Holy Week and Easter 2020

Sunday, April 5, is the beginning of Holy Week, the sacred week when we walk the Way of Jesus, from his triumphal entry into Jerusalem, to his last evening with his friends, to his arrest and crucifixion, death and burial. So much, so rich, so much to share.
While we will not be physically together this year, we will be together, via Zoom, a technology for our time.
Below is the calendar for the events of Holy Week at the Advocate 2020, Together, though Apart. 

The Zoom link for all events can requested at TheAdvocateChurch@gmail.com.

For some events, there are recommendations of items to have on hand as they begin. 

We look forward to sharing this Holy Week with you.

April 5                        The Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday
9:00 a.m.   Online Kids’ Christian Ed
To join the Zoom, contact TheAdvocateChurch@gmail.com

10:00 a.m.                A liturgy for The Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday
To join the Zoom, contact TheAdvocateChurch@gmail.com
As you are able, please have at hand:
A branch or flowers to wave for the “procession of the palms”

April 6                         Monday in Holy Week            
5:30 PM
  Evening Prayer
To join the Zoom, contact TheAdvocateChurch@gmail.com

7 PM  “Virtual House Dinner”
To join the Zoom, contact TheAdvocateChurch@gmail.com

April 7                         Tuesday in Holy Week            
5:30 PM
  Evening Prayer
To join the Zoom, contact TheAdvocateChurch@gmail.com

April 8                         Wednesday in Holy Week      
5:30 PM
  Evening Prayer
To join the Zoom, contact TheAdvocateChurch@gmail.com

6:00 – 7:00 p.m.  Contemplative Prayer
To join the Zoom, contact TheAdvocateChurch@gmail.com

April 9                       Maundy Thursday
6:30 PM  A Liturgy for Maundy Thursday
To join the Zoom, contact TheAdvocateChurch@gmail.com
            As you are able, please have at hand :
  A candle that can be lit
A glass (chalice) of wine or other beverage
A plate (paten) with some bread
A symbolic additional food, such as olives or almonds or feta
             A cross (simple and homemade is just fine!)
A cloth that can go over the cross

April 10                     Good Friday
12 noon    A Liturgy for Good Friday
To join the Zoom, contact TheAdvocateChurch@gmail.com
            As you are able, please have at hand :
The veiled cross from Thursday evening
A candle and lighter

April 11                    Holy Saturday
A Liturgy for Holy Saturday can be found here.

April 11 8 PM  The Great Vigil of Easter
This is the principal Easter liturgy of the Advocate.

To join the Zoom, contact TheAdvocateChurch@gmail.com
As you are able, please have at hand :  
A candle
The veiled cross
A bowl for water
A glass/pitcher of water

10 AM April 12      Easter Day!                  Let’s Dance!
A brief simple celebration will be offered by Zoom.
To join the Zoom, contact TheAdvocateChurch@gmail.com

The Schedule for the Fifth Sunday in Lent

This Sunday morning — The Fifth Sunday in Lent. Join us online!

Kid’s Christian Ed starts at 9 a.m. on ZOOM — https://zoom.us/j/947110143

Morning Prayer, Rite II, with Sadie Koppelberger preaching, begins at 10 a.m. — https://zoom.us/j/770517569

Coffee hour will begin at 11:05, immediately following Morning Prayer — https://zoom.us/j/770517569 (It’s the same room as Morning Prayer, but in case we have any latecomers, there is the ZOOM room link.)

See you Sunday!

An Update on COVID-19 for the people of the Advocate from Dr Peter Morris

On March 8, Advocate and former public health official Dr Peter Morris offered an open conversation for the people of the Advocate about COVID-19. As quickly as circumstances are changing within the state of North Carolina and in the Triangle particularly, Nathan Kirkpatrick invited Peter for a follow-up ZOOM conversation. You can watch a recording of their conversation from March 23 here.

Join us online on Sunday, March 22

As we continue to adjust to a new way of ‘being together’ as the Advocate during this season, tomorrow we add two new offerings to our morning lineup. 


First, at 9 a.m., Elizabeth Brewington will be hosting an online 45-minute version of Kids’ Christian Ed. Every kid who loves coming on Sunday mornings to the Advocate will want to be online! 


Then, immediately following our 10 a.m. service of Morning Prayer, we will take a 5-minute break, and then, at about 11:05, we will start an online coffee hour. Through the miracles of technology, all those wishing to stay for coffee hour will be subdivided into breakout groups for coffee and conversation (you’ll have to bring your own coffee!). If you don’t want to stay or can’t stay for coffee hour, no worries — you’ll just leave the meeting during the 5-minute break. 


You can access all of these activities through the links below. 

I look forward to seeing you in church online tomorrow!

Sunday, March 22 — Lent IV — Laetare Sunday

Online Kids’ Christian Ed
9:00 a.m. (the room will open at 8:50 a.m.) 
Join the Zoom room here — https://zoom.us/j/347477235

Morning Prayer, Rite II 
10:00 a.m. (the room will open at 9:50 a.m.) 
Join the Zoom room here — https://zoom.us/j/814965144
You can read the liturgy here — https://www.bcponline.org/DailyOffice/mp2.html
You can find the readings here — http://www.lectionarypage.net/YearA_RCL/Lent/ALent4_RCL.html

Online ‘Coffee Hour’
11:05 a.m.
Join the Zoom room here — https://zoom.us/j/814965144
(It’s the same Zoom room as Morning Prayer, but just in case we have any latecomers!)

Update for Saturday, March 14, and links for Sunday worship

The following letter was sent to the People of the Advocate by Priest Associate Nathan Kirkpatrick on Saturday, March 14, 2020.

Dear People of the Advocate –

I hope this finds you well.

As Lisa and I said in the video on Facebook yesterday, we are transitioning our worship services online for the coming weeks. Tomorrow morning, we will gather online at 10 a.m. for Morning Prayer with a homily offered by Marisa Sifontes, our beloved former intern. (If you are not familiar with the liturgy, you can read it here.) We will be using Zoom, and when the time comes to join us in prayer, you can follow this link. If you have never used Zoom before, you will want to log on a few minutes early to make sure that you have the software you need on your computer. If you have trouble with Zoom, their Help Center is actually that – helpful. Also, if you misplace this email, the link will be posted online, too.

Tomorrow evening at 8 p.m., we will be gathering by Facebook Live for Compline. Personally, I think Compline is the most beautiful liturgy in the Book of Common Prayer. It is a perfect way to end a day and to pray for peace through the night hours. If you aren’t familiar with Compline, you can read it here. Dan LaVenture will be leading us. Facebook Live is less participatory than Zoom, so we will not get to see one another, but we can pray together nonetheless.

In the days ahead, all church events remain canceled. That said, please know that the Advocate Chapel is – and will remain – open for individual prayer, meditation and reflection from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. daily. You are also invited to pray the Stations of the Cross around the Advocate pond.

We are committed to finding creative ways of nurturing our community besides Sunday prayer, as important as that is. As you have ideas, please do not hesitate to be in touch with me. In the meantime, though, let me encourage you to access the Advocate directory and reach out to one another. Let’s text each other, call each other, or send a quick email just to say “I’m thinking of you.” Reach out to the people who usually share your row on Sunday morning. Reach out to the person in book group or dinner group or altar guild with you. Reach out to that family whose kids always make you smile. Reach out to the person whose quiet presence gives you comfort or whose prayers always break your heart. Now more than ever, let’s keep on caring for each other.

As fragile and fraught as this time may feel, communities like the Advocate offer hope to the world that, though we are apart, we are never alone. I’m grateful to be part of the people of the Advocate with you.

See you on Zoom in the morning.

In hope,

Nathan+