Schedule of Services:
8:00 a.m. Sunday, Holy Eucharist, Rite I
9:00 a.m. Sunday, The Rite Place Liturgy (Contemporary Eucharist in the Chapel)
10:30 a.m. Sunday, Holy Eucharist, Rite II
5:00 p.m. Sundays in Lent, "Dinner Church" Eucharist in Parish Hall
5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Holy Eucharist and Healing

Small Groups & Studies

Sundays, 9:15 a.m. Adult Forum
Tuesdays 8:30 a.m. Bible Study
Second Tuesdays 7:00 p.m. Theology on Tap
First Wednesdays 6:15 p.m. Calvary Dreams dinner discussion
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Archive for 2018

Preside Bishop’s Sermon Resounds And Resonates

 

Presiding Bishop Curry’s Royal Wedding sermon continues to resound around the world. The sermon has been published in full by the New York Times (click here), and thought-provoking editorials have appeared in various places: click here and here. What do you think about Michael Curry’s emphasis on the transforming love of Jesus Christ? Are you prepared to recommend Calvary to friends, as part of the branch of the Christian Church that Bishop Curry helps lead?

Presiding Bishop Curry’s Royal Wedding sermon continues to resound around the world. The sermon has been published in full by the New York Times (click here), and thought-provoking editorials have appeared in various places: click here and here. What do you think about Michael Curry’s emphasis on the transforming love of Jesus Christ? And, are you prepared to recommend Calvary to friends, as part of the branch of the Christian Church that Bishop Curry helps lead?

An Outreach Focus

Calvary parish has a strong tradition of outreach to our local community, and around the world.  Our annual bazaar helps support a number of local charities; we also are quite engaged in various ministries to feed the hungry, and house the homeless.  Recent overseas outreach has focused on helping to rebuild Puerto Rico’s electrical infrastructure using solar panels.  We heard a presentation on this project on Sunday, April 14.  Calvary members helped support the project by donating funds for solar panels as part of our annual Advent Giving Tree leading up to Christmas last year.

Pentecost is Coming! Sunday, May 20th

Pentecost celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit to guide and empower Christ’s disciples.  It commemorates the birthday of the Church.  Come join us for worship on this festive Sunday.  And, if you’d like, wear red to symbolize the fire of the Spirit’s love.

Collect for Pentecost

O God, who on this day taught the hearts of your faithful people by sending to them the light of your Holy Spirit: Grant us by the same Spirit to have a right judgment in all things, and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Walk the Labyrinth Wednesday Afternoons

Calvary’s labyrinth is available for walking upstairs in the parish hall on Wednesday afternoons, starting at 4:30 p.m.  Materials are available to help guide you in using the labyrinth.
A labyrinth is an enclosed path having only one route that winds in towards a center point where it makes a decisive turn to wander out again. It represents the journey of life, providing a symbolic way to travel in the meanderings of our faith. Deacon Janet is Calvary’s main labyrinth guide, and can assist you with questions you may have about walking the labyrinth.

Solar Panels for Puerto Rico Presentation April 15

Remember donating to Solar Panels for Puerto Rico through the Advent Giving Tree? On Sunday, April 15, in the Chapel during the Sunday School time, we will see what our funds accomplished. There will be a presentation for all ages on how the solar panels made a difference for our friends in Puerto Rico. Make plans to attend! 

Good Friday

     The first followers of Jesus believed that, in Jesus, God had fulfilled the promises of the prophets, and the hopes of the ages, by sending a Messiah. But, as they watched Jesus dying on the Cross, they were very puzzled. What could God be doing?  After the Resurrection the believers came to feel that, on the Cross, Jesus had made an offering. An offering of himself, on their behalf.
     As the Church grew, the Apostles understood that Christ’s sacrifice was meant to atone, ultimately, for the sins of the whole world. The Letter to the Hebrews helps explain that Jesus’ death on the Cross was an atoning sacrifice that avails for everyone, everywhere, for all time. Our Prayer Book reflects this understanding when it says, “He made there a full, perfect, and sufficient sacrifice, oblation, and satisfaction for the sins of the whole world.”
     Without Good Friday, Easter has no real meaning. Sin is pervasive, and corrupts every human endeavor. We can ignore or discount it, but we can’t escape its effects. Sin is responsible for much of the evil that we deplore in the daily news. To save us from it, God needed to deal with it.
     Jesus died to set us free. But that was not the end. The Resurrection proves that he prevailed. Just as God buried sin in the grave with Jesus, and raised him to new life, so we too are buried with Christ in baptism, and raised to newness of life.
     The Christian life is a new life, freed from the bondage of our past. Our sin was nailed with Christ to the Cross. On Good Friday, the hope of Easter really began.

Collect for Easter Season

O God, who for our redemption gave your only-begotten Son to the death of the cross, and by his glorious resurrection delivered us from the power of our enemy: Grant us so to die daily to sin, that we may evermore live with him in the joy of his resurrection; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

 

Beginning a Holy Lent

Almighty and everlasting God, you hate nothing you have made and forgive the sins of all who are penitent: Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness, may obtain of you, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

     At Calvary, we normally read the Ten Commandments on the Second Sunday of Lent, and this coming Sunday (March 4) the Ten Commandments are also assigned as our Old Testament lesson.
     Ever since the time of St. Paul, there has been confusion among Christians about the continuing value of the Ten Commandments. Jesus clearly affirmed the Ten Commandments, and suggested that striving to follow them helped set people on the path to eternal life (Matthew 19:17). Paul, by contrast, usually emphasized the importance of grace: because of our human weakness and frailty, and our frank failure to keep God’s laws (Romans 3:10-12), all of us need to rely on God’s mercy and forgiveness, revealed most clearly in the Cross of Jesus (Romans 3:21-25).
     It’s best to think of what the New Testament says about the “law” as a paradox: we are not saved by keeping God’s law, but salvation by God’s grace does not absolve us from needing to try. God gave the law as a guide for living and building a healthy society. That is why some church school teachers call the Ten Commandments “God’s Ten Best Ways to Live.”
     We live in an interesting time: not only is there pressure not to display or talk about the Ten Commandments in America today: some people go so far as to suggest the commandments are burdensome, and oppressive.
     What do you think? How many social ills we decry today might decrease if people willingly believed that God is watching us, and is deeply invested in having us try to follow the Ten Commandments?
     Of course, you and I can’t force people to believe, and we shouldn’t try. But we can invite people to believe–especially people we love and care about. Inviting people to believe has been part of the task of faithful disciples ever since Jesus gave the Great Commission in Matthew 28: “Go and make disciples of all the nations, teaching them to observe all I have taught you…..And lo, I will be with you, even to the end of the age.”