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In a time of increasing transition, we invite you to join us in celebrating life in communion with Christ and each other. Please come and be our guest at one of our worship services. God’s peace and blessings be upon you always.
Holy Week Services - 2015
Palm Sunday Service - March 29th, 8am and 10:30am
We start the morning with a festive procession, waving palms and shouting Hosanna, remembering Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem, His lampoon of the Imperial processions that Roman governors conducted. Then the laughter of the day subsides as the entirety of St. Matthew’s passion is proclaimed and we begin our journey towards Good Friday.
Palm Sunday - Sacred Music for Holy Week - March 29th, 5pm
Musicians from the Oregon Bach Collegium will present a program of sacred music for Holy Week. Texts for this meditative program include the Stabat Mater, the famous 13th century poem describing Mary's response to the crucifixion, and the Lamentations of Jeremiah that document his sorrow over the destruction of Jerusalem. The program features a powerfully expressive setting of the Stabat Mater by 17th century composer Giovanni Felice Sauces and François Couperin’s Leçons de Ténèbres from from 1714. Musicians include sopranos Heather Holmquest and Jan Nelson, with harpsichordist Margret Gries and Ann Shaffer, voila da gamba.
Agape Feast - Maundy Thursday - April 2nd
(Agape Feast starts at 6:30pm, followed by the Stripping of the Altar and Night Watch).
Maundy Thursday is our remembrance of The Last Supper. The word comes from the Latin “to mandate” or “to command” from St. John’s telling of the foot washing story. At Resurrection we gather for a simple Mediterranean meal as Jesus and His friends may have. We celebrate Holy Eucharist at a common table in remembrance of not only the Last Supper, but of Eucharistic celebrations of the early church. Then we move upstairs to the sanctuary for ritual foot washing and the stripping of the altar in preparation for the bleak austerity of Good Friday. An all night vigil, the Night Watch, is held in the sanctuary. Children will eat together in their own celebration.
Good Friday - April 3rd, 9am and 6pm
Good Friday is the day we remember the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ. At 6pm we remember the Passion (suffering) of Christ as we meditate on the haunting Stations of the Cross hung in the labyrinth. At 7:00 we process inside for the Solemn Liturgy of Good Friday. Please come at 6 or 7.
Holy Saturday Retreat - April 4th, 10am - 1pm
Coming between the Cross and the Resurrection, Holy Saturday is an invitation to linger in this in-between time. Join facilitator Jenni Kiffmeyer for a morning of quiet reflection in which we will have a chance to respond creatively to the uncertainty, disappointment and pain of Good Friday and to remember God's steadfast love for us and the many ways the Holy One's promise has been reveled to us in the life of Jesus, through the stores of God's people, and in our own lives.
Participants are encouraged to bring their own Bibles, something to write with as well as any favorite art supplies, knitting, or special reading material for contemplation. Lunch will be provided.
A donation of $10 - $20 to cover costs and support our Home Starter Kit program is suggested. Please RSVP to the church office 541-686-8462 by Maundy Thursday (April 2nd).
The Great Vigil of Easter - Holy Saturday - April 4th at Sundown (8:12pm)
NOTE: there will NOT be a High Mass at 5:30pm; the Vigil will be in High Mass format.
If you come to church one time this year, come to the Vigil!
Holy Saturday is the darkest day of the Christian year. It is when we remember the extinguishing of the life of Jesus Christ and His descent to the dead before His rising in glory.
But mimicking nature, it is darkest before the dawn, for the great fast of Lent is broken at sundown (8:12) with the Great Vigil of Easter. The mystery of the light of Christ is rekindled in a fire outside the sanctuary, and is carried back into the church where the Exultet, the most wondrous of prayers is sung and Easter is proclaimed. This is a traditional time for Baptisms, of which we will have several this year.
This Mass will be celebrated in our High Mass format, including the light use of incense.
Easter - Sunday - April 5th at 8 and 10:30am
The Feast of the Resurrection of Our Lord
The Resurrection of Our Lord and Savior is celebrated with great pomp and circumstance on Easter Morning. 8:00 is our regular Rite I Mass. It is peaceful and quietly joyful. At 10:30, all the stops come out. The music will be fantastic and hats and gloves are welcome as we join together in remembering that our Savior entered into death and rose again that we may all be saved from the oblivion of the pit. We follow Mass with a festive potluck lunch, and children are invited to join in an Easter Egg hunt, paying homage to the deep remembrance of fertility and new life that the Spring has always conjured in humans.
We have a beautiful labyrinth on our grounds and memorial pavilion with benches. All are invited at any time to enjoy these prayerful places.
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