Our Spiritual Journey

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

                                                                                  ~Pierre Teilhard de Chardin 

We 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. 

 Worshiping at St. Gabriel

Sermons

Labyrinth

Scripture Reading

Book Club

Gabriel’s Friends

 


          Worshiping at St Gabriel 

The Episcopal Church celebrates progressive values in a traditional worship environment. All are invited to come as you are to any of our online worship services or gatherings and welcome the love of Jesus into your life.

                                

St. Gabriel offers two live online Zoom worship services on Sunday morning.

At 8:00 am we host a traditional spoken worship service known as Rite I.  This quiet service tends to be more contemplative and does not include music but does include the sermon, liturgy readings, and other traditional worship elements.

 

At 9:30 am we hold our live online all-age church school on Zoom between the services with 6-13 children attending ages 4 to 11. We prepare children to understand the liturgy that will occur in worship, pray together, and play online games or do a creative activity. Sometimes an adult education class is held at that time as well.

 

At 10:00 am we gather for our second worship service with music, known as Rite II. Even online, 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 and also plays piano.  Even online, worshippers are encouraged to sing the hymns in their own homes with lyrics offered on the screen or available in a Google form. Our choir is on hold for now but looks forward to returning when they can.

  

Birthdays and special occasions are celebrated during both services and a online community coffee hour follows the final blessing at each, although for now you do need to supply your own coffee and treats at home!
 
On Wednesday mornings we hold a live online Zoom healing service at 9:30 am. We may do a guided meditation or learn more about the saint who is being celebrated that day.  

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. Join us on Zoom and there will be a smile and a (virtual) cup of coffee waiting for you!

 


“…with God nothing shall be impossible!”

-The Archangel Gabriel

 


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. Please wear a mask and practice physical distancing guidelines during the pandemic. 

 


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 St. Gabriel we gather every Tuesday morning at 10:00 am 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. Call our church office at 503-645-0744 to get the Zoom link to join us and enrich your understanding of our scripture.

 


Book Club

On Wednesday morning a dedicated group of folks gather on Zoom to read together.  Beginning after the 9:30 service ends, they meet conversation, support,  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 virtual table, so if you would like to join us, please call our office at 503-645-0744 for the link to visit!

 


Gabriel’s Friends Animal Ministry

 

St. Gabriel celebrates and acknowledges the importance of the animals that share our lives in our animal healing ministry, Gabriel’s Friends. We are here to offer prayers and support if your animal friend faces health challenges, or if you face the loss of an animal companion.

There is a Prayer Chain for Gabriel’s Friends. If you need prayers and support regarding an animal friend, please let us know, and we will include you and your friend in our prayers. If you would like to help us by offering your prayers, please join! Children are welcome to participate in the Prayer Chain for Gabriel’s Friends.

If you have lost an animal companion, and would be interested in attending a pet memorial service at St Gabriel’s, please let us know. There is a liturgy for the Loss of a Beloved Companion, and we plan to hold this service periodically, as the need arises.