HONOR Your Life Through Journal Writing

imagesSundays at 1PM March 12, 19, and 26.

HONOR your life through journal writing. Journal writing is not so much about writing as it is about self-understanding and self-discovery. If you’ve never kept a personal journal, join us and learn ways to dip into the wellspring of your inner thoughts. Discover your voice, even when you think you have nothing to say. Experience how journal writing can bring clarity to your thinking. If you’ve already discovered the life-enriching gifts of journal writing, join us and share your experience, knowledge, and wisdom. We will meet around 1:00, following the noon meal, on March 12, 19, and 26. Journals will be provided. Contact:  Hilda Bukowski at hldscll2@gmail.com or 919-904-7007.

Stations of the Cross Around the Advocate Pond

IMG_9692This Lent, The Episcopal Church of the Advocate invites our neighbors and friends, known and unknown, to participate in the ancient practice of prayer and reflection called the Stations of the Cross, around the Advocate Pond. Traditionally, the fourteen stations mark different events on the path that Jesus walked through the city of Jerusalem on the day of his death, from the house of the Roman governor, Pontius Pilate, where he was condemned to die, to the hill at Golgatha, where he was crucified. At each station, participants pause for a reading from scripture, a prayer, and a time of meditation.

From early times, each of the fourteen stations has been marked by a Roman numeral. At The Advocate, we have localized the stations by using discarded railroad spikes from the nearby tracks for the numerals, and affixing them to reclaimed local barn boards.

A booklet of the fourteen stations, with prayer and scripture readings, is available in a box by the outdoor altar. The first station is just to the east of the altar (towards the railroad tracks), and the stations proceed counterclockwise around the pond, ending with the fourteenth station just to the west of the altar.

The Stations may be walked and prayed at any time by any one. On Fridays in Lent, at 5:30 PM, someone from the Advocate will lead the way for any who wish to gather and participate in  the Stations together.

All are welcome.

Ash Wednesday Services March 1 at Noon and 7 PM

UnknownT.S. Eliot once wrote, “What we call the beginning is often the end and to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.”

On Ash Wednesday, March 1, in services at noon and 7 p.m., we will gather in the Advocate Chapel,  to remember our mortality — that we are dust, and to dust we shall return. We will also mark the beginning of our Lenten journey, the forty day season of our preparation for the holiest days of the Christian year – Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday. In so doing, we will anticipate – however paradoxically – the end of our Lenten journey even as it begins.

From that ending, we make our beginning, together as people of faith.

Come be a part of the journey.

The Day the Revolution Began. (Re)Discovering the Meaning of the Crucifixion

51DjeQtdfLL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_A Lenten Study
March 8, 15, 22, 29, and April 5, 7:00-8:30 PM

This is a Lenten study based on N.T. Wright’s new book The Day the Revolution Began: Rediscovering the Meaning of Jesus’s Crucifixion.  In these five sessions we will explore the Biblical accounts of the Jesus’ death (as well as the historical and cultural backgrounds of these stories) so as to see what Jesus’ death might mean for us today.

More about N.T. Wright here.

More about The Day the Revolution Began here.


Wake Up and Smell the Awesomeness: A Discussion of Anthony De Mello’s book Awareness

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After a brief introduction to the life and thought of the Indian Jesuit Anthony De Mello, Jay Reeves will lead a discussion of De Mello’s classic book Awareness: The Perils and Opportunities of Reality.  Participants are encouraged to read the book ahead of time, but everyone is welcome whether you’ve read the book or not.

More about Anthony De Mello here.

The book, Awareness: The Perils and Opportunities of Reality

Acceptance as a Spiritual Discipline

acceptance-jpgJan 25, Feb 1, Feb 8, 7:00-8:30 PM: Acceptance as a Spiritual Discipline

Radical Acceptance can be defined as the compassionate acceptance of reality as it is in the present moment. A practice that is an important and effective skill for navigating the small and large challenges of life.

But it is one thing to define Radical Acceptance, and quite another thing to understand and practice it.  How do you do it?  What are its real benefits?  Why might it even be thought of as an important spiritual discipline?

Janice Bainbridge and Paul Marvin will lead three discussion, practice and Q&A sessions tackling these questions.  Janice is a practicing counselor with experience teaching and mentoring people in Radical Acceptance practice, and Paul has worked with teens and adults over the years as a catechist, spiritual director, retreat leader, and prayer counselor.

Some basic information about Radical Acceptance: http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2015/10/04/what-it-really-means-to-practice-radical-acceptance/

Paul B. Marvin <pmarvin@nc.rr.com>
Janice Bainbridge <janicebainbridgelcsw@gmail.com>

Sunday Yoga in the Chapel — 3 PM

imagesYoga in the Chapel
Sundays, 3:00 – 4:15 p.m.
All levels welcome. This gentle class, led by the Advocate’s own Kathleen Nolan, is centered on the integration of body, breath, and spirit. We’ll play with meditating on the messages from the Sunday readings and sermons as we move and breath.
If you have a yoga or exercise mat, bring that along.
Requested donation: $10.00. Portions of the proceeds benefit the Episcopal Church of the Advocate and the Community of the Franciscan Way.
For more information, contact Kathleen Nolan at kathleenln@yahoo.com.

Cynthia Bourgeault on Contemplative Spirituality — January 18 at 7 PM.

Jan 18, 7:00-9:00 PM: Cynthia Bourgeault on Contemplative Spirituality – Is there really such a thing as Christian Nonduality?

Join us at the Advocate Wednesday evening as we view and discuss a webcast produced by Richard Rohr’s Center for Action and Contemplation.  Cynthia Bourgeault will present provocative ideas about the nature of reality,  prayer, and living the Christian life.  Richard Rohr and James Finley will also appear in the video sharing opening and closing remarks.

Cynthia Bourgeault: http://www.contemplative.org/cynthia-bourgeault/

Her new book, The Heart of Centering Prayer: Nondual Christianity in Theory and Practicehttps://www.amazon.com/Heart-Centering-Prayer-Christianity-Practice/dp/1611803144/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Richard Rohr: https://cac.org/richard-rohr/richard-rohr-ofm/

Center for Action and Contemplation: https://cac.org/

Link to this webcast on CAC site: https://cac.org/christian-nonduality-seriously/

James Finley: http://www.contemplativeway.org/index.cfm


Prayers, Readings and Reflections for January 8

Good First Sunday after the Epiphany to you!
I hope you are staying warm and safe.
I’m sorry that the cold and ice precludes our safe gathering this morning, I hope we can connect in the Spirit as we offer prayers at 10 AM wherever we may be.
The Collect for this day is:

Father in heaven, who at the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan proclaimed him your beloved Son and anointed him with the Holy Spirit: Grant that all who are baptized into his Name may keep the covenant they have made, and boldly confess him as Lord and Savior; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

To guide you in your prayers this day, I offer the following links:
Morning Prayer Rite One (with more traditional language) can be found here.
Morning Prayer Rite Two (with more contemporary language) can be found here.

The readings for the day can be found here.

Reflections for the day can be found here..
Please join us if you can, next Sunday, January 15, when we resume our regular schedule of 9 AM and 11 AM Holy Eucharist, with Godly Play and a Teachable Moment in the hour in between.
Peace be with you.

Seasonal Changes in Worship for Epiphany

Sundays in the Season of Epiphany (January 8 – February 26) our worship will be adapted to encourage us to be more attentive to the ways in which God is made known (manifest) among us, and to listen more intentionally to God and one another.

As such, our chairs will be arranged to allow more of us to face one another. We will also receive communion in a circle (of sorts), rather than coming forward one by one or two by two.

Beginning January 15, at the Traditioned Innovation liturgy at 11 AM:

– The first part of the Eucharistic Prayer, known as The Preface, will change each week to incorporate themes from the readings of the day (from Eucharistc Prayers by Samuel Wells and Abigail Kocher, Eerdmans 2016). Because the Preface will change from week to week, it will not be included in the seasonal guide, requiring us to listen attentively, as we do to the lessons Sunday by Sunday. This will symbolize for us a call to listen more attentively in every way in our encounters with God and with God’s people in these days.

– The Prayers of the People will not include a bidding for thanksgiving. Rather, in the time following Communion, when our awareness of God’s presence among us has been heightened, we will be invited to offer our thanksgivings to God silently or aloud, and to name the ways and places in which God has been made known (manifest) to us.

Changes in patterns of worship can be confusing, unsettling, even irritating. Changes in worship can also be informative, engaging, even inspiring. Please join us in worship this season and see what these changes mean for you.