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Bishop Craig Anderson to Retire

Bishop Craig Anderson to Retire After almost six years as part-time Rector of Emmanuel Episcopal Parish of Orcas Island, Bishop Anderson announced his retirement effective May first. “It’s been a wonderful six years and I leave knowing that the congregation … Continue reading

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Farewell Sermon 28 April 2013 5 Easter

Farewell Sermon  28 April 2013    5 Easter Emmanuel Episcopal Parish of Orcas Island Bishop Craig B. Anderson, Ph.D.   Mitakuye Owasin! Such was my greeting when I came among you almost six years ago as your new rector.  It was … Continue reading

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Trinity Sunday Sermon 2012

TRINITY SUNDAY Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Ghost In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit Such pronouncements and announcements help frame this Trinity Sunday and the First Sunday after the Pentecost – the birthday of … Continue reading

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EASTERTIDE 2012 “The Resurrection of the Earth”

RECTOR’S RUMINATIONS FOR EASTERTIDE 2012 “The Resurrection of the Earth” We often miss the obvious in hearing and reading the Bible. Consider the following: John 3:16, what Luther called the “Gospel in miniature,”  “For God so loved the world that … Continue reading

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RECTOR’S RUMINATIONS FOR LENT 2012

On Wednesday, February 22, 2012 the Orcas Island Council of Churches met to welcome two new members to the Council  – Ann Hall, Pastor of the Lutheran congregation here at Emmanuel and Roger Maris, Pastor of the 7th Day Adventist … Continue reading

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RECTOR’S RUMINATIONS FOR JANUARY 2012

THE SECOND ‘E’ OF “S.E.E.” – EVANGELIZATION In my November and December Ruminations, I invited your attention to a vision I S.E.E. (Stewardship, Environment, Evangelization) for Emmanuel Parish.  Building on my November and December ruminations as foundational or a priori … Continue reading

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RECTOR’S REPORT FOR THE ANNUAL REPORT 2011

A mission without a task is a dream; a task without a vision is drudgery; a vision and a task is the hope of the world.  (Anonymous) This past year has been spent in large part discerning and clarifying our … Continue reading

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Rector’s Ruminations for June 2011

Essential Services My reflections this month are a continuation of some concerns that I expressed in my ruminations last month regarding paying taxes.  I stated that beyond the legal requirement, we have a moral opportunity and imperative to pay taxes … Continue reading

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RECTOR’S RUMINATIONS FOR JULY 2011

“Essential Services, Part II” As you may recall last month I reflected on what constitutes what we term “essential services” for and by the State given the threat of a government shutdown that loomed large.  I noted that the institution … Continue reading

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RECTOR’S RUMINATIONS AUGUST 2011 “Looking Back and Looking Ahead”

Our Bishop’s Visit on July 17th provided the Vestry with an opportunity to review our parish ministry since his last visit three years ago.  The results of that preparation are included in this issue of the newsletter entitled, “Vestry Report … Continue reading

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