We’ve recently had some timely conversations with our Jewish “cousins” at St Mary Magdalene.
Last Wednesday evening Rabbi Tirzah Firestone spoke to us about the history of the Passover celebration and its religious and spiritual meaning. She described what the Passover festival might have looked like in Jerusalem during Jesus’ time, and gave us a good idea of what it might have meant to a first-century Jew to hear Jesus identified as the “Paschal lamb” (hint: look up the word “apotropaic”).
The Wednesday morning Men’s Group has been reading a remarkable book called “Jesus: First-Century Rabbi,” by Rabbi David Zaslow. Rabbi Zaslow makes an impassioned case that both Christians and Jews could find their faith enriched by understanding and appreciating just how deeply rooted Jesus was in his Jewish faith and tradition.
More than that, Rabbi Zaslow believes that mutual recognition of Jesus as a respected teacher within the Jewish rabbinic tradition can facilitate dialogue and even reconciliation between our traditions. He celebrates the fact that this reconciliation is more possible now than at any previous time in history.
The most challenging part of Rabbi Zaslow’s book, however, is his detailed examination of how translations and interpretations of Christian scriptures have been used over the centuries to fuel anti-Jewish sentiment, which in turn has led to discrimination, persecution and horrific violence.
Holy Week, in particular, has historically precipitated spasms of anti-Jewish violence.
Easter Egg Hunt and Coffee Hour, Sunday April 1, 9:00am
A new Sign-Up Board is now located on the wall between the kitchen and the fireplace. Check it out and sign up to provide Altar Flowers or Coffee Hour.
Welcome Rev. Linda Brown
The Rev. Linda Brown will be assisting with our Holy Week and Easter liturgies. She has served as a Deacon in the Diocese of Colorado for the past 6 years with the focus of her diaconal ministry on community organizing to address the needs of marginalized people. Her training is in the biological sciences with emphasis on terrestrial ecology, and she spent nearly 30 years working in the field of engineering and environmental consulting. Linda and her husband, Jesse, live in Arvada, have been married 45 years, and love to fly-fish, go bird-watching, and hike in the Colorado mountains. They are both Benedictine oblates associated with Benet Hill Monastery. Beginning mid-April, they will be on pilgrimage in Spain where they plan to walk the 500-mile Camino de Santiago.
Celebrate Holy Week and Easter with St. Mary Magdalene
Palm Sunday, Sunday March 25, 8:00am (no music) and 10:00am
Way of the Cross on the Indoor Labryinth, Wednesday March 28, 7:00pm
Maundy Thursday, Thursday March 29, 7:00pm
Good Friday, Friday March 30, 12:00pm and 7:00pm
Great Vigil of Easter, Saturday March 31, 7:00pm
Easter Services, Sunday April 1, 8:00am and 10:30am
Easter Egg Hunt and Coffee Hour, Sunday April 1, 9:00am
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Lent is a traditional time to partake in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, aka, Confession. The Rite is found in the Book of Common Prayer beginning on p. 448 (available online Here). Please contact Fr Bruce directly if you would like more information or to schedule a time to meet. The Church’s rubric for Reconciliation is, “all may, some should, none must.”
St. Mary Magdalene Resurrection Tree
A very special Easter tradition we have here at St. Mary’s is our Resurrection Tree, which we have decorated over the years with doves in memory of our loved ones. We’ve kept many of the doves to hang again this year, but if you are new to St. Mary’s we will have doves for you to write the name of your loved one on Palm Sunday to add to our tree. Contact Suzanne Metzger.
Donate for Easter Flowers
Donations are being accepted for Easter flowers March 11 – April 1. If you would like to contribute, please place a check or cash in the offering basket or safe deposit slot by the church office notating “Easter Flowers”. A suggested donation of $30 is greatly appreciated. If you would like to dedicate your donation to a loved one, please email the church office with the name of the person and in honor, memory, etc. by 8am on Monday March 26.
News from the Kitchen…Easter Coffee Hour Sign Up!
Easter is fast approaching and we are planning on full services at 8:00 and 10:30. Please sign up to help provide snacks for coffee hours during Easter egg hunt or after the 10:30 service. We will have tables set up in the courtyard for goodies and drinks. We will have the coffee and other drinks out by 9:00. Please click here to sign up to help with goodies. Thanks for helping make this Easter special for everyone! Contact Patti Guilford or Jane Rogers.
Seder Supper with St. John’s Episcopal Church
St. John’s Boulder has invited the SMM community to join them for a potluck Seder Supper at the Barcelona House (St. Ambrose property) at 5:30 pm on Friday, April 6 . This is intended to be a fun, family event hosted by their Level III Sunday School children. Please RSVP to Sue Crowley at and she will let our generous hosts know who is coming.
Colorado Haiti Project Fundraiser
Mark your calendars to join us on Sunday, April 15 after the 10:00am service for the CHP Fundraiser which and will include a luncheon, a slide show, a talk, and items to buy.
More details to follow!
Save the Date: VBS 2018!
It’s that time of year again! Vacation Bible School at SMM is happening June 5th, 6th, & 7th from 4-7 PM. This program is open to entering 1st-5th graders and 6th-12th grade as camp leaders. For more information contact Sue Crowley.
Mission Trip to Nogales AZ/Mexico: July 30-August 4
We are planning another “border immersion” trip to Nogales, a city on both sides of the US/Mexico border. We will learn how legal and illegal immigration affects on life along the border, talk with migrants, walk migrant trials, and visit a sister Episcopal church. We’ll stay at a community center on the Mexico side, and work with the children there. Please contact Fr Bruce to reserve a space or to learn more. Last year the cost was roughly $600/person, including airfare. Click here to see a recent article by the New York Times about Nogales.
Join the SMM Food Ministry!
The Food Ministry is now co-chaired by Sheila Martinson and Janet Taapken. A new sign up sheet is posted in the back of the church. If you are interested in occasionally providing a meal to a parish family in need, we would love to have you join our team. Thank you!
Support Community Food Share
Looking for an easy way to support Outreach? Please remember the SMM Food Pantry basket in your weekly grocery shopping! Donations such as cereal, peanut butter, soup, canned tuna and chicken, rice, and baby food/formula are especially needed. Place sealed, non-perishable items only in the basket at the back of church in the entry way. Thank you!
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