Eastertide is the period of fifty days from Easter Sunday to Pentecost Sunday. Each Sunday of the season is treated as a Sunday of Easter, and, after the Sunday of the Resurrection, they are named Second Sunday of Easter, Third Sunday of Easter, etc. up to the Seventh Sunday of Easter, while the whole fifty-day period concludes with Pentecost Sunday. The first eight days constitute the Octave of Easter and are celebrated as solemnities of the Lord. Since 2000 the Second Sunday of Easter is also called Divine Mercy Sunday. The name "Low Sunday" for this Sunday, once common in English, is now rarely used.
When the Anglican and Lutheran churches implemented their own calendar and lectionary reforms in 1976, they adopted the same shortened definition of the Easter season as the Roman Catholic Church had promulgated six years earlier. In the Church of England, the Easter season begins with the Easter Vigil and ends after Evening Prayer (or Night Prayer) on the Day of Pentecost. Some Anglican provinces continue to label the Sundays between Easter and the Ascension "Sundays After Easter" rather than "Sundays of Easter"; others, such as the Church of England and ECUSA, use the term "Sundays of Easter".
Lenten Supper Series 2014: "Painting the Stars"
"When I have a terrible need of - dare I say, "religion"? - then I go outside at night and paint the stars." - Vincent Van Gogh
We've had such a great time with St. John's 2014 Lenten Supper Series, Painting the Stars, that we're going to continue for two more weeks -- Wednesday, April 16th and Wednesday, April 23rd -- so that we can finish the whole series of DVDs. The series celebrates the communion of science and Christian spirituality and includes presentations from leading theologians and progressive thinkers. Participants have access to a downloadable/printable participant reader written by evolutionary theologian Bruce Sanguin.
We will change the format a bit for these two extra sessions. Each evening will begin with (optional) Evensong in the chapel at 6 p.m. followed by a POTLUCK supper in the parish hall at 6:30 p.m. (Please bring a dish to share!) The program will run from 7-8 p.m. The two remaining topics are:
- Imagining a Future
- An Evolving Spirituality: Mysticism
The basic format for each session includes conversation around the readings, a 20-minute video presentation, and guided discussion. Facilitators Bill Ashworth, Joe Domko, and Diane Wells will provide the interesting - and possibly challenging! - discussion questions. You will provide the interesting and challenging discussion!
Childcare will be provided.
Roots of Injustice, Seeds of Change
On Sunday, April 27th, 7-9 p.m., St. John's is hosting a workshop designed to begin to take us toward right relationship with America's native peoples. Through a participatory exercise, the class will trace the historic and ongoing impacts of the Doctrine of Discovery, a 15th century justification for the European subjugation of non-Christian peoples and the theft of native people's lands. Please joinn us for this this interesting workshop. For more information, contact the church office.
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