“Above all, seek God.”  – Jesus (Matthew 6.33)

Worship Services

Sundays @ 8 a.m. & 10 a.m.

St. George’s has a dual calling…

•  To serve ‘church people’

We are lovers and guardians of a thousands-year-old tradition, rich in meaning, beautiful at its core, made wise by centuries of healing and helping people. Despite the current waning of Christianity’s popularity, we refuse to give up on it. We will tend its flame through this latest ‘Dark Age,’ so that generations to come may find new life in it.

•  To serve ‘non-church people’

We are also realists. We see the statistics rising, of those who describe themselves as ‘spiritual but not religious.’  If that’s you, we consider it part of our calling, as clergy and congregation, to tend to your spiritual needs as well — even if you never set foot in church on Sunday mornings, or put a penny in our coffers. Jesus didn’t say, “Drag people into your building,” he said, “help people seek God.” So, in addition to the church proper, we open our campus to anyone who’s merely seeking a moment of peace and quiet, in which to open themselves in their own way to God.  And we regularly hold classes, workshops and mini-retreat days, in which we share from the treasure trove of spiritual resources we’ve inherited, ‘ways to pray’ tested and found true by saints and sinners over many centuries – and maybe helpful to you as well.  Y’all come.

Whether you’re spiritual, religious or both:
May the peace of God be with you!

Hello!Rev. Amy Pringle

You can call me Amy or, if titles are super-important to you, Reverend Amy. I’m the priest here at St. George’s.

This is the spot where a ‘welcome from the Rector’ is supposed to go, and I’m supposed to say something so witty, charming and soulful that you’ll come to St. George’s, become a member, and give us money.  But as it says on this page too, at St. George’s we feel called to be of spiritual help not only to those who come here, but also to those who don’t.

So I’ll just say this: Everything I know about Jesus says that he welcomes and pretty much loves everybody: always has, always will. He was so fond of sharing meals with everyone in sight that his critics called him ‘a glutton and a drunkard.’  As a priest in a church that has the shared meal of communion every Sunday, I’m kind of a stand-in for Jesus – I’m the one who says the holy words over the bread and wine, like he did. Therefore on behalf of Jesus, I invite you to his table, any time you’d like to come.

And one more thing: The way it feels in my soul is that the table of Jesus is a sort of epicenter, which not only has its own magnetism to draw people toward it, but also its own blessing, that radiates out from it.

So if you choose to, next time you’re sitting at the light at Beulah or Commonwealth, take a second to sense that blessing washing over you, and know that, just like the song says, Jesus loves you.

If you do ever come to visit, I’ll be the one up front talking a lot.

I hope you’ll stay for coffee, and introduce yourself to me.  (So that I can talk you into becoming a member and giving us money.)    🙂

Amy+

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Beautiful, the hands at the altar rail.  So eloquently the palms unfurl, uplift, butterfly-style, to receive.

“Here, come here, just as you are. Bring your week, bring your best, bring your worst.  Here God has come more than halfway to meet you— step forward, unfurl your spirit, and receive: grace upon grace.  Walk away cherished, and new.”

– The Rev. Amy Pringle, Meditation on Eucharistic Ministry

Events

The Season of EASTER

Joy: Something to take on for Easter

Most people are familiar with ‘giving something up’ for Lent, the penitential season just before Easter.  But did you know that Easter is a season too, not just a day?  And it’s the opposite of Lent.

Lent asks, essentially, What’s not so great about me? What needs improving in my life?

Easter asks instead, What’s excellent about my life? What gladness needs to be celebrated?

So for the season of Easter, consider ‘taking on’ a spiritual discipline of joy.  Take a dance class, eat lunch outside, resolve to stop and look up at the sky three times a day, go to the beach or the mountains once a week.

Easter season lasts till May 15 this year — for the next six weeks, Choose Joy!

Ongoing

Sundays

  • Worship at 8 am & 10 am

Tuesdays

  • Thoughtful Walking
    10 am – 11 am
    Descanso Gardens
  • EFM à la carte
    6:30 – 8:30 pm
    Library
    Currently reading: “Jesus was an Episcopalian—and you can be, too!”

Wednesdays

  • Bible Study
    11 am – 12 noon
    Library

3rd Wednesday night of each month

  • “Laundry Love” — Volunteers hand out quarters and soap at Speedy Wash laundromat in Tujunga, for those who could use a little help.  The best part is sharing snacks and conversations!

Blogs, Questions & Quotes

Choosing joy

Joy does not just happen to us. We need to choose joy, and keep choosing it every day. -- Henri Nouwen

Church in the 21st Century: “Wait, what?”

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Why go to church?

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How does nature suggest emotion?

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