ALL ANGELS BY THE SEA

WEEKLY TIDINGS

May 16, 2024

SUNDAY SERVICE

10:00 am

To live-stream the service - go to AllAngelsLBK.org, click on the "All Angels Enter Here" picture and you will be routed to our YouTube channel.

Zoom - go to https://zoom.us/j/5955701807 and watch and listen live. Be sure to stick around after the service for our coffee hour chat-with-your-neighbor time.


The bulletin can be found on the All Angels Website: 

AllAngelsLBK.org or at the following link: 


Bulletin for Sunday, May 19

Scripture Readings for May 19, 2024



Ezekiel 37:1-14

Psalm 104:1, 25, 31-35, 37

Acts 2:1-21

John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15


Click Here for the Readings

The flowers for Sunday, May 19th are given by Barbara Pickrell

in honor of her mothers, Veronica, Adela, Mary, and Pleasance. 

Dear People of All Angels,

 

Thank you all for being such wonderful people! Remembering you, and maybe sometimes joining your online worshiping community, as we all move toward the warmer months, will always be a source of joy and peace for me. This weekend I am preparing to journey into a new life and retirement ministry closer to my children and their families.  As I discover a new life, you will always have a special place in my heart. May we all know the peace of God's presence.

 

Love,

Rev Maggie

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Last Sunday's Service

Sunday Sermons


If you would like to read Rev. Dave's recent sermon,

please click the link below



Sermon: Ascension Day and Mother's Day

PRAYERS

A Prayer for Peace Among the Nations (BCP 816)


Let us pray in this time of conflict for peace in Israel, Palestine and Ukraine.

Almighty God our heavenly Father, guide the nations of the world

into the way of justice and truth, and establish among them

that peace which is the fruit of righteousness, that they may become

the kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

Centering Prayer

Centering Prayer invites you to pray with them, every day, at 8 am, wherever you are. When you enter into prayer at 8 am (Eastern), you will know that others are praying at the same time. 

We Pray for our People

Breathe your healing and peace on all those who suffer, especially Downs IV, Holden, Anne, Victoria, Kim, Michael, Barbara, Lorraine, Maria Christine, Caitlin, Amelia, Dennis, Alice and Angie. Help those recovering from injury, especially Joseph. We pray for Turning Points, Manatee Food Bank, and all those who feed others. Give comfort to all who receive the care of skilled nursing, especially Timothy, Barbara, Kim, Lou and Ann. Give peace to those going through cancer treatments, and those in remission, especially, Margaret, Downs III, Victoria, Alex, Connie, Douglas, Frank, Gerta, Lauren, Jennifer, TJ, Jim, Stephanie, Cara, Todd, Valerie and Nancy. We pray for those in Hospice that they will have comfort in you, especially Mary Jo.

A BRIDGE BETWEEN ALEX AND DAVE

Podcast: A Bridge Between



Episode 76: Purifying Fire



Also available on Spotify:

Spotify: A Bridge Between

PARISH ACTIVITIES

Choir News

  • Choir meets every Thursday (October – May) at 10:00 am – ALL are WELCOME!
  • Bell Choir meets every Thursday (October – May) at 11:15 am – ALL are WELCOME!

Gallery Artist

Our featured artist for April is iconographer Christine Hales. Please stop by and enjoy the work of this talented local artist. Checks should be written to All Angels by the Sea

Men's and Women's Discussion Group

The reading for next week is a classic discussion group piece - there will be something in it that you will agree with and something you will disagree with. 

Here is a snippet: 

All attempts to obscure reference to the ineliminable sexual difference between man and woman are to be rejected.

Can you guess who wrote it? If you said Pope Francis, you would be correct. (I didn't even know "ineliminable" was a word) In the same piece, he affirmed the “inherent dignity of every human being," which we say in the renewal of our baptismal vows. 

Can we take parts of religion and spirituality that we agree with, like a buffet, or do we need to take the entire plate of food as is? What about human nature? Can we have pierced ears or tattoos or cut our hair? Can we wear reading glasses or is that eliminating a part of how we were created and thus degrades our dignity?

I'd like to know what you think. 

For those in person, I'll have the coffee ready. For those on Zoom, here's the link: https://zoom.us/j/5955701807


To read the article, click the link below:

Pope Francis Closes the Cafeteria

Coffee Hour Hosts Needed

One of the most important things we do is gather after the service for coffee hour. If you are interested in hosting, the sign up sheet is on the Gallery table. If you would like help, sign up and we will find someone to show you how it is done. 

Online Giving

If you would like to give to the offering plate electronically, you can find the online giving link on our All Angels website by clicking the link below:

AllAngelsLBK.org

REFLECTION

Orca Alley


My first interaction with a whale was at the Vancouver Aquarium in British Columbia. They had an underwater viewing area with a thick glass wall that allows for viewers to see the whale in its environment. What first caught my attention was the sheer size of the creature. I had been around horses and one elephant (thanks to a traveling circus that came to Tacoma) but nothing prepared me for something that big to effortlessly swim by. The second thing, which I remember vividly, was the whale’s eye. It was looking at us while we were looking at it. This was no fish eye – which I had seen plenty of thanks to a childhood full of fishing – that doesn’t seem to have intelligence behind it. The whale’s eye showed me that it is intelligent, curious, and (this might sound weird) compassionate. My mom was caught up in the experience. She placed her left hand on the glass and the huge creature swam up and placed its head where my mom was touching. They stood there staring at each other. Mom started to tear up. I had a feeling that she was going to say to us, “Get comfortable, this is our new home.”


Where I grew up, in Puget Sound, there are three residential pods of Killer Whales, named J, K and L. I have seen the J pod, they are the rock stars of the Orca world. As you can imagine, I am interested in whales. There is a storyline that I have been following for a few years about a sub-pod of Orca whales in the Strait of Gibraltar. Called the Orca Thugs, or the Gibraltar Gang, this pod is known to attack sailing vessels in the region. Years ago, I read a harrowing story of a couple that was harassed by them over an 18-hour period. The juvenile orcas started pushing on the 48’ sailboat’s keel, tipping it back and forth by five to ten degrees. It made it difficult to be on deck because they were worried they would fall off. The couple went below deck to hold on. As soon as they were out of sight, the orcas started making high pitch sounds and then would continue to push on the hull. The sounds made it painful to stay below. They took the sails down and drifted. The orcas then started to hit their rudder; eventually damaging it enough that they could not sail.


Reports like this have been coming more frequently. Two people were rescued this past Sunday after a group of orcas caused enough damage to sink their boat. It was the fifth sinking in waters off the Iberian Peninsula in recent years. The earliest recorded episode was taken in Spain in 2020. Since then, there have been around 500 incidents with physical damage occurring 20% of the time. The motivations of this pod are unclear, but their actions are obvious.


Orcas are some of the most studied whales (although they are technically dolphins, not whales). They do not intentionally harm humans; despite their name. SeaWorld has stopped their orca encounters because of the death of the trainer, Dawn Brancheau. Again, it is believed she was not killed intentionally but because of what has been described as juvenile mischief. The parallel is that the sub-pod in the Strait of Gibraltar is also made up of fifteen juvenile orcas.


A favorite hymn at All Angels goes as follows: All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small… the Lord God made them all. We have been gifted with memory, reason, and skill. We are tasked to be stewards of the earth. One of the difficult tasks of that responsibility is to remove our human way of thinking and to study with curiosity and openness all creatures great and small. When we label this sub-pod of orcas as the bullies-of-the-Maghreb, or the gangsters-of-Gibraltar, or the hoods-of-Morocco, those are all human attributes which might allow us to treat the orcas harshly. This sub-pod is in distress. Their food sources are becoming scarce. They are not reproducing in the numbers as they used to. While I don’t think they are taking-it-out-on-passing-ships, as some have suggested, they are opening our eyes to explore their world. In doing so, we will see our world, our interactions with one another, and our role as stewards of the environment, in a new way. 


- Rev. Dave