Virtual Worship for Holy Week

Dear Parish Family and Friends,

First of all, allow me to remind you that you are all in my prayers during this time of crisis. How cruel it is that at a time when we are particularly concerned for the welfare of our neighbors, our loved ones and ourselves, that very concern requires us to maintain physical distance. Since we cannot, in good conscience, gather physically this year for Holy Week and Easter, we have gotten really creative as a wider church to consider the spiritual grace underlying each of our Holy Week and Easter practices so that we might honor Christ using the virtual means at our disposal.

The worship services of Holy Week and Easter will be offered online by a collaboration of the congregations of the Diocese of Northern Indiana. Congregations from each region of the diocese will be working together to offer the Proper Liturgies for these Special Days as well additional meditations and other traditional liturgies which often lead us through this holiest week of the year for Christians.

Most of these services will be posted in at least two places: on the diocesan website at

https://ednin.org/virtual-worship-for-holy-week-and-easter and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/edninvirtualworship.

Additionally, as a congregation, we will be gathering by Zoom for fellowship around some of these services. Please see the schedule below.

For each Special Day of the Church calendar, there are also offered some essential elements for you to do, read and pray each day. These may be helpful as we continue to honor this season in our homes as Episcopal Christians, especially when we cannot gather in person.

The schedule is as follows:

Palm/Passion Sunday, April 5, 2020

10:15 a.m. EDT, Palm Sunday Service—

watch independently as offered by the diocese at /ednin.org/virtual-worship-for-holy-week-and-easter and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/edninvirtualworship. or join us in a Zoom Meeting where we can watch/listen to that footage and pray together:

Video and Audio:

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/544323219            Meeting ID: 544 323 219

Audio Only:

One tap mobile: +13126266799,,544323219# US (Chicago)

or

+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)            Meeting ID: 544 323 219

11:15 a.m. EDT, coffee hour & fellowship on Zoom (same link as above)

Do, Read, Pray:

—Take a small branch from a tree near your house, a green one if you can find it. Affix it to your door as a sign of your participation in the day of Palms.

—Read Matthew 21:1-11, then Matthew 26:36-27:66.

—Pray the prayer on page 271 of the Book of Common Prayer.

Monday in Holy Week, April 6, 2020

10:00 a.m. EDT / 9:00 a.m. CDT 

Morning Prayer, Offered by Mtr. Terri Bays on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/edninvirtualworship.

7:30 p.m. EDT/6:30 p.m. CDT

Meditation on the Scriptures, Offered by Dcn. Erika Jackson-Essiem on the diocesan website at https://ednin.org/virtual-worship-for-holy-week-and-easter and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/edninvirtualworship. 

Tuesday in Holy Week, April 7, 2020

7:30 p.m. EDT/6:30 p.m. CDT

Meditation on the Scriptures, Offered by Fr. Joseph Czolgosz on the diocesan website at https://ednin.org/virtual-worship-for-holy-week-and-easter and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/edninvirtualworship.

Wednesday in Holy Week, April 8, 2020

12:00 p.m. EDT / 11:00 a.m. CDT

Noonday Prayer, Offered by Mtr. Terri Bays on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/edninvirtualworship.

7:30 p.m. EDT/6:30 p.m. CDT

Tenebrae, Offered by Diocesan Youth on the diocesan website at https://ednin.org/virtual-worship-for-holy-week-and-easter and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/edninvirtualworship.

Do, Read, Pray:

—Notice the night falling after the sun goes down (Sundown is at 8:19 EDT/7:19 CDT in Northern Indiana). Be aware of the spreading darkness and its effect on your mood.

—Read Lamentations 1:1-14

—Give thanks for those who have chosen to stand by you in your times of distress. Pray for those who are lonely.

Maundy Thursday, April 9, 2020

7:30 EDT, Maundy Thursday service—

watch independently as offered by the Faith Communities of Elkhart County on the diocesan website at https://ednin.org/virtual-worship-for-holy-week-and-easter and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/edninvirtualworship or join us in a Zoom Meeting where we can watch and pray together:

Audio and Video:

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/326755183            Meeting ID: 326 755 183

Audio Only:

One tap mobile            +13126266799,,326755183# US (Chicago)

+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)            Meeting ID: 326 755 183

Do, Read, Pray:

—Wash feet, whether your own or those of others in your home. Alternatively, wash hands. Remember to care for yourself and allow others to care for you.

—Read John 13: 1-15

—Give thanks while you eat. If you live with others, eat together and pray out loud to God, saying thank you for something God has done in your lives. Pray the prayer on page 274 of the Book of Common Prayer.

Good Friday, April 10, 2020

12:00 p.m. EDT, Stations of the Cross—

offered as a watch party” on the Holy Trinity Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/HolyTrinitySB/ If you’re online, but Facebook isn’t your thing, you can also do Stations online at https://youtu.be/JPu4cTfyKw4.

7:30 p.m. EDT/6:30 CDT, Good Friday service with Veneration of the Cross—

watch independently as offered by the Faith Communities of the Eastern deanery on the diocesan website at https://ednin.org/virtual-worship-for-holy-week-and-easter and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/edninvirtualworship or join us in a Zoom Meeting where we can watch and pray together:

Video and Audio:

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/833405144            Meeting ID: 833 405 144

Audio Only:

One tap mobile            +13126266799,,833405144# US (Chicago)

+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)            Meeting ID: 833 405 144

Do, Read, Pray:

—Place a cross in your home where it may be easily seen and sit in silence in front of that cross in silent meditation for 15 minutes or a ½ hour or an hour or longer.

—Read Psalm 22 from page 610 from the Book of Common Prayer.

—Pray the Solemn Collects for Good Friday beginning on page 277 of the BCP, perhaps together with others in your household.

Holy Saturday, April 11, 2020

10:00 a..m. EDT, 9:00 a.m. CDT Holy Saturday Morning Service—

online on the diocesan website at https://ednin.org/virtual-worship-for-holy-week-and-easter and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/edninvirtualworship.

Do, Read, Pray During the Day:

—Do nothing, at least for a while today. Jesus lay in the tomb, spend a quiet morning doing as little as you can. Let silence be silence. Let go, let God.

—Read John 19: 38-42

—Pray the prayer on page 283 of the Book of Common Prayer.

Great Vigil of Easter, April 11, 2020 9 p.m. EDT, 8 p.m. CDT—

watch independently as offered by the Faith Communities of St. Joseph County on the diocesan website at https://ednin.org/virtual-worship-for-holy-week-and-easter and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/edninvirtualworship or join us in a Zoom Meeting where we can watch, pray and afterwards enjoy fellowship together:

Video and Audio:

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/529115002            Meeting ID: 529 115 002

One tap mobile            +13126266799,,529115002# US (Chicago)

+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)            Meeting ID: 529 115 002

Do, Read, Pray At Night:

—Light a candle in a dark room.

—Read the Exsultet found on pages 286-287 of the Book of Common Prayer, taking turns if you live with other people. Also Read Matthew 28:1-10

—Recite or have a member of your household lead the renewal of Baptismal Vows found on pages 292-294 of the Book of Common Prayer

—Most important of all say, “Alleluia, Christ is Risen!” and respond by saying “The Lord is Risen indeed. Alleluia!” This is the heart of our faith proclaimed on this night and in the Easter days to come.

Easter Day, April 12, 2020

10:15 a.m. EDT, 9:15 a.m. CDT Easter Sunday Service—

watch independently as offered by the Faith Communities of St. Joseph County on the diocesan website at

https://ednin.org/virtual-worship-for-holy-week-and-easter

and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/edninvirtualworship or join us in a Zoom Meeting where we can watch, pray and afterwards enjoy fellowship together:

Video and Audio:

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/544323219            Meeting ID: 544 323 219

Audio Only:

One tap mobile            +13126266799,,544323219# US (Chicago)

+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)            Meeting ID: 544 323 219

Do, Read, Pray:

—Dress up. Dress like you are going to church. Take a picture and send to your friends or post online saying “Alleluia, Christ is Risen!” Make a special meal or dine on one special thing today while being dressed up. Make phone calls and video calls. Today, connect with others in any way you can.

—Read John 20:1-18

—Say, “Alleluia, Christ is Risen!” and respond by saying “The Lord is Risen indeed. Alleluia.” This is the heart of our faith proclaimed today and in the Easter days to come.

—Sing. Singing Easter hymns is praying today. Jesus Christ is Risen Today, Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee, and Alleluia, Jesus is Lord of All the Earth. Be aware that many of us will still have heavy hearts today as concerns continue during this difficult time. Honor the fact that this Easter is different and many are still suffering. Resurrection Joy is different than common happiness. Easter Joy is grounded in grace even while grief is present. We may sing and cry at the same time today.

Additional Prayer Times:

Morning Prayer, Noonday Prayer, Evening Prayer and Compline are all being offered daily on an ongoing basis at EDNIN Virtual Worship on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/edninvirtualworship.

 

Sunday Worship Until Further Notice:

We will continue gathering for prayer and fellowship via Zoom until we are given the word that it’s safe to gather physically once more. We do not know how long this will take. Until then please join us:

For video and audio:

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/544323219              Meeting ID: 544 323 219

For audio only:

One tap mobile            +13126266799,,544323219# US (Chicago)

+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)            Meeting ID: 544 323 219

You can find both short (< 3 minute) videos of my sermons and the full audio-only versions at http://goodnewsonthego.com.