This Week at St. Columba's

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Partners with Christ in a caring and inclusive community

Jesus said to the twelve disciples, ". . . whoever does not take up the cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Those who find their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.”

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Selected Sermons


Upcoming Events:

  • June 18-27: Fr. Greg will be at Camp Stevens Counselor Training
  • June 20: Summer Solstice: First Day of Summer
  • June 25: Summer Sunday School Begins
  • June 25: Eucharist in the Style of Taizé -- 5:30 p.m.
  • July 1: Vestry Planning Meeting
  • 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)
  • July 30-August 6: Fr. Greg away at Family Camp
  • August 19: Ventura Pride Festival
  • August 20: Summer Concert featuring St. Columba's musicians -- Picnic on the Patio 5:30 p.m. / Concert 7:00 p.m.
  • September 23: St. Columba's BBQ

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Third Sunday after Pentecost

Proper 7

June 25, 2017

Year A

Revised Common Lectionary

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The Liturgy of the Word

Track 1:

Genesis 21:8-21
Psalm 86:1-10, 16-17
Romans 6:1b-11
Matthew 10:24-39


Track 2:

Jeremiah 20:7-13
Psalm 69: 8-11, (12-17), 18-20
Romans 6:1b-11
Matthew 10:24-39

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

Book of Common Prayer


Be merciful to me, O Lord, for you are my God; *
I call upon you all the day long.

Gladden the soul of your servant, *
for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.

--Psalm 86:3-4


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 6/21


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

Thursday 6/22

ALBAN, First Martyr of Britain, 304   (More)

8:30 a.m. & 5:00 p.m.
Project Hope
10:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist
Friday 6/23


Saturday, 6/24


Sunday 6/25


8:00 a.m.

Holy Eucharist

10:15 a.m.
Summer Sunday School
10:15 a.m.

Holy Eucharist

5:30 p.m.
Taizé Eucharist
Monday 6/26

[ISABEL FLORENCE HAPGOOD, Ecumenist and Journalist, 1929]   (More)

6:00 p.m.
Boy Scouts
7:00 p.m.
Lectio Divina
Tuesday 6/27

[CORNELIUS HILL, Priest and Chief Among the Oneida, 1907]    (More)

Wednesday 6/28

IRENAEUS, Bishop of Lyons, Theologian, 202    (More)

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



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

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

On June 4, we finished our study of the life of Golden Halo Winner Florence Nightingale, then take a break for the rest of June.

NO Forum on June 25.

Sunday School

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for our children is on summer break. During the summer, we are featuring Summer Sunday School (beginning June 25). Sessions begin at the start of the 10:15 a.m. service. We will once again be following the adventures of Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber and their friends in Veggie Tales.

Children will meet at 10:15 in the Parish Hall for class and join their parents in the service at the Peace

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:

June 25.

Come and see if this worship speaks to your heart.

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!

A Time to Remember

Sign up now to be a part of our presence at the Camarillo Fiesta, July 15-16. This is a wonderful opportunity to share with the community what it means to be part of our loving parish family. There will be displays and brochures in the booth, all you need to do is be a welcoming presence, and perhaps ask people if they'd like a bottle of water.

Please sign up for a shift in the Narthex, or speak to Susan Doswell, Gail Hill, or Fr. Greg if you have further questions.

Los Angeles Dodgers Episcopal Night

Friday, September 8


Yes, it's coming sooner than you think--Dodger Night is Friday, September 8, at 7:00 p.m., the Los Angeles Dodgers against the Colorado Rockies. Tickets are $25.00 this year. Watch for a sign-up sheet in the Narthex, so you won't miss a minute of the action.

Plan to arrive by 6:30 p.m. for the pre-game introductions. Also there will be Friday Night fireworks!

Save the date now!

SAVE THE DATE! We have set the date for the Annual St. Columba's Barbeque!

September 23

More information regarding the event and sign-up sheets will come in the near future.

In the meantime, please consider the following:

As part of the Barbeque event, we will have our Silent Auction as part of our Parish Events fund raising.

Donations of items for our Silent Auction, to be held during the September 23rd Barbeque, are requested. All donations should be in new or nearly new condition and should be collected by the end of August to give us time to prepare for the auction. Next time you stop by a favorite restaurant or place of business, ask if they would donate something to our Silent Auction. The names of businesses donating gifts and services will be published.

Please speak to Sarah Wigert this year's Silent Auction Chair.


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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.'

Dead to Sin and Alive to God

Should we continue in sin in order that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin go on living in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.

For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to sin. For whoever has died is freed from sin. But if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. The death he died, he died to sin, once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

-- Romans 6:1b-11

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On June 29th, the Church will remember the martyrdoms of Sts. Peter and Paul, apostles and martyrs.

While there are no explicit testaments to the deaths of St. Peter or St. Paul in Scripture, and though they were not martyred at the same time, tradition has placed the commemoration of their deaths together, as a result of the Neronian persecution of Christians in 64 A.D. Placing the commemoration on June 29th was likely a reference to an event in 258 A.D. when the remains of the martyrs were moved from their resting places to avoid desecration during persecutions ordered by Valerian.

Stained glass, Sts. Peter and Paul and the instruments of their martyrdoms. Church of St. Thomas, Jersey

According to Holy Women, Holy Men, the martyrdoms of these apostles were markedly different. The book records, “As a Roman citizen, Paul would probably have been beheaded with a sword” (HWHM, 446). His death would have been faster and less painful than that of Peter, who, tradition holds, was crucified upside-down at his own request, considering himself unworthy of dying the same way as Jesus.

Images of Sts. Peter and Paul often include the instruments of their martyrdoms. Paul may be depicted holding a sword and holding open a book that reads “Spiritus Gladius,” or “sword of the Spirit.” This references both Paul’s beheading with a sword and his letter to the Ephesians, in which he asks the Church to take up “the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Eph. 6:17). Peter, along with his traditional symbols of keys to the kingdom of heaven, is regularly depicted with an inverted cross.

The relationship between the two can be instructive to us as modern-day Christians. From Holy Women, Holy Men, “Paul, the well-educated and cosmopolitan Jew of the Dispersion, and Peter, the uneducated fisherman from Galilee, had differences of opinion in the early years of the Church concerning the mission to the Gentiles. More than once, Paul speaks of rebuking Peter for his continued insistence on Jewish exclusiveness; yet their common commitment to Christ and the proclamation of the Gospel proved stronger than their differences; and both eventually carried that mission to Rome” (HWHM, 446). Where might we within the Church learn to appreciate each other’s differing viewpoints? How can our common commitment to Jesus Christ and the Gospel carry us to the testing ground and beyond?

Collect for St. Peter and St. Paul

Almighty God, whose blessed apostles Peter and Paul glorified you by their martyrdom: Grant that your Church, instructed by their teaching and example, and knit together in unity by your Spirit, may ever stand firm upon the one foundation, which is Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

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