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+

Sermons

Labyrinth

Scripture Reading

Book Club

Gabriel’s Friends

 


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

 


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!

 


Gabriel’s Friends

Saint Gabriel celebrates and acknowledges the importance of the animals who 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.