Keeping close while keeping our distance. A weekly guide for this journey. Our destination: Big Love BACK By the Sea.
March 8, 2021
Wednesday Bible Study
Litany of Healing*
Wednesday Lent Progam *
Thursday Centering Prayer *
Sunday Rite I *
Adults & Kids
Sunday Rite II *
Children’s Church & Nursery
“Will you strive for justice and peace among all people,
and respect the dignity of every human being?
I will, with God’s help.” [BCP Baptismal Covenant]
This week’s topic for Lenten discussion will cover Social Dignity as it relates to Gender.
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Lent is almost at it’s halftime!
We all know each of the 4 candles, and their corresponding Sundays, have special meanings during Advent: Hope, Peace, Joy (the pink candle) and Love.
Did you know that each Sunday of Lent has a special name ?
Quadragesima Sunday (also known as Invocavit Sunday) is the first Sunday in Lent, occurring after Ash Wednesday.
The term Quadragesima is derived from the Latin word for “fortieth”, as there are exactly forty days from Quadragesima Sunday until Good Friday. The numeral is more likely an approximation of how many days there are until Easter Sunday, in this case 42. While Quadragesima includes both Sundays and weekdays, the beginning of Lent was later changed to the preceding Wednesday, “Ash Wednesday”, to get in forty weekdays.
Reminiscere Sunday The Second Sunday in Lent takes its name, “Reminiscere” from the first word of the Introit, in Latin, “Remember” from Psalm 25.6.
Oculi Sunday The third Sunday of Lent. From Latin oculi (“eyes”), from the 1st word of the introit of the day’s mass, traditionally a Latin translation of Psalm 25:15 “My eyes are ever on the LORD, for only he will release my feet from the snare.”
Laetare Sunday (/liːˈtɛːri/ or /lʌɪˈtɑːri/) is the fourth Sunday in the season of Lent. Traditionally, this Sunday has been a day of celebration, within the austere period of Lent. This Sunday gets its name from the first few words of the traditional Latin entrance (Introit) for the Mass of the day. “Laetare Jerusalem” (“Rejoice, O Jerusalem”) is Latin from Isaiah 66:10 “Rejoice with Jerusalem and be glad for her, all you who love her;
rejoice greatly with her,
all you who mourn over her.
Passion Sunday is the fifth Sunday of Lent, marking the beginning of a two-week period formerly called Passiontide.
Palm Sunday the Sunday before Easter. The feast commemorates Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, an event mentioned in each of the four canonical Gospels. Palm Sunday marks the first day of Holy Week, the last week of the Christian solemn season of Lent that precedes the arrival of Eastertide.
This coming Sunday we celebrate Laetare, or Rose Sunday.
This Sunday is currently also known as:
~ Mothering Sunday,
~ Refreshment Sunday,
~ mid-Lent Sunday (in French mi-carême) and
~ Rose Sunday because the use of rose-colored (rather than violet) vestments permitted on this day.
Historically, the day was also known as “the Sunday of the Five Loaves,” from the story of the miracle of the loaves and fishes. Before the adoption of the modern “common lectionaries”, this narrative was the traditional Gospel reading for this Sunday in Roman Catholic, Lutheran, Anglican, and Old Catholic churches.
This Sunday is considered a day of relaxation from normal Lenten rigors; a day of hope with Easter at last within sight.
The Rose color is a “lighter” shade of Violet.
Traditionally, weddings (otherwise banned during Lent) could be performed on this day, and servants were released from service for the day to visit their mothers (hence ‘Mothering Sunday’).
As we reach the halfway point in Lent, preparations for Holy Week begin. This Sunday, Laetare! Rejoice ! Remember each of these Sundays is IN Lent, not OF Lent. And, while we dare not utter the “A” word, Sundays are a day of rest, in this case, from the rigors of Lent. Even our appointed Psalm for this Sunday is a call to Rejoice !
(but don’t say Alle…..)
Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22
1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, *
and his mercy endures for ever.
2 Let all those whom the Lord has redeemed proclaim *
that he redeemed them from the hand of the foe.
3 He gathered them out of the lands; *
from the east and from the west,
from the north and from the south.
17 Some were fools and took to rebellious ways; *
they were afflicted because of their sins.
18 They abhorred all manner of food *
and drew near to death’s door.
19 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, *
and he delivered them from their distress.
20 He sent forth his word and healed them *
and saved them from the grave.
21 Let them give thanks to the Lord for his mercy *
and the wonders he does for his children.
22 Let them offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving *
and tell of his acts with shouts of joy.
So, just like the third candle of Advent, let’s take a breath, show some joy and wear Pink for Rose Sunday !
March 7th – 13th
7th – Gene Meeks
7th – Laura Moorefield
7th – William Wood
8th – Caroline Feeney
8th – Henry Sawyer
9th – Mason Bell
9th – Tracy Williams
10th – David Glass
10th – John Weber
13th – Kim Bush
9th – Derrick & Kerry Hudson
11th – Carl & Paige Rackley
March 14th – 20th
15th – Katherine Thames
15th – Susan Prendergast
16th – JonMarc Van Zutphen
20th – Susan Dobson Rojas
Almighty God, you know that we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven to be the true bread which gives life to the world: Evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us, and we in him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
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Explore the Way of Love: PRAY
Our day to day lives can be hurried and busy. We have so many things to do and so little time to do them. With devices and media asking for our time, so much to do and hear and say – it can make us feel overwhelmed and isolated. It can make our relationships challenging, as we struggle to connect. The practice of the Way of Love, following in the footsteps of Jesus, tells us that God wants to break through the noise and busy-ness of the world and be able to have a relationship with us – with you. Not as a distant god in a far-off sky, or as a theory or an ideal or a metaphor, but a presence, dwelling with us, here and now. And the way to make that connection is to Pray. As the Psalmist tells us: “The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.” Jesus taught us that it is nourishing and strengthening to intentionally take time to pray. The daily practice of making time and space to speak with God, to listen to God, or to simply be with God, clears a pathway for God to enter our lives.
Explore the Way of Love: WORSHIP
Throughout the Scriptures, the people of God are called to worship.
As the Psalmist writes, “Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness;
come into his presence with singing. Know that the Lord is God. It is he that made us, and we are his; we
are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise.
Give thanks to him, bless his name.” Just as God wants to enter into our lives and meet us where we are,
so God desires for us to enter into God’s space together and be present there.
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“O God, our heavenly Father, whose glory fills the whole creation, and whose presence we find wherever we go: preserve those who travel; surround them with your loving care; protect them from every danger; and bring them in safety to their journey’s end; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”
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