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From Cathy, our Rector

From Cathy, our Rector

We have been reading from Genesis since Trinity Sunday and will continue until the last Sunday in August. The Genesis stories are rich in meaning. Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden…Noah and the Flood …God’s call to Abraham…Jacob wrestling with the angel…. Joseph in exile in Egypt. The stories found in the Book of Genesis captured our ancestors’ imaginations more than three thousand years ago – and they hold us today. What explains their power and endurance?
For one thing, to millions of people they are more than stories, they are sacred texts, sanctified over time by so many communities of faith that they resonate with a power and knowledge beyond our own.
They also challenge. These stories do not all have happy endings. They offer no easy answers to hard questions. They can leave us puzzled, forcing us to congront our own quandaries without pat solutions. Reading the story of Noah and the Flood (this was not in the lectionary for Year A), I am haunted by the ordeal of the survivor. I find Noah after the Flood both mystifying and troubling: God had spared him because he was a man “righteous in his generation,” but he hardly behaves the way we’d expect a model of righteousness to behave. His story is full of contradictions and divine mystery – just like most of the stories in Genesis, just like our own.
But these stories also speak to us today because they are so starkly human. The people in Genesis rage at one another and at God; they struggle with temptation; they are jealous, grief-stricken, patient, conniving, loving, and hateful. And the dilemmas they face are ours: sibling rivalry and family violence; infertility and surrogate parenting; parents who play favorites; parents who grow old and frail; and children coming of age. Because their emotions and struggles are so real, the people of Genesis come to life in every generation, and their stories live on.
My older brother, Terry and my sister-in-law Linda along with my nephew Mitchell are arriving in Portland today. I look forward to spending time with them and exploring the beauty of Oregon. My brother and I haven’t always seen eye to eye so I can place myself into our ancestors’ stories. I can say that I am grateful that we are older because our relationship has mellowed and is more loving.
We can read ourselves into in to these stories. We begin to connect to past generations to better understand our lives and our relationships, to one another and to the Creator.
Yours in Christ,

I want to share a wonderful experience from last Sunday. Diana worshiped with us. She was visiting from the Trappist Abbey in Lafayette. She spoke to me after the service to enthusiastically say, “At least ten people came up to me and offered me a warm welcome!” What a tribute to St. Barnabas as the welcoming and loving congregation that you are!

Hester Phillips will direct the bell choir and Lyn Giammnanco will direct the vocal choir!

Hester Phillips will direct the bell choir and Lyn Giammnanco will direct the vocal choir!

Did you know that singing in church is like praying twice? The St. Barnabas vocal choir will be starting up again this fall and we need your voice! You can join us for a Sunday, a month, a season or for the year! Our rehearsals are on Sundays after the service and coffee, and you will be home by noon! Easy! The music we sing is fun, we think it is beautiful, and it isn't difficult to learn. We are in particular need of MEN voices, so Art won't be all alone... and a soprano or two. However, ALL VOICES ARE WELCOME! Pray about joining us. It is a rewarding ministry that brings joy to your parish family and to our Creator. Contact Lyn (503-991-7942) or Cathy or Laurie or any choir member. Make a joyful noise unto the Lord.

Bell Choir 2023-24
In September 2023 we will be starting another season of the St. Barnabas Bell Choir. Rehearsals will most likely be on Wednesday or Thursday evenings. More schedule information will be provided soon.

Are you interested or do you know someone who is interested in playing handbells? We would love to have some more ringers join us. Contact Hester Phillips by text at 971-237-4086 or email her at
“Worship the Lord with gladness;
come before Him with joyful songs.”
Psalm 100:2

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