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UPCOMING EVENTS

Instructed Eucharist/Kick Off Sunday
As we kick off our program year on Sunday, September 20, we’ll also have an Instructed Eucharist. For those who are unfamiliar, in an Instructed Eucharist we skip the sermon and instead explain why we do each part of the service. Have you ever wondered why we say the confession? Or why some people cross themselves before the gospel? Or any other of the various acts that make up our liturgy?
After all, one of the things that binds the Episcopal Church together is not our theology or our dogma, but the fact that we are able to come together and worship God. An Instructed Eucharist gives us all a chance to remember the explanations and history that have formed the current form of our liturgy. Some of the reasons might make a lot of sense, and others might surprise you.

Wednesday Nights at Church
Wednesday Nights at Church brings parishioners together to have fun, learn, and grow. We begin our time together with Tai Chi at 5 p.m., then have dinner from 5:45 to 6:30 p.m. followed by adult education classes from 6:45 to 8:00 p.m. Fall Term begins October 7 and runs through November 18. We’ll be offering two classes:

    + Theology a la Harry Potter – Harry Potter swept the world by storm. In 2004 it was estimated that 2/3 of American children age six to seventeen years old had read one or more of the books. It’s clearly a tremendously popular series. But does it have to say about Christian theology, ethics and values? Come to class and find out! All are welcome, whether you are fuzzy on who Harry Potter is, can quote all seven books cover to cover, or fall somewhere in between. This discussion based class will focus on issues of magic and Christianity, love and power, calling, temptation, prejudice, sin, courage and self-sacrifice. We’ll introduce each topic with Harry Potter and then discuss our own values and beliefs. Mother Pippa will facilitate.

    + The Gospel of Luke – As we prepare to focus on Luke’s Gospel in Year C, let’s delve deeper into this Gospel written for the Gentiles. What is Luke’s context, and how does that affect this account of Jesus’ life and ministry? What accounts are unique to Luke and what is shared with Matthew and Mark? Luke also authored the book of Acts, which is the only Biblical narrative about the early life of the church. Come and learn more about Luke’s Gospel, discuss the implications of this Gospel in your daily life. Facilitated by Ward N. and Father Mike.