Supper and Spirituality Series for Lent, Wednesday, March 25

Celtic Knot

5:00 p.m. Celtic Evening Prayer

5:30 p.m. Soup Supper

6:00 p.m. Celtic Spirituality Series
(Childcare provided for class)
Celtic Evening Prayer and the Spirituality Series
take place in the Hospitality Room.

Led by The Rev. Elaine Breckenridge

Our last Soup Supper for the season.

Contemplation and Conversation, Thursday, 3/26 – Change of Date

The next has been changed to March 26. We are meeting twice a month on Thursday’s  from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  All are welcome to gather with this group which practices a period of silence twenty minutes) followed by a guided conversation on prayer and the spiritual journey. It is facilitated by Elaine Breckenridge.

Reminders for this week

Tuesday, March 24
Morning Prayer, 9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m., Hospitality Room
Yoga, 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Nursery
Good Grief, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Hospitality Room
Vestry Ministry Committee Meeting, 7:00 p.m., Hospitality Room

Wednesday, March 25 – Soup Supper and Celtic Programs. Last of the series.
Choristers, 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m., Church
Celtic Evening Prayer, 5:00 p.m., Hospitality Room
Soup Supper, 5:30 p.m., Narthex
Celtic Spirituality Series, 6:00 p.m., Hospitality Room
Choir Practice, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Church

Thursday, March 26
Take a Christ Walk, 3:00 p.m., Patio & Property – Last of the series.
Contemplation & Conversation, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Hospitality Room

Friday, March 27
Soul Kitchen, 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Narthex and Kitchen

Sunday, March 29 – Palm Sunday
Holy Eucharist, 8:00 a.m. & 10:30 a.m., Church
Sunday School Classes, 10:30 a.m., Hospitality Room
Rite 13 Class, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m., Hospitality Room
Vestry Administration Committee Meeting, 12:30 p.m.,
St. John’s Bell Rehearsal, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Church

Sermon from 3/22

The Rev. Elaine H. Breckenridge
Sunday, March 22, 2015
The Fifth Sunday in LentListen to this…Sermon 2015 03 22 EHB


8 a.m. Palm Procession & Passion
10:30 a.m. Palm Procession & Passion
The liturgy begins on a triumphal note, as all participants are handed palms to wave, just as the crowds did who welcomed Jesus into Jerusalem on the last week of his life. The Eucharist is received in a joyful spirit. The mood of the service then changes abruptly as the congregation next experiences the reading of the Passion story. Members of the congregation join in the reading of narrative.

7:30 p.m. The Story told in Four Ritual Acts
Built around four Gospel stories with an accompanying ritual, the liturgy tells the story of what happened to Jesus on the night before he died. The four rituals are: Eucharist, an optional participation in the foot washing, the stripping of the altar and a procession to the Meditation Chapel which is set up as the Garden of Gethsemane.

8 p.m. to 8 a.m. Garden of Gethsemane Watch
The church will be open all night for prayer in the Meditation Chapel which will be set up to look like the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus spent his last night in prayer. People are invited to sign up to pray one hour, reminiscent of Jesus’ night vigil.

12 Noon Passion & Prayers
This traditional service from the BCP features a reading from the Passion Gospel, sermon, prayers of intercession, and Veneration of the Cross.

6:00 p.m. Holy Week Story for All Ages
This experiential service is appropriate for both adults and children. The story of the Passion is told and enacted as the congregation moves to different stations. Rituals include the Last Supper, foot washing (optional for participants), the trial, and the veneration of the cross with votive candles in the style of Taize worship.

7:00 p.m. Darkness & Light, Fire & Water, Scripture & Song, Bread & Wine
This liturgy is rich with meaning as we begin in darkness and hear stories from the Hebrew Scriptures. It also includes the Renewal of Baptismal Vows and the blessing of baptismal water, followed by a ritual sprinkling of God’s People. The first Eucharist of Easter is celebrated. The liturgy has been created to be distinctly different from the Sunday morning liturgy using chants instead of hymns and A New Zealand Prayer Book and other contemporary sources. A festive potluck reception follows the service. Please bring something to share.

8 a.m. Festival Eucharist
10:30 a.m. Festival Eucharist

Sermon from 3/15

The Rev. Randy Knutson
Sunday, March 15, 2015
The Fourth Sunday in Lent
Listen to this…Sermon 2015 03 15 RK

Light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light.
As I considered today’s texts I found so many things to think about, especially in our Gospel reading. Where or when did you first encounter that John 3:16 text? For me it was a small bookmark, that I either was given or earned for good attendance at First Baptist Church in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, where I grew up. It was embroidered, so you could actually feel the text. I used it faithfully in my Red Lettered edition of the Bible. I had a great respect for that text, still do; I believe someone told me to memorize it and hold it close. Then I found out later that Martin Luther called it “The Gospel in miniature”; another reason to hold it in high esteem. But I find it more enriching to not focus just on this one verse or it and John 3:17, but to notice the kind of central place it plays in this whole chapter of scripture. We will encounter John 3:16 and the earlier part of this third chapter of John later this year.
Even more, I noticed that all three texts each pointed to something else: to God lifting up; lifting us up. But this lifting up can mean a number of things. Two or three times in this third chapter of John’s Gospel, there are key words that have two meanings: spirit or breath, born again or born from above and this reference to being lifted up. It means it physically, to be lifted high, but also exalted, placed high and of great esteem. So when Jesus says that the Son of Man will be lifted up, he means BOTH literally lifted up on a cross and also his exaltation; a lifting of great esteem. Because of this, it is important to hold both meaning together at the same time and not forget them. However, if you are like me it is hard to stay focused on this lifting up.
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Sermon from 3/8

The Rev. Elaine H. Breckenridge
Sunday, March 8, 2015
The Third Sunday in Lent
Listen to this…Sermon 2015 03 08 EHB

A Celtic Eucharist for St. Patrick, March 17

It is a pleasure and a gift for me to share my love of this
famous saint with all of you.
Please join me, and the Knutson’s for a special Celtic Eucharist honoring the life and witness of St. Patrick on Tuesday, March 17 at 7:00 p.m.
Wear green if you like and bring a finger snack and
favorite beverage to share in a reception following

Sermon from 3/1

The Rev. Elaine H. Breckenridge
Sunday, March 1, 2015The Second Sunday in Lent
Listen to this…Sermon 2015 03 01 EHB

Sermon from 2/22/15

The Rev. John Day
Sunday, February 22, 2015
The First Sunday in Lent
Listen to this…Sermon 2015 02 22 JD

Sermon From Ash Wednesday, 2/18/2015

The Rev. Elaine H. Breckenridge
Ash Wednesday
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Listen to this…Sermon Ash Wednesday EHB

10:30 a.m. Sermon from 2/15

The Rev. Elaine H. Breckenridge
Sunday, February 15, 2015
The Last Sunday after the Epiphany
Listen to this…Sermon 2015 02 15 EHB

8:00 a.m Sermon from 2/15

The Rev. Randy Knutson
Sunday, February 15, 2015
The Last Sunday after Epiphany – 8:00 a.m. Service
This has the Gospel reading then the sermon on the audio
Listen to this…Sermon 2015 02 15 RK

The Transfiguration of Jesus on Mt. Tabor!
How I wish I could share what we experienced there last January, thirteen month ago on our Pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Mt. Tabor was our first stop, it was our first Eucharist together outdoors as a group, so it made a great impression on me. I can say that the basilica, the church built on this mountain in the 1920s has shaped my thoughts about the Transfiguration and a theology of what it could be about.
First, I enjoy every year this Transfiguration text as it functions as a conclusion to our season of light, of the revelation of light: Epiphany. Transfiguration has its own feast day on August 6, so I have been corrected more than once, especially in seminary, of calling this Transfiguration Sunday. In truth, it is NOT that! We only read the transfiguration account on this Sunday. So why on earth would I make that mistake? As I was saying, it concludes the flexible season of Epiphany appropriately, a season when we are focused on the revealing of Jesus to the world and focusing again and again on the Light of Christ! So this passage in which Jesus garments glow brighter that any earthly bleach could make them glow makes sense. We conclude the season of brightness with a glimpse of the eternal brightness of Christ.
More than that, however, this passage is wisely put here to function as it does most clearly in Mark, as a midway point, a hinge in this Gospel. Notice we are on chapter 9 in a Gospel that is 16 chapters long; just past the mid point. Before this, Jesus has done most of his teaching, healing, preaching; traveling throughout Galilee. Here he takes Peter, James and John up to the mountain for some time away from this ministry and they have this trans-formative experience. After it happens, they then descend the mountain, destined for Jerusalem, for the death and then resurrection of Jesus and he clearly points this all out to them as they descend the mountain. He also invokes them to tell no one about their experience until after his death and resurrection. After that, the Transfiguration and all that has happened will make sense to them; and it does. With the guidance of the Holy Spirit, they move from broken followers of a Rabbi of Nazareth to a force of God’s Goodness and Grace throughout the known world. So this Transfiguration, this moment will inspire them, enlighten them and prepare them for the journey ahead, a journey leading to things they cannot know are coming, but we do! For us, they lead us to Lent and to events we will celebrate together known as Holy Week and Easter. I think of all the readings of this story in the life of the church, in the Liturgical Year, this one from Mark fits so perfectly because it functions in that same way in the Gospel itself!
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