This Week at St. Columba's

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Partners with Christ in a caring and inclusive community

In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.

And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart

and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. And a voice came from heaven,

“You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”

Celtic Courier

Selected Sermons


Upcoming Events:

  • February 14: Ash Wednesday -- Lent begins / St. Valentine's Day
  • February 17: Guided Labyrinth Walk
  • February 18: First Sunday in Lent
  • February 19: President's Day -- Parish Office and CLC closed
  • February 20: Lent Class
  • February 25: Second Sunday in Lent / Eucharist in the Style of Taizé
  • February 28: Lunch Bunch

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Lectionary Corner

Find the readings for the upcoming Sunday

First Sunday in Lent

February 18, 2018

Year B

Revised Common Lectionary

(To learn about RCL, Click Here.)

The Liturgy of the Word

Genesis 9:8-17

1 Peter 3:18-22

Mark 1:9-15

Psalm 25:1-9

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

Book of Common Prayer



Show me your ways, O Lord, *
and teach me your paths.

Lead me in your truth and teach me, *
for you are the God of my salvation;
in you have I trusted all the day long.

--Psalm 25: 3-4



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 2/14

ASH WEDNESDAY   (Lectionary)

7:00 a.m.
Liturgy for Ash Wednesday and imposition of Ashes -- Mary Chapel
Liturgy for Ash Wednesday and imposition of Ashes -- Mary Chapel
2:00-4:00 p.m.
Craft Group
7:00 p.m.
Liturgy for Ash Wednesday, imposition of Ashes, and Eucharist -- Joint service at Mount Cross Lutheran Church

Thursday 2/15

THOMAS BRAY, Pries and Missionary, 1730    (More)

10:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist
Friday 2/16

[CHARLES TODD QUINTARD, Bishop of Tennessee, 1898]  (More)

Saturday, 2/17

JANANI LUWUM, Archbishop of Uganda, Martyr, 1977   (More)

9:30-11:00 a.m.
Guided Labyrinth Walk
Sunday 2/18


8:00 a.m.

Holy Eucharist

9:16 a.m.
Adult Forum
10:00 a.m.
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
10:15 a.m.
Holy Eucharist
12:15 p.m.
Vestry Meeting
Monday 2/19

Presidents' Day Holiday: Parish Office & CLC Closed

6:00 p.m.
Boy Scouts
Tuesday 2/20

[FREDERICK DOUGLASS, Prophetic Witness, 1895]   (More)

10:00 a.m.
Staff Meeting
5:00-8:00 p.m.

Lenten Evenings: Holy Eucharist / Supper / Groups  / Compline -- Chapel & Parish Hall

Wednesday 2/21

[JOHN HENRY NEWMAN, Priest an Theologian, 1890]   (More)

2:00-4:00 p.m.
Craft Group
4:30 p.m.
CLC School Board Meeting


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 all who have suffered loss of property or have been in harm's way from the local fires and those affected by rain run-off, muds lid es, and for all First Responders and Rescue Personnel
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!



Here is a brief report of the Annual Meeting and a few photos from Sunday, February 11.

  • After opening the meeting with a hymn and prayer, Bishop Suffragan Diane Jardine Bruce made a few comments. She thanked members of St. Columba's for the warm welcome and the chance to worship and meet with us. She recognized Fr. Greg as an extraordinary rector, and as Dean of Deanery 1 and as Dean of the newly formed Iona Collaborative.
  • Special Recognition:
    • Carlos Barazza on his retirement as Liaison to our Scout Troop. Carlos asked for someone to step forward and take on this ministry to our scouts.
    • Jim Cecil was recognized for his years of service as Treasurer. The role of Treasurer was officially turned over to Gail Hill.
    • Loralee and Mike Brown for preparing the strada
    • Retiring CLC School Board Members: Mary Justice and Norma McQuade.
    • New School Board Members: (same as the retiring members--Mary and Norma will continue to serve the CLC board)
    • Retiring Vestry Members: Paulina Miller, Julie Silvertrust, Paul Amendt, and Susan Doswell.
    • Senior Warden for 2018: Bob Waite
  • Election of Convention Delegates:
    • Alternate Delegates elected: Bob Waite, Gwen Waite, and Nancy Larkin. Continuing as Delegates: Gail Hill, Maurice Hill, and Teri Helton.
  • Vestry Members Elected: Jeff Chung, Tim Helton, and Maurice Hill.
  • Six Sphere Jeopardy: Outgoing Senior and Junior Wardens Susan Doswell and Paul Amendt played a fun game of answers and questions about the Six Spheres of Ministry at St. Columba's. This was a good and fun way to remind everyone about the many ministries that are faithfully carried out at St. Columba's.
  • Annual Reports were submitted by title.
  • Cliff Aggen gave a presentation on the Parish Budget.
  • The 2018 Vestry was commissioned
  • The meeting was closed with prayer and a hymn.
  • After the meeting, the Vestry met briefly to elect Marilyn Van Renerghem as Clerk of the Vestry. The Vestry deferred election of Junior Warden until the February 18th meeting.
  • The 2018 Senior Warden would like to thank everyone who brought food, helped to set up or to clean up afterwards, and in particularly, attended the meeting.

Bishop Suffragan Diane Jardine BruceNew digital display for Narthex

Bishop Bruce's comments

Time for Selfie!

Six Spheres of Ministry - Jeopardy

Commissioning the new Vestry

Commissioning the new Vestry:

L-R:  Fr. Greg Larkin, Bob Waite (Senior Warden), Jeff Chung, Tim Helton, Maurice Hill, Nancy Hey, Nancy Miller, and Margaret Johnson.




Adult Forum: Promise of Enlightenment

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


The schedule for upcoming weeks is:


February 18, 25, March 4, 11, 18

"Lent Madness" continues. Again, we'll vote weekly for our favorite Saints in a tournament-style single elimination bracket to see who wins "The Golden Halo." Come an preview the pairings and learn about the saints as we journey through Lent.

(If you have regularly followed the links to Holy Women, Holy Men in the Schedule above, then you will know a little about the saints that will be featured in this year's brackets!)

To read about the "Saints", to vote, and to track the voting, go to:

Sunday School

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

CGS meets each Sunday at 10:00 a.m..

There are three Atriums: Level 1 for children 3-5, Level 2 for ages 6-9, and Level 2-3 for ages 8-12.

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.

Lectio Divina will be on hiatus until February 26. (February 19 is President's Day)

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:

February 25, 2018.

Come and see if this worship speaks to your heart.

Guided Labyrinth Walk

Saturday, February 17

"Lenten Journey Begins"

Mark your calendars for Saturday, February 17, 9:30-11:00 a.m., led by Margaret Johnson, on the theme to be announced. All guided labyrinth walks at St. Columba's are designed so that anyone will feel comfortable, no matter their level of experience.

Finger labyrinths are available for those who have difficulty walking.

Friday, March 9

On the second Friday of each month, at 7:00 p.m., we gather in the Chapel for an evening of contemplative prayer using traditions from 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 and listen to the heart of God

The next Lunch Bunch will be on February 28th, at Noon in the Parish Hall. Be sure to sign up on the list in the Narthex.

The Season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday. Lent is a season of penitence and a time for self-reflection before Easter. As we prepare for Lent, it has been the custom through the ages for Christians to prepare by cleaning one's home and kitchen from fat and eggs. A term used to describe this is called being shriven. In more recent times this has become known to us as Shrove Tuesday. In some places, it is called Mardi Gras. We honor this tradition with our own method of using up the fat and eggs with a Pancake Supper. The tradition continues!

February 14, at 7:00 p.m.

Schedule fore Ash Wednesday

7:00 a.m. St. Columba's Chapel
12:00 Noon St. Columba's Chapel
7:00 p.m.

Joint Service with Mount Cross Lutheran--hosetd by Mount Cross

102 Camino Esplendido, Camarillo


Lenten Evenings

Tuesdays at St. Columba's


Beginning on February 20 (through March 20), Tuesday evenings at St. Columba's are set aside as a time to worship together, share a light supper, and gather to learn. The schedule is:

  • 5:30–6:00—Eucharist in the Chapel
  • 6:00–6:45—Supper in the carpeted area of the Parish Hall
  • 6:45–7:45—Class
  • 7:45–8:00—Prayer & Home

 Join us as we learn about and pray with some shining examples of the Celtic Saints. We know a lot about Saint Columba as we hear about him often, but what about some of the other Celtic Saints? We will not only learn about their lives, but we will especially focus on “What did they give to the Church that no one else did.” 


The schedule is as follows:

  • February 20—Patrick
  • February 27—Brigid
  • March 6—Brendan
  • March 13—Aidan
  • March 20—Cuthbert
  • March 27: An evening of rest—only the Eucharist (at 7:00 p.m.) will be celebrated this night so that we may better prepare ourselves for the events of Holy Week.

 Following our time of learning about these Celtic Saints, we will close our time in prayer, using the Anglican Rosary or other experiences, reflecting on the gifts each Saint offered to his or her time and place. Join us for all or part of the evening as we Pray the Celtic Saints.

Opportunities for Lent

What PRAYER-FULL thing might you add to your daily life this Lent?

  • You might add attending a midweek Eucharist.
  • You might come to the Lenten Celtic Contemplative Prayer service on March 9.
  • You might attend Lectio Divina on Monday evenings at 7:00 p.m., beginning February 26.
  • You might attend our Lenten Labyrinth Walks on February 17 and March 17.
  • You might walk the Labyrinth once a week.
  • You might come to our Eucharist in the Style of Taizé on February 25.
  • You could add one of the prayer services in the Prayer Book to your prayer life.
  • You might read a book about Prayer.
  • You could download and use the Pray-as-You-Go app for your phone and follow the daily readings, questions for reflection, and music. (about 10 minutes a day)

Fr. Greg would be glad to talk with you if you have questions or want more information.

Our long-time CROP Walk chairman, John Pearson, reports from the HMS Queen Victoria that Camarillo is not having a CROP Walk this year. So, to all of our faithful CROP walkers and others who would like to join, you are asked to join the Conejo Valley CROP Walk at Cal Lutheran University on March 4, 12:00 Noon to 1:00 p.m. for registration.

Gordon Henry of Mount Cross Lutheran will be the Camarillo Treasurer for those who walk, and all our normal walk recipients, including St. Columba's, will receive their usual share for walkers. Someone soon will bring envelopes to St. Columba's. Blessings on those who will be able to walk, and those able to donate!

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Episcopalians to Unite for Episcopal Relief & Development Sunday on February 18

January 25, 2018

Episcopalians, friends and supporters are invited to observe Episcopal Relief & Development Sunday on the first Sunday in Lent, February 18.

Congregations also may observe a special service on any Sunday in Lent or at a more convenient time during the year.

“In this time of spiritual renewal, Episcopal Relief & Development Sunday is an opportunity for Episcopalians to pray for and act on behalf of the most vulnerable among us,” said Rob Radtke, President of Episcopal Relief & Development. “We are grateful to our friends and donors for helping us make a positive and tangible impact in our partnerships with families and communities around the world.”

This church-wide tradition is marked with special prayers, materials and a dedicated offering to support the organization’s worldwide programs. Special resources and a planning guide for Episcopal Relief & Development Sunday are available at

For over 75 years, Episcopal Relief & Development has served as a compassionate response to human suffering in the world. The agency works with more than 3 million people in nearly 40 countries worldwide to overcome poverty, hunger and disease through multi-sector programs, using the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework. An independent 501(c)(3) organization, it works closely with Anglican Communion and ecumenical partners to help communities create long-term development strategies and rebuild after disasters.

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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.

Click here to be transported to "The Geranium Farm"

A thought found on a posting at the Geranium Farm:

"Vocatus atque non vocatus deus aderit."

'Bidden or not bidden, God is present.'

Lent - Defined


Lent (Latin: Quadragesima: Fortieth) is a solemn religious observance in the Christian liturgical calendar that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends approximately six weeks later, before Easter Sunday. The purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer for Easter through prayer, doing penance, mortifying the flesh, repentance of sins, almsgiving, and self-denial. This event is observed in most Christian denominations. Its institutional purpose is heightened in the annual commemoration of Holy Week, marking the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus, which recalls the tradition and events of the New Testament beginning on Palm Sunday, further climaxing on Jesus' crucifixion on Good Friday, which ultimately culminates in the joyful celebration on Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

In Lent, many Christians commit to fasting, as well as giving up certain luxuries in order to replicate the sacrifice of Jesus Christ's journey into the desert for 40 days. Many Christians also add a Lenten spiritual discipline, such as reading a daily devotional or praying through a Lenten calendar, to draw themselves near to God. The Stations of the Cross, a devotional commemoration of Christ's carrying the Cross and of his execution, are often observed.

Lent is traditionally described as lasting for 40 days, in commemoration of the 40 days Jesus spent fasting in the desert, according to the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, before beginning his public ministry, during which he endured temptation by Satan.

Holy Week and the season of Lent, depending on denomination and local custom, end with Easter Vigil at sundown on Holy Saturday, on the morning of Easter Sunday, or at the midnight between them.

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As Episcopalians, we are taught that it is our duty to not only follow and worship Christ, but also to “work, pray, and give for the spread of the kingdom of God.” Approximately 1.9 million American Indians and Alaska Natives, whose ancestors had taken from them millions of acres of land that makes the United States what it is today, have been and still are subjected to various forms of physical and social injustices.

As Christians and Americans, we have an obligation to work, pray, and give to respond to and end those injustices. Let us lift our voices and ask our members of Congress to protect funding for programs that provide relief, promote public safety, and support a meaningful livelihood for American Indians and Alaska Natives.

On February 21, join the Episcopal Public Policy Network and the Presiding Bishops of the Episcopal Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America as we pray, fast, and act.

Pray for our nation’s elected leaders and for all who struggle with hunger and poverty.

Look with pity, O heavenly Father, upon the people in this land who live with injustice, terror, disease, and death as their constant companions. Have mercy upon us. Help us to eliminate our cruelty to these our neighbors. Strengthen those who spend their lives establishing equal protection of the law and equal opportunities for all. And grant that every one of us may enjoy a fair portion of the riches of this land; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.                   

from the Book of Common Prayer, pg. 826

Fast to call attention in our own minds and actions the needs and circumstances of the poorest among us.

Join us on social media using #PrayFastAct and @TheEPPN. On the 21st, post a picture of a dinner place setting with the reason you are fasting this month.

Act: Prepare for action…

  • by reading this one-pager on protecting Indigenous People:
  • by asking Congress to support programs aimed at reducing poverty and protecting American Indians and Alaska Natives.
  • by reading the testimony of the National Congress of American Indians before the House Appropriations Committee Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies expressing, on behalf of Native Americans and Alaska Natives, expressing the need for public safety and business support:


Visit to learn more about the Lenten resources and activities that were posted previously.

St. Columba's Episcopal Church

Web site:

1251 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, CA 93010

Phone: (805) 482-8831     Fax: (805) 482-1288

The Rev. Canon Gregory B. Larkin, Rector

Carol Browning, Office Manager

Children's Learning Center

Phone:  (805) 484-0022 


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