Sunday, March 20, 2016
Sunday of the Passion of Christ
In place of a sermon this morning, we will have a dramatic reading of the Passion according to Luke, offered by Members of the Congregation. The service will begin on the parish hall porch with The Liturgy of the Palms and a procession into the church.
PresidingToday is The Rev. Este Gardner Cantor
The texts this week are in a separatement download.
Please pray for: Susan Bergmans, Cynthia Morse, Carol White, Jenny Moss, Raphael Sanchez Casa, friend of Rev. Susan Mills, Katherine Gray Hawes, grandmother of Nicolas and Carlos Fernandez, and we pray for the soul of Jeff Robbert.
This quarter’s thank offering recipient is Urban Adama, a local garden cooperative.
SUNDAY MARCH 20, 2016
JEFF ROBBERT, long time member of Good Shepherd and a lamb of Christ’s redeeming, passed away on Wednesday night, March 16, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. Our vicar Este was with him three hours before, and administered last rites and anointed his forehead and hands with holy oil. Jeff will be missed by many. The memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 2, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. in the church, with a potluc reception following. May Jeff rest in peace and rise in glory.
During the season of Lent it is traditional for those wishing to lift a burden from their conscience to participate in the Rite of Reconciliation, found in the Book of Common Prayer. This is an opportunity to reconcile with God by sharing with a priest those secrets that weigh us down. As we say in our Lenten prayer, from psalm 51, “God, create in me a clean heart, and renew a right spirit within me.” Contact Este if you would like to participate in the Rite of Reconciliation during Lent.
TODAY after the service, The Rev. Susan Mills will offer a class about The Book of Common Prayer. If you have a prayer book, please bring it.
COFFEE HOUR HOSTS NEEDED for the Third Sunday of the Month. If you are available to set up coffee hour, or clean up after, please speak to Teddy Knight. The training is easy and it’s one Sunday a month.
As our vicar works Saturdays and Sundays, she attempts to take her weekend on Monday and Tuesday. You can help her do this by not emailing or calling on those days EXCEPT OF COURSE in an emergency.
HOLY WEEK AND EASTER AT GOOD SHEPHERD
Sunday March 20, 11:00am: Palm Sunday. We will begin the liturgy with a procession from the parish hall to the church, bearing palms, followed by a dramatic reading of the Passion of Christ.
Wednesday March 23, 7:00pm: Tenebrae. This service is a beautiful candle-lit summoning of the darkness, with chanted psalms, as we head deeper into Holy Week.
Thursday March 24: Maundy Thursday, 7:00pm: A reenactment of the Last Supper. We reenact Jesus’ mandate to love one another with the tradition of washing each other’s feet.
Friday March 25, 12:00 noon. Good Friday. A meditation on the crucifixion.
Saturday March 26: Holy Saturday: We hold no services on Holy Saturday, but other Episcopal churches will welcome you if you wish to experience an Easter Vigil.
Sunday March 27, 11:00am: Easter! A joyous celebration of the resurrection!
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND UPCOMING EVENTS
NEXT SUNDAY IS EASTER DAY! We invite you to help with our annual egg hunt by bringing plastic eggs that can be filled with treats, and/or treats to put in the eggs. Even better, bring them filled and ready to go! We’ll need some “bunnies” to help us hide the eggs during the service – please let Este or Ellen know if you can help. And please, invite your family, friends and neighbors to our festive Easter celebration! Children are especially welcome!
Meditation classes with Dr. Ernest Isaacs will continue March 21, 2016, April 18, 2016, and May 16, 2016. It will be more of a meditation group and not just a class for beginning meditators, although beginners are welcome and Dr. Isaacs will give instructions as needed. He will start another beginning six week class, where Dr. Isaacs go over the basic teachings of the practice, probably in June.
WOMEN’S SPIRITUALITY GROUP: An invitation from our vicar, Este: For those of you interested in the women’s spirituality group, we are going to wait until after Easter to begin, and it seems that more people will be able to make it on Thursday nights. The first class will be Thursday April 7 at 7:00 in the sacristy. We will try this night of the week and see how it works. We will begin with contemplative prayer, followed by Lectio Divina, and we may evolve in different directions as time goes on. Blessings, Este+
ECO-CONFIRMATION, April 23, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at Lone Tree Point, in Rodeo, California. This spring’s eco-confirmation will be held at Lone Tree Point above the beach in Rodeo, north of Berkeley on San Pablo Bay. A beautiful little park with a hill overlooking the bay, a small stretch of beach, “The Beach” has been used by the townspeople of Rodeo for recreation for generations and it has been resurrected from the ravages of local industry thanks to local activists. All are welcome to attend.
WEDNESDAY NOON PRAYER AND LAYING ON OF HANDS. The service begins at noon in the church and uses the noon prayer service from the New Zealand Prayer Book. Meditation and laying on of hands for healing are also offered.
BRINGING THE EUCHARIST TO OUR NEIGHBORS. Join us as we bring the Eucharist to Strawberry Creek Lodge at 2:00 p.m. on the third Sunday of the month. The Rev. Teddy Knight, Tom Slocumb and The Rev. Susan Bergmans will officiate at an ecumenical service based on the BCP “Communion Under Special Circumstances.” Bread and wine will be consecrated at our table at the 11:00 a.m. service, and the ministers will be commissioned to bring the sacraments. The Strawberry Creek Lodge is located at 1320 Addison near Acton in Berkeley.
VIRTUAL EVENING PRAYER on Sunday evenings at 5:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. Please join Ellen wherever you are at five o’clock on Sunday evenings to pray for our community, our nation, our world, and to end hunger and poverty, to have our voices heard by our legislators and leaders. Use The Lord’s Prayer, The Magnificat, the Trisagion, St. Patrick’s Breastplate, The prayers of Julian of Norwich, or whatever prayers move you to speak with God and creation.