Life with Icons

All this week, the Rotunda of the church is serving as a sacred studio for a dozen people who are learning more about the contemplative practice of icon writing, under the tutelage of master iconographer, Dmitri Andreyev. This annual summer intensive is part of our parish's appreciation of the icon's place within Christian tradition and practice.

It's fair to say that our love of iconography at St. Gregory's is more ardent than that of most Protestant churches. Of course, at the Table, we're surrounded by the saints above who "like stars appearing" dance and commune with us. Two Sundays a month, Betsy Porter and Judith Tucker guide afternoon workshops in icon writing; these workshops attract people of all ages from around the Bay Area. Visitors from out of town comment on and inquire about the many icons that are displayed around the church, especially the Wedding Icon, with its depiction of God as Mother. Next week, a team of SGN folks will be documenting and organizing our extensive collection of icons. Our Rector, Paul, has worked on at least two exquisite icons this summer during his sabbatical; we'll get to see them in a couple months when he's back with us. It's all icons, all the time, around here!

Perhaps these holy images of Christ and the saints might have a place in your own life of faith? All this summer, we've been exploring the idea that Beauty might be another name for God. At each liturgy, we begin with a prayer that asks God to show us God's image ( ikon, in Greek) in all whom we'll meet, so that we might welcome Godself in welcoming the stranger. Mark Dukes, the iconographer of the Dancing Saints, describes icons as "portraits of prayer."

This Sunday, at extended coffee hour, take a moment to walk around the church, alone or with a companion in conversation, and contemplate an icon that calls to you. See it with fresh eyes and an inquiring heart. I invite you to consider the ways in which these windows into the Holy might inspire and inform your life of friendship with God.

In faith,

Happening at St. Gregory's
This Sunday, August 4 - Proper 13, the Season after Pentecost
Next Sunday, August 11 - Proper 14, the Season after Pentecost
Our Shared Life
  • Pray for David Shulman, Caroline Sanford, Jack Landis and all who are waiting for medical test results to help determine their path forward into healing.
  • The Food Pantry will not be open this Friday. To resume next week, Aug 9 (Yellow).
  • Help feed the hungry at The Food Pantry or Martin de Porres.
  • Come together for contemplative prayer and prayers for healing every Sunday at 9:45 AM in the chapel.
  • Join us for Tai Chi Chuan class, every Thursday, 6:30 – 7:30 PM.
East Bay Evensong
Come join East Bay Evensong! We will gather for a potluck Feast of Friends liturgy, pray some, sing some, share our experience of God at work in our lives, and send ourselves back out into the world. We will gather on Thursday, August 8th at 6:30 and break bread at 7 at Leesy's house in Piedmont. We particularly invite people for whom getting to church on Sunday is hard to do. Email to RSVP or learn more.
Announcements from Friends and Partners
  • Every Saturday, AA Big Book Meeting 10 AM - 11:30 AM admin building.
  • Summer Sings will not be meeting this week. To resume Aug. 7.
  • August 3, Mission Fusion will host their biweekly dance, 8:30 PM.
One Last Thing...

Join us between services this Sunday morning for an extended coffee hour starting at 9:30! Come early or stay late (or both!) to enjoy this time of food and fellowship with the SGN family.
BRING A DISH TO SHARE if you're able!
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