Holy Week & Easter Service Schedule

The week beginning on Palm Sunday and culminating on Easter Sunday holds within it the fullness of our faith community’s Christian traditions and beliefs.

On Palm Sunday, Jesus is ushered into Jerusalem with cries of Hosanna!, an acknowledgement that the Messiah has arrived. On Maundy Thursday, a meal is shared and feet are washed in the tradition of the Last Supper and Jesus’ message of servanthood. Good Friday brings us to the crucifixion of Jesus and the glory of God is realized in the Easter Resurrection of Christ.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Please join us in experiencing the deeper meaning of this sacred week at these holy services.

Palm Sunday – March 20

8:00 and 10:30 am Palm Processional and Holy Eucharist
5:30 pm Evening Prayer

Monday – March 21

7:30 am Morning Prayer in the Chapel
7:00 pm Evening Prayer in the Church

Tuesday – March 22

7:30 am Morning Prayer in the Chapel
7:00 pm Evening Prayer in the Church

Wednesday – March 23

7:30 am Morning Prayer in the Chapel
7:00 pm Evening Prayer in the Church

Maundy Thursday – March 24

7:30 am Morning Prayer in the Chapel
7:00 pm Agape Meal and Foot Washing in Cowans Hall
followed by Holy Eucharist and Stripping the Altar in the Church

Good Friday – March 25

7:30 am Morning Prayer in the Chapel
12:00 – 3:00 pm Trehora Service: The Last Seven Words

The first two hours focus on meditations on the Last Seven Words of Christ; the third hour is available for silent meditation, walking the Way of the Cross using mystery screens or walking the labyrinth.

7:00 pm Liturgy for Good Friday

Holy Saturday – March 26

7:00 pm The Great Easter Vigil: The Great Fire, Story-Telling, and Holy Eucharist with Baptism in the Courtyard and Church

Easter Sunday – March 27

9:00 am Festive Holy Eucharist
Easter Egg Hunt to follow morning service
Parents – please bring an empty Easter Basket for every child participating in the hunt!

Slider image derived from original silver gel print by Andrew Munday 2009.

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Sunday School, Nursery & Childcare – Jan 31st

Sunday School classes begin at 10:30 am in the Educational Building. We’re in full session for children and youth of all ages and always happy to welcome new students! If this is your child’s first day joining in, parents please arrive a few minutes early to register your new student.

Just speak with one of the teachers – they are available to assist you.

Registration can be done in any of the designated classrooms located in the Education Building. Children Ages 4 to 7 meet in the Heart Classroom while children ages 8 to 12 gather in the Treasure Classroom.

Nursery Care is also offered for children ages 0 to age 4 in the Education Building from 10:30 am through end of mid-morning worship service.

For those attending the luncheon and annual meeting, children will rejoin their parents after the service for the luncheon. Childcare will be offered during the annual meeting.

Not sure where to go? See Directions and Campus Map.

WHAT ARE WE LEARNING?

Children ages 4 to 7 will learn the Lesson: “The Feeding of the Five Thousand”.

Children ages 8 through 12 will continue exploring the new Lectionary Curriculum that we are piloting this year. Remember to bring your Bibles!

READINGS – FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY

The morning readings for the Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany are Psalm 71:1-6, The First Reading is Jeremiah:4-10, The Second Reading is 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 and the Gospel is Luke 4:23-30.

VOLUNTEER TO TEACH

If you would like to teach during the regular school year or help out in the classrooms, please contact Sue Beckham (see below).

QUESTIONS?

If you have any questions or are interested in volunteering, please Contact Sue.

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Christmas Eve Services – Dec. 24th

This year we will have two Christmas Eve services.

The Christmas Eve service at 4:00 PM will be specially oriented toward families. As the service progresses, a crèche is set at the altar, telling the Christmas story.

There will be a special reception following this service.

The second service held at 9:30 PM starts the evening off with caroling and a lovely candlelight service followed by a hot spiced cider and cookie reception in the Narthex area to share glad-tidings and refreshment.

Both are a wonderful way to celebrate the centerpiece of the Christian faith…please invite your friends!

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Ash Wed – Three Services – Feb 18

Please Join Us

As we leave the feasts of Shrove or Fat Tuesday behind, now is the time to begin a season of fasting and repentance with the observance of Ash Wednesday on February 18th.

Service Times

Three service times are available at 7:30 AM, 12:10 PM and 7:30 PM

Location

Saint Thomas Episcopal Church – The Sanctuary, see Directions and Campus Map

There will be either signs or someone to direct you at the entrance to the sanctuary.

What is Ash Wednesday?

Ash Wednesday is traditionally marked as the first day of Lent, a 40 day period of time (excluding Sundays) leading up to Easter. This is a time many Christians set aside to remember Christ’s life during His 40 days of fasting in the desert. The period from Ash Wednesday to Easter excluding Sundays mirrors these forty days that are segmented by six Sundays, considered celebration days where we gather as a faith community to commemorate Christ’s resurrection.

Christian Ritual

According to Wikipedia, Ash Wednesday ritual is described this way:

“Ashes are ceremonially placed on the heads of Christians on Ash Wednesday, either by being sprinkled over their heads or, more often, by being marked on their foreheads as a visible cross.

The words used traditionally to accompany this gesture are:

Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return. – (Based on Genesis 3:19)

In the 1969 revision of the Roman Rite, an alternative formula was introduced and given first place:

Repent, and believe in the Gospel. – (Mark 1:15)

These acts of observance are designed to guide us on our spiritual journeys to draw us closer as a faith community to Jesus Christ, whom we place our faith.

Questions?

If you have questions or special needs, please Contact Us.

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Sunday School Today!

Sunday School is in full swing for 2015! All classes are held in the Education Building. Pre-registered children may be dropped off at 10:20 AM. If you are new or have not yet registered your children for Sunday School, please come a little early to complete the registration forms.

Nursery Care is open for children ages 0 to age 4, the Heart classroom is open for children ages 4-7 and the Treasure classroom is open to students ages 8-12 in the Education Building.

Class Schedule

During the Month of February, classes for Sunday School will be held on the 1st, 8th and 22nd in the Education Building with the classes starting at 10:30. On February 15th we will hold a Family Eucharist in the Church with families worshiping together. This Sunday is also Shrove Sunday and the Pancake Breakfast will follow the service.

Parish Calendar

Check the Parish Calendar for the monthly Sunday School schedule.

Location

For location of Education Building, see Directions and Campus Map.

New Participants

For more information or if you have any questions, please Contact Sue Beckham.

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