from the Rector
My Sisters and Brothers,
Palm Sunday, this Sunday, April 14th, marks the beginning of Holy Week for Christians worldwide.
Since ancient times, Christians have annually made pilgrimage with Jesus through his Passion, death, and Resurrection in the week filled with the holiest observances of the church year, leading from the Cross to Easter. Our Holy Week schedule offers opportunity for us as a community to join in this pattern of worship and prayer, remembering God’s witness to us in Christ of the eternal love that promises transformation in this life and new life that conquers death itself forever.
I invite you to attend every one of these observances that you can here at Church of Our Saviour, and especially the Great Three Days of Easter (the “Triduum”) where our liturgies recount the Last Supper, the Crucifixion, and Christ’s rising from the tomb. Many gracious hands here at Church of Our Saviour work to bring extraordinary beauty and spirit to these services all offered for your renewal.
And my prayers remain with each of you this Holy Week, that you may find new strength and awareness of Christ’s journey with you, leading you from darkness into light, from death into new life.
With love in Christ,
Br. Richard Edward+
Palm Sunday, April 14, 8:00 am service as usual; 10:00 am service: meet in the Patio to process into the church; after the procession the children will go to the Choir Room for a Seder meal.
Maundy Thursday, April 18, 6:00 pm in the Fireside Room. This moving and intimate family-friendly gathering includes our traditional agapé meal, washing of feet, Holy Eucharist, and procession with the reserved sacrament to the Chapel of Repose, followed by the stripping and washing of the altar in the sanctuary. We depart in silence.
You are invited to bring food to share at the simple agapé meal, such as fresh fruits, dried fruits, olives, nuts, flat bread, fresh rolls, sliced cheese, and wine.
Maundy Thursday Vigil, April 18. All who wish to keep vigil may pray for a period during Thursday night in the Chapel of Repose with the reserved sacrament. A sign up sheet is in the Fireside Room.
Good Friday, April 19, Noon. Holy Eucharist, with dramatic reading of the Passion from John’s Gospel, and Veneration of the Cross, in the sanctuary, which remains open until 3:30 pm for meditation and prayer. At 2:30 pm, we then walk through the passion story a final time with Stations of the Cross.
Those unable to attend at noon are invited to the ecumenical Tenebrae service at Peace Lutheran Church, Mill Valley, at 7:00 pm. This ancient service of light and word, in which Church of Our Saviour takes part, commemorates the traditional last seven words of Christ in the crucifixion.
Easter Vigil, Saturday, April 20, 8:00 pm in the courtyard. After a dramatic recounting of the story of salvation, we turn with song and joy to the Resurrection in our first service of Easter. The Easter Vigil is among the most beautiful worship services of the church year. Come join us!
Easter Sunday, April 21– In addition to our traditional Easter Sunday liturgies at 8:00 am and 10:00 am, we host an Easter Egg hunt and a festive coffee hour after the 10:00 am service.
Patricia Rose has helped us put together a survey on improving our welcome to newcomers. Whether you are a longstanding member or a newcomer, your feedback is invaluable!
Complete the survey here. It takes only 10-15 minutes!
Because so many of our “usual” helpers are away next week, we could use your help cooking and/or serving at the Mt. Carmel Hot Lunch Program on Tuesday, April 16, between 9:30 am and 11:30 am.
The sign up calendar for our monthly hot lunch at Mt Carmel Church is online for January - June: LINK. Please volunteer to bring a cooked dish or to serve in the kitchen. Lunches are the third Tuesday of each month. It’s a nice opportunity to work together and serve others. Please contact Tiana Wimmer or Warren Leiden for further information.
Mark your calendars! Marin Youth from diverse religious traditions (churches, synagogues, mosques, temples) will converge for a meet-and-greet on Sunday evening, April 28 at 7:00 PM at Congregation Rodef Sholom in San Rafael (170 North San Pedro Road). Grades 7 thru 12 are encouraged to take advantage of this unique opportunity to join with their peers from other traditions across Marin for an evening of fellowship, music, games and learning. It will definitely be an event to remember and may even be the beginning of something significant to follow. Come join us!
Please contact Gerry Caprio (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you plan to join our parish team for the evening.
Environmentalist author and activist Wilford Welch will be speaking about his book “In Our Hands” on Saturday, April 13th, 1:15-2:15 pm at Congregation Kol Shofar, 215 Blackfield Dr., Tiburon. His informative book presents concrete actions we can all take to combat the climate crisis. Mr. Welch has been a diplomat, an economic development and future planning advisor to multinational corporations, the publisher of a world affairs magazine and organized the support of an expedition that removed 5,000 pounds of trash from Mt. Everest.
This event is sponsored by the Green Team of Kol Shofar. It is free and open to the public.
Church of Our Saviour is looking for a part-time Sunday School Coordinator to lead our established Godly Play Sunday School program for Preschool - 6th Grade children. Learn more about the position here, and pass it on!
Episcopalians and friends concerned about all of God’s creation are invited to join Presiding Bishop Michael Curry in pledging to take action to protect and renew God’s world and all who call it home. The goal is to gather at least 1,000 pledges with concrete, personal commitments by Earth Day, April 22. Learn more about taking the pledge, and how the Diocese of California is partnering with the Presiding Bishop's office on this effort, here.
Contact Mark Tarpey-Schwed for more information.
Like to be with children? Like to listen to biblical stories told in a creative and fun way? Like to get to know our youngest parishioners? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, please join us as a Godly Play Greeter! Greeters serve in the Godly Play or Faith Quest classrooms one Sunday a month and welcome the children, help them with their craft and play materials, and support them in serving our classroom snacks. Being a Sunday School Greeter is a great way to participate in our classrooms without having to prepare to teach or manage the class. But Greeters are critical to making our classrooms safe and running smoothly. All teen and adult parishioners are welcome to be Greeters - you do not have to have school-age children! For further information, please contact Mallary Walker email@example.com
We invite you to share in the 2019 Lenten email series from Episcopal Relief & Development. Each day during Lent you will receive a daily reflection, co-authored by a group of faith leaders from across the church. During this season of reflection on our Christian faith, their writings will enhance your spiritual journey as they both inspire and challenge you.
Tutoring - Bayside Martin Luther King Academy – Mondays & Wednesdays 3:15 – 4:30 pm
200 Phillips Dr, Sausalito – begins September 17 and continuing until end of school year
Did you know . . . Sunday School Registration is open year-round on-line? Click here for the brief form. (Paper registration forms are also available from Children's and Youth Ministry Leaders and the Church Office.)
If you are a parent or grandparent bringing children and youth to Church of Our Saviour for any programs on-site or off-site, please complete the registration and photo permission so that we can continue to organize our programs to best serve our children, youth, and families! Thank you!
All who are interested are invited to join contemplative prayer practice in the parish library from 11:30 am to 12:15 pm following coffee hour. Facilitated by Nancy Cone, Br. Richard Edward, and others, this simple, ancient Christian practice helps calm the mind, reduce stress, and center us in God’s presence, paralleling meditation practices in many other spiritual traditions.
No experience necessary, no sign up necessary, just join us!
Mark your calendars for April 28 for the next meeting
Thursday – April 11:
2 pm – Staff Meeting – Office
6 pm – Altar Guild making Palm Crosses – Fireside Room – all are welcome to come help
7 pm – Choir Practice – Choir Room
Sunday – April 14 – Palm Sunday – gather in the patio. After processing into the church, the children will go to the Choir Room for the Children’s Seder
Palm Sunday is the last day to dedicate Easter Flowers.
See above for Holy Week services
Tuesday – April 16 – 9:30 am – Mt. Carmel Hot Lunch Program – Greenwood School Gym across from Mt. Carmel Church
Thursday – April 25:
2 pm – Staff Meeting – Office
6 pm – Adult Education Meeting – Fireside Room
Sunday – April 28:
11:30 am – Contemplative Prayer – Library
1:30 pm – Ecumenical Service – The Redwoods
7 pm – Interfaith Youth Event – Congregation Rodef Sholom in San Rafael (170 North San Pedro Road) see Rev. Gerry Caprio for more information
Sunday – May 5 – Community Sunday – Earth Day Celebration
5 pm – Parish Potluck – Fireside Room
Wednesday – May 8 – 6:30 pm – Vestry Meeting – Fireside Room
Thursday – May 9 – 7 pm – Choir Practice – Choir Room
Tuesday – May 14 – noon – Youth & Family Ministries Meeting – Fireside Room
Thursday – May 16:
2 pm – Staff Meeting – Office
7 pm – Choir Practice – Choir Room
The Fifth Sunday in Lent - Year C
Mary's lavish gift to Jesus reveals the deep design of mutual love that God calls us to.
As we enter the week before Holy Week the long history of Christian antisemitism looms large. Good Friday has for centuries been the worst day of the year for our Jewish brothers and sisters, the day of wanton massacre in misguided retaliation for the death of Jesus.
Readings like today’s from the Gospel of John have fueled Christian outrage. Look at how the Jews in this story hound Jesus. Look how they want to stone him for saying he is the Son of God! He escapes them for the moment, but, as we all know, they get him in the end. Horrible Christ-killers!
But wait a minute. Even were we to take John’s Gospel as the absolute, concrete truth about what happened – and there is reason to believe that the story has been altered a bit to put the Romans in a better light – but even were it exactly what happened, how is what the Jewish elders do any different from what you and I do when our cherished beliefs are challenged?
Project yourself into today’s reading and take the part of “the Jews”. There’s a heretic walking in the portico of your cathedral. It’s some homeless guy who is very charismatic, who has drawn a crowd, some of whom are real unsavory people: terrorists and drug lords, prostitutes and hustlers. They are keeping the real worshipers from being able to come to Sunday services.
You don’t trust anything about the low-life people he surrounds himself with – and you trust him even less. What is his real purpose? Is he about to start a riot? Will he and his followers destroy the sanctuary? What’s he up to?
You try to get his followers to see through his facade by challenging what he says. Is he really the Messiah, you ask? Well, why is he still hanging around the cathedral, then? Why isn’t he politicking against the Romans? But, like all con artists, he speaks with a silver tongue. He jerks his followers’ heartstrings with all this talk of belonging. They are his sheep, he says. And they buy it hook, line, and sinker.
He makes you SO mad that you grab the nearest blunt object. But his followers bristle and put their bodies between him and you. You let him go, thinking that at least you’ve gotten your church back: worship can go on as usual.
He will have to be dealt with, though, or he’ll be back. If his followers cannot be convinced he’s a charlatan, you will have to wait for a time when he is not protected by them. Doesn’t he go off alone sometimes to “pray”? Well, then, maybe you can recruit a spy and set a trap.
And so the story unfolds. Come back to yourselves now, and let’s think together about what all of this means.
Where are we failing to hear the message of Jesus? Where are we NOT his sheep?
Who are the latest carriers of our Shadow projections? If it isn’t “the Jews”, is it “the Muslims”, “the terrorists”, “the wealthy Republicans (or Democrats)”?
How can we embrace our own need for repentance and let the dualism within us die, instead of seeing evil in others and making them pay? How can we follow Jesus?
Laurie Gudim is a religious iconographer and writer living in Fort Collins, CO. For the past year and a half she has been studying to be a spiritual director. To learn more about her and her work, go HERE.
From Episcopal Cafe
In our Church of Our Saviour Cycle of Prayer, we pray today for the Marshall family, the Mantz family and the Piraino-Goldberg family, and for the ministry of our Altar Guild, and for those who celebrate their birthdays. In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the Episcopal Church Jerusalem and the Middle East. Please pray for those who are ill and in need of comfort, especially Will, Elessar, Barry, Murray, Will P., Scott, Maggi, Tim, Margot, Lisa, Elizabeth, Kara, John, Mary-Jean, William, Lily, Colton, Jean, Julia; those serving in the military and overseas, especially Leif, Steven, Quinn, Christopher, Andrew, Taylor and Tyler; and those who have died, especially Bob, Graig, Ronnie and Kay Bishop. We pray for all who are struggling with the effects of war and natural disaster at home and around the world. We remember this week the people of Syria and Yemen. Help us to address a climate in crisis and to pass on a better world than we inherited. In the Bay Area, we pray for those seeking stable housing and for all who organize to address the housing crisis.
Prayers of the People are updated weekly. Names of those desiring prayers may be added to the Sunday prayers or to this bulletin, with their permission, by contacting the church office.
The sign up calendar for our monthly hot lunch at Mt Carmel Church is now online for January - June: LINK. Please volunteer to bring a cooked dish or to serve in the kitchen. Lunches are the third Tuesday of each month. It’s a nice opportunity to work together and serve others. Please contact Tiana Wimmer or Warren Leiden for further information.
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Lightly used Chicco pack & play crib. Great for visiting grandkids (until they learn to climb out of it).
Call/text Mary Washburn @ 415-518-5123.
Hello! I’m Alice Leiden. I’m 10 years old and in 5th grade. I’m looking into being a mother’s helper! I’ve looked after many young kids before and I’m always happy to play with the young ones! I’m free on: Monday from 3:30-5:00(pm), Wednesday from 3:45-5:00(pm), and Saturday from 1:00-4:00(pm). To contact me, call or text me at 415-760-8698, or email me firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you for reading this and I hope you will be able to use me!
If you need someone to take care of your house and/or animals while you are on vacation, COS has two trusted options for you!
Debbie Lewis (parishioner) is available to hire for house-sitting and/or pet-sitting; lives in Mill Valley, contact at telephone (415) 819-8712; references available.
Rose Scarff (parish administrator) is also available for house-sitting and/or pet-sitting. Contact at email@example.com or 415-887-8768; references available.
Send in your work, service, or spirituality-related classifieds for the parish. Postings will be retained for one month, after which you may refresh them for re-posting.