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 March, 2018

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.