We often carry heavy burdens and the world around us can sometimes leave us feeling more anxious than loving or peaceful. Having a place to find rest, to connect with the truest and deepest parts of ourselves, and to practice Jesus’ way of love gives us the strength we need for the journey God has for each of us.
No matter who you are, or where you are on the journey of faith, God welcomes you and loves you. And so does St Aidan’s, Camano Island!
The Rev. Drew Foisie, Vicar
8:00 AM – Holy Eucharist Rite I
10:00 AM – Holy Eucharist Rite II
9:15 AM – Education Hour in Dietel Hall
Child Care available 9:15 AM – 11:15 AM
Join us for coffee hour after the 10:00 AM service.
Wednesday Morning service:
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 10:00 AM
Intercessory prayer and anointing available
September is one of those transitional months. It occupies the liminal space between the dog days of summer and the early, crisp days of fall. Together with Memorial Day, Labor Day bookends a season and signals the opening of a new chapter. The color white is retired from our wardrobes (theoretically) and the Evergreen and Washington State Fairs (which I always knew as the ‘Puyallup Fair’) are in full swing. Kids of all ages are returning to school and adult education forums are launching at churches again. Transition is, in so many ways, the theme and pulse of the month of September and I find it hopeful and uplifting each and every trip around the calendar.
As the COVID-19 pandemic remains (mostly) in our rearview mirror a transition back to practices that have been on pause will gradually be reintroduced. Prior to the pandemic the wine at the Eucharist was received by sipping from the cup or intincting (i.e., dipping) one’s host into the chalice before eating it. From the time Holy Communion was brought back into worship in both kinds — bread and wine — we have been observing the practice of dipping but not sipping. This practice has helped limit the real sense of being exposed to the coronavirus. This was particularly effective when everyone was mindfully keeping their fingers from touching the wine. However, there is good science suggesting that sipping from the chalice poses no greater risk than receiving by intinction. And in many cases it’s actually safer. With this in mind the practice of sipping directly from the chalice will return in September. However, it will come in stages. In the first stage of reintroduction two chalice bearers will work side-by-side at the altar rail. The first will have a chalice dedicated to intinction (dipping) and the second will have a chalice for sipping. If you wish to sip from the chalice simply consume your host when received, and seeing that your hands are empty, the first chalice will pass you by and the second will be offered. If you wish to intinct, simply keep your host visibly in hand and the first chalice will be presented to you. As we all become more comfortable with this practice a shift to dipping or sipping from either chalice will be made.
September will also bring with it more education and discussion forums on Sunday morning for all who wish to partake. Stepping back and looking at the bigger picture one can see that we’re at something of an inflection point in history. Many changes are happening all around us and it may be informative and inspirational to go back and look at Christian thinkers who were writing during seismic shifts in their own time. CS Lewis was one such figure. He is perhaps the most well known Christian writer, thinker, and theologian (though he would dispute that title!) of the 20th century. And for good reason. Among his many works his most famous non-fiction book is Mere Christianity, which did not begin as a book but as a series of BBC radio broadcasts during WWII. Starting September 18th we will begin an Adult Forum series on CS Lewis and Mere Christianity. The aim is to discover what wisdom Lewis may have for living faithfully today and what was specific to his time. As you continue your journey in faith I pray this study will be good food for thought and inspiration for the soul.
Blessings to you this September.
Yours in Christ,