The truth of the ancient faith still speaks to the challenges of our contemporary world.

Our worship is rooted in the tradition of the “Apostles’ teaching (Holy Scripture), fellowship, the breaking of bread (Holy Communion) and the prayers” (Acts 2.42). This historic liturgy of the Church proclaims the message of the Good News that Jesus Christ—by his life, death, resurrection and ascension—can make us truly free. 

What to Expect

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What's coming up

Sundays

9a Eucharist

The Anglican liturgy of Word and Sacrament with a more traditional musical selection.

11.15a Eucharist

The Anglican liturgy of Word and Sacrament with a more contemporary musical selection.

6p Vespers

The Evening Prayer liturgy with hymns, sung Psalms and Canticles, and a brief homily.


Week Day Services

9a Morning Prayer

The Morning Prayer Daily Office is observed on Mondays, Tuesday & Thursdays in the Chapel.

7.30a Wednesday Eucharist

Midweek Eucharist with a short homily in the Chapel.


During the Summer months, we have one service at 10.30a.

On special occasions our normal schedule changes,
please check our calendar for service times. 

“I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church,
to the observance of a holy Lent...”
— BCP
 
 

History

Originally, Lent was a time of preparation for those about to be baptized: a time of study and prayer before baptism at the Easter Vigil, the first celebration of the Resurrection. Since these new members were to be received into a community of Faith, the entire community was called to join them in their preparation. Spanning the weekdays from Ash Wednesday to Holy Saturday, Lent was also the time when those who had been separated from the Church for grievous sin (excommunicated) would be prepared to rejoin the community.

Today

Today, Lent is understood as a time for all of us to prepare to celebrate Easter. The number 40 is connected with many biblical events, but especially with the forty days Jesus spent being tempted in the wilderness preparing for his ministry. Christians today use this period of time for introspection, self examination, and repentance.
Since Sundays always celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, the six Sundays during Lent are not counted as part of the 40 days. That is why they are referred to as the Sundays in Lent


Practices

Fasting

To participate in the practice of fasting, consider abstaining from some kind of food: meat, dairy, or eggs are traditional; or, abstain from all food for certain days, or for certain periods during the day (like from sunrise to sunset on Wednesdays and Fridays, or from lunch each day). But remember, since Sundays are always feast days, even in Lent, you are encouraged to break your fasts on Sundays.

 

discipline

Instead of focusing solely on disciplines of abstinence and fasting, you might choose to embrace a particular discipline: like joining in Morning Prayer in the Chapel at 9a or our Wednesday Eucharist at 7.30a.

 


Self-Examination

Growing as a disciple requires several things:

  • Educationstudy of scripture, of theology, and of the lives of those who are further down the road than us
  • Experience — all sorts of events, good and bad, serve as the material from which our growth springs
  • Reflection — how you make sense of and incorporate your education and experience into your life so that it becomes a part of you

All of us have a wealth of experience, we all have some amount of education in the faith; but very few of us have time to reflect on our lives in a way that really allows us to grow from our education and experience. In fact, our busy, noisy culture actually hinders the kind of reflection that is necessary for growth!

Reflection isn’t hard, even if we aren’t that accustomed to it. Just ask yourself these three simple questions:

  • What? — Delve into the details; figure out precisely what it is that you have learned or experienced.
  • So what? — take the details you discover in the first question and try to see your life in relationship to them.
  • Now what? — look to your future asking, “What sort of person do I want to be in light of what I have learned?
 
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During the 40 days of Lent we offer a special programs for our parish, suitable for the whole family. We gather for a potluck supper at 6p followed by a brief time of worship before enjoying a readers theater presentation of CS Lewis' The Great Divorce.

What happens when the inhabitants of hell are given a day to explore the outskirts of paradise?

In The Great Divorce, Lewis uses this imaginative setting to expose the ways we resist God’s truth and love. Along the way, he challenges popular views about the afterlife for a more meaningful picture.

Each week we’ll hear conversations between heavenly greeters and their visitors from the Hadean bus, lifted from the book and dramatized by our own readers, allowing time for clergy-led discussion at the end. It is not necessary to read the book ahead of time, though chapters are provided below for those who wish to do so. 

 

Schedule

6p • Potluck Supper
6.50-7.45 • Programs

The potluck supper begins at 6p, followed by the program in the south transept at 6.50. Children and youth will depart from there to their own programs downstairs, and we’ll all wrap up at 7.45. Nursery opens at 6.40.


Act One

February 21
Chapters 1-4, 7

Hell: a flaming cauldron or a cold, expanding sprawl of isolation?
Heaven: a filmy hologram or a place too solid for unaccustomed bare feet?

Dean Edgar will introduce us to Lewis’ fictional depictions of the afterlife, connecting them to their theological base. We’ll then hear dramatized the stories of a man too prideful for grace and another too cynical to receive it.


Act Two

February 28
Chapter 5

Isn’t this idea of a literal heaven and hell a little outmoded?

A bishop who has outgrown the truth seems unaware of his abysmal predicament. He is lovingly confronted by his friend the priest, a man who, by the bishop’s standards, had regressed in his later years into an unseemly fundamentalism.  


Act Three

March 7
Chapter 9

Is hell a logical necessity? How does it relate to God’s love?

Lewis, narrating the book as a character within it, meets his mentor-in-spirit, George MacDonald. He deftly meets Lewis’ barrage of questions, centering him on the concept that there are “those who say to God, ‘Thy will be done,’ and those to whom God says, in the end, ‘Thy will be done.’”


Act Four

March 14
Chapter 11

Is it really heaven, if it means letting go of treasured passions?

Through the stories of a possessive mother (or, rather, a mother possessed) and a man ruled by lust, we’ll see how God’s love relates to the addictions of the heart and flesh—and how He can transform them into beauty and strength!


Act Five

March 21
Chapters 12-14

Can the misery of the damned prevent the joy of the saints?

Is it she, Lewis wonders, the Queen of Heaven, led in great procession?! “Not at all,” MacDonald responds. “Her name on earth was Sarah Smith and she lived at Golders Green.” A sacrificing wife appeals to her sulking husband, begging him to release his mask of victimhood to share in the pleasures that are now hers.  

Palm Sunday

 

We begin the morning together in the Parish Hall to share a breakfast and to make Palm Crosses. These we hold aloft as we enter the church together in a procession in honor of Jesus’ Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem.

This service ushers us into Holy Week.

 

 

The Triduum

The Easter Triduum allows us to re-live the passion, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. Beginning in the evening of Maundy Thursday and ending in the evening of Easter Sunday, we participate in the events of the three holiest days of the year.

 
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Maundy Thrusday

Noon Eucharist

We begin the final three days of Christ’s life with a noon Eucharist that ends with the powerful Stripping of the Altar.

Seder Meals in Homes

In honor of Christ’s last supper we observe the Seder in our homes at dinner with family and friends.
 

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Good  Friday

Requiem Service

We are reminded of the hard truth that the Cross was necessary for our redemption. 

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Holy Saturday

Lent ends and Easter begins! Bring something to jingle, bang, whistle or drum for The Great Noise.

Our “Break the Fast” party follows, featuring the music of The Flat Out Strangers. Don’t miss it!