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 February, 2018

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.”

Holy Week and Easter Sunday Schedule

Thursday, March 29 Maundy Thursday
6:00 pm: Agape and Footwashing
7:00 pm: Maundy Thursday Liturgy and Stripping of Altar
Friday, March 30 Good Friday
Noon: Good Friday Liturgy and Holy Communion
from Reserve Sacrament
7:00 pm: Good Friday Liturgy and Gathering at the Cross
Saturday, March 31 Holy Saturday-Easter Eve
7:30 pm: The Great Vigil of Easter with Holy Baptism, Rite II
Sunday, April 1 Easter Morning
7:30 am: Holy Eucharist, Rite I
9:00 am: Holy Eucharist, Rite II and Flowering of the Cross
11:00 am: Holy Eucharist, Rite II, Cambridge Adult Choir,
Instrumental Ensemble

Collect for Transfiguration Sunday

O God, who before the passion of your only-begotten Son revealed his glory upon the holy mountain: Grant to us that we, beholding by faith the light of his countenance, may be strengthened to bear our cross, and be changed into his likeness from glory to glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Inquirers’ Class/Confirmation Class Begins Sunday, Feb. 18

Calvary will be offering an Inquirers Class, beginning Sunday, February 18th.
The class will be offered from Noon until 1:00 p.m., each Sunday in the season of Lent.
The class will cover the basics of the Episcopal way of following Jesus, and will double as a confirmation class, to prepare people to be confirmed later this spring, if they choose to be confirmed.
The class is open to adults, and teens over the age of 16.
Please email Fr. Knute if you have questions.
We encourage you to attend if you are new to Calvary, or if you seek to be confirmed, or if you simply want a refresher course.