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9:30 am The Joyful Noise Eucharist
10:30 am The Musical Eucharist
Choir Program Launch Day
From the Rector
Who are you?
Akiva, a rabbi who lived just a little while after Jesus was walking fairly late at night along the banks of the sea of Galillee. He was lost in thought and got actually lost. He wandered towards a wall with a Roman soldier acting as a watchman on top of it. As the soldier saw Akiva approaching he shouted down really loudly: "WHO ARE YOU, WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE?"
Akiva, being a rabbi, didn't answer, but shouted back a question: "Who are you?"
The soldier replied, "I am a Roman soldier, and it is my job to ask who you are and why are you here!"
Akiva asked: "and how much are you paid per day to do that?"
The soldier told him his day rate was 5 drachma and Akiva made a proposal, "I will pay you twice that amount if you come and stand in front of my house every day and shout "WHO ARE YOU," and "WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE?" - as loudly as you can through my front door as I wake up.
Akiva understood what Aristotle taught, that we need to live with a profound sense of our own purpose in order to live and thrive. He called it the Telos - which simply means 'goal' or 'intention'. This story encapsulates the idea that we should all start our day with a clear sense of who we are, so that we might live into our Telos.
Another way of talking about your Telos would be to say that it is the 'story' you tell about yourself. Some of the stories we tell about our selves are limiting, some help us to become the best version of who we can be.
Christians live within a particular story. Some think it is ridiculous that a man should live and die and rise again, but the story is full of hope and power. It does not ignore the darkness of life, but it gives us a sense that there is also life beyond disaster. It is a powerful story.
When you wake up in the morning, what story do you tell about yourself? If a Roman soldier were to stand outside your house and shout: "who are you?" - what would you say?
Does your story limit you, or help you to grow? Does it challenge you to be better, or remind you that you cannot change?
Tell your best story today.
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This Week Matthew and Monica will be attending the annual clergy retreat at The Bishop's Ranch. This is a part of our ordination commitment to participating in the councils of the church. Please note that Matthew will have his cell phone and email on and will be checking them if there are any pastoral issues. He can come back from The Bishop's Ranch if necessary. Gospel Preview will be taking place as regularly scheduled. There will not be a Morning Prayer service on Thursday, 9/24.
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New Web site -
If you go to www.transfig-sm.org you should see some changes this weekend.
Over the last year I have been working with a team from the parish including Mike Robinson and Mark Ryan on content and designs for our parish web site. I am grateful to both for their input. For the start of this program year we have put together a simple version of our new web site, full of the up-to-date content that you have asked for, which we hope will evolve as time goes on.
The web site has a new front page, with the trusty Google calendar being one of the main things people asked for to keep everyone up to date on parish events. It also has service times, a Rector's Blog, the latest sermon, directions to the parish and links to our social media accounts.
Dig a little deeper and you will find pages on our mission and vision, staff photographs and descriptions.
We are also presenting an outline of our ministries at the start of this new program year and a place to find a PDF of our latest announcement sheets as well as an archive of announcement sheets from previous weeks in case you missed anything.
We also have a page dedicated to our pre-school, a fundraising page that is under construction and a member page. This last page is where you will go for online sign-ups for volunteering roles.
This is our starting point for the web site. We hope that you will make use of it over the next few weeks and months and give us feedback. It is a work in progress and we hope to update it as we go along as it is really responsive and easy to adapt. Your feedback will help us to create the communication tool that you need to be able to get the best out of your time at Transfiguration. Is there something missing? Tell us. Is there too much information? Tell us. Could it be easier to find the one thing you are looking for? Tell us.
Thank you to Mark for helping us develop strategy and for keeping on working on a future design update, thank you to Mike for implementation help, thank you to Monica for edits. We are working to make sure all legacy web site addresses point to this new site. So for now, go and have a look through: www.transfig-sm.org
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News & Announcements
Expected and Unexpected - Today at 9:15am
You may know of Mission Hospice & Home Care as an agency that provides needed end of life care. But did you know it also is a place where people in this community can go to when they have questions, or concerns, and need a resource?
I hope that you will join us today, Sunday, September 20th at 9:15am in the Parish Hall. Libby Hagman and Chris Ritzo will be giving a presentation on what's new at Mission Hospice.
Please also take a look in the Narthex at the two fliers describing a workshop and a movie series that Mission Hospice is presenting.
Questions? contact Jan Jensen.
Fireflies, a preschooler play group (ages 0-5), meets in the parish hall every Thursday, 10am-noon.
The group is free and everyone is invited, church member or not. We have a play time, story time with musical instruments, healthy snacks and finish with a craft project and/or game activity. We have fun, make new friends and share our joy, wisdom and sometimes frustrations of family life with other parents and caregivers. Stop by and check us out. Even if you do not have the children in this age group, please, let your friends, neighbors and family members of preschool age children know that we would love to welcome them at our playgroup. Questions? Contact Dace through the parish office.
The Empty Way: Contemplative Christianity and Zen Buddhism
September 21-November 9 (online)
This fall my friend and mentor, the Rev. Brian C. Taylor, will be teaching an online not-for-credit course for the Center for Anglican Learning and Leadership, a continuing education program of our seminary, CDSP. Fr. Brian will be looking at areas of overlap between the two traditions, and encouraging participants to practice meditation/prayer for the 7 weeks of the course. Participants will listen to a weekly audio talk, read one book, and explore other suggested reading or online listening. There will be some online communication between participants.; however, all of this course will be done non-simultaneously. A discounted rate is available if 6 or more parishioners register. For more information, contact Monica+. Registration
St. Margaret's guild outreach: assistance for our furry friends
St. Margaret's Guild is sponsoring the Outreach Collection box for September. We are collecting items for Pets-In-Need and the Peninsula Humane Society/SPCA. Please see flyers in the Narthex for detailed information on what is needed.
Website: Click on donations for full list.
THANK YOU FOR THINKING OF OUR FURRY FRIENDS! Questions? contact Judy Castillo.
Coffee Hour Hosting
We have many open Sundays in the coming months, for the 9:30 and 10:30 services as well as combined 10:00 services on first Sundays. Please take a look and sign-up. SignUp Genius web link
Or call Bethany Lukach at 831-229-4723 and she will sign you up. Thanks!
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