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Getting Near to Jesus:
The Flame for Friday, October 28, 2022

I’m looking forward to preaching at St. Aidan’s this Sunday. Luke 19 tells the story of Zacchaeus, the rich tax collector, the short fellow who couldn’t see Jesus over the crowd, so he climbed up a sycamore tree for the view. When I was a child, we sang a little ditty about him in Sunday School nearly every week (it was a big hit amongst the Baptists). This has always been one of my favorite Jesus stories.
It has been a while since I climbed a tree. Zacchaeus’s bold action reminds me of the power of embodied desire, of how physical actions can express spiritual hunger. Several years ago, we had a crisis in our family that required family counseling for a few years. A Buddhist therapist taught me how to breathe, how to practice body scan meditation, how to check in with my body to see just how I was doing. I was dismissive at first, but it changed my life. Ever since, I’ve incorporated these practices into the prayer rhythms of my life.

I love that in the Episcopal church we like to move. Many kneel or make the sign of the cross. At St. Aidan's, during the creation season we move our entire bodies together in the prayer for the directions (not always in unison, but we get there).  In a sense, we’re all climbing the sycamore tree together.

COVID 19 has made the climb more challenging. Hybrid worship enables us to continue to navigate the threat. A survey was sent out from the Regathering Committee this week to hear from all of you as we explore how we come back together in person for embodied worship and reception of the holy sacrament. I strongly believe and the research shows that churches need critical mass if they are to be welcoming and growing communities. If you can be present in person, we need you.

I am glad we have the option of gathering on Zoom. Even in that limited and less than ideal context, we are praying together and can at least see and hear one another. Here’s a poem from my friend, the Irish poet, Pádraig Ó’ Tuama, on the fundamental rhythm of prayer in our bodies:
“Prayer, like poetry, like breath,
like our own names, has a fundamental rhythm in our bodies.
It changes, it adapts,
it varies from the canon.
It sings, it swears, it is syncopated by the rhythm underneath the rhythm, the love underneath the love, the rhyme underneath the rhyme, the name underneath the name, the welcome underneath the welcome, the prayer beneath the prayer.
So let us pick up the stones over which we stumble, friends,
and build altars.
Let us listen to the sound of breath in our bodies.
Let us listen to the sounds of our own voices,
of our own names, of our own fears.
Let us name the harsh light and soft darkness that surround us.
Let’s claw ourselves out from the graves we’ve dug.
Let’s lick the earth from our fingers.
Let us look up and out and around.
The world is big and wide and wild and wonderful and wicked, and our lives are murky, magnificent, malleable, and full of meaning.
Oremus. Let us pray.”  
- from the preface to Daily Prayer for the Corrymeela Community, 
(Canterbury Press, 2017).

I hope to see you on Sunday.


Image: By Niels Larsen Stevns - Own work (photo: Gunnar Bach Pedersen) (Randers Museum of Art, Randers, Denmark), Public Domain,

MORE THAN ENOUGH - Stewardship Reflection for October 30, 2022

Link:  Giving and Receiving
Questions for reflection:

  • Can you think of a time someone was very generous with you but would not permit you to reciprocate in any way? How did you feel?
  • How was it different in another case where you were allowed to reciprocate?
Vital + Thriving Listening Campaign Launches
Our next activity in the Vital + Thriving process is a listening campaign. Our Listening Team (Betty Carmack, Will Crockett, Margaret Dyer-Chamberlain, Mileva Lewis, Kathy O’Loughlin, George Slaiman) will be conducting 25 interviews with members and friends of the congregation as well as community members engaged in ministry with us. If one of them contacts you for an interview, please say yes!

And a reminder: if you haven't already completed the Household Survey, we'd love to have your input.  Here's the link:

Diocesan Convention:  Saturday, October 29.  All online, anyone can watch the livestream.  It starts with Morning Prayer at 9:00 am.  The featured preacher is the Rev. Dr. Ambrose Carroll, leader of Green the Church, which works in the intersection of the Black faith community and environmental justice.  Go to and look for the livestream button.

Cameron is on Sabbatical
Cameron is on a long-planned sabbatical (August 1st – November 27th). While he is away, the Reverend Scot Sherman is serving in his stead, on a half-time basis.

This is a time of growth and opportunity for all of us-- for Cameron in this time of sabbatical, for St. Aidan’s as we make our way into to Vital + Thriving program, and for Scot as he walks more closely with St. Aidan’s on this journey.

Hybrid In-Person/Zoom Worship Continues This Week
This week our worship will continue to be hybrid, with both in person and Zoom platforms available. We encourage you to connect to with worship in whatever way is comfortable and feels safest for you.

As mask mandates increasingly lift in the Bay Area, and as COVID-19 moves in an endemic direction, we look forward to making masks optional for gatherings here at St. Aidan’s. While we are not yet ready to take this step for everyone, we are moving in that direction by inviting worship leaders who are fully vaccinated and boosted, and who feel comfortable doing so, to remove their masks when exercising that leadership in order to be more clearly heard. One exception to this shift is that worship leaders will remain masked while consecrating the elements at the altar. This modest step beyond our practice of the last several months is in accordance with diocesan guidance, the latest version of which can be found at: COVID-19 Health Guideline

Wrestling with the scriptures: You are invited to join the wrestling with the scriptures group on Nov 1, 10:30–11:30 on zoom. The link is: We will be looking at John: 11:45-54.  See you there.

Good News Gardens – next date: November 5 at 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM (note earlier time, just for Nov 5)
The upcoming dates until the end of 2022 are:  November 5 and December 3. Please join us! Question?  Contact Deacon Margaret (

Festive Welcome Café for All Saints' Day / Advent 1, November 6
St. Aidan's will have a festive Welcome Café (aka Coffee Hour) following the 10:00 AM service on November 6 when we will be celebrating All Saints' Day / Advent 1. If you are able to attend in person, please plan to stay and join with other St. Aidanites as we celebrate together. This special event will be held outdoors (weather permitting) to ensure adequate air circulation and reasonable social distancing as we doff our masks to enjoy the coffee and food. 

Men's Group - Saturday, November 12, 9-10:30 am, via ZoomWe will connect for prayer, study and fellowship.  All men are cordially invited.  If you haven’t received connection information by November 10, contact Dave Frangquist (  Please note that the Men’s Group has switched to the second Saturday of the month this year.
St. Aidan’s Gourmet Book Group - Next Date:  Monday, November 28, 7pm
We will continue to meet via zoom with LeeAnn DeSalles serving as our zoom master. She has set up a zoom link that will serve for all our meetings. If you would like help with zoom, please contact LeeAnn at If you would like to join the Book Group, please contact
  • Monday, November 28, 2022 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
    • Fierce Attachments – Vivian Gormick (181 pages) An unsparing,  deeply courageous memoir about the author’s lifelong battle with her widowed mother for independence.
Marjorie Wilkins Jones passed away on Monday, October 24, 2022. More details will be coming as soon as possible.

Natalie Lloyd
A memorial/celebration of life service will take place on December 4 at 2:30 pm at St. Aidan's.

Music on the Hill: Sunday, December 4, 2022 at 7:30 PM: Town Quartet with guest composer/ violinist Alisa Rose
Details to follow.

 Cards for Barbara Purcell
With the support of her children, our beloved long-time St. Aidanite Barbara Purcell has recently moved to the Sacramento area. Let’s send our love to her and her family in the form of cards. They can be addressed to her
            c/o Bill Purcell
        4341 Galewood Way
        Carmichael, CA 95608
Thank you in advance for your support!

Financial Summary:  For the period January thru September 2022, total operating income was $199,667 and total expenses were $213,994, for a budget deficit of $14,327.  Pledge payments totaled $133,272 compared to a budget of $142,139, for a shortfall of $8,867.  There was a net operating loss for the period of $135,484 after including year-to-date declines in market value of investments.  The endowment fund had lost $68,715 in value for the year.  Although investment losses are significant, they are mainly paper losses so far, and do not become real until we need to sell investments.  Keeping pledge payments up to date helps us avoid selling investments at a loss.  Dave Frangquist

Resources for Engaging in Anti-Racism, from Elena Wong
Thank you to Elena Wong for sharing this list of resources that were in turn shared with her through her membership in the Western Association for College Counseling:

Please send in your recipes for the COVID Connect Cookbook!
As shared in previous weeks, Peter Fairfield and Linnea Sweet are putting together the COVID Connect Cookbook. He's received several recipes thus far but would very much like more. He writes:

We are living through a time that will change our world in ways that we cannot yet begin to understand. We can hope that our shared vulnerability to this virus worldwide will help us see that all humanity is connected and that we must all work together. As we shelter in place, many of us are concerned with food. If we are not working, how will we afford it? If we cannot go out, how will we get it?

In our community of Saint Aidan’s, many are able to feed themselves and to help others get fed. More than that, we appreciate the food that we get and are finding new ways of making the sharing of food as enjoyable as possible.

The soup recipes that Cameron has been sharing have made our diet much more enjoyable and have given Linnea and I the inspiration to collect recipes from all the congregation and share them. We ask that everyone with a favorite recipe email it to us at We will collect and edit them into a cookbook which will be a lasting reminder of this strange and special time in all our lives.

We hope to be able to publish this cookbook in printed form and sell it to raise funds in support of Saint Aidan’s food ministries. We know you have been sharing food. Now please share your recipes!

Contemplative Prayer continues: Tuesday, Thursday, & Saturday from 9-10 AM via Zoom
Contemplative prayer continues during this time of sheltering in place, via Zoom. Contemplative Prayer is silent with the beginning and ending marked by a bell. You can practice meditation, silent prayer, journal, or otherwise enjoy the collective quiet. Thank you to Susan Spencer for offering to anchor this practice once again, especially the Saturday, during this time. Please feel free to reach out to the office for the Zoom access information:

Morning Prayer continues: Mon, Wed, Fri at 7:30 AM via Zoom
We also continue to have Morning Prayer to help sustain and ground us, online/over the phone!  Please feel free to reach out to the office for the Zoom access information:

Evening Prayer resumes: Wednesdays at 6:30 PM via Zoom
Our in-coming CDSP Seminarian Weston Morris has resumed the service. Evening Prayer usually lasts a half hour. Readings for the day often feature commemorations from the Episcopal Church’s calendar of saints, and the service includes a brief reflection time on the readings. Please feel free to reach out to the office for the Zoom access information:

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St. Aidan's Vestry
Elena Wong, Senior Warden
Nicole Miller, Junior Warden
Dave Frangquist, Clerk & Treasurer 
Christine Powell, Anne Edwards,
Michael Jennings, Jim Oerther  
           Anne Benninger, Kate Fritz, Elaina LeGault          
The Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost
October 30, 2022

8AM Communion (Hybrid)
The Rev. Scot Sherman, Presider & Preacher
Jackie Buckley, Altar Guild

10 AM Communion (Hybrid)
The Rev. Scot Sherman, Presider & Preacher
David Austin, Guest Music Minister
Anne Benninger, Lee Hammack, Michael Jennings, Jackie Lewey, Janet Lohr, Jim Oerther, Kateri Paul, George Slaiman, Barbara Stevenson, Jill Tollefson, & Rolf Tollefson, and perhaps you!, Choir
Michael Jennings, Robert Geesey, Lectors
Elaina LeGault, Intercessor
Patrick Hall, In-Person Greeter
Peter Fairfield, Zoom Greeter
Nicole Miller, Sound/Liturgical DJ
CoCo Lin, Child Care
Barbara Stevensonl, Altar Guild
JoEllen Brothers, Bread Baker
Calendar for the week starting Friday, October 28, 2022
October 28
October 29
October 30
October 31
November 1
November 2
November 3
Morning Prayer (via Zoom), 7:30 AM
Food Pantry (at church), 1-2 PM
Contemplative Prayer (via Zoom), 9 AM
Holy Eucharist (Hybrid), 8 & 10 AM
Morning Prayer (via Zoom), 7:30 AM
Contemplative Prayer (via Zoom), 9 AM
Wrestling with the Scriptures (via Zoom) 10:30 AM
Morning Prayer (via Zoom), 7:30 AM
Diamond Diners To Go, 12:00 PM
Evening Prayer (via Zoom), 6:30 PM
Contemplative Prayer (via Zoom), 9 AM
Kaffeeklatsch (via Zoom), 3 PM
Our Prayers 
In Your Prayers, Please Remember:

In deep acknowledgment that St. Aidan’s is located within the unceded, ancestral land of the Yelamu tribe of the Ramaytush Ohlone people who have lived in vital relationship with this holy place for thousands of years.

In the Episcopal Church: Pray for Michael our Presiding Bishop; Marc our Bishop; the clergy of the Diocese; our Rector Cameron; our sabbatical priest, Scot, our assisting priests Don and Gary; our Deacons Margaret, and Mark; our Music Minister Barry; our Guest Music Minister David; our seminarian Weston; our postulant Lisa; our Childcare Provider CoCo.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Pray for Iglesia Anglicana de Chile.

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Pray for All Saints', San Leandro; All Saints', San Francisco.

In our Parish Cycle of Prayer: Pray for The Healing Prayer Team.
For those with birthdays this week:  (none this week).

For all striving for mental and emotional balance and wholeness, and for their families and friends.
For those who have asked for our prayers:
Barry K., Dawn, Elaina L., George J., Margaret T.
For the ongoing work against intersecting forms of oppression, particularly racism; and in affirmation of human dignity;

For our work in the world: Habitat for Humanity on Amber Drive, the Friday Food Pantry, Diamond Diners.
For Oscar Grant, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Rayshard Brooks, Elijah McClain, Walter Wallace, Adam Toledo, Daunte Wright, and all whose lives have borne deep witness that Black Lives Matter, and that systemic racism, white supremacy, and police brutality must be eradicated.
For our congregation as we embrace our call to be a sanctuary people, may we commit ourselves to prayer, education, and practices of sanctuary to support immigrants to this country and all people who are estranged, excluded, or threatened in 21st century America.
For all who are struggling in this time of pandemic, vulnerability, intensified injustice and division; for strength, support, and community across physical distances and for deepened engagement and commitment to our common life;

 For those who have recently died: Marjorie Wilkins Jones, John Morrow, Natalie Lloyd, Sabra Sones, Eleanor Elliott, Joseph Potenti, Ellie McCarthy, Christine Ortiz.

Names of the living are printed by first name only unless otherwise requested. 
Living prayer request names will be kept on the prayer list for four weeks;
to keep someone on the list for longer, please notify the office.
To place a name on our prayer list, please contact the church office
 415-285-9540, ext. 3 or 

The 21st Sunday after Pentecost
Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4
Psalm 119:137-144
2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12
Luke 19:1-10

Website and Staff Email Addresses
Our website address is
The email address to reach Cameron, the Rector, is
The email to reach Cary, the Parish Administrator, is
The  email to reach Barry, the Music Minister, is
The email to reach Dave, the Treasurer, is
Our mailing address is:
101 Gold Mine Drive 
San Francisco, CA 94131

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