Life Transformed: The Way of Love in Lent (and Easter)
Sundays from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
March 1 through April 19, online Zoom meeting
Through video, presentations, and discussion, this class will explore the rich Scripture lessons for the Easter Vigil, helping us see God’s pattern for saving all of humanity – and each of us. For more information or to sign up, contact Cheryl Cementina.
Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m. (including dinner)
Feb. 27 through April 2, online Zoom meeting
We’ll learn about following Jesus in the Episcopal tradition, exploring where we’ve come from, who we are, why we worship with a prayer book, what the Sacraments are all about, and what our creeds and baptismal promises really mean. It’s a great introduction if you’re new to this tradition, and it’s a great refresher if Confirmation class was a few years ago…. For more information or to sign up, contact Cheryl Cementina.
Tools for Individual Spiritual Practice
The Good Book Club, reading through Paul’s Letter to the Romans, along with brief daily reflections on Facebook and by text.
Sign up to receive emails or text messages with daily reflections.
A Morning at the Office – daily audio Morning Prayer from Forward Movement, available wherever you get your podcasts.
Forward Day By Day – daily reflections available in a printed pamphlet at church or as a podcast.
Morning Prayer or Evening Prayer from Mission St. Clare, with readings and music provided.
Daily e-mailed reflections from Episcopal Relief and Development about serving Christ in the least of his brothers and sisters.
Prayer apps for your phone: There are many apps available, all with different strengths and weaknesses. Most of them are named “Daily Office,” which makes it tricky to sort them out. So, here are some suggestions:
- Daily Office (Common Prayer Where You Are): This app gives you abbreviated Morning and Evening Prayer from the Book of Common Prayer (BCP) with an option to read the Scripture appointed for that day. This app gives you a good feel for the Daily Office; it has a lot of options but isn’t too complicated.
- Daily Office App (A Guide to Spiritual Rhythm): This app is loosely based on the BCP Daily Office but with a streamlined experience. It’s beautiful and very simple to use.
- Daily Office (by Argyle Software): This app is great if you want the prayers straight from the BCP. It includes many options, which makes set-up challenging; but it’s simple to use once you do.
Online Palm Sunday
April 5, 8 a.m. and 10:15 a.m.
We’ll remember Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem leading not to worldly kingship but to the glory of the cross. In the church, you’ll see palms and palm crosses to be blessed (sadly, for distribution later) on a table decorated with a cross and flowing red fabric. In your sacred space, you might place a candle and a cross on some red fabric, and you might cut a small branch from a tree in your yard to set in honor before Jesus. You might also include some token of royal status – perhaps something gold or an image of a crown.
Online Maundy Thursday Worship and All-Night Watch
April 9, 7 p.m. and through the night
We’ll remember the two iconic moments from Jesus’ last gathering with his friends – washing their feet in humble service and promising to be with them always in the bread and wine, his own Body and Blood. In the church, you’ll see a table covered with a white cloth, and on it will be two focal points: a bowl and towel to represent the foot-washing, and a paten and chalice to represent Holy Communion. In your sacred space, on a white cloth, you might place a small bowl and towel, as well as a plate and cup, from your home. As worship ends, the focus will shift to the Garden of Gethsemane altar of repose, where the reserved sacrament will rest through the night. The livestream will remain on all night, and you can watch with Jesus virtually at whatever hour works for you.
Online Good Friday
April 10, 7 p.m.
We’ll have two opportunities to experience the mystery of Jesus’ death on the cross: first, a video of our Stations of the Cross, which you can access anytime that day; then the solemn liturgy for Good Friday live at 7 p.m. In the church, you’ll see the stark wooden cross adorned with the crown of thorns. In your sacred space, you might place a cross on a black cloth or with black draping. You could surround it with bare sticks or thorns, or perhaps three large nails.
Online Holy Saturday
April 11, 8 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Our “8-1-8 Prayers” at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. will be the brief liturgy for Holy Saturday – a spare service of readings and prayers reflecting on the time creation spent in silence while Jesus lay in the tomb. Your sacred space might retain the elements from the night before, with the cross still dominating the scene; or you might strip everything away, with only a black cloth and an extinguished candle marking the emptiness.
Online Easter Vigil
April 11, 8 p.m.
We’ll offer a pared-down version of the Easter Vigil. Typically, this service moves from the near-darkness of the paschal candle’s flame, through readings from the Old Testament setting the stage for Easter’s salvation, through Holy Baptism, and finally – with the church suddenly bathed in light – the first Eucharist of Easter. Given the stay-at-home order, we won’t celebrate baptism or Eucharist; so, the Vigil will conclude with us reaffirming our baptismal vows and waiting eagerly for the joy of resurrection the next morning. In the church, you’ll see the paschal candle burning in the near-darkness, as well as the baptismal font. In your sacred space, you might place a new candle on your black cloth, to be lit along with the new paschal candle, as well as a bowl of water to remind you of your baptism.
Online Easter Sunday
April 12, 10:15 a.m.
Finally, our Holy Week pilgrimage comes to its glorious exclamation point on Easter morning, April 12. We’ll worship at 10:15 a.m. only, since our 8:00 and 10:15 a.m. Easter services normally are identical. Without celebrating Eucharist, the experience will be simpler than usual. But we will have a trumpet and a soloist (appropriately distanced) along with Dr. Tom Vozzella at the organ, helping us proclaim the glory of life made new. In the church, you’ll see lilies and other spring flowers adorning the font, the paschal candle, and the altar. In your sacred space, you might place your new candle and a cross on the finest white linen you own, with flowers from your yard adorning the scene and reflecting the transformed reality of resurrection: An instrument of death becomes our way of eternal life.