Tonight, Maundy Thursday
7:00pm, Nave, Foot-washing, The Last Supper, Stripping of the Altar and Garden of Repose
11:15am, Pleasant Street steps, The Way of the Cross; a pilgrimage of devotion around the block.
Noon, Good Friday Liturgy, Nave, Communion from the Reserved Sacrament, Veneration of the Cross.
7:00pm, Nave, Good Friday music, dramatic readings and prayers led by St. Paul’s youth.
Saturday, Easter Vigil
7:00pm, Pleasant Street courtyard, Kindle First Fire of the Resurrection and light Paschal Candle. Candlelight service with lots of celebration noise as we greet Christ’s resurrection! Bring bells and noise makers!
8:00am, Nave, Festival Easter Holy Eucharist with Choir.
10:30am, Nave, Festival Easter Holy Baptisms and Eucharist with special music, choir and children’s procession, children’s homily, adult sermon. (Activities, snacks and bulletin board for “Pew Art” set up in The Great Hall.)
I just returned from the St. Paul’s vestibule where the “Garden of Repose” has been set up and decorated for tonight’s Maundy Thursday Eucharist. It is beautiful. Thank you, Flower Committee and Abigail Manny for taking the time to research the succulents that might have been in the Garden of Gethsemane. There, we will place the consecrated elements and the Sanctuary Candle for the night to symbolize Christ’s prayers in the Garden before he was arrested. Tomorrow, we will retrieve the elements, blow out the candle and participate one more time in the Eucharist as we remember how Christ died.
Tonight, Maundy Thursday, we will gather as Christ’s followers did in that upper room just before he was arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane. We will gather for a supper that features caritas, the love of Christ. Tonight’s observance is one that centers around Christ’s commandment, mandate. (The word “Maundy” comes from this Latin root.) The all-important commandment from John’s gospel for his follower is “Love one another as I have loved you.”
There are two symbols tonight that represent what this commandment “to love” looks like. First, Jesus got down on his knees and washed the feet of his disciples – the perfect symbol of what servant leadership looks like. And he did it because he loved his disciples and wanted them to love one another. “Do you see what I am doing to you? Do this to each other.”
The other symbol is the Last Supper. We call this the Holy Eucharist. “Eucharist” comes from the Greek word that means “Thanksgiving.” Christ passed on this remembrance of his love and forgiveness for his followers in a meal of giving thanks and remembrance.
Tonight we will sing, “What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul! What wondrous love is this, O my soul! What wondrous love is this that caused the Lord of bliss to lay aside his crown for my soul, for my soul, to lay aside his crown for my soul.”
As the lights dim, the altar stripped bare, Cam Smith will read for us the love passages from scripture. Tonight we reflect of the wondrous love of Jesus who gave it all up for love of you and me.
May you enjoy the love and blessings of Christ in this Holy Season,
This very special weekend of services includes many favorite hymns of the faith, and I hope you’ll be able to attend all the worship services and offer praise to God for this incomparable work of salvation. Tonight we’ll sing anthems and songs of foot-washing, service, and Gethsemane; Friday, music of the cross, and Saturday night and Sunday morning music of the great triumph of the resurrection. Sunday morning we will be blessed with instruments to help lead our praise as we sing favorite Easter hymns, and the choir has prepared special music to offer grateful praise. –Bob Judd
Unitarian Universalist Church of Brunswick
received April 15
Dear Rev. Eklund (Carolyn),
I write on behalf of the UU Church of Brunswick to express our deepest gratitude to you and your congregation for your warmth and generosity throughout our 3 years of “homelessness.” From the very beginning, you reached out to us – offering us a key to your lovely space and the commitment to find us room to gather whenever possible. You have responded graciously over and over again to our many inquires and requests. You have given us a great gift, and we hold you in our hearts.
We hope to deepen our growing relationship and look forward to being able to share our energy and new space with you in future events or in need.
Most immediately we hope most of you who can will join us on Saturday, April 26 from 1-3 p.m. for our Open House.
Our warmest thanks and appreciation,
for the UU Church of Brunswick
Unitarian Universalist Church of Brunswick
invites you to an Open House
Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 1:00-3:00 pm
to thank you for your support.
One Middle Street Brunswick, Maine
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
St. Paul’s will hold a Celebration of New Ministry on Tuesday, May 13th to formally welcome our new Rector, Carolyn Eklund. Bishop Stephen Lane will officiate. The service begins at 6:00 and a Reception to follow in The Great Hall.
There are many ways to take part in this event. Please consider volunteering to bring any of the following: Finger Food hearty appetizers, i.e., cheese and crackers, hummus and chips, nut, fruit or veggie trays, deviled eggs, or finger sandwiches. Also: cookies, bars, brownies or your favorite finger food family dessert!
Not a “Martha”?….please consider cash donations to also be appropriate. Oh, yes! Clean-up volunteers are also needed.
But most of all, we desire your presence at this Happy Event! Please contact Bonny LaBonte, 729-5226 or Carol Thomas, 666-8296 for more information. See you there!
This Sunday’s Announcements
Exploring the Word will be in recess for Easter. Meetings will resume on Sunday, April 27 at 9:30 a.m.
10:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 23. Winter has not been kind to our Memorial Garden and a committee is forming to look at ways to reinvigorate that very important space. The first meeting of this group is scheduled in the library and we invite your ideas, concerns, and participation. We’ll be walking around outside so bring appropriate footwear. Contact Mary Ann Hoy for more information.
9 a.m. to noon. Saturday, April 26. Emily Dickinson, T. S. Eliot, and “The Negative Way” to God. “Poems are verbal icons into the eternal,” says the Reverend Dick Bamforth of Maine. And Brother Mark Brown of the Society of Saint John the Evangelist adds that in the original Greek, the Nicene Creed describes God as “the Poet of heaven and earth.” In this workshop we will look at a few poems by Emily Dickinson and T. S. Eliot as guideposts for us in our own journeys toward the Eternal–two very different poets, each of whom struggled to establish a relationship with God. Each chose what’s called “The Negative Way”: describing what God is not, rather than trying to fathom who or what God is. This Via Negativa is an ancient path that goes back to the Old Testament and the “ineffable name of God,” through the Middle Ages and The Cloud of Unknowing, through some of the writings of C. S. Lewis to the present-day work of Cynthia Bourgeault and other contemplatives. For Dickinson and Eliot, this Negative Way took them to different places, which in and of itself might be helpful to us. Please join Rick Wile for some reading, reflection, discussion, and even some writing on our own.
FUTURE DATES. MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 30. As a follow-up to the April 9 presentation based on Michelle Alexander’s book The New Jim Crow, a discussion of the book will be facilitated by Grainme Dunne of the ACLU-ME in the Curtis Memorial Library’s Morrell Meeting Room. If you were unable to attend the April 9 event, which included the viewing of Bill Moyer’s interview with Michelle Alexander and a panel discussion, you can find the interview on You Tube via the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=om2hx6Xm2JE The Frontline Committee is working on a forum on this subject at St. Paul’s; please stay tuned.
2:00 p.m. Sunday, May 4. As part of the church covenant with Habitat for Humanity, 9 parishoners are walking in the annual spring walk on Sunday, May 4 at 2 p.m. You can support them with pledges online at: http://habitat7rivers.org/runwalk/sponsor.php?7HFH-7R9
If you are interested in participating in the spring walk, pledging on paper, or providing finger sandwiches for the hungry walkers, please contact Madeleine Msall (607-4049). More information about our covenant with Habitat is available on the Outreach board.
Tuesday, May 13. St Paul’s, First Parish, and UU earth care teams will co-host along with Maine Interfaith Power and Light, Dr. John Hagan, Pricing Climate Change, Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences, at the Frontier Café.
Please Note: On Sundays, the doors to the parking lot will be locked from the outside at approximately noon. As we have had too many instances when the doors remained unsecured all day, ushers will now lock the doors as a matter of routine. Exceptions of course will be made for events taking place on Sunday afternoons. And, nothing in this policy means anyone has to rush home – by all means, stay and enjoy the coffee and fellowship.
Please be sure to wear your nametag! If you need one, even if you are a guest or newcomer, please sign up in The Great Hall. Magnetic closure nametags are available.