Holy Week & Easter 2018 at St. Andrew’s
During the week before Easter, we gather as a community to journey with Jesus to Jerusalem and the cross, before celebrating his Resurrection. The ancient services in which we participate invite us to move away from the routine of our daily lives, and transport us, as we walk the way of the cross, to consider the love of God shown to us in the person of Jesus. We invite you observe Holy Week with us by participating in this journey.
Tuesday, March 27 The Way of the Cross at 7:00 pm | On this evening we retrace Jesus’ journey, from his Trial before Pilate and his walk to Golgotha, carrying his Cross, to his Death upon that Cross.
Wednesday, March 28 Tenebrae Service at 7:00 pm | An ancient service in which the lights are extinguished during the chanting of psalms of penitence and lament. Nursery Available
Thursday, March 29 Morning Prayer at 9:00 am
Maundy Thursday Service at 7:00 pm
On this night, the Church remembers Jesus’ Last Supper with his disciples. With humility, we reenact Jesus’ washing of his disciples’ feet, and we commemorate the Institution of the Lord’s Supper as we celebrate the Eucharist in obedience to his command. Nursery Available
All night Vigil at the Altar of Repose
Friday, March 30 Morning Prayer at 9:00 am
Good Friday Service at 12:00 noon
On this most solemn day, we gather at the hour Jesus hung on the cross to pray for the whole world, to venerate the cross, and to share the bread and wine consecrated the night before.
Friday, March 30 Downward to Darkness: Poems, Prayers, and Music for the night of Good Friday at 7:00pm
On this most solemn night, we’ll gather in the church for a time of meditation and reflection, guided by poetry and music appropriate to the occasion. Nursery Available
Saturday, March 31 Holy Saturday Prayers at 9:00 am
Our community gathers on this morning in a simple prayer service to remember Jesus’ descent into the Grave after which we begin to clean and prepare the Church for the Easter Celebration.
Saturday, March 31 The Great Vigil of Easter at 7:00 pm
This service, traditionally begun at or after sunset, begins the celebration of the Resurrection. Following a tradition going back to the earliest days of the church, we participate in the Blessing of the New Fire, the Liturgy of the Word, Holy Baptism, and the first Eucharist of Easter, with bells and glorious music. Our celebration continues with a festive reception in the Undercroft. Nursery Available
Sunday, April 1 Easter Sunday Services at 9:00 am and 11:00 am
The celebration of the Resurrection continues at these festive services. Nursery Available at both services.
No Still Point service at 5:30 pm.
Monday, April 2 Parish Office will be closed.
Sunday, March 18, 2018
The Fifth Sunday in Lent
9:00 am Holy Eucharist | Church
9:00 am Godly Play | Undercroft
9:00 am TSE | Common Room
11:00 am Solemn Eucharist | Church
5:30 pm Still Point | Church
Thursday, March 22
5:45 pm Evensong | Church
6:30 pm Brown Bag Meal | Undercroft
7:00 pm ELF | Undercroft
Friday, March 23
12 Noon Stations of the Cross | Church
This Week’s News in Brief
For additional information, events and announcements, please check the weekly “Fruits of the Tree”
To sign up for this e-letter, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 303-296-1712
Today’s plate (unpledged) offering supports our Music Ministry. Please use the envelope in your leaflet or simply place your donation in the plate. Today’s DipJar donations also support this ministry.
Building Our Vision Coffee Hour: Today
The Building our Vision (BOV) Committee is asking for your feedback as we explore how our Permanent Supportive Housing project might affect parking and arriving at church. The parish was invited into conversation about these issues at two Sunday meetings in January and February, including a discussion about a possible fund to provide for other places to park and means of arriving to church.
The next step is to get a sense of what questions and concerns the parish has about our current and future parking needs. Please consider thoughtfully what your experience has been, and what it might look like with the Permanent Supportive Housing project. We want to hear about the good, the bad, and the ugly, so please look for a member of the BOV committee after both services on March 18th.
In addition, the BOV committee is setting aside April 15th for a parish meeting. Please put the date on your calendars. In the meantime, if you would like to see how the plans are coming along, they are posted on our website at https://www.standrewdenver.org/buildingourvision. Any questions or comments can be directed to Roger Kilgore (303-333-1408, email@example.com) or George Hoover (303-832-1055, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Lenten Sustainability Calendar
Tired of giving up chocolate or caffeine for Lent, and looking for some fresh ideas? Join the sustainability committee in finding ways to commune with creation through a Lenten Sustainability Calendar. Daily invitations provide opportunities for learning, meditation, appreciation, and protection of our environment. Calendars may be picked up in the back of the church after each service or in the undercroft, and available on our website.
Stations of the Cross in Lent
On each Friday in Lent at Noon, a brief, simple Stations of the Cross service will take place in the church. The Stations of the Cross provide a meditation on Christ’s “way of sorrows,” following him from Pilate’s judgement seat to the cross and the grave. The service will last approximately 20 minutes, using selections from our “Icons in Transformation” exhibit as a focus, and is a spoken version of the Stations of the Cross that is sung on Tuesday evening in Holy Week. Share Our Lord’s path this Lent. All are welcome.
Exploring Life and Faith (ELF) Now beginning at 7:00 pm on Thursdays
Four Quartets: A Lenten Exploration
Four Quartets is the fullest expression of the spiritual vision of T.S. Eliot, and is widely considered one of the masterpieces of modern religious poetry. Join Matt Bentley and Elizabeth Randall for this five-week exploration of the four linked poems, with their rich variety of imagery, reflections on the art of poetry and the mystery of language, and repeated invitations to stillness and contemplation.
Lenten Book Group
Final Wednesday at 12:00 noon (March 21)
We are reading Where the Hell is God? by Richard Leonard.
This is a thoughtful and compassionate book about how to make sense of suffering and tragedy as believers in a loving God. Leonard draws upon his own experience. He avoids the tired and unhelpful cliches (e.g., It was part of God’s plan. If you had only prayed harder) and gives us real and meaningful ways to understand our own suffering and the suffering of others.
The discussion will be led by Nina Churchman and Russ Gates. The book is available from Amazon in paperback ($10.88) and Kindle editions ($6.99). Richard Leonard is a Jesuit priest in Australia. He has a PhD in cinematic studies and is the director of the Australian Catholic Film Office. Please read Chapter 7 and the conclusion before the March 21 meeting.
Icons Exhibit and Viewing Hours: Invite a Friend
Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Brown Bag Lunch Days – bring your lunch and enjoy the exhibit.
Fridays, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. (except March 30) open with docents, followed by wine and cheese.
Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (except March 31) open with docents.
Sundays, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. following regular services.
You can also enjoy the art during our regular worship services, Sundays at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., as well as Thursday evenings during Evensong at 5:45 p.m.
Maundy Thursday Vigil
“Could you not watch with me one hour?” says Jesus to his disciples. If you would like to assist for an hour in keeping vigil with the Reserved Sacrament at the Altar of Repose on the night of Maundy Thursday (March 29) until the morning of Good Friday, please sign up in the narthex. Sign up for one hour, or for longer. Prayer resources and reading material will be available, and we hope to have two people sign up for each hour.
Request from the Jr. Warden, Reese Jameson
Elizabeth cornered me one evening last summer (with no means of escape) and asked me to consider running for Jr. Warden. As soon as I accepted, I was very aware that I couldn’t handle this position by myself. I do not have enough hours in a day or the talent/knowledge/experience/skills to do all that needs to be done around St. Andrew’s. I’m hoping to develop a data base of volunteers with handy skills (including but not limited to, general handy skills, woodworking, dry walling, plumbing, electrical, painting/staining, cleaning, gardening/landscaping, sprinkler system, etc.) that might be available on an as needed project basis. If you have any of the above skills or just an interest in helping out occasionally, please let me know at email@example.com. Thanks!
Amazon Smile for St. Andrew’s
We are now signed up for Amazon Smile! When you make a purchase through Amazon Smile, we receive .5% of the purchase. Go to smile.amazon.com and select St. Andrew’s Denver CO as your charity. Be sure that each time you shop at Amazon you go to smile.amazon.com to make sure St. Andrew’s receives the percentage of your purchase. Here is our unique charity link if you’d like to find St. Andrew’s in another way: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/84-1370535
March for our Lives: March 24
Members of the Episcopal Church in Colorado will be gathering at Saint John’s Cathedral in Denver prior to the start of the March for Our Lives. This march is part of a nationwide network of marches (one in every state) to protest inaction on gun violence and gun control in the wake of the mass shootings that have plagued our country. Since the 1990’s, the General Convention of the Episcopal Church has adopted resolutions opposing concealed carry, assault weapons, and mass production of firearms with no meaningful safeguards to their distribution and regulation. Now is the time to take a stand to protect our children.
12:00pm Gather for an informal lunch at Saint John’s Cathedral
1:15pm Gather on the west lawn for a prayer service with Bishop O’Neill
1:30pm Depart for Civic Center Park to march
2:00pm March program begins
Please RSVP (also include in your RSVP any dietary restrictions if you will be joining us for lunch) by emailing the Office of Advocacy and Social Justice at firstname.lastname@example.org
To learn more about the Episcopal Church’s stance on issues related to gun violence, please visit Bishops United Against Gun Violence:http://bishopsagainstgunviolence.org/Here’s the link to the facebook event: www.facebook.com/officeofadvocacyandsocialjustice/
12th Annual Urban Pilgrimage for Peace: Good Friday, March 30
Join the Colorado chapter of the Episcopal Peace Fellowship and the Episcopal Service Corps as we journey with Jesus on Good Friday. During our Stations of the Cross pilgrimage, we will visit various sites where our sisters and brothers in need receive services, including the Saint Francis Center and El Centro Humanitario. Now, more than ever, it is important to show our support for those who are struggling with homelessness, with immigration issues, with prejudice, intolerance, etc. We start at the 1999 Broadway building, near the war memorial statue (which is on the 19th and California St. side of the building). If it is very cold, we will meet inside the building on the side near the statue. We meet at 9:00 and aim to finish around 11:00 so we can attend noon Good Friday services (St. Andrew’s is in the neighborhood and is a welcoming church). For more information: www.epfcolorado.org Come, stand with us for peace and justice, stand up for hope.
Social Justice Task Force
This week the Episcopal Public Policy Network invites people to recognize the political and moral complexities of public policy making and the challenges presented for civil discourse, especially in American society today. Therefore we should understand that the “morally correct path may not be clear here, as there can be morality and immorality in multiple solutions—and thus the importance of maintaining a focus on values and allowing for the creative space where a multitude of ideas may be presented, processed, understood, and debated, in hopes of getting to the best solution.” Accordingly, the week’s curriculum begins with the Prayer for the Human Family, BCP p. 815: “O God, you made us n your own image and redeemed s through Jesus your Son: Look with compassion on the whole human family; take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hears; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in your good time, all nations and races may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Boundless: A Celtic Vision of the Sacred in All Things: John Philip Newell visits St. Andrew’s
World-renowned Celtic theologian and teacher John Philip Newell will be speaking at St. Andrew’s on Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21. Friday events begin with an optional reception at 6 pm, followed by a lecture at 6:30 pm, with book signing and reception to follow. Saturday features a workshop from 9 am – 2 pm, with a light lunch. A free will offering will be taken. For more information about this event and other opportunities during John Philip’s time in Colorado, email email@example.com
Weekend Retreat with John Philip Newell, April 13-15
This weekend gathering at Shambala Mountain Center will feature teachings on Celtic spirituality and a chance for quiet contemplation. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://heartbeatjourney.org/events/colorado-school-of-celtic-consciousness-shambhala-mountain-center-red-feather-lakes-colorado-usa/