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Haiti Day 4: Before Worship

Posted by The Rev. Mark McKone-Sweet on

Awakened by the sound of a generator at sunrise, we woke to a new day and a new addition to The Epiphanie School of Loranette. We now have a new gate that will swing open to welcome guests and students to this ever-blossoming school and church. I quickly got dressed to find there were a few men...

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Haiti Day 3: Building Relationships

Posted by The Rev. Mark McKone-Sweet on

We are very thankful for the structure which protected us through the night and allowed us to hang our mosquito nets and generally get a good night's rest. We are eager to work and there is plenty to do. The work crew arrives and we get instructions through our translators. We are on rock duty...

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Haiti day 2: Grande Welcome

Posted by The Rev. Mark McKone-Sweet on

Today we woke up to the students of St. Andre's School (Hinche') arriving and preparing for the day. Fr. Noe and their faithful partner of 32 years (St Dunstan's, Carmel Valley, CA) have expanded the school - now home to 1,400 students. They plan to add more rooms next year. It was amazing to...

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Haiti Day 1: Arrival/Evening

Posted by The Rev. Mark McKone-Sweet on

This afternoon we arrived safely in Port-Au-Prince Airport. We were met by Fr. Noe and his wife Shirley. After quickly loading up two pickup trucks to drive two hours northeast to the town of Hinche, we arrived at Saint Andre's School.             

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Haiti Day 1: Layover

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Posted by The Rev. Mark McKone-Sweet on

The journey has been long for some and short others. The spiritual journey has been clear for some and anything but clear for others. What was a dream or a long told hope for hundreds of families is becoming tangible and real. And for our team, after months of anticipation we are hours from...

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Letter from the Rector

Posted by The Rev. Mark McKone-Sweet on

Friends, I hope this newsletter finds you in good health and spirits. Whenever I travel on a mission or pilgrimage, whether it be domestically or internationally, I always place my rosary beads in my pocket. They are made of smooth and heavy stone. I can’t recall all the words of the...

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Fr. Mark's Message from Annual Meeting

Posted by The Rev. Mark McKone-Sweet on

Good Morning people of St Bart’s. Recently, I have been reading a book about the amazing transformation of the USS Benfold. At one point, it was considered the most underperforming ship in the United States Navy. No fault could be assigned to the technology or weapons – all were...

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Sermon from Rev. Chris Harris' Ordination

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Chris Harris Ordination 10 December 2016 St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church Poway, California Isaiah 6:1-8 Psalm 43 Ephesians 4:7, 11-16 Matthew 9:35-38 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of our hearts be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, our strength and our redeemer...

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The Spirituality of Saying No

Posted by The Rev. Mary Lynn Coulson on

The angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus…Mary said, ‘Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.’ (Luke 1...

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Tags: advent, christmas, mary, mother of god, overbooked, saying no, busy lives

The Cantor and the Psalms: Humanity “at full stretch”

Posted by Nathan Costa on

The office of cantor began in early Christian communities following the Jewish practice of a hazan (cantor or music leader) chanting prayers in the temple. As singing psalms became daily prayer for monastics by the third century, the role of the cantor leading singing in liturgy also became more...

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Tags: choir, music, poway, st. bartholomew's, cantors

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