: Wrestling with the Gospel
This Sunday’s Forum at Church of Our Saviour

How do we hear the heart of our Scriptural tradition: the Gospel? 

Join our next Back to Basics Forum this coming Sunday, March 17th, from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm as we explore the gospels of our scriptural tradition -- texts that are unique in the worlds of religion and literature -- and the Gospel: the heart of what Jesus’ taught and bore witness to -- a message we are called as Christians to carry and share.

To enliven the discussion, we invite you to pre-read the Gospel According to Mark, our earliest canonical gospel, and bring your questions and thoughts!

Questions to consider as you read:
What stories, verses, words, and themes stand out to you?
Do you identify with any perspectives in the gospel text?
Where do you see yourself in the text?
What parts of the book challenge you the most?

Book of JobListen to Last Sunday’s Forum: 
Back to Basics
Part 3 - 
Wrestling with the Text: 
The Book of Job

In the third episode in our forum series “Back to Basics”, Dr. Dryden Liddle joins a deep dive into the unanswered questions of the Book of Job, looking at the ways that we interpret Scripture and grapple with one of the essential questions of the human condition:

Why do we suffer?

See slides for the forum here.

Contemplative Prayer Group Continues this Sunday, March 17

prayerAll who are interested are invited to join contemplative prayer practice in the parish library from 11:30 am to 12:15 pm following coffee hour. Facilitated by Nancy Cone, Br. Richard Edward, and others, this simple, ancient Christian practice helps calm the mind, reduce stress, and center us in God’s presence, paralleling meditation practices in many other spiritual traditions.

No experience necessary, no sign up necessary, just join us!

Mark your calendars for April 28 for the next meeting

Job Posting: Sunday School Coordinator

Church of Our Saviour is looking for a part-time Sunday School Coordinator to lead our established Godly Play Sunday School program for Preschool - 6th Grade children. Learn more about the position here, and pass it on!

Join Presiding Bishop Curry in taking Care of Creation Pledge

Episcopalians and friends concerned about all of God’s creation are invited to join Presiding Bishop Michael Curry in pledging to take action to protect and renew God’s world and all who call it home. The goal is to gather at least 1,000 pledges with concrete, personal commitments by Earth Day, April 22. Learn more about taking the pledge, and how the Diocese of California is partnering with the Presiding Bishop's office on this effort, here.

Mt Carmel Lunch Volunteers Needed!

We need your help for our upcoming lunch next Tuesday, March 19th!

We need donations of salad, hot vegetables and starches. We also need a few more people to help prep and serve. Please click here to use the online sign-up sheet to volunteer. See below under Faith in Action for more information.
Thank you so much!! Tiana and Warren

Greeters Needed for Sunday School Classrooms!

Like to be with children? Like to listen to biblical stories told in a creative and fun way? Like to get to know our youngest parishioners? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, please join us as a Godly Play Greeter! Greeters serve in the Godly Play or Faith Quest classrooms one Sunday a month and welcome the children, help them with their craft and play materials, and support them in serving our classroom snacks. Being a Sunday School Greeter is a great way to participate in our classrooms without having to prepare to teach or manage the class. But Greeters are critical to making our classrooms safe and running smoothly. All teen and adult parishioners are welcome to be Greeters - you do not have to have school-age children! For further information, please contact Mallary Walker

Episcopal Relief and Development Lenten Meditations

We invite you to share in the 2019 Lenten email series from Episcopal Relief & Development. Each day during Lent you will receive a daily reflection, co-authored by a group of faith leaders from across the church. During this season of reflection on our Christian faith, their writings will enhance your spiritual journey as they both inspire and challenge you.

Sign up to Receive our Daily Lenten Meditations by Email

Youth Faith-in Action Volunteer Projects

Tutoring - Bayside Martin Luther King Academy – Mondays & Wednesdays 3:15 – 4:30 pm
200 Phillips Dr, Sausalito – begins September 17 and continuing until end of school year

Sunday School Registration: Ongoing!

childrenyouthDid you know . . . Sunday School Registration is open year-round on-line? Click here for the brief form. (Paper registration forms are also available from Children's and Youth Ministry Leaders and the Church Office.)

If you are a parent or grandparent bringing children and youth to Church of Our Saviour for any programs on-site or off-site, please complete the registration and photo permission so that we can continue to organize our programs to best serve our children, youth, and families! Thank you!

Coming Up

Coming Up at Church of Our Saviour

Thursday – March 14:
2 pm – Staff Meeting – Office
7 pm – Choir Practice – Choir Room

Sunday – March 17:
11:30 am – Back to Basics: Wrestling with the Gospel – Nave
11:30 am – Contemplative Prayer – Library

Tuesday – March 19 – 9:30 am – Mt. Carmel Hot Lunch Program – Greenwood School Gym across from Mt. Carmel Church

Thursday – March 21 – 7 pm – Choir Practice – Choir Room

Sunday – March 24:
11:30 am – Back to Basics: Church in Crisis & Reform – Nave
1:30 pm – Ecumenical Service – The Redwoods

Thursday – March 28:
2 pm – Staff Meeting – Office
7 pm – Choir Practice – Choir Room

Sunday – March 31 – 11:30 am – Back to Basics: Mission in a New World – Nave

Tuesday – April 2 – Noon – Youth & Family Ministries Meeting – Fireside Room

Wednesday – April 3 – 6:30 pm – Vestry Meeting – Fireside Room

Thursday – April 4 – 7 pm – Choir Practice – Choir Room

Sunday – April 7 – Community Sunday
11:30 am – Back to Basics: Mission in a New Century – Nave

Thursday – April 11:
2 pm – Staff Meeting – Office
7 pm – Choir Practice – Choir Room

Sunday – April 14 – Palm Sunday
Children’s Seder – Choir Room

Seeking the Spirit

The Rev. Br. Richard Edward HelmerListen to a Recent Sermon

Facing Temptation

The First Sunday in Lent - Year C
March 10th

by The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer

We may be tempted to "supernaturalize" Jesus' temptations in the wilderness. But they are offered to us instead as a mine of wisdom on how we are confronted with temptations every day of our lives, and how Christ is with us in their midst.

God So Loved the World

We were promised a blizzard today, so all the schools closed. Instead we have lashing wind and rain. It’s a lovely morning for sitting alone in the studio and watching the branches of the trees bow and leap as water drums against the roof.
It’s easy in such moments to know that God loves the world – and that we who dwell here are meant to be lovers as well. It is natural to praise and thank God.
There are other moments when it is harder. When fire or flood destroy our homes or friends lie dying, when fish turn belly-up in polluted rivers or the sky is brown with car exhaust, when we see the desperation in the eyes of homeless men and women or the bleak hopelessness in the eyes of refugees, then it is not so easy.
The Son that God gave to the world helps us then. The incarnation of God, God’s self, he helps us to see beyond the limits of human understanding even when we cannot bear to think of hope and love. He points us to the next thing we are called to do – and then the next after that – all the while showing us that he sees our inmost thoughts and fears, and loves us – not in spite of them but including them.
Come into the light. You may as well, since you are known entirely already.
The blizzard could still happen. The temperature could drop and all this lovely water on our roads and windshields could turn to treacherous ice. How do we know for what we ought to prepare? Our best predictions so often go astray.
God’s love of the world is fulsome – articulated in a billion tiny gestures of longing for relationship and welcome. As I watch the dance of water and tree limbs outside my window, I am open to these expressions – appreciative – thankful. Will I continue to be so open in the next moment when the world whites out in blowing snow? How about in the one after that?
Christ teaches us through his life, torture, death and resurrection that in all our moments, the ones we call “good” and the ones we call “bad”, God is present. Beyond what we know, beyond our ability to sort it out, God is present. In the middle of our terror, our suffering, our outrage, our utter confusion and despair, God is present. For so God loves the world.

Laurie Gudim is a religious iconographer and writer living in Fort Collins, CO. For the past year and a half she has been studying to be a spiritual director. To learn more about her and her work, go HERE.

From Episcopal Cafe

Prayers this Week

In our Church of Our Saviour Cycle of Prayer, we pray today for the Mishalko family, the Miller family and Peter Gear, and for the ministry of our Vestry, and for those who celebrate their birthdays, especially Alice Leiden, Mason Roberts, Randy Tarpey-Schwed and Henry Collins. In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the Church of England. Please pray for those who are ill and in need of comfort, especially Will, Elessar, Barry, Murray, Will P., Scott, Maggi, Tim, Margot, Lisa, Elizabeth, Kara, John, Mary-Jean, William, Graig, Lily, Colton, Bob; those serving in the military and overseas, especially Leif, Steven, Quinn, Christopher, Andrew, Taylor and Tyler; and those who have died. We pray for all who are struggling with the effects of war and natural disaster at home and around the world. We remember this week the people of Syria and Yemen. Help us to address a climate in crisis and to pass on a better world than we inherited. In the Bay Area, we pray for those seeking stable housing and for all who organize to address the housing crisis.

Prayers of the People are updated weekly. Names of those desiring prayers may be added to the Sunday prayers or to this bulletin, with their permission, by contacting the church office.

Faith in Action

New Sign Ups Available for Mt Carmel Hot Lunch

The sign up calendar for our monthly hot lunch at Mt Carmel Church is now online for January - June: LINK. Please volunteer to bring a cooked dish or to serve in the kitchen. Lunches are the third Tuesday of each month. It’s a nice opportunity to work together and serve others. Please contact Tiana Wimmer or Warren Leiden for further information.

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Parishioner Classifieds

Mother’s Helper Available

Hello! I’m Alice Leiden. I’m 10 years old and in 5th grade. I’m looking into being a mother’s helper! I’ve looked after many young kids before and I’m always happy to play with the young ones! I’m free on: Monday from 3:30-5:00(pm), Wednesday from 3:45-5:00(pm), and Saturday from 1:00-4:00(pm). To contact me, call or text me at 415-760-8698, or email me Thank you for reading this and I hope you will be able to use me!

Need a House-sitter and/or Pet-Sitter?

housepetsittingIf you need someone to take care of your house and/or animals while you are on vacation, COS has two trusted options for you!

Debbie Lewis (parishioner) is available to hire for house-sitting and/or pet-sitting; lives in Mill Valley, contact at telephone (415) 819-8712; references available.

Rose Scarff (parish administrator) is also available for house-sitting and/or pet-sitting. Contact at or 415-887-8768; references available.

Send in your work, service, or spirituality-related classifieds for the parish. Postings will be retained for one month, after which you may refresh them for re-posting.

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