January 30, 2005
Via Media: Lenten/Eastertide Program
via media is a powerful resource for building Christian community, bringing people into the Church who previously have felt alienated or unwelcome. Our Church stands on the threshold of a marvelous evangelism opportunity, and the actions of General Convention 2003d the door. via media is the resource we need tothe door even wider and keep itfor all who seek the Good News of Jesus Christ.
The sessions will consist of a meal shared between Holy Innocents and St Columba's, followed by a video to watch and discuss in groups with a closing prayer.
Volunteers are needed for hosting suppers and providing childcare. Please see Pat Hoesel at St Columba's or Colleen Muehl at Holy Innocents.
In Thanksgiving, In Praise, In Supplication.
The prayers today were Form I in the Book of Common Prayer. In addition to praying for our companion dioceses of Renk in the Sudan and of Southeaster Mexico, we pray for other parishes in the Diocese of Chicago and especially our own parishes of Holy Innocents and St Columba of Iona.
Prayers of the People may be added any time on entering the church; the binder is on the right hand side as you enter the sanctuary.
January 29, 2005
Reminder: Bring A Covered Dish
Many of us received calls yesterday reminding us to bring a covered dish to share at lunch after the Annual Meeting tomorrow. We were encouraged to actually put something in the dish to eat.
I have to think of something to bring that would be quick to put together, easy, and wouldn't take a lot of time heating up in an oven.
Another Episcopal parish, somewhere in California, has a rock band that plays at their Annual Meeting. I think this year we'll stick to covered dishes and see how it goes.
January 23, 2005
Annual Meeting January 30
Mark your calendars! The annual meeting of Holy Innocents Episcopal Church will take place after Eucharist on Sunday, January 30. The service begins at the regular time of 10:30 a.m.
Refreshments will be available, and please bring a dish to share for luncheon afterwards.
Lay Ministries Jan 30 - Feb 27
The schedule has been updated through the end of February. Click "Continue reading" to see the complete schedule for the month.
It is also visible on the calendar; to see the name of the server, lay reader, or chalice bearer for that date there, scroll your mouse over the listings.Lay Ministries Schedule
January 22, 2005
Seabury-Western and Blogging
Much of this entry won't make much sense if you are new to "blogging," but there is plenty of interest to even non-technical Episcopalians.
A blogging and social software conference called BlogWalk Chicago is taking place at Seabury-Western Theological Seminary today (yes, some did make it in spite of the snow). AKMA, an Episcopal priest, the Seabury Professor of New Testament, and blogger, has more about this event on his personal weblog.
Of course, everyone is sitting around talking about blogging and social software, which is designed to bring people together in new ways. But some serious work is being done in the world of weblogs and social networking, and there are some who throw around words like "emerging democracy" in connection with blogging and self-publishing in countries like China or Iran.
Bringing people together in new ways can't be a bad thing, not for people who blog or people who attend church.
January 21, 2005
Laying The Groundwork
This looks interesting:
I allso ran across a few interesting-looking books for seekers or beginners, or even old hands who always wondered about why things happen in a certain order, but never felt emboldened to ask.
Not that we're not already deeply confused anyway, but we mean well, and we manage to clear most of the confusion up during coffee hour.
January 19, 2005
Readings For This Sunday
Third Sunday after the Epiphany
As we've recently begun doing, the Psalm will be chanted by the choir, and the congregation will join in on a simple antiphon. The music for the chanted part is a little harder than it looks at first glance - deceptively simple, even. I think it's taken from the Hymn Tune Psalter.
Psalm 139:1-17 or139:1-11 Page 794, BCP Domine, probasti
January 17, 2005
Photo Galleryhere. It starts out with two sub-albums; one from Palm Sunday 2003 (that's Marion in the scarlet cope) and one with photos from the last Family Mass. There are other photos stashed elsewhere that will be uploaded into new sub-albums.
Some images need some work, but you'll see some of them used here eventually.
January 16, 2005
Family Mass Date ChangeSt Columba. Gather at 9 a.m. so that children may be assigned tasks to assist in the service.
This is a more informal service suitable for young children or the young at heart. Questions are welcome; after the Eucharist there is a suitable time to ask Father Ted or one of the adults why things are done in a certain way.
The De-Greening Of The Church
There must be a place in the Kalendar for the Feast of De-Greening, because its opposite number seems to be a minor feast on the hectic last Sunday before Advent. On that day, as many people as possible are drafted at coffee hour to bring up the Christmas trees and Nativity figures from the storage room and to arrange garlands of greenery around the sanctuary. It took at least an hour, and some discussions of how it's been done in previous years must have taken place.
Today Ryan, one of the college-age members, volunteered two of the youngest boys to assist in an unsung but important task: taking all the decorations downstairs and putting them away. It didn't take very long at all. Why is deconstruction always so much faster than construction?
Father Ted's sermon told the story of his personal journey in faith to the Episcopal church, and how he was welcomed and accepted there as a young man. At the Eucharist he tells us each week, "and know that all are welcome at this God's table," so this is of special importance to him and to us.
Copies of the Kalendar are available on the information table just inside the entrance to the church, but don't look for the Minor Feast of the De-Greening to appear in it this year or any year soon.
January 12, 2005
Blessed Martin, pastor, prophet
Holy God You Raise Up Prophets
Music by Carl Haywood
1. Holy God, you raise up prophets,
Refrain: Blessed Martin, pastor, prophet,
2. Moral conscience of his nation,
3. Teacher of Christ-like non-violence
4. Preacher of Christ’s love for neighbor,
5. Champion of oppressed humanity
6. So, when felled by sniper’s bullet,
Choir practice time and day will be changing at the end of the month, so check the calendar for an update.
January 07, 2005
This morning's Family Mass was in honor of the baptism of Jesus. The children of Holy Innocents and St. Columba's performed many of the tasks that are done in a worship service, including a Bible reading and bringing the gifts of the people to the altar.
During the Eucharist, all were gathered around the altar as Fr. Ted prepared the communion elements. Afterwards, there was time for some questions, such as "Why are you doing that?" while Fr. Ted cleaned the chalice and bowl he had used to serve the wine and bread. There were a lot of other questions about how and why certain things are done during communion. Family Mass is a good place for getting some kinds of questions answered.
The sermon this morning was a simplified version of the one given at the two "regular" services at St Columba and Holy Innocents.
Back in 1976, America's bicentennial year, a very creative writer came up with an intriguing idea. "Our nation is 200 years old," he thought. "I'll bet I can find someone who is alive today who is old enough that when they were a child, they remember someone who was then old enough to have been alive at the founding of the nation, a living link to the beginning of the country." And, sure enough, he found such a person. He was a Kentucky farmer named Burnham Ledford, who was over 100 years old in 1976; and he remembered when he was a little boy being taken by a wagon to see his great-great grandmother who was then over 100 herself and who was a little girl when George Washington was inaugurated as the first American president.
As young Burnham was recognized by his blind great-great-grandmother, Jesus was recognised by God at the moment of His baptism, and we are all recognised as Christ's own forever.
St Columba of Iona
Family Mass is held on the first Sunday of the month, but this month it was on the second Sunday due to the Epiphany feast last week. Next month's service will be Sunday, February 6th.
There was a procession to the baptismal font today in honor of the Baptism of Our Lord, and we were all well sprinkled with holy water after we renewed our baptismal vows. This is supposed to be a solemn moment, but it is a joyful one too; quite a few priests seem to feel it's their duty to douse people as thoroughly as possible. Also there's often a sporting element, such as going for distance or accuracy.
Not sure how Fr. Ted did it, but he managed to hit me in the eye - and I was wearing glasses this morning. "Full marks," some might say.
January 02, 2005
Greeters And Ushers January-April
We Three Kings
The Wise Men (and Woman) found their robes and crowns comfortable and stylish enough that they wore them throughout the entire service. They performed their roles well, and after the service children and adults were rewarded with special Epiphany cakes during coffee and fellowship time in the Undercroft. There were 2 cakes - one in the Hispanic tradition, and one in the Greek tradition. Symbolic trinkets were placed in the cake before baking and several were quite surprised to find them when they cut their slices!
The choir decided at the last possible second to change the party-piece to "Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming" because the original piece was judged to be "not quite there yet."
As in former years, near the end of the service, hand-candles which had been passed out to all the congregants were lit from person to person. The Light of the World was recalled as "Silent Night" was sung by candlelight. It was Father Ted's first Christmas at Holy Innocents, and it was certainly a warm and memorable one.