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Celebrate Easter With Us

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

Readings of the story of God's creation and salvation of the world, followed by the first Eucharist of Easter. Experience one of the most ancient and moving liturgies for Christians.


Easter Day
Sunday, April 5

9:00 a.m. Family Eucharist
A simple, joy filled service for children and their families with
the Easter story, joyful songs, and communion.
9:45 a.m. Egg Hunt for children
An event of that bring joy and fun to all - and there are always eggs to go around!
10:45 a.m. Festival Eucharist
A traditional Episcopal service with choir, sermon and communion
in a church adorned in beautiful flowers and pageantry.



The Triduum and Easter Day

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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.  ‚Äč

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.



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.


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.



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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