Let’s ROC 11/17/2018

Let’s be thankful and celebrate Thanksgiving together November 17th, 4:30 – 6:30. Join us for music from Chime In, worship and a feast. Please sign up in the fellowship hall to bring a side dish, or if you’re up for it, contact Holly and volunteer to roast a turkey.

Holly McCullough
holly@eca-sj.org
Building Bridges Coordinator
Episcopal Church in Almaden

While you have your calendar out, make sure that you’ve set aside December 15th, 4:30 – 6:30 for our Christmas Pageant. It will be a heartwarming event.

Let’s ROC 10/06/2018

Looking Ahead… Let’s ROC Blessing of the Animals

Let’s ROC Blessing of the Animals is Saturday October 6th.

  • 4:30–5: Be a Blessing – Pray for the wellbeing of animals around the word, care for animals in your neighborhood
  • 5–6: Say Thanks to God – We’ll thank God for our pets and stuffed animals and they will receive a special blessing
  • 6–6:30: Eat – Come rest at the table

See you soon,
Holly

Holly McCullough
holly@eca-sj.org
Building Bridges Coordinator
Episcopal Church in Almaden

Sermon – Ninth Sunday after Pentecost – Proper 11 – Year B – The Reverend Shelley Booth Denney

2 Samuel 7:1-14a
Psalm 89:20-37
Ephesians 2:11-22
Mark 6:30-34, 53-56

Sermon – Seventh Sunday after Pentecost – Proper 9 – Year B – The Reverend Shelley Booth Denney

2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10
Psalm 48
2 Corinthians 12:2-10
Mark 6:1-13

 

Sermon – Sixth Sunday after Pentecost – Proper – 8 – Year B- The Reverend Shelley Booth Denney

2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27
Psalm 130
2 Corinthians 8:7-15
Mark 5:21-43

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Sermon – Fifth Sunday after Pentecost – Proper 7 – Year B – The Reverend Andrea MacKenzie

1 Samuel 17: (1a, 4-11, 19-23), 32-49
Psalm 9:9-20
2 Corinthians 6:1-13
Mark 4:35-41

Sermon – Trinity Sunday – Year B- The Reverend Shelley Booth Denney

Sermon – Sixth Sunday of Easter – Year B – The Reverend Shelley Booth Denney

Sermon – Fifth Sunday of Easter – Year B – The Reverend Karen Cuffie

Sermon – Fourth Sunday of Easter – Year B – The Reverend John Buenz

Sermon – Third Sunday of Easter – Year B – Andrea MacKenzie

Sermon – The Second Sunday of Easter – Year B – The Reverend Shelley Booth Denney

Sermon – Easter Day – The Reverend Shelley Booth Denney

Sermon – The Great Vigil 0f Easter – The Reverend David H Starr

Genesis 1:1-2:4a [The Story of Creation]
Exodus 14:10-31; 15:20-21 [Israel’s deliverance at the Red Sea]
Ezekiel 37:1-14 [The valley of dry bones]
Romans 6:3-11
Psalm 114
Mark 16:1-8

Sermon – Good Friday – Year B – Andrea MacKenzie

 

Sermon – Holy Thursday – Year B – The Reverend Shelley Booth Denney

Sermon – Passion Sunday/Palm Sunday – Year B – The Reverend Shelley Booth Denney

The Liturgy of the Palms
The Liturgy of the Word

Sermon – Fifth Sunday of Lent – Year B – Andrea MacKenzie

Sermon – The Fourth Sunday of Lent – Year B – The Reverend Shelley Booth Denney

Sermon – Third Sunday of Lent – Year B – The Reverend David H Starr

Sermon – Second Sunday of Lent – Year B – The Reverend Karen Cuffie

Holy Week and Easter at ECA

This is a synopsis of our Holy Week services, to let people know some of the symbolism of what we will walk through together March 25 through April 1.

We begin Holy Week on Palm Sunday in the circular gathering area in front of the church. We bless and distribute palm fronds. To the sound of All Glory, Laud, and Honor, we process to the sanctuary, and hear the story of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. The Holy Eucharist swings from the joy of triumph to the reading of Jesus’ Passion and Death at the end of the service, and we leave in silence. This service takes us through the full range of emotion and the events of Holy Week.

Maundy Thursday is the first day of the Triduum: the three, great holy days. The Maundy Thursday Eucharist, Good Friday liturgy, and the Great Vigil of Easter are really all one service, spread over three days, that grounds us in the mysteries of our faith. On Maundy Thursday 7pm, the focus is on Christ’s institution of the Sacrament of his Body and Blood, the Eucharist, as well as on the self-giving love shown in his washing of the disciples’ feet. The altar and sanctuary are silently stripped of all adornment, in the near dark, to the sound of Psalm 22 being chanted. The altar is washed with consecrated wine and water – remembering the blood and water that poured out of Jesus’ side in the crucifixion. The altar represents the bier of Christ that received his body after his death the next day. We end in silence, with anointing and individual prayers of healing for those who wish at the altar rail.

Good Friday’s noon service includes hymns, prayers, Scripture readings, veneration of the cross and sermon – the official Liturgy of the Church for Good Friday. The 7pm service is the Stations of the Cross around the Fellowship Hall. The latter springs from the ancient practice of making a pilgrimage to Jerusalem in order to walk the Way of the Cross that Jesus walked. As it became increasingly difficult for Christians to do this, the practice began in villages and churches. We stop at each “station” that describes our Lord’s Passion, with Scripture reading, reflection, and prayer. Our beautiful Stations of the Cross posters were loving colored for us by our Warming Center guests last year.

The Great Vigil of Easter begins at dark on Holy Saturday: 8:15pm on the patio. This is the Church’s ancient, first liturgy of Easter Day, full of symbolism and meaning. Outside, we light the New Fire from which the Paschal Candle burns, process into the church and hear salvation history in Scripture and song. Our baptismal vows are renewed and we celebrate the first Holy Eucharist for the Feast of the Resurrection, in a brilliant blaze of light and glory. This is a truly inspiring and mystical liturgy that is received through all the senses.

On Easter Day, we have our two glorious celebrations of Holy Eucharist on the Day of Resurrection – with wonderful music at the 10:45am service. Children of all ages enjoy our traditional Easter Egg hunt and “Easter Bucks” are raised to contribute to charitable causes close to ECA’s heart.

These Easter celebrations are deepened and enriched by our walk with Jesus through Holy Week. The liturgies are designed to speak to participants in deep and meaningful ways through many senses. I encourage you to attend as many of the Holy Week services as you are able – they will make a difference in your Easter morning!

Sermon – First Sunday of Lent – Year B – The Reverend Shelley Booth Denney

Sermon – Ash Wednesday – Year B – Andrea MacKenzie

Sermon – The Transfiguration of Our Lord – Last Epiphany – Year B – Andrea MacKenzie

Sermon – Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany – Year B – The Reverend Shelley Booth Denney

Expired: Seminar for Lent: A Spiritual Journey with the Mystics

In this seminar, we will explore the spirituality of the Christian Mystics, John of the Cross, Teresa of Avila, and Mother Teresa through reading and discussion.  The course will meet on Saturdays at 9:30 AM until 11:00 AM at The Episcopal Church in Almaden beginning February 17, 2018.  Please register online following the instructions below.  

Course materials will be on this site and will be passed out in class for those without internet access. The materials for the first class are available on the website. It will be important to read class materials before class to be prepared to participate in class discussions.  

You may also take this course online.  Register as below and follow the class discussions online and by submitting your own reflections on the site website.  Additionally, the Saturday meetings will be available on video conferencing via Zoom.  An email on how to join each week’s video will be sent to registered participants.  We will be using Zoom.  Click here to find out more about Zoom.  

The course is open to both ECA and CCAV members, or others that are interested in the topic.  Invite your friends.   

If you do not want to register online, please contact David at admin@moodle.starrnet.com and provide me with your full name and email address. Also, if you need the first week’s materials in hardcopy before the first class, let me know. 

Thanks, and I look forward to learning with you.

The Rev. David Starr

How to register Online

Continue reading Expired: Seminar for Lent: A Spiritual Journey with the Mystics

Sermon – Third Sunday after the Epiphany – Year B – The Reverend Shelley Booth Denney

Sermon – Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany – Year B – The Reverend Shelley Booth Denney

Sermon – First Sunday after the Epiphany – The Baptism of our Lord – Year A – The Reverend Shelley B Denney

An awesome sermon on the Baptism of our Lord. Put on your crash helmet before you listen to this one.  

 

 

Sermon – Third Sunday after the Epiphany – Year B – The Reverend Shelley Booth Denney

Sermon – The Epiphany – Year B – Andrea MacKenzie

Sermon – First Sunday after Christmas – Year B – The Reverend Penelope Duckworth

Sermon – Christmas Eve – Year B – The Reverend Shelley Booth Denney

Sermon – Fourth Sunday of Advent – Year B – The Reverend David H Starr

Sermon Third Sunday of Advent – Year B – The Reverend Shelley Booth Denney

Sermon Second Sunday of Advent – Year B – The Reverend Shelley Booth Denney

Sermon First Sunday of Advent – Year B – Andrea MacKenzie

Sermon – Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost – Proper 29 Year A – The Reverend Shelley B Denney

The Feast of Christ the King

Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24
Psalm 100
Ephesians 1:15-23
Matthew 25:31-46

Sermon – Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost – Proper 28 Year A – The Reverend Shelley B Denney

Judges 4:1-7
Psalm 123
1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
Matthew 25:14-30

Fiftieth Anniversary Celebration Video

An exciting review of the past 50 years at ECA authored by Susie Ferguson, and starring Bryan Bond, Laura and Taylor, with memory videos by Hans Spanjaart.  

This video is 56 minutes long. Feel free to scrub through some of the parts that may be too long for you. The story line is the first fifty years of ECA, interspersed with videos of memories compiled and edited by Hans Spanjaart. Laura and Taylor do a great job of acting out what a typical couple looked liked as they aged through these 50 years. Bryan Bond is hilarious as the MC.  I take responsibility for any mistakes or omissions in the filming and editing.  Respectfully, David Starr (The Rev.), Clergy Spouse.  

Sermon – Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost – Proper 27 Year A – The Reverend John Buenz

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the Episcopal Church in Almaden, The Reverend John Buenz, Founding Rector

Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25
Psalm 78:1-7
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Matthew 25:1-13

Sermon – The Feast of All Saints – The Reverend Shelley B. Denney

Revelation 7:9-17
Psalm 34:1-10, 22
1 John 3:1-3
Matthew 5:1-12

Sermon – Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost – Proper 25 Year A – The Reverend Linda Taylor

Deuteronomy 34:1-12
Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17
1 Thessalonians 2:1-8
Matthew 22:34-46

Sermon – Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost – Proper 24 Year A – Andrea MacKenzie

Exodus 33:12-23
Psalm 99
1 Thessalonians 1:1-10
Matthew 22:15-22

Sermon – Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost – Proper 23 Year A – The Reverend Shelley B Denney

Exodus 32:1-14
Psalm 106:1-6, 19-23
Philippians 4:1-9
Matthew 22:1-14

Sermon – Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost – Proper 22 Year A – The Reverend Shelley Booth Denney

Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20
Psalm 19
Philippians 3:4b-14
Matthew 21:33-46

Sermon – Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost – Proper 21 Year A – The Reverend Shelley Booth Denney

Exodus 17:1-7
Psalm 78:1-4, 12-16
Philippians 2:1-13
Matthew 21:23-32

Sermon Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost – Proper 20 -Year A – The Reverend Shelley B Denney

Exodus 16:2-15
Psalm 105:1-6, 37-45
Philippians 1:21-30
Matthew 20:1-16

Sermon Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost – Proper 19 Year A – Andrea MacKenzie

Exodus 14:19-31
Psalm 114
Romans 14:1-12
Matthew 18:21-35