Jesus the Lord is Risen

The Advocate Virtual Choir is expanding! Working towards a choir of the whole. Here is our “song of praise” for Eastertide. All are invited to sing along!

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Surrexit Dominos Vere!
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Surrexit Christus Hodie!
Alleluia! Alleluia!

Jesus the Lord is risen!
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Jesus the Lord is risen today!
Alleluia! Alleluia!

All Who Hunger Gather Gladly

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)

Palm Sunday 2020

LITURGY OF THE PALMS

The people gather with branches/flowers from their gardens

Welcome

Presider           Hosanna to the Son of David, the King of Israel!All                   Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
Hosanna in the highest!

Presider           Dear Friends in Christ, during Lent we have been preparing by works of love and self-sacrifice for the celebration of our Lord’s Paschal mystery.  Today we come together to begin this solemn celebration in union with the whole Church throughout the world. Christ enters his own city to complete his work as our Savior, to suffer, to die, and to rise again.  Let us go with him in faith that, united with him in his sufferings, we may share in his risen life.

Gospel of the Triumphal Entry

Before the reading of the Gospel

Presider    The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christaccording to Matthew.
People     Glory to you, Lord Christ.

(Matthew 21:1-11)

When Jesus and his disciples had come near Jerusalem and had reached Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, just say this, `The Lord needs them.’ And he will send them immediately.” This took place to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet, saying,

“Tell the daughter of Zion,
Look, your king is coming to you,
humble, and mounted on a donkey,
and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”

The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them; they brought the donkey and the colt, and put their cloaks on them, and he sat on them. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and that followed were shouting,

“Hosanna to the Son of David!
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
Hosanna in the highest heaven!

After the reading of the Gospel 

Presider     The Gospel of the Lord.
People    Praise to you, Lord Christ.

Blessing of “the Palms”.   People hold up their branches and flowers.

Presider           The Lord be with you.
All                   And also with you.
Presider           Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
All                   It is right to give our thanks and praise.
Presider           It is right to praise you, Almighty God, for the acts of love by which you have redeemed us through your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. On this day he entered the holy city of Jerusalem in triumph, and was proclaimed as King of kings by those who spread their garments and branches of palm along his way. Let these branches be for us signs of his victory, and grant that we who bear them in his name may ever hail him as our King, and follow him in the way that leads to eternal life; who lives and reigns in glory with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever.

All                   Amen.

Presider           Let us go forth in peace!
All                   In the name of the Lord!

“Procession of the Palms “

Hossanah. Hosannah. Hosannah. Hosannah.
Jesus! Jesus! Jesus! Jesus!
Hossanah. Hosannah. Hosannah. Hosannah.
Jesus! Jesus! Jesus! Jesus!
Hossanah. Hosannah. Hosannah. Hosannah.
Jesus! Jesus! Jesus! Jesus!

“At the door of the Church”

Presider           Almighty God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he was crucified: Mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find it none other than the way of life and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Collect of the Day

Presider           The Lord be with you.
People            And also with you.
Presider           Let us pray. 

Almighty and everliving God, in your tender love for the human race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may walk in the way of his suffering, and also share in his resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

LITURGY OF THE WORD

First Reading                                                                                                            Isaiah 50:4-9a

The Lord God has given me the tongue of a teacher, 
that I may know how to sustain the weary with a word. 
Morning by morning he wakens–
wakens my ear to listen as those who are taught. 
The Lord God has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious, 
I did not turn backward. 
I gave my back to those who struck me,
and my cheeks to those who pulled out the beard; 
I did not hide my face from insult and spitting. 

The Lord God helps me; therefore I have not been disgraced; 
therefore I have set my face like flint,
and I know that I shall not be put to shame; 
he who vindicates me is near. 

Who will contend with me? Let us stand up together. 
Who are my adversaries? Let them confront me. 
It is the Lord God who helps me; who will declare me guilty?

Reader:            Hear what the Spirit is saying to God’s people 
People:           Thanks be to God.

Psalm 118

19Open for me the gates of righteousness; *
I will enter them; I will offer thanks to God.

20“This is the gate of the Holy One; *
those who are righteous may enter.”

25Hosannah, O God, hosannah! *
O Holy One, send us now success.

26Blest is the one who comes in the name of God; *
we bless you from the house of God.

27God is the Holy One, who has shined upon us; *
form a procession with branches up to the horns of the altar.

28“You are my God, and I will thank you; *
you are my God, and I will exalt you.”

29Give thanks to God who is good; *
God’s mercy endures for ever.

Second Reading                                                                                                  Philippians 2:5-11

Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,who, though he was in the form of God,
did not regard equality with God 
as something to be exploited, 
but emptied himself,
taking the form of a slave, 
being born in human likeness. 
And being found in human form,
he humbled himself 
and became obedient to the point of death– 
even death on a cross. 
Therefore God also highly exalted him
and gave him the name 
that is above every name, 
so that at the name of Jesus
every knee should bend, 
in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 
and every tongue should confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord, 
to the glory of God the Father.

Reader:            Hear what the Spirit is saying to God’s people 
People:           Thanks be to God.

Homily

The Nicene Creed

We believe in one God, 
The Father, the Almighty, 
Maker of heaven and earth, 
Of all that is, seen and unseen. 
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, 
The only Son of God, 
Eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light, 
True God from true God, 
Begotten, not made, 
Of one Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made. 
For us and for our salvation
He came down from heaven: 
By the power of the Holy Spirit 
He became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, 
And was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; 
He suffered death and was buried. 
On the third day he rose again 
In accordance with the Scriptures; 
He ascended into heaven
And is seated at the right hand of the Father. 
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, 
And his kingdom will have no end. 
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
Who proceeds from the Father and the Son. 
Who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified.
Who has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Prayers of the People [Form 6 BCP]
The Leader and People pray responsively

Presider           In peace, we pray to you, Lord God.
Silence

Leader             For all people in their daily life and work;
People             For our families, friends, and neighbors, and for those who are alone.

Leader             For this community, the nation, and the world;
People             For all who work for justice, freedom, and peace.

Leader             For the just and proper use of your creation;
People             For the victims of hunger, fear, injustice, and oppression.
Leader             For all who are in danger, sorrow, or any kind of trouble;
People             For those who minister to the sick, the friendless, and the needy.

Leader             For the peace and unity of the Church of God;
People             For all who proclaim the Gospel, and all who seek the Truth.

Leader             For [N. our Presiding Bishop, and N. (N.) our Bishop(s); and for] all bishops and other ministers;
People             For all who serve God in his Church.

Leader             For the special needs and concerns of this congregation.
Silence
The People may add their own petitions
Leader             Hear us, Lord;
People             For your mercy is great.

Leader             We thank you, Lord, for all the blessings of this life.
Silence
The People may add their own thanksgivings
Leader             We will exalt you, O God our King;
People             And praise your Name for ever and ever.

Leader             We pray for all who have died, that they may have a place in your eternal kingdom.
Silence
The People may add their own petitions
Leader             Lord, let your loving-kindness be upon them;
People             Who put their trust in you.

Leader             We pray to you also for the forgiveness of our sins. 
  Silence may be kept.
All                   Have mercy upon us, most merciful Father; 

in your compassion forgive us our sins,
known and unknown,
things done and left undone;
and so uphold us by your Spirit
that we may live and serve you in newness of life, 
to the honor and glory of your Name;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


The Presider concludes with an absolution or a suitable Collect.

The Peace   

Presider     The Peace of the Lord be always with you.
People       And also with you.
Presider     Let us share a sign of Christ’s peace with one another.

Humbly I Adore Thee

1Humbly I adore thee, Verity unseen,
who thy glory hidest ’neath these shadows mean;
lo, to thee surrendered, my whole heart is bowed,
tranced as it beholds thee, shrined within the cloud.
2Taste and touch and vision to discern thee fail;
faith, that comes by hearing, pierces through the veil.
I believe whate’er the Son of God hath told;
what the Truth hath spoken, that for truth I hold.

The Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ According to Matthew

NARRATOR:  Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane; and he said to his disciples,

JESUS:  Sit here while I go over there and pray.

NARRATOR:  He took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be grieved and agitated. Then he said to them,

JESUS:  I am deeply grieved, even to death; remain here, and stay awake with me.

NARRATOR:  And going a little farther, he threw himself on the ground and prayed,

JESUS:  My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet not what I want but what you want.

NARRATOR:  Then he came to the disciples and found them sleeping; and he said to Peter,

JESUS:  So, could you not stay awake with me one hour?  Stay awake and pray that you may not come into the time of trial; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

NARRATOR:  Again he went away for the second time and prayed,

JESUS:  My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done.

NARRATOR:  Again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy.  So leaving them again, he went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words.  Then he came to the disciples and said to them,

JESUS: Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? See, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Get up, let us be going. See, my betrayer is at hand.

NARRATOR:  While he was still speaking, Judas, one of the twelve, arrived; with him was a large crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the elders of the people. Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying,

JUDAS:  The one I will kiss is the man; arrest him.

NARRATOR:  At once he came up to Jesus and said,

JUDAS:  Greetings, Rabbi!

NARRATOR:  and kissed him.  Jesus said to him,

JESUS:  Friend, do what you are here to do.

NARRATOR:  Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and arrested him.  Suddenly, one of those with Jesus put his hand on his sword, drew it, and struck the slave of the high priest, cutting off his ear.  Then Jesus said to him,

JESUS:  Put your sword back into its place; for all who take the sword will perish by the sword. Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels? But how then would the scriptures be fulfilled, which say it must happen in this way?

NARRATOR:  At that hour Jesus said to the crowds,

JESUS:  Have you come out with swords and clubs to arrest me as though I were a bandit?  Day after day I sat in the temple teaching, and you did not arrest me.  But all this has taken place, so that the scriptures of the prophets may be fulfilled.

NARRATOR:  Then all the disciples deserted him and fled.

NARRATOR:  Those who had arrested Jesus took him to Caiaphas the high priest, in whose house the scribes and the elders had gathered.  But Peter was following him at a distance, as far as the courtyard of the high priest; and going inside, he st with the guards in order to see how this would end.  Now the chief priests and the whole council were looking for false testimony against Jesus so that they might put him to death, but they found none, though many false witnesses came forward.  At last two came forward and said, 

SCRIBE & ELDER:  This fellow said, “I am able to destroy the temple of God and to build it in three days.”

NARRATOR:  The high priest stood up and said,

CAIAPHAS:  Have you no answer?  What is it that they testify against you?

NARRATOR:  But Jesus was silent.

NARRATOR:  Then the high priest said to him,

CAIAPHAS:  I put you under oath before the living God, tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God.

NARRATOR:  Jesus said to him,

JESUS:  You have said so.  But I tell you, from now on you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power and coming on the clouds of heaven.

NARRATOR:  Then the high priest tore his clothes and said,

CAIAPHAS:  He has blasphemed!  Why do we still need witnesses?  You have now heard his blasphemy.  What is your verdict?

NARRATOR:  They answered,

SCRIBE AND ELDER:  He deserves death.

NARRATOR:  Then they spat in his face and struck him; and some slapped him, saying,

SCRIBE AND ELDER:  Prophesy to us, you Messiah!  Who is it that struck you?

NARRATOR:  Now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard.  A servant-girl came to him and said, 

SERVANT GIRL 1:  You also were with Jesus the Galilean.

NARRATOR:  But he denied it before all of them, saying,

PETER:  I do not know what you are talking about.

NARRATOR:  When he went out to the porch, another servant-girl saw him, and she said to the bystanders,

SERVANT GIRL 2:  This man was with Jesus of Nazareth.

NARRATOR:  Again he denied it with an oath,

PETER:  I do not know the man.

NARRATOR:  After a little while the bystanders came up and said to Peter,

BYSTANDERS :  Certainly you are also one of them, for your accent betrays you.

NARRATOR:  Then he began to curse, and he swore an oath,

PETER:  I do not know the man!

NARRATOR:  At that moment the cock crowed.  Then Peter remembered what Jesus had said:

JESUS & PETER:  Before the cock crows, you will deny me three times.

NARRATOR:  And he went out and wept bitterly.

NARRATOR:  When morning came, all the chief priests and the elders of the people conferred together against Jesus in order to bring about his death.  They bound him, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate the governor.  When Judas, his betrayer, saw that Jesus was condemned, he repented and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders.  He said,

JUDAS:  I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.

NARRATOR:  But they said,

CAIAPHAS & ELDER:  What is that to us?  See to it yourself.

NARRATOR:  Throwing down the pieces of silver in the temple, he departed; and he went and hanged himself.  But the chief priests, taking the pieces of silver, said,

CAIAPHAS & ELDER:  It is not lawful to put them into the treasury, since they are blood money.

NARRATOR:  After conferring together, they used them to buy the potter’s field as a place to bury foreigners.  For this reason that field has been called the Field of Blood to this day.  Then was fulfilled what had been spoken through the prophet Jeremiah, 

JEREMIAH:  And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of the one on whom a price has been set, on whom some of the people of Israel had set a price, and they gave them for the potter’s field, as the Lord commanded me.

NARRATOR:  Now Jesus stood before the governor; and the governor asked him,

PILATE:  Are you the King of the Jews?

NARRATOR:  Jesus said,

JESUS:  You say so.

NARRATOR:  But when he was accused by the chief priests and elders, he did not answer.  Then Pilate said to him,

PILATE:  Do you not hear how many accusations they make against you?

NARRATOR:  But he gave him no answer, not even to a single charge, so that the governor was greatly amazed.  Now at the festival the governor was accustomed to release a prisoner for the crowed, anyone whom they wanted.  At that time they had a notorious prisoner, called Jesus Barabbas.  So after they had gathered, Pilate said to them,

PILATE:  Whom do you want me to release for you, Jesus Barabbas, or Jesus who is called the Messiah?

NARRATOR:  For he realized that it was out of jealousy that they had handed him over.  While he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent word to him,

PILATE’S WIFE:  Have nothing to do with that innocent man, for today I have suffered a great deal because of a dream about him.

NARRATOR:  Now the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowds to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus killed.  The governor again said to them,

PILATE:  Which of the two do you want me to release for you?

NARRATOR:  And they said,

CROWD:  Barabbas!

NARRATOR:  Pilate said to them,

PILATE:  Then what should I do with Jesus who is called the Messiah?

NARRATOR:  All of them said,

CROWD:  Let him be crucified!

NARRATOR:  Then he asked,

PILATE:  Why? What evil has he done?

NARRATOR:  But they shouted all the more,

CROWD:  Let him be crucified!

NARRATOR:  So when Pilate saw that he could do nothing, but rather that a riot was beginning, he took some water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying,

PILATE:  I am innocent of this man’s blood; see to it yourselves.

NARRATOR:  Then the people as a whole answered,

CROWD:  His blood be on us and on our children!    

NARRATOR:  So he released Barabbas for them; and after flogging Jesus, he handed him over to be crucified.  Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the governor’s headquarters, and they gathered the whole cohort around him.  They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, and after twisting some thorns into a crown, they put it on his head.  They put a reed in his right hand and knelt before him and mocked him, saying,

SOLDIERS:  Hail, King of the Jews!

NARRATOR:  They spat on him, and took the reed and struck him on the head.  After mocking him, they stripped him of the robe and put his own clothes on him.  Then they led him away to crucify him.  As they went out, they came upon a man from Cyrene named Simon; they compelled this man to carry his cross.

(ALL STAND AS YOU ARE ABLE)

NARRATOR:  And when they came to a place called Golgotha (which means Place of a Skull), they offered him wine to drink, mixed with gall; but when he tasted it, he would not drink it.  And when they had crucified him, they divided his clothes among themselves by casting lots; then they sat down there and kept watch over him.  Over his head they put the charge against him, which read,

NARRATOR:  This is Jesus, the King of the Jews.

NARRATOR:  Then two bandits were crucified with him, one on his right & one on his left. Those who passed by derided him, shaking their heads and saying,

PASSERSBY:  You who would destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself!

BYSTANDERS:  If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross.

NARRATOR:  In the same way the chief priests also, along with the scribes and elders, were mocking him, saying,

SCRIBE:  He saved others; he cannot save himself.

ELDER:  He is the King of Israel; let him come down from the cross now, and we will believe in him.

CAIAPHAS:  He trusts in God; let God deliver him now, if he wants to; for he said, “I am God’s Son.”

NARRATOR:  The bandits who were crucified with him also taunted him in the same way. 

NARRATOR:  From noon on, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon.  And about three o’clock Jesus cried with a loud voice,

JESUS:  Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?

NARRATOR:  that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”  When some of the bystanders heard it, they said,

BYSTANDERS:  This man is calling for Elijah.

NARRATOR:  At once one of them ran and got a sponge, filled it with sour wine, put it on a stick, and gave it to him to drink.  But the others said,

PASSERSBY:  Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to save him.

NARRATOR:  Then Jesus cried again with a loud voice and breathed his last.

(ALL KNEEL AS YOU ARE ABLE.)

NARRATOR:  At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.  The earth shook, and the rocks were split. The tombs also were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised.  After his resurrection they came out of the tombs and entered the holy city and appeared to many.  Now when the centurion and those with him, who were keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were terrified and said,

BYSTANDERS & PASSERSBY: Truly this man was God’s Son!

NARRATOR:  Many women were also there, looking on from a distance; they had followed Jesus from Galilee and had provided for him.  Among them were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of the sons of Zebedee.

NARRATOR:  When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who was also a disciple of Jesus.  He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus; then Pilate ordered it to be given to him.  So Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn in the rock.  He then rolled a great stone to the door of the tomb and went away.  Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were there, sitting opposite the tomb.  The next day, that is, after the day of Preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate and said,

CAIAPHAS:  Sir, we remember what that imposter said while he was still alive, “After three days I will rise again.”  Therefore command the tomb to be made secure until the third day; otherwise his disciples may go and steal him away, and tell the people, “He has been raised from the dead,” and the last deception would be worse than the first.

NARRATOR:  Pilate said to them,

PILATE:  You have a guard of soldiers; go, make it as secure as you can.

NARRATOR:  So they went with the guard and made the tomb secure by sealing the stone.

Depart in silence

Prayers for Holy Saturday

(from the Book of Common Prayer, p. 283)

We invite you, as you are able, to take some time on Holy Saturday, April 11, to read and pray:

The Collect of the Day
O God, Creator of heaven and earth: Grant that, as the crucified body of your dear Son was laid in the tomb and rested on this holy Sabbath, so we may await with him the coming of the third day, and rise with him to newness of life; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Job 14:1-14

Job said, “A mortal, born of woman, few of days and full of trouble,
comes up like a flower and withers, 
flees like a shadow and does not last. 

Do you fix your eyes on such a one?
Do you bring me into judgment with you? 

Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean?
No one can.

Since their days are determined,
and the number of their months is known to you,
and you have appointed the bounds that they cannot pass, 

look away from them, and desist,
that they may enjoy, like laborers, their days. 

“For there is hope for a tree,
if it is cut down, that it will sprout again,
and that its shoots will not cease. 

Though its root grows old in the earth,
and its stump dies in the ground, 

yet at the scent of water it will bud
and put forth branches like a young plant. 

But mortals die, and are laid low;
humans expire, and where are they? 

As waters fail from a lake,
and a river wastes away and dries up, 

so mortals lie down and do not rise again;
until the heavens are no more, they will not awake 
or be roused out of their sleep. 

Oh that you would hide me in Sheol,
that you would conceal me until your wrath is past, 
that you would appoint me a set time, and remember me! 

If mortals die, will they live again?
All the days of my service I would wait 
until my release should come.”

Psalm 31:1-4, 15-16

In te, Domine, speravi

1 In you, O Lord, have I taken refuge;
let me never be put to shame; *
deliver me in your righteousness.

2 Incline your ear to me; *
make haste to deliver me.

3 Be my strong rock, a castle to keep me safe,
for you are my crag and my stronghold; *
for the sake of your Name, lead me and guide me.

4 Take me out of the net that they have secretly set for me, *
for you are my tower of strength.

15 My times are in your hand; *
rescue me from the hand of my enemies,
and from those who persecute me.

16 Make your face to shine upon your servant, *
and in your loving-kindness save me.”

1 Peter 4:1-8

Since Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same intention (for whoever has suffered in the flesh has finished with sin), so as to live for the rest of your earthly life no longer by human desires but by the will of God. You have already spent enough time in doing what the Gentiles like to do, living in licentiousness, passions, drunkenness, revels, carousing, and lawless idolatry. They are surprised that you no longer join them in the same excesses of dissipation, and so they blaspheme. But they will have to give an accounting to him who stands ready to judge the living and the dead. For this is the reason the gospel was proclaimed even to the dead, so that, though they had been judged in the flesh as everyone is judged, they might live in the spirit as God does.

The end of all things is near; therefore be serious and discipline yourselves for the sake of your prayers. Above all, maintain constant love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins.

Matthew 27:57-66

When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who was also a disciple of Jesus. He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus; then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. So Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn in the rock. He then rolled a great stone to the door of the tomb and went away. Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were there, sitting opposite the tomb.

The next day, that is, after the day of Preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate and said, “Sir, we remember what that impostor said while he was still alive, `After three days I will rise again.’ Therefore command the tomb to be made secure until the third day; otherwise his disciples may go and steal him away, and tell the people, `He has been raised from the dead,’ and the last deception would be worse than the first.” Pilate said to them, “You have a guard of soldiers; go, make it as secure as you can.” So they went with the guard and made the tomb secure by sealing the stone.

An Anthem:
In the midst of life we are in death;
from whom can we seek help?
From you alone, O Lord,
who by our sins are justly angered.

Holy God, Holy and Mighty,
Holy and merciful Savior,
deliver us not into the bitterness of eternal death.

Lord, you know the secrets of our hearts;
shut not your ears to our prayers,
but spare us, O Lord.

Holy God, Holy and Mighty,
Holy and merciful Savior,
deliver us not into the bitterness of eternal death.

O worthy and eternal Judge,
do not let the pains of death
turn us away from you at our last hour.

Holy God, Holy and Mighty,
Holy and merciful Savior,
deliver us not into the bitterness of eternal death.

The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father in heaven,
    hallowed be your Name,
    your kingdom come,
    your will be done,
        on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
    as we forgive those
        who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial,
    and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
    and the glory are yours,
    now and for ever. Amen.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us now and evermore. Amen.

The Advocate Chapel Hosts … Pete Seeger Legacy Concert, Stories Beyond Boarders, and more!

And Friday, March 6, the Chapel will host Songs of Hope and Courage, Celebrating Pete Seeger’s Legacy, with Annie Patterson and Mary Witt. 7:30 – 9 PM.
See the flyer here!

Sunday, March 15: Third Sunday Shape Note Sing. 2 – 4 PM. The Chapel was made for this! All are welcome to come sing or listen! See more here.

Wednesday, March 18, The Episcopal Farmworker Ministry and the Advocate Chapel will host Stories Beyond Borders.

Stories Beyond Borders is an organizing initiative that uses documentary films to show a more complete picture of the attacks on immigrant families and communities. Beyond building empathy, these five short films lift up real stories of resilience and strength, while illustrating some of the ways people can give their time, energy, and resources to support organizing led by immigrant communities.

Saturday, April 4 (Holy Week eve): Workshop on Body Prayer led by Amanda Godwin. 10 AM – 2:30 PM. More information here!

Sankofa: African-American History on Wheels MLK weekend

Sunday, January 19 and Monday, January 20
Noon – 5:30 PM.
At the Rogers Road Community Center

101 Edgar Street, Chapel Hill.

This MLK weekend, The Church of the Advocate joins the Rogers-Eubanks Neighborhood Association, Community Center, the Marion Cheek Jackson Center, the Town of Carrboro, the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History, and the Chapel Hill-Carrboro NCAAP Branch 5689, in bringing the Sankofa African-American History on Wheels to our region.

From the flyer:
Angela Jennings established SANKOFA in 1995 to teach young African Americans about their unique and rich heritage. It has emerged as an informative and engaging mobil museum of African American history for all ages and races.

Spanning the period of 1860 to the present, Sankofa takes audiences on a journey through slavery, the era of King Cotton, and the uplifting days of Emancipation. It also tells the stories of such notables as Ida B. Wells, the Negro Baseball League, the Tuskegee Airmen, and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Ghanian term, Sankofa, tells us to “use the wisdom of the past to build the future.” This exhibit epitomizes the meaning of the term by educating, enlightening, and empower gin young and old alike with living history.

Plan to join others at the Roger Road Community Center this MLK weekend!

September @TheAdvocate!

September 4 House Dinner returns to the Advocate House!

September 8 We will return to our Sunday morning schedule


September 11 A new Wednesday schedule begins
5:15 PM Contemplative Prayer (note the new time!)
6 PM Holy Eucharist (note the new time!
7 PM An evening of fellowship and conversation. This week, the Reader’s Roundtable will beet to discuss The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse, by Louise Erdich. See more here.

September 15 Welcome, “Pounding” and blessing of the Johnson Service Corps cohort for 2019-2020

September 21 The Advocate’s Sweet Sixteen Party!
3 PM – 5 PM Kids activities to include face painting, fairy hair, giant bubbles, costumes and photos, while the adults gather to envision the future of the Advocate.
5 PM – 6ish Kids activities continue during cookout accompanied by music from The Dogwood Blossom Band
6 ish – 8ish Advocate Talent Show!!
8 PM -> Campfire and campout on the Advocate grounds

Also coming in September:
Episcopal 101
The Way of Love
Eating Together Faithfully


Hymn Sing Cookout and Water Play Sunday July 7

On these hot summer days, with the news cycle and its images challenging our psyches and our souls, we need a place to get back to our center, our foundation, our strength. Join us this Sunday, July 7 at the Advocate for liturgy, sacrament and SONG!


9 AM   Holy Eucharist, Rite Two from the Book of Common Prayer, with hymns from the 1982 Hymnal, with Nancy Trueblood at the piano. During the sermon time we will sing the old chestnuts, the tried and true. If you have a hymn you want us to be sure to sing, let me know! (vicar@TheAdvocateChurch.org)


5 PM  Holy Eucharist from Enriching Our Worship with hymns and songs of Peace and Justice, led by Jesse DeConto (of Durham Beer and Hymns fame). 
[Note: the NC Jazz Ensemble cancelled for this Sunday, so the Jazz Mass was cancelled, too]

6:30 PM   Cookout (beef and veggie, burger and dogs, provided) and a Potluck Side Dish and Dessert. As you are able, please bring a dish to share. The baptismal pools and sprinkler will be set up for water play too!.

All are welcome, all are encouraged to come!

The Season of The Advocate: Ascension – The Day of Pentecost

Wednesday, May 29 Ascension Eve
5:15 PM Contemplative Prayer
6 PM Holy Eucharist with Hymns for the Ascension of our Lord
7 PM House Dinner.

Sunday, June 2
9 AM Holy Eucharist with hymns and the Easter Troparian
10 AM Ascension lantern launch and Pee Wee Homes tour
11 AM Holy Eucharist with Hymns, Songs and the Easter Troparian
12:30 PM Lunch

Sunday, June 9 The Day of Pentecost
9 AM Holy Eucharist with hymns and the Easter Troparian
10 AM Beating of the Bounds
11 AM Eucharist with Hymns, Songs, the Easter Troparian
12:30 PM Festival Lunch

Here at The Church of the Advocate, instead of having a single feast day, we embrace a 10-day feast season — It starts with the Feast of the Ascension,
when Jesus ascends to God and, as recorded in First John,
there he serves there as our Advocate.
This year we will celebrate that ascension with an Ascension Eve Eucharist this Wednesday at 6 PM.
It is this Advocate Jesus, that we remember in our Advocate cross.

But there’s more. We then have a Sunday after the Ascension, which, this year, is next Sunday, June 2. And we will celebrate with a “beating of the bounds”. See more about that here.

Then comes the Day of Pentecost when we remember how the Holy Spirit descended and moved and breathed among those gathered in Jerusalem.
And moves and breathes among us still. This we will celebrate with a time of fellowship and a heavenward launching of lanterns and a festival potluck.

In all of this we remember the power and the presence of God among us as church, as people, created and beloved.