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.

(And sometimes, we will bring you #REMLive during the week to keep you in the loop or to show you really cool things!)

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, view these services 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 #Compline service for Wednesday, 30 September 2020, hosted by Erroll Geboe, Rosebud Episcopal Mission Senior Catechist and Musician Extraordinaire: 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.


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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.


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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!


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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.


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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.


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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!


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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!


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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.


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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!


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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!


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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.


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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!


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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.


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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.


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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!


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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.


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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.


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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!


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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.


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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!)


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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.


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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!


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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?


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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.


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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!


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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.


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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.


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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?


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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?


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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!


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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.


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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!


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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.)


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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!


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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!


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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!!!


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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.


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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?


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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!


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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.


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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.


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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!


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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.


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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?


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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.


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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!


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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!!!


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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.


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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!


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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.


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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.


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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 …


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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!


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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.


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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!


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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?


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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!


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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 …


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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!)


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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!


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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?


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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.


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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.


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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!


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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?


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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.


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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.


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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.”


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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.


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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.)


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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.


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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.


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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!


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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.


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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?


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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!!!


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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!


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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


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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.


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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?


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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.


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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!


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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 …


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!


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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!


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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!


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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!


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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!


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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!


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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.


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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.


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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!


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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.


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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!)


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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!”


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


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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.”


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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.


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


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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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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.


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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.


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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.


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


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


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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.


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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.


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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!


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


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. 


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!


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


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:


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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?


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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.


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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:


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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!)


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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.


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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!

Slade 1
Slade, Lay Eucharistic Minister Alex Emert, and Reader Tom Gehring lining up for Slade’s first time serving.
Slade 2
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.

Trinity Episcopal Church, Mission
Trinity Episcopal Church, Mission
The Christmas Wolf Moon rising over Norris.
The first Christmas Eve service for St. Paul’s at Tiwahe ed Wacikiyapi, Norris.
St. Paul’s, Norris, at Tiwahe ed Wacikiyapi.
Ringing in the Christmas Eve service at Holy Innocents, Parmelee
Church of Jesus, our founding church, in Rosebud.
At St. Thomas, Corn Creek, we told the story, then we ate ..
… and ate, and ate …
And THEN we did gifts, and more gifts, ….
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 …

Church of Jesus altar
The altar at Church of Jesus, Rosebud, on a late Fall morning … gorgeous!
St. James Chapel exterior
St. James Chapel at the Bishop Hare Center, before the snows came …
St. James Chapel interior
The interior of St. James Chapel at the Bishop Hare Center …
Trinity Mission interior
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.

Slade and Mauricio dip chocolate pretzels, while Judie keeps an eye on them.
Kimmie, Meredith and Raven work on chocolate-covered peanut butter balls …
Tom makes the first of many, many, many, MANY batches of fudge!
Meredith and Raven working on a recipe for one of Trinity’s goodies!
Bakery leader Lisa whipping up the meringue for a pie … whipping … whipping …
Taylor changing the ovens over from cake to cookie temps …
Alex makes the best gingerbread loaves … and got a lot of orders for them!
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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