This Week at St. Columba's

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Partners with Christ in a caring and inclusive community

Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.

Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Celtic Courier

Selected Sermons


Upcoming Events:

  • July 6: Service to Honor the Life of Sylvia Aplin -- 2:00 p.m.
  • 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 15: Guided Labyrinth Walk -- 7:00-8:30 p.m. ("Compassion")
  • July 16: Vestry Meeting
  • July 23: Taizé Eucharist
  • July 30-August 6: Fr. Greg away at Family Camp
  • August 19: Ventura Pride Festival
  • August 19: Guided Labyrinth Walk -- 7:00-8:30 p.m. ("Fire Within")
  • August 20: Summer Concert featuring St. Columba's musicians -- Picnic on the Patio 5:30 p.m. / Concert 7:00 p.m.
  • August 22: Iona Society Grand Celebration
  • August 27: Taizé Eucharist
  • September 23: St. Columba's BBQ

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Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Proper 9

July 9, 2017

Year A

Revised Common Lectionary

(To learn about RCL, Click Here.)

The Liturgy of the Word

Track 1:

Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67
Psalm 45: 11-18

or Song of Solomon 2:8-13
Romans 7:15-25a
Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30


Track 2:

Zechariah 9:9-12
Psalm 145:8-15
Romans 7:15-25a
Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30

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

Book of Common Prayer



In place of fathers, O king, you shall have sons; *
you shall make them princes over all the earth.

I will make your name to be remembered
from one generation to another; *
therefore nations will praise you for ever and ever.

--Psalm 45:17-18


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 7/5


10:00 a.m.
Staff Meeting
2:00-4:00 p.m.
Craft Group

Thursday 7/6

[JAN HUS, Priest and Martyr, 1415],   (More)

10:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist
2:00 p.m.
Service to Honor the Life of Sylvia Aplin
Friday 7/7


Saturday, 7/8


10:00 a.m.

Bus loads at St. Columba's for trip to Dorothy Chandler Pavilion for the Consecration and Ordination of John Taylor as Bishop Coadjutor. Will return about 6:00 p.m.

For those riding the chartered bus from St. Columba's: please park your car along the side of the parking lot next to the block wall. There will be an event for an outside group in the Parish Hall on this date. Thanks!

Sunday 7/9


8:00 a.m.

Holy Eucharist

Adult Forum: "The Story of Anglicanism: Reformation and Its Consequences"
10:15 a.m.
Summer Sunday School
10:15 a.m.

Holy Eucharist

Monday 7/10


6:00 p.m.
Boy Scouts
7:00 p.m.
Lectio Divina
Tuesday 7/11

BENEDICT, Founder of Western Monasticism, 540    (More)   

10:00 a.m.
Staff Meeting
Wednesday 7/12

[NATHAN SÖDERBLOM, Archbishop of Uppsala, 1931]   (More)

2:00-4:00 p.m.
Craft Group
Thursday 7/13  
8:30 a.m. & 5:00 p.m.
Project Hope
10:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist
Friday 7/14  
Saturday 7/15  
All Day
Camarillo Street Fair and Fiesta
Sunday 4/16 SIXTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST  (Lectionary)
  Camarillo Street Fair and Fiesta
8:00 a.m.

Holy Eucharist

Adult Forum:"Lives of Great Christians: John Hus"
10:15 a.m.
Summer Sunday School
10:15 a.m.

Holy Eucharist

12:15 p.m.
Vestry Meeting
Monday 7/17  
6:00 p.m.
Boy Scouts
7:00 p.m.
Lectio Divina
Tuesday 7/18  
Wednesday 7/19  
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

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:

July 2: "The Story of Anglicanism: Ancient and Medieval Foundations"

July 9: "The Story of Anglicanism: Reformation and Its Consequences"

July 16: "Lives of Great Christians: John Hus"

July 23: "Lives of Great Christians: Thomas More"

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:

July 23 and August 27.

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.

Summer Picnic and Concert

Sunday, August 20

5:30 p.m. Picnic / 7:00 p.m. Concert

Mark your calendars now for our Summer Picnic and Concert. On Sunday, August 20, we will enjoy a Hollywood Bowl-style picnic on the Patio at 5:30 p.m., the adjourn to the Church at 7:00 p.m. for a concert featuring Brett Hanley, piano; Gail Amendt, marimba and other percussion; Lily Brown, violin; Loralee Brown, cello; Marjo Gardner, flute, and more.

More details to come--save the date now!

Grand Celebration

Tuesday, August 22

The Iona Society will gather for its Grand Celebration on Tuesday evening, August 22. This reception is an annual event for the Iona Society and invited guests. Why did we establish the Iona Society? To recognize and celebrate the members who have given to the St. Columba's Endowment Fund through the use of estate plans, wills, or gifts (monetary, real estate, stock), so that future ministries at St. Columba's will be assured. This type of giving is known as "Planned Giving" and is separate from your annual pledge. Planned Giving is about leaving a legacy at St. Columba's. Through Planned Giving, you may receive benefits that can reduce taxes, increase retirement income and address your family's financial obligations, while assisting the ministry at St. Columba's that has been meaningful to you during your lifetime. Any size gift is welcomed.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Iona Society, please speak to Maurice Hill or Fr. Greg. All you have to do is fill-out a Declaration of Intent, which states that you have the intention of making a provision in your will or estate plan or of making a gift to the Endowment Fund. Please consider joining the 45 members of the Iona Society

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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Feeding hungry hearts

Balcony tickets still available for Consecration service July 8
Pilgrimage ends in frustration: Activists promise 'we'll be back'

Leading the way: Bishops of the Diocese of Los Angeles

In Riverside, St. Michael's Center is a 'first step' for starting over

Delegates discover a 'new day' at youth conference in Pakistan

Young people pursue justice, peace at international gathering

Bishop Bruno names three as 'angels,' 16 as honorary canons

Bruno appoints Charleen Crean as archdeacon


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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.'

Stop, Look, and Listen

Literature, painting, music — the most basic lesson that all art teaches us is to stop, look and listen to life on this planet, including our own lives, as a vastly richer, deeper, more mysterious business than most of the time it ever occurs to us to suspect as we bumble along from day to day on automatic pilot. ...

When Jesus [says] that the greatest command of all is to love God and to love our neighbor, he too is asking us to pay attention. If we are to love God, we must first stop, look and listen for him in what is happening around us and inside us. If we are to love our neighbors, before doing anything else we must see our neighbors. With our imagination as well as our eyes, that is to say like artists, we must see not just their faces but the life behind and within their faces. Here it is love that is the frame we see them in.

—Frederick Buechner, Whistling in the Dark

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Every three years, in accordance with General Convention Resolution #1982-D079, the Episcopal Church convenes an international youth event so “that the energy of the youth of the Episcopal Church can continue to be utilized in active ministry as members of the Body of Christ.” 

Episcopal Youth Event EYE

This year, the 2017 Episcopal Youth Event (EYE17) is set to welcome more than 1,300 participants, workshop leaders, speakers, and volunteers to the campus of the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond from July 10-14.

The Theme for EYE17, Path to Peace, is a call for participants to focus on peacemaking and the ways each member of the Jesus Movement can pursue a path to peace.

The schedule for EYE17 is here: and includes three full days of Worship, Plenary Sessions, Praxis (workshops), and hospitality. On Wednesday of EYE17, the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma is sponsoring ‘Oklahoma City Day’ as a pilgrimage of sorts to various locations in the area, including a visit to the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum and a candlelight vigil at the Outdoor Symbolic Memorial.

Even if you’re not in Edmond, you can follow along with everything happening at EYE17:

You can also follow EYE17 via the EYE17 mobile app:

The 2017 Episcopal Youth Event was developed and planned by a team of youth, adult mentors, and Presiding Bishop’s staff:

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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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