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The Triduum and Easter Day

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WORSHIP WITH US!
THE TRIDUUM AND  EASTER DAY

You are invited to experience the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ in these services at St. Dunstan's:

Maundy Thursday - Supper+Washing+Do This+Watch
6:30 p.m.  Supper for all - Parish Hall
7:30 p.m.  Eucharist - Last Supper and Foot Washing
9:00 p.m.  Night Watch - Prayer in the church until 8:00 a.m.  ​

Good Friday -  Cross+Candles+Prayer+Song
7:30 p.m.  Contemplative service around the cross, with beautiful chant music from Taize, France.  (Adults and older children)

Saturday - The Great Vigil of Easter- Fire+Water+Story+Bread & Wine
7:30 p.m.   Readings of the story of God's creation and salvation of the world, followed by the first Eucharist of Easter. 

Sunday - Easter Day- Rising+Joy+Song+Alleluia!
9:00 a.m.   Family Eucharist
9:45 a.m.  Egg Hunt for children
10:45 a.m.  Festival Eucharist

Glimpses of the Triduum, get a feel for these liturgies here. Learn more about the history of these liturgies here.

 

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Music Opportunites 3/29

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Attention Parents: Children Singing for BOTH Easter Services

The Children's Choir will be singing on Easter, and we would love to have them at both services. If your child will join us, please have them in the Fellowship Hall for a quick warm up at 8:45 a.m. on Easter Day. We will sing as part of the 9:00 a.m. service, have a GREAT time at the Easter Egg hunt (and stay to play on the playground) until the 10:45a.m. service where we will sing a song during the first 10 minutes of the service (after which children are free to leave). Children who have not attended children's choir rehearsals Thursday evenings but  who have been part of music times during Formation are very welcome to join us!

Good Friday Taizé Choir Rehearsal - This Sunday at Noon

If you are interested in singing as part of the Taizé choir on Good Friday, please join us for a short rehearsal from 12:00-12:30 p.m., immediately following the 10:45 a.m. service on March 29, 2015. We'll meet by the piano in the Fellowship Hall. The austere simplicity and beauty of this music helps to make our Good Friday service profound and worshipful, and we would love to add your voice to the choir for this special service. Anyone is welcome to join us (even if you're not a member of the regular choir)!

Easter Choir - It's not too late to join us!

If you're interested in singing with the choir for Easter Sunday,  we invite you to join us on Thursday night (TONIGHT) at 7:30 p.m. We will rehearse Easter music for the first 30 minutes of the rehearsal.The choir is open to anyone of High School age or older that is willing to sing (or willing to learn) - no music reading ability is required, and rehearsal recordings will be provided.  

Hand bell Choir Rehearsals!

The hand bell choir will rehearse at 12:15 p.m. every Sunday until Easter in the church. Please contact Jessie McCardell or Michael Austin if you are interested in joining the hand bell choir.

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Why do we worship on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday?

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Why do we worship on Thursday, Friday and Saturday?

The Triduum … What is it and why you should be present?

Triduum is a Latin word meaning three days. Three days you say? - I count four! True, but the days are counted from sundown to sundown. So the days do not begin until sundown on Thursday and conclude with sundown on Sunday - giving us three days. The three services are really all one, just carried out over these days. This is emphasized by the fact that there is no dismissal on Maundy Thursday or Good Friday. In that way the church emphasizes the importance of being present for all of these liturgies. A play with three acts - there are just longer intermissions. We know about these liturgies because in the 4th century a Spanish pilgrim named Egeria recorded in her journals her experiences in Jerusalem of what we refer to as Holy Week.

Maundy Thursday

The name comes from the Latin word, mandatum, which refers to the new commandment that Christ gives to the disciples in John 13:34 - “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.”  This text was appointed in the prayer book to be sung as an antiphon during the footwashing, and came to be called “the Maundy” in medieval England.  The proper liturgy for this day celebrates the events of the Last Supper - which includes the footwashing and the institution of the Eucharist.  The liturgy concludes with the stripping of the altar. The ornaments of the sanctuary are removed leaving it bare and empty for Good Friday.

Good Friday

The observance of the Friday before Easter as a commemoration of the crucifixion has its roots in 4th century Jerusalem. Before that time, Easter was a unitive celebration of the passion and resurrection. Our Good Friday Liturgy includes prayers invited by the deacon for the Church and the World, and the ancient Solemn Collects which gather all our prayers in one. Tonight we also use a simple version of the Stations of the Cross, and chants from the Taizé Christian community in France.  The liturgy ends with a simple prayer and silence.

The Great Vigil of Easter

Probably the most dramatic liturgy in our Book of Common Prayer, this liturgy includes fire, story, water and the first Eucharist of Easter.  Traditionally the rite took the entire night - after sundown and ending at sunrise - ours will take much less time.  We bring outside and strike flint and steel to make our fire. Then we hear stories of salvation and move into the parish hall.  Finally we enter the church in its Easter glory and sing the first Alleluias and renew our baptisms with the sprinkling of water and share bread and wine around the altar.



 

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Holy Week 2015

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WORSHIP WITH US!
PALM SUNDAY THROUGH EASTER

You are invited to experience the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ in these services at St. Dunstan's:

Palm Sunday -   Palms+Procession+Passion
9:00 a.m. Family Eucharist geared to children
10:45 a.m.  Choral Eucharist with dramatic Passion Reading

Maundy Thursday - Supper+Washing+Do This+Watch
6:30 p.m.  Supper for all - parish hall
7:30 p.m.  Eucharist - Last Supper and Foot Washing
9:00 p.m.  Night Watch - prayer in the church until 1:30 a.m.  ​

Good Friday -  Cross+Candles+Prayer+Song
7:30 p.m.  Contemplative service around the cross, with beautiful chant music from Taize, France.  (Adults and older children)

Saturday - The Great Vigil of Easter- Fire+Water+Story+Bread & Wine
7:30 p.m.   Readings of the story of God's creation and salvation of the world, followed by the first Eucharist of Easter. 

Sunday - Easter Day- Rising+Joy+Song+Alleluia!
9:00 a.m.   Family Eucharist
9:45 a.m.  Egg Hunt for children
10:45 a.m.  Festival Eucharist





 

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Maundy Thursday, April 2

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6:30 p.m. Maundy Thursday, April 2
Supper + Washing + Do This + Watch


Imagine yourself in an upstairs room. Jesus' disciples are gathering there, speaking in hushed voices. A table is laid out for the Passover feast. Jesus appears and insists on washing your dirty feet, just like a slave.


Then he invites everyone to sit down to begin the supper. He lifts up a loaf of bread and says, "I break this bread, as I give my body will be broken. Let everyone share in it."


He raises a cup of wine and says, "I pour out this wine for you, as my blood will pour out when they hang me on the cross. I do this out of love and forgiveness. Let everyone share in it. Do this to remember me."


Then Jesus is heading out the door, leading the bewildered group down out of the city, across the Kedron valley, and up the hill again into a garden called Gethsemane. "Watch and wait," he says.





 

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Lenten Offerings 3/22

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Lenten Offerings ... 

We have reached the final week of Lent and move toward the journey of Holy Week. If you have been keeping a Lenten discipline, stay with it for another two weeks. If you haven’t even begun  there is still time to choose something and work that plan for another two weeks or make a decision to engage the liturgies of Holy Week in their entirety. You will be changed in any choice you make to deepen your relationship with Christ and become a better disciple. Read more.

Thursday Evenings

 

Our last evening of children’s choir rehearsal, simple supper for all and Goodnight God Prayers is tonight, March 19. There is still time to be present as we always have room for more.

  • 5:45 p.m. Children’s Choir and Adult Conversation
  • 6:30 p.m. Dinner for all
  • 7:10 p.m. Good night God Prayers

 

The following programs continue for the next two Thursday evenings.

 

Adult Choir Rehearsals 

7:30 p.m. each Thursday evening in Lent. All are welcome to join the choir and those who wish to sing for Easter services are encouraged to come for the first 30 minutes of rehearsal time.

 

Evening Bible Study ... Living Well through Lent

Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m.  A facilitated conversation using a devotional booklet that focuses on the Sunday gospel reading and with daily reflections on practicing resilience with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind.  Living Well booklets are on the table in Founders' Hall.

 

 Daily Lenten Morning Prayers

At 8 a.m. each weekday in Lent St. Dunstan's offers parishioner-led Morning Prayer, a brief quiet service with scriptures and psalms. Why not consider stopping by one morning a week on your way to work or after dropping off the kids for a few moments of candle-lit peace and prayer at the back of the church. Enjoy 20 minutes of peace before stepping out into the world.

 

Other Lenten reflections and growing opportunities ...

Lent Madness - were heading into the stretch run for the Golden Halo for this year.  Vote each day for your favorite saint. Find out all you need to know to make an informed selection.

Two great devotions sites for youth: d365 produced by Passport, Inc. and sponsored by the youth offices of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, the Presbyterian Church (USA), and The Episcopal Church. Videos for your Soul are particularly posted for youth and young adults, but can be used by people of all ages.  You may visit the site daily or just once, and subscribe to receive a daily email with the video of the day.

Lenten Daily Calendars are a great way to keep track of the 40 days and participate in various prayer practices and giving. These are available in Founders' Hall.





 

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Formation 3-22

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Children’s Formation

Today, March 22, the children will be in their classrooms and focusing on the stories of Holy Week and Easter.

Eggs needed for the Hunt!

There are empty eggs in Founders’ Hall - are you one who might fill them up and bring them back to the church before 9 a.m. on Easter Day?  We could also use a few more.  Or donate both eggs and candy and we will find eager hands - but these are needed by Palm Sunday.  Either way, we could use a few helpers from that elusive rabbit. If you can assist, please be in contact with Sue.

Youth Formation

The Coffee House will be openthis week, Sunday, March 22, and those present will discuss Holy Week and Easter with Jackie Bray.

 

The next youth event is the Overnight &Watch on Maundy Thursday, April 2. Youth will participate in the dinner and liturgy for Maundy Thursday and then spend the night at the church.  This begins at 6:30 p.m. and ends on Friday morning at 8:30 a.m. After the service we will gather in the youth room for movies and conversation before taking our time of prayer.  Please let Sue know if you are coming. There is no cost for this event,

Adult Formation

Jeff will lead another session of our Lenten study through Time: Redeeming the Gift, from the brothers of Society of St. John the Evangelist this Sunday, March 22. Come and join the conversation inthe parish hall!

 

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Holy Week

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6:30 p.m. Maundy Thursday, April 2
Supper + Washing + Do This + Watch

7:30 p.m. Good Friday, April 3
Cross + Candles + Prayer + Song

7:30 p.m. The Great Vigil of Easter, April 4
Fire + Water + Story + Bread & Wine

 

Since the earliest days the church, the Triduum (three days) has been celebrated to give all the experience of walking with Jesus from the Last Supper with his disciples to the Resurrection on Easter morning. These three liturgies are meant to be experienced as one - like a play with three acts - only our intermissions are a bit longer. 

You are invited to come and experience the story by participating in many different actions, word and song. Because of the experiential nature of these liturgies, they are one of the best ways to form our faith and especially the faith of children and youth. So, mark the times and days on your family's calendar and immerse yourself in the greatest story - the love of God for all of us.


 

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Lenten Offerings 3/15

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Lenten Offerings ... 

Lent offers us a time to reflect on our life and to make changes and learn new ways to experience God.  This year at St. Dunstan's we are highlighting two programs for adults which offer daily reflections and an opportunity to come together weekly for community reflection and conversation.  One of these is featured in our Sunday morning formation and the other is offered on Thursday evenings.  We are also offering an opportunity for families to partake in a simple meal, for children to sing and restart our children's choir program, and for all to experience a simple nighttime liturgy.  Read more about how to be a better disciple here.

Thursday Evenings

Children's Choir Rehearsals

March 12 & 19 and April 2 at 5:45 p.m. Children will gather with Michael and other adults to learn music for Holy Week and Easter. All children from age 4 through grade 5 are welcome to participate. Older youth are welcome to come and serve as leaders for this program. Please connect with Michael if your children will participate.

Sue and Jeff present "The Lord's Supper"

March 12 & 19 and April 2 - 6:30 p.m. A simple supper for all ages between the Children's Choir and Adult Choir rehearsals.  Parents (actually all adults) are welcome to gather in the kitchen for refreshments while the children rehearse.  This will be followed by Good Night God prayers at 7:10 p.m. every week except April 2, Maundy Thursday.  A sign-up is posted at the church and online here.

Adult Choir Rehearsals 

7:30 p.m. each Thursday evening in Lent. All are welcome to join the choir and those who wish to sing for Easter services are encouraged to come for the first 30 minutes of rehearsal time.

  Evening Bible Study ... Living Well through Lent

Thursday evening from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.  Sue will facilitate the conversation and each participant will be given a devotional booklet with daily reflections on the Sunday gospels focusing on practicing resilience with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind.  Please be in contact with Sue to join this group or sign-up at church. Living Well booklets are on the table in Founders' Hall.

 Daily Lenten Morning Prayers

At 8 a.m. each weekday in Lent St. Dunstan's offers parishioner-led Morning Prayer, a brief quiet service with scriptures and psalms. Why not consider stopping by one morning a week on your way to work or after dropping off the kids for a few moments of candle-lit peace and prayer at the back of the church. Enjoy 20 minutes of peace before stepping out into the world.

Other Lenten reflections and growing opportunities ...

Lent Madness - vote for your favorite saint, learn about their life and witness, and explore legends, quirks, quotes and even enjoy saintly kitsch. Find out all you need to know to make an informed selection.

Two great devotions sites for youth: d365 a daily devotional specifically designed for youth and young adults.  Produced by Passport, Inc. and sponsored by the youth offices of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, the Presbyterian Church (USA), and The Episcopal Church.  

Videos for your Soul are particularly posted for youth and young adults, but can be used by people of all ages.  You may visit the site daily or just once, and subscribe to receive a daily email with the video of the day.

Lenten Daily Calendars are a great way to keep track of the 40 days and participate in various prayer practices and giving. These are available in Founders' Hall.

 

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