Monday, December 24, 2007
Join us at St. Andrew’s and Church of the Redeemer as we celebrate Christmas, the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Please refer to the list of times below – we are sure you will find these worship services a way to deepen your Christmas celebration.
Christmas Eve Holy Communion at 5:00 p.m. with reception following at Church of the Redeemer, Oak Ridge.
Christmas Eve Midnight Mass at St. Andrew's in Mer Rouge - Hymns begin at 10:45 p.m. and Holy Communion begins at 11:00 p.m.
Christmas Day - Holy Communion at 11:00 a.m. St. Andrew’s in Mer Rouge.
At all the Christmas Eve and Christmas day liturgies the loose offering (along with checks so designated) will go to the Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana. The Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana has distributed millions pounds of food throughout the twelve parishes in Northeast Louisiana. Please give generously!
Have a very merry Christmas!
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
“The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!”
Our Easter proclamation is the thing that allows us to have hope. We live in a world were filled with death and unhappiness. Yet on Easter, we proclaim our trust in a God who is able to bring life out of death. Nothing, not even death, is the last word, if God is our hope. The same God who raised Jesus from death is our God and no failure, hopeless situation, or obstacle to happiness and life is an obstacle to God. Jesus, God’s beloved son, assures we are put right with this God. Christ is risen!
Let us be filled with hope and possibility!
Evening Prayer – 6:30 p.m.
Begin Holy Week by joining us as we read Evening Prayer, part of the Church’s daily office.
Fr. Whit will be away for the Mass of Collegiality at Church of the Redeemer in Ruston, Louisiana.
Holy Eucharist – 6:30 p.m.
Holy Eucharist and Foot Washing – 6:30 p.m. - The Maundy Thursday Liturgy is a beautiful service that includes foot washing. We learn about servant-hood.
Good Friday Liturgy – Noon
The Good Friday Liturgy remembers the death of our Lord.
Stations of the Cross – 6:30 p.m.
This is a moving service of prayer, reflection and contemplation.
Community Egg Hunt – 10:00 a.m. Join us in Oak Ridge behind the Masonic Lodge for the hunt!
The Great Vigil of Easter - 4:00 p.m. - This is the Church’s ancient Easter celebration and traditionally includes baptism. This year we will baptize Amos Duke Shackelford. Come and experience this wonderful liturgy.
Easter Day Holy Eucharist – 9:30 a.m. - A wonderful celebration of our Lord’s resurrection. Come celebrate with us and sing!
Thursday, March 22, 2007
Episcopal Life Online has been launched to widen church coverage. Faster access to current churchwide headlines is now offered via the new website, Episcopal Life Online. The site offers reporting from Episcopal Life, the award-winning monthly printed newspaper, along with the latest coverage from Episcopal News Service [ENS].
Thursday, February 15, 2007
Called "epiScope: looking over the Episcopal Church," the blog seeks "to add perspective and context to some stories, and to correct the record in other instances," said the Episcopal Church's communication director,Canon Robert Williams.
"epiScope is an essential component of the Episcopal Church's overall communication strategy at the present time when reporters increasingly consult the 'blogosphere' for story leads and interpretation," Williams added. He said the blog is part of the new "Episcopal Church Online" initiativethat is working "to support Episcopalians' increasing participation in building community through the latest net-based strategies."
The Rev. Jan Nunley, the Episcopal Church's deputy for communication, is moderator of the epiScope blog, and "has worked with great skill and insight in designing and launching this new service," Williams said.
Full story: http://www.episcopalchurch.org/3577_82487_ENG_HTM.htm
Thanks to the Episcopal News Service
Saturday, February 03, 2007
This is a critical meeting in terms of the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion. Among the work of the Primates will be the matter of the actions of our General Conventions of 2003 and 2006, and this including the GC 2006 response to the Windsor Report.
The Bishop has written to request that we begin to pray for this meeting. The Bishop asked that this prayer be not only offered in the worship services across the diocese in the days ahead, but throughout the meeting of the Primates (February 12-19). Finally, he asked that all priests encourage those under their pastoral care to hold this in their personal prayers each day.
The three Episcopal bishops are scheduled to make their presentations and speak with the Primates on February 14. Our Bishop asks your prayers especially for him as he speaks not only on behalf of the Diocese of Western Louisiana, but the relationship of the Episcopal Church within the wider Anglican Communion.
Prayer for Primates' meeting:
"O God, in wisdom and compassion you discern our innermost thoughts and holiest desires. You call us to faithfully proclaim the Gospel out of this intimate knowledge, and are not swayed by first impressions. We confess that we do not often view others as you view us. We do not see depth, sincerity, and potential, but form snap judgments and refuse to change them. In this hour enable us to open our hearts to you as we lift the meeting of the Primates' to you in prayer. Be with them as they seek counsel for the renewal and mission of your Church; inspire their prayer and enable them to know that time spent in prayer is not duty, but daily bread, and that the fruits of that time of quiet be filled with grace, blessing, and reconciliation. Through the power of your Holy Spirit, as you lead them in their time together, lead us, and in all things keep us mindful of the gift that is ours in Christ Jesus, our Lord. Amen." [drawn from BCP 1979 and All the Seasons of Mercy 1987]
Monday, January 01, 2007
Second, all the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day offerings were sent to the Northeast Louisiana Food Bank. Thanks to everyone!