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8:00 am Holy Eucharist Rite I - Quiet Service
9:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite II -Family Service with choir, music and child care
10:45 am Adult Forum and Church School (September through mid-May)
Refreshments follow both Services
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SUNDAYS in Lent
The penitential season of Lent brings some dramatic changes, not only to our Sunday worship but to the look and feel of our worship environment as well. Throughout the Sunday liturgy, you will notice a more somber tone. We begin not with an entrance hymn, but with Confession; the word “Alleluia” is noticeably absent; there is less music – and only on the piano, since the organ and bells are silenced; and we close not with a blessing and dismissal, but with a prayer over the people.
Look around and you will note that the altar is bare; there are no flowers; silver, brass and glass altar vessels are replaced with simple pottery and wicker; the large Resurrection chancel window remains dark; and the baptismal font is filled with sand rather than water.
Chapel, healing, votives
In addition to the usual changes noted above, we have added a new opportunity this year . . .
Central to this season is the call for the faithful to focus on repentance, reconciliation and healing in order to more fully receive the joy that comes with Easter. In the open space to the right of the pulpit, a chapel with votive candles and kneeling benches has been created and dedicated to these pursuits.
• as you leave the altar rail after Communion, you may wish to pause for a moment of private prayer, to light a candle, or kneel for anointing with holy oil and the laying-on-of-hands before returning to your seat;
• and you are welcome to use this space for personal devotion before or after the Sunday service, or stop in throughout the week.
--sand prayers – The Church School Children thought that during Lent, it would be great to have everyone say a “sand prayer” before church each week. They also ask you to write down your prayer in the book provided and the church school will lift up your prayers at the beginning of Sunday school each week.
Each Sunday (March 9th through April 6th) - 11:00am – Guild Room
"24 Hours That Changed the World"-
a video and discussion series led by the Rector
Jesus died at the age of 33 after a life of approximately 12,000 days … The Gospel writers devoted most of their work to only about 1,100 of those days, the final 3 years of his life … And their primary interest was in one particular day: the 24 hours of his arrest, trial, torture, crucifixion and burial. This 24-hour period changed the world! The suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ represent the pinnacle of the Gospel and the completion of God’s saving work through Jesus. The sessions will be based on a book by Adam Hamilton, and utilize a series of video presentations filmed on location in Jerusalem. Together, we will explore these fateful hours, beginning with supper in the Upper Room, and continuing through the Garden of Gethsemane, Pilate’s headquarters, the hill of Calvary and the tomb. We will explore not only the historical and geographical setting of these events, but reflect theologically on Jesus’ death and resurrection, and seek to find ourselves in this epic and ongoing story.
MONDAYS in Lent
March 10, 17, 24 & 31; April 7 & 14
Do you wish to join with others on a journey this Lent? Are you looking for a simple way to honor this Holy Season? Would you like to feed your soul and enter into a place of spiritual refreshment and community? Join us each Monday morning, between 10-11:30 a.m. in the Guild Room for a simple service of Morning Worship, followed by a Lenten reflection and group sharing.
This will be a time for peace and reflection led by Rev. MaryJo Melberger. Please sign up in the narthex if you are interested in one or all sessions.
WEDNESDAYS in Lent
March 12, 19, 26; April 2 & 9
Celtic Holy Eucharist, followed by light lunch & Bible study
Using portions of sacramental rites from the ancient Irish Church dating to the 4th/5th Centuries, we will begin by gathering around God’s Table to hear God’s Holy Word and share in the Holy Meal. Our time together continues as we move to gather in around another table set in the narthex where we will share a light lunch and discuss the Gospel lesson for the coming Sunday.
Simple Soup Supper, Lenten Series &Compline
Each of these five evenings will begin with period of fellowship and sharing in a simple meal of soup, bread and fruit. We then move into a Lenten series entitled The Events of Holy Week in the Gospels. Come experience a fresh approach to reading the Gospel accounts of the events of Holy Week. Using The Records of the Life of Jesus, by H.B. Sharmon, we will explore the gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke side by side for easy comparison, looking for similarities and variations in details. Time-honored questions will lead us into conversation, exploring various possibilities of understanding, enriching one another's thinking in order to open up the liveliness and meaning of the text. No previous Bible study experience is expected and no homework will be assigned! The series will be led by Sarah Elliott, an experienced local Bible study facilitator. Our time together ends with the evening prayer service of Compline.