#REMLive

Welcome to #REMLive, the Facebook Live page for the Rosebud Episcopal Mission. We offer Sunday services to nourish and strengthen you for the day and for the week. During the Coronavirus crisis, we also are offering Compline services each weeknight.https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/157287042818032

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You can find the live video on the Facebook page of the Rosebud Episcopal Mission (in your web browser, put in this link: https://facebook.com/Rosebud-Episcopal-Mission-108396892516634. When you click on this link, it will take you to the Rosebud Episcopal Mission Facebook page. YOU DO NOT NEED TO HAVE A FACEBOOK ACCOUNT. When you get to the page, it will say Log In. Please click NOT NOW. On left side, click on VIDEOS. You will have to wait until the service begins to see the live video. Once the service is over, the video will be posted to the Rosebud Episcopal Mission Facebook page, and to this website.

We also have begun featuring Lakota hymns, played by Rosebud Episcopal Mission Senior Catechist Erroll Geboe, which is his gift of love to all who love music.

We hope that you find these worship services to be a blessing in your life. If you cannot make it to church, we hope to see you here. Or, may these serve as a foretaste of the banquet to come in any of our congregations (when we resume in-person worship).

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The #REMLive worship service for Sunday, 16 May 2021, the 7th Sunday of Easter and the Sunday after Ascension. Bishop Jonathan H Folts joins us this morning to preach a powerful sermon on the Ascension, and on the work we are called to do, especially here on the Rosebud.

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Friday, 14 May 2021: In this trying times, with the pandemics of coronavirus and racism still running rampant in this world, with near-war in the Middle East, with political divisions, it is good to listen to retired Episcopal Bishop Steven Charleston, of the Choctaw Nation: “One thing is clear: we have a lot of work to do. Even now, as many of us already feel we are doing what we can, even now as many of us feel we are just emerging from the grasp of the pandemic, even now as we are beginning to see the breadth and depth of the work before us. So now is not the time to rest long in the new warmth of Spring or forget the last months of darkness and how close a thing our passage to higher ground has been. I believe our ancestors are encouraging us to go on: to keep doing all we can to heal the world. Look at what you see around you. Look for the passion and the possibility. And help where you can. How you can. When you can. For we have a lot of work to do and we need to do it together.” Amen to all of that!

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Thursday, 13 May 2021: Tonight we discuss a fabulous book, “An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States,” by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, a book that will open your eyes to the truth of what has happened to Indigenous people in this land. Only when we know the story of those who have been oppressed and slaughtered can we learn the truth, learn to respect all peoples, and thus begin building God’s Kingdom in this place.

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Wednesday, 12 May 2021: Despite the discourse in this nation that denigrates others, especially the poor, listen instead to Dorothy Day, activist and theologian: “The Gospel takes away our right forever, to discriminate between the deserving and the undeserving poor.” God gives preferential treatment to the poor, the widowed, the orphans, and the strangers in our midst. Jesus told us to feed the hungry, give water to the thirsty, clothe the naked, pray for the ill, visit those in prison, welcome strangers in our midst. We who follow Jesus do NOT get to discriminate between the deserving and the undeserving.

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Tuesday, 11 May 2021: Sometimes, life doesn’t go as planned. Sometimes, we don’t do as well as we would like. Sometimes, life beats us down. In those times, we feel broken, and often unworthy. But Sara Bareilles, in a post on Poetry & Every Emotion, points out good news for us: “The idea behind a kaleidoscope is that it’s a structure that’s filled with broken bits and pieces, and somehow if you can look through them, you still see something beautiful. I feel we are all that way.” To which we can ALL say, “Thanks be to God!”

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Monday, 10 May 2021, with Senior Catechist Erroll Geboe: God’s love gives us the strength and courage to continue, even on the worst days. Trust in the Lord!

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The #REMLive worship service for Sunday, 9 May, 2021, the Sixth Sunday of Easter, and Mother’s Day: Today’s message is all about love – love, love, love – which Jesus commands us to do … wildly, recklessly, and dangerously! For to love one another as Jesus loves us is to include the excluded, the touch the untouchables, to love the unloved. That’s what Jesus did, and that’s what Jesus asks us to do as well. So go into the world, and love … love, love, love!

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Friday, 7 May 2021: This has been a very hard week on the Rosebud, with far too many people making their journeys, far too much grief enveloping us here. So we turn to Bishop Steven Charleston (again) for his wisdom and comfort: “Your strength is in your faith. And your faith is as broad and deep as the gray green sea. Wherever you are in your life right now, whatever you are doing, however you are feeling, let what you have faith in, what you believe to be true to the deepest core of your being, sustain and empower you, heal and strengthen you, open your life to new horizons and new hopes. Faith is your strength. It is what will see you through. It is what will let you sail in any waters, all flags flying. You have believed for a long time now. You have kept the faith by allowing your faith to change and grow. Now you are the embodiment of what you hold sacred. Now. You are what you believe. You are an outward and visible sign of an inner grace, a grace whose ancient source is a relationship that will never end.”

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Thursday, 6 May 2021: Today is National Nurses Day, a day in which we give thanks fr these servants of God who have been under so much pressure and have given so much to others in these last months. If you know a nurse, thank them, support them, love them, and try to be servants to these special servants of God.

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For more information on #MMIW, Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, go to this website:

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Wednesday, 5 May 2021. Today is National #MMIW Day, the day set to help us recognize the thousands of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women in this nation and in all countries around the world. We have a charge to keep, as followers of Jesus, a charge to watch over, take care of, find, defend, and seek justice for all of our sisters.

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Tuesday, 4 May 2021, with host Erroll Geboe, the Rosebud Episcopal Mission Senior Catechist and Musician Extraordinaire.

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Monday, 3 May 2021: Two wise men offer us their guidance this night. First, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who advises us to “Do your little bit of good where you are. It’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” And second, tennis great Arthur Ashe, who advises us: “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” Together, these pearls of wisdom can guide us as we continue to follow Jesus and walk in the way of love.

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The latest offering from Rosebud Episcopal Mission Senior Catechist and Musician Extraordinaire Erroll Geboe, Episcopal Hymnal 1982 Hymn 36, “O Gladsome Light, O Grace,” played to the tune of “Le Cantique de Simeon.” Erroll played this hymn at Trinity Episcopal Church, Mission. Enjoy!

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The #REMLive service for Sunday, 2 May 2021, the 5th Sunday of Easter: Today Jesus talks about us being grafted into the Body of Christ, so that we, who are the Episcopal Branch of the Jesus Movement, can go out into the world to make the world a better place by loving God and loving our sisters and brothers. In essence, Jesus is saying we are kind of like Halo oranges — a hybrid between tangerines and sweet oranges — that was created by grafting sweet oranges onto tangerine trees. When that graft takes hold, something new is created. When we are baptized into the Body of Christ — grafted into that body — something new is created in us!

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Friday, 30 April 2021: We are being hit hard — very hard — here on the Rosebud with far too many deaths, including some who made their journeys intentionally and early. Grief hangs like a dark gray cloud above us, pushing us down, filling us with sorrow, and with questions. So we turn once again to Bishop #StevenCharleston, whose wise words from Tuesday of this week provide guidance: “We are not exempt from pain, those of us who call ourselves people of faith. We have no secret to share about how to expect the unexpected or how to put hearts back together after they are broken. We are as vulnerable as any human being. The invitation to believe is not a ticket out of suffering and sorrow. It is only a choice, one that must be made freely, to believe that through it all, the good and the bad, that there is a purpose to embody and a vision to follow. Faith will not make life hurt less, but it will give those hurts a different place in life. Not an inevitable consequence of our fragility, but an expression of our deepest courage. Faith can turn wounds into witness: it has many times before. It will again, for those of us who hold our faith dear. For those of us who close our eyes each night believing that no matter what happens we will see the light again.”

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Thursday, 29 April 2021: Once again, Bishop #StevenCharleston provides us the wisdom and comfort in these hand times, when here on the Rosebud we have had so many people make their journeys, and have so many others preparing to do so. “Faith is a choice we make each day. It is the choice to stay in our relationship with the sacred for one more day. … That is the mundane nature of faith. That is also its majesty.” So, when confronted by what seems to be overwhelming grief, and tragedy, and sickness, make the commitment, every single day, to stay in your relationship with the sacred.

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Wednesday, 28 April 2021: God calls us to see — to literally SEE — each person in front of us, instead of looking around them, through them, over them. We are all beloved children of God, and when claims are made — as happened recently — that only one culture is important, and that all others are not, then we are not SEEing all of God’s beloved children. Only by seeing people for who they are — beloved children of God — can we bring about God’s love, God’s peace, God’s mercy, and God’s justice.

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Tuesday, 27 April 2021, with host Erroll Geboe, the Rosebud Episcopal Mission Senior Catechist and Musician Extraordinaire.

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Monday, 26 April 2021: The Feast Day for St. Mark the Evangelist, normally on the 25th of April, was translated today, which gives us the opportunity to celebrate Mark’s passion, and immediacy, for the Good News of God in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Messiah. May that passion translate into our own lives, so that we never forget to proclaim as boldly that good news!

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The #REMLive worship service for Sunday, 25 April 2021, the Fourth Sunday of Easter: This is Good Shepherd Sunday, known by that name because this is the day we always hear the readings about the Good Shepherd, including Psalm 23 and a portion of John’s Gospel. Today, we focus on “bummer lambs,” little newborns rejected by their mothers who are taken in by shepherds, fed by bottle and nestled against the shepherd’s chest until they are old enough and strong enough to rejoin the flock. In the Lakota way, every person who ends up being a “bummer lamb” is taken in and cared for, just as Jesus commanded us.

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Friday, 23 April 2021: Our focus tonight is on what it means to be a Christian. Bishop Folts of the Diocese of South Dakota helps to answer that question with his statements this week, first on Gov. Noem’s refusal to allow immigrant children to be housed here in South Dakota (a joint statement with Bishop Hagmaier of the South Dakota Synod of Evangelical Lutheran Church in America), and then on the Derek Chauvin guilty verdicts. In the latter, he issued a call to combat the racism against Native Americans in this state. So what does it mean to be a Christian? It means we are to work to bring about the beloved community, and God’s justice, right now, right here.

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Thursday, 22 April 2021: Today is Earth Day, the day we set aside to honor the environment, and pledge to do better. But in the Lakota way, since the earth is our mother, it really could be thought of as “Mother’s Day.” Because all of creation — ALL of it — is our relative. Every single piece of it. And since everything is related to it, don’t we want to treat it all with great respect and love? The Inidigenous approach to creation is so very life-giving, and is the only way we can possibly follow if we want to save our relatives.

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Wednesday, 21 April 2021: Yesterday, with the verdict in the Derek Chauvin case, we experienced a great sigh of relief, and a modicum of justice, which is limited to this case only. The conviction of the former police officer in the murder of George Floyd will not bring Mr. Floyd back, but it *is* a tiny bit of justice in this case only. So … how do we bring about justice in *all* cases, for *all* people, regardless of the color of their skin? We work for it. We pray for it. We protest and demonstrate and demand that justice roll down like waters. It’s still a long road ahead of us, but we have begun a good march.

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Tuesday, 20 April 2021, with Rosebud Episcopal Mission Senior Catechist Erroll Geboe, with a message about when we sleep, we sleep in God’s presence, and our hearts beat with God’s, which helps us become one with God, and gives us peace. We do that to be refreshed and strengthened, with Jesus as the first person we greet when we wake.

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Part 1 of the #REMLive #Compline service for Monday, 19 April 2021: We had some technical difficulties tonight, probably due to a weak internet signal, so that partway through the service, the video began jumping around. Our theme tonight is Breathing In Some God, especially in these tense times while we await a verdict in the trial over George Floyd’s death at the hands of the police.

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Part 2 of the #REMLive #Compline service for Monday, 19 April 2021: With the technical difficulties, we stopped the service tonight, and then restarted it, to continue to discussion of how much we need to Breathe In Some God in these tense times.

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The latest offering by Rosebud Episcopal Mission Senior Catechist and Musician Extraordinaire Erroll Geboe, “When I survey the wondrous cross,” Hymn 474 in the Episcopal Hymnal 1982, played to the tune of “Rockingham.” Erroll played this hymn at Trinity Episcopal Church, Mission. Enjoy!

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The #REMLive worship service for Sunday, 18 April 2021, the Third Sunday of Easter, with mission partners Jan Hagerman and Laura Gurney. In today’s Gospel, the disciples are afraid that the Risen Lord is actually a ghost, but then … Jesus asked for something to eat. This is our call: to be witnesses, and to feed God’s beloved people.

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Friday, 16 April 2021, with Mother Lauren, #LauraGurneyand #JanHagerman. Laura and Jan had a special message for the people of the Rosebud: Mother Lauren is moving on to a new position with the Diocese, but YOU are the Rosebud, and YOU will continue to share your gifts, and care for the Oyate. And they – Laura and Jan and other partners – will continue to come to the Rosebud for mission trips and ministry support!

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Thursday, 15 April 2021: Vigilance is the word tonight. We have to stay vigilant if we are going to defeat the pandemic of coronavirus, especially with numbers rising. And we have to stay vigilant if we ever want to end the pandemic of racism that has plagued this nation since Europeans arrived on Turtle Island. Keep watch …

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Wednesday, 14 April 2021: Mother Lauren is joined by Father Kurt Huber, co-superintending presbyter of the Cheyenne River Episcopal Mission, while both are on clergy retreat for the Diocese of South Dakota at Abbey of the Hills in Marvin, S.D. Tonight’s topic: We who follow Jesus and walk in the way of love must be the ones who call for and act for justice – God’s justice – in this world.

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The #REMLive #Compline for Tuesday, 13 April 2021, hosted by Rosebud Episcopal Mission Senior Catechist Erroll Geboe, with prayers and Lakota hymns.

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Monday, 12 April 2021: We had a guest preacher tonight, Bishop Jonathan H. Folts, the Bishop of South Dakota, who reassured the people of the Rosebud West that we will find the right priest, and who explained why he called Mother Lauren as his new Canon to the Ordinary!

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The #REMLive service for the Second Sunday of Easter, 11 April 2021: On this day, the Risen Lord appeared to the disciples for the second time while they were in that Upper Room, behind a locked door, living in fear. We know what it is like to live behind locked doors, fearing coronavirus infections, and sickness and the very real possibility of death. But the Risen Lord comes to us to tell us to not be afraid, to breathe God’s peace upon us, and to enable us to go out into the world to love and forgive and live love among all of God’s beloved children.

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Friday in Easter Week, 9 April 2021: Theologian Barbara Brown Taylor points out that Christianity “is the only world religion that confesses a God who suffers. … What the cross teaches us is that God’s power is not the power to force human choices and end human pain. It is, instead, the power to pick up the shattered pieces and make something holy out of them — not from a distance, but right up close.” (From “God in Pain.”) This is reminiscent of the Japanese tradition of “Kintsugi,” the art of putting broken pottery pieces back together with gold to create an even stronger, more beautiful piece of art. This is what God does for us: Picks up the shattered pieces of our lives to make the more beautiful and holy.

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Thursday in Easter Week, 8 April 2021: Two things tonight: First, it is Holocaust Remembrance Day. Let us remember the 6 million Jews murdered in the holocaust, and let us not only VOW “Never Again,” but let us ACT to make sure genocide stops. And two: Today we announced that the Bishop of South Dakota, The Rt. Rev. Dr. Jonathan H. Folts, has called Mother Lauren to be the new Canon to the Ordinary (it’s rather like being an executive assistant to the bishop) for the Episcopal Diocese of South Dakota. Which means that Mother Lauren will be leaving the Rosebud in mid-June to move to Pierre. But the work of the Rosebud Episcopal Mission will continue, because Mother Lauren is NOT the Mission. The people of the Rosebud are the Mission. And if everyone continues that work, and supports Senior Catechist Erroll Geboe, all indeed shall be well.

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Wednesday in Easter Week, 7 April 2021: God knows when another person truly needs someone, and sometimes puts you in their path. And you never know when you being there is just the thing that person needs, which opens the door for a relationship to begin.

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Part ONE of the #REMLive #Compline service for Tuesday in Easter Week, 6 April 2021: Our service was inadvertently cut off by a phone call, so this is just the first part. But the message does carry over: The resurrection of our Lord changed the WORLD. And it should change us as well … giving us the power and the courage to make the world a better place. Change is scary, but change is also very, very good!

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Part TWO of the #REMLive #Compline service for Tuesday in Easter week, 6 April 2021: Our service was inadvertently cut off by a phone call, so this is the second part of the service, which continue with more on how change is good, even when it is scary, and how the resurrection of our Lord – which changed the WORLD – can embolden US to do the same.

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Easter Monday, 5 April 2021: Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, quoting the late Bishop Barbara Harris, offers wisdom to keep us going, even in the face of difficulties and hardship and pandemics both COIVD and racist: “Our work goes on. Our labor for love continues. We will not cease, and we will not give up until this world reflects less our nightmare and more God’s dream where there’s plenty good room for all God’s children. Hallelujah anyhow.”

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The #REMLive service for Sunday, 4 April 2021, Easter Sunday: Alleluia! Christ is risen! The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia! The whole purpose of Jesus being raised from the dead is to show us God’s love, and to empower us to go into the world living that love every single day, with every person we meet. So, go! Go love! Because the Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia!!!!

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Friday, 2 April 2021, Good Friday. On this night, the parallels between Jesus’ death on the cross and George Floyd in the streets of Minneapolis are stunning and far too close to ignore. We cannot look away. We cannot pretend that neither death happened. We cannot pretend that every bad thing in this world will go away if we just ignore them. We who follow Jesus have to live every single day in love. We have to speak love. Act love. BE love.

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The #REMLive #GoodFriday service from the Bishop Jones Building this night: The parallels between the trial and death of Jesus, and the death and trial of George Floyd are striking. Both cried out for parents. Both knew they were going to die. Both were put to death by the powers that be that did not – and to this day do not – respect people of color. Both could not breathe. Both spoke of the families in moments of great love. On this Good Friday, we cannot ignore the fact that Jesus and George Floyd were murdered by the powers that did not respect who they were. We cannot turn a blind eye to the injustice of 2,000 years ago, the injustice of one year ago, the injustices that continue to this day. Not if we want to follow Jesus and walk in the way of love.

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Thursday, 1 April 2021, Maundy Thursday: This is the night when Jesus first celebrated the Eucharist, in his Last Supper with his disciples. In that moment, he declared ordinary bread and wine to be his body and blood, and said, “Do this in remembrance of me.” The Eucharist we celebrate and consume? It’s not just regular old bread and wine, which give you only enough energy to actually inhale and exhale once. That bread and wine that we receive at the altar? THAT’s the strength and nourishment we need to go out into the world and make that world a better place.

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The #REMLive Maundy Thursday service of Foot-washing and Hoky Eucharist from the Rosebud Episcopal Mission, at the Bishop Jones Building in Mission. Washing another person’s feet is an act of humble love. (And we are working on the sound for the rest of our services …)

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Wednesday, 31 March 2021, Wednesday in Holy Week: The Prophet Isaiah calls us to be sustainers to the weary with a word, a word that comes from God. WE, as followers of Jesus who walk in the way of love, are called to sustain each other and all whom we encounter with love and hope. That is what we have done for the past year with this service, and it is what we are called to do not only with each other but with everyone we meet.

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Tuesday, 30 March 2021, Tuesday in Holy Week: The Apostle Paul tells us, in his first letter to the Corinthians, that the Gospel is foolishness, which means that there are many who cannot accept it, because they want signs and wisdom. For those who believe, the foolishness of God’s love for every single person makes perfect sense. So go into the world, and foolishly love. Every. Single. Person.

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Monday, 29 March 2021, Monday in Holy Week: As we examine who we are in the Holy Week story 2,000 years ago, and who we are in the same story right now, we also look to who we want to be in the story as it moves forward. For guidance, we look to Isaiah 42:1-9, and hear the clarion call to live righteous lives, in right relationship with God, which means caring for and about all of God’s beloved children.

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The latest offering from Rosebud Episcopal Mission Senior Catechist and Musician Extraordinaire Erroll Geboe, “All Glory, Laud and Honor,” Hymn 154 from the Episcopal Hymnal 1982, played to the tune of “Valet will ich dir geben.” Erroll played this hymn at Trinity Episcopal Church, Mission. Enjoy!

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The #REMLive service for Sunday, 28 March 2021, Palm and Passion Sunday: On this first day of Holy Week, as we hear the story both of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, and of his arrest, trial, and crucifixion, the question we must confront is this: Who are we in this story? The ones hailing Jesus? Or the ones condemning him? Passive observers, silently watching? Or virulent participants, calling for Jesus’ crucifixion? The question applies not only to 2,000 years ago, but also today: Who are we in today’s story? Passive observers, watching the world go by? Or virulent participants, condemning others?

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Friday, 26 March 2021: Two quotes from the late Rachel Held Evans, a young theologian with the wisdom of the ages, guide us tonight: “… the gospel doesn’t need a coalition devoted to keeping the wrong people out. It needs a family of sinners, saved by grace, committed to tearing down the walls, throwing open the doors, and shouting, “Welcome! There’s bread and wine. Come eat with us and talk.” This isn’t a kingdom for the worthy; it’s a kingdom for the hungry.” And, “This is what God’s kingdom is like: a bunch of outcast and oddballs gathered at a table, not because they are rich or worthy or good, but because they were hungry, because they said yes. And there’s always room for more.” The Gospel invites ALL of us in to the table, and feeds ALL of us.

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This is the poem we used on the #REMLive #Compline service on Thursday, 25 March 2021, “Immigration,” by poet Leslé Honoré:

I am walking
Thousands of miles
Towards a hope
That I know hates me
In weary arms
I carry my world
On my shoulders
I carry my dreams
On my hip I carry my legacy
I carry them
Hungry
Tired
Afraid
Confused
I carry them
From certain death
From daughters
Ripped from beds
Raped and forced into prostitution
Sons ripped from beds
Forced to murder
their friends
their family
I have nothing
But the knowledge
That if I make it to
America
Where I will be hated
Denigrated
Work jobs no one else wants
Often not get paid
Live in shadows
Become invisible
Never to return
At least
At least
At least
My babies will be alive
I want nothing from you
But to work
To sleep on streets
That aren’t flooded with soldiers
I will accept your hate
Your ignorance
Your disgust
In exchange for the lives of my children
Maybe they will
Contribute like all the immigrants before us
Who make your country
All that you worship
Your music
Your movies
Your food
Your culture
Your way of life
You owe to an immigrant
I know what they won’t grow up to be
An Elder killer
Children slayer
Mass shooter
That’s a job held by Christian white men
So I will walk
Across countries
With blistered feet
Towards the gates of hell
Into the arms of hate
To make a deal with the devils
To save the lives of my children
Wouldn’t you
Would your Christ
Build A Wall
Or Walk with a Caravan
May be an image of 8 people, child, people sitting, people standing and outdoors

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Thursday, 25 March 2021: As more and more refugees and immigrants arrive at the Southern border, especially children, we need to remember: We follow Jesus. And Jesus tells us to welcome the strangers in our midst. Let us look at those trying to come to this country as God looks at them: As beloved children of God. And thanks to poet Leslé Honoré for her powerful poem, “Immigration,” which we will place on another post.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/747682232567934

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Wednesday, 24 March 2021: On this feast day of Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador, we are reminded that as followers of Jesus, we are always, always called to be radically brave, or brave radicals, in the name of Jesus.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/4151419864910218

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Tuesday, 23 March 2021, with host Erroll Geboe, the Rosebud Episcopal Mission Senior Catechist and Musician Extraordinaire. In our lives, we face many storms, including spiritual ones. When those storms hit, know that Jesus is with us, and as he did in Mark’s Gospel, he tells the storm to “be still,” and the storm will be stilled. When we face these storms, we must have faith that Jesus will end them.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/809848876404046

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Monday, 22 March 2021: On this night, when news of the shootings in Boulder, Colorado, is just coming out, let us look again at who is and who is not a beloved child of God. The answer: ALL of us are beloved children of God, because with God, there no “us’s” and “thems.” With God, everyone is on the inside, and not one is an outsider. So what can we do as followers of Jesus to make this clear? How can we change the world for the better?

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/1156391448126358

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The #REMLive worship service for Sunday, 21 March 2021, the 5th Sunday in Lent: The Greeks who said to Philip, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus,” ask the same thing people ask of us, and that we ask of others. So … what do you want to see when you ask that question? And what do you show people when they say that to you? Because Jesus is really clear: It is up to US to show Jesus to others.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/244808210667182

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Our latest offering for Sunday morning music, Lakota Hymn 66, “Wicotakuye kin Wakan,” a hymn about kinship, with narration by the late Archdeacon Vine V. DeLoria Jr. The hymn is sung by members of Episcopal congregations and the Brotherhood of Christian Unity. This offering comes from the CD “Wakan, Wakan, Wakan,” which was made at St. Elizabeth’s Home for Indian Children in Wakpala, S.D., approximately 35 (or more) years ago. Rosebud Episcopal Mission Senior Catechist and Musician Extraordinaire Erroll Geboe played this recording at Trinity Episcopal Church, Mission. (Note: The Episcopal Diocese of South Dakota owns the copyright for this hymn and all others in the Lakota hymnal.) Enjoy!

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/1116621878817625

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Friday, 19 March 2021, the one-year anniversary of our Compline services! On this night, we celebrate all we have gone through in this past year: the laughter, the tears, the fears, the joys, the prayers, and most especially, the beloved community we have formed through this service. Blessings and peace to all!

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/178578257240515

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Thursday, 18 March 2021: A chance encounter with a truck driver leads to new understandings of the pain people of color go through in this country … Every. Single. Day. And that led to a renewed commitment to be an ally of every beloved child of God. Every. Child.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/789164858676278

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Wednesday, 17 March 2021, the Feast of St. Patrick: On this day, celebrate the blessings of St. Patrick, one of the patron saints of Ireland, who despite having been enslaved there returned after his escape to preach the Gospel of God’s love to the people, and let them know how very much God loved them. And then let us ask: Are we willing to follow God’s call to spread that same Gospel in this day and age, regardless of how hard that might be? (And no, Patrick did not rid Ireland of snakes … there weren’t any there to begin with.)

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/1195536000864590

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Tuesday, 16 March 2021: Rosebud Episcopal Mission Senior Catechist and Musician Extraordinaire Erroll Geboe leads tonight’s session with Lakota hymns and a strong message of trusting in God, even when it’s hard.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/190625165853611

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Monday, 15 March 2021: Today, the U.S. Senate confirmed Rep. Deb Haaland, a Laguna Pueblo Native woman, as the Secretary of the Interior. Her appointment shows that all of us are welcome at God’s table, and that all of us have the ability to lead. Secretary Haaland will be able to teach so many of us even more about how the Earth and ALL of creation is our relative, and should be treated with the same respect and love as our two-legged relatives. And a special pastoral note to all LBGTQ members of the Roman Catholic faith, who today were told that Catholic priests cannot bless same-gender marriages: Know your are loved. Know you are God’s beloved. Know that if you need a blessing, we will give it to you.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/275529410703781

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The #REMLive service for Sunday, 14 March 2021, the Fourth Sunday in Lent: The Gospel reading this morning, John 3:16 (“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.”) makes so much more sense when you realize that today also is 3.14 – National Pi Day. As in, Pi is the “ratio of the circumference of any circle to the diameter of that circle” (Scientific American), and that “regardless of the circle’s size, this ratio will always equal pi,” which is an irrational number that has no end. And that, friends, is what God’s love is as well: Irrational, and without end. God’s love = pi. Chew on that on this snowy day.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/524258045209707

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A bit of a different offering for the Sunday morning hymn today: The late Archdeacon Vine V. DeLoria Jr. and members of Episcopal congregations and the Brotherhood of Christian Unity present Lakota Hymn 137, “Wakan, Wakan, Wakan” (“Holy, Holy, Holy”). Archdeacon DeLoria opens this offering by explaining the meaning of the hymn before the congregations begin singing. This recording, which Rosebud Episcopal Mission Senior Catechist and Musician Extraordinaire Erroll Geboe played at Trinity Episcopal Church, Mission, was made at St. Elizabeth’s Home for Indian Children in Wakpala, S.D., approximately 35 (or more) years ago. (Note: The Episcopal Diocese of South Dakota owns the copyright for this hymn and all others in the Lakota hymnal.) Enjoy!

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/1438380583175120

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This is the website for the prayer we used on the #REMLive #Compline service on Friday, 12 March 2021, “A Prayer to Mark One Year of the Pandemic.”

https://www.saltproject.org/progressive-christian-blog/2021/3/9/a-prayer-to-mark-one-year-of-the-pandemic?fbclid=IwAR0Xhci1XEteC1PfeNgSOv9oprpu4OONbUPvYAKfT3-Ui7TP_uDjjktmQQ0

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Friday, 12 March 2021: On this Friday, one day after the one-year anniversary of the declaration of the COVID-19 pandemic, we offer a prayer from salt project.org, a prayer that sums up so well all we have been through, and all that is to come. (We will post the link to this prayer in a separate post on this timeline, and on our website, rosebudepiscopalmission.org.)

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/1127120281081907

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Thursday, 11 March 2021: On this one-year anniversary of the declaration of the COIVD-19 pandemic, let us look around and ask: “Who has been empathetic to us? And to whom have we been empathetic?” Because empathy – the ability to sit and listen and feel WITH each other – is what will make the new, new normal something that more closely resembles the Kingdom of God.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/204847191414891

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Wednesday, 10 March 2021: In the just-passed American Recovery Plan are several moral imperatives that will help bring the new, new normal so much closer: The $1,400 checks for 75 percent of Americans (which highlights income inequity in this country); the child-care stimulus, which could cut childhood poverty in half (read Deuteronomy to hear God’s view on this); and the $31.2 billion that will go to Native tribes, which will help with food, water, housing, internet access, health-care, vaccinations, testing, and so many other things that are ALL included in the treaties. We CAN get closer to the Kingdom of God.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/929813994491196

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Tuesday, 9 March 2021, with host Erroll Geboe, Rosebud Episcopal Mission Senior Catechist and Musician Extraordinaire, who urges us to ask God, through prayer, to make us strong in faith and to be more active in doing good works.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/305346847657407

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Monday, 8 March 2021: Today is International Women’s Day, which began being celebrated 110 years ago. This year’s theme: #ChoosetoChallenge. So … who are the women who have challenged you in your life, to push you and make you better? Who are the women who have challenged the status quo? Who are the women who have made the world better, and brought it closer to the Kingdom of God?

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/491944815173335

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The latest offering from Rosebud Senior Catechist and Musician Extraordinaire Erroll Geboe, “All Praise to Thee My God This Night,” (Compline), Hymn 43 from the Episcopal Hymnal 1982, played to “The Eighth Tune” at Trinity Episcopal Church, Mission, S.D. Enjoy!

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/283644693111003

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The #REMLive Sunday worship service for 7 March 2021, the 3rd Sunday in Lent: In this morning’s Gospel, Jesus throws a fit and overturns the moneychangers’ tables and drives out all the sacrificial animals at the Temple – something we, after a year of the pandemic, sometimes want to do as well. BUT … Jesus does so to teach us some important lessons: First, our relationship with God is NOT based on a contract. In other words, we can’t buy God’s love. Second, even when we turn over and drive out some people from our lives, those same people are STILL invited to Jesus’ table. And he asks us to do the same, to invite everyone to our tables, even those we have driven out. A hard but good lesson for us: ALL of us are invited to GOD’s table.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/144046074256630

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Friday, 5 March 2021: In times of grief, in times of pressure, in times of tension, in those times when all is not going according to plan … stop. Breathe in some God. Say a prayer – aloud, to yourself, via a hymn. Sing the Doxology in whatever language you like so that you are praising God. And then let God handle the pressure for you.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/142909317702637

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Thursday, 4 March 2021: ALL of us are carrying an enormous load of grief right now … for the 520,000 lives lost in this country alone to COVID-19, for the extraordinarily high number of people who have made their journeys here on the Rosebud in the past week alone, for the loss of so much in this past year. We are all carrying a heavy burden … and to do so, we need each other. We need others to help us, and they need us to help them. We need to grieve, and doing so in community is one of the ways to lighten the burden. Ask each other about those whom they have lost. Talk about those who have made their journeys. Say their names. Remember. Cry. Love. Grieve. It is necessary and good.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/2371927096264962

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Wednesday, 3 March 2021: Lutheran pastor and author Nadia Bolz-Weber’s prayers from Sunday – asking for a lot more grace and patience, and recognizing that not one of us is in control of everything – are good guides not just for this moment, when we are all tired of the pandemic and losing patience ourselves, but also for the new, new normal. If we can cultivate being a little more gentle to ourselves and each other, that new, new normal will be so much better than the old normal ever was.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/375618323531354

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Tuesday, 2 March 2021: Rosebud Episcopal Mission Senior Catechist Erroll Geboe’s message focused on prayer, especially in the season of Lent. And he sang three hymns in Lakota!

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/439966380417678

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Monday, 1 March 2021: 60 years ago today, President John F. Kennedy signed the papers creating the U.S. Peace Corps, which has as its goals the training of people overseas, telling the story of the United States to others, and coming home to tell the story of those they served to Americans. It was – and is – seen as a way to make peace and to make friends. This is our call as followers of Jesus as well … to make peace and to make friends. Everywhere we go.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/453236669447088

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The latest offering from Rosebud Episcopal Mission Senior Catechist and Musician Extraordinaire Erroll Geboe, “Now let us all with one accord,” Hymn No. 146 from the Episcopal Hymnal 1982, played to the alternate tune of “Maryton.” Erroll played this hymn at Trinity Episcopal Church, Mission. Enjoy!

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/190744169510897

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The #REMLive worship service for Sunday, 28 February 2021, the 2nd Sunday in Lent: Jesus says to take up our cross and follow him, which is scary for most people, because most people think that means we will have to suffer through an excruciating death nailed to a cross, just like Jesus. But theologian #RichardRohr and Bishop #JakeOwensby explain it differently: Taking up our cross means to “be the visible compassion of God on earth.” It means to “live the cruciform shape of all reality.” It means to “lean into this messy world with the power of love.” And after this past year of the pandemic, isn’t that what we have been doing? Living lives of love? That’s what Jesus means when he tells us to take up our cross and follow him.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/429780451650343

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Friday, 26 February 2021: Today, the Rosebud Sioux Tribe eased the restrictions for the pandemic, ending the curfew, restoring dining in some of our restaurants, allowing wakes again, and bringing employees back into offices. This is NOT the end of the pandemic, but the end of the beginning, and we STILL must be careful, with masks, distancing, and hand washing. But the light at the end of the tunnel is growing brighter and nearer, and for that we give great thanks!

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/249774813307299

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Thursday, 25 February 2021: Former Virginia seminary professor The Rev. Churchill Gibson used to talk about “hep” all the time … you know, “H-E-L-P … HEP” – and how we all need to “hep” each other, and receive “hep” from others. And author and Presbyterian minister Frederick Buechner wrote, “In his holy flirtation with the world, God occasionally drops a handkerchief. Those handkerchiefs are called saints.” So … in this year-long pandemic, how have you been one of God’s handkerchiefs, “hepping” someone, and who has been a handkerchief to you, “hepping” you?

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/184865356364604

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The #REMLive #Compline for Wednesday, 24 February 2021: With more than 500,000 dead from coronavirus, it is easy to descend into the depths of despair. But there is hope out there, not only with the vaccine, but with those who help out in this hard times, and those who take care of us, and those who say prayers with us … there is hope. And we cling to that.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/188970312558873

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Tuesday, February 23, 2021, with guest host Laura Gurney from 1st Congregational Church, Greeley, Colorado, with a poem called “Lint” by Layton E. Williams. We’ve never really left the Lenten season from last year… we have already given up so much. Is it really necessary to give up MORE this year?

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/129154989111551

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Monday, 22 February 2021: Rosebud Episcopal Mission Senior Catechist Erroll Geboe leads tonight, with a message of trusting in Jesus in Lent, and staying focused so that we don’t get sidetracked. Plus three beautiful hymns in Lakota.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/562098274752129

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The latest offering from Rosebud Episcopal Mission Senior Catechist and Musician Extraordinaire Erroll Geboe, Lakota Hymn 31, “Nearer, My God, to Thee,” played to the tune of “Bethany.” Erroll played this hymn at Trinity Episcopal Church, Mission, S.D. Enjoy!

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/217484726750400

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The #REMLive worship service for Sunday, 21 February 2021: On this First Sunday in Lent – a Lent that seems to have never ended from *last* year, let’s focus not on what we are giving up – because we have given up, and lost, so much and so many in these last 12 months – but rather on what God is calling us to do in the new, new normal that is getting ever-closer to us. Like Jesus in the wilderness, let us use this time to discern what path we will follow to bring the Good News of light, and life, and joy, and love to all of the people of God.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/721086731914839

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Friday, 19 February 2021: The winter storms that affected – and are still affecting – so many millions of people in this country, combined with the pandemic, and the mourning for those whom we have lost, make it too easy for us to slip into darkness. But by focusing on hope – the hope of the resurrection, the hope of better times to come, the hope of vaccines and restored power and restored water, the hope of vacations to come that will reunite us with our families … THAT hope? That is what will get us through all that life throws at us. So find something to focus on that gives you hope … look into the future, and dream of something good and new and life-giving. Let hope sustain you.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/488112302351733

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Thursday, 18 February 2021: This marathon we’ve been in since last February? It’s not over yet. We still have a long ways to go … but there are ways to handle it. By meditating on a friend or loved one, sending them virtual life and light and joy, and then by writing to them – actually hand-writing a note! – to share that life and light and joy with them. Sharing love will get us through this …

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/1349895355368161

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The reflections we used in the #REMLive #Compline service on Ash Wednesday:

From Bishop Steven Charleston, Choctaw Nation:

For a great many of us the coming weeks will be a time of deep reflection and intentional spiritual practice. It is the Christian season of mindfulness, a call to self-awareness, a re-evaluation of old priorities. I believe this Lent will be made even more poignant given all we have been through, and continue to go through. You do not have to be Christian to embrace this Lenten season because we have all faced a life-changing experience and emerged from it more reflective than ever. Persons of all faith traditions will be pondering the meaning of our recent struggles over the coming month. We should welcome one another into an inter-faith “Lent”, inviting every person to come into the circle of discernment. The questions we ask ourselves are fundamental and ancient. Why us? Why now? What did we do? What were we thinking? Can we ever trust again? These and dozens of other inquiries will be an integral part of Lent 2021. So I begin now in prayer for all of us. May we all journey together through this period of national self-examination. And, with the help of the Spirit, may we find the answers we are seeking.

From Lutheran pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber:

Here’s my image of Ash Wednesday: If our lives were a long piece of fabric with our baptism on one end and our funeral on another, and we don’t know the distance between the two, then Ash Wednesday is a time when that fabric is pinched in the middle and the ends are held up so that our baptism in the past and our funeral in the future meet. The water and words from our baptism plus the earth and words from our funerals have come from the past and future to meet us in the present. And in that meeting we are reminded of the promises of God: That we are God’s, that there is no sin, no darkness, and yes, no grave that God will not come to find us in and love us back to life. These promises outlast our earthly bodies and the limits of time.” From her book, “Accidental Saints; Finding God in All The Wrong People” (2015)

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Wednesday, 17 February 2021, Ash Wednesday: We were overwhelmed with requests for ashes today, which indicates that after a year of pandemic and pandemic deaths, we as a people are more aware of our mortality than ever before, and want to focus more on how we want to live our lives. Use this Lent to do just that: To decided how we want to live.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/4279807355386726

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Tuesday, 16 February 2021, Shrove Tuesday: God is love, and God loves each and every one of us. Remember that, even in the darkest of times. Hold on to that love!

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/133151258679907

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Monday, 15 February 2021: It is freezing in a major portion of the country this week, so it’s time to pull together to watch over each other, and to help by cutting back on our electricity use, sharing our wood and blankets, and saying our prayers!

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/263213088595534

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Wednesday, 6 January 2021, the Feast of the Epiphany: On this night, as this country has witnessed and continues to witness astounding events in our nation’s Capitol, we pray for this country, we pray for those whom we like, and those whom we don’t like, we pray for peace. We shine a light on the world, because God commands us to do so. We work for God’s justice, for God’s love, for God’s mercy.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/218526126561919

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The prayer for medical workers we used tonight in our #REMLive #Compline service, written by Hershel Hartford and shared with his permission.

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Tuesday, 5 January 2021, the Twelfth Night (and Day) of Christmas: On this night, we celebrate and pray for our front-line medical personnel, who have given so much, and risk so much, to care for all of us. The nurses, doctors, CMAs, MAs, CNAs, NAs, janitors, house-keepers, administrators, as well as the EMTs, the ambulance drivers, and everyone else involved are in need of our prayers. (We will post the prayer we used separately.)

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/4363505090331888

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The prayer we used tonight from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America:

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Monday, 4 January 2021, the 11th Day of Christmas: Our hymn tonight sums it all up for us: Go Tell It On The Mountain!! Jesus’ birth is so exciting that we can’t keep the news to ourselves. And we, who follow Jesus and walk in the way of love? We need to shout this good news even today, as we lead the way to a new, new normal that is closer to God’s desire for us! So go SHOUT!

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/238353907903159

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The #REMLive worship service for Sunday, 3 January 2021, the 2nd Sunday after Christmas, the 10th Day of Christmas season: Today we hear the story of the wise men from the East who followed a star in order to proclaim Jesus as the Messiah. Are we willing to follow a star, the star whom we call Jesus, into new and unfamiliar places in order to do what God is calling us to do?

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/233280084924250

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The prayers we used in the #REMLive #Compline service on 1 January 2021 to start the new year:

From The Very Rev. Ward Simpson, Dean of Calvary Cathedral, Sioux Falls, Diocese of South Dakota:

A Collect For New Year’s Day 2021

God our Father, you created all the world and restore it day by day; as this new year begins we turn to you in need and in hope.

Where this past year has seen us isolated to protect ourselves, our loved ones, and our communities from the threat of COVID-19, may the new year bring us back together protected by your grace manifest in the healing power of vaccines and the skills of medical professionals.

Where this past year has seen us retreat to political extremes of distrust and suspicion, may the new year bring us back together guided by your grace manifest in renewed conversation and a restored understanding that we are one people united by a shared desire to build the common good.

Where this past year has seen the sin of racism brought into sharp focus and nationwide awareness, may the new year bring us back together reminded of your love for all your children and empowered to change the systems of our society to more fully reflect the law of love that is the bedrock of that heavenly city where you live and reign in the power that is Love. Amen.

From Dr. Jill Biden, soon to be the First Lady of the United States:

From The Rev. Marion Kanour, an adapted prayer:

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Friday, 1 January 2021, the 8th day of Christmas, and the Feast of the Holy Name: On this first day of the new year, and on this feast day, we are called to start anew, with a new name by which we hoped to be called as we make the new, new normal a better time and place for all of us. We have beautiful prayers that will be shared separately to help guide us through the year.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/147263717159912

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The final #REMLive #Compline service of 2020, on Thursday, 31 December 2020, the 7th day of Christmas: Out with the old, in with the new – that’s the tradition of New Year’s Eve. But before tossing out a really bad year, in which we have lost so much, let’s also celebrate all the goodness we discovered in this hard year: people helping each other; medical professionals risking their lives to save our lives; those who wore – and still wear – their masks; the small acts of kindness and the huge acts of kindness. Because even in our darkest hours, we saw the light of Christ shining forth.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/334083334256951

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The wise words we shared in tonight’s service:

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Wednesday, 30 December 2020, the 6th Day of Christmas: On the night before the night before the New Year, it seems appropriate to stop and sing – in both English and Lakota – Silent Night, to focus on the birth of this child who is light and love, so that we can hold onto that light and love in the New Year. And we shared wise words from Rachel Marie Martin, Lessons from 2020, which we will post above.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/446180826791509

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Tuesday, 29 December 2020, the 5th Day of Christmas: On this day, we remember the Slaughter of the Holy Innocents of Bethlehem by King Herod, who feared a King of the Jews, and the Massacre of the Holy Innocent Lakota at Wounded Knee 130 years ago. May we never forget, and may we pledge to work to never allow it to happen again. A prayer for both remembrances: We remember today, O Creator, the slaughter of the holy innocents of Bethlehem by King Herod, and the massacre of the holy innocent Lakota at Wounded Knee 130 years ago by the 7th Cavalry. Receive, we pray, into the arms of your mercy all innocent victims; and by your great might frustrate the designs of evil tyrants. Let us never forget these slaughters, and may you establish your rule of justice, love, and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Monday, 28 December 2020, the 4th Day of Christmas: Tonight is guided by a special blessing, known as the Burning Man Blessing, by the Very Rev. Dean Brian Baker, as it appears in the Black Rock Prayer Book:

The world now is too dangerous

and too beautiful for anything but love.

May your eyes be so blessed you see God in everyone.

Your ears, so you hear the cry of the poor.

May your hands be so blessed

that everything you touch is a sacrament.

Your lips, so you speak nothing but the truth with love.

May your feet be so blessed you run

to those who need you.

And may your heart be so opened,

so set on fire, that your love,

YOUR LOVE, changes everything.

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The latest offering from Rosebud Episcopal Mission Senior Catechist and Musician Extraordinaire Erroll Geboe, What child is this, played to the tune of Greensleeves, from the Episcopal Hymnal 1982. Erroll played this hymn at Trinity Episcopal Church, Mission. Enjoy!

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/844564756120007

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The #REMLive worship service for Sunday, 27 December 2020, the First Sunday after Christmas: on this 3rd day of Christmas, let us join together to figure out how we – as followers of Jesus who walk in the way of love – can be the light and do the work of Christmas, which is, to quote theologian Howard Thurman’s The Mood of Christmas:

When the song of the angels is stilled,

When the star in the sky is gone,

When the kings and princes are home,

When the shepherds are back with their flock,

The work of Christmas begins:

To find the lost,

To heal the broken,

To feed the hungry,

To release the prisoner,

To rebuild the nations,

To bring peace among people,

To make music in the heart.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/225436239142926

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Friday, 25 December 2020, Christmas Day: Christmas was different for so many of us, but the hope is, in the different time, we are able to focus on the Good News of this day: That God loves us. Each and every one of us.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/403276830949415

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Thursday, 24 December 2020, Christmas Eve: Tonight is the night that Jesus will be born anew in our hearts, come to be the light that the darkness can never overcome, or, as Robert Louis Stevenson told his parents when he was a small child watching the lamp lighter in Edinburgh, Scotland: “That man is punching holes in the darkness!”

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/1682762965266966

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Wednesday, 23 December 2020: Nadia Bolz-Weber, in her prayers on Sunday, reminded us that we need God to get us through this Pandemic Christmas, to help us let go of resentments and share some love. Christmas is hard for a lot of people, even more so this year, so … breathe in some God and let God do the work.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/407882367316552

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Tuesday, 22 December 2020: In the midst of frustrations from COVID and work and anxiety and the pressure of Christmas things still-to-do, take a moment to find joy, to spread joy, to receive joy. Because God’s gift to us at Christmas is the joy of his unending love!

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/1997781367031729

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Monday, 21 December 2020: This is the Winter Solstice, friends, the shortest day and longest night of the year. But … that means that starting tonight (the solstice actually occurred at 4:02 a.m. this morning Central time), we get more daylight each day until 21 June! And tonight’s the night that Saturn and Jupiter came into alignment to form the “Star of Bethlehem”! And Congress is passing more COVID relief today. AND the Moderna vaccine began being administered today! AND the light of Christ is coming into the world anew in four short days! So there’s LOTS of light in the world – if only we look for it!

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/305325994146998

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The latest offering from Rosebud Episcopal Mission Senior Catechist and Musician Extraordinaire Erroll Geboe for the 4th Sunday of Advent, “O come, O come, Emmanuel,” from the Episcopal Hymnal 1982, played to the tune “Veni, Veni, Emmanuel.” Erroll played this hymn at Trinity Episcopal Church, Mission. Enjoy!

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/215226166854485

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The #REMLive worship service for Sunday, 20 December 2020, the 4th Sunday of Advent: Today we hear again the story of Mary, saying “Yes” to God, AND her bold proclamation of revolution. Mary often is portrayed as meek and mild, but trust us, she wasn’t. She was a bold, progressive, bad-to-the-bone socialist revolutionary who proclaimed God’s wishes to lift up the lowly, feed the hungry, and establish God’s kingdom in this world.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/3841087702620780

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Friday, 18 December 2020: Mary, the mother of Jesus, was not a meek and mild child. She was a revolutionary woman. That song about her, “Mary, Did You Know?” casts her as … unknowing, unwitting, and almost an accidental mother. But today we discovered an alternative set of lyrics to this hymn that is stunning and MUCH more accurately captures Mary the Revolutionary. Written by Jennifer Henry, THESE are the words we should be singing!

Mary did you know,

that your ancient words

would still leap off our pages?

Mary did you know,

that your spirit song

would echo through the ages?

Did you know that your holy cry would be subversive word,

that the tyrants would be trembling when they know your truth is heard?

Mary did you know,

that your lullaby

would stir your own Child’s passion?

Mary did you know,

that your song inspires

the work of liberation?

Did you know that your Jubilee is hope within the heart

of all who dream of justice, who yearn for it to start?

The truth will teach, the drum will sound, healing for the pain

The poor will rise, the rich will fall. Hope will live again.

Mary did you know,

that we hear your voice

for the healing of the nations?

Mary did you know,

your unsettling cry

can help renew creation?

Do you know, that we need your faith,

the confidence of you,

May the God that you believe in,

be so true.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/907853416624895

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Thursday, 17 December 2020: What does it mean to be like Mary the Revolutionary? It means speaking up and calling out racism, injustice, and wrongs. It means being brave enough to seek God’s justice, God’s love, and God’s mercy in the world. It means working together to make the new, new normal what God wants it to be, and not what society tells us to accept.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/235559711266638

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Wednesday, 16 December 2020: As we inch closer and closer to the end of this pandemic of COVID, as we begin to dream of what the new, new normal will look like, remember to look to Mary the Revolutionary, who was totally bad to the bone in her willingness to say “YES!” to God, and in her proclamation of God’s justice, mercy and love for the world. Let’s all be like Mary the Revolutionary as we create the new, new normal by being totally bad to the bone!

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Tuesday, 15 December 2020: What do the creation of the new COVID-19 vaccines and Mary the Revolutionary have in common this night The fact that ordinary people (the creators of the vaccines, and Mary herself), when asked to do extraordinary things on God’s behalf for God’s beloved children, said “YES!” They said, “Of course we will do these incredible things!” Are YOU ready to say “YES!” to God as well?

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/882423162588972

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Monday, 14 December 2020: In Advent, we highlight Mary, the mother of Jesus, by praying the Magnificat, her response to God’s invitation to be the bearer of God’s holy son. Too often, Mary is depicted as a meek and mild child who complacently went along with God’s wishes. But … Mary was in NO WAY meek and mild; in fact, she was a REVOLUTIONARY! So this week, we celebrate Mary the Revolutionary!

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/495764234732531

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The latest offering from Rosebud Episcopal Mission Senior Catechist and Musician Extraordinaire Erroll Geboe, Hymn 61 from the Episcopal Hymnal 1982, Sleepers wake! A voice astounds us, set to the tune of Wachet Auf. Erroll played this hymn at Trinity Episcopal Church, Mission. Enjoy!

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/2806667979615044

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The #REMLive worship service for Sunday, 13 December 2020, the 3rd Sunday of Advent: Today we hear from John the Baptist, making it clear that he is NOT the Messiah, NOT the prophet, NOT the one for whom all is waiting. He is, he says, the one who points the way. Who calls out injustice. Who points us back to God. Be like John: Seek love and justice, point us all back to God, and to the light coming into the world. (Thanks to #BishopJakeOwensby and #ProfessorDavidLose.)

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/389006752205689

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#REMCares in action Part 1 today: A family with 9 children lost everything in a house fire last night in the He Dog area. Two huge boxes of donations arrive this morning. That’s called God’s grace. Burton Guerue and I took the clothing out immediately. Because #REMCares.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/206439680959171

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#REMCares in action Part 2 today: This is Joe Kary, rancher and stone owner in Parmelee. He’s the on who called this afternoon asking for help with the family that lost everything in the house fire. “The good Lord works in mysterious ways,” he says. And it’s true! He has the donations for the family and will get everything to them.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/157287042818032

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Friday, 11 December 2020: From our friend #HeidiMariaSchmidt, a quote from Irvin D. Yalom, an existential psychiatrist and author: “I think we ripple on into others, just like a stone puts its ripples into a brook. That, for me, is a source of comfort. It kind of, in a sense, negates the sense of total oblivion. Some piece of ourselves, not necessarily our consciousness, but some piece of ourselves gets passed on and on and on.” As Heidi asks, “Who is rippling on in you, in your life? Let that be a comfort. Keep rippling on, my friends!”

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/424888002209723

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Thursday, 10 December 2020: We are a country divided, but our jobs, as followers of Jesus who walk in the way of love, is to help unite it again. How? Political activism to get our national leadership to take care of the common people. Spiritual activism by praying for all in need. Social activism by sharing what we can with those most in need, from cups of coffee to food to anything else people need. We send out Christmas greetings to those whom we love, and to those whom we do not like. We strive to make this country more united by loving every way we can, all the time.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/418536262525272

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Wednesday, 9 December 2020: We are all grieving. We have all lost someone in these last nine months. But we are not able to grieve the way we normally do, and we cannot honor our loved ones with our normal traditions. This grief hangs heavy in the air. BUT … there are ways to still honor our loved ones: By telling our stories. By laughing out loud. By remembering. By speaking their names in our hearts, and sitting with them in their and your dwelling place with God. Do not let the grief drive you into the pit … instead, remember with joy the ones you love.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/209962230585485

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Tuesday, 8 December 2020: Prayers work. Social justice activism works. Today, the U.S. Army announced that it would change procedures and do more to take care of its soldiers, especially at Fort Hood, where far too many soldiers have died. The Army also disciplined at least 14 officers and NCOs for not doing enough to protect the soldiers. We have been saying prayers for the soldiers particularly at Fort Hood since late March, when Spec. Vanessa Guillen disappeared, and was subsequently found – after a lot of pressure from the family and the public – murdered. Prayers work. Social justice activism workers. Saying their names works. #VanessaGuillen

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/395599601646925

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Monday, 7 December 2020: It gets so dark so early these days that it can be depressing. But remember: The morning comes, and with it the light. And soon, the darkness will not be arriving as early. The prayer from #NadiaBolzWeber:

Dear God,

The days are so short right now. And night keeps getting longer. And the daily death toll is rising, and Middle Collegiate church was destroyed by fire (Saturday), and I miss who I am when I am with my friends. So I find myself wanting to cash in my chips and just go to bed at basically 6:30 p.m. each night since its already been dark for 2 hours.

And Lord, then I’m up impossibly early each day and I sort of resent it. But yesterday…yesterday I caught a glimpse of that stunning sunrise above Denver.

So I want to say thank you God. No matter how impossibly long the nights are right now – thank you that the sun rises without me being prepared for it. Without my having to understand it. Without me making myself worthy of its warmth.

And today God, I ask you to help us hold on to hope for the next (14) days, as the night continues to lengthen. Help us remember that then . . . (14) days from now . . . imperceptibly, the reverse will happen. With or without us noticing, the day and not the night will lengthen. Help us hold on to hope that the death toll too will turn, that the dawn will break from on high. Turn our heads to see the sunrise, no matter how long the night has been. I mean, we’re probably already up.

Amen.

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The latest offering from Rosebud Episcopal Mission Senior Catechist and Musician Extraordinaire Erroll Geboe, Hymn 76 from the Episcopal Hymnal 1982, On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry, set to the tune of Winchester New. Erroll played this hymn at Trinity Episcopal Church, Mission. Enjoy!

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/696730711209555

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The #REMLive service for Sunday, 6 December 2020, the Second Sunday of Advent: As Mark reminds us, right from the start in his Gospel, it is time to be passionate about the Gospel of Jesus Christ, to go out into the world and to live it. Quoting from commentator and theologian David Lose: “(T)hat ongoing work continues in any and every gesture of love, big or small, clearly impactful or hard to discern whether it had any impact. Because gestures offered in love participate in the ongoing work of God, who is love, and who sent Jesus both to exemplify that love and to redeem the world in and through God’s love. And so, just now, whether it’s refraining from gathering with loved ones, or wearing a mask in public, or purchasing from local retailers to support them, or making a donation to a charitable organization, or writing a note of encouragement to someone who is struggling, or calling or Zooming with someone who is lonely or…. And of course the list goes on, and yes I know every single example is both small and easy… and that’s kind of the point. We’re not helpless, even amid this pandemic, and we may find ourselves renewed in both our energy and our faith by offering these and other small gestures in love knowing that everything Mark told about Jesus was for just this end, to draw us into this ongoing story that we may continue it here and now. For everything Mark told starts with just one word: “Arche,” beginning, origin, start. And now it’s our turn.”

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/399414221161631

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Friday, 4 December 2020: Remember when you were a child, and you lived in the hope of getting what you asked for at Christmas? And how that hope kept you going all those long days before Christmas? Well, that’s the hope in which we now live in this pandemic, because we have at least two, and possibly three, vaccines on the horizon. Hope is powerful. Hope gives us strength. Hope keeps us going. #LiveInHope

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/2736489506679924

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Thursday, 3 December 2020: In Advent, we prepare anew for God to break into our lives and transform them. As we get news of vaccines that we pray will put an end to this pandemic, we prepare for out lives to be transformed yet again … and tonight, the prayer from Laura Kelly Fanucci guides us into that transformation:

When this is over,

may we never again

take for granted

A handshake with a stranger

Full shelves at the store

Conversations with neighbors

A crowded theater

Friday night out

The taste of communion

A routine checkup

The school rush each morning

Coffee with a friend

The stadium roaring

Each deep breath

A boring Tuesday

Life itself.

When this ends,

May we find

that we have become

more like the people

we wanted to be

we were called to be

we hoped to be

and may we stay

that way — better

for each other

because of the worst.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/158427062684008

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The prayer from Nadia Bolz-Weber, which we used in tonight’s #REMLive #Compline service, and which she published on Sunday, 29 November 2020:

Dear God of all beings, 

This pandemic is making my life so small that I am thinking of myself way more than I should. So for today, I send my prayers out on behalf of others and not myself. May my prayers connect me to them THROUGH you – like gossamer floss threaded through a divine needle.  

I pray calm for all who are struck with terror every time they cough, or a loved one coughs or someone passing them in the supermarket coughs.

I pray healing for those sick with COVID. 

I pray rest for exhausted nurses, doctors and other heroes I don’t always think about like the hospital laundry workers and cafeteria cooks.

I pray comfort for the lonely. 

I pray rescue for the evicted.

I pray solace for the grieving. (And I’m sure you already know this, Lord, but that’s basically everyone on the planet right now. Grief is the baseline for all of us. No more taking turns.)

I pray the gift of increased generosity in those who have more.

I pray mercy for the incarcerated and all who love them.

I pray fortitude for those who never ever thought they’d be homeschooling small children and are losing their minds.

I pray wisdom for our leaders.

I pray humility for the powerful. 

I pray compassion for clergy and counselors and everyone else who is doing emotional and spiritual triage for others and yet are also deeply affected by the pandemic in their own quiet ways. 

And for all of us, more joy please. Every tiny bit of joy possible during this shit-show. Amen.

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The poem by Madeleine L’Engle used in tonight’s #REMLive #Compline service:

First Coming

He did not wait till the world was ready,

till men and nations were at peace.

He came when the Heavens were unsteady,

and prisoners cried out for release.

He did not wait for the perfect time.

He came when the need was deep and great.

He dined with sinners in all their grime,

turned water into wine. He did not wait

till hearts were pure. In joy he came

to a tarnished world of sin and doubt.

To a world like ours, of anguished shame

he came, and his Light would not go out.

He came to a world which did not mesh,

to heal its tangles, shield its scorn.

In the mystery of the Word made Flesh

the Maker of the stars was born.

We cannot wait till the world is sane

to raise our songs with joyful voice,

for to share our grief, to touch our pain,

He came with Love: Rejoice! Rejoice

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Wednesday, 2 December 2020: Once again, we are reminded – by both Madeleine L’Engle and Nadia Bolz-Weber – to look for the goodness, look for the joy, and to rejoice, even when rejoicing is the last thing we think we can do. There is always goodness around us, always joy … so rejoice!

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Tuesday, 1 December 2020: In the midst of the seemingly endless darkness of COVID, remember that God has promised to be with us, to be Immanuel (God with us), always. That is the promise of which Isaiah spoke: That God will act, that a shoot shall come out of the stock of Jesse. “This, after all, is the way of God. Life does emerge from death. Hope does spring up, when all seems hopeless. God will act, and righteousness and justice will be restored.” (From Br. James Koester, Society of Saint John the Evangelist)

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/1526530980889725

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Monday, 30 November 2020: On this Feast of St. Andrew, it is good to know that when we don’t have all the answers, when we aren’t certain what to do, we can follow Andrew’s example, and turn to Jesus. Because Jesus has already told us what to do, and how to do it: Love your neighbor. Feed your neighbor. Give water to your neighbor. Clothe your neighbor. Care for your neighbor. Pray for your neighbor. Always.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/406238227464548

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On this 1st Sunday of Advent, the latest offering from Rosebud Episcopal Mission Senior Catechist and Musician Extraordinaire Erroll Geboe, Hymn 57 from the Episcopal Hymnal 1982, Lo! He comes with clouds descending, played to the tune of Helmsley. Erroll played this hymn at Trinity Episcopal Church, Mission, SD. Enjoy!

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/2827675354146082

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Friday, 27 November 2020: As the holiday season begins, may we concentrate on how we can best love one another – reaching out, encouraging, giving space for the grief our masks, and knowing that together, we will get through the hard times. #LoveOneAnother

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/434299510916026

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The #SpecialThanksgivingEdition #REMLive service for Thursday, 26 November 2020: On this very different Thanksgiving, when so much is different, and so many are missing, let us remember to give thanks for all who are getting us through this horrible year, for God’s blessings, however big or small they are, and for being prayed for even as we pray for others.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/211379847216571

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A special hymn offering from Rosebud Episcopal Mission Senior Catechist and Musician Extraordinaire Erroll Geboe, Hymn 290 from the Episcopal Hymnal 1982, Come, ye thankful people, come, played to the tune of St. George’s, Windsor. Erroll played this hymn at Trinity Episcopal Church, Mission, and offers it with prayers of love and blessing on this Thanksgiving Day 2020.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/131623201831692

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Wednesday, 25 November 2020, Thanksgiving Eve: How are we blessing others? Whether it’s sharing a piece of pie with a neighbor, or being kind to essential workers, or wearing our masks everywhere we go, or staying home in order to not spread COVID, every little thing we do can be a blessing to another person.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/218884606298733

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Tuesday, 24 November 2020: Look for the unexpected thanksgivings in your lives, the ones that are so cool, you want to take that emergency confetti out of your left pocket, and the special glitter out of your right pocket, and shower the world with both!

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/1477250455801699

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Monday, 23 November 2020: In this Thanksgiving week, let’s listen to the words of Hymn 635, If Thou But Trust In God To Guide Thee, played by Rosebud Episcopal Mission Senior Catechist Erroll Geboe, to know how we can celebrate and still keep each other safe.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/2834609033485234

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The prayers we used this morning from #BishopStevenCharleston in this morning’s #REMLive service …

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The prayers we used from #NadiaBolzWeber this morning in the #REMLive service …

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The latest offering from Rosebud Episcopal Mission Senior Catechist and Musician Extraordinaire Erroll Geboe, Hymn 635 from the Episcopal Hymnal 182, If Thou But Trust In God to Guide Thee, played to the tune of Wer nur den lieben Gott. Erroll played this hymn at Trinity Episcopal Church, Mission. Enjoy!

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/3450966244958762

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The #REMLive service for Sunday, 22 November 2020: On this Christ the King Sunday, may we listen well to the words Jesus speaks about being servant leaders to the world, about feeding the hungry, giving water to the thirsty, welcoming the stranger, clothing the naked, caring for the sick and praying for and visiting those in prison. THIS is what it meant to let God guide us. THIS is what it means to follow Jesus. THIS is how we will get through these harsh times.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/3605393419545353

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Friday, 20 November 2020, with guest host and great Rosebud friend Jan Hagerman from the Twin Cities: We make plans. God laughs. In this year especially, we need to learn the #REM motto: #SemperGumby – #AlwaysFlexible. Because we surely need to be flexible to deal with 2020!

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/3416665701774909

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Thursday, 19 November 2020: Yes, there is lots of bad news, especially with the soaring cases of COVID-19 infections and deaths. But there is good news out there as well. People helping people. People painting rocks (yes, rocks). A restaurant that has been saved so it can continue to feed homeless people and treat them with dignity and respect. A mother working through her grief at the loss of her child by making masks and donating the proceeds to a local food pantry. A man who made a “busy-box” for a stranger with Alzheimer’s… (all of the stories are on Mother Lauren’s Facebook timeline). Even with the darkness of our days – especially with the darkness of our days – look for the goodness that lights the way forward!

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/436128111112994

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Wednesday, 18 November 2020: Masks. It’s all about masks. So here’s our idea: Get everyone in your bubble – your physical bubble and your spiritual bubble – to wear their masks. Then find 10 more people, and get them to (a) wear their masks, and (b) each find ANOTHER 10 people to do so. And so on … together , we can change the world.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/674739789897256

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Tuesday, 17 November 2020: As the numbers go up and up and up, look around you. Who is running this ultra, ultra-marathon with you? Who is in your physical bubble? And who is in your spiritual bubble? We are not alone – we have God, and we have a whole host of companions running this race with us.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/286115019409155

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Monday, 16 November 2020: Yes, the pandemic is ongoing, and it seems that we are never going to finish this race. But … even though it is long and arduous, we are not alone. God is with us, and we have each other.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/1785894204908300

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The latest offering by Rosebud Episcopal Mission Senior Catechist and Musician Extraordinaire Erroll Geboe, Hymn 656, Blest are the pure in heart, played to the tune of Franconia, from the Episcopal Hymnal 1982. Erroll played this hymn at Trinity Episcopal Church, Mission. Enjoy!

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/472923800353200

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The #REMLive worship service for Sunday, 15 November 2020, the 24th Sunday after Pentecost: The Parable of the Talents can be a hard one to hear, especially with its ending where the third slave is punished. But … to focus on that is to ignore the fact that it truly is a parable telling us we do NOT need to be afraid, that God has faith in us, and that we CAN go into the world walking in the way of love, seeking justice and peace and goodness in the world.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/1547430758791154

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Friday, 13 November 2020, with guest host Laura Gurney of 1st Congregational Church, Greeley, Colorado: With so much weighing so heavily on all of us, remember: We can’t forget to fill our own cups, so that we can overflow to others. 2020 is not a normal year, so do something that brings you joy, so that your cup can be filled!

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/702452164028523

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Thursday, 12 November 2020: In the midst of everything that is goin on, some words of wisdom from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry: There is hope in healing. There is hard work to be done to heal. But God doesn’t quit, and neither should we.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/686991875259571

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The new Native American Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. (Photo from NPR.)

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Wednesday, 11 November 2020: On this Veterans Day, let us thank all those who have served our nation in the military, and especially Native Americans, who enlist at *five times* the rate of any other demographic in this country. To those who have served, we give thanks.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/1273693716363569

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On this Veterans Day, when we remember all who have served this nation, Rosebud Episcopal Mission Senior Catechist and Musician Extraordinaire Erroll Geboe honors our veterans with Lakota Hymn 108, God Bless Our Native Land, sung to the tune of America. Erroll played this hymn at Trinity Episcopal Church, Mission. Enjoy!

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/372281660495331

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Tuesday, 10 November 2020: As our anxieties grow and sometimes our buttons are pushed. It helps – tremendously – to remember that in power of Jesus’ name, we can do all things. Not to convert. Not to preach. But to live out Jesus’ commandments to love God and love our neighbor.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/787916201778787

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Monday, 9 November 2020: Politics still dominates the national discussion and temper, and the numbers of new infections from coronavirus continue to skyrocket. In times like these, we need to draw on the power of Jesus’ name to find our way through life’s difficulties.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/414806136215753

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The latest offering from Rosebud Episcopal Mission Senior Catechist and Musician Extraordinaire Erroll Geboe, Lakota Hymn 122, All Hail the Power of Jesus Name, played to the tune of Coronation, which Erroll played at Trinity Episcopal Church, Mission. Enjoy!

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/4610222622383823

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The #REMLive worship service for Sunday, 8 November 2020, the 23rd Sunday after Pentecost: On this day, after the election has been called, and with the pandemic of coronavirus raging, we need to be like Joshua and choose this day whom we will serve. It would be good – for all of us – to proclaim, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/469976233972813

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The prayer we used tonight in the #REMLive #Compline service tonight.

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Friday, 6 November 2020: The vote-counting continues for the election, which raises anxieties. Our numbers in this country for coronavirus infections are soaring – 128,000+ new infections today, with nearly 1,200 deaths. So it’s time for us to remember: Look for the good. Celebrate the good. Believe in the good. Because the good comes from God, and God is always with us.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/2762155814030675

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Thursday, 5 November 2020: Everyone around us, and we ourselves, are anxiously waiting for the election results while at the same time we fear the tremendous increase in coronavirus cases. That’s a lot of anxiety … but remember, the most basic thing AND the most important thing we are called to do right now? Love. Shower the world with our love. That’s it!

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/777461119477353

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Wednesday, 4 November 2020: In these anxious times, as we await the election results and cringe at the rising coronavirus numbers, our focus tonight is on our own work for the common good: Almighty God our Heavenly Father, you declare your glory and show forth your handiwork in the heavens and in the earth: Deliver us in our various occupations from the service of self alone, that we may do the work you give us to do in truth and beauty and for the common good; for the sake of him who came among us as one who serves, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/833321024070255

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Tuesday, 3 November 2020: On this Election Day, we pray for the nation: Almighty God, to whom we must account for all our powers and privileges: Guide the people of the United States in the election of officials and representatives; that, by faithful administration and wise laws, the rights of all may be protected and our nation be enabled to fulfill your purposes; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/751478028796009

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Monday, 2 November 2020: On the eve of this election, let us pray for discernment: O Lord, mercifully receive the prayers of your people who call upon you, and grant that they may know and understand what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to accomplish them; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/662376537799433

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The Sunday Night Special Edition of the #REMLive #Compline service for Sunday, 1 November 2020: We continue our prayers for this nation in a time of crisis, focusing tonight on praying for direction from God: Direct us, O Lord, in all our doings with thy most gracious favor, and further us with thy continual help; that in all our works begun, continued, and ended in thee, we may glorify thy only Name, and finally, by thy mercy, obtain everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/2911873812369621

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The latest offering from Rosebud Episcopal Mission Senior Catechist and Musician Extraordinaire Erroll Geboe, Lakota Hymn 65, For All the Saints, sung to the tune of Sine Nomine, on this All Saints Sunday, 1 November 2020. Erroll played this hymn at Trinity Episcopal Church, Mission. Even though we are not yet worshiping inside Trinity, Erroll has set the altar for All Saints Sunday. Enjoy!

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/853431932079060

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The #REMLive worship service for All Saints Sunday, 1 November 2020: In these turbulent times, with the pandemics of coronavirus and racism, with so much death and fear, with the vitriol of the election season, it is good to remember those who walked before us, those have have gone home to God, and to remember that even when we are mourning our losses, God is there to advocate for us.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/738965906692038

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The Saturday Night Special Edition of the #REMLive #Compline service on 31 October 2020: As we continue to pray for our nation in a time of crisis, we focus tonight on guidance: O Go, by whom the meek are guided in judgment, and light rises up in darkness for the godly: Giant us, in all our doubts and uncertainties, the grace to ask what you would have us do, that the Spirit of wisdom may save us from all false choices, and that in your light we may see light, and in your straight path, we may not stumble; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/654201815287703

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Friday, 30 October 2020: O God, you have bound us together in a common life. Help us, in the midst of our struggles for justice and truth, to confront one another without hatred or bitterness, and to work together with mutual forbearance and respect; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/269834751093003

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Thursday, 29 October 2020: In our prayers for the nation, we focus tonight on those who influence public opinion: Almighty God, you proclaim your truth in every age by many voices: Direct, in our time, we pray, those who speak where many listen and write what many read; that they may do their part in making the heart of this people wise, its mind sound, and its will righteous; to the honor of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/632766424059520

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Wednesday, 28 October 2020: In our novena of prayers for the nation as we approach the election, tonight we prayed for every human heart: Grant, O God, that your holy and life-giving Spirit may so move every human heart and especially the hearts of the people of this land, that barriers which divide us may crumble, suspicions disappear, and hatred cease; that our divisions being healed, we may live in justice and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/800735203843034

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Tuesday, 27 October 2020: As we approach the presidential election, we are focusing our prayers for peace in this nation. Tonight’s prayer: Lord God Almighty, you have made all the peoples of the earth for your glory, to serve you in freedom and in pace. Give to the people of our country a zeal for justice and the strength of forbearance, that we may use our liberty in according with your gracious will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/2610636982581242

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Monday, 26 October 2020: With a guest appearance from Bella, our focus tonight – and through 4 November – is on prayers for the nation. With the election, with coronavirus, with protests against racism, with ALL that is going on, we who follow Jesus and walk in the way of love are called, first and foremost, to pray. So that is what we shall do!

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/394100485294772

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Friday, 23 October 2020: Bishop Steven Charleston reminds us that as we labor through these challenging times, it is the fact that we walk well together that gets us through. And Brother James Koester, SSJE, reminds us that we have a decision to make, which I think is: How well will we walk together?

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/1272689769752096

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Thursday, 22 October 2020, with guest host Laura Gurney of Greeley, Colorado. Tonight we lean on Delta Rae’s song “All Good People” to be reminded that we are called to be fierce defenders of the good (and dare we say the God) in one another!

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/351648529255985

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Wednesday, 21 October 2020: Tonight, the selected song to help us get through everything that is happening is Andra Day’s Rise Up, an anthem to help us remember that we can indeed rise up – together – because we have hope.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/366354981229129

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Tuesday, 20 October 2020: Maren Morris’ new song, Better Than We Found It, asks a great question: Will we leave this world better than we found it? The answer: If we follow our baptismal vows, yes! And now is the best time for us to double down on those vows.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/845966409543205

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Monday, 19 October 2020:

A Franciscan Blessing to get us through anxiety-filled time:

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/672464743383019

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The latest offering from Rosebud Senior Catechist and Musician Extraordinaire Erroll Geboe: Lakota Hymn 131, What a Friend We Have in Jesus, played at home on a reed pump organ that was donated by St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Bonesteel, S.D. The weather is playing games with Erroll’s hands, making them ache, but still he played this and offers it with love. In the picture on the right side are his mother, Margaret LaPointe Geboe (right), and his aunt, Marcella LaPointe Miller. Enjoy!

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/393156778369129

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The #REMLive worship service for Sunday, 18 October 2020, the 20th Sunday after Pentecost: In these hard and divisive times, the most important thing we can do is remember who we are and to whom we belong: We are God’s beloved children, and we belong – first, foremost, and last – to God. We belong to the tribe of God, the tribe that is based in God’s wild, radical, unequivocal, eternal love. Remember that in everything we do. Receive that love, and show forth that love. As the hymn says, “Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart …”

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/341855446912737

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Friday, 16 October 2020: In the end, the most important thing we can do is love. Every time we at least try to love, we are following Jesus. Our job, then, is simply this: To try. That is how we will make the new, new normal a better place and time.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/810711526354010

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Thursday, 15 October 2020, with guest host Erroll Geboe, Rosebud Episcopal Mission Senior Catechist and Musician Extraordinaire, from Trinity Episcopal Church, Mission: Coming to the church every day since the pandemic started to say the prayers and feel the presence of the ancestors is what provides hope daily. (Note: This is the first time we have used a pre-recorded version of #Compline.)

https://youtu.be/cmET-wiTvSI

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Wednesday, 14 October 2020: Take a look at the world around you. It is … troubling. We all know that. So if we want it to be a better place, if we want the new, new normal to be much closer to what God dreams it should be, wouldn’t it be a good thing to change the way we are living, and focus our lives on love?

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/346312809783460

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Tuesday, 13 October 2020: Want to get through these troubling times? Want to help the people of this land reconcile after this partisan time? Let the radical, never-ending, inexplicable, wild love of God grab hold of you, so you can then share it with others.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/1215619918795697

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Monday, 12 October 2020, Native American Day: What do love – agape love, the self-giving, sacrificial love of God – and Native American Day have to do with each other? Both involve respecting the dignity of every human being, of telling the truth, and of helping to recognize the true history of this land, so that the new, new normal will be a better place.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/3695451597134639

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The latest offering from Rosebud Episcopal Mission Senior Catechist and Musician Extraordinaire Erroll Geboe: Lakota Hymn 155, Shall We Gather At The River, played at Trinity Episcopal Church in Mission. Enjoy!

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/1974873592648624

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The prayer from Nadia Bolz-Weber for Sunday, 11 October 2020:

God of all things,

We made it another week despite the fact that 7 days ago I wasn’t sure how. So thanks for that.

I have some pretty big fears about the future right now, Lord. I mean, some really catastrophic notions about what might happen. 

If I could ask this one thing – please remind me that this moment right now, the one where the light has just broken the line between ground and sky, when all I can hear is the motor of the fridge and the clicking of that cheap wall clock I got from Ikea, when I am in my robe and half my coffee is still sitting warmly in my mug, is the only thing that is real. 

Bring me back to this moment. Convict me of the fact that there is nothing I can do about the past, and that the days to come are never as real as the day I’m in.  Because those fears of mine are starting to feel like a monster from the future that shows up each day and steals the joy, the peace and the pleasure of the present. And we are in the middle of a global pandemic right now and I need those things, Lord! Help me vanquish the fear monster. If indeed perfect love casts out fear, then remind me that you already love me in the days to come as you always have from the day of my birth to the day of my death.  

This is the day that you have made. THIS day. Help me rejoice and be glad in it.

Amen.

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The #REMLive worship for Sunday, 11 October 2020, the 19th Sunday after Pentecost: Paul reminds us that even in the darkest hours of our lives – and who doesn’t think that these are really dark hours right now – we are to look for the good, for the pure, for the pleasing, for the commendable, for truth and excellence, and anything worthy of praise. Not because we are Pollyannas who refuse to see the darkness, but because we who walk in the way of love are able to see through the darkness to the light.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/260279058669735

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Friday, 9 October 2020: In these tumultuous times, we who follow Jesus and walk in the way of love are the ones who especially are called to speak words of love – even when we are angry or hurt. Like wearing a face masks to protect ourselves from coronavirus, we can put a mask on our words, and keep the nasty words to ourselves. And because I have forgotten (!) the blessing each night this week: Remember this, my friends. We never have enough time to gladden the hearts of those who are around us. So I beg you, please, be swift to love, and make haste to be kind – to everyone you meet, and to yourselves. And the blessing of God Almighty, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, be upon you now, and always. Amen.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/3692985820734039

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Thursday, 8 October 2020: From Bishop Curry’s book, Love Is The Way, a lesson in h ow faith, hope and love work together to help us through these troubled times. Faith is always “in spite of,” hope “puts the wind in the sails of our faith,” and love? Well, love is God’s GPS, the one that guides us through life.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/265088438084783

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Wednesday, 7 October 2020: With COVID infections rising all over the nation, now is the time to live lives of selfless love, which means wearing a mask, distancing, washing our hands, and if necessary, quarantining. Because love is not self-ISH, it is self-LESS.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/2108965122567141

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Tuesday, 6 October 2020: Love is hard. Not just romantic love (although that can be a trial in and of itself), but self-giving, sacrificial love. That’s really hard. But with Bishop Curry’s help, we can learn anew what it means to love in community and to make the new, new normal a better place!

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/2111855552292884

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Monday, 5 October 2020: In times as hard as these, with the pandemics of coronavirus and racism, with the political campaigns and the protests, how do we find a way forward? By learning again to walk in the way of love. The way of community and caring for one another. It’s that simple, and yes, that hard.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/269024914255837

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The #REMLive worship service for Sunday, 4 October 2020, the 18th Sunday after Pentecost: In this morning’s Gospel, Jesus makes it clear: Thank God WE are not in charge of our salvation, or others’, because we have bad hair days all the time, but God never does. God never turns away from us.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/335548504215972

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Friday, 2 October 2020, with guest host Erroll Geboe, Rosebud Episcopal Mission Senior Catechist and Musician Extraordinaire: With God, we find peace in all aspects of our lives.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/627236337931526

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The #REMLive Compline service for Thursday, 1 October 2020, hosted by The Very Rev. Ward Simpson, Dean of Calvary Cathedral, Sioux Falls: Where do you see hope? We see hope in God’s creative hand , inspiring us on how to care for each other, how to love one another, and how to become the Beloved Community that God calls us to be.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/2744249082477401/

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Alas, we lost the video for the #REMLive #Compline service for Wednesday, 30 September 2020, hosted by Erroll Geboe, Rosebud Episcopal Mission Senior Catechist and Musician Extraordinaire, but we have the message he shared with us: With God, there is huge, life, love, and peace!

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Tuesday, 29 September 2020, with guest host The Rev. H. Elizabeth Back, Rector of St. James Episcopal Church, Pewee Valley, Kentucky: God is hope. God is love. Learn about the Rev. David Pendleton Oakerhater, who returned to his Native land and peoples to preach just that: God is hope. God is love. YOU are loved.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/735821210482521/

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Monday, 28 September 2020, with guest host Erroll Geboe, Rosebud Episcopal Mission Senior Catechist and Musician Extraordinaire: With Fall here, and with coronavirus affecting everything, all of our lives are changed. With God’s help, we will become stronger, more faithful and more compassionate people.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/802979687127717/

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The latest offering by Rosebud Episcopal Mission Senior Catechist and Musician Extraordinaire Erroll Geboe, Lakota Hymn 154, sung to the tune of Hendon, a hymn about heaven. Erroll played this hymn at Trinity Episcopal Church, Mission. Enjoy!

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/posts/3509573285732294/?vh=e&extid=EyU8qTFULog95A7X

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The #REMLive worship service for Sunday, 27 September 2020, with guest host Erroll Geboe, Rosebud Episcopal Mission Senior Catechist and Musician Extraordinaire: A message of hope to carry us through this week by remembering that Jesus doesn’t care about our station in life, and is unwilling to give up on anybody.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/723745811512791/

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Friday, 25 September 2020, with guest host #JanGouldHagerman from Minnesota: Words are important, so work to say good words that lift people up.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/985807065229077/

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Thursday, 24 September 2020, with our guest host, Bishop Jonathan Folts of the Episcopal Diocese of South Dakota: Trust us, this is video you want to see! We had technical difficulties from the get-go, but it was worth the wait to hear Bishop Folts’ words of hope!

https://www.facebook.com/jonathan.folts/videos/10222597334258644/

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Wednesday, 23 September 2020, with guest host Erroll Geboe, Rosebud Episcopal Mission Senior Catechist (and organist extraordinaire): Being in relationship with God through prayer is powerful and brings good results. Even when we feel our prayers are not answered, God hears our prayers and sometimes answers them in ways we may not recognize.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/1026199741157773/

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Tuesday, 22 September 2020: Guest host Laura Gurney of 1st Congregational Church in Greeley, Colorado, offers a lesson in the light of God, which can never be overcome by the darkness, even in the darkest of times.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/356885575464559/

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Monday, 21 September 2020, with guest host Erroll Geboe, the Rosebud Episcopal Mission Senior Catechist (and organist extraordinaire). His message: Trust in God, because God never abandons us.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/1012039849201419/

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The latest offering from Rosebud Episcopal Mission Senior Catechist and organist extraordinaire Erroll Geboe, Lakota Hymn 162, Jerusalem wakan kin he, sung to the tune of Sweet Hour of Prayer, and based on Psalm 84:2, “My soul yearns, even faints for the courts of the LORD.” Erroll played this hymn at Trinity Episcopal Church, Mission. Enjoy!

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/posts/3487133834642906/?vh=e&extid=ozSHsu3lqvXSGUOL

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Friday, 18 September 2020, with guest host Laura Gurney from 1st Congregational Church of Greeley, Colorado: Throughout the ordeal of coronavirus and physical distancing, the best place to find hope has been in staying in contact with friends and family, because community is what will get us through this.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/335918721080963/

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Thursday, 17 September 2020: Hosted tonight by #JanGouldHagerman – Mother Lauren is on medical leave – the focus is on finding the good news of the day. The world can overwhelm us, but if we look fo the goodness in our lives, we will get through the hard times!

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/2223523047793297/

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Tuesday, 15 September 2020: Sometimes, forgiveness begins with giving a tad bit of grace, and being willing to say, “I am sorry. I didn’t mean to do that.” If we can start small, and then build up, we can make the new, new normal a better place!

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/1160345801003755/

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Monday, 14 September 2020: We have been going through so much tragedy here on the Rosebud, including a terrible head-on collision today that took the life of a young mother of four, and the loss of one of our Tribal Council members, whose wakes began this night. So our focus tonight is on grief, and how we can get through it. With all that is going on in this country, and with all the grief we are all carrying, we need to remember this: We are not alone. God is with us. Jesus is walking with us, and helping to carry the burden. We are loved. Never forget that. Even in our grief.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/240800747309080/

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The latest offering from Rosebud Episcopal Mission Senior Catechist and organist extraordinaire Erroll Geboe: Hymn 583, O holy city, seen of John, where Christ, the Lord doth reign, from the Episcopal Hymnal 1982. Erroll played this hymn at Trinity Episcopal Church, Mission. Enjoy!

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/posts/3461434317212858/?vh=e

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The #REMLive worship service for Sunday, 13 September 2020, the 15th Sunday after Pentecost: Peter asks if forgiving someone seven times in enough, but Jesus corrects him: Not seven times, but 77 times. It sounds impossible, especially if we have been badly hurt by someone. But Jesus says we can do this — we can forgive — if we remember that we are forgiven.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/1397739617092339/

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Friday, 11 September 2020: In Chinese the word for “crisis” does NOT actually also mean “opportunity.” The two syllables actually mean “danger” and “change point.” In other words, when there is danger – such as the coronavirus, the pandemic of racism, and the incredible wildfires out west – that danger represents a change point, a time for us to make changes for the better.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/642090096685732/

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Thursday, 10 September 2020: If you want to know how to do reconciliation, especially right now, when it seems so hard, listen to Mother Teresa: “People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are honest, people may cheat on you. Be honest anyway. If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway. The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway. For, you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.”

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Wednesday, 9 September 2020: So how exactly do we reconcile ourselves to each other in these divided times? Quoting from a Facebook meme (author unknown): “Don’t give up on this year. Keep fighting for the good. Keep showing up. Keep loving. Keep giving back. Keep being kind. Keep being brave. Keep caring. Keep trying new things. Keep showing grace. Keep on. This world needs you to believe in the good.”

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Tuesday, 8 September 2020: The catechism of the Episcopal Church says that the mission of the Church is reconcile us to each other, and to God. So in these divided times, how do we do that? That’s our mission this week … figuring out what we can do now to make the new, new normal better.

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Monday, 7 September 2020: On this Labor Day, let us remember, celebrate, and pray for all those essential workers who have kept us going through the pandemic of coronavirus, and let us commit ourselves to making their lives better in the new, new normal.

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The latest offering from Rosebud Episcopal Mission Senior Catechist and organist extraordinaire Erroll Geboe: Lakota Hymn 123, First Tune (Martyrdom), which he played at Trinity Episcopal Church in Mission. Enjoy!

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The #REMLive worship service for 6 September 2020, the 14th Sunday after Pentecost: This morning’s Gospel message from Matthew, about how to reconcile to those with whom you are in disagreement, is not so much about making the other person agree with you, but more about us not giving up on that other person. Or, as Bishop #JakeOwensby so graciously put it, we cannot simply throw away another person. Because we are ALL beloved children of God!

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/760257437881075/

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Friday, 4 September 2020: We had a special guest with us tonight, Laura Gurney from 1st Congregational Church of Greeley, Colorado, to talk about living hope here on the Rosebud. A major giveaway today was a special moment of hope for everyone who received snacks from the RST COVID Task Force!

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Thursday, 3 September 2020: From Brother James Koester, SSJE: “… the call of God, into the very heart of God, is continuous, abiding and progressive.” Meaning: God calls us to progress, to move forward, to change. And isn’t that what we need to do if we want to make the new, new normal a better place?

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Wednesday, 2 September 2020: Tonight we hear from Bother David Vryhof, SSJE, who quotes from Corrie Ten Boom: “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” Now that, friends, is something we can do!

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The prayer we used in tonight’s service (1 September 2020), from Nadia Bolz-Weber on 30 August 2020:

God of many names,

We don’t know how to feel less tired. We don’t know how to vanquish our own fears. We don’t know how to stop being angry at stupid people on Twitter. (Personal note: That might just be me.)

We don’t know how to live through a global pandemic and anti-black violence and wildfires and hurricanes and the fact that Chadwick Bozeman just died. (Personal note: Please keep anyone who might say some kind of “God needed another angel in heaven” nonsense far from me for their own safety, Lord.)

We don’t know how to sustain the effort it takes to not completely freak out, and the effort it takes to keep from freaking out is one of the things that is making us so tired.

So we need some reminders right now, Lord.

Remind us that for every tragedy that’s “newsworthy,” there are a million kindnesses, and countless acts of love that go unreported.

(Personal note: Remind me that I can take Twitter off my phone. Like, always an option.)

But more than anything, remind us of our own souls. Remind us that there is an essential, holy, un-hurtable part of ourselves that never tires, that does not know fear, that is un-affected by other people, that cannot be irritated, that has nothing to achieve.

If taking a few deep breaths reminds us of our truest center, then nudge us to breathe (but personal note: Please, Lord, in the voice of a 24-year-old white girl yoga teacher. You know I can’t handle that.) If laughing our asses off reminds us of what is most true, then nudge our friends to send funny texts. If eating a damn vegetable now and then reminds us that our bodies need us, then give us the will to make a salad.

Amen.

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Tuesday, 1 September 2020: This may sound odd, but when Jesus says that in order to follow him, we need to take up our crosses, he’s not jut talking about sacrifice. He is also talking bout love and hope. About looking for love and hope, telling stories of love and hope, living lives of love and hope.

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Monday, 31 August 2020: In a time of pandemics and unrest and politics and seemingly endless bad news, we are the ones called to cling to hope, to live in hope, to share hope. That is what it means to follow Jesus, because Jesus is the one who gives us hope.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/761303784412132/

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The latest offering by Rosebud Episcopal Mission Senior Catechist and organist extraordinaire Erroll Geboe, Lakota Hymn 25, Just As I Am … Without One Plea, sung to Woodworth (Second Tune). Erroll played this hymn at Trinity Episcopal Church in Mission. Enjoy!

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The #REMLive worship service for Sunday, 30 August 2020, the 13th Sunday after Pentecost: Jesus tells us that if we want to follow him, we are going to have to take up our cross, which sounds, and is, really hard. Paul gives us some good instruction: Take care of each other, and do not repay evil with evil, but with good. We can do this!

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/1242329809447981/

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Friday, 28 August 2020: Today is the 57th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s call to us to cash the check for racial equality, and the 65th anniversary of the murder of Emmitt Till. With a march on Washington this day as well, we are being called to decide how we want the new, new normal to look, and then act on that decision.

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Thursday, 27 August 2020: If Everett there was a time for us to use our righteous anger to get into good trouble, necessary trouble, now is it. God is calling each of us – not someone else, but each of us – to do so.

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Wednesday, 26 August 2020: In a time when we are called to use our righteous anger to improve the world, it is good to step back and look at the politics of God: A preference for the poor, the widowed, the orphans, the needy, the strangers in our midst, the refugees. Our call is always to have the same preferences as God – which is to help those most in need. Because all of us are beloved children of God. ALL of us.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/4247781168628430/

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Tuesday, 25 August 2020: We need to harness the power of our righteous anger – not in lashing out at others, but in fueling our passion for justice, mercy, love, peace, joy, and God’s dream for us. (Great thanks to Sarah Bessey for her column on righteous anger!)

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/728928694500491/

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Monday, 24 August 2020: At this time, when the pandemic of coronavirus is still spreading wildly, and the pandemic of racism is as well, we remember: We are all beloved children of God, and we can all be better at being beloved children of God.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/783521859078804/

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After learning of the sudden death of our former bishop, The Rt. Rev. John T. Tarrant, Senior Catechist Erroll Geboe went to Trinity Episcopal Church, Mission, to play the hymn God Be With You Til We Meet Again, with the message, “Rest In Peace, my beloved friend and bishop.”

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This the sermon that I was privileged to preach this morning at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral, at the invitation of Dean Penelope Bridges. I am grateful for the opportunity (and had a lot of fun preaching!)

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The latest offering from Rosebud Episcopal Mission Senior Catechist and organist extraordinaire Erroll Geboe: Lakota Hymn 139, Jesus Christ, Waawanyake, sung to the tune of Nettleton (Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing). Erroll play this hymn at Trinity Episcopal Church, Mission. Enjoy!

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This is the tattoo I have on my right arm, in Biblical Greek: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed …” (Romans 12:2), which I put there to remind me to always be guided by the will of God.

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The #REMLive worship service for Sunday, 23 August 2020, the 12th Sunday after Pentecost: Paul tells us, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed …” – which is the perfect call of us in the middle of the pandemics of coronavirus and racism. If we want to make the new, new normal, which comes after we tame this virus, a better place, this is the best advice we can get!

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/347225169629082/

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Friday, 21 August 2020: Tonight, we turn the stone over to realize that God is always persistent in God’s love of us, God’s relentless pursuit of us, and God’s faith in us.

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Thursday, 20 August 2020: You want to see what persistence looks like? Take a look at the $600 million settlement between the City of Flint, Michigan, and the families who have suffered from lead poisoning in their drinking water. The majority of money will go to 25,000 children, who have most affected by this poison.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/1043508232774664/

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Wednesday, 19 August 2020: If we don’t ask, we won’t get. That is one of the key lessons that the Canaanite woman teaches us in Matthew’s Gospel. So be bold. Ask for help. Ask for prayers. Ask for whatever it is you need. And know that God will respond.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/2779596138921331/

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Tuesday, 18 August 2020: We who follow Jesus and walk in the way of love are called to persist in our faith, not in denigrating each other, not in going into the pit with those who insult each other and split the community. We must follow Jesus, who called us to love one another as he loved us.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/772705923270675/

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Monday, 17 August 2020: Matthew’s Gospel story of the Canaanite woman who persisted until Jesus healed her daughter is a good lesson for us today in the midst of coronavirus: Persist! Do NOT give up!

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The prayer from Nadia Bolz-Weber this morning, which we used in our #REMLive service:

Dear God.

We are going to just be taking turns for a while, if that’s ok.

Yesterday was mine. My turn to be depressed-as-hell about the closing of beloved, been-around-for-decades local businesses. My turn to be afraid because the wildfires are so bad that my eyes sting and the interstate is closed. My turn to be angry. My turn to indulge in post-apocalyptic future-casting. (OK, maybe I shouldn’t have watched Mad Max this week.)

Please help me not feel bad when it’s my turn, Lord. And with your grace, may my turn to completely freak out not last one minute longer than necessary. But also may it las as long as needed in order to allow it to pass when it’s time to move on and just go make the salad for dinner.

And Lord, may I be a non-anxious presence to the next person whose turn it is. May I not fear their fear so much that I fail to listen well. When I have even the tiniest extra bit of hope may I offer it without fear of being judged for “not paying attention.”

And may I remember that my terror is not a sign of your absence and my hope is not a sign of your presence.

Because you never take turns.

Amen.

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The latest offering from Rosebud Episcopal Mission Senior Catechist and organist extraordinaire Erroll Geboe: The day thou gavest, Lord, is ended, from the Episcopal Hymnal 1982, Hymn No. 24. Erroll played this English hymn at Trinity Episcopal Church in Mission. Enjoy!

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The #REMLive worship service for Sunday, 16 August 2020, the 11th Sunday after Pentecost: This morning’s Gospel is so pertinent today, with the Canaanite woman who persisted, who opened Jesus’ eyes to the real extent of his ministry – to ALL of God’s beloved children – and broke open his heart to care for all of those children. It is a call for us to do the same: To persist, to challenge, to push so that God’s love indeed is shared with all people.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/779151239561624/

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A little bit of joy to share with you this night … the sunflower fields at the Bishop Hare Center in Mission.

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Friday, 14 August 2020: While our focus has been on our own ancestors, the ones we know by name and love, ALL those who have made their journeys are our ancestors, for we are all related. And many of them have died unjustly, including the #MissingandMurderedIndigenous Women, and are calling out for justice. Listen to them, learn from them, and seek justice for them.

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These are the Seven Values of Lakota Life, which we examined in tonight’s #REMLive #Compline service.

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Thursday, 13 August 2020: When we say, in the Lakota way, that we want to honor the ancestors, we are talking about living into and out of the Seven Values of Lakota life: Praying; Respect; Caring & Compassion; Honesty & Truth; Generosity & Helping; Humility; and Wisdom. It is the same with our Baptismal Covenant: Continuing in the fellowship, the breaking of bread, and the prayers; Persevering in resisting evil, and repenting when we need to do so; Proclaiming by word and example the Good News of God in Christ; Seeking and serving Christ in all people, loving our neighbors as ourselves; and Striving for justice and peace among all people, and respecting the dignity of every human being. The two come together as one when we are honoring and respecting our ancestors.

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Wednesday, 12 August 2020: Remember those dwelling places in his Father’s house, the ones Jesus spoke of? Those are the places we get to go when we want to visit with our ancestors. Call up a favorite memory in your heart, and call your loved one’s name. That memory will form your dwelling place with your loved one, until by God’s call, you are reunited with all who have walked before us.

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Tuesday, 11 August 2020: Many times, we call our ancestors to us via music, those songs there were special to each of the ancestors, and which remind us of them always. What song or hymn reminds you of your loved ones who have walked on before you?

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/781342285969611/

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Monday, 10 August 2020: When our loved ones make their journey, they become our ancestors, and in the Lakota way, they are still with us, every single day. This week, in honor of Margaret Geboe, the mother of our Senior Catechist, Erroll Geboe, we are exploring how we can honor our ancestors every single day. Margaret made her journey on 14 August 2014, and the Lakota hymn we are using this week, (No. 93), is, in her honor, Nearer My God To Thee.

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The latest offering from Rosebud Episcopal Mission Senior Catechist and organist extraordinaire, Erroll Geboe, Lakota Hymn 93, Nearer My God To Thee (Tune: Bethany). Erroll offers this message as well: “On this day, I played Lakota Hymn 93, Nearer My God To Thee in loving memory of my Beloved mother, Margaret Geboe. She went home to Jesus on Aug. 14, 2014. I MISS HER DEARLY. She loved to sing, and that is why I try to honor her memory with music. MOM, I LOVE YOU, Rest In Peace. Till we meet again.” Erroll played this hymn at Trinity Episcopal Church, Mission.

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The #REMLive worship service for Sunday, 9 August 2020, the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost: This morning’s Gospel tells the story of Jesus walking on the water, and invites us to trust God enough to do the same. In other words, we get out of the boat of confusion and walk into the storm to help each other and ourselves.

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Friday, 7 August 2020: When Jesus told his disciples to feed the people – ALL the people – he pretty much laid out a social justice Gospel. Which means he was a socialist. Which means that all of us who follow Jesus, who walk in the wya of love, are socialists as well. Thanks be to God!

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Thursday, 6 August 2020: Our prayer is that each of you has been able to find something that feeds you, and that you were able to take some time to do whatever that is today. Because we all need to be fed.

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Wednesday, 5 August 2020: Jesus told his disciples to feed the people. How do we feed ourselves, so that we can feed others? In this new normal (since coronavirus took over so much of our lives), and heading into the new, new normal, perhaps now is the time to concentrate on what feeds our own souls, and to take up that practice again – or for the first time.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/308763043702012/

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Tuesday, 4 August 2020: Jesus commanded his disciples — US — to feed the people. But today, we want to concentrate on how others feed us. How are you fed? By whom? With what? Know that will help us feed others in return.

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Monday, 3 August 2020: Jesus told his disciples to feed the 5,000 men, plus women and children. He was clear: This was their job. So … how are we to feed each other?

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The #REMLive worship service for Sunday, 2 August 2020, the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost: Jesus is calling us, telling us, pretty much ordering us to go into the world and feed the people. Now …!

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This is the Episcopal News Service news story on the three-part Becoming Beloved Community webinars offered by The Episcopal Church earlier this week. The links to viewing each webinar are in the story. Enjoy!

https://www.episcopalnewsservice.org/2020/07/31/thousands-join-three-part-becoming-beloved-community-now-webinars-on-racial-justice/

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Friday, 31 July 2020: Working toward the Beloved Community starts with each one of us making the decision we want to do this, and asking God to lead us and guide us into a new life that is based on God’s love for each of us and all of us.

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Thursday, 30 July 2020: If anyone knew what it meant to build the Beloved Community, it was Congressman John Robert Lewis, laid to rest this day in Atlanta. Mr. Lewis always told us that to build that community, we have to be in good trouble. Necessary trouble. That, friends, is our charge.

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Wednesday, 29 July 2020: Having been created in love and community, we are called to live in love and community. When we do that, we become the Beloved Community. And that will make the new, new normal that much closer to the Kingdom of God.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/919048131940920/

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Tuesday, 28 July 2020: We are all related – scientifically, physically, theologically. In God’s very good creation, there are no “us’s” and “them’s.” If we remember that, we can build the community – the Beloved Community – and make the new, new normal a much better place.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/951024732082410/

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The #REMLive worship service for Sunday, 26 July 2020, the 8th Sunday after Pentecost: In this morning’s Gospel, we hear the parables of the mustard seed, the yeast, the hidden treasure, the pearl of great worth — all of which stories meant to help us transform our lives! (With great thanks to the Rev. #PaulaMJackson in Cincinnati, who gave me a whole new understanding of this Gospel!)

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Friday, 24 July 2020: Yes, we can all be heroes for God, if we UT God first in all that we do. And by being heroes for God, we can beat the twin pandemics of coronavirus and racism. Shall we challenge ourselves to do this?

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Thursday, 23 July 2020: Wanna know who the heroes for God are during this coronavirus? Tonight we celebrated the mask-makers, those who have spent so much time, energy, and money to make cloth face masks for themselves, for their loved ones, and for strangers far away. Some of those who we celebrated this night: Laura Gurney and the NoCo Mask Makers; Jan Gould Hagerman and Priscilla Hagerman; Diane Smith; Dawn Jurgens; Elen Kentnor; and oh, so many others who have made masks for us here on the Rosebud, and for the Navajo Nation! ALL of us can be heroes for God, if we start everything we do with God.

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Wednesday, 22 July 2020: Wanna be a hero for God? Do what the Washington Nationals are doing … pitching in wherever they can to do whatever needs doing to help the team. (A baseball version of “Love your neighbors.”) We can do that, can’t we?

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/305913440600221/

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Tuesday, 21 July 2020: To be a hero for God means, quite simply, to do that which God asks us to do. In other words, love one another. That’s it!

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The latest offering by Rosebud Episcopal Mission Senior Catechist and organist extraordinaire Erroll Geboe, Lakota Hymn 139, sung to the tune of Nettleton, and based on Psalm 23:1: “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not be in want.” Erroll played the hymn at Trinity Episcopal Church, Mission. Enjoy!

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Monday, 20 July 2020: Last Friday, we lost two giants of the civil rights movement, Congressman John Lewis and the Rev. C.T. Vivian. They were truly heroes who made this country a better place. How can we be heroes – heroes for God and what God dreams of for us?

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/612775959622942/

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The #REMLive worship service for Sunday, 19 July 2020, the 7th Sunday after Pentecost: Bishop Jonathan Folts joined us with an outstanding sermon this morning, urging us to always look forward to the glory that is to come, and to never give up!

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/2700780203474558/

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Friday, 17 July 2020: So where have you found grace this week? You know, the freely given gift of God that we cannot earn, and cannot escape? Because it is all around us. We only have to look to see it, receive it, give it.

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Thursday, 16 July 2020: Tonight we held a memorial service for Autumn Rain “Tui” Emery, who went missing last year and was found this day. It was an emotional evening,which showed me again what grace in action is: A gathering of people who remembered, who cried, and who supported each other, and the hard work of the #MMIW movement.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/1133516160353044/

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Wednesday, 15 July 2020: Look for grace in every conversation, especially in these tense and scary times with coronavirus. If we can all remember that God freely gives grace to each and every one of us, we can make the world a better place.

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Tuesday, 14 July 2020: Grace is God’s freely given gift of love for our salvation. Purely and simply, it is a gift! So what are we going to do with it???

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Monday, 13 July 2020: Each of us has a gift from God, given to us in our creation, that makes us kind. Let us look for grace in the acts of kindness we do, we experience, we witness.

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The latest offering from Rosebud Episcopal Mission Senior Catechist and organist extraordinaire Erroll George, Lakota Hymn 120, which is based on Philippians 4:4: “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” This hymn, which is set to the tune of Huber, actually is sung to the tune of Amazing Grace. Erroll recorded this at Trinity Episcopal Church, Mission. Enjoy!

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The #REMLive worship service for Sunday, 12 July 2020, the 6th Sunday after Pentecost: Jesus is calling us all to be gardeners of God’s love, to live it, to speak it, to share it. We don’t have to worry about what the crop produces; we only are called to plant it!

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/3004652672985366/

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Friday, 10 July 2020: Friends, it is time to conspire together! Did you know that “conspire” comes from the Latin root for “to breathe together”? And this is what we are called to do during these twin pandemics of coronavirus, which chokes the breath out of people, and racism, in which people die while crying out, “I can’t breathe!” It is up to us, the followers of Jesus who walk in the way of love, to conspire to make sure EVERYone can conspire — can breathe together. (Thanks to Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner, director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism in Washington, D.C., for this marvelous lesson – read via Religion News Service.)

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/1950342038435237/

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Thursday, 9 July 2020: God has no interest in injustice, and calls us to fight the good fight of the faith against injustice, whether we are the ones doing it, or we are the ones witnessing it.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/3183973881649206/

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Wednesday, 8 July 2020: How do we fight the good fight of the faith? By figuring out what the faith tells us to do: Feed the hungry, give water to the thirsty, clothe the naked, welcome the stranger, pray for the sick, visit those in prison, give sight to the clinic, hearing to the deaf, voice to the mute, and make the lame leap for joy. And by bringing the dead back to life. In other words, doing what Jesus calls us to do.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/2619468234963389/

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Tuesday, 7 July 2020: If you want to see what it means to fight the good fight of the faith, follow what has happened with the federal judge’s ruling on the Dakota Access Pipeline, not only shutting it down, but demanding that all the oil be drained from the pipeline, and then denying the request for a stay of the ruling. It has been four years since the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, joined by thousands of allies from around the world, stood up agains the oil company to protect the sacred burial grounds and sacred water. That, friends, is what it means to persevere, and to fight the good fight.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/2994770550622304/

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Monday, 6 July 2020: Joined by our friend, #JanGouldHagerman, we focused on having the courage to fight the good fight of the faith!

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/3134221933267297/

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Rosebud Episcopal Mission Senior Catechist and organist extraordinaire Erroll Geboe’s latest offering, Lakota Hymn 143, a song of courage and encouragement based on 1 Timothy 6:12: “Fight the good fight of the faith.” Erroll recorded this hymn at Trinity Episcopal Church, Mission, S.D. Enjoy!

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/posts/3255174104505548/?vh=e

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The prayer we used in this morning’s service from Nadia Bolz-Weber:

Dear God:

Everyone’s exhausted right now: parents, activists, cashiers, people who are just now actually learning about systemic racism, delivery drivers, the unemployed, the chronically sick, ER nurses, those who fear the police, the elderly, performers with no hope of an audience any time soon, clergy, social workers, those who can’t make their rent, and everyone who has to spray something down with disinfectant for the 1,000th time.

Teach us to rest, Lord. Help us to dial back our obsession with productivity. Raise up more helpers for those who are over-extended, Lord — stir up the desire to serve in those who only take. Remove barriers to napping. Quiet babies for an hour so those new mamas can sleep. Make us aware of any new binge-able Netflix shows that might help. Give employers the will to grant extra paid mental-health days. Quiet those voices that tell us we should be doing more right now, especially the ones that come from inside of us. Teach us not to confuse respite with laziness. Increase our compassion for one another. And while you’re at it, increase our compassion for ourselves.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Amen.

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The #REMLive service for Sunday, 5 July 2020, the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost (and the umpteenth Sunday of Coronavirus): In this morning’s Gospel, Jesus not only asks us to yoke ourselves to him, but he also promises to yoke himself to us, so that we can get through the pandemics of coronavirus and racism, and make the world a much better place.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/301759734283848/

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Friday, 3 July 2020: Even as we continue to feel anxious because of coronavirus and all the other pressures of life, we can still turn to God and ask God to abide with us, so that we find the courage and strength to be God’s servants in this place.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/752861535465761/

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Thursday, 2 July 2020: As the number of positive cases of coronavirus rises in this country, it is easy for our own anxieties to go up as well. But … we can lower those anxieties by asking God to abide with us, and to carry some of the burden for us.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/2752794854957223/

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Wednesday, 1 July 2020: It’s the beginning of the second half of 2020, friends … a very important time for those of us who follow Jesus and walk in the way of love to ask God specifically to abide with us.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/196844268383157/

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Tuesday, 30 June 2020: In times of fear and anxiety, when we are all experiencing trauma from everything that is happening, stop. Ask God to abide with us. That’s the best thing we can do for ourselves.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/283623229543227/

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Monday, 29 June 2020: The times are still tumultuous, and we need God more than ever. So breathe in some God, and ask God to abide with you, in order to find both the peace and the strength we need to get through the coming days and weeks.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/197656468276621/

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The prayer from Nadia Bolz-Weber, which we used in this morning’s prayers:

Give Us This Day Our Daily Gratitude:

That I have been given one more day, I give thanks.

That the birds still sing each morning, impossibly early outside my window, I give thanks.

For the sun rising once again in the East, I give thanks.

That for this day I have bread, I give thanks.

For drinkable water, for breathable air, and for Dairy Queen dipped cones, I give thanks.

For one more day of mobility, I give thanks.

For novelists who create worlds and characters and stories for our minds and not for our TVs, I give thanks.

For the puppy I got at the beginning of quarantine who is currently destroying my life, I give thanks.

For cell phone reception, and I-guess-its-better-than-nothing ZOOM calls and reliable internet service, I give thanks.

That I am loved, I give thanks.

That I am forgiven, I give thanks.

That I am alive, I give thanks.

That you, O God, are known by many names, I give thanks.

That you, O God, are present when I feel only your absence, I give thanks.

That you are God and I am not, I give the most thanks. Forgive me when I forget that one.

And for every other gift I am too self-obsessed to see, but that totally comes from you – Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

Amen.

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The #REMLive worship service for Sunday, 28 June 2020, the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost: We are being called, in this morning’s Gospel, to live lives of radical welcome and radical love. So go out into the world, and be radical!!!

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/1159284777748126/

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The latest offering from Rosebud Episcopal Mission Senior Catechist Erroll Geboe, playing Lakota Hymn 113, “Wakan Cekiye Olowan” (“Abide With Me”), one of his favorite hymns, on the organ at Trinity Episcopal Church in Mission. Enjoy!

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Friday, 26 June 2020: At the end of a week focused on hope and love, we find more stories of hope and love, some of which began with tragedies, but the responses to which definitely were manifestations of both great hope and great love.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/206734493847748/

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Thursday, 25 June 2020: More stories of hope and love, because you can never get enough of hope and love, can you?

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/276222283648575/

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Wednesday, 24 June 2020: More stories of hope and love, and celebrating the ordination to the priesthood of #LaurentDePrins this night, which gives us more hope and love!

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/2326859464286241/

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Tuesday, 23 June 2020: Stories of hope and love – that’s what we ae looking for, and sharing, because without hope, without love, we cannot survive.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/718758935606374/

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Monday, 22 June 2020: We are focusing on stories of hope and love this week, and had two good ones tonight: An Episcopal priest in Forth Worth who donated blood plasma that helped save the life of a COVID patient, and how NASCAR drivers, crew chiefs and pit crews came together to support driver Bubba Wallace after a noose was found in his stall in Talladega on Sunday.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/823922884798977/

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The latest offering from Rosebud Episcopal Mission Senior Catechist Erroll Geboe, playing the organ at Trinity Episcopal Church in Mission: Hymn 433, We Gather Together to Ask the Lord’s Blessing, from the 1982 Episcopal Hymnal. The photo is of the stained glass window of the Good Shepherd in the Trinity sanctuary. Enjoy!

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The #REMLive worship service for Sunday, 21 June 2020, the Third Sunday after Pentecost: Jesus speaks hard words this morning, warning that as we take up our crosses and follow him, even members of our families will turn against us. But … taking up our crosses and walking in the way of love is what we have vowed to do. So take heart!

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/315339336152477/

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Friday, 19 June 2020: It’s Juneteenth! Did you know about it? Were you taught that history? Were you taught about Indigenous history in school? If we spent more time learning about each other’s history, culture, and traditions, we would be able to make this world, and the new, new normal, a far better place.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/628456981095755/

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Oops! We did something wrong – we don’t know what – and managed to lose the #REMLive #Compline service for Thursday, 18 June 2020! But fear not – prayers were said!!!

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Wednesday, 17 June 2020: We who follow Jesus are the ones called to proclaim God’s truth boldly, and to seek God’s justice compassionately. What do those two words mean? And how can we learn to be bold and compassionate?

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/553923801964073/

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Tuesday, 16 June 2020: We who follow Jesus in the way of love are called to stay the course, especially in these turbulent times, to speak God’s truth boldly, and to administer God’s justice with compassion.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/2686172831654490/

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Monday, 15 June 2020: How do we do all that God is calling us to do? By remembering, as we proclaim God’s truth with boldness, and achieve God’s justice with compassion, that Jesus indeed shall reign!

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/3247852961913002/

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The #REMLive service for the Second Sunday after Pentecost, 14 June 2020: Get fired up, because we are the ones called to go into the world to proclaim God’s truth with boldness, and minister God’s justice with compassion … right now!!!

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/733576737458423/

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Friday, 12 June 2020: How do we live holy lives? We train for it. We look for holiness everywhere we can. We treat each other as holy. That is what we, as followers of Jesus, do when we walk in the way of love.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/260560941884211/

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Thursday, 11 June 2020: Imagine that your life is at least half filled with holiness already … and that as you train to see more and more holiness around you, your life becomes filled with holiness. It is not easy to achieve, but it can be done!

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/1319699261554711/

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Wednesday, 10 June 2020: Look around you, and see the holiness of God in all of creation. That is how we start to live holy lives … by seeing holiness in everything.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/551850152137440/

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The latest offering from Rosebud Episcopal Mission Senior Catechist Erroll Geboe is Lakota Hymn 126, Jesus Shall Reign, based on Psalm 48:9: “Within your temple, O God, we meditate on your unfailing love.”

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Tuesday, 9 June 2020: How do we live as holy people of God? By committing ourselves to holy works each and every day, with every breath we have, until we help bring about the Kingdom of God in this place.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/577818122874760/

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Monday, 8 June 2020: What if we all realized that we are holy? And that we looked at one another, first and foremost, as holy? And that we judged one another, first and foremost, as holy? Would that not make the world a better place? Let us practice being holy and seeing holiness in each other …

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/2326074591027885/

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The #REMLive worship service for Trinity Sunday, 7 June 2020: We are all made in the image of God, which means we are all related, which means we are all called to do the work God has given us to do to make the world a more just, more loving, more merciful place. Thanks to #StephanieSpellers for her insights!

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/627566531188317/

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Friday, 5 June 2020: There is progress being made toward the new, new normal. Is it enough? No. But if we keep following God, and doing what Jesus tells us, we can make the new, new normal a much better place for all of us.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/695170171261417/

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Thursday, 4 June 2020: Look for hope. ALWAYS look for hope. And when you find it, celebrate it!

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/683746352470094/

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Enjoy this latest offering from Rosebud Episcopal Mission Senior Catechist Erroll Geboe, our organist extraordinaire! This is Lakota Hymn 57, Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty! which Erroll played at Trinity Episcopal Church, Mission.

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Wednesday, 3 June 2020: In these tumultuous times, we are the ones who are called to make a bigger table and invite everyone to it. So … how are we going to do that How are we, in the new, new normal, going to make the world a better place?

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/253620045702796/

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Tuesday, 2 June 2020: What is it that the Lord calls us to do? To do justice now. To love kindness now. And to walk humbly with our God. As as the Talmud says, we are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are we free to abandon it.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/918386928588033/

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Monday, 1 June 2020: On this night, this tumultuous night, we seek peace. We seek justice. We invite everyone to the table that has been set by God for all of us.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/284411916068705/

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Mother Lauren was invited to preach at St. Luke’s, Stone Cross, England, where our former seminarian, The Rev. Danny Pegg, is the assistant priest, for Pentecost. This is the full service, with beautiful music, for you to see.

https://www.facebook.com/stlukestonecross/videos/1112285135820446/?vh=e

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The #REMLive worship service for Pentecost Sunday, 31 May 2020: We are being set on fire by the Holy Spirit to go out into the world to make it a better place. In the midst of coronavirus and protests, we are the ones who are called to make the world a better place. It is on us!

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/1335653299960019/

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The latest offering from Rosebud Episcopal Mission Senior Catechist Erroll Geboe, Lakota Hymn 73, “My God, and Is Thy Table Spread.” Erroll played the hymn at Trinity Episcopal Church, Mission. Enjoy!

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Friday, 29 May 2020: On this Friday night, we pray for peace, for justice, for rest … for #GeorgeFloyd and #BreonnaTaylor and #AhmaudArbery and all who need justice … for an end to this pandemic … for all front-line medical workers … for all essential employees …

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/1526875757483248/

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Thursday, 28 May 2020: On this night, let us turn to Psalm 31 for strength and courage, to find a stronghold and castle that keeps us safe. (And Mother Lauren meant to say, “See you TOMORROW night,” not “next week.” Oops!)

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/272900097094980/

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Wednesday, 27 May 2020: On this day, in this country, we reached 100,000 dead from COVID-19, a grim milestone that we simply must stop, acknowledge, and pray over. The number is astounding, and numbing. Please, pray for each person who has died, for each of these 100,000 is related to us in some way.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/253360399341637/

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Tuesday, 26 May 2020: What is the importance of prayers? They sustain us. They keep us going. They bring us joy, relief, mercy, and grace.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/941099919682728/

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Monday, 25 May 2020: On this Memorial Day, we remember those who gave their lives in service to this country, and strive to honor their sacrifice.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/272545597203790/

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The #REMLive Sunday worship service for the Seventh Sunday of Easter, 24 May 2020: The Risen Lord ascended into heaven to get out of the way and make room for us to do all of the work that we are called to do. And in this season of Coronavirus, it all boils down to this: Love.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/252328185844958/

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Friday, 22 May 2020: On Fridays, we breathe in a whole lot of God. And tonight we focus on how we can live the lives of love that Jesus commands us to live.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/845234512651004/

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The latest gem from Rosebud Episcopal Mission Senior Catechist Erroll Geboe, playing Lakota Hymn 131, Second Tune, on the pump organ in his home. This hymn is based on Psalm 147:3: “He heals the broken-hearted * and binds up their wounds.” Enjoy!

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Thursday, 21 May 2020: It is Ascension Day, the day when the Risen Lord ascended into heaven — because God trusts us to do the work that we have been given to do!

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/541549826521812/

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Wednesday, 20 May 2020: As followers of Jesus, we all called to love. All the time. All the people. All the places. So … where do YOU love? How have you loved during this crisis? How have you been loved?

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/248270279777556/

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Tuesday, 19 May 2020: In Lakota, there is almost no literal term for “I love you.” So the Lakota say, “Thechihila.” Which means, “I will suffer for you.” Let that sink in.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/2320495881590485/

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Another gem from Rosebud Episcopal Mission Senior Catechist (and organist extraordinaire!) Erroll Geboe, playing Lakota Hymn 3, an Advent hymn based on Psalm 27, verse 1: The LORD is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear? Erroll is recording these hymns for us during the coronavirus crisis as a “gift of love to bring comfort to our people.” When he is not playing th organ, he is at Trinity Episcopal Church, Mission, cleaning, setting up the church for the coming Sunday, despite us not being able to worship in person, and saying prayers on behalf of all the people. #ThankYouErroll #WopilaErroll (Erroll does not have a Facebook account, but know that I pass on all of your messages to him.) (This is a corrected versions of the Psalm upon which the song is based.)

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Monday, 18 May 2020: Jesus asks us, as he did Peter: “Do you love me?” “Yes, Lord, you know that I do,” Peter replied. “Feed my sheep.” That is all it takes, friends, feeding each other. Loving each other. With Lakota Hymn 140 as our guide this week, we are going to look at what it means to love one another.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/2590236751241086/

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Rosebud Episcopal Mission Senior Catechist Erroll Geboe playing Lakota Hymn 111, “Thou Art the Way; to Thee Alone.” Enjoy! Erroll is playing on a 1898 Crown pump organ that came to us from St. Andrews Episcopal Church, Bonesteel, S.D.

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The #REMLive worship service for the 6th Sunday of Easter, 17 May 2020: Brass tacks, friends, it is all about love. Jesus said, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” That is our job! Love!

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/248974026192869/

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This is the prayer we shared tonight on the #REMLive #Compline service:

May God bless you with a heart trained to love in response to fear.

May God bless you with the ability to hope for what is unseen when what you see is painful.

May God bless you with faith put into action in this world on behalf of others.

May God bless you with the courage to lead in difficult as well as easier times.

May God bless you with tenacity that comes from knowing God cannot fail.

In the name of The One who walks with you even now. Amen.

— Emily Peck-McClain

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Friday, 15 March 2020. On this final night of exploring what it means to keep the charges we receive from God, we look at the last question of the Baptismal Covenant: Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/247054033209556/

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Thursday, 14 May 2020: On this World Day of Prayer for Coronavirus, let us remember the charge we have to keep from God, specifically, this day, our promise to seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbor as ourself.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/249887846213111/

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This is the prayer for Thursday, 14 May 2020, designated as a World Day of Prayer for COVID-19:

Lord, God of love, abundance and life, we turn to you in prayer and bring the suffering of our world and of the humanity we are part of. In prayer, we mourn for the man lost lives and we present to you the many fragile lives of those most exposed to the virus. In prayer we ask you to be with those who are exposing themselves daily for the welfare of all, in the hospitals and in the workplace. In prayer we bring you our concern for our future and our neighbor. And we pray: May love thrive against fear. Because if there is fear in the world, there is no need even for hatred; if there is isolation there mustn’t be loneliness; if there is anxiety, there is no need for meanness. Today we reach out to those who pray with us, whatever their Cree, wherever they live, whatever language they speak: Their words are precious, their humanity is equal to ours. Together let us build a better, more peaceful and supportive world. Give us the joy of your presence, according to your promise: I will be with you every day of your life. In Jesus name, Amen.

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Wednesday, 13 May 2020: We always have a charge to keep, friends, and we can find that charge in our Baptismal Covenant. Tonight’s charge: Will you proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ? Yes! By kind words and kind works. Every single day. With every single person. We will, with God’s help.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/650928028787114/

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Tuesday, 12 May 2020: We have made promises to God, promises that we need to keep. Tonight, those promises are found in the Baptismal Covenant question, “Will you persevere in revisiting evil, and whenever you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord?” To which we reply, “I will, with God`s help.”

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/541939279827660/

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Monday, 11 May 2020: As followers of Jesus, we all have a charge to keep — our Baptismal Covenant. This week, we are using Lakota Hymn 148, A Charge to Keep I Have, as a windows into how we live out that Covenant.

https://www.facebook.com/108396892516634/videos/2919930688100073/

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The #REMLive Sunday morning worship service for the 5th Sunday of Easter, 10 May 2020: Remember, even in this dark, fear-filled time, Jesus is with us, is leading us, and is calling us to not only do the works he did, but to do works that are even greater! (With great thanks to #DavidLose for his insights this morning.)

https://www.facebook.com/lauren.r.stanley.5/videos/10157699496473778/

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THE PRECIOUS NAME, which was the focus of the sermon for the #REMLive #Compline service on Friday, 8 May 2020.

On the right are the original lyrics as composed in 1870 by Lydia O. Baxter. On the left is the same hymn in Dakota/Lakota, which was done in Dakota/Lakota thought. Ms. Gladys Hawk, of the Standing Rock Reservation, translated that Dakota/Lakota thought back into English. There is quite the difference in thought processes, and great comfort to be had in the Dakota/Lakota version.

The #REMLive #Compline service for Friday, 8 May 2020: Tonight, as we head into the weekend, we can take great comfort from the Lakota Hymn 166, The Precious Name, translated from English into Lakota/Dakota thought. Remember: Jesus’ name is goooood.

https://www.facebook.com/lauren.r.stanley.5/videos/10157694452318778/

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Thursday, 7 May 2020: Today is the National Day of Prayer. And prayer, my friends, is *powerful*. So … always breathe in some God, and have that conversation with God. Because #PrayerMatters.

https://www.facebook.com/lauren.r.stanley.5/videos/10157691013698778/

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Wednesday, 6 May 2020: Today was my first day out in three weeks, and it ws such a joy! When you get to go out again – or, if you’ve been out – remember to look for that joy!

https://www.facebook.com/lauren.r.stanley.5/videos/10157687453038778/

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Tuesday, 5 May 2020: Today is Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women’s Day, #MMIW, the day we remember all those Indigenous Women who have been taken, and those who have been murdered. IT is also the day that we ask you to commit to paying attention, to becoming an ally, and to advocate, so that we can end this scourge.

https://www.facebook.com/lauren.r.stanley.5/videos/10157683972128778/

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Monday, 4 May 2020: It’s time for some passion, my friends, because without it, we can’t get through this. So how can we do virtual hugs?

https://www.facebook.com/lauren.r.stanley.5/videos/10157680362493778/

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The #REMLive worship for the 4th Sunday of Easter, 3 May 2020: It’s Good Shepherd Sunday, my friends, meaning it is time to listen to the voice of our shepherd, Jesus, who tells us to love one another. And how do we do that? By wearing a mask!!!

https://www.facebook.com/lauren.r.stanley.5/videos/10157674615363778/

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Friday, 1 May 2020: In the new, new normal that is approaching, we are going to have to be a whole lot more flexible in our ideas, in our work, in our families, in our play. Time to start stretching now!

https://www.facebook.com/lauren.r.stanley.5/videos/10157669753398778/

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Thursday, 30 April 2020: My friends, wearing a face mask is an act o love, the very act that Jesus commanded us to do. Are masks foolproof? No. But do they help? Yes? #FaceMasksAreLove

https://www.facebook.com/lauren.r.stanley.5/videos/10157666054938778/

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Wednesday, 29 April 2020: Tonight we honor the medical workers who have lost their lives saving our during this coronavirus crisis. We know some of their names, but we do not know all of them. Those whose names we know will be posted later this evening, so that you may pray for them by name. Let us never forget these brave souls.

In tonight’s #REMLive #Compline service, we remembered the front-line medical workers who have lost their lives to COVID-19 while working to save our lives. This is the list so far that I have been able to compile, mainly from this country. There are hundreds more here and around the world whose names we don’t know, but for whom we pray as well: In China, the first doctor to send the message out to the world of this wicked disease, Dr. Li Wenliang. In this country (sourced from The Guardian and The New York Times): Aleyamma John, 65, Registered Nurse, NY; Mike Field, 59, volunteer EMT, NY; Valeria Viveros, 20, nursing assistant, CA; Pamela Hughes, 50, nursing assistant and medication aide, KY; James House, 40, Registered Nurse, MI; Thomas Soto, 59, radiology clerk, NY; Ali Dennis Guillermo, 44, Registered Nurse, NY; Gary Sclar, 66, neurologist, NY; Rose Harrison, 60, nurse, AL; Monica Echeverri Cadaret, 49, surgical technician, MI; Kim King-Smith, 52, electrocardiograph technician, NJ; Marion “Curtis” Hunt, 57, social worker, CT; Araceli Burundian Hogan, 63, ICU nurse, FL; Leo Delta Cruz, 57, geriatric psychiatrist, NJ; J. Ronald Verrier, 59, surgeon, NY; Vienna Thompson, 52, nurse, NV; Alvin Simmons, 54, environmental service assistant, NY; Daisy Doronila, 60, nurse, NJ; Jeff Baumbach, 57, nurse, CA; Debbie Acad, 72, clinical nursing coordinator, MI; Dr. Lorna M. Green, 49, emergency room doctor, NY, who lost her life to suicide. May all of these servants, and those whose names we do not yet know, Rest In Peace and rise in glory.

https://www.facebook.com/lauren.r.stanley.5/videos/10157662645783778/

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Tuesday, 28 April 2020: My friends, we are all related. As the Lakota say, Mitakuye oyasin. Tonight, let us turn our attention to the Navajo Nation, where the people are suffering mightily from coronavirus and simply do not have enough. How can we help them? And how can we make better the lives of all people of color in this land, so that the inequities that coronavirus is blatantly exposing are corrected?

https://www.facebook.com/lauren.r.stanley.5/videos/10157659044378778/

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Monday, 27 April 2020: As states begin to re-open, know this: If you decide to stay home and and you can, it’s OK. If you decide you have to go out, especially for a job, that’s OK as well. Wear a mask, wash your hands, do #HolySpacing. Let’s give each other the grace to make our own decisions.

https://www.facebook.com/lauren.r.stanley.5/videos/10157655353248778/

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The #REMLive Sunday morning worship for the Third Sunday of Easter, 26 April 2020: My friends, we see the Risen Lord not only in the breaking of the bread in church, we see God every single time we break bread and share it with our neighbors, near and far!

https://www.facebook.com/lauren.r.stanley.5/videos/10157649488813778/

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Friday, 24 April 2020: Let us breathe in a whole lot of God and realize: We are all doing a good job. Really. As we slowly re-open this country, think about what you need to make you safe, and to make others safe. And dream: Dream of what the new world will be.

https://www.facebook.com/lauren.r.stanley.5/videos/10157644081958778/

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Thursday, 23 April 2020: Tonight, my friends, we celebrate all of the ingenuity and creativity that so many are exhibiting during these terrible times. Not because anyone *has* to do so, but because they *want* to help. Which we like to call, LOVE.

https://www.facebook.com/lauren.r.stanley.5/videos/10157640130643778/

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Wednesday, 22 April 2020: Today, my friends, is Earth Day, and if you want to learn a whole lot about how to honor our relatives, including Unci Maka (Mother Earth), you can do so from the Sicangu Lakota, who have taught me so much in my time here.

https://www.facebook.com/lauren.r.stanley.5/videos/10157636126968778/

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Tuesday, 21 April 2020: Today’s experience in the emergency room at IHS (Indian Health Service) in Rosebud left two impressions: One, kudos to the whole staff there. They are prepared for what is coming, and they are prepared to serve in love. And two, you Do. Not. want to be in an isolation room, all alone except when nurses and doctors come in in full PPE to care for you. You. Do. Not. Want. This. So … stay home. Wear a mask. Wash your hands. Protect each other. All for the love of God and God’s beloved children.

https://www.facebook.com/lauren.r.stanley.5/videos/10157632016813778/

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Monday, 20 April 2020: Instead of complaining about being confined, what if we were to turn that stone over and say, “I’ve sworn an oath of solitude until the pestilence is purged from the land”? It is our duty and obligation to care for one another …

https://www.facebook.com/lauren.r.stanley.5/videos/10157628060578778/

You can see the meme to which I was referring tonight on my Facebook timeline …

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The #REMLive Sunday morning worship for the Second Sunday of Easter, 19 April 2020: Thomas didn’t doubt. He just had to wrap his mind around the new, new normal that his life had suddenly become. We’re approaching that day as well … so let’s get ready!

https://www.facebook.com/lauren.r.stanley.5/videos/10157621840018778/

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Easter Friday, 17 April 2020: On this Friday night, let us continue our dreams of what the new, new normal will be like, and what we can do to make it happen. And let us, on this weekend, find a way to rest, to relax, and to have some fun!

https://www.facebook.com/lauren.r.stanley.5/videos/10157616344103778/

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Easter Thursday, 16 April 2020: Now is the time for us to begin to dream about what we want our future to be: Kind and compassionate? Because we for certain can *not* go back to the old normal. So dream, my friends! Dream!

https://www.facebook.com/lauren.r.stanley.5/videos/10157612706478778/

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Easter Wednesday, 15 April 2020: There is far too much in our lives that we cannot control right now. So let us focus instead on the things we *can* control, and live into them.

https://www.facebook.com/lauren.r.stanley.5/videos/10157609077358778/

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Easter Tuesday, 14 April 2020: Be kind to yourself. Times are tough on every level, so remember: Be kind to yourself.

https://www.facebook.com/lauren.r.stanley.5/videos/10157605614933778/

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Easter Monday, 13 April 2020: We have the light of the Resurrected Christ in our lives, which gives us the power and love to get through this crisis.

https://www.facebook.com/lauren.r.stanley.5/videos/10157602337223778/

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The #REMLive #Easter service on Sunday, 12 April 2020: Jesus Christ is risen today! Alleluia! And he will call each of us by name! Alleluia!

https://www.facebook.com/lauren.r.stanley.5/videos/10157597203498778/

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The #RELive #GreatVigilofEaster on Saturday, 11 April 2020: Alleluia, Christ is Risen! It may be dark in our life right now, but the dawn is coming and Christ’s light still shines!

https://www.facebook.com/lauren.r.stanley.5/videos/10157595465288778/

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Good Friday night: This is indeed a dark night, but remember: Love reigns supreme. So grieve this night for all whom we have lost. Grieve for Jesus, who laid his life down for us. But remember: Love reigns supreme!

https://www.facebook.com/lauren.r.stanley.5/videos/10157592233438778/

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The #REMLive #GoodFriday noonday service for Friday, 10 April 2020: On this Good Friday, remember: Jesus died for us because he loves us. And he is asking us to make sacrifices of love for one another in this time of Coronvirus.

https://www.facebook.com/lauren.r.stanley.5/videos/10157590775408778/

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Thursday, 9 April 2020: On this Maundy Thursday, when we cannot gather in our churches to wash each other’s feet, let us remember Jesus’ last night, Last Supper, and his last commandment to us: Love one another. And let us also realize that our continuous hand washing in this time of Coronavirus is a holy act, a way of serving each other as Jesus commanded us.

https://www.facebook.com/lauren.r.stanley.5/videos/10157588767163778/

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Wednesday, 8 April 2020: This night *is* different from all other nights, especially because of Coronavirus. But fear not! Because God is still with us, and God loves us!

https://www.facebook.com/lauren.r.stanley.5/videos/10157585444053778/

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Tuesday, 7 April 2020: Go ahead: Grieve. It’s good to grieve, and to share our grief, because God is with us in that grief.

https://www.facebook.com/lauren.r.stanley.5/videos/10157582114458778/

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Monday, 6 April 2020: Fear not! (We actually all are afraid, but that’s OK – there are strength in numbers, and God is with us!)

https://www.facebook.com/lauren.r.stanley.5/videos/10157578976353778/

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The #REMLive Sunday morning worship service for 5 April 2020, The Sunday of the Passion/Palm Sunday: Let us all cry out, “Hosanna! Save us!”

https://www.facebook.com/lauren.r.stanley.5/videos/10157573933063778/

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Friday night, 3 April 2020: Breathe in some God, my friends. Breathe in some God.

https://www.facebook.com/lauren.r.stanley.5/videos/10157569289753778/

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Thursday night, 2 April 2020: Remember to love one another “right up to the moon – and back.”

https://www.facebook.com/lauren.r.stanley.5/videos/10157566049738778/

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Wednesday night, 1 April 2020: Let’s each find ONE act of kindness that we can do every single day so that we can run this marathon with grace and love.

https://www.facebook.com/lauren.r.stanley.5/videos/10157562615678778/

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Tuesday night, 31 March 2020. More acts of kindness that we hope will inspire you!

https://www.facebook.com/lauren.r.stanley.5/videos/10157559222003778/

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Monday night, 30 March 2020. Focus on the kindness, and be kind … to yourself and to others.

https://www.facebook.com/lauren.r.stanley.5/videos/10157555767733778/

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The #REMLive Sunday morning worship service for Sunday, 29 March 2020, the Fifth Sunday in Lent.

https://www.facebook.com/lauren.r.stanley.5/videos/10157550037893778/

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Friday night, 27 March 2020.

https://www.facebook.com/lauren.r.stanley.5/videos/10157545125258778/

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Thursday night, 26 March 2020.

https://www.facebook.com/lauren.r.stanley.5/videos/10157541616743778/

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Wednesday night, 25 March 2020.

https://www.facebook.com/lauren.r.stanley.5/videos/10157538030738778/

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The #REMLive #Compline service for Tuesday night, 24 March 2020.

https://www.facebook.com/lauren.r.stanley.5/videos/10157534312708778/

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The #REMLive Compline service for Monday night, 23 March 2020.

https://www.facebook.com/lauren.r.stanley.5/videos/10157530751388778/

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The #REMLive Sunday morning worship service for 22 March 2020, the Fourth Sunday in Lent.

https://www.facebook.com/lauren.r.stanley.5/videos/10157524960128778/

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The #REMLive Compline service for Friday, 20 March 2020, by The Rev. Dr. Lauren R. Stanley.

https://www.facebook.com/lauren.r.stanley.5/videos/10157520051488778/

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The Todd County School District is sending out 5,000 meals every weekday to feed our children during the Coronavirus emergency while our schools are shut down. This is some of the work dong this morning, Friday, 20 March 2020.

https://www.facebook.com/lauren.r.stanley.5/videos/10157517991113778/

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On Thursday, 19 March 2020, we launched our first #REMLive Compline service. In these uncertain times, we are called to seek and offer peace. We hope to do this every weeknight at 9 p.m. Central. You can view it live on #LaurenRStanley’s Facebook page, or catch it here at your convenience.

https://www.facebook.com/lauren.r.stanley.5/videos/10157516506023778/

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The #REMLive service hosted by The Rev. Dr. Lauren R. Stanley on Sunday, 15 March 2020, the Third Sunday in Lent.

https://www.facebook.com/lauren.r.stanley.5/videos/10157501181483778/

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The #REMLive service by The Rev. Dr. Lauren R. Stanley on Sunday, 8 March 2020, the Second Sunday in Lent.

https://www.facebook.com/lauren.r.stanley.5/videos/10157481481983778/

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The #REMLive service by The Rev. Dr. Lauren R. Stanley on Sunday, 1 March 2020, the First Sunday in Lent.

https://www.facebook.com/lauren.r.stanley.5/videos/10157461723313778/

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The #REMLive worship service by The Rev. Dr. Lauren R. Stanley on Sunday, 23 February 2020, the Last Sunday after the Epiphany.

https://www.facebook.com/lauren.r.stanley.5/videos/10157441757463778/

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The #REMLive worship service by The Rev. Dr. Lauren R. Stanley on Sunday, 16 February, the Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany.

https://www.facebook.com/lauren.r.stanley.5/videos/10157421718863778/

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Our mission partners from St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, East Longmeadow, Mass., learned to sing the Doxology in Lakota while they were here!

https://www.facebook.com/lauren.r.stanley.5/videos/10156829924903778/

The service hosted by The Rev. Dr. Lauren R. Stanley on the Third Sunday after Pentecost, 7 July 2019:

https://www.facebook.com/lauren.r.stanley.5/videos/10156824084823778/

The sermon preached The Rev. Dr. Jonathan H. Folts, Bishop-Elect of the Diocese of South Dakota, at the 147th Niobrara Convocation in Wagner, S.D., hosted by the Yankton and Santee Missions. 

https://www.facebook.com/lauren.r.stanley.5/videos/10156806858343778/

The service hosted by The Rev. Dr. Lauren R. Stanley on the Second Sunday after Pentecost, 30 June 2019, from the 147th Niobrara Convocation in Wagner, S.D., hosted by the Yankton and Santee Missions. And the special guest was Bishop-Elect Jonathan H. Folts, our next bishop!

https://www.facebook.com/lauren.r.stanley.5/videos/10156806578638778/

The service hosted by The Rev. Dr. Lauren R. Stanley on the First Sunday after Pentecost, 23 June 2019:

https://www.facebook.com/lauren.r.stanley.5/videos/10156790237073778/

The service hosted by The Rev. Dr. Lauren R. Stanley – from Sussex, England! – with the newly ordained Rev. Danny L. Pegg and his parents on Trinity Sunday, 16 June 2019:

https://www.facebook.com/lauren.r.stanley.5/videos/10156775136258778/

The service hosted by The Rev. Dr. Lauren R. Stanley on the Feast of Pentecost, 9 June 2019:

https://www.facebook.com/lauren.r.stanley.5/videos/10156758348238778/

The service hosted by The Rev. Dr. Lauren R. Stanley on the Seventh Sunday of Easter, 2 June 2019:

https://www.facebook.com/lauren.r.stanley.5/videos/10156741381148778/

The service hosted by The Rev. Dr. Lauren R. Stanley on the Sixth Sunday of Easter, 26 May 2019:

https://www.facebook.com/lauren.r.stanley.5/videos/10156707782733778/

The service hosted by The Rev. Dr. Lauren R. Stanley on the Fifth Sunday of Easter, 19 May 2019:

https://www.facebook.com/lauren.r.stanley.5/videos/10156707782733778/

The service hosted by The Rev. Dr. Lauren R. Stanley on the Fourth Sunday of Easter, 12 May 2019:

https://www.facebook.com/lauren.r.stanley.5/videos/10156691572173778/

The service hosted by The Rev. Dr. Lauren R. Stanley on the Third Sunday of Easter, 5 May 2019:

https://www.facebook.com/lauren.r.stanley.5/videos/10156675746668778/

The service hosted by The Rev. Dr. Lauren R. Stanley on the Second Sunday of Easter, 28 April 2019:

https://www.facebook.com/lauren.r.stanley.5/videos/10156658863663778/

The service hosted by The Rev. Dr. Lauren R. Stanley on Easter Sunday, 21 April 2019:

https://www.facebook.com/lauren.r.stanley.5/videos/10156643369803778/

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The service hosted by The Rev. Dr. Lauren R. Stanley on the Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday, 14 April 2019:

As we begin Holy Week, with Gospel readings from Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem to Jesus’ death on the cross on Good Friday, the question we each have to ask ourselves is this: Who are we?

https://www.facebook.com/lauren.r.stanley.5/videos/10156627367088778/

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The service hosted by The Rev. Dr. Lauren R. Stanley on Sunday, 7 April, 2019, the Fifth Sunday in Lent, Year C:

The story of Jesus having dinner with Martha, Mary and Lazarus is a tale of being sent forth in love.

https://www.facebook.com/lauren.r.stanley.5/videos/10156611405003778/

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The walkabout session for the nominees for the 11th Bishop of South Dakota, held at the Bishop Jones Building on the Rosebud Reservation on Wednesday, 4 April:

https://www.facebook.com/lauren.r.stanley.5/videos/10156603242488778/

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The service hosted by The Rev. Dr. Lauren R. Stanley on Sunday, March 31, 2019, the Fourth Sunday in Lent, Year C:

The Parable of the Prodigal Son boils down to this: God loves you. Deal with it.

https://www.facebook.com/lauren.r.stanley.5/videos/10156595235428778?sfns=vcl

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The service hosted by The Rev. Dr. Lauren R. Stanley on Sunday, 24 March 2019, the Third Sunday in Lent, Year C:

The Parable of the Fig Tree teaches us that we all need a lot of manure in our lives if we are to grow.

https://www.facebook.com/lauren.r.stanley.5/videos/10156579774413778/

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The service hosted by The Rev. Dr. Lauren R. Stanley on Sunday, 17 March 2019, the Second Sunday in Lent, Year C:

Love … even in the darkness.

https://www.facebook.com/lauren.r.stanley.5/videos/10156564482443778/

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The service hosted by The Rev. Dr. Lauren R. Stanley on Sunday, 10 March 2019, the First Sunday in Lent, Year C:

A Lenten challenge: Be Kind. Every Day. (My apologies for having this video sideways … I am still learning how to do this, and didn’t realize I was sideways until halfway through the service. I promise it will get better!)

https://www.facebook.com/lauren.r.stanley.5/videos/10156550343588778

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The service hosted by The Rev. Dr. Lauren R. Stanley on Sunday, 3 March 2019, the Last Sunday after the Epiphany, Year C:

Keep an eye out for the glory of the Lord … in every person, in every place, in every moment. When we see the glory of the Lord, we, too, will be transformed.

https://www.facebook.com/lauren.r.stanley.5/videos/10156535141983778/

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SNAPSHOTS from the past ….

Before this was the #REMLive page, it was our “Snapshots” page … Below are some of the snapshots we posted in previous years …

Good Friday, March 25, 2016

The Rosebud Ministerial Association sponsors a Good Friday Stations of the Cross walk through the town of Mission on the Rosebud every year. A cross is carried and prayers for the community, for those suffering from illness or addiction, for women and children, for those in need … all are prayed for at several points in Mission. Many of the people in town stop what they are doing to participate, some with the group, some from a distance, in the prayers. Participants took turns carrying the cross …

To quote Tom Gehring of the Young Adult Intentional Community: “This morning was a good reminder of how Jesus’ crucifixion interrupts the norm and demands attention. It was an honor joining this community and praying for this place.”

And then we finished the day with a powerful Good Friday service, beginning with the stripping of the altar at Trinity, Mission, followed by the Good Friday liturgy, and culminating with a special Stations of the Cross, featuring the prayers of the Rev. Margaret Watson of the Cheyenne River Reservation and the artwork of Father John Guiliani.

Trinity Good Friday 2016

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Maundy Thursday, March 24, 2016

We listened, prayed, knelt, washed feet, and shared in the breaking of the bread tonight … learning first-hand what it means to be a servant.

A blessed Maundy Thursday to all!

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February 10, 2016

Meet our newest acolyte, Slade Counoyer. Sunday was his first day serving … and he did a great job!

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Slade, Lay Eucharistic Minister Alex Emert, and Reader Tom Gehring lining up for Slade’s first time serving.
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Slade holds the Gospel book, with Senior Acolyte and Crucifer Mauricio Roubideaux guiding him.

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February 9, 2016

If it’s pancakes, it must be Shrove Tuesday!

More than 100 people turned out for pancakes, sausage, hash browns, and eggs at the Trinity, Mission, Shrove Tuesday supper, having one last feast before the fast of Lent.

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January 31, 2016

One of our congregations, St. Philip/St. James, meets at the Horse Creek Community Center once a month. Today, the sunlight turned a simple table into a holy sight.

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January 17, 2016

New life at Tiwahe ed Wacikiyapi!

At Christmas, we held our first Christmas Eve service at Tiwahe ed Wacikiyapi (Family Worship) Church in Norris. Today, we had our first baptisms, welcoming Harper Lee McGhee and Karsyn Audri Jaylen Peneaux into the household of God!

Miranda Marks of the Young Adult Intentional Community at Wopila House assisted at the baptisms. Tom Gehring of Wopila House took all the great photos!

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January 14, 2016

We have the University of Sioux Falls nursing students staying with us at Barbour Hall this week. Last night, they came down to GLORY to play, eat and help teach our lesson on Moses and the Red Sea. We had fun … lots of fun with our opening game of Red Light, Green Light!

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December 28, 2015

Merry Christmas!!!

Some snapshots from our Christmas Eve and Christmas celebrations.

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Trinity Episcopal Church, Mission
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Trinity Episcopal Church, Mission
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The Christmas Wolf Moon rising over Norris.
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The first Christmas Eve service for St. Paul’s at Tiwahe ed Wacikiyapi, Norris.
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St. Paul’s, Norris, at Tiwahe ed Wacikiyapi.
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Ringing in the Christmas Eve service at Holy Innocents, Parmelee
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Church of Jesus, our founding church, in Rosebud.
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At St. Thomas, Corn Creek, we told the story, then we ate ..
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… and ate, and ate …
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And THEN we did gifts, and more gifts, ….
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and even MORE gifts!!

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December 19, 2015

Toys for Tots an outstanding success!

The U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots campaign was a huge success today. Working with the Rosebud Episcopal Mission, Toys for Tots spent six busy hours distributing gifts for nearly 1,300 children today alone from nineteen of the 20 communities.

Earlier this week, they gave gifts to 184 boys and 152 girls at the St. Francis Indian School; next week they will give gifts to more than 150 children at the Spotted Tail Crisis Center, and more than 240 children in foster care through Sicangu Family. In addition, Toys for Tots will bring gifts to the Rosebud Sioux Tribal Police and to Rosebud IHS for children there.

All told, more than 2,000 children on the Rosebud will receive two gifts each from Toys for Tots!

The Rosebud Episcopal Mission is proud to be a major sponsor of Toys for Tots on the Rosebud!

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December 16, 2015

Various scenes from some of our Rosebud churches …

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The altar at Church of Jesus, Rosebud, on a late Fall morning … gorgeous!
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St. James Chapel at the Bishop Hare Center, before the snows came …
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The interior of St. James Chapel at the Bishop Hare Center …
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The chancel and altar at Trinity, Mission, on All Saints Sunday.

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December 12, 2015

Trinity Bakery debuts with Christmas baking

Trinity Episcopal Church in Mission decided to try its hand at doing Christmas baking for those who just don’t have enough time to measure, mix, scrape and bake. Today was our first attempt … and boy, did we bake! Fudge, more fudge and more fudge … cookies … brownies … pies … pineapple upside cakes … chocolate-dipped pretzels … chocolate-covered peanut butter balls … more cookies … dinner rolls … more pies … and did we mention fudge? The proceeds go toward paying the propane bill at Trinity.

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Slade and Mauricio dip chocolate pretzels, while Judie keeps an eye on them.
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Kimmie, Meredith and Raven work on chocolate-covered peanut butter balls …
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Tom makes the first of many, many, many, MANY batches of fudge!
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Meredith and Raven working on a recipe for one of Trinity’s goodies!
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Bakery leader Lisa whipping up the meringue for a pie … whipping … whipping …
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Taylor changing the ovens over from cake to cookie temps …
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Alex makes the best gingerbread loaves … and got a lot of orders for them!
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Sandi, right, is our resident pineapple upside down cake expert … Deanne, left, is our resident roll baker and pie maker …

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December 5, 2015

GLORY visits the elders

Our youth program, for ages 5-11, is called GLORY – God Loves Our Rosebud Youth. On Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015, the GLORY program went to the White River Nursing Home for a little GLORY Christmas Party with the elders. We brought them hand-decorated pine-cone ornaments and hand-made Christmas cards, visited with each elder, sang Jingle Bells and Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer (with some very funny additions); two prayer songs in Lakota (Ate, Jesus … and Wopila, Jesus); Silent Night in both Lakota and English; and our very own GLORY song, written for us by Anna Robinson.

Singing the GLORY song for the elders …
Singing the GLORY song at the Christmas party ... Singing the GLORY song at the Christmas party …
Praying in Lakota with the elders ... Praying in Lakota with the elders …
The elders praying with us in Lakota ... The elders praying with us in Lakota …
Giving homemade gifts and cards to the elders ... Giving homemade gifts and cards to the elders …

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