Entries by Bernt Hillesland

About the Kyrie Hymn

by Pastor Bernt On many Sundays in the church year, especially during the penitential seasons of Advent and Lent, we open with the singing of Kyrie eleison, Greek for “Lord have mercy.” We alternate “Lord” and “Christ” and sometimes also prayers for peace.  We sing it repeatedly, even nine “have mercies” total (I read in […]

Generous backpack donations

We recently collected school supplies and donations for kids at St Elizabeth Seton School. Due to the generous donations from FLCPA members we had a record year for this project. Twelve backpacks, a large box of supplies and $1,405 checks totaling $3,125 were donated to families who could not afford to purchase them. One can […]

September Sunday Schedule 2021

We look forward to Sundays together this Fall!  The planned schedule, beginning September 12, will be: 8:30-9:15 Adult Forum on zoom – use the worship link.  Beginning topic will actually be Sabbath, Sundays and Time Management. 9:30-10:15 Zoom Service of the Word with organ. 10:30-11:15 Outdoor Service with Communion in the backyard, followed by fellowship […]

Provide backpacks for children in need – 2021

The Women’s Group  is participating in a project to purchase backpacks and school supplies for the children of Seton School in Palo Alto.  Backpacks may be purchased in any color except RED or BLUE from Costco, Target, etc.  There are three ways you can participate: 1) Make a financial contribution by check made out to […]

About the Gloria hymn

The hymn “Glory to God in the highest” is familiar to (and maybe memorized by) anyone used to Catholic, Lutheran, Episcopal or other so-called “liturgical churches.”  But do we really ponder what we’re singing? First, a little history: this “Gloria” is one part of the western, medieval (and later) mass, which classical music lovers know […]