New Eucharistic Prayer and Leaflet at 10 AM
The Easter Season (or “Eastertide) begins on Easter Sunday (April 21st this year) and ends seven weeks later on Pentecost (June 9th.) During Eastertide the Paschal Candle is lit for all services, we do not say the Confession, and we say a lot of Alleluias. On Pentecost we celebrate the Holy Spirit coming as tongues of flame to the Disciples. It is a traditional day for Baptisms, and this year it coincides with the Parish Picnic, so it will be especially festive.
During Easter Season, we are using a Eucharistic Prayer from Enriching Our Worship 1 (“EOW”) (1998). EOW provides official (i.e., approved by General Convention) supplemental liturgical texts for the Rite II services in the Book of Common Prayer ("BCP" (1979). One of the guiding principles of EOW is to use only non-gendered language for God. It also incorporates other developments in theology.
After Pentecost, we’ll use one of the Eucharistic Prayers in the BCP, which provides two Eucharistic Prayers for Rite I and four for Rite II, and two Post Communion prayers for Rite II. (On Easter Sunday, we used Eucharistic Prayer D from the BCP, the least used.)
The entire 10 am service is now in one leaflet, with the exception of the hymns. This was done to make the service more user-friendly, especially for newcomers and guests. Many churches do this for the Rite II service. I have learned that if a parish wants to welcome newcomers, then the service leaflet needs to be read from the perspective of someone who has never attended a church service before. Having some of the service in the BCP (where the service does not follow consecutive page numbers), some in an insert, some in a leaflet, and then having to find the service music (music marked with an “S”) in time to sing it – can be confusing, and distracts from the experience of worship.
The Newcomers Committee suggested this as a way to be more welcoming, and the clergy had been thinking of doing this, so the timing worked, especially with the new Eucharistic Prayer.
I appreciate the concern about using more paper, and every church who does a full-service leaflet wrestles with this. We use 1 to 2 more sheets per leaflet. On balance, we have decreased the number of leaflets printed to more accurately reflect how many are used; we have few snail mail communications and are hoping to have fewer. (Sharing leaflets is a way to save paper, but this idea usually goes over like a lead balloon.)
One Service at 9:00 AM This Summer
During the summer, we will have one Sunday service at 9 am. This is something that many churches of our size have been doing for years. Fewer people come to church in the summer, so there are plenty of seats, and people are more likely to come to an early service so they can go out and have summer fun. It also results in an opportunity for people who always attend either the 8 or 10 am service to meet parishioners who attend the other service. (We’ll be doing this July 7 – September 1.)
As always, I encourage you to be open to trying something new. Nothing is set in stone. Part of the role of the Interim is to do things differently so that when the Rector arrives, s/he will have options because the parish will have tried things more than one way.
Easter was glorious!
"This is really embarrassing... we have met many times ... but I cannot remember your name!"
Have you ever been at Coffee Hour and had a good and interesting conversation with someone you have met before ... and while you were enjoying the conversation you were also praying that no one would come up to say hello because "I cannot remember this person's name ". Or you are a newcomer and cannot possibly remember the names or all the people you have met for a few moments each ... and chances are they don't remember yours either. These moments happen to everyone.
There is an answer: NAME TAGS!!!
Many people (included yours truly) have said over and again that we need name tags. I know it was done in the past here and it didn't work perfectly ... I know people don't always put them on or put them back in the right place before leaving ... I know some prefer pins and others magnets and others strings ... I also know that using Name Tags is still a good thing for a parish to do - especially if we want to be warm and welcoming.
SO ... VOLUNTEERS are needed to get this going. Once the system is in place, then we need one volunteer a week to keep it going. Please contact the Parish Office or contact me directly. (And please tell me your name!)
On May 6th, Lamb Studios removed one of our stained windows for restoration. It is the window depicting an angel carrying a stem of lilies and likely refers to Gabriel at the Annunciation to the Virgin. It is in the first bay on the left at the front of the nave as you face the altar. A sheet of plywood will replace the window during the restoration process which will take a month to six weeks.
This is part of our ongoing restoration of the stained glass windows which began in 1992 and will likely continue for another ten years. The windows were installed between 1895 and 1930. As you have probably noticed, the windows do not have a unified theme or style. They are a combination of traditional medieval style windows and American Renaissance Art glass (e.g. Tiffany, La Farge and Lamb Studios).
The complete restoration of the window includes replacing lead cames (the lead pieces that hold the glass together); taking apart layers of glass after paper rubbings are made of each layer; cleaning the glass and reassembling the window with new cames; and soldering the lead joints. Once restored, the windows should be stable for another 75 - 100 years.
If you have any questions, please contact Carla Berry.
On Sunday, May 5th, the Junior Choir sang for the last time this school year. As is traditional, Dr. Paul-Martin Maki gave each chorister a medal from the Royal School of Church Music with the color ribbon appropriate to the number of years in the Choir. What is not traditional is what happened next. The Choristers presented Dr. Maki with a medal which they had made. The medal was given in thanksgiving for Dr. Maki's continued leadership and direction of the Choir.
I had forgotten how much fun it is to be “teaching” Sunday School!
by Barbara Gessler
I’m putting the teaching in quotes, since I’m better at being a teacher’s aid. Our kids are now 23 and 19, and it had been quite a while since Paul and I had been in the classroom. While I enjoy Rev. G’s sermons very much, it is a nice change to experience church through the eyes of children once a month. Their perceptions are surprisingly insightful, and their wiggles and giggles bring back fond memories. Paul found it easy to slip back into the routine of teaching, and if you are like me and prefer to be a helper, that’s fine too. In addition it is a wonderful way to meet new families. If you want to give it a try, please contact Mother Alissa. There is also an online sign up, which I found easy to use: click here to check it out!
At last year's ECW Fall dinner, Eliza McCurdy spoke about her experiences working in the criminal justice system on Rikers Island. A short documentary (in which Eliza, among others, is interviewed) will be airing on PBS Channel 13 on Monday, May 20 at 6pm. The piece is called "AFTER RIKERS: Justice by Design" and will be followed by a discussion with several experts. This program is a part of ‘Justice Week’ – a series of programs devoted to issues including women and incarceration, how to safely reduce the number of people held in City jails, how to provide treatment for incarcerated people with mental illness, and how Rikers Island could be used in the future as a site for City infrastructure projects. Check your local listings for additional information about Justice Week.