Weekly Update | 8 April 2021


June Cook

The strife is o’er, the battle done,
the victory of life is won;
the song of triumph has begun.

alleluia, alleluia, alleluia! the strife is o’er

The lyrics and music of Hymn 208 have their origins early in the sixteenth century.  According to our 1982 Hymnal, the words were originally written in Latin and translated into English by Francis Pott in the late 1800’s.  The musical arrangement, originally called Victory, was by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina in the mid-1500’s, later adapted and arranged by William Monk in the mid-1800’s.

Our hymnal is a rich blend of past and present traditions in church music.  Pick a quiet time to page through the hymnal, taking note of those involved in writing lyrics and composing music – Charles Wesley, F J Hayden, J S Bach, Martin Luther, Felix Mendelssohn, John Donne, G F Handel.  Traveling back farther in time – Peter Abelard, Gregory the Great, The Venerable Bede, Ambrose of Milan, Greek compositions back to the third century, Latin back to the fifth.  And, of course, African-American spirituals from more recent times.  Our hymnal is built on the work, over the millennia, of giants in the worlds of music, theology, and early Christianity.  Like The Book of Common Prayer, The Hymnal 1982 adds immeasurably to the depth and breadth of our spirituality if we simply make the time to explore its offerings.

While some hymns seem to have lost relevance for us today and are rarely sung, many, such as Hymn 208, still resonate powerfully.  Just look at the robust, militant words used – battle, victory, triumph!  These days we tend to think of the “battle” in softer terms – redemption, sacrifice, resurrection, words that tie us, personally, to the Easter story.  “Battle, victory, and triumph” have a corporate feel – we’re all in this together, we all fight the battle, we all win the victory, we all triumph.

As we travel through this Easter season, let us remember that the battle is done . . . the victory is won . . . and the triumph has begun!  Alleluia!  Alleluia!  Alleluia!

April 11, The Second Sunday of Easter

Morning Prayer
10:30 am

Presider: Mr. John Okerman
Homilist & Deacon: The Reverend Deacon Eric Johnson

If joining the Service by phone:
Meeting ID 503 653 606  
One tap mobile  +12532158782,,503653606# US (Tacoma)


Adult Faith Formation

The Way of Love: A Practical Guide to Following Jesus
by Scott Gunn, with a foreword by Bishop Michael Curry

Sundays, April 11 – May 16
11:45 am – 12:30 pm, via Zoom
Please join in. All are welcome.

This Easter season, the Adult Faith Formation class will read and discuss this practical guide that explores the Way of Love in the context of our life of faith. Using reflection questions, journal prompts, and a guide for developing a personal rule of life, it offers encouragement to begin or deepen spiritual practices to strengthen our journey with Jesus.

The Way of Love: A Practical Guide to Following Jesus is available at our local bookstores, at Amazon in print and in Kindle versions, and by special order, with discounts, at Forward Movement.

An Invitation from the Diocese:
One Service for Turtle Island

Sunday, April 25
11:00 am
Livestream from St. Mark’s Cathedral

In the cosmology of North and South American peoples, Turtle Island is the geographic region covering Canada, United States, Central America, and South America. Join together online Sunday, April 25, at 11:00 am to worship Jesus with Episcopalians from all over the Diocese of Olympia led by our Circles of Color and focused on the languages, cultures, and experiences of the First Peoples of Turtle Island, with a specific focus on communities from within Province 8. This online service is a chance for diocesan-wide worship, learning, connection, and conversation, as well as an opportunity to give our working clergy a Sunday off from preaching and presiding.

The One Service will include a Town Hall webinar after worship with Bishop Rickel and members of Circles of Color to process the worship experience and go deeper into dialogue around issues of race and culture in our diocese, with special attention to the experiences of Indo-Hispanic/Indigenous peoples. All are welcome.

Godly Play

Our children’s faith formation program, Godly Play, meets weekly on Sundays, 11:30 am, via Zoom.
Please call the church office, 360-293-5790, for the Zoom link.

All ages are welcome.

Red Door Thrift Shop News

Weekly on Wednesdays
10:30am – Noon

Volunteers and staff are at the Red Door Thrift Shop on Wednesdays, 10:30 am-Noon, to assist customers with window shopping. During this time, customers are welcome to use curbside pick-up for orders they’ve placed online, shop our selection of seasonal items in our front window displays, and ask one of our volunteers or staff to shop for specific items we may have in inventory. Everyone is required to wear a mask and socially distance. The use of credit cards is highly encouraged. 
Erin Kohlhaas, Manager, Red Door Thrift Shop

Contemplative Creativity

We gather weekly on Thursdays.
5:00 pm via Zoom
Guided Practice with Fabricia Lima is held on the second Thursday of the month. Our other weekly sessions provide a quiet space for art and companionship, as we explore spirituality through mindful creativity. Lesson videos are posted on the Contemplative Creativity page on the Christ Church website and may be accessed at any time.

Please join in! All are welcome.
Visit our Contemplative Creativity page for more information.

If joining by phone:
Meeting ID 503 653 606   One tap mobile  +12532158782,,503653606# US (Tacoma)

Mindful Poetry

Mindful Poetry meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 6:00 pm.
Co-facilitators:  Becky Lennstrom & Sylvia Sepulveda
Please join in. All are welcome.

If joining by phone:
Meeting ID 503 653 606   One tap mobile  +12532158782,,503653606# US (Tacoma)

Men’s Group

Men’s Group meets every Friday at 8:00 am via Zoom.
Please join in. All are welcome.

If joining by phone:
Meeting ID 503 653 606   One tap mobile  +12532158782,,503653606# US (Tacoma)

Day by Day

Day by Day daily meditations may be accessed at the following link.

Pledges & Offerings

Your pledges and offerings may be mailed to Christ Church, 1216 Seventh Street, Anacortes WA 98221, placed in the Parish Hall mail drop, or given online using the following link:

Weekly Update | 8 April 2021