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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May we suggest a movie?

 

I went and saw the movie Hidden Figures this past Monday evening.  I found it powerful and moving.  Not because it was subtle: it wasn’t.  Its power came from the way it helped me relive some of my own history, and the history of our country, in a new way.  It helped me see things differently.

Given the fact that we follow One who was continually calling us to “see”, and who spent much time “opening the eyes of the blind”, I think Hidden Figures is a gem all of us might appreciate.

The movie won’t be in theaters much longer, so, if you want to go, go soon.  Children will appreciate it as much as adults.

Calvary is planning on holding a discussion of the movie for those who have seen it, and would like a chance to talk about it.  Stay tuned for more information!

Blessings.

Fr. Knute

Psalm 15, and the Way of Trust

Many of our recent Scripture lessons have reminded us that God’s ways frequently differ from the ways of those who do not trust in God, or God’s provision.  St. Paul tells us that Christian preaching often seems foolishness to unbelievers, but nevertheless reveals both the wisdom, and the power of God.  If the Season of Epiphany is meant to remind us that God’s wisdom helps banish the world’s darkness, then Psalm 15 can be seen as a practical manual for applying God’s wisdom to our daily lives.

Imagine how the world would be different if everyone alive took the teaching of Psalm 15 to heart.  Certainly, you and I who have trusted our lives to Jesus should take it to heart, if we seek to claim the abundant life Jesus offers (John 10.10).  Psalm 15 tells us how the Christian believer will act:
She will walk blamelessly;
He will speak truth;
He will not gossip or slander;
She will not offer or take bribes;
She will do right;
He will keep his word;
We will do no evil.

All of us together will be righteous in God’s eyes, because we choose the way of the Cross.

 

Annual Meeting Sunday, January 29

Calvary parish will hold its annual meeting from 9:00-10:15 a.m. on Sunday, January 29.  At the meeting, we will hear reports from parish leaders, elect our new Vestry class and representatives to diocesan convention, and dream together about our future.

Bagels and coffee will be provided.  There will be activities for children, so parents can attend.  All are welcome to attend, but only members of Calvary may vote in the elections.  Come learn about the ministries of Calvary Episcopal Church!

A Prayer for Our Country

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone,  for kings and all who are in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity.  This is right and is acceptable in the sight of God our Savior,who desires everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

1Timothy 2:1-4

 

These words, written long ago, remain helpful still today.  At a time when newly elected leaders are being inaugurated across our nation, it is good to remember that Scripture enjoins us to pray for them all.  We do this because we believe God remains sovereign, and works all things together for the good of those who love God, and are called according to God’s purpose (Romans 8).  We invite you to join us in prayer.

 

O Lord our Governor, bless the leaders of our land, that we
may be a people at peace among ourselves and a blessing to
other nations of the earth.
Lord, keep this nation under your care.

To the President and members of the Cabinet, to Governors
of States, Mayors of Cities, and to all in administrative
authority, grant wisdom and grace in the exercise of their
duties.
Give grace to your servants, O Lord.

To Senators and Representatives, and those who make our
laws in States, Cities, and Towns, give courage, wisdom, and
foresight to provide for the needs of all our people, and to
fulfill our obligations in the community of nations.
Give grace to your servants, O Lord.

To the Judges and officers of our Courts give understanding
and integrity, that human rights may be safeguarded and
justice served.
Give grace to your servants, O Lord.

And finally, teach our people to rely on your strength and to
accept their responsibilities to their fellow citizens, that they
may elect trustworthy leaders and make wise decisions for
the well-being of our society; that we may serve you
faithfully in our generation and honor your holy Name.
For yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as
head above all. Amen.

 

Pastor Cathy’s last Sunday Rescheduled to January 22

Because of the possibility of icy roads, we have rescheduled Pastor Cathy’s celebration of ministry, and sendoff to her new parish to Sunday, January 22nd. Please join us for worship at any of our three Eucharist services that morning: 8:00, 9:00, or 10:30am so that we may gather together with Pastor Cathy one last time around Word and Sacrament.

Everyone is invited to attend the Farewell Party and Send-off for Pastor Cathy after worship, at 12 noon in the parish hall.

Lunch will consist of baked ham provided by the church with side dishes and dessert provided by you. Those with the last name initials A-G should bring your best vegetable side dish or a salad; initials H-O please bring potato or past side dish; and those with initials P-Z should bring a dessert.

Please join us for this special Sunday!

The Baptism of Jesus, Sunday, January 8



This coming Sunday, the first Sunday in the liturgical season of Epiphany, commemorates the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan.  It is traditional on this Sunday for Christians to renew their baptismal vows, and we will renew ours at Calvary.
 
When Jesus was baptized by John in the Jordan, the heavens opened, and Jesus experienced the Holy Spirit descending upon him, as a dove.
 
The sacrament of Holy Baptism is the solemn covenant we enter into with God, to claim God’s promise of new life in Christ Jesus.  Baptism makes us heirs in Christ of eternal life, and the gift of the Holy Spirit empowers us to live with new power and purpose.
 
Baptism is important!  Jesus’ last words to his followers were, “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Collect for the Epiphany of Our Lord, January 6

O God, by the leading of a star you manifested your only Son to the Peoples of the earth: Lead us, who know you now by faith, to your presence, where we may see your glory face to face; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

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Our Christmas worship schedule will be as follows:

Saturday, December 24, Christmas Eve:

4:00 pm: Children’s Pageant Worship Service with birthday party for Jesus after

7:00 pm: Holy Eucharist, Rite 2, and Family Worship Service

10:30 pm: Christmas choral prelude by Cambridge Choir

11:00 pm: Holy Eucharist, Rite 2, and Cambridge Choir

Sunday, December 25, Christmas Day:

10:30 am: Christ-Mass Holy Eucharist, Rite 2

(The Christmas morning service at 10:30 will be the only service on Sunday, December 25.)

 

 

 

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God is With Us

 

Immanuel.  Hebrew names often had meaning.  The name Immanuel is formed of three shorter Hebrew words, run together: imma; nu; el.  “With”; “us”; “God”.  God with us.  Immanuel.  Sometimes translated into English as Emanuel.

The name was given originally in a prophecy by the great Hebrew prophet, Isaiah.  Isaiah gave the prophecy to King Ahaz.  The prophecy was meant to help strengthen Ahaz’s weak faith.

The writer of Matthew’s Gospel saw the name Immanuel as a prophecy of Jesus, delivered centuries before the birth of Christ.  According to Matthew, the birth of Jesus was part of a grand divine plan.

It is interesting how the writers of the New Testament believed that God had been working for centuries to prepare for the birth of Jesus.  They were convinced that God is constantly at work in the world around us, and can be revealed and known in the warp and woof of daily life.

The idea that the Messiah wants to be known as Immanuel suggests that God seeks to be part of our daily existence, in a very personal way.  God with us.  To help us.  Guide us.  Heal us.  Save us.

It’s a wonderful thought.  O come, o come, Immanuel.

Advent, a Time to Reflect

 

The Season of Advent reminds us of two crucial reference points: the first advent, or coming, of Jesus, as a child in Bethlehem; and the second advent of Jesus, on the clouds, in the future.  But it also focuses on life between these poles–the here and now, which we are called to live in light of Christ’s first advent, and in the hope of his second.

As we live thankfully, and expectantly, between these poles, St. Paul tells us we should look to the Scriptures, which are intended to help sustain our faith: “Whatever was written…was written for our instruction, so that by steadfastness and by the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.”

One of the challenges for faithful Christians has always been to look beyond the present.  To quote St. Paul, again: “We look, not to what can be seen, but to what is unseen.  For what is seen passes away.  The unseen is eternal.”

The genius of the Bible is to reveal how, over the course of a long history, God has been ever at work in the warp and woof of human life, among all the “changes and chances of mortal life”.  When we are enabled to look below the surface, more deeply, we find that God is still at work today.  Part of the purpose of prayer and Bible reading is to help us discern how. 

Courage!  We have it on high authority:
Faith, hope, and love abide, these three. 
The greatest of these is love.