A St. Benedict Workparty at Church of the Redeemer is a chance to get together to pray and work (ora et labora), in the spirit of St. Benedict. The next Workparty is on Saturday, October 14, 2017, starting at 9:00 am.
Daily Morning Prayer is at 9:00 am. Then work on the church campus until 12:00 noon.
The focus for this Workparty will be these projects:
- Repair columns on south elevation of main Building. (See Bill McGlinn)
- Exterior window washing. (See Bill McGlinn)
- Felt cutting for the Church School. (See Jenifer King before the Workparty, as she will not be available Saturday.)
The following tasks need to be completed before the end of November.
See Bill McGlinn.
- Clean roofs.
- Clear drains and downspouts.
- Clear parking lot drains.
- Fill garbage in cans half full with trash at back door
Education Building and Gardens
See Bill McGlinn, Roger Christensen, or Jane Sprague.
- Winterize hose bibs.
- Turn of irrigation systems and drain lines.
Benedict of Nursia
Benedict of Nursia (c. 480-c. 547) is the “Patriarch of Western Monasticism.” He was born in Nursia in Umbria, Italy, and then educated at Rome. He did not like the degenerate life of the city, and withdrew to the country, where he lived as a hermit in a cave at Subiaco. Gradually a community grew up around him. Sometime between 525 and 530 he moved south with some of his disciples to Monte Cassino, where he composed his Rule about 540. The Rule of St. Benedict shaped monasticism in western Christianity. His ministry is commemorated in the Episcopal calendar of the church year on July 11.
Shaped by the Rule of St. Benedict (c. 540), Benedictine spirituality is essentially monastic. It focuses on the desire to seek God under the guidance of an abbot. The abbot was originally elected for life. The monks’ chief work (opus Dei) is the praise of God, in the form of a community recitation or chanting of the Latin Psalter. The recitation of the Psalter is spread over several days at the rhythm of seven times a day. Each day is divided into three equal periods of prayer, work (manual or intellectual), and care of the body with food and rest. A meditative reading of scripture (lectio divina) is the common form of spiritual reflection, and Eucharist is the central exercise of the day. Lay “oblates” living in the world share the monastic ideal. The shape of this spirituality was formative for the Daily Office of the Book of Common Prayer.
Church of the Redeemer
Church of the Redeemer is at 6210 181st Street in Kenmore, Washington. We are a short distance north of Bothell Way, near the Burke-Gilman Trail. The entrance looks like a gravel driveway. The campus is larger on the inside than it is on the outside.
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