Oct
21
10:00 AM10:00

The 22nd Sunday after Pentecost

9:00-9:45 Adult Formation
10:00 Sunday School during the Liturgy of the Word

Holy Eucharist, Rite I

In our reading from the Wisdom Literature of the Old Testament, Job receives a response from God to his complaints. If you ever doubted the existence of sarcasm in Holy Scripture, here is the prime example.

From the Epistle to the Hebrews, we hear the assertion that Jesus is a priest after a higher order of priesthood than that of the male descendants of Aaron (Moses’ brother), as established in Exodus. Jesus, the Messiah, was ordained by Yahweh as a priest of an earlier, eternal priesthood.

Our Gospel reading from Mark relates the jockeying for position by James and John to be the foremost of the disciples.

Readings for Proper 24, Track I, Year B
Job 38:1-7, (34-41)
Psalm 104:1-9, 25, 37b
Hebrews 5:1-10
Mark 10:35-45

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Oct
28
10:00 AM10:00

The 23rd Sunday After Pentecost

9:00-9:45 Adult Formation
10:00 Sunday School during the Liturgy of the Word

Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Our trip through the Book of Job concludes with Job’s profession of faith, and the restoration of Job’s fortunes.

The Epistle to the Hebrews continues to contrast Jesus, the Great High Priest, with the Aaronic Priests of the Temple. Jesus’ sacrifice was once for all time; the Temple priests must repeat their sacrifices each year on the Day of Atonement. (Yom Kippur)

Mark's Gospel records Jesus’ restoration of sight to the blind man.

Readings for Proper 25, Track I, Year B
Job 42:1-6, 10-17
Psalm 34:1-8, (19-22)
Hebrews 7:23-28
Mark 10:46-52

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St. Clare's Ministries
Oct
30
6:00 PM18:00

St. Clare's Ministries

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St. Clare's Ministries is a Jubilee Ministry of the Diocese of Colorado that serves the homeless and working poor from the Episcopal Church of St. Peter & St. Mary in Denver's Baker neighborhood.

A hot meal is served at 6pm on Tuesday evenings, serving between 75 and 200 guests each week (holidays included).  An optional Holy Eucharist takes place at 5:15pm, and this growing "emergant church" demonstrates how St. Clare's has evolved from a "soup kitchen" to a caring community. 

St. Clare's clothing closet opens at 6:30 to provide toiletries, new underwear, clean clothing, and other essentials.  During the winter months, we provide hats, gloves, coats, heavy socks, blankets, and a limited number of sleeping bags to meet the needs of our guests.

Teams from St. Elizabeth's help with both the Supper and the Clothing Closet on 5th Tuesdays of the month (four times each year).  You are invited to join us.

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Nov
4
10:00 AM10:00

All Saints Day (transferred)

9:00-9:45 Adult Formation
10:00 Sunday School during the Liturgy of the Word

Holy Eucharist, Rite II

All Saints Day is unique in that it may be celebrated both on November 1st (the actual holy day) and the Sunday following. St. Elizabeth’s does not schedule a mid-week celebration for this holy day, so we will celebrated it on this day.

Readings for the Feast of All Saints, Year B
Wisdom of Solomon 3:1-9 | Isaiah 25:6-9
Psalm 24
Revelation 21:1-6a
John 11:32-44

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Mar
20
6:15 PM18:15

Night Prayers (New Zealand)

During Lent, our usual Evening Prayer is replaced by alternate forms of evening worship.

For the 2nd Wednesday of Lent, we will use Night Prayers from A New Zealand Prayer Book.

Please join us for this respite from the weekly grind, and stay for our Lenten Soup and Book Study..

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Mar
20
7:00 PM19:00

Lenten Soup Supper & Book Study

Our Lenten Soup (and Bread) and Book Study uses Margaret Guenther's 2011 book, Walking Home:  from Eden to Emmaus, and a study guide provided by the Church Publishing Company.

Our evening begins at 6:15 with one of several forms of evening worship, which substitutes for our usual Wednesday Evening Prayer (alternating monthly between Rite I and Rite II)

Members of the study group sign up to provide the soup and bread, which is followed by the three chapters appointed for the evening.

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Mar
27
6:15 PM18:15

Evensong

During Lent, our usual Evening Prayer is replaced by alternate forms of evening worship.

For the 3rd Wednesday of Lent, we will offer a (partially) chanted Evening Prayer, Rite II.

Please join us for this respite from the weekly grind, and stay for our Lenten Soup and Book Study.

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Mar
31
10:00 AM10:00

The 4th Sunday in Lent

Holy Eucharist, Rite II
Sunday School

Mark's Gospel refers first to the serpent-cum-staff that Moses raised up in the wilderness (Numbers 21) as the precursor of Jesus' being lifted up to give all of us eternal life.  This passage includes John 3:16 (which fits nicely on signs at sporting events), with which many Christians are both familiar and from which we receive much comfort.

Readings for the 4th Sunday in Lent, Year B
Numbers 21:4-9
Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22
Ephesians 2:1-10
John 3:14-21

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Apr
3
6:15 PM18:15

Holden Evening Prayer

During Lent, our usual Evening Prayer is replaced by alternate forms of evening worship.

For the 4th Wednesday of Lent, we will offer Marty Haugen's Holden Evening Prayer, a sung form that is especially popular in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.

Please join us for this respite from the weekly grind, and stay for our Lenten Soup and Book Study.

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Apr
7
10:00 AM10:00

The 5th Sunday in Lent

Holy Eucharist, Rite II
Sunday School

In our Gospel reading from John, Jesus predicts his death and resurrection ("glorification"), but without providing that level of detail.  What he does make clear is that those who are faithful in following Him will share in Jesus' glory.

Readings for the 5th Sunday in Lent, Year B
Jeremiah 31:31-34
Psalm 51:1-13 or 119:9-16
Hebrews 5:5-10
John 12:20-33

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Apr
10
8:15 PM20:15

Compline

During Lent, our usual 6:15 Wednesday Evening Prayer is replaced by alternate forms of evening worship.

For the 5th Wednesday of Lent, we will shift our evening worship to follow the Lenten Soup and Book Study.  We will close the evening with Compline, the traditional final worship of the day from the Benedictine Rule of Life.

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Apr
17
8:15 PM20:15

Tenebrae

During Lent, our usual 6:15 Wednesday Evening Prayer is replaced by alternate forms of evening worship.

For the final Wednesday of Lent, we will shift our evening worship to follow the Lenten Soup and Book Study.  Since this is the Wednesday of Holy Week, we will close in darkness with a form of Tenebrae.

The name Tenebrae (Latin for "darkness" or "shadows") has for centuries been applied to the ancient monastic night and pre-dawn services (Compline and Lauds) of the last three days of Holy Week, which in medieval times came to be celebrated on the previous evenings.

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Apr
18
7:00 PM19:00

Maundy Thursday Service

Our traditional Maundy Thursday Liturgy begins the "Triduum" (Latin for Three Days) liturgical arc.  It recalls Jesus' Last Supper with the Twelve, which was the Seder meal that marked the start of the Passover that year.

Jesus demonstrated his humility in washing their feet before they sat down (actually reclined) for the Seder.  We will do likewise.

This is the final celebration of the Holy Eucharist during Holy Week.  Any bread and wine that remains will process to the Altar of Repose at the south side of the Church, which has been decorated to recall the Garden of Gethsemane.

The Altar and surrounding area will then be stripped of all decorations, the altar washed, and the Cup will remain (on its side) to mark the utter emptiness left after Jesus' arrest that evening.

The People depart in silence without a dismissal.  We will resume the Triduum liturgy at our Good Friday observance.

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Apr
19
7:00 PM19:00

Good Friday Service

Our observance of Good Friday begins with the Stations of the Cross.

The Good Friday liturgy opens with the Solemn Collects, after which the reserved Sacrament is brought back from the Altar of Repose and consumed by all present.  There is no celebration of the Eucharist on this day.

As on Maundy Thursday, the People depart in silence without a dismissal.  We will resume the Triduum (Three Days) liturgical arc at the start of our Easter celebration.

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Apr
20
7:00 PM19:00

Great Vigil of Easter

History of the Great Vigil

The Great Vigil of Easter is the most ancient rite in the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer.  It has its origins in the very early Church, when Christianity was not yet practiced openly and the process of instruction for Holy Baptism (catecuminate, the source of the word Catechism) took three years in order to weed out infiltrators.

After three years of instruction, during which the Catecumens were escorted from the worship service prior to the Holy Eucharist, the Great Vigil became the time for their Baptism and admission as communicants of the Church.

The Great Vigil properly occurs overnight on the Eve of Easter, starting at sundown (the start of the Jewish day) and continuing until sunrise (hence the modern tradition of Easter Sunrise services).  Episcopal, Roman Catholic, and Lutheran churches vary in their practices, but at St. Elizabeth's, we will begin at 7pm (even though it's a bit prior to local sunset) and plan for a slightly longer service than our Sunday morning Holy Eucharists.

The Lighting of the Paschal Candle

We gather in darkness.  Candles will be distributed to members of the congregation.
At the rear of the Church, the New Fire will be lit, traditionally using steel and flint.

The Paschal Candle, which will remain lit throughout the Great 50 Days of Easter, is blessed, and the five incense spikes (representing Jesus' wounds at the Crucifixion) placed into it.
It will be lit from the New Fire, and an acolyte will take a flame from it. 

The Deacon (or Priest) will slowly process the Paschal Candle to the front of the church, stopping thrice to chant "The Light of Christ," to which the congregation replies "Thanks be to God."  The Acolyte will share the flame with the Congregation behind the procession.

The Exsultet

The Paschal Candle will be placed in its stand next to the Lectern.  The Deacon/Priest will then chant the Exsultet, which dates several centuries to before the Reformation.

The Liturgy of the Word

At this point, a series of Lessons, responses (Psalms/Canticles), and Collects will tell the story of the "Gods's saving deeds in history."  The Book of Common Prayer lists nine such sets, of which we will use four.  "Israel' deliverance at the Red Sea" is always included.

Holy Baptism/Renewal of Baptismal Vows

If there is anyone to receive the Sacrament of Holy Baptism, that will be performed at this time.  In any event, this is the time for the People to renew their own Baptismal Vows.

At the Eucharist

The Celebrant declares the Resurrection with the words "Alleluia, Christ is Risen!"
The People reply "The Lord is risen indeed.  Alleluia."
This will be repeated three times, raising in volume each time.
All are encouraged to ring bells and make make joyful noises to celebrate the Risen Christ.

As voices raise in song, the lights are raised, the Altar Party vests in white, and the Sanctuary is prepared for the first Easter celebration of the Holy Eucharist.

The Epistle, Psalm, and Gospel are read, followed by the Easter Homily and the Peace.

Festival Holy Eucharist

The service continues as on any other Sunday, but with the much celebration and many Alleluias.

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Apr
21
10:00 AM10:00

Easter Celebration

Our Easter Celebration opens with elements of the Great Vigil of Easter (the origin of Easter sunrise services), which began in the darkness between sunset on Holy Saturday and sunrise on Easter morning.

At the rear of the Church, we will first ignite the "new fire," from which the Paschal Candle is lit.  The Paschal Candle remains lit (at least for worship) "continuously" through the feast of Pentecost, a period known as the "Great Fifty Days of Easter."

We will also renew our Baptismal Vows.  In the early Church, Holy Baptism occurred during the Great Vigil of Easter, and it concluded a three year time of preparation (during which infiltrators could be weeded out in the days before the Church was allowed to operate openly).

The Risen Christ will be proclaimed with the words, "Alleluia!  Christ is Risen!"
The People respond with, "He is risen indeed!  Alleluia!"
Our long abstinence from Alleluias thus comes to an end with much joyful noise.
(Bring bells to ring at that time.)

From there we move to our Festival Holy Eucharist, to celebrate the Risen Christ.

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Oct
14
10:00 AM10:00

The 21st Sunday after Pentecost

9:00-9:45 Adult Formation
10:00 Sunday School during the Liturgy of the Word

Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Our Old Testament reading continues in Job, who is in great distress.

Our Epistle reading continues through Hebrews.

We continue through the Gospel of Mark, where the disciples are confused about how one can enter the Kingdom of God. (As is often the case with Jesus, it’s counter-intuitive.)

Readings for Proper 23, Track I, Year B
Job 23:1-9, 16-17
Psalm 22:1-15
Hebrews 4:12-16
Mark 10:17-31

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Oct
7
10:00 AM10:00

The 20th Sunday after Pentecost

9:00-9:45 Adult Formation
10:00 Sunday School during the Liturgy of the Word

Holy Eucharist, Rite II
Blessing of the Animals

This is the Sunday closest to the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi (October 4th).
Francis was especially fond of animals, as evidenced by the presence of birds on nearly every statue (including our own) that is produced of him.
In response, it has become a modern tradition to bless the animals in our own lives at this time. We invite you to bring your furry, feathered (et al) family members, or photos of same for blessing on this Sunday.

We continue our journey through the Wisdom Literature of the Old Testament, now entering the Book of Job.

From James, we progress to the Epistle to the Hebrews, announcing to faithful Jews the coming of Jesus as their long-awaited Messiah.

Our Gospel reading from Mark (and its parallels in Matthew and Luke) tells of yet another challenge by the Pharisees, which Jesus turns away with a blessing.

Readings for Proper 22, Track I, Year B
Job 1:1; 2:1-10
Psalm 26
Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:5-12
Mark 10:2-16

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Iris Stansbury Memorial Service
Oct
6
2:00 PM14:00

Iris Stansbury Memorial Service

Iris Stansbury, our beloved sister in Christ, went home to her Lord on August 26th.

We are gathering to celebrate her life. Though she unable to hear the service, she was an avid participant and lector; she rarely missed a Sunday while she was still able to attend.

Iris was born at Rochester, Kent, ENGLAND on March 4, 1930. She was raised in the Church of England, using the 1662 Book of Common Prayer and King James Version of Holy Scripture. We will honor that tradition in our service.

In keeping with all things English, we will offer High Tea at the reception after the service.

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