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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Parish News

Regarding Worship at Calvary and The Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic

SUNDAYS: LITURGY OF THE WORD

Following the guidance of our bishop and bishop-elect, our online Sunday services of Rite I (no music) and Rite II (with music) will now be the ante-Communion (everything that happens before Holy Communion). The first part of the service will be the same as on Sundays. After the peace and the Offertory anthem (Rite II), we will say the Lord’s Prayer, bless, and dismiss. We will continue to videotape our service on YouTube. Click HERE to view our services (past and present).

WEDNESDAYS: EVENING PRAYER, 7:00 pm

Join us every Wednesday evening at 7:00 for Evening Prayer by Zoom. The next online gathering will be April 1. The meeting ID is: 790 770 484

MONDAY – FRIDAY COMPLINE WITH THE INTERIM RECTOR, 8:00 pm

On weekday evenings our Interim Rector will lead a service of Compline by Zoom.

Keep watch for the update on our Holy Week services. Planning is underway!

Below see the Collect from the feast of Dame Julian of Norwich who survived the Black Plague. Her story is inspiring for us today.

Collect for Julian’s feast day (May 8):  

Lord God, who in your compassion granted to the Lady Julian many revelations of your nurturing and sustaining love: Move our hearts, like hers, to seek you above all things, for in giving us yourself you give us all; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Peace and blessings! Valori+

This icon was written by Anne Davidson, iconographer,  Dioceses of Western Michigan, and commissioned by St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, as a gift for my ordination.

Devotionals and Formation Resources for Individuals and Families

FOR WORSHIP:

Book of Common Prayer: https://www.bcponline.org/

1982 Hymnal – Episcopal (membership is free): https://hymnary.org/

Praying the Daily Offices (Morning, Noonday, Evening Prayer and Compline): https://www.missionstclare.com/

Readings for the Daily Offices and Sunday Eucharist: http://satucket.com/lectionary/

Online NRSV Bible with study tools: https://www.biblestudytools.com/nrs/

PERSONAL – FAMILY DEVOTIONS:

Forward Day by Day daily meditation: https://prayer.forwardmovement.org/

Bible Reading with Lectio Divina, a method of encountering Scripture which is great for families, individuals, and small groups meeting virtually: https://buildfaith.org/household-bible-reading-with-lectio-divina/

D365 daily devotional: “the devotional experience, written especially for youth and young adults, seeks to provide reflections on themes that impact our faith journey.” https://d365.org/

CHRISTIAN FORMATION FOR FAMILIES, YOUTH, & CHILDREN:

Faith @ Home, a weekly formation resource, is offering daily lectionary-based reflections and activities for families, delivered via email. Each day’s Scripture reading is accompanied by activities to lead us in the practices of watch, listen, read, do, and pray: https://www.dofaithathome.org/

Illustrated Ministry is offering free weekly faith formation and coloring pages for all ages: https://www.illustratedministry.com

Grow Christians is a group blog with reflections, stories, images, and recipes that “inspires generations to come together as they celebrate the presence of God through the Christian year.”: https://www.growchristians.org/

EPISCOPAL SITES:

The Episcopal Church (TEC): https://episcopalchurch.org/

An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church:  https://episcopalchurch.org/library/glossary/laetare-sunday

 

Two beautiful prayers by the Rev. Dr. Kate Sonderegger, Professor of Systematic Theology at Virginia Theological Seminary

 

Prayer in Time of Isolation

Almighty God: Our times are in your hand. We call upon you in this hour of our need, when we are lonely and must stand apart. Be our strength, O Sovereign Lord, our calm in the midst of raging seas, our refuge and our dwelling place. Sanctify to us this time drawn away from others, even as your Son, O Father, drew away to a lonely place for prayer. Deepen our need of you, O Lord, that every breath may be a whisper of the Spirit’s prompting, a renewed searching of the deep things of God. Stir up in us the great act of intercession, that we may spend our time apart in prayer for the world you created and sustain. Bless us in our turning toward you, and make us a blessing to those who stand in need of you, the whole fragile earth. All this we ask in the name of the great Physician, even Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

A Prayer in Time of Pandemic

This hour we turn to you, O Lord, in full knowledge of our frailty, our vulnerability, and our great need as your mortal creatures. We cry to you, as one human family, unsure of the path ahead, unequal to the unseen forces around us, frightened by the sickness and death that seem all too real to us now. Stir up your strength and visit us, O Lord; be our shield and rock and hiding place! Guide our leaders, our scientists, our nurses and doctors. Give them wisdom and fill their hearts with courage and determination. Make even this hour, O Lord, a season of blessing for us, that in fear we find you mighty to save, and in illness or death, we find the cross to be none other than the way of life. All this we ask in the name of the One who bore all our infirmities, even Jesus Christ our Risen and Victorious Lord. Amen.

Annual Harvest Brunch November 24

Join us for our Annual Harvest Breakfast on Sunday, November 24, from 9:15 to 10:15 am in the Parish Hall. Please take this opportunity to gather with our parish family and return thanks to God for all our many blessings. Guests are welcome!

Please bring a dish to share. We encourage but do not insist that families with the LAST NAMES: A through M – bring breakfast casseroles; N through R – bring fruit (salads, etc.); and S through Z – bring sweet breads, (scones, muffins, bagels, doughnuts, coffee cakes). If you plan to bring food, please have your dish in the kitchen by 9:00 am. Thanks! Coffee and juice will be provided.

Note: There will be no Rite Place Service or Sunday School on November 24 so everyone can participate in the breakfast.

Bishop Candidate Meet and Greet

The Rev. Stacey Fussell, the Rev. Deon Johnson and the Rev. George Smith visited our diocese Nov. 4-7, and Calvary hosted them on Wednesday, November 6.  Keep the diocese and candidates in your prayers, please.  The Bishop election is this Saturday, November 23.
Get more information including dates, times, locations, maps, parking info, and sign up online at https://www.diocesemo.org/bishop-search/walkabouts.

Calvary Connection

Calvary Connection Sign-up
Calvary Connection is a fellowship program that has been continuously running at Calvary Episcopal for many years. As with our communal worship and study, we know that fellowship fortifies our faith community. This year your feedback has inspired us to offer the Calvary Connections fellowship experience in two formats:
1.   Traditional groups of 6 to 8 members gathering together approximately 4 times over the next 8 – 9 months. The gathering locations are left to the small group’s preference.
2.   NEW: One-time group socials planned for the parish hall which will give parishioners the opportunity to get to know each other while sharing common interests. There will be 3 of these over the coming 9 months. You can participate in one or all of them.
Sign-up sheets will be available in the office and the Narthex.

Trumpet Concert Sunday, September 15

Carlot Dorve, trumpet, accompanied by Rochelle Parker, organ and piano will perform works by Torelli, Handel, and some beloved spirituals and hymns.
Time and Place: September 15 at 1:00PM, in the Calvary Episcopal Church Sanctuary
There is no admission fee, but a freewill offering will be taken to help assist Carlot in meeting his expenses as a graduate student at Mizzou.

Monday School Resumes

Monday School resumed on September 9, continuing its study of the Book of John for 8 weeks. We will gather in the Parish Hall at 6:00 pm each Monday, enjoy a light meal and each other’s company and move to the Chapel at 6:30 pm for an hour of study and discussion. You can step into this class at any time; each lesson can stand alone.

Calvary Hosts Saturday Breakfast Cafe

Despite the stormy weather, 45 guests joined us for a homemade breakfast on Saturday, August 17th. Thanks to everyone who donated items and/or helped out. If you would like to learn more about volunteering for the Café, please contact the parish office. We begin cooking at 7:00 am and serve breakfast from 8:00 am to 9:00 am. We are usually finished cleaning up by around 9:30 am. If you are not available on Saturday morning but would still like to contribute to this important ministry, you can purchase or prepare food and drop it off in the kitchen during the week. Just make sure to label items so we will know they are for the Café. You are also welcome to come and have breakfast any Saturday with our guests!