Blessings on this Holy Week,
During this Holy Week, we offer services on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday but not Holy Saturday. Thus, I share the following poem from poet/artist, Jan Richardson. She introduces it by writing:
Holy Saturday. This is the day between the dying and the rising. This day that calls us to hold our anguish and our hope in the same hand. This day that invites us to marvel that when our heart has been shattered, it somehow manages to keep beating. That we somehow manage to keep breathing. Still.
In the Breath, Another Breathing
For Holy Saturday
Let it be
that on this day
we will expect
no more of ourselves
than to keep
with the bewildered
of lungs that will not
give up the ghost.
Let it be
we will expect
the beating of
its repeating rhythm
that will not
cease to sound.
Let it be
enough to hear
what may yet
come to echo:
as if in the breath,
as if in the heartbeat,
Let it be
we will not
try to fathom
to meet us
in the stillness
but simply open
to the approach
of a mystery
we hardly dared
I hope to see many of you at this evening’s beautiful Tenebrae Service and/or tomorrow’s Good Friday Meditation. And I pray you’ll be blessed with a slow and Holy Saturday.
Asylum Seekers Assistance Project: Since February’s benefit concert, we’ve been working on ways to connect with and support ASAP clients. In March, several participated in our Dinner and a Movie evening, and we’re hoping to host a social hour after worship in the near future. If you feel called to help out, please let me know! Here are two other ways to support ASAP:
- Pro Bono Dentist—ASAP is in great need of pro bono dentistry for some of its clients. If you can help with this (services or funding) please let me know.
- Annual Fundraising Breakfast, Liberty and Breakfast for All: May 16, 7:30-9 am.
As we learned at the benefit concert, there are an estimated 25,000 asylum seekers living in Washington, DC. They come from many countries, not by choice but by circumstance. ASAP offers a unique array of services to help them adjust, obtain employment, and make social connections. This fund raiser is a great way to learn more and meet their incredible clientele and volunteers. There’s a suggested donation of $150, but all are welcome. To attend, please contact Dianne Lipsey: email@example.com.
I wish you much peace this Holy Week,
Maundy* Thursday Service, 4/18 (TODAY)—Join us for a 7 pm service of Communion and Tenebrae (Latin for “shadows”). This hauntingly beautiful Holy Week Service celebrates Jesus’s Last Supper & New Commandment and commemorates his death at Calvary.
* Maundy comes from the Latin, mandatum, meaning commandment. In the Gospel of John, Jesus gave a new commandment the night before he died: “Love one another.”
Good Friday Meditation, 4/19—Come between 1 and 3 pm for a time of silent meditation and gospel reflection. On the half hour, Pastor Ellen will read from the gospels and provide prompts for reflection. We’ll meditate in silence between readings.
Easter Sunday, 4/21—Join us for a 10:30 am service of Joyful Alleluias! The choir will perform special music, children and youth will participate in a celebratory Sunday School and Easter Egg Hunt, and we’ll all enjoy a festive Coffee Hour.
FaithLife, 4/28 (note time change)—Join us from 6:30-8 pm for a conversation about our lived faith. This month’s topic follows up Pastor Ellen’s 3/24 sermon on mortality. We’ll engage in the Death Awareness Practice she introduced and discuss the questions posed. For the list of questions, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Children’s Sunday, 5/5—Come to our annual Sunday School-led service, starring the congregation’s wonderful young actors, theologians, and musicians! Visiting children and youth will be included. To participate, contact Kaylyn: email@example.com.
Lectio Divina: Holy Listening, 5/5—Join fellow seekers from 4-5:15 pm for contemplative prayer in community. Led by Kris Davis, we’ll listen for God in sacred text, silence, and the natural world. All are welcome, even if you have not attended in the past. Please bring a journal and pen. Questions? firstname.lastname@example.org
Bible Study, 5/12—We’ll meet after coffee hour to continue our discussion of the Gospel of Luke. All are welcome! For more information: email@example.com.
Jubilee Jobs Volunteer Morning, 5/18— Join the Mission & Social Action Committee from 9 am–Noon to help low-income job applicants. Volunteers will receive a brief training and help with resumes, online job applications, and mock interviews. Located in Adams Morgan at 2712 Ontario Road NW. To volunteer, contact Ashley: firstname.lastname@example.org.