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
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10:00 a.m.                A liturgy for The Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday
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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
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7 PM  “Virtual House Dinner”
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April 7                         Tuesday in Holy Week            
5:30 PM
  Evening Prayer
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April 8                         Wednesday in Holy Week      
5:30 PM
  Evening Prayer
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6:00 – 7:00 p.m.  Contemplative Prayer
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April 9                       Maundy Thursday
6:30 PM  A Liturgy for Maundy Thursday
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            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
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            As you are able, please have at hand :
The veiled cross from Thursday evening
A candle and lighter

April 11                    Holy Saturday
10 AM
    A Liturgy for Holy Saturday
To join the Zoom, contact TheAdvocateChurch@gmail.com
            As you are able, please have at hand :
                    The veiled cross from Thursday evening.

April 11     8 PM          The Great Vigil of Easter!
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

April 12      Easter Day!                  Let’s Dance!

Lent at the Advocate

I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word. from the Book of Common Prayer Ash Wednesday liturgy.

 

Sundays in Lent

For the Season of Lent, we will have more silence in worship and we invite you to consider taking off your shoes when you enter the Chapel, as a way to acknowledge that you have entered a sacred space and time. If you wish to kneel, we invite you to bring a pillow from home, or to kneel on the floor. The liturgy each Sunday will begin with a penitential rite.

For the weekly schedule on Sundays and Wednesdays, visit TheAdvocateChurch.org

 

Ash Wednesday, February 26.
12 Noon     Holy Eucharist with the Imposition of Ashes
6 PM          Holy Eucharist with the Imposition of Ashes and Hymns

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!

In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, all church activities will be cancelled through Saturday, March 28. The Advocate Chapel will remain open for individual prayer and meditation daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

Saturday, April 4,Amanda Godwin will lead a Body Prayer workshop in the Chapel 10 AM – 2:30 PM.See the flyer attached and online here.

Stations of the Cross Around the Advocate Pond
This 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.  See more here.

Other Notes for Lent
The Rite of the Reconciliation of the Penitent (Confession)
Lent is a good season to engage in the Rite of Reconciliation of a Penitent – otherwise known as “making confession”. This simple yet powerful rite is in the Book of Common Prayer (pp. 447-452) and is required of none, recommended for some, and beneficial for all. It helps us to examine our lives, relieve the burdens of our souls, and prepare the way for the joy of Easter. It is private; it is confidential. The clergy of the Advocate are available to offer the Rite of Reconciliation, or to recommend other priests to you.

 

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!

Teachable Moments in Epiphany

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.