At 6:45pm the room will open for the 7pm service. Search your Sunday’s email (April 5th) for an email with the subject line; “Holy Week Service and Prayer through ZOOM” for this zoom link…here is the Order of Service:
It is a Holy Week like no other. Holy Week’s age-old counsel to divide life into 24 hour segments and approach it one day at a time appears wiser than ever. Each day of Holy week contains its own truths. I encourage you to devote some time each day this week to meditate upon what happened in Christ’s life that day. The point of the exercise is to inscribe in your soul a faith in how suffering is redeemed, how love overcomes, and how life rather than death speaks the final word. In this way, we make Christ’s work our own.
We are offering two distinct “tracks” to follow through Holy Week hoping to offer something that works for everyone. Of course, feel free to pick and choose or jump between the options however is best for you.
TRACK ONE: These services attempt to approximate what is customary and traditional in the Episcopal Church. Maundy Thursday. Live Webcast the service at Washington National Cathedral at 7pm available here. Good Friday. Noon All Saints’ Service on our website. Holy Saturday. Join our friends at St. Andrew’s Wellesley for a traditional Easter Vigil at 7:30pm available here. Easter Sunday: All Saints’ Easter Sunday Service found on our website followed by online coffee hour (link will appear in your email Sunday morning).
TRACK TWO: Innovative family style services that are child friendly and personally involving. Maundy Thursday. Look for instruction in a parish email for a brief service you do in your own home. Good Friday 7pm: Live Zoom Stations of the Cross service with our church school and interim rector. For the Zoom Link search your email for the Subject: ‘Holy Week Service and Prayer through ZOOM’. Zoom Link Here. Holy Saturday. Innovative pre-Easter service in your home or backyard to be observed after sunset. Instructions here. Beware, this service involves fire lighting! Easter Sunday: All Saints’ Easter Sunday Service found on our website followed by online coffee hour (link will appear in your email Sunday morning)
In addition to these services, the Diocese of Massachusetts will be offering three online services on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday. They are being filmed in three separate locations. The Maundy Thursday service will be offered by the Society of St. John the Evangelist in Cambridge, and Br. James Koester, Superior, will preach. The Good Friday service will be offered from the convent chapel of the Sisters of St. Margaret in Duxbury, and Bishop Gayle Harris will preach. The Easter Day service will be offered from the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Boston, with Bishop Alan Gates preaching. Access to each service will be available the morning of each service here.
Our scripture articulates one of the lessons of Holy Week in the following way: “We do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are…. Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:15). May that boldness be ours as we follow in the footsteps of Jesus together.
Here are some photos from this Sunday’s class: kids made Lenten Flowers with prayers in the petals, they are taking care of Lenten Bulbs and watching life come forth, and drawing pictures in response to hearing the story of Jesus’ life.
All families in the Church School will be receiving a mailing with craft supplies for Lenten and Easter crafts. To cut down on mailing costs, I am posting the directions for using these materials here as downloadable files in the pdf format. Let me know if you have any trouble accessing and I can email them to you directly. Laura at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Upper School kids had a great first week of online church school! There were 14 kids present!! All Saints’ Upper School is for kids in grades 5th- 12th. The start time is 11:30- show up a little early to chat and say hi! The talk this week was about the Stations of the Cross by David Kercher. It was excellent! You can view the talk on the church website- it will be posted later this week.
We will be holding Upper School class online for the foreseeable future. It is easy to join- I will email out a link to all registered families in the church school every Friday- you should feel free to share it and invite youth to join- it costs nothing. And it is so nice to see each other and talk about God together.
We had our first online Church School this Sunday. The younger kids class was at 9:15am and we had 14 kids there! This is such an easy way to see each other and stay connected- we will be holding class this way each week while we are in this situation- all are invited to join us! I will be emailing out the Invitation Link to registered church school families every Friday. Feel free to share it with family and friends.
The story this week was the birth of Jesus and the time he went to the temple and Mary and Joseph searched for him: “Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” Luke 2:49
As we all adjust to the impact of the coronavirus, we want to continue to come together as a Church School community at All Saints. We are suspending church school at the church at this time. But we still will be holding church school. To support that safely we have arranged for a Lower School class (kids pre-k to 4th) of Godly Play to be offered at 9:15-9:45 online this Sunday morning, and an Upper School class (5th-12th grade) conversation about the Stations of the Cross from 11:30-noon.
The platform we are using for this is called Zoom. It is free to use. You can join the class on a computer, a tablet or a phone. On a computer, you will be asked to run the Zoom software (free and downloadable). And for the tablet and the phone you will need to download the Zoom App (free) from the App Store. We have tested it out and it is easy to use and fun! You will be able to see each other and talk in a conversational way. It will be so nice to see each other!! The classes will be lead by Sunday School teachers, and you should feel free to join both if you like.
Please email me for the invitation to the classes at email@example.com and let me know which class you would like to join. See you then!!
If you are unable to get to church on Sunday morning, this simple prayer service can be done with your family. It is taken from the book, “Common Prayer for Children and Families,” by Jenifer Gamber & Timothy Seamans