This Week

April 7  Fifth Sunday in Lent

Coffee Hour:  7:45 Patrick Dore                      

                       10:15 Jackie & Adrian Beltran                      

 LEM & Ushers:  7:45 a.m. Nancy Ohlson, Laura Serafini

                            10: 15 a.m. Richard Henderson, Anne Miles

                                             Cox Family                         

 

 

 

One Parish, One Book:   Tonight 7:00 p.m. Parish Hall Living Room

 

We will reflect on Chapters 7 & 8 From the book:  Walk in Love .

The subjects are: Healing & Ordination    

Anyone is welcome to attend and participate even if you don't have the book.  You're welcome to join the conversation of question and answers.

Emmaus Road:    Spring Break:  Emmaus Road on Hiatus until Monday April 28

In the immortal words of the Blessed Virgin Mary at the Wedding at Cana, "They have no wine."

When  Emmaus Road Resumes the group will read Elaine Pagels's book:  Why  Religon? 

Here is a description:

 

Why is religion still around in the twenty-first century? Why do so many still believe? And how do various traditions still shape the way people experience everything from sexuality to politics, whether they are religious or not? In Why Religion? Elaine Pagels looks to her own life to help address these questions.

These questions took on a new urgency for Pagels when dealing with unimaginable loss—the death of her young son, followed a year later by the shocking loss of her husband. Here she interweaves a personal story with the work that she loves, illuminating how, for better and worse, religious traditions have shaped how we understand ourselves; how we relate to one another; and, most importantly, how to get through the most difficult challenges we face. 

Drawing upon the perspectives of neurologists, anthropologists, and historians, as well as her own research, Pagels opens unexpected ways of understanding persistent religious aspects of our culture. 

A provocative and deeply moving account from one of the most compelling religious thinkers at work today, Why Religion? explores the spiritual dimension of human experience.

Level 3 & Level 4:  Sunday April 7, 9:00 a.m. Meet with Fr. Bob

Members of the Level 3 Atrium, along with Level 4 high school group that meets with Fr. Bob between the services, will join together at 9:00 a.m. Sunday April 7 to their part in the Great Vigil of Easter, their presentation of the Three Young People in the Fiery Furnace.  Fr. Bob will lead them through an exploration of the what the Easter Vigil is and means, as help them explore this particular Old Testament story, which for young people is their part in an contribution to, "The record of God's saving deeds in ages past."  

Those in Level 3 who've signed up to participate in the Fiery Furnace presentation can talk to Tracy Gaestel if they have questions.  See you then.

The Young Person's Guide to Love and Wealth Management:  Sunday, April 14, 4:00- 6:00 p.m. at the home of Bill and Rebecca Woods

Love and Wealth Management will meet the Sunday afternoon of Palm Sunday, to continue their exploration of developing significant relationships.  Rebecca will lead a discussion on Friendship, the different kinds of friendships, and the expectations and actions appropriate to the kind of friendship it is.  We will also look at character strengths and virtues with the idea of asking and answering, "What kind of person do I want to be," and "What kind of person do I want to be with?"  

Getting Ready for Holy Week and Easter

14 The Sunday of the Passion:  Palm Sunday

Coffee Hour:  7:45 Need Volunteer                       

                       10:15 Need Volunteer                       

 LEM & Ushers:  7:45 a.m. Laura Serafini, Alex Swart

                            10: 15 a.m.  Anne Miles, Katie Williamson

                                               Martie & Jeremy Lott

15  Monday in Holy Week

 6:00 p.m. Reflective Dinner

16  Tuesday in Holy Week

6:00 p.m. Reflective Dinner

8:00 p.m. 

LBGT AA

17  Wednesday in Holy Week

 6:00 p.m. Reflective Dinner

18  Maundy Thursday

 7:00 p.m. 

Maundy Thursday Liturgy

19  Good Friday 

12:00 Good Friday Liturgy

 20  Holy Saturday

 All Day: Prepare for Easter  

Reflective Dinners in Holy Week

 

The sign up sheets for the Reflective Dinners in Holy Week will be outside Church on Sunday.  Our presenter this year will be Kelly Brant who will give readings from Fr. Richard Rohr's book Breathing Underwater.

 

..."Breathing Under Water" is a must-read for any person who recognizes the need to go "inward" on their soul's journey to question what their relationship is with God, themselves, and others. The author guides us on a journey that begins with a powerlessness or being shipwrecked on a deserted island. It is God's greatest surprise and constant disguise. We always want to be the manager of our lives. But God makes sure that several things will come our way that we cannot manage on our own. ...

 

Fr. Richard Rohr is a globally recognized ecumenical teacher bearing witness to the universal awakening within Christian mysticism and the Perennial Tradition. He is a Franciscan priest of the New Mexico Province and founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Fr. Richard's teaching is grounded in the Franciscan alternative orthodoxy—practices of contemplation and lived kenosis (self-emptying), expressing itself in radical compassion, particularly for the socially marginalized. Fr. Richard is the author of numerous books, including Everything Belongs, Adam’s Return, The Naked Now, Breathing Under WaterFalling UpwardImmortal Diamond, and Eager to Love: The Alternative Way of Francis of Assisi. Fr. Richard is academic Dean of the Living School for Action and Contemplation. Drawing upon Christianity's place within the Perennial Tradition, the mission of the Living School is to produce compassionate and powerfully learned individuals who will work for positive change in the world based on awareness of our common union with God and all beings. Visit cac.org for more information... 

EASTER SUNDAY BREAKFAST:  Our festive Easter Breakfast is a big undertaking, and we need lots of volunteer help.  This Sunday, on the patio, please sign up to set up tables and chairs on Saturday, bring food and/or help Sunday with the breakfast, and then clean-up and tear down on Sunday.  Your help is appreciated – please let us know how you’d like to volunteer. 

Holy Week and Easter at Church of the Angels:  Part 1

Attached to this Edition of By Way of Reminder complete document: Holy Week and Easter at Church of the Angels.  

The articles below concern the first half of Holy Week.

 

Palm Sunday

 

Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday which marks the beginning of Jesus journey to his death on Calvary and his resurrection on the Third Day.  On Palm Sunday we focus on two events, Jesus triumphal entry into Jerusalem, followed by an account of his Passion and death in one of the synoptic Gospels which rotate each year among Matthew, Mark and Luke

 

Each of the Gospels gives a somewhat different view of the Passion.  St. Mark gives a graphic picture of Jesus’ utter abandonment by both his disciples and God.  We experience the Passion as complete dereliction, destruction, and loss.  St. Matthew fills out St. Mark’s narrative adding all kinds of dramatic touches.  For example, it is St. Matthew who tells us of Pilate’s wife warning him to let Jesus go because of her troubled dream about him.  In St. Luke, Jesus’ agony in the Garden is portrayed as the stress and anxiety of an athlete about to begin his contest.  This is the account where Jesus promises paradise to the thief and says, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.”  Because we now use all three Gospels, our sense of the Passion is both expanded and deepened.  

 

We begin the liturgy outside.  This is to commemorate the entry into Jerusalem.  As we stand in a circle, we hear the story of Jesus riding on the donkey and the people spreading garments and palms along his way.  They hail him as the one who comes in the name of the Lord.  Of course it will be but a matter of days before they forget all this and turn on him.  We bless some crosses that are made of palm branches and then pass them out and then process as a group into the Church.  

 

Once we are inside the story turns, the atmosphere changes as we now plunge into the story of the Passion.  The liturgical color is red to symbolize both Jesus blood, and his passionate love for us, that leads him to lay down his life.  

 

The liturgy proceeds as normally, and we end with the hymn Ride on, Ride on in Majesty.  

 

Palm Sunday is a very important day.  For many people who don’t participate in the rest of Holy Week, it may be the only time they hear the story of the Christ’s death and reflect on it.  In the end, things come full circle in that the palm crosses left over from the liturgy are gathered and stored.  Next year they will be burned to become the ashes used on Ash Wednesday.  

 

Reflective Dinners in Holy Week:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Parish Hall

 

The Reflective Dinners in Holy Week are a tradition unique to Church of the Angels.  They had their beginning as an outcome of one of my annual 8 day retreats many years ago.  In that time I made my annual retreats at the Camaldolese Hermitage south of Big Sur, and my favorite part of the day was at the end of the Evening Prayer Liturgy.  We would go from the monastic choir into the Rotunda where they celebrated the Eucharist.  We would stand along the outside wall, and then one of the monks would bring out the Sacrament from the Tabernacle and place it on the Altar with a single candle.  Then we would all sit or kneel in silence for a half hour.  Inside the Rotunda it was absolutely silent.  We stayed that way until one of the monks range a Tibetan Singing Bowl, and then we would prostrate ourselves.  The bowl would be rung again and we’d stand and a monk would take the Sacrament back to the Tabernacle in an adjoining Chapel.  

 

As I said, this was my favorite part of the day.  During the silence various things would emerge in my mind.  At one point many years ago an idea emerged, “What if we combined The Song of Solomon with the Gospel of John during Holy Week?  Later the idea of three evenings took shape.  I came home and asked Phil Holmes if he would take on the meditations and he did, and so the Reflective Dinners were born.  

 

Standing behind all this is St. John’s account of the Last Supper.  It begins with Jesus washing the disciples feet in Chapter 13.  Then in Chapter’s 14, 15, and 16, Jesus talks with his disciples about what their life in the world will be on the other side of his Resurrection.  The Last Supper concludes with Jesus High Priestly Prayer in Chapter 17 where he prays for his disciples.  The key to understanding all this is to realize that Jesus is not speaking to those original disciples only, but that he is talking to disciples in all times and all places until the Parousia.  His description of Post Resurrection life to them, has resonance with our lives as disciples now.  He gives the clue when he says “I have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.”  In other words the truth of Christ and what he means will unfold and deepen over the whole course of our lives and in fact the whole course of human history.  So, the Reflective Dinners in Holy Week bring us into this same place where Jesus speaks with us about our lives in him now and always.

 

To make this happen, we set it up in a special way.  We set up the Parish Hall with tables and chairs forming a U and we sit around the outside.  The tables have many, many of the IKEA Tea Lights that we use at Pentecost as well as other candles.  As we gather, depending on the time of year, the light in the Parish Hall dims with the setting of the sun and the candles glow brighter.  A team prepares a simple meal, usually soup or casserole, salad, bread, wine, and a desert.  Once the meal has been served, a parishioner reads to us as we eat in silence.  Over the years many parishioners have presented Christian authors from across the centuries all talking about the Christian life, what it means, and how it is lived.  When finished, usually when we’re about done with the meal, I  read one of the Chapters from St. John’s account of the Last Supper, one chapter each evening.  At the conclusion of that, I read 1/3 of the High Priestly Prayer.  Then we do Eucharist together around the table using bread and wine from the meal.  We share the Sacrament among each other.  We finish with the Blessing.  

 

After this there is desert and conversation.  Then we clean up and prepare for the next evening. 

 

The Reflective Dinners are a wonderful event.  Some people come to all three, some make one or two.  It doesn’t matter, there is much to be gained either way.  Once again this year we look forward to a rich experience during the first three nights in Holy Week.  If you’ve never been to a Reflective Dinner, you might want to try it, and see for yourself.