Making our Way
through Holy Week:
This Thursday we observe Maundy Thursday. Etymologically, “Maundy” comes from the Latin word Mandatum (itself from the verb Mandare), which is translated “commandment.” In the context of Holy Week it refers to the commandment Jesus gave to his disciples while washing their feet: “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:34-35)
Maundy Thursday also recalls us to how Jesus instituted the Last Supper. As Paul describes the scene in 1 Corinthians 11:23-26, we share the bread and the wine in remembrance of Jesus. The scene then transitions from the Last Supper to the agonizing prayers of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, and thus we strip the altar and darken the church. This moves us into the Passion Narrative which is continued on Good Friday, through Holy Saturday, and into the Resurrection on Easter Sunday.
This year, our Maundy Thursday will be held at 5 PM, Good Friday will be observed at noon, and our Easter Sunday services will take place at 9:30 AM and 6 PM.
Ecumenical Holy Week Worship Opportunities:
In addition to our services at St. Catherine’s, some of you might want to attend one of the following opportunities from within our local community:
- Good Friday Service at Calvary Bible Church on Laneda, Friday at 7 PM
- Ecumenical Sunrise Easter Service at Camp Magruder (just South of Rockaway) Easter Sunday at 7 AM
Welcoming a Child in Baptism:
This Sunday, part of our Easter celebration will be the Baptism of Brooke Talbot, ten-month old granddaughter of Betsy and Brian McMahon.
It would be nice to share the blessing of this day with cards and simple Baptismal gifts, just as we have done with other children in our community at their Baptism and Confirmation.
What’s Happening with our Music Ministry?
As we continue to discern next steps in our music ministry, a huge thanks to Tricia Gates Brown, who has volunteered to work with Crog Stokke providing musical support through the Easter Season, Pentecost and Trinity Sunday. During this time, we will continue to simplify our repertoire, making the task more manageable both for our instrumentalists and for our congregation. We will expand our use of short, repetitive chants that are easy to sing and to remember, even as we recall that worship, the “work of the people,” is intended to help us worship God, follow Jesus and serve him as we seek and find him in the world around us.
During this interim period, we will continue to discern our needs for an instrumentalist, looking to hire a musician to work with Crog and our singers in providing joyful and beautiful worship and music ministry.
The Family and Youth Service Team is coordinating a county-wide collection of new underwear for children and youth for the month of April. To be part of the effort, you can make a financial contribution, or bring your newly purchased items to church on Sundays and look for the collection basket. Items will be distributed via the local schools and numerous assistance programs to support the children and families who need help. No socks – just underwear – all sizes.
Looking ahead into the Easter Season:
Easter begins with Easter Season, and reaches its end with Pentecost Sunday which observes the coming of the Holy Spirit and “the birthday of the church.” This year we will use this time to focus on our mission and ministry at St. Catherine’s. The goal will be creating and clarifying towards a more sustainable volunteer base for our primary ministries.
Each week we will focus on a different ministry or need, with the hope that each one of us will find places where we can support the work of St. Catherine’s with our “time and talent.” We will look at our core ministries in mission, service to the community, congregation care, formation, and also the ministries that support everything else: worship, administration and maintenance of our building and physical plant. All to the glory of God!
Starting a Small Group:
There’s an interest within St. Catherine’s to start a small group that will gather for mutual support and fellowship. Please let me know here if you’d like to be part of it. I anticipate this group will meet for fellowship on some sort of regular basis, but also hold each other in prayer and be available for mutual support.
More Happenings in our area:
- On April 22 at 7 pm there will be a variety night at the NCRD in Nehalem, featuring a number of entertaining acts from our local community. From sketches to vocals to humor, there should be something for everyone. This is a fundraiser for the high school debate team–$10 at the door.
- On May 5, 7 and 12 the Cannon Beach Chorus will be performing in Astoria, Nehalem and Cannon Beach, respectively. We are singing Haydn’s Missa Brevis as well as a selection of Spirituals. $10
- See posters of events below
Lenten Reflections from St Catherine’s
Last essay of our weekly reflections on the meaning of Lent by members of St. Catherine’s. This week: Kay Stoltz. Read them all here.
Thoughts on Lent
Lent is a time when we traditionally take stock, examine our religious practices. This year, I felt called by the scripture reading for Ash Wednesday, Matthew 6:21. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
This then, became the reason for sacrificing, for fasting; find those treasures I cannot do without and examine whether they have lasting and eternal value or they impoverish my life. Where do I spend my time and energy and does it truly enrich my life? I believe that each of us have separate and distinct ways of falling from Grace, depending on how much emphasis we give them in our lives. These are not necessarily Sins, but activities, wants, that become more important than the Graces we need for spiritual health.
Television was such an activity, a welcome diversion after a busy day, and didn’t I deserve some relaxation? Not as a mindless habit. It certainly did not have lasting and eternal value. On the other hand, another habit was reading scripture, particularly the meditations of Forward Day by Day, published by the Episcopal Church. Enlarging and exchanging this study for TV was a great trade. By reading Joan Chittister, C. S. Lewis, Anne Lamont, and others, I have gained new ways of looking at my faith, my church, and above all, myself.
We are nearing the end of Lent, but I find I have a new treasure, an expanded Spiritual Life, examining and exploring my faith.
Good Friday Offering
Every year we offer our gifts to support the Anglican Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East.
Through the years many Episcopalians have found the Good Friday Offering to be an effective way to express their support for the ministries of the four dioceses of the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East. Pastoral care, education and health care continue to be primary ministries through which the reconciling spirit of the Christian faith serves all (regardless of race or religion) in need.
Participation in this ministry is welcome. The generous donations of Episcopalians help the Christian presence in the Land of the Holy One to be a vital and effective force for peace and understanding among all of God’s children. For more on the ministries your offering supports: Click here.