Monthly Archives: March 2015

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

KEEPING HOLY WEEK

SUNDAY, MARCH 29 PALM SUNDAY
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.

THURSDAY, APRIL 2 MAUNDY THURSDAY
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.

FRIDAY, APRIL 3 GOOD FRIDAY
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.

SATURDAY, APRIL 4 EASTER VIGIL
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.

SUNDAY, APRIL 5 EASTER SUNDAY
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