Our Spiritual Journey

“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.”

            Pierre Teilhard de Chardin 

I have long loved this quote from the French priest and philosopher Pierre Teilhard de Chardin.  It goes to the heart of what it means to be alive, to be invited beyond human limitation into the great mystery that is born of Love.  Every one of us is on our own spiritual journey, and no two journeys are alike.  We walk together in a church community, sharing the experiences, questions and challenges life brings.  It is good to have company along the way, and that is why we gather at St. Gabriel Episcopal Church. 

May God bless you on your journey – we invite you to join us on ours.  Come visit and perhaps find a home here. LouAnn+

Easter

Pentescost

Sermons

Labyrinth

Scripture Reading

Book Club

 


Worshiping at St Gabriel Episcopal Church

The Episcopal Church celebrates progressive values in a traditional worship environment. We host a communion during each and every service to celebrate the life and death of Jesus Christ. All visitors are welcome to join us in this Holy Eucharist. Come as you are and welcome the love of Jesus into your life.

 

On Sunday mornings we begin the day reading Morning Prayer as found in the Book of Common Prayer.  Prayer starts at 7:30, and people arrive throughout the service.  Following Morning Prayer is our first Eucharist of the day.  At 8:00, we host a traditional spoken service.  This service tends to be more contemplative, and does not include music. 

 

At 10:00, we gather for our main service, which includes music.  Church School is held during the first part of the service.  Children join their families in time to share Communion.  The music at St. Gabriel is extraordinary.  Our Choir Director is classically trained and also sings jazz.  She is well connected in the music community around Portland and often invites her musical friends to share their gifts.  Our Organist is an amazing musician who often pens his own pieces to share on Sundays.  Our choir sings all but one Sunday a month. 

Three to four times a year, Church School is cancelled and our kids join the congregation for a “Family Service”, with the sermon being more “kid friendly”.

 
Birthdays and special occasions are celebrated during both services and coffee hour follows after the final blessing at each.
 
On Wednesday mornings we hold a Healing Eucharist at 9:30. The average attendance for this service varies from 5-15 people.  Holy Unction (laying on of hands and anointing with oil) is offered to any who wish special prayer. 
 
Our community is made up of all kinds of folks and all are welcome – the best way to get to know us, is to worship with us…stop by, there will be a smile and a cup of coffee waiting for you!


“…with God nothing shall be impossible!”

-The Archangel Gabriel

 


Easter Season

Easter Sunday was wonderful this year!  Our church was full with many neighbors visiting to hear the hopeful story of New Life.  That is the focus of the Easter season, which lasts for 50 days.  During the Sundays of Easter, the Gospels will remind us of the healing power of Love.  We will see the wonder of New Life in action, that New Life that can be ours, when Love is the focus. 

On the 40th day of Easter, (May 30th this year) we remember the Ascension of our Lord.  Jesus calls his friends together and teaches that he needs to return to God, because until he does, he is limited in time and space.  Once he has returned to God, he promises to send the “Counselor”, or “Advocate” who will continue to lead the world into greater understanding of God’s will for the world.  The Acts of the Apostles records the event, with the words, “… as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight.”

On the 50th day of Easter, June 9th, the church celebrates the “Feast of Pentecost”, when the Holy Spirit comes into the world.

Plan to join us for all the Good News! 

 

LouAnn+

 


Pentecost

Rushing wind, tongues of fire…it must have been amazing – in an instant…God began changing the world!

On Sunday, June 9th we celebrate Pentecost Sunday, one of the Principal Feasts in our tradition. It marks the beginning of Pentecost season which we follow throughout the summer.  You may know the story of the day.  Jesus has died, Easter and Ascension Day have passed – now the Disciples are alone; before ascending into heaven, Jesus promised he would not leave them alone, he promised to send the Counselor.  They had no idea what to expect.

 Then it happens. Together, locked in a room, they feel it – the wind – they see it – the fire…and they are never the same again. The Holy Spirit fills them with such wonder, that they cannot contain themselves and they burst into the street speaking in every language represented in the area. They are empowered to carry the message of Jesus throughout the world. They become the Church, and that becoming grows into us – the community known as St. Gabriel would not be, if not for the events we remember on Pentecost Sunday.

The most amazing part, the part we so often forget, is that this is not an experience locked away in time. It is happening now, here, with us. The Holy Spirit is alive and active and now is the time to come together to better understand what God would have us be; how God would have us live; what God would have us do. That is why our church exists, you know- so that the faithful can come together as community to pray, sing, listen to God and be fed. In this divided time and country, we need community prayer more than ever. Please come to church, be with others praying – after all, if the Disciples hadn’t been praying together as Jesus instructed, we wouldn’t exist as a church. Let us gather, give ourselves to God and know the power of the spirit working through us.

In God’s Love,

LouAnn+

 


Our Sermons

Our weekly sermons remind us that we are all Beloved Children of God. They are a time to reflect on the weekly Bible readings and how they apply to our lives today. We are sent forth each week with our hearts full of the love and joy of Jesus Christ.

Listen to Our Sermons on YouTube!

 


Labyrinth

The patio of St. Gabriel is a special place, for it holds a labyrinth.   Ours is a replica of the classical eleven circuit labyrinth design created for Chartres Cathedral in France between 1194 and 1220.

 

Walking the labyrinth is an ancient spiritual practice. Priest and author, The Rev. Lauren Artress, puts it well in Walking a Sacred Path:

 

“Labyrinths are usually in the form of a circle with a meandering but purposeful path, from the edge to the center and back again, large enough to be walked into. Each has only one path and when we choose to enter it, the path becomes a metaphor for our journey through life. The labyrinth is a spiritual tool meant to awaken us to the deep rhythms of our inner life. In surrendering to the winding path, the soul finds healing and wholeness. The labyrinth is a sacred space and can give us a first-hand experience of the divine.”

 

Our labyrinth is available to any who would seek it out, with easy access from our parking lot.    Special labyrinth walks are held from time to time.  All are welcome to walk the sacred path.

 


Reading Scripture Aloud

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”  Thus begins John’s Gospel.

Our Bible is a work of literature written at a time when most of us were illiterate. It was meant to be shared aloud, and one must hear it spoken in a group to appreciate the Word in its fullness.

At Saint Gabriel we gather every Tuesday morning at 10:00am to share the richness of our Bible by taking turns reading to each other. We skip from book to book to read our favorite stories and passages, and we read each book in its entirety to understand the full context those stories. Join us and enrich your understanding of our scripture.

 


Book Club

On Wednesday morning a dedicated group of folks gather to read together.  Beginning after the 9:30 service ends, we meet in the Library for coffee, treats, conversation and of course reading.  The books are selected by the group and read aloud, with each member taking a turn as they wish.  The books selections bring lively conversation, and great friendships are formed.  There is always room at the table, plan to visit!