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Outreach- Food Bags

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In Jeff's Easter message to the children at both services; he encouraged us to help feed those who would not have a grand dinner with family or friends on this holiday.  All of us are encouraged to help fill the shelves and ultimately the bodies of those who are in need at this time of year.  Food shelves tend to run low as the weather gets better, yet those who are hungry and in need of the basic food items do not disappear.  Consider picking up a bag from the Service Ministry table in Founders' Hall and be sure to bring it back to the church the next time you attend.




 

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Resurrection Stories

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This Eastertide the focus of our sermons and adult formation will be on hearing the Gospel stories of Jesus’ resurrection and hearing and sharing our own stories of resurrection.  After all, it is through these stories that our life in Christ as Christian people is centered and finds meaning. For while we are told that the disciples and the women who were first witnesses to the resurrection were at first fearful; and we are even told that they “didn’t tell anyone” - clearly they did! And clearly, we must learn to tell our stories of resurrection so that others might come to believe. Join us this Sunday, April 12, for our first stories of resurrection, as Jeff and Sue open the conversation to telling our stories and read more below about our guest speakers and preachers during the Great Fifty Days.  Alleluia! Christ is risen!

Patricia Lyons will be with us on Sunday, April 19 and May 3 for     our formation time and as our preacher at the late liturgy.  She brings a compelling energy and passion to her love of live and a profound depth to her understanding of the Christian faith. Dr. Patricia Lyons is currently the JK-12 Director of Service Learning at St. Stephen's & St. Agnes Episcopal School in Alexandria, VA and is in her 15th year of teaching ethics and religion at the Upper School. She is also an adjunct at the Virginia Theological Seminary, where she teaches evening and summer courses to masters and doctoral students. Patricia has taught courses in Systematic Theology, C.S. Lewis, Sigmund Freud, Theology and Fiction, and most recently, Christian Themes in Harry Potter and the author of The Soul of Adolescence: In Their Own Words.

Susan Flanders will join us on Sunday, May 10 to share from her experience various stories of resurrection in her life and in the life of the communities she has served. The Rev. Susan Flanders is a retired Episcopal priest of the Diocese of Washington and the author of Going to Church: It’s Not What You Think!  She will share some stories from her book that speak to our topic of Resurrection Stories on Sunday, May 10.  Her book is considered to be a modern Pilgrim’s Progress which interweaves family drama, theological insight, and a critique on conventional “churchiness.” 

Children’s Formation
The children will be back in the classrooms on the lower level on Sunday, April 12 to learn more about the Easter story.  Next week children will sing with Michael during formation time.

 

Youth Formation
The Coffee House will be open on, Sunday, April 12, and those present will talk about stories of resurrection from our gospel writers. Austin Fodrie will be leading the conversation this week.




 

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9th Annual Cabaret

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Send in your reply cards NOW! 

Saturday, April 18, 2015 

6:00-9:00 p.m.

This fundraiser supports St. Dunstan's Community ministries and features a live and silent auction and dinner. Please return your RSVP cards as soon as possible.  Extras are available on the table in Founder's Hall. Cards and checks may be mailed to the church or placed in the offering plate this Sunday, April 12. Support for this event is always appreciated from those who can not attend.  

Bring your friends for a fun night of music and fellowship! 

We are still in need of donated auction items and bakers of Irish soda bread. Please contact Rosi for auction items
and Jeff if you would like to assist with baking. 




 

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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
Rising+Joy+Song+Alleluia!

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.


 

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Cabaret: Paddy's Irish Pub

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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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