Saturday E-news August 15, 2020
Youth kayaking

Youth Kayak Trip
August 2020
Clergy Reflections

In Sunday’s gospel lesson, we will hear of a Canaanite woman who seeks healing for her daughter from Jesus. She calls out after him, repeatedly, even as Jesus’ disciples try to shush her and send her away. The woman is undeterred.

Jesus said, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” It was a common belief that the Messiah was only the liberator of the Jewish people, not all people. The woman was undeterred.

Jesus said, “It is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.” Canaanites and Israelites were not exactly on good terms, as you can tell by Jesus calling the woman a “dog,” a common slur in that time. The woman was undeterred.

The woman continued to engage Jesus for the sake of her daughter, and Jesus continued to engage her. A Canaanite woman and an Israeli man engaging in this way was scandalous. This interaction would have made Jesus ritually unclean. But the woman was undeterred, and so was Jesus.

After this mutual push and pull, Jesus exclaimed, “Great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.” And the woman’s daughter was healed in that instant.

Some say this was a moment of conversion for Jesus, when his view of himself and his mission expanded. Others say he was intentionally raising common distorted beliefs in order to dismiss them. Perhaps he was pushing the woman to claim her own voice, her own power.

Whatever the truth of the situation, what is clear is that the woman was undeterred by societal norms, and so was Jesus. The woman was driven by love for her daughter. Jesus was driven by love for God, and so, love for all of God’s children. Love is not deterred by artificial, human-constructed boundaries and boxes. Love is persistent. Love is even fierce when it needs to be. Love is willing to endure insults and suffering to achieve its ends. Love empowers both mercy and justice.

About who or what in your life are you undeterred? About what or who are you relentless, refusing to be dismissed by insult or silenced by injury? Who or what evokes your fierce love?
Is there a fire in your belly that wants more of you---your attention, your time, your effort?

Are these questions hard to answer? Does that fire in your belly feel more like just a spark or even indigestion?! If so, perhaps there is need to spend time in prayer, in reflection on Scripture, or in silence, just listening. Ask the Holy Spirit to clarify your purpose, your mission in this season of your life.

You are here, in this exact place in your life, with purpose and mission. God is undeterred by your mistakes and imperfections. God is undeterred by your distractions and by your resistance. The Spirit whispers again and again the question the poet Mary Oliver asked, “What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” 

Reverend Sonya
New option for Viewing the Worship Service
You now have two options for viewing the worship service: Facebook Live and Zoom Webinar. If you have had any trouble watching the service using Facebook Live, consider trying the Zoom link instead. You can also find these links on our website.

With Facebook, you can add comments and prayers while watching the service.

This will look similar to Facebook Live except that you will not be able to comment or add prayers. Unlike a Zoom meeting, your personal video does not show, it is more like watching TV. The passcode is Faithec.

Join the webinar by Phone:
Dial: 1 669 900 6833
Webinar ID: 864 1772 2967

Coffee Hour
11 a.m. This Sunday!
Please join us for Coffee Hour this Sunday!

Join By Computer or Tablet:

Meeting ID: 860 0669 2414
Passcode: faithec

Join by Phone:
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Pastor Liz's Retirement

Thank you for all the cards and donations to help celebrate Pastor Liz's retirement. The cards, and a generous check, were just mailed to Pastor Liz and will hopefully confirm how much she is loved and appreciated.
Homebrewed Reading Group Opportunity
Black Theology
It's not too late to join the Homebrewed Reading group on Black Theology.

Description from the Homebrewed Website:

The aim of this course is to explore four major themes that shape Black Theology. Black Theology is critical thinking about the framing stories and interpretive structures that organize and give meaning to black life. It is a way of framing Christian faith through the goal and practice of liberation. As we dig into each of the four themes we will examine a number of short reading selections, receive lecture from Adam in conversation with Tripp, hear from a different special guest scholar, QnA time, and engage the community in the online group.
Can't join live? Want to save the content for later? No problem! ALL THE CONTENT OF THE CLASS WILL BE RECORDED AND SHARED AS BOTH AUDIO and VIDEO TO THE CLASS. SO go ahead and join.
Resources and Other Information
Mailing Address for Donations:
Faith Episcopal Church
PO Box 966
Shingle Springs, CA 95682

Online resources for people in recovery

Isolation is perilous for people in recovery. We learn that our sobriety depends upon keeping connected to sober people, being accountable to others, being of service to others. The Rev. Anne McKeever, Diocesan Recovery Facilitator has compiled resources that are still available during the "shut-down".

There are no established office hours during this time when the church is closed due to COVID-19 precautions. If you have any questions, please email the church at

If you or someone you know is in need of prayer, please email prayer requests to


Reverend Tom Gartin

Reverend Sonya Reichel

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