This Week at St. Columba's

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Partners with Christ in a caring and inclusive community

Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s

Celtic Courier

Selected Sermons


Upcoming Events:

  • October 18-28: Fr. Greg on vacation
  • October 21: Guided Labyrinth Walk "Harvesting"
  • October 22: Eucharist in the Style of Taizé
  • October 27: CLC Trunk-or-Treat
  • October 29: Reformation Sunday / Pumpkin Carving Family Event
  • October 31: All Hallows' Eve
  • November 1: All Saints' Day / Lunch Bunch
  • November 5: All Saints' Sunday / Daylight Saving Time Ends / Feast of Faiths
  • November 11: Veterans' Day
  • November 18: Evening Guided Labyrinth Walk
  • November 19: Thanksgiving Sunday (No Thanksgiving Eve Service)
  • November 26: Christ the King Sunday / Blessing of the Pledges / Eucharist in the Style of Taizé
  • December 6: Lunch Bunch

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Lectionary Corner

Find the readings for the upcoming Sunday

Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

October 22 2017

Year A

Proper 24

Revised Common Lectionary

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The Liturgy of the Word

Track 1

Exodus 33:12-23
Psalm 99
1 Thessalonians 1:1-10
Matthew 22:15-22

Track 2

Isaiah 45:1-7
Psalm 96:1-9, (10-13)
1 Thessalonians 1:1-10
Matthew 22:15-22

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

Book of Common Prayer



Sing to the Lord a new song; *
sing to the Lord, all the whole earth.

Sing to the Lord and bless his Name; *
proclaim the good news of his salvation from day to day.


--Psalm 96:1-2


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 10/18


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

Thursday 10/19

HENRY MARTYN, Missionary and Translator, 1812   (More)

10:00 a.m.
Service to honor the life of Patricia Cobb
6:30 p.m.
Choir Rehearsal
Friday 10/20


Saturday, 10/21


9:30 a.m.
Guided Labyrinth Walk
Sunday 10/22


8:00 a.m.

Holy Eucharist

9:15 a.m.
Adult Forum "Martin Luther" (Part 4)
10:00 a.m.
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
10:15 a.m.

Holy Eucharist

5:30 p.m.
Taizé Eucharist
Monday 10/23

SAINT JAMES OF JERUSALEM, Bishop and Martyr  (More)

6:00 p.m.
Boy Scouts
7:00 p.m.
Lectio Divina
Tuesday 10/24

[HIRAM HISANORI KANO, Priest, 1988]  (More)

United Nations Day

Wednesday 10/25


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 All Those Serving at Home and Around the World


For the repose of the soul of Richard Miller and for the Larkin family and friends.

A Prayer for Las Vegas

Posted on Facebook by Bishop Coadjutor John Taylor 

Our hearts are with the victims, their families, and the community of Las Vegas.

"Gracious God, whose creation so often exhibits its worst and best in the same instant: We give thanks for all who rallied to help the fallen in Las Vegas, and we pray urgently for the wounded and missing and sorrowfully for those who have lost family members and friends. May all who trust in your providence continually devote our prayers, words, and actions to the fulfillment of what you desire and require and your prophets implore, which is a just world at peace. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."

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!

Budget Requests for 2018 Needed

The Budget and Finance Committee has requested that all parish ministries that require line items in the 2018 Parish Budget, prepare and submit Budget Input forms so that the Budget and Finance Committee will be able to coordinate with the Vestry in the preparation of the Parish Budget.

Please return completed Budget Input Forms to the Parish Office (in Cliff's box).

Pumpkin Carving Event

Sign up in the Narthex for the Pumpkin Carving Event, Sunday October 29, 12:15 p.m., in the Parish Hall.

Bring a pumpkin, carving tools, and your designs!



Adult Forum: Promise of Enlightenment

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

From July through October, we will mainly focus (through video presentations of travel writer Rick Steves' look at Luther Towns) on various aspects of the Reformation during this 500th anniversary year.

October 1, 8, 15, and 22: "Martin Luther" (Parts 1-4)

October 29: (Reformation Sunday) -- "Lives of Great Christians: Martin Luther"

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 Friday, October 27, beginning at 5:00 p.m., the Children's Learning Center will be having a Trunk-or-Treat, it you would like to pass out treats from your car trunk and enjoy all the adorable costumes.

Be in the back parking lot by 4:30 p.m.

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.

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:

October 22.

Come and see if this worship speaks to your heart.

Guided Labyrinth Walk

Saturday, October 21

Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 21, 9:30-11:00 a.m., led by Margaret Johnson, on the theme of "Harvesting." 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, November 10

God Beyond All Names

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

Lunch Bunch Returns! Michele Hauser will be back in town at the end of October but not soon enough to prepare Lunch Bunch on its usual 4th Wednesday. Because of the busy holiday season in the latter part of November and December, we’ll have Lunch Bunch on the 1st Wednesday of those months, November 1, and December 6, at Noon in the Parish Hall. Watch for a sign-up sheet and plan to come for food and fellowship!


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October 2017

A Letter from the President

Dear friends,

Abundance is on my mind these days, for a few different reasons. For one, fall inspires many of us to consider the bountiful gifts we've received and how we can make the best use of them.

But abundance is also at the heart of Episcopal Relief & Development's mission–not one of creating abundance, but rather unlocking abundance that is already there. With this in mind, we embarked on a process of reflection and inquiry over many months to develop our 2017-21 strategic plan. Through this plan we have identified three programmatic priorities:



Early Childhood Development


Gender-Based Violence


Resilience & Climate Change


These new priorities build on the success of our integrated approach, but in no way replace our commitment to disaster relief, microfinance, clean water, or micro-smart agriculture. As we move forward with this plan, it is my deepest hope that the people served by Episcopal Relief & Development gain the confidence necessary to grow in self-sufficiency and create for themselves a more abundant life.


Yours faithfully,

Robert W. Radtke
Episcopal Relief & Development


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 October 10, 2017  


from The Bishop's Office 

       Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles

Statement on cancelled sale of Newport Beach property


We understand that the buyer has decided not to proceed with its purchase of the property on Via Lido. This event, we believe, gives our diocesan community a renewed opportunity for careful discernment about our mission and ministry in south Orange County. We again pledge to do all we can pastorally, logistically, and financially to assist the St. James congregation should it wish to regain mission status in the diocese. After a suitable period of discernment and planning, we will reopen the church as a bishop's chapel, with supply, or guest, clergy invited to conduct Sunday services. It will be open to all in the community who wish to attend and glorify and serve our God in Christ.

The Rt. Rev. John Harvey Taylor

Bishop Coadjutor

The Rev. Dr. Rachael Anne Nyback

President, Standing Committee


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From Bishop Coadjutor John H. Taylor:

Standing up for love

Sale of Newport Beach property will proceed, says bishop coadjutor

(Note above from The Bishop's Office supersedes this)

Corp Sole committee recommends wider oversight, shift to endowment

John Taylor consecrated bishop coadjutor in ‘grand fiesta’ of unity and diversity

Episcopalians are among immigration activists who vow to ‘melt the ICE collusion’

Episcopal Youth Event focuses teens on connection, peacemaking

At the Red Shirt Project: ‘Talk is cheap; you come here to work’

Connections, "Take Note," obituaries and more.


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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.'



We always give thanks to God for all of you and mention you in our prayers, constantly remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. For we know, brothers and sisters beloved by God, that he has chosen you, because our message of the gospel came to you not in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction; just as you know what kind of persons we proved to be among you for your sake. And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for in spite of persecution you received the word with joy inspired by the Holy Spirit, so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia. For the word of the Lord has sounded forth from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but in every place your faith in God has become known, so that we have no need to speak about it. For the people of those regions report about us what kind of welcome we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols, to serve a living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead-- Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath that is coming.

-- Thessalonians 1:2-10

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A leap into the abyss of God

The Rt. Rev. Dan Edwards

jesus’ detractors tried to catch him with the twin traps of rules and money. Is it lawful or not to pay taxes to the evil Empire? We use rules and money to keep us safe. Follow the rules and hang on to the money. Manipulate the rules so we can keep more money. If we get enough money, we get to make the rules. Then we can get even more money. It isn’t that we’re greedy. It’s that we are afraid. Rules and money keep us safe.

But Jesus broke through the small-minded consciousness traps. If Caesar’s image is on the coin, give him the silly thing. What matters is giving to God what is God’s, that which is formed in God’s image — ourselves. St. Ignatius prayed, “All that I am and all that I have You have given me. I give it all back.” Whoa! “I give it all back.” All?

That is taking a flying leap into the abyss of God. That is breathing out trusting that the air will still be there for us to breathe back in. Jesus invites us to give ourselves to the God of infinitely generous grace trusting that God will give us back ourselves again blessed with more life than we had before. It is an act of trust and love.

We miss the point if we give to the Church, Christ’s Earthly Body, just to fund a mission of which we approve. No, giving is a vital act of faith. In olden days, the legal process for conveying a parcel of land was to hand the other person a clod of the dirt. When we give a portion of our money — don’t’ get hung up on rules about percentages — it represents giving our whole lives to God. If we feel a hesitation, a reluctance to let go of our money, that’s fear (the chosen tool of all oppression) clutching at our souls. A flying leap into God is a scary thing. Rules and money are so much easier to calculate, more manageable, than the awesome living God who loves a cosmos into being, who loves us into being.

We get free to give from trusting God who loves us. When we dare to trust, God shows his love inviting us to trust more and live more freely. Life springs out of the consciousness traps like a jailbreak. That launches the adventure.

Dan Edwards was a layperson in Idaho, then a priest in Georgia, and now serves as bishop

of Nevada. His missional priorities are community organizing, multicultural ministries,

relational spirituality, and stewardship

St. Columba's Episcopal Church

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The Rev. Canon Gregory B. Larkin, Rector

Carol Browning, Office Manager

Children's Learning Center

Phone:  (805) 484-0022 


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