Holy Week Checklist
Palm Sunday—7:30, 8:45, 11:00 am & 5:00 pm (April 9)
• Arrive at church 10 minutes before the service to get a palm branch for the procession into the church.
• Bring a branch you have cut at home, if you prefer.
• Take some palm crosses home with you at the end of the service, to keep or deliver to a friend unable to attend church.
Monday 7:30 pm (April 10)
• Stations of the Cross in the Chapel
Tuesday 7:30 pm (April 11)
• Solemn Eucharist in the Chapel (with incense and bells)
Wednesday—7:30 pm (April 12)
• Taizé Service in the Church
• Labyrinth open in the Chapel following Taizé
Maundy Thursday—Agape Meal at 6:30 pm (April 13)
• Liturgy at 7:30 pm in the Church
• Watchnight Vigil in the Chapel
Sign up to bring something to the Agape meal: a meatless meal of soup, olives, cheese, fruit, wine, and juices. No dessert, please.
If you are planning to have your feet washed as part of the Maundy Thursday Liturgy, please be sure to wear shoes and socks that are easy to remove. No nylons, please.
Sign up in the Narthex for an hour of prayer in the Chapel as we keep watch with Jesus throughout the night.
Good Friday—Liturgy at 7:30 pm (April 14)
• Sacrament of Reconciliation after the service
• Park Shore Good Friday Liturgy at 2:00 pm
• Children’s Stations of the Cross 4:00 pm
• Fast until after the Good Friday Liturgy.
• Participate in the private and confidential Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) in the Church or Chapel after the 7:30 service.
Holy Saturday (April 15)
• 9:30 Easter Egg Hunt – begin in the Great Hall
• 12:15 Holy Saturday Liturgy
The Easter Vigil—8:00 pm (April 15) NOTE: There will be incense at this service.
• Arrive early and meet in the Garden of Remembrance, east of the Chapel.
• Bring bells to ring when the church erupts in Easter joy! Or borrow one from the church.
Easter Day—7:30, 8:45 & 11:00 am (April 16)
• Park far away or walk to church to make room for our guests!
• Sign up to bring something to the Potluck Brunch between services.
• Children’s sermon during the 8:45 and 11:00 service is in the chapel.
The Pattern of Pilgrimage
This is the pattern of our pilgrimage. For nine days that is what we have done. I know… crazy! Really? People from Epiphany? I think we are as surprised as any of you who are reading this blog. I certainly am, and I’m your priest. This is truly the Pilgrimage 400 series.
As I was walking yesterday and wondering about this pattern it occurred to me that this is Lent. And it occurred to me that in Lent, for those open to the intervening nature of the Holy Spirit, it should be no surprise that Lent is a two-way encounter. I chose to step into Lent, which is the 46 day season in our liturgical calendar that asks us to consider our eternal relationship with God, in order to fully set my life in the context of God’s life. So why should I be surprised that God reciprocates? This pattern of pilgrimage is God’s response to my “yes” to Lent. It is God saying, “Where you thought this pilgrims’ journey would be 10 miles a day, I am making it 15. Where you thought it would be 15 miles, I am making it 20.” “Why God?” I ask. To which I hear: “Because I love you; because I want you to know full stop that where you can’t, we can together; where you would choose ease, together we choose transformation; where you live a tepid life, together we live a world-changing life; because pilgrimage is not a vacation for your leisure, it is a vacation with me, God, and that is best realized when the day is full to the rim with prayer, food, walking, and sleeping.”
Paul captured this reality well in Romans 5 where he wrote: “Suffering produces endurance; endurance produces character; character produces hope; and hope never lets you down.” I am not sure exactly what my new found dependence on God will look like in my Seattle life, but I have hope, a new hope, a hope that how I live will be different. And in my prayers, I hope it is a braver and more sure-footed, and a more trusting life because God walked with me, so clearly and consistently, on this pilgrims’ journey to Canterbury.
Tomorrow – Celebrate the Life of Connie E. Gaines
Join Us for First Sunday Brunch and Ministry Fair
On the first Sunday of every month, join us in the Great Hall for brunch during Everybody Hour at 10 am. Sunday’s brunch will be hosted by the Women of Epiphany Ministry. This month, discover the different ministries thriving at Epiphany at our fair.
This Sunday: Under Our Skin First Sunday Book Discussion
Join us to continue discussing Bryan Stevenson’s book, Just Mercy. For those who wish to participate, but don’t have time to read the book, here are a few ideas: To listen to Stevenson’s 20 minutes TED talk and get an overview of his work, go to bryanstevenson.com. Audible.com has an audio version of the complete book as well as a 20-minute summary of the book. Please consider stepping into the primacy of relationship in God’s Kingdom by joining in this most important and urgent conversation.
Help YWCA shelter kids celebrate Easter by giving them an Easter basket!
You can purchase a pre-filled basket or fill one yourself with fun things like toys, candy, books, hygiene needs, socks, or learning supplies. Baskets can be for any age, boy or girl (range $15 – $20). Each basket will make a difference to a child in need.
Please drop off by Sunday, April 9, 11 am service.
Easter Egg Hunt
April 15, 2017 – 9:30 am
We are having our Easter Egg Hunt on Holy Saturday! Invite your neighbors and friends to enjoy bagels and then scour the grounds for plastic eggs. Gather at 9:30 am in the Great Hall for bagels and activities, followed by the hunt. Separate parts of campus will be assigned to different age groups in the spirit of fun and fairness.
Please drop off at Epiphany Parish Office. Thank you.
Get Away – Women’s Retreat at St. Andrew’s
Friday, April 21 – Sunday, April 23, 2017
St. Andrews House, Hood Canal
As we move through this rainy, rainy Lent towards a glorious Easter, we are also moving toward our next women’s retreat at St. Andrew’s. Every spring for years we have gathered as a group to share our Easter season joy and to come together, with new friends and old, to celebrate spring. This year we are joining together the weekend after Easter, April 21-23. While we may still need some fleece, think flowers and sunshine and, hopefully, a little less rain, or at least less severe storms.
For more information, check our retreat page on the Epiphany web site. Many of you already know Emily Linderman, formerly a cherished member of Epiphany’s staff and now leading her own spiritual direction practice. Our theme is “What is Trying to be Born.”
Gala Fundraising Dinner and Concert
Sunday, April 23 at 6 pm
Prominent musicians, Tekla Cunningham, violinist, Nathan Whittaker, cellist, and Henry Lebedinsky, harpsichordist, will get the evening started with a chamber concert in the Chapel. Next, we will move to the Great Hall for a catered, sit-down dinner. The evening will conclude back in the Chapel with the Epiphany Seattle Music Guild Cabaret.
$100 per Ticket * Limited seating
Go to Epiphany Seattle Music Guild webpage epiphanymusicguild.org for more general information. To purchase tickets online click here.
Service and Outreach Ministry for Transitional Housing for YWCA
Thank you Ann Beck for your continued work with this important project. This ministry program helps those in need with cleaning and making their homes a pleasure to live in. If you would like to get involved, contact Ann Beck for more information.
Sunday Lectionary Corner
Fifth Sunday in Lent
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