Questions emerge out of this surreal time of life and faith and church. We can’t answer them all. But we can talk about a lot of them!
Starting Sunday, April 26, the Vicar will host a “Screenside Chat” following the 10 AM liturgy. 11:15 – noon.
Virtual Coffee Hour will continue at the same time for those who want to connect with one another and get to know each other better.
The first week we will talk about the Eucharist and why we aren’t celebrating it in this “stay at home” season. This may take more than one conversation!
Future conversations will include what we miss most and why, when will we feel safe enough to return to the chapel together, what is a blessing and can we get one over the internet, is there anything that only the clergy can do and why, how is God calling us to respond …. Also, we will explore some of the ethical and theological concerns emerging from the coronavirus.
Prepared by an Advocate Virtual Choir for Maundy Thursday, 2020.
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“All who hunger, gather gladly; holy manna is our bread. Come from wilderness and wandering. Here, in truth, we will be fed. You that yearn for days of fullness, all around us is our food. Taste and see the grace eternal. Taste and see that God is good.
All who hunger, never strangers; seeker, be a welcome guest. Come from restlessness and roaming. Here, in joy, we keep the feast. We that once were lost and scattered in communion’s love have stood. Taste and see the grace eternal. Taste and see that God is good.
All who hunger, sing together; Jesus Christ is living bread. Come from loneliness and longing. Here, in peace, we have been led. Blest are those who from this table live their lives in gratitude. Taste and see the grace eternal. Taste and see that God is good.” Sylvia Dunstan (1955-1993)
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
Here’s what planned for the Teachable Moment this season.
It is customary at the Advocate to seek opportunities in the Season of Epiphany to learn more about the community and world around us.
To that end, here is the calendar for the Teachable Moment in the weeks ahead:
Sunday, January 12 Justine Post tells about her ministry on death row.
Sunday, January 19 Marcia Owen tells about her work in restorative justice
Sunday, January 26 David Stanford from Re-Entry and William Ingram and Calvin Trollinger from the Orange County Correctional Institution, will help us to know more about Re-Entry.
Sunday, February 2 Campus closed due to breakdown of sewer pump.
Sunday, February 9 Annual meeting. Hudson Vaughan will be rescheduled to another time when he can help us to know about the Marion Cheek Jackson Center and the racial history of our neighborhood and region.
Sunday, February 16 Rob Stephens will tell us about his work with the Mass Poor People’s Assembly & Moral March on Washington to be held June 20, 2020.
Sunday, February 23 Adam Plant, actor with a Masters in Divinity from Wake Forest, will share his experience as a trans man in the church and in the world.
All are welcome! Child care and kids Christian ed provided at the same time.
More than a program or curriculum, it is an intentional commitment to a set of practices. It’s a commitment to follow Jesus: Turn, Learn, Pray, Worship, Bless, Go, Rest.
During A Teachable Moment between the 9 AM and 11 AM liturgies this fall, all are welcome to engage in The Way of Love. Each week we will explore one of the themes offered by our Presiding Bishop Michael Curry.
See the introduction and Bishop Curry’s invitation here.
Are you interested in learning more about the history, theology, liturgy, and structure of the Episcopal Church? If so, join us Sunday afternoons, September 8 – October 13, for “Episcopal 101,” a conversation-based introduction to the church. In each conversation we will be asking, “What difference does this make for us?”
Each week’s topic will be posted beforehand (see basic plan below). Any and all are welcome to join in any or all sessions.
Note: for these preparing for confirmation or reception in the Episcopal Church at the Bishop’s Visitation on Sunday, October 20, participation is expected.
Classes will generally be held1:15 – 2:30 PM at the Advocate.
If you are interested in being a part of the conversation, be in touch with the Vicar (Vicar@TheAdvocateChurch.org).
Episcopal 101, general plan: 1) Jesus, Scripture and the early Church 2) The Church in England and The Anglican Communion 3) Anglican spirituality and The Book of Common Prayer 4) Anglican Moral Theology 5) The Episcopal Church USA and how the Advocate fits in.
This fall, Hannah Boning and Jimmy McKinnell will be facilitating a group through Eating Together Faithfully, a framework for conversation from Life Around the Table. There will be eight conversations around eight meals discussing what it means to eat with God’s intentions for all creation in mind. How does the way we eat together reflect who we think God is? What does it mean for food to be healthy and just? Participants should expect good food, good discussions, and some outside reading and preparation each week.
We hope to begin the first week of October. Contact Hannah (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jimmy (email@example.com) if you are interested or have questions!