BAPTISM, MARRIAGE, SACRAMENTS

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St Aidans Cross

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

SUNDAY SERVICE TIMES

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

Baptism

Baptism is the ritual through which God claims us as his own, connects us to a world wide community of Christians and sends us into the world in the Christian way and life. The Christian way is the way of Jesus. It’s a life committed to peace, justice, love, forgiveness, reconciliation, and respect for the dignity of every human being, and the rest of creation too. Baptism has strong symbols and images that tell us what Baptism is really all about. The act of going down into the water and coming up again proclaims that we’ve died with Christ and are risen to new life in Christ, and like the Israelites at the Red Sea, passing through deep waters to liberation and freedom.

At St Aidan’s we offer baptism on major Feast Days designated in The Book of Common Prayer: The Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord (mid-January), Easter Vigil (Saturday night before Easter Sunday), The Feast of Pentecost (fifty days after Easter), and The Feast of All Saints (November 1). We also baptize on our patronal festival, the Feast of Saint Aidan of Lindisfarne (last Sunday of August).

Those interested in being baptized, or having their children baptized, attend a class on baptism with the Vicar, which covers in some detail the meaning of baptism, its symbols and its commitments, and how we do baptisms at St Aidan’s. For more information about these classes, contact Father Drew Foisie.

Marriage

Marriage is the rite through which two people enter into a life-long union, by making their vows before God, their families and the Church, and receiving the grace and blessing of God to fulfill their vows. St Aidan’s typically hosts and officiates the marriages of people who are either current members or intend to make this church their home. But in certain circumstances exceptions are made. Contact Father Drew Foisie if you’re considering St Aidan’s for wedding.

Eucharist

“Eucharist” means thanksgiving. The Eucharist, or the Mass, is the event when Christians become grounded in a life of thankfulness for all that God has done for us. At the Holy Eucharist we come together, hear Scripture and a sermon, share a meal and experience community with others through a loving God in the person of Jesus. Through the Eucharist we gain strength for our lives and participate in the pattern of all Christian life: letting go and turning our lives over to God to be used in service to the world. All baptized Christians of all ages or denominations, and anyone seeking deeper life in Jesus Christ, are welcome to participate in and receive communion at St. Aidan’s. We celebrate the Eucharist on Sundays at 8:00 AM (no music) and 10:00 AM (with music). We also offer Eucharist during the week on Wednesday mornings at 10:00 AM in the church.

Burial

The liturgy for the dead is an Easter liturgy. It finds all meaning in the resurrection. Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we too, shall be raised. The liturgy, therefore, is characterized by joy, in the certainty that “neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. This joy, however, does not make human grief unchristian. The very love we have for each other in Christ brings deep sorrow when we are parted by death. Jesus himself wept at the grave of his friend. So, while we rejoice that one we love has entered into the nearer presence of our Lord, we sorrow in sympathy with those who mourn.”

~Book of Common Prayer, 507

The funeral or Burial Rite is properly hosted in the Church. The liturgy is not a “ceremony,” but a celebration and worship to God in thanksgiving for the life of the loved one we are remembering. It draws on readings appropriate to the occasion and usually includes Holy Communion. At St Aidan’s, in addition to the funeral, we offer parishioners and families of parishioners the choice of the burial of a loved one’s ashes in our church columbaria, either inside the church nave or outside in the new columbarium nestled on the church grounds. 

We encourage everyone to plan their memorial services well in advance of any need to do so. Having your favorite hymns and scripture readings, and intentions on file is a gift you give to everybody who loves you and wishes to remember you and celebrate you well. To start this process, CLICK HERE for a service planning packet. Once complete, mail it to St Aidan’s (PO Box 145, Stanwood, WA 98929). The church office will keep these forms on file for you. If you would like to discuss liturgy and music options with a priest, please contact the church office to coordinate a time to meet with the Vicar.

Unction

The sacramental rite of unction is the ritual in which those who are sick receive the laying on of hands, anointing with consecrated oil, and prayer for God’s grace to be given to them for healing of spirit, mind and body. At St Aidan’s we offer the laying on of hands and anointing with oil during our Wednesday morning 10:00 AM service held in our sanctuary.

Confession

The Rite of Reconciliation is sometimes called Confession. In it a person confesses his or her sins to God in the presence of a priest and receives assurance of pardon and the grace of absolution. Some participate in this rite on a regular basis and others choose to participate in this rite seasonally (during Advent and Lent or other special times). To schedule a time to use the Rite of Reconciliation, contact Father Drew Foisie.

Confirmation

Confirmation is the ritual through which people express a mature commitment to Christ and receive strength from the Holy Spirit through prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop. To prepare for the rite of Confirmation, or the rite of Reception into the Episcopal Church from another tradition, people typically participate in one of our Inquirers’ classes, a newcomers’ class, or meet with the vicar. It’s a great way to learn more about the Episcopal Church, St Aidan’s Church, the Diocese of Olympia (the Episcopal Church in Western Washington), and the Christian faith. To learn more about being Confirmed or Received, contact Father Drew Foisie.

Ordination

In the rite of ordination God gives authority and the grace of the Holy Spirit to men and women who are being made bishops, priests and deacons, through prayer and the laying of hands by bishops.