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NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
WHAT IS LENT?
Lent is upon us. But you may ask what is Lent? "Lent can be described as "The season of preparation for Easter and a time of fasting, penitence, almsgiving, prayer, and study. In the early church, sinners who had been publicly excommunicated from the church began a forty-day period of penitential discipline at the begging of Lent so that they could be readmitted to the communion on Easter Day. This custom lies at the root of congregational Lenten observance today, and most Episcopal churches keep the season of Lent with special programs, reading groups, midweek services, and prayer groups. Lent's climax is in the baptismal liturgy and renewal of baptismal vows at Easter. Many festal elements of the liturgy are missing from the church during the Lenten season, such as the alleluias and the Gloria in Excelsis, and the church furnishings also reflect this austerity. The liturgical colors are purple or unbleached linen."
Wall, John N. A Dictionary for Episcopalians. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc, 2007, p. 74.
Our Lent, Holy Week, and Easter Schedule at Christ Church:
Ash Wednesday Services: March 6, at noon and 7 p.m.
Evening Prayer, Soup Supper, and Lenten Activities: March 13, 20, 27, and April 3 beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Evening Prayer and Agape Dinner: April 10, beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Palm Sunday: April 14, with services at 8 and 10:30 a.m.
Maundy Thursday: April 18, at 7 p.m.
Good Friday: April 19, at noon and 7 p.m.
Great Vigil of Easter: April 20, at 7 p.m., with the use of incense.
Sunday of the Resurrection: April 21, at 8 and 10:30 a.m.
Second Sunday of Easter: April 28, with Rite I Holy Eucharist at 8 a.m. and Easter Lessons and Carols at 10:30 a.m.
UNDERSTANDING HOLY WEEK
On March 29-31, Christ Church will be holding the traditional Holy Week services to mark the end of the Lenten season and the beginning of the Easter season. These three services -- Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil -- are referred to collectively as the Triduum (pronounced TRID-uh-wum), a term which comes from the Latin word meaning "three days." The events commemorated on these days are the central focus of the Christian faith and of the church year, and the services are viewed theologically as one grand service spread over the course of three days.
Maundy Thursday: April 18, at 7 p.m.
The term "maundy" comes from the Latin word mandatum, which means "mandate" or "commandment," signifying the new commandment that Jesus gives to his disciples in John 13:34: "I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another." Because Jesus washed his disciples' feet at the Last Supper, a task usually assigned to servants, the early church continued this custom as a reminder of its role as servants to the world. A celebration of the Eucharist is held, with the consecration of additional bread and wine to be used at the service of Good Friday. Following the Eucharist, the altar is stripped and cleaned and the people disperse in silence, awaiting the continuation of the service on the following day.
Good Friday: April 19, at noon and 7 p.m.
This day is when Christians have traditionally remembered and meditated upon the crucifixion of Jesus through fasting, penance, and special devotion. The service begins with the whole congregation kneeling in silent prayer. The Passion Gospel according to John is read, followed by the Veneration of the Cross when a large wooden cross is brought into the worship space. After this is prayed the Solemn Collects, which are an ancient form of the Prayers of the People, and Holy Communion is distributed from the elements consecrated at Maundy Thursday. The people again disperse in silence at the end, mindful of the events of the day.
Easter Vigil: April 20, at 7 p.m., with the use of incense.
The Great Vigil of Easter is the church's highest feast of the year, and has been celebrated as such by Christians since at least the third century. The service begins in the dark, when out of the solemn nature of Good Friday a great fire is kindled and the Paschal Candle, the symbol of Christ as the Light of the World, is lighted from that fire. We then hear several lessons from the Old Testament, readings that recall God's grand history of salvation. Traditionally, baptism is then held for those who have been preparing for this rite of Christian initiation during the forty days of Lent, followed by the grand Easter acclamation and the first Eucharist of Easter. The end of the service is punctuated by a grand dismissal by the priest, a show of thanksgiving for all that has been commemorated over the past three days, and a reminder to all of our duty as the Body of Christ to proclaim the gospel far and wide.
CHOOSING HOPE: LENTEN QUIET MORNING
The Rev. Carol Sanford, a Springfield native who was sponsored for the priesthood by Christ Church, will lead our annual Lenten Quiet Morning on Saturday, March 30, from 8:45 a.m. until noon. The theme will be Choosing Hope.
Mother Carol earned her master’s degree in divinity from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, California. After ordination, she served Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral in Kansas City where she lives. Her ministry now is as a spiritual director and retreat and conference leader.
The Quiet Morning is underwritten by the Hardie Lecture Fund. It is free and is open to the public. Please invite friends and family to join you.
Quiet Day Schedule
Session 1: Identifying Invitations to Despair. They’re not always what you think they are.
Session 2: Invitations to Hope. They’re not always what you think they are either.
Session 3: Choosing to Inhabit Hope. What does it mean and how do we do it?
THE WAY: WALKING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF JESUS
Beginning on March 3 and going through the season of Lent, the Adult Forum will watch a video series called "The Way: Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus," hosted by Methodist Pastor Adam Hamilton of Leawood, Kansas. In the video, Hamilton visits places in the Holy Land that figure prominently in the ministry of Jesus -- from his baptism in the Jordan River to his crucifixion in Jerusalem -- and along the way we are invited to walk with Christ, to follow him along his journey, and to discuss our own call as disciples of the Lord.
Hamilton also wrote a companion book and a 40-day devotional guide to go along with the video series, and both are available to purchase from Amazon for those who are interested, but they are not required to attend the Adult Forum.
March 3: Baptism and Temptation
March 10: The Healing Ministry
March 17: Proclaiming the Kingdom
March 24: Calming the Storm
March 31: Sinners, Outcasts, and the Poor
April 7: The Final Week
Links To Episcopal Resources To Aid With Worship
Bible Gateway: A useful site to quickly search the bible in multiple translations. We commonly use the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV).
The Lectionary Page: This website allows you to view the Episcopal Liturgical Calendar, and has links to lessons for Sundays and Holy Days.
The Book of Common Prayer Online: This resource allows you to view the Book of Common Prayer online in its entirety.
Links to Episcopal Education
The Episcopal Church: The official page for the Episcopal Church. A great resource to learn about the church as a whole.
Education For Ministry: A four-year distance learning certificate program through Sewanee: The University of the South.
Forward Movement: This site offers books and other media for Christian education.
THE DIOCESE OF WEST MISSOURI
Links To Information About The Diocese of West Missouri
The Diocese of West Missouri: The official homepage of The Diocese of West Missouri.
Map of Episcopal Churches: A map showing the locations of churches within the Diocese of West Missouri.
eSpirit: The electronic newsletter of The Diocese of West Missouri; it provides a short and easy to read digest of up-to-the-minute news, events, and general information. It is emailed twice monthly.
Spirit: Another newsletter of The Diocese of West Missouri; it features longer articles which explore and reflect on the interests of Episcopalians in West Missouri. It includes more detailed reporting on news and events and is emailed quarterly.