This Week at St. Columba's

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Partners with Christ in a caring and inclusive community

I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me,

because they are yours. All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them.

And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you.

Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one.

Celtic Courier

Selected Sermons


Upcoming Events:

  • May 25: Ascension Day
  • May 28: Taizé Eucharist
  • May 29: Memorial Day -- Parish Office and CLC will be closed
  • June 1: Walkabout with Bishop Bruce
  • June 4: Feast of Pentecost (wear RED)
  • June 10: Memorial Service for Bishop Fred Borsch
  • June 11: St. Columba Feast Day Celebration--one joint service at 9:00 a.m.
  • June 18: Father's Day
  • July 8: Bishop Coadjutor Consecration for John H. Taylor -- Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles
  • July 15-16: Camarillo Street Fair and Fiesta (St. Columba's will again have a booth)
  • September 8: Dodger Night

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Seventh Sunday of Easter

May 28, 2017

Year A

Revised Common Lectionary

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The Liturgy of the Word

Acts 1:6-14

1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11

John 17:1-11

Psalm 68:1-10, 33-36

(Lectors for this Sunday should check the Service Bulletin for the exact readings to be used.)

Book of Common Prayer





"What Was St. Columba Like?

He left his targe and claymore

Where Irish water foam:

He left his father’s palace

To build his Fathers home.

He built it not of ivory,

But of wattle grass and rod,

And the only armour left him

Was the panoply of God.

His Bible—which he once had kept

Beneath his soldier’s kit—

Became his foremost weapon:

For he found the Word would fit

Far closer than a coat of mail,

To defy the fiercest dart

The Devil could let fly at him

(Which is the Devil’s part).


--G. F. MacLeod

(Second stanza, more of poem to follow)


It is to experience the holiness of the stranger who brings to us the gift of Salvation:


I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me,

 I was in prison and you visited me.


—Matthew 25:35-36



"When strangers sojourn with you in your land, you shall not do them wrong. The strangers who sojourn with you shall be to you as the native among you, and you shall love them as yourself: for I am the Lord Your God."


-Leviticus 19:33-34


The Schedule for This Week at St. Columba's

Wednesday 5/24

JACKSON KEMPER, Bishop, Missionary, 1870   (More)

2:00-4:00 p.m.
Craft Group

Thursday 5/25

ASCENSION DAY  (For more, see the Bulletin Insert at the bottom of this page)

8:30 a.m. & 5:00 p.m.
Project Hope
10:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist
6:30 p.m.
Choir Rehearsal
Friday 5/26

AUGUSTINE OF CANTERBURY, Bishop and Missionary, 605  (More)

Saturday, 5/27

[BERTHA and ETHELBERT, Queen & King of Kent, 616]  (More)

Sunday 5/28


8:00 a.m.

Holy Eucharist

9:15 a.m.
Adult Forum
10:15 a.m.
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
10:15 a.m.

Holy Eucharist

5:30 p.m.
Taizé Eucharist
Monday 5/29

Memorial Day -- Parish Office and CLC closed

Internment of the Unkown Soldier of WWI

6:00 p.m.
Boy Scouts
7:00 p.m.
Lectio Divina
Tuesday 5/30

[JOAN OF ARC, Visionary, 1431]   (More)

10:00 a.m.
Staff Meeting
Wednesday 5/31


2:00-4:00 p.m.
Craft Group


The Intercessory Prayer List is being posted here. If you have names of individuals that you

would like to have added or removed from the list, please send an email to or notify the Parish Office Manager.

Please be sure to notify us when an individual no longer needs to be on the Prayer List.

Those for Whom Our Prayers Are Asked

with immediate needs:



and for those who need our continuing prayers:
For the repose of the soul of:
Helen Boswell and for her family and friends;
Diana Gavaller and for her family and friends;
and Jean Cogswell-Giffen and for her daughter Frannie and other family and friends.
For All Those Serving at Home and Around the World



A prayer you may use for the end of extreme poverty in the world:

The world has the means to end extreme poverty, we pray we will have the will.

New Opportunities!

New sign-up sheets are available for you to sign up to host Coffee Hour, after the 8:00 or 10:15 a.m. services. Please sign up on the sheet in the Parish Hall. There are several openings in the coming months.

"Remember that hospitality doesn't have to be extravagant!"

Thanks for Volunteering!


Adult Forum: Promise of Enlightenment

During the month of May, we will study the life of the Golden Halo Winner Florence Nightingale. This dramatized biography stars Jaclyn Smith as Florence Nightingale, with Claire Bloom, Timothy Dalton, and Jeremy Brett.

Join us as we learn about this aristocratic woman who defied Victorian society to reform hospital sanitation and to defined the nursing profession as we know it today.

The forum meets Sundays at 9:15 a.m. in the Parish Hall

Sunday School

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for our children meets on Sundays, with three atriums. Level 1, children ages 3-5, Level 2, ages 6-9, and Level 3, ages 8-12. Levels 1 and 2 begin at 10:00 a.m., then the children join their families in the Eucharist at the Peace. Level 3 meets from 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

For any questions or concerns, please contact Wendie Roberts.

On Monday evenings, we look at the Gospel for the upcoming Sunday through the ancient  practice of Lectio Divina, or "divine reading," a method of praying the Scriptures. Join us in the Chapel at 7:00 p.m. with gathering music and quiet; we end by 8:00 p.m.

Our monthly Guided Labyrinth Walks are generally held on the third Saturday of the month. The next walk will be an evening walk on June17, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Set aside some time to walk with God. Finger labyrinths are also available for those who have trouble walking.

Led by Margaret Johnson, all of our Guided Labyrinth Walks are designed so that anyone will feel comfortable, no matter their level of experience.


Wherever you are in your journey with God, you are Welcome here.

Come and spend some time at our labyrinth, listening to God.

Eucharist in the Style of Taizé

Our new monthly Sunday Evening service uses the music of Taizé and quiet reflection to set the mood of worship. These services have Eucharist (Communion) ut also include simple chants sung repetitively, to let the words of scripture settle into our hearts and minds. There is a time of silence (5-7 minutes), and prayer around the cross.

We meet in the Chapel at 5:30 p.m. for worship, followed by a simple supper in our Parish Hall, on the 4th Sunday of the month:

May 28, and June 25.

Come and see if this worship speaks to your heart.

The Women of St. Columba's are invited to a Sabbath Retreat on Saturday, June 10 from 9:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m. at the California Lutheran University Chapel in Thousand Oaks.  The Rev. Julie Morris will be facilitating the retreat, along with Carol Browning who will lead us in music.  This is a day to slow down, breathe and be aware of God's compassionate presence.  The day will be spacious, with time for individual reflection as well as conversation and a guided walk (for those who want to walk).  The cost is $30, which includes lunch.   Registration (due June 1) is required.  Registration forms are available in the narthex.  

Email Julie Morris for more information

Lunch Bunch, coordinated by Michele Hauser, will be on hiatus until October.

Friday, June 9


On the second Friday of each month, September through June, we gather in our Chapel for an evening of Celtic Contemplative Prayer, in the traditions of the Iona and Taizé Communities.

This service includes prayer, scripture, Dialogues, songs, and meditative chants. There is also a time of silence so we might listen more closely for God. We enjoy refreshments and fellowship afterwards.

Come listen to the heart of God.

Youth Group is participating in Journey Together at the Abundant Table (JT@theAT), "Spring into Life" along with the earth for a three-week mini-season meeting on Sunday afternoons, April 23, April 30, and May 7. All ages are welcome. Flyers are available in the Narthex for more information. To register:

Summer Camp 2017 at the Abundant Table Farm

After our super successful launch last summer, we are thrilled to announce our 2017 Abundant Table farm and garden-based summer day camp, Alive: Eco-Faith and Farm/Community Garden Summer Camp 2017!

Alive: Eco-Faith and Farm/Community Garden Summer Camp engages campers ages 6-12 years in connecting farm-based learning experiences with Christian faith in the deep Christian tradition of relationship and love of self, community, Earth, place, and God! Learning and activity themes of soil science, watersheds, eco-systems, botany, local food systems, and healthy eating are woven together with biblical teachings and reflection. We are excited to offer our Alive Eco-Faith and Farm/Community Garden Camps this summer at our partner site, Community Roots Garden in Oxnard!

Sessions for ages 6-12 are July 10th-July 14th and July 24th-July 28th. $200 per session ($175 early bird registration before June 1st.)

Schedule: 9:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Monday-Friday. See the flyers in the narthex for more info.


Spaces are limited!

St. Columba's is partnering with SparkVoice as it reaches out to young women in our community to help them find their "spark" and to mentor them in girl-related topics. St. Columba's hosts SparkMoms, a women's group for friendship and discussion on parenting-related topics, generally on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., in the Parish Hall. The next meeting will be in June.

To find out more about SparkVoice, visit their website at

Wine Host: Maurice HillJoe and John pour

Learning about the wines

Proceeds from Wine Fest 2017 will be added to funds from last year's event to refinish the altar rail and pews.

Icon of St. Columba


Save the date of Sunday, June 11, for our Annual Saint Columba's Day Celebration and Picnic.

Join us for one joint service at 9:00 a.m. and then stay around for a day of fun and fellowship.

There will be fun and games and a jumper for the kids. Hot dogs and all the trimmings will be provided, but we will need both picnic and coffee-hour type foods to round out the celebration.

There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the Narthex for what you plan to bring. Plan to join us as we celebrate our Name Saint. If you can't bring something, come anyway! Our Patron Saint Columba was known to be extremely hospitable and welcomed all to break bread with him and his fellow monks.

What do you know of Saint Columba? Here is the first of a series on the life of our Name Saint. In Ireland, Columba is well known among all the people. Many churches are named for him.

Part 3: Columba was forty-four years of age when he departed from Ireland. He and his twelve companions crossed the sea in a currach of wickerwork covered with hides. They landed at Iona on the eve of Pentecost, 12 May, 563. The island, according to Irish authorities, was granted to the monastic colonists by King Conall of Dalriada, Columba's kinsman. Here Columba built a monastery which became an important center for guests and pilgrims. The arrival of a guest was celebrated by extra food for everyone, which perhaps made guests doubly welcomed by the monks! The food they had was simple; barley bread, milk, fish, eggs, and probably seal’s flesh. On great occasions they had mutton, and even beef, and sometimes the guest brought gifts of food.

So to bring food and to welcome guests in celebration is in the tradition of our patron saint, Columba.

The thirty-two remaining years of Columba's life were mainly spent in preaching the Christian Faith to the inhabitants of the glens and wooded straths of Northern Scotland. Columba is said never to have spent an hour without study, prayer, or similar occupations. When at home he was frequently engaged in transcribing. On the evening of his death he was engaged in the work of transcription of Psalm 34, having just reached the verse, “They that seek the Lord shall want no manner of thing that is good.” Columba answered the call to the evening service and died at the altar steps. It was a June night, but a great storm raged on the Sound.


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From Bishop J. Jon Bruno: 

Easter people

Hearing panel to rule in Title IV proceedings

Coadjutor election consents received; plans for July 8 consecration advance

Celebrate 'Power of Touch' at Holy Family Services gathering

Diocesan Sanctuary Movement builds momentum

Episcopal clergy are among detainees at Maundy Thursday demonstration

Funerals and yoga lead two churches to resurrection surprises

L.A. priest is among Episcopal representatives
at UN commission meeting

New Zealand bishop to join this year's Red Shirt pilgrimage

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Sacred Space

Have you ever wondered about a Spiritual Director?

Do you think you might like to better focus your prayer life?

Did you develop a good practice this Lent and want to keep it going?

Then you might just be looking for a Spiritual Director to help with all this. St. Columba's is now host to Sacred Space Spiritual Direction, a team of Spiritual Directors (including Fr. Greg), any of whom would be happy to accompany you on your Spiritual Journey. Each of these Directors are certified through Stillpoint: the Center of Spiritual Direction, and are members of Spiritual Directors International.

You are invited you to make a 'Sacred Space' in your day,
and spend ten minutes, praying here and now, as you sit at your computer,
with the help of on-screen guidance and scripture chosen specially every day.

Click here to enter "Sacred Space."

For more daily meditations, visit the Geranium Farm, down-to-earth support for living.

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A thought found on a posting at the Geranium Farm:

"Vocatus atque non vocatus deus aderit."

'Bidden or not bidden, God is present.'

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The Feast of the Ascension of Jesus Christ is celebrated 40 days after Easter Day, marking the conclusion of Jesus’ post-resurrection appearances and his ascension into heaven. Although Ascension Day occurred on May 25 on this year’s liturgical calendar, many parishes will observe it today.

The Ascension. Hans Suss von Kulmbach, 1513. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, N.Y.

Celebration of this holy day dates back at least to the late fourth century, and scriptural references to Jesus’ ascension occur in both The Acts of the Apostles and the Gospel of Mark:

“So when they had come together, they asked him, ‘Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?’ He replied, ‘It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.’ When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. While he was going and they were gazing up towards heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. They said, ‘Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up towards heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven’” (Acts 1: 6-11, NRSV).

“So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God” (Mark 16:19, NRSV).

The Ascension of Jesus is also professed in the Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed: “He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father” (Book of Common Prayer, pp.120, 358).

Collect for Ascension Day

Almighty God, whose blessed Son our Savior Jesus Christ ascended far above all heavens that he might fill all things: Mercifully give us faith to perceive that, according to his promise, he abides with his Church on earth, even to the end of the ages; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen (Book of Common Prayer, p. 226).


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St. Columba's Episcopal Church

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Children's Learning Center

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