Archives for February 2018

Still time to experience Jean Tudor art exhibit, “A Song of Creation”

A Song of Creation, a Biblical canticle in Anglican and Roman Catholic liturgy depicting glory of Creation, has been depicted by artist Jean Tudor in enamel on copper as 17 dramatically colored plaques. This stunning work is on display at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church through March (during Lent). It is in the Church by the Baptismal Font.  (Jean Tudor is the creator of our new Celtic Cross in the parish Columbarium.)

Jean Tudor’s calling is as an enamellist working with glass, metal and a kiln. She has taught workshops here and abroad and her work has been included in exhibitions in the USA, Germany, Spain, Chile, Japan, Mexico and France. Jean teaches workshops at home and at the Tacoma Metal Arts Center, and regularly teaches enameling in the Summer and the October programs at the Grünewald Guild, an art/faith center in the Cascade Mountains where she has been named a Guild Master. She is married to a retired Episcopalian minister whose work has led them to live on the West coast, the East coast, the Midwest, and in Colombia. Jean is now back “home” in Western Washington.

About this installation, the artist writes: “The Benedicite, Omnia Opera Domini depicts aspects of this song of praise which is included in The Prayerbook of the Episcopal Church within the Morning Prayer service. The Song of the Three Young Men sung by Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego while in the fiery furnace contains such beautiful imagery. In a way it parallels the Genesis creation story. But this is Creation up and running, and the song invites all of God’s Creation to bless God and magnify God forever. It sweeps through the galaxies with its changing imagery provided by Hubble photos. It tells of the variety of weather, and the rhythm of darkness and light as portrayed by Mercator maps with lines that move as the new day dawns. The song brings to mind Creation that always continues, with all sorts and conditions of humans helping in their small ways with the making of their tools and artifacts, and their creative ideas. And it calls on all, past and present, to praise and magnify the Lord. What a magnificent invitation!”

The song of Creation may be found in our Book of Common Prayer as Canticles 1 and 12 (pages 47 & 88).

St. Andrew’s Youth to attend Black Panther

As part of St. Andrew’s celebration of Black History Month, our Youth Group will enjoy pizza with all the trimmings this Sunday for lunch, courtesy of Don Bishop, and then journey to the AMC Lakewood  to catch the 2:00 PM showing of the acclaimed superhero film Black Panther.

The film, based on a comic-book superhero created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1966, tells the story of T’Challa, king and protector of the fictional African nation called Wakanda. Along with possessing enhanced abilities achieved through ancient Wakandan rituals of drinking the heart shaped herb, T’Challa also relies on his proficiency in science, rigorous physical training, hand-to-hand combat skills, and access to wealth and advanced technology to combat his enemies.

Although there is some resonance with the radical Black Panther Party of the Sixties, this film evokes a world that black audiences are embracing as a positive cultural icon for black experiences in the U.S. Please read this article from Christianity Today to get some idea of the film’s impact.

If your child is interested in joining this outing, contact Sunshine DeGennaro, our youth leader.

Friend Mark on Facebook for Lent!

This week our Facebook-reading of Mark’s Gospel focuses on Jesus’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem and the amazing events that follow. This is the perfect time to jump in and follow the tragic and transcendent story of Jesus’s death and resurrection as Easter approaches.

Lent is traditionally a time when Christians adopt a devotional practice to help focus on their relationship with God. One of the ways we encourage that at St. Andrew’s is to read through one of the Gospels, and this year we are doing this together–online!

Each morning in Lent a portion from Mark’s Gospel will be posted to our Facebook page. You are invited to read it there and discuss it with others in the comments section of each post.

Hear the Gospel truth from Mark every day during Lent and see what happens in your heart!

(We thank Matthew Moravec for our postings from Mark.)

Community Outreach Slider 2017

Racism in America: My experience by Sandi Dick

On January 20, 1970, I arrived at JFK Airport in New York. This was my first trip out of my country, Jamaica. The population in Jamaica almost 93.0 percent black, so I was surprised at the number of whites at the airport. I was also apprehensive about how I would be treated, as it was less than two years since Martin Luther King was murdered. While in New York, I completed high school and one year of college but never encountered any racial or cultural situations.

In 1974, I enlisted in the U.S. Army and was transferred to Fort McClellan, Alabama for Basic Training. From October, the month I arrived, until the day I graduated in mid- December, I never left the Post. The black soldiers were advised to remain on base, as there had been assaults on military women, but especially black women. For the first time I began to understand what it was to be afraid because I was black. It’s been 48 years since I arrived in the U.S., and I am an American. I have encountered many incidents of racism and other “isms, not only in the military, but also in the Episcopal Church.

Adapted from Sandi  Dick’s  story
in the February Tartan.
Sandi will facilitate
the February  12 workshop on Ijeoma Oluo!

Reflections on our Columbarium cross by Don Ramage

When I visited the St. Andrew’s columbarium to see the newly-arrived ceramic cross. I expected to see a pretty cross hanging on the wall, but found an extraordinary cross, moving in its beauty. The center of the cross holds a Northwestern scene of Mount Rainier, evergreens and water within the gold ring of its center, then, passing to the other side of the ring, if you stand near enough, the surface begins to move and shimmer with flecks of light that fade to a deep and firm blue at the ends of the arms, a heavenly cross.

This cross evokes layers of meaning for me. The symbol of the cross, as some have noted, suggests the intersection of two planes, the eternal and the temporal. This cross reminds me of the fundamental reasons I come to church, as a seeker of those great questions of God and life after death. We humans are hardwired to raise these questions as we sense an eternal soul within our temporal bodies. Today’s society often encourages us to shrug off these questions, but the blue cross in our columbarium reminds me of the beauty we may find if we look upwards and beyond.

This cross also reminds me that we do not travel our faith journeys alone, but walk, in the words of the Apostle’s Creed, “in the communion of saints,” meaning the continued union of the followers of Jesus, “saints” in the original sense, both living and departed. On this first visit of mine to the columbarium, I saw the photos and mementos of the departed placed by parishioner families whose loved ones rest there, and felt myself among a large parish family, past, present, and future. I could feel their continued presence among us, and I also felt gratitude to now enjoy the fruits of their labors, both tangible and intangible. Among the many names in the columbarium were Polly Hickman, who filled our church with music and laughter, and whose gifts of mu- sic continue on through our memorial organ. There were the Camerons, the family of the artist who made our cross, Jean Tudor. I thought also of Albert Puddicombe, who left us with a hall with a delightfully Dickensian name, but, more than this, purchased the land on which the church stands; of Ada Webb, whose gift to St. Andrew’s in her will enabled a wing to be added to what was then a small mission church.

St. Andrew’s being a down-to-earth and welcoming community, even those of us who, like me, who are relative newcomers to St. Andrew’s, can soon feel ourselves on the inside of this extended family. Reflecting on these gifts of those gone before us, we must also reflect on how we will extend our hands across time and generations—a timely meditation, as we finish our annual parish meeting. How will we find and support the saints of the future —remembering, as the apostle Paul noted, that we are all adopted into this family? With God’s help, what labors of love will we leave for those saints who come after us?