News from St. Dunstan's: March 16, 2017

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Healing Prayer

Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up; and anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven. (James 5:14-15)

Each week during the distribution of communion, elders of our church are available to pray with you and anoint you for healing. This is what Jesus calls us to do for one another.

Our healing prayer ministers are ready to listen, pray with you, and anoint you for healing. They will always hold your prayer requests in confidence. Whether you want to heal a relationship, your physical self, or pray for someone else’s healing, you are welcome.

Healing prayer is one of the ways we respond to God’s love as a congregation. Offering healing prayer and trusting that God will respond with healing, wholeness, and encouragement are ways we give thanks for the life and love that God offers. The prayers and anointing we offer are an expression of the reality of our love for one another as sisters and brothers in Christ. We give thanks to God by giving love and compassion to one another.

Yours in Christ,

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What Does Our Rainbow Flag Mean?

The rainbow flag in front of our church signals that this is a safe place. In the months since the flag went up I have received queries from families with two moms or two dads asking if this would be a safe place for them. They shared heartbreaking stories of having been rejected from their own churches. I responded that, yes, I believe this is a safe place for anyone who wants communal support for loving God and loving all of God’s people.

As I contemplated writing this reflection, I looked at what others have written about the significance of the rainbow flag. One quote stood out: Gay Pride was not born of a need to celebrate being gay, but our right to exist without persecution. (www. The significance of the rainbow flag outside St. Dunstan’s Church is not pride, or promotion, or celebrating one group or another. The issue is to respect the dignity of every human being, as we promise in our Baptismal Covenant.

Last October we were all horrified by the reports of carnage and murder at an Orlando night club. Omar Mateen killed 49 people and injured 53 others in a terrorist/hate attack on a popular gay nightclub before being killed himself. On the following Thursday, at 7 PM, St. Dunstan’s Church offered a prayer vigil for the victims of this attack. We draped a rainbow flag, the Gay Pride flag, over a table that held a sand bowl. Into the sand bowl, we placed a candle for each person who died, as we recited their names and ages. The next day a member of our congregation asked if we could place the flag outside, over our street sign, to let the neighborhood know that we grieve for the fallen, and that this is a safe place.

In the last several months, across our nation there have been an alarming number of threats, vandalism of places of worship, desecration of Jewish graveyards, and physical violence against Sikhs, Muslims, Jews, and people who look different. People who identify as LGBTQ have been categorized, along with religious and ethnic minorities, as “other” and “threatening”. The flag in our driveway signifies that we stand against these acts of hatred and prejudice.

We don’t all agree about politics. We don’t all agree about issues of human sexuality or even about religion. What we have in common is our love of God as revealed in Jesus. We find that together, in community, we can better live out our calling to do God’s work in the world. This is challenging work, and we need God and each other. We can only hope to succeed together. Together, and only with God’s help, can we hope to make a difference as we strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being.

Yours in Christ,

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Saints Are Us: The Call to Caring Ministries

Part of the classic definition of Pastoral Care is: The ministry of caring at the heart of church life. It includes (but not limited to) parish ministries of clergy and laity who respond to human needs. That defines life at St. Dunstan’s.

We have six specific ministries that serve members of the Congregation, as well as those outside of it. These ministries are:

  • Weekly Care Team Prayer List (contact Karen Tynes)
  • This group also coordinates phone calls and meals for the infirm and shut-ins.
  • Eucharistic Ministries and Visitors (contact Rica O’Connor)
  • Healing Prayer (contact Harley Wahl)
  • Rides to Church (contact Dennis Beals)

The contact information for these leaders can be found in the parish directory.
On Saturday, March 25th beginning at 9:30 a.m. there will be a gathering of the current members and leaders of these ministries, as well as any new folks who feel a call to serve. We will be updating our ministries, removing those who are no longer active members of the Congregation.

There will be coffee and pastries! Please let me or a team leader know if you plan to attend so I can have the right amount of treats and coffee.

Br. John, Pastoral Associate

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Listen to Last Week's Sermon

John 3:1-17
The Rev. David Marshall

Word: Believe

Quote: Language changes and evolves, and the way we use the word believe today is dramatically different from the way it was used in 1600. When the King James Bible was first translated, the word believe meant to hold dear or to cherish, and was almost always used to refer to a person. Believe was used to say that you loved and trusted someone.

Parish Directories

A proof of the printed directory will once again be on the table in the parish hall this Sunday. This is your last chance to make note of any information that needs to be updated. You may also email or call the office if your address, phone, or email has changed in the past six months. Thank you! 
Celebrating Life in the Resurrection: A Workshop on Planning the Celebration of Your Life through Faith, Hope and Love!
Sat. March 25 – Bloedel Hall, Saint Mark’s Cathedral, 9:00am-2:30pm

“What sacred songs has the Holy Spirit written upon your heart? We’ll sing, pray, and explore this deep treasury of words and music together.”
Michael Kleinschmidt, Canon Musician, Saint Mark’s Cathedral
Join Bishop Rickel and friends for pastoral perspectives and practical advice on planning funerals and memorials. Time for Q&A at round table discussions. All participants receive the Diocese’s Life Planning Manual.

Cost: $20, includes lunch and many handouts. 
Space is limited, please register today 

This Sunday’s Readings: Third Sunday in Lent

This Sunday we will hear the story of the Samaritan woman at the well. This astonishing story shows Jesus’ ministry expanding to include people who were reviled, subjugated and persecuted. The disciples were confused by Jesus’ behavior (speaking with a Samaritan woman) and his perplexing words.
“I have food to eat that you do not know about.”

Exodus 17:1-7 | Romans 5:1-11 John 4:5-42 | Psalm 95

Calendar of Ongoing Events

Each Tuesday
3pm: Meals Ministry | 5:30pm: Community Dinner

Holy Eucharist at 10:00am | Bible Study at 11am

Altar Servers schedule may be found here.
St. Dunstan's Church
The Rev. David Marshall, Rector

722 N. 145th St. in Shoreline, WA 98133

Office Hours are 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM, Monday - Thursday
Phone: (206) 363-4319
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