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Announcements about services at St. John’s

A Guide to Holy Week and Easter Services

SUNDAY, APRIL 9 PALM SUNDAY 

9:30 a.m. Palm Procession & Passion
The liturgy begins on a triumphal note, outdoors as all participants are handed palms to wave, just as the crowds did who welcomed Jesus into Jerusalem. The Eucharist is received in a joyful spirit. The mood of the service then changes as the congregation joins in the narrative reading the Passion story.

THURSDAY, APRIL 13      MAUNDY THURSDAY

7:00 p.m. The Night Before Jesus Died
The story of the Last Supper is told in a traditional celebration of the Eucharist with hymns. Following the Eucharist, we hear the story of the betrayal of Jesus. All adornment is removed from the altar and church commemorating the stripping of Jesus. A solemn procession leads the congregation to the narthex which is set up with the Garden of Gethsemane where we are invited to watch and weep with Jesus. Please note there will be no foot washing ceremony this year.

8 p.m. to 8 a.m. Garden of Gethsemane Watch
The church will be open all night for prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane created by the Designer Guild in the narthex. People are invited to sign up to pray one hour, reminiscent of Jesus’ vigil on the night before he died.

FRIDAY, APRIL 14 GOOD FRIDAY

12 Noon Passion & Prayers
A traditional service from the BCP, with music is held in the church and features a reading from the Passion Gospel, sermon, prayers of intercession, and the Veneration of the Cross.

7 p.m.  The Cross: Love Set Free (New!)
This service features silence, scripture and readings interspersed with sung chants focusing on the Passion of Jesus and the meaning of the cross. The rite includes the Taize ritual of participants placing votive candles on the cross.

SATURDAY, APRIL 15   A CELTIC EASTER VIGIL

7:00 p.m.  Vigil and Eucharist
This liturgy is rich with meaning as we celebrate in word and action three Passovers: the Passover of the Hebrew people from their bondage in Egypt, the Passover of Jesus from death to life and the Passover of Christ’s People as we celebrate our awakening to resurrection life. It includes the Renewal of Baptismal Vows and Celtic prayers. The first Eucharist of Easter is celebrated. A festive pot-luck snack reception follows the service. Please bring something to share.

SUNDAY, APRIL 16   EASTER SUNDAY

9:30     Festival Eucharist
Reception and Easter Egg Hunt

“Kinship With Earth” A Celtic Eucharist

Thursday, October 6, at 7:00 p.m.  Celtic Eucharist – We celebrate with Francis and all the Saints our love of the Earth, sing chants, gather informally around the altar for communion. A party will follow, so bring a festive beverage and/or a finger food snack to share.

Episcopal Visitation, October 23, 9:30 am

Bishop David Rice, preaching and Canon to the Ordinary, Rev. Anna Carmichael, presiding.  Please come to welcome our Diocesan Leaders!

Celtic Eucharist, Thursday, June 23, 7:00 p.m.

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Next Celtic Eucharist,
Thursday, June 23, 7:00 p.m.  

Save the date for the celebration of The Nativity of John the Baptist and the summer solstice. Celtic prayers, chants, and festivities! As is traditional on the longest day of the year in Ireland, Scotland and Wales we will enjoy a small bonfire outside. Stay tuned for more details.     

The Bishop’s Visitation: Sunday, April 17, 9:30

Picture1The Rt. Rev. David Rice will make his annual visitation to
St. John’s on Sunday, April 17. Please make every effort to join us as we will be welcoming new members into the congregation on that special Sunday. As of this writing, we will be baptizing one adult, two children.
Two adults and one teenager will be confirmed. Seven people are currently attending the Tuesday evening class to prepare for this event.

 We will also be blessing and welcoming two babies into our parish family and other new households. A festive reception will follow.

 

 

Ash Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Ash WednesdayAsh Wednesday Services
February 10, 2016
12:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Thursday Evening Worship

The Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist

Sky Thursday Revised

A SEASON OF CREATION

THURSDAY EVENING WORSHIP
AT 7:00 P.M.

October 1        Planet Earth Thursday

Ash Wednesday, February 18

ASH WEDNESDAY

Remember
that you are
dust and unto
dust you shall
return.

February 18, 2015
Holy Eucharist
at
12:00 p.m.  & 7:00 p.m.

What comes after Christmas? Epiphany of Course!

On Sunday, January 4 at both services we will hear the “three kings Gospel” and sing accompanying carols. On Tuesday, January 6, at 7:00 p.m. a Eucharist called, “Manifesting Divinity” will be offered. This alternative service for the Feast of the Epiphany will begin in darkness and feature handheld candles.

A Eucharist for Thanksgiving:

Celtic Style, Tuesday, November 25 at 7:00 p.m.
All are invited to a celebration of the Eucharist using Celtic prayers, chants and readings to offer God thanks and praise for life. We will make Eucharist together, practice gratitude and “thanks-living” and then enjoy our own simple hospitality. Bring a finger food snack and/or festive beverage to party following the service.