This Week at St. Columba's

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Partners with Christ in a caring and inclusive community

Jesus said to the disciples, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

Celtic Courier

Selected Sermons


Upcoming Events:

  • August 27: Taizé Eucharist
  • August 29: First Day of School: Oxnard Union High School District
  • August 29: CLC Fundraiser at the Habit (flyers in the Narthex)
  • August 30: First Day of School: Pleasant Valley School District
  • September 4: Labor Day
  • September 5: CLC Begins Fall Program
  • September 8: Dodger Night
  • September 10: Blessing of the Backpacks & Preschool Year
  • September 23: St. Columba's BBQ
  • October 1: Blessing of the Animals

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Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

August 20, 2017

Year A

Proper 16

Revised Common Lectionary

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The Liturgy of the Word

Track 1

Exodus 1:8-2:10
Psalm 124
Romans 12:1-8
Matthew 16:13-20

Track 2

Isaiah 51:1-6
Psalm 138
Romans 12:1-8
Matthew 16:13-20

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

Book of Common Prayer



He heals the brokenhearted, and he binds up their wounds.

He determines the number of the stars;

he gives to all of them their names

--Psalm 147:3-4


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 8/23

[MARTIN DE PORES and ROSA DE LIMA, Saints of Peru, 1639, 1617]   (More)

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

Thursday 8/24


8:30 & 5:00 p.m.
Project Hope
10:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist
Friday 8/25

LOUIS IX, King of France  (More)

Saturday, 8/26


Sunday 8/27


8:00 a.m.

Holy Eucharist

9:15 a.m.
Adult Forum: "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat"
10:15 a.m.
Summer Sunday School
10:15 a.m.

Holy Eucharist

Monday 8/28

AUGUSTINE OF HIPPO, Bishop and Theologian, 430  (More)

[MOSES THE BLACK, Desert Father & Martyr, 405]   (More)

6:00 p.m.
Boy Scouts
7:00 p.m.
Lectio Divina
Tuesday 8/29

[JOHN BUNYAN, Writer, 1688]  (More)

10:00 a.m.
Staff Meeting
Wednesday 8/30

[CHARLES CHAPMAN GRAFTON, Bishop of Fond du Lac & Ecumenist, 1912]   (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

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.

August 13, 20, & 27: "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" (In 3 parts)

September 3: NO Forum (Labor Day Holiday Weekend)

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.

No Summer Sunday School on September 10--"Blessing of the Backpacks."

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:

August 27.

Come and see if this worship speaks to your heart.

Guided Labyrinth Walk

Saturday, August 19

7:00-8:30 p.m.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 16, for an Evening Guided Labyrinth Walk (7:00-8:30 p.m.), led by Margaret Johnson, on the theme of "Recommitting." 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.

Summer Picnic and Concert

Sunday, August 20

Here are a few photos of our performers!


Here are a  few photos of the Grand Celebration:

The Iona Society was established to recognize and celebrate members who have given to the St. Columba's Endowment Fund through the use of estate plans and 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.

The Endowment Fund is not designed to support on-going financial needs of the parish, but rather to provide one-time grant funds for some special ministry. To date, the Endowment Fund has been used to provide a grant to send a contingent of parishioners to a Be Still and Grow conference from which the Be Still and Grow group was formed out of the Futures Committee. A second grant was provided to upgrade the computers and electronic communications for St. Columba's.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Iona Society, please speak to Maurice Hill or to 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.

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.

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

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. Now is the time to bring items for Silent Auction to the Parish Office.

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


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Labor Day Inter Faith Harvest 2017

People from diverse faith traditions join together to harvest fresh vegetables for local food pantries on Labor Day 2017, September 4, at 9:00 a.m. at the Abundant Table Farm,

1012 W. Ventura Blvd., Camarillo

***Bring water and gardening gloves and wear sun protection.***

After the morning harvest, enjoy a festival with live music and delicious food. The event is free

(Lunch available for about $10).

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Episcopal Relief & Development Responds to Floods in India

August 8, 2017

Episcopal Relief & Development is supporting disaster response efforts in the West Bengal region of India after devastating floods caused by heavy rains, high tides and overwhelming amounts of water released from local reservoirs and dams.

The West Bengal Disaster Department described the situation as grim. More than 2.5 million people living in 11,250 villages are affected and over 40,000 are now homeless.

 According to The Times of India, 34 people lost their lives. Buildings and roads lie submerged under water while crops, livestock and food grains have been destroyed. The loss of homes and personal belongings, damaged or demolished by floodwaters, left many seeking shelter in office buildings and schools with unsafe drinking water and limited food supplies.

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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The Episcopal NewsThe Episcopal News 

Early Summer 2017

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(For reading pages online)

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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.'


I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God-- what is good and acceptable and perfect.

For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another. We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us: prophecy, in proportion to faith; ministry, in ministering; the teacher, in teaching; the exhorter, in exhortation; the giver, in generosity; the leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness.

--Romans 12:1-8

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As the summer winds down and the school year begins, Episcopal congregations are blessing backpacks, gathering school supplies, and enjoying other activities that bring us back together.

Episcopal Backpack

Christ Episcopal Church, East Norwalk, Episcopal Church in Connecticut

At the Church of the Heavenly Rest in New York, Diocese of New York, the congregation has partnered with Harlem Grown, an innovative urban farming organization, to enhance the lives of young people through hands-on food education and mentorship. Parishioners have regularly worked with the staff and children of the organization on a variety of projects, leading to strong relationships and the promise of nourishment in body, mind, and soul. Heavenly Rest has committed to raising funds for 45 brand new backpacks filled with school supplies for students; in an innovative twist, this project will be accomplished online through an Amazon wish list and bulk purchases. Anne-Marie Witchger, the parish’s Outreach Program Coordinator, notes that the congregation is grateful to partner with such an inspiring and impactful organization, and to be able to offer concrete support to young people in the city.

St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Austin, Diocese of Texas, will be hosting a series of events over a Sunday morning to bring the congregation together to build up their community and support their students. The church invited not only their parishioners, but also educators and families from their day school, to come to a joint service that incorporates both their family-centered and more traditional worship. During the service, which has been simultaneously described as both chaotic and amazing, children will come forward to have their backpacks blessed for the school year ahead. At the announcements, the parish’s family and children’s minister, youth minister, and children’s choir minister, along with the head of the day school, will address the congregation, telling them about the year’s upcoming events and inviting them to become more fully connected with the community. Following the service, there will be a reception on the playground to help people meet and get to know each other. St. Matthew’s hopes that the events of this day will serve to build up their communities, harnessing the day’s energy to support the school and parish members in these and other events in their common life.

This year, the Episcopal Church is compiling resources from and for backpack blessings and school partnerships. Visit to access these resources, which include blog posts, blessings, customizable images, and much more. While you’re there, don’t forget to share your photos and story with the wider Church here:

Collect for Schools and Colleges

O Eternal God, bless all schools, colleges, and universities [and especially ___________], that they may be lively centers for sound learning, new discovery, and the pursuit of wisdom; and grant that those who teach and those who learn may find you to be the source of all truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

At St. Columba's, we will celebrate our Children's Learning Center and all students with a service for the Blessing of the Backpacks on Sunday, September 10, at the 10:15 a.m. service.

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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 


Rebecca Mendoza