Jul
22
10:00 AM10:00

The 9th Sunday after Pentecost

Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Our Old Testament reading continues the narrative of King David.  The prophet Nathan comes to David to urge him to create a dwelling place for the Divine Name, a precursor to Solomon's Temple a generation later.

The Epistle to the Ephesians makes this more personal, declaring that the Church and its members are the dwelling place of God.

Our Gospel reading from Mark continues Jesus' teachings and healings in Galilee.

Readings for Proper 11, Track I, Year B
2 Samuel 7:1-14a
Psalm 89:20-37
Ephesians 2:11-22
Mark 6:30-34, 53-56

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Jul
29
10:00 AM10:00

The 10th Sunday after Pentecost

Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Our Old Testament reading continues the narrative of King David.  This week tells of David's betrayal of his loyal servant Uriah in order to have Bathsheba for himself.

We continue our way through the Epistle to the Ephesians, where the author (ostensibly Paul) prays that they may be strengthened by the power of the Spirit.

From the Gospel of John we hear a parallel account of the Feeding of the 5,000.

Readings for Proper 12, Track I, Year B
2 Samuel 11:1-15
Psalm 14
Ephesians 3:14-21
John 6:1-21

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St. Clare's Ministries
Jul
31
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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Aug
5
10:00 AM10:00

The 11th Sunday after Pentecost

Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Our Old Testament narrative resumes in the wake of King David's taking of Bathsheba, who now has become his wife.  The prophet Nathan takes David to task for his sins.

From the Epistle to the Ephesians, we hear the opening greeting for Holy Baptism, and also the gifts of ministry that are enumerated as part of the the Ordination rites.

Our Gospel reading from John follows the feeding of the 5,000 from last week.

Readings for Proper 13, Track I, Year B
2 Samuel 11:26--12:13a
Psalm 51:1-13
Ephesians 4:1-16
John 6:24-35

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Aug
12
10:00 AM10:00

The 12th Sunday After Pentecost

Holy Eucharist, Rite II

We continue the Old Testament narrative of King David with David's grief at the death of Absalom.

The Epistle to the Ephesians continues its instruction to both that church and our own.

Our diversion to the Gospel of John continues with one of Jesus' seven I AM statements, "I AM the bread of life."

Readings for Proper 14, Track I, Year B
2 Samuel 18:5-9, 15, 31-33
Psalm 130
Ephesians 4:25--5:2
John 6:35, 41-51

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Aug
19
10:00 AM10:00

The 13th Sunday After Pentecost

Holy Eucharist, Rite I

Our Old Testament story arc moves to the 1st Book of the Kings.  David's forty year reign comes to an end and he is buried in the City of David (Bethlehem).  Solomon succeeds him, and asks God for the wisdom to govern in the place of his father, King David.

We continue to hear from the Epistle to the Ephesians, which encourages us to be wise and filled with the Spirit, especially in these evil days.

We hear another "I AM" statement from the Gospel of John, "II am the living bread that came down from heaven."

Readings for Proper 15, Track I, Year B
1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14
Psalm 111
Ephesians 5:15-20
John 6:51-58

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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
27
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
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
3
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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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
6:30 PM18:30

Lenten Soup Supper & Book Study

Note the change in time.  Soup Supper & Book Study at 6:30; Compline at 8:15

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.

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

Our evening will close with Compline the last of the "hours" of the Benedictine prayer cycle.

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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
14
10:00 AM10:00

Passion/Palm Sunday

Holy Eucharist, Rite II

The season of Lent reaches its climax during Holy Week, which begins today.

Today's service actually provides a sudden shift, which is intentionally jarring to all of us.  The preceding weeks have offered Jesus' teachings with the background that Jesus and His chosen Disciples (and others) have been making the journey from the Mount of Transfiguration (just prior to Ash Wednesday) toward Jerusalem.

The service begins with the Blessing of the Palms and Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem.  Hosannahs abound as he rides through the gates of the city over a path strewn with cloaks and palms.  We will form our own procession out and around the Church as we celebrate.

Things change abruptly at this point, as our emphasis turns from Palms to Passion.  We will hear (with many voices taking the various parts) the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark.

Readings for the Passion/Palm Sunday, Year B:
Mark 11:1-11 (at the blessing of the Palms)
Isaiah 50:4-9a
Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 or 31:9-16
Philippians 2:5-11
Mark Mark 14:1--15:47

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Apr
17
6:30 PM18:30

Lenten Soup Supper & Book Study

Note the change in time.  Soup Supper & Book Study at 6:30; Tenebrae at 8:15

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.

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

Our evening will close with Tenebrae, the traditional service of darkness for Holy Week.

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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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Laundry Love
May
19
9:30 AM09:30

Laundry Love

With the assistance of Denver's Bayaud Enterprises and Brighton's Let Your Light Shine Ministries, St. Elizabeth's ministers to our neighbors by helping them to do their laundry.

After a brief hiatus, our Laundry Love ministry has restarted at St. Elizabeth's.  Bayaud Enterprises' The Laundry Truck will be at the church from 9am-1pm, and accepting laundry (up to two loads or 30 lbs) from 9:30-11:30 am.

While our clients' laundry is being washed, dried, and folded at the truck, our guests will be welcomed into the Church for hospitality.  Let Your Light Shine ministries will supply breakfast burritos, while St. Elizabeth's will offer beverages and basic essentials (toiletries et al).

As each month comes to an end, many families are simply "tapped out."  Laundry can be a significant expense when one must choose among paying the rent and/or utilities, buying food, and all the other necessities of life.

This is a ministry that even a small church like St. Elizabeth's can perform with a few people and a modest budget.  

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