Sunday Service – September 12

We are resuming in-person services this Sunday! We’re tremendously excited for that, and are committed to doing so safely. All who wish to attend will need to register with the parish office to come to the 8:00 am service or the 10:00 am service. We continue to mask, maintain physical distance, and refrain from singing and other activities that would increase potential risk of spread of the COVID-19 vaccine. We also strongly encourage everyone to get fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and our leadership is required to do so by the diocese.

We’ll also continue to stream a service to YouTube each week! Please note that the time of the Sunday service that is streamed has moved to 10:00 am. If you’re unable to be present with us in person, and/or don’t feel comfortable being in groups at this time, please know you continue to be welcomed and valued: our investment in our sound and streaming system is designed to make it easier for all to worship together from anywhere!

This week’s order of service can be found here.

It’s the sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost this week, and our parish’s fifteenth birthday! Here’s what Sundays and Seasons writes about this week’s readings:

Three weeks ago we heard Peter’s confession of faith as told in John’s gospel. This week we hear Mark’s version, when Peter says, “You are the Messiah.” In John, the stumbling block is Jesus’ invitation to eat his flesh, given for the life of the world. In Mark too the scandal has to do with Jesus’ words about his own coming death, and here Peter himself stumbles over Jesus’ words. But Jesus is anointed (the meaning of messiah) in Mark only on the way to the cross (14:3); so we are anointed in baptism with the sign of the cross.