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February 19, 2017
From the Motherland to America to the 21st Century
Several choirs will participate along with musical selections from our very own members. A reception will follow in the parish hall.
What better way for a culture to celebrate heritage than through music?
Listen, can you hear the drum?
Do you hear the music of the drum?
It calls us to the motherland, where it all began – where we began.
Our music goes back as far as our roots – the motherland, Africa
The daily readings expand the range of biblical reading in worship and personal devotion. These readings complement the Sunday and festival readings: Monday through Wednesday readings help the reader reflect on and digest what they heard in worship on Sunday; Thursday through Saturday readings help prepare the reader for the Sunday ahead.
Reproduced from Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings copyright © 2005 Consultation on Common Texts admin. Augsburg Fortress. Used by permission. A complete edition of the Daily Readings is available though Augsburg Fortress.
The Gathering at the Table group was formed through the initiative of Judith Ewing, an Episcopal deacon who serves at East Cooper Episcopal Church. She sought out the Rev. Michael Burton, a supply priest at Calvary, about setting up an initial gathering. Members of Calvary Episcopal Church and members of East Cooper Episcopal Church meet in the Calvary Church Parish Hall each Tuesday evening to share their perspectives on matters of race - past and present.
Originally scheduled to meet for four weeks in October, 2015, the group has bonded and grown in their commitment. They continue to meet, entertaining lively and healing discussions. All are invited and encouraged to attend.
It’s a June evening in Charleston, and the back door of the church is unlocked. People come in at their own pace, embracing, smiling, setting down plates of cookies on the big table in the parish hall.Marlene O'Bryant-Seabrook, Barbara Eckman and Judith Ewing work on journal-quilts on June 14.
No one speaks of it yet, but on everyone’s mind is a June evening in Charleston almost one year earlier, when nine people were shot dead just a mile away at Emanuel AME Church, in an African American congregation that opened its doors and invited the killer into their weekly Bible study.
The horror of June 17, 2015 and the days that followed gave way to deep grief, and deep questions. How could this have happened? What could I be doing to change that? How can we find bridges across the barriers of race?
Every Tuesday night, a small group from two local Episcopal churches, East Cooper and Calvary, have been meeting to see if they can find some answers. The name they have given themselves reflects the simple agenda for the group: “Gatherers Around the Table.”
After the massacre at Mother Emanuel, The Episcopal Church in South Carolina accelerated its plan to offer anti-racism training for the diocese – training that is required by Episcopal Church canons, but was never offered until a rift in 2012 brought new leadership. Bishop Charles G. vonRosenberg, who took office in January 2013, immediately put anti-racism training on his short-list of needs for the reorganizing diocese, and the first one was on the calendar when the Emanuel tragedy struck.
In September 2015, Calvary hosted one of four “Traces of the Trade” conferences offered around the diocese. Each event encouraged people to open their minds and hearts to conversations about the legacy of slavery and racism.
Judith Ewing, an Episcopal deacon who serves at East Cooper, was at the Calvary program. “I realized how ignorant I was,” she said. “I realized the importance of relationships, of just getting to know each other. I just knew we needed to gather at the table.”
She quickly sought out the Rev. Michael Burton, a supply priest at Calvary, about setting up an initial gathering. The first one happened in October: Six people from each congregation, who committed to meeting every Tuesday for a trial run of six weeks.
Like Emanuel, Calvary has deep roots in Charleston’s history, founded in 1847 for “religious instruction” of enslaved African Americans. For years, it housed the only preschool and kindergarten for African American children on the Charleston peninsula, and many leaders passed through its doors. The first black jurist to serve on an appellate court in the United States, Jonathan Jasper Wright, was buried in its churchyard in 1885.
By comparison, the East Cooper Episcopal Church is in its infancy. Approved as a new mission congregation at Diocesan Convention in 2014, it serves the predominantly white suburbs across the Cooper River from Charleston. It was formed by Episcopalians who were left without a place to worship when churches in that area went with the breakaway group that left The Episcopal Church in 2012.
With widely different backgrounds, the two groups shared one common characteristic: Curiosity, and a desire to learn about each other.
Their first meeting was planned as a simple Bible study, “because that would be sweet and safe and nobody would say anything that will upset anybody,” Ewing said. “But I said, ‘Maybe we need to say things that upset people.’”
Artist and educator Marlene O’Bryant-Seabrook was there, and had the same reaction. Ewing recalls her saying: “I’ve been to many Bible studies, and nobody ever mentions the elephant in the middle of the room. Why can’t we mention the elephant in the room?”
Eight months later, the elephant is still loose. Trayvon Martin and Freddie Gray. The challenges of growing up in a mixed-race family. Assumptions about intelligence. Co-workers who act friendly, but never get close. The Spoleto production of “Porgy and Bess.” Ethnic foods they like and dislike. It’s all on the table when they gather.
“We’ve never put aside anything, or say ‘We mustn’t talk about that.’ We talk about everything,” Deacon Ewing says.
Along the way, others have joined. One member recently moved from New York after years in churches that were active in social justice issues, looking for a community in Charleston where that could keep happening. Another regular Gatherer is a social worker from another church who came with an East Cooper friend. “I thought I knew almost everything about black culture, especially in Charleston,” she says, laughing. “But I don’t.”
Dr. O’Bryant-Seabrook, a Calvary member in her 80s, has become the group’s matriarch and historian. On the recent Tuesday night in June, she gave them all an assignment: Come up with a personal statement about why they came to be “Gatherers Around the Table,” and then create a small journal-quilt to illustrate it. A few skeptical looks were exchanged around the table, but the group quickly warmed up to the task of explaining why they come to the meetings week after week.
The Tuesday before the Emanuel anniversary, they were putting the final touches on their letter-sized pieces of fabric art filled with color, symbols, and words like Curious, Sharing, Understanding, Love, and Hope. Beside an image of Emanuel, one proclaims: “Hate Will Not Win!”
As a child growing up in Charleston, Dr. O’Bryant-Seabrook says, “I could not go three blocks without passing a church. I remember asking my mother, ‘I would like to know what they’re praying for.’ With all the inequities and oppression, I wondered, were they praying for something that black churches were not praying for?”
Decades later, those questions persist. “I wanted to be a part of this group because for a long, long, long, long time, I wanted to be comfortable in a group of caucasians and blacks where we can actually, openly, honestly and safely discuss what happens, and why it happens,” she says.
As the members of the group went around the room, the words “safe place” came up again and again.
“When we started, we said we weren’t’ going to judge, or say “You shouldn’t be saying that,” Deacon Ewing says. “We were going to accept each one in our knowledge and our ignorance, and love each other anyway.”
As the gathering wraps up, the group continues to share their ideas as they pass the plates of cookies around the table. “When you eat with somebody, it changes the whole dynamic,” one woman says. “It gives me a lot of hope.”
In the words of Anne Nietert’s journal quilt: “Anger exploded into the Palmetto night, but, in the shadows, a new day is dawning as we Gather at the Table to learn, to listen, and to love.”
Holly Behre, Director of Communications
The Episcopal Church in South Carolina
Sunday, November 1, 2015 12 PM
Holy Eucharist with the Installation of
Episcopal Church installs its first African American presiding bishop
Michelle Boorstein November 1 at 10:22 PM
The public face and style of the Episcopal Church shifted Sunday with the installation of Michael Bruce Curry, the denomination’s first African American spiritual leader.
Curry, 62, a high-energy, evangelical pastor, is expected to bring a positive, Pope Francis-like vibe to a church community marked in recent years by shrinking numbers and legal disputes related to gay rights.
“Don’t worry! Be happy! God loves you!” Curry boomed at the close of his sermon to the 2,500 people gathered in the soaring Washington National Cathedral. Preaching from the elevated Canterbury Pulpit, Curry immediately changed the face of Episcopalianism, historically one of the faiths of the nation’s white elite.
Curry, known for focusing on evangelism and programs for the poor, follows Katharine Jefferts Schori, a somber Nevada oceanographer who was presiding bishop for nine years.
Jefferts Schori oversaw a tumultuous period as Americans turned away from the denomination and conservatives streamed out, in some cases triggering litigation over church properties that bled into many millions of dollars. The church has faced the same tensions that other faiths have had for decades over issues such as gay rights and the female clergy, but it ordained Gene Robinson, an openly gay bishop, in 2003. Since then, the church has lost 20 percent of its membership.
Curry focused his installation sermon on racial reconciliation, a cause at the center of what he calls “the Jesus movement” — a new emphasis on evangelism. Preaching in an animated style more familiar to a Baptist church, he told the story of a young black couple who visited an all-white Episcopal church in the 1940s. The woman, an Episcopalian, approached to take Communion. The man, who was studying to be a Baptist pastor, sat in the back, watching to see what would happen when it became clear in this segregated era that there was just one cup from which everyone would drink.
When the white priest offered the cup to the young black woman, the scene was so dramatic that the man shifted his affiliation and was ordained as an Episcopalian.
“The Holy Spirit has done evangelism and racial reconciliation in the Episcopal Church before, because that man and woman were the parents of the 27th presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church,” Curry said, speaking of himself.
The church broke into roars and applause.
“Yes, the way of God’s love turns our world upside down. But that’s really right-side up,” Curry preached. “And in that way, the nightmare of this world will be transfigured into the very dream of God for humanity and all creation. My brothers and sisters, God has not given up on God’s world. And God is not finished with the Episcopal Church yet.”
Racial reconciliation has become a higher priority for many predominantly white U.S. churches. The Very Rev. Gary Hall, dean of Washington National Cathedral, along with the Rev. Mariann Budde, the Episcopal bishop of Washington, in recent years have elevated it in sermons, programs on gun control and symbolic actions such as removing the Confederate flag from stained glass in the cathedral. The question for Curry and other faith leaders is how to avoid the political polarization Americans both love and hate and with which many young people associate organized Christianity.
While Curry focused on overcoming economic, racial, educational and political divisions, he is known as a progressive who was one of the first bishops to allow same-sex marriages to be performed, in North Carolina. He was involved in grass-roots demonstrations in Raleigh called Moral Monday, challenging local and state governments to address the poor and marginalized.
“Is it an understatement to say we live in a deeply complex and difficult time for our world,” Curry said. “Life is not easy. It is an understatement to say that these are not, and will not be, easy times for people of faith.
“Churches, religious communities and institutions are being profoundly challenged,” he said. “But the realistic social critique of Charles Dickens rings true for us even now: ‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.’ . . . Don’t worry! Be happy!”
The installation drew a large crowd for the cathedral, including 150 bishops who streamed in together in white-and-red clerical garb. There were at least 75 “watch parties” of Episcopalians across the country, church spokeswoman Neva Rae Fox said.
The Episcopal Church is the U.S.-based part of the global Anglican Communion, one of the largest Christian communities in the world. Its membership, about 1.8 million, was never large, but until recently was home to a disproportionate number of the United States’ business and political elite. Culturally it was considered a proper part of U.S. society, with a refined and orderly worship style. Although that is a somewhat outdated image, Curry’s installation drove home the change as clergy processed to powerful Native American drumming music and an intense rendition of the black spiritual “Wade in the Water.”
Michael Bruce Curry was elected and confirmed as the 27th Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church at the 78th General Convention in Salt Lake City on June 27, 2015. He was previously elected as the 11th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina on February 11, 2000. He was consecrated on June 17, 2000, in Duke Chapel on the campus of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.
Born in Chicago, Illinois, on March 13, 1953, Bishop Curry attended public schools in Buffalo, New York, and graduated with high honors from Hobart College in Geneva, New York, in 1975. He received a Master of Divinity degree in 1978 from Yale University Divinity School. He has also done continued study at the College of Preachers, Princeton Theological Seminary, Wake Forest University, the Ecumenical Institute at St. Mary’s Seminary, and the Institute of Christian Jewish Studies.
Bishop Curry was ordained to the diaconate in June 1978 at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Buffalo, New York, by the Rt. Rev. Harold B. Robinson and to the priesthood in December 1978, at St. Stephen’s, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, by the Rt. Rev. John M. Burgess.
He began his ministry as deacon-in-charge at St. Stephen’s, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, in 1978 and was rector there 1979-1982. He next accepted a call to serve as the rector of St. Simon of Cyrene, Lincoln Heights, Ohio, where he served 1982-1988.
In 1988 he became rector of St. James’, Baltimore, Maryland, where he served until his election as bishop.
In his three parish ministries, Bishop Curry was active in the founding of ecumenical summer day camps for children, the creation of networks of family day care providers and educational centers, and the brokering of millions of dollars of investment in inner city neighborhoods. He also sat on the Commission on Ministry in each of the three dioceses in which he has served.
During his time as Bishop of the Diocese of North Carolina, Bishop Curry has taken the Diocese into 21st-century Galilee, the complex modern world that churches must engage in order to continue spreading the Gospel. He instituted a network of canons, deacons, and youth ministry professionals dedicated to supporting the ministry that already happens in local congregations and refocused the Diocese on The Episcopal Church’s Millennium Development Goals through a $400,000 campaign to buy malaria nets that saved over 100,000 lives. Throughout his ministry, Bishop Curry has also been active in issues of social justice, speaking out on immigration policy and marriage equality.
Bishop Curry serves on the boards of a large number of organizations and has a national preaching and teaching ministry. He has been featured on The Protestant Hour and North Carolina Public Radio’s The State of Things, as well as on The Huffington Post. In addition, Bishop Curry is a frequent speaker at conferences around the country. He has received honorary degrees from Sewanee, Virginia Theological Seminary, Yale, and, most recently, Episcopal Divinity School. He served on the Taskforce for Re-imagining the Episcopal Church and recently was named chair of Episcopal Relief and Development’s Board of Directors. His book of sermons, Crazy Christians, came out in August 2013, and his second book, Songs My Grandma Sang, came out in June 2015.
He and his wife, Sharon, have two adult daughters, Rachel and Elizabeth.
Source: Washington National Cathedral website: http://www.cathedral.org/staff/PE-7CHH8-380004.shtml
Source: Wikipedia: Click here for a list of the Presiding Bishops of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_presiding_bishops_of_the_Episcopal_Church_in_the_United_States_of_America
The Episcopal Church’s first black leader — and its ‘tortuous’ path toward integration
By Sarah Pulliam Bailey October 15
Bishop Michael Curry vividly remembers growing up in segregated Buffalo in the 1950s and ’60s, where on one bright morning in 1963, he crossed Main Street from East Buffalo to West Buffalo to attend an integrated school.
As an Episcopal priest and civil rights activist, his late father, Kenneth Curry, helped lead the boycott of the city’s segregated public schools. And yet, like the larger culture at the time, worship in the Episcopal Church he so loved was largely segregated. As leader of a black congregation in Buffalo, he never would have been called to the pulpit of a white Episcopal church.
Five decades later, Kenneth Curry probably would never have imagined that his son would be chosen to lead the entire denomination.
On Nov. 1, Michael Curry — who was elected
this summer just one week after the shootings at a historic African
Methodist Episcopal church in Charleston, S.C. — will be installed as
the first black presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church at Washington
National Cathedral. He will replace Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts
Schori, who was elected the church’s first female presiding bishop in
In many ways, Curry’s tenure will be a continuation of what his father taught him: In God’s eyes, all human beings are equal and deserve to be treated as such. “I grew up seeing that Jesus of Nazareth has something to do with our lives and has something to do with how we structure and order our society,” said Curry, 62.
Curry, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina since 2000, was elected with an overwhelming majority, the third black candidate for presiding bishop in the church’s history.
“Most black Episcopalians interpret this as catching up, as something they should’ve done before,” said Byron Rushing, vice president of the House of Deputies and a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Blacks make up 6.3 percent of the church’s membership, compared with 86.6 percent for non-Hispanic white members, according to church data.
But as presiding bishop, Curry will face membership challenges that extend far beyond race. Like other mainline denominations, the Episcopal Church — the historic home to U.S. presidents and the nation’s elite — has struggled to fill its pews. It has lost more than 20 percent of its members since it consecrated its first openly gay bishop, Gene Robinson, in 2003, and new statistics suggest that membership continues to fall, dropping 2.7 percent from 2013 to about 1.8 million U.S. members in 2014.
Progressive on social issues
On Tuesday, Curry and other church leaders gathered at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria to consecrate a chapel to replace the one that burned down in 2010. Curry was like a rock star to many of the seminarians, making faces for selfies.
Ian Markham, dean of the seminary, noted that the founders and faculty from the institution once owned slaves and that its new chapel has a plaque noting its past segregation in worship. “We have to recognize the sins of our past and repent of them,” he said.
Curry has a clear passion for evangelism, something he calls “the Jesus movement,” though not a formal movement within the church. He is also progressive on social issues and was one of the first bishops to allow same-sex marriages to be performed in North Carolina churches.
As bishop in North Carolina, Curry was involved in the grass-roots Moral Monday demonstrations in Raleigh, challenging local and state governments to address the poor and marginalized.
“The work of evangelism and social justice must go together, because it’s part of the whole gospel,” he said.
Observers note Curry’s desire to keep his installation service simple and his focus on people on the margins — almost like a Protestant Pope Francis who could help change the face of the church. His friends point to his boisterous preaching style as he moves around the pulpit and gestures with his arms, more Baptist than Episcopal in some ways.
The father of two adult daughters with his wife, Sharon, Curry is known for his infectious laughter and self-deprecating humor. He is an avid reader, a Buffalo Bills fan and a self-described “certified NFL grief counselor,” and a lover of music who took up the violin about seven years ago.
Curry said he was deeply shaped by his Baptist grandmother, the daughter of sharecroppers and granddaughter of slaves. While he was in middle school, she stepped in after Curry’s mother went into a coma brought on by a cerebral hemorrhage.
“My grandmother couldn’t imagine Barack Obama in the White House, and I know she couldn’t imagine her grandson as presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church,” he said.
As a family, they would pray every night, and Curry jokingly said he would secretly hope that his father would pray so it would be a shorter one. “If it was the Baptist prayer, it would go on forever,” he said.
His mother, who grew up Baptist, switched to the Episcopal Church after she read “Mere Christianity” by C.S. Lewis. His father, who was a licensed Baptist pastor and came from a line of Baptist preachers, followed her.
Curry remembers the denominational bantering between his father and grandmother.
“They would tease each other. She would say, ‘How do you know if someone in your church has the Holy Spirit?’ He’d say, ‘You all got too much Holy Spirit in your church.’ ”
Ending the battles
Curry’s down-to-earth style and gift for bringing people together should prove valuable as he leads a church riven by divisions in recent years over issues from gay rights to how to read Scripture. However, many of its more theologically conservative churches have left the denomination after having been involved in multimillion-dollar lawsuits over the right to church properties.
Part of Curry’s challenge will be to put those battles over social issues fully in the past, said Ryan Danker, a church historian at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington.
“If he can bring some peace and healing, maybe end the lawsuits, have discussion and dialogue with various parties, I think he’ll be very successful,” Danker said.
Jefferts Schori, the outgoing presiding bishop, said Tuesday that the Episcopal Church is no longer “the establishment church” in the United States, which she considers to be a good thing.
“We’re more focused on the people of the margins,” she said. “We’re willing to go be with, rather than do for, and I think that’s healthier spiritually.”
The Rev. Sandye Wilson, rector of St. Andrew and Holy Communion Episcopal Church in South Orange, N.J., and a friend of Curry’s, said he is uniquely able to address the range of Episcopal Church members.
“He is comfortable with kings and princes but doesn’t lose the common touch,” Wilson said. “He is as comfortable with people who are very wealthy and comfortable with people in prison.”
The Episcopal Church is affiliated with the larger worldwide Anglican Communion, the world’s third-largest Christian denomination, which is discussing whether it can remain unified amid divisions over sexuality and other issues. A large percentage of Anglicanism is thriving in the developing world, where more-conservative leaders have been unhappy with the Episcopal Church.
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, who attended Tuesday’s chapel consecration in Alexandria but declined interviews, has called Anglican leaders to a special meeting in January.
The Episcopal Church voted this summer to let gay couples marry in the church’s religious ceremonies, which Welby said “will cause distress for some and have ramifications for the Anglican Communion as a whole, as well as for its ecumenical and interfaith resolutions.”
January’s gathering of leaders includes a review of the worldwide Anglican Communion’s future.
Some believe that Curry’s election as presiding bishop could help lead the way into that future, in which the membership of the global church will probably keep growing more diverse.
“It could change the face of the Episcopal Church, which is — at least in the eyes of many — a largely white, upper-class denomination of people in power,” said the Rev. Adam Shoemaker of Church of the Holy Comforter in Burlington, N.C. “It will be significant now that we have a nonwhite presiding bishop to represent us to the rest of the church.”
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Sunday, April 2, 2017
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Ash Wednesday, March 1, 2017
"I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God's holy Word."
Book of Common Prayer p. 265
Online resources for planning
Ash Wednesday: 8 Helpful Posts
Building Faith offers a page of ideas and inspiration for observing the start of the Lenten journey, including a "Pancake Supper Survival Guide" and tips on home activities, children's Ash Wednesday services, and more.
SSJE: 'Five Marks of Love' Lenten Study
If we are “marked as Christ’s own,” what are the “marks of love” that characterize the Divine Life abiding and at work within us? This program includes online components, daily emails with short videos, and a PDF workbook. Offered by the Society of St. John the Evangelist, an Episcopal/Anglican monastic community that does "Brother, Give Us a Word."
Episcopal Relief & Development 2017 Lenten Meditations
ERD produces booklets of meditations for the season that encourage readers to actively seek the holy every day during Lent by reflecting on God’s call, their own lives and how they can live out their Baptismal Covenant by healing a hurting world. Can be ordered in print or downloaded in PDF.
'Speaking Our Faith' from ChurchNext
A new formation curriculum to help mainline Christians discern their faith and more easily talk about it. Based on the doctoral work of The Rev. Dr. Kit Carlson, this intensive, five-week course is designed to help participants discover and become confident in their faith, as well as develop tools to authentically share that faith with others.
Daily devotionals for students, with special materials in Lent. It's supported by The Episcopal Church, the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and the Presbyterian Mission Agency.
'Pray As You Go' online program and app
A year-round resource based in Ignatian spirituality that offers a daily framework for prayer, lasting 10-13 minutes, with music, scripture, and some questions for reflection.
'Living Well Through Lent' from Living Compass
Listening With All Your Heart, Soul, Strength, and Mind is designed for use as an individual reflection and study, small groups, a congregational Lenten program, and/or a retreat. It provides a foundation to help us explore a deeper connection between faith and our capacity to listen to God.
'Do Lent Generously' from 40acts
From the UK-based group 'Stewardship,' online and printable resources to guide you through a generous Lent as a community. The 2017 theme is 'Romans 12 - A Living Sacrifice'.
Recommended book for families:
Sharing the Easter Faith with Children by Carolyn C. Brown
Praying Lent 2017
We offer resources here to assist our entry into this wonderful season, from our preparing to begin Lent to our preparing to celebrate the holy three days following Lent. We also offer a link to the readings of the day, a brief meditation, a link to the Daily Reflection for that day and Intercessions from the Liturgy of the Hours. Each daily prayer concludes with a spontaneous prayer we composed, as an example of the type of prayer each of us might pray, in our own words, for that day. We imagine that some will have the time and desire to use all of the resources here. Others may only have time for the resources and the Daily Reflections.
Pancake Suppers & Mardi Gras events
Sunday, February 26
St. James-Santee, McClellanville, (after services)
Shrove Tuesday, February 28
Calvary, Charleston: Annual Men of Calvary Pancake Supper with Raffle and Silent Auction, 6:00-8:00 p.m. For raffle tickets and other information contact the church here.
Grace Church Cathedral, Charleston, 5:30-7:00 p.m. Prepared and served by the youth group; donations go toward the summer youth mission trip to Glory Ridge, NC.
Church of the Holy Communion, Charleston: Mardi Gras themed dinner at 5:00 p.m. with entertainment, by Juke Joint Johnny Duo, followed by Compline at 7:00 PM.
Church of the Messiah, Myrtle Beach: Annual Pancake Super by the Men of Messiah, 6:00 p.m. Adults $5, children free.
St. Catherine's, Florence: 6:00 p.m. Joint Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper with Cross and Crown Lutheran.
St. Francis, Charleston: Will be joining the Pancake Supper at St. Thomas, North Charleston, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
St. Stephen's, North Myrtle Beach: The St. Stephen's Episcopal Church Men's annual Pancake Supper at 5:00 p.m. in the parish hall.
St. Thomas, North Charleston: Pancake supper, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Ash Wednesday, March 1
Grace Church Cathedral, Charleston
7:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist
12:00 p.m. Choral Eucharist; Bishop Adams, Celebrant & the Rev. Martin Smith, Guest Preacher
5:30 p.m. Choral Eucharist with the Rev. Martin Smith preaching and leading a program after supper. Children's Ash Wednesday program will be offered. Nursery available.
Church of the Holy Communion, Charleston
7:00 a.m. Low Mass with the Imposition of Ashes
12:00 a.m. Low Mass with the Imposition of Ashes
6:30 p.m. Solemn High Mass with the Imposition of Ashes; child care provided
Church of the Messiah, Myrtle Beach
(at St. Philip Lutheran Church)
12:15 p.m. Holy Eucharist with the Imposition of Ashes
7:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist with the Imposition of Ashes
St. Catherine's, Florence
12:00 p.m. Ash Wednesday Episcopal Service
7:00 p.m. Ash Wednesday service with Cross and Crown Lutheran (Lutheran Service)
St. Francis, Charleston
6:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes (at Stuhr's Chapel)
St. Stephen's, Charleston
12:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist & Imposition of Ashes
5:30 p.m. Holy Eucharist & Imposition of Ashes
Exploring the Great Figures of Lenten Gospels
The congregations of the Southern Deanery will share a common program on Wednesday evenings during Lent, offering a series of suppers and programs with a different presenter each week. The programs will examine some of the principal stories of Lent: Nicodemus,The Woman at a Well,The Healing of the Man Born Blind,The Raising of Lazarus and The Prodigal Son.
Each evening begins with supper at 6:00 p.m. and the Lenten study at 6:30. The topics, and the clergy presenting them, are listed here:
Christ Church, Denmark (with St. Philip’s Chapel, Voorhees)
3/8 Nicodemus, Presenter: Robert Woodroofe
3/15 The Prodigal Son, Presenter: Roy Tripp
3/22 The Raising of Lazarus, Presenter: Jon Coffey
3/29 The Woman at the Well, Presenter: Mark Brinkmann
4/5 The Healing of the Man Born Blind, Presenter: Rick Lindsey
All Saints, Hilton Head Island
3/8 The Raising of Lazarus, Presenter: Jon Coffey
3/15 The Woman at the Well, Presenter: Gordon Weller
3/22 The Healing of the Man Born Blind, Presenter: George Moyser
3/29 Nicodemus, Presenter: Pam Fahrner
4/5 The Prodigal Son, Presenter: Roy Tripp
The Episcopal Church in Okatie
3/8 The Prodigal Son, Presenter: Roy Tripp
3/15The Raising of Lazarus, Presenter: Jon Coffey
3/22The Woman at the Well, Presenter: Mark Brinkmann
3/29The Healing of the Man Born Blind, Presenter; George Moyser
4/5 Nicodemus, Presenter: Pam Fahrner
All Saints, Hampton (with Holy Communion; Allendale; and Heavenly Rest, Estill)
3/8The Woman at the Well, Presenter: Gordon Weller
3/15 The Healing of the Man Born Blind, Presenter: Rick Lindsey
3/22 Nicodemus, Presenter: Robert Woodroofe
3/29 The Prodigal Son, Presenter: Roy Tripp
4/5 The Raising of Lazarus, Presenter: Jon Coffey
St. Mark’s, Port Royal
3/8 The Healing of the Man Born Blind, Presenter: Rick Lindsey
3/15 Nicodemus, Presenter: Pam Fahrner
3/22 The Prodigal Son, Presenter: Roy Tripp
3/29 The Raising of Lazarus, Presenter: Mike Jones
4/5 The Woman at the Well, Presenter: Mark Brinkmann
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Lenten Quiet Days & Retreats
The Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross will offer a Lenten quiet day called "Understanding Forgiveness" with Dr. Carol Marsh-Lockett on Saturday, March 4 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Charleston. Download the flier here.
A light lunch will be served for a small donation. The event will take place at the Sisters of Charity of Our Lady of Mercy, John England Hall, 424 Fort Johnson Road, Charleston, SC 29412.
For questions or directions contact Daisy Stoudenmire: (843) 375-8477, (843) 209-0872 or: email@example.com; or Gray Thomas: (843) 832-9479, (843) 817-3179 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Living as a Child of God"
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A Lenten Quiet Day with Bishop Skip Adams will be offered at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in North Charleston. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and a continental breakfast and light lunch are included. Sponsored by the two Daughters of the King chapters at St. Thomas and St. Francis Episcopal Church in West Ashley, the morning will focus on special meditation on “Living as a Child of God” prepared by Bishop Adams. This is open to both women and men, and all are welcome. Contact Sharon Crossley, email@example.com or (843) 442-5572, to make a reservation.
The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Summerville will offer a mini-retreat called "Living the Spiritual/Mystical Life" on Saturday, March 18. Led by with Dr. Mary E. Miller, who is trained in Ignatian Spirituality, the retreat offers the tools and opportunity to mature in our own spiritual life by understanding the meaning of spirituality and entering into the mystery of Christ. Read more details in this flyer. A $10 registration fee, payable at the door, includes lunch. Early registration is recommended by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (843) 225-7590.
Lent Madness 2017
"The magic of Lent Madness is that people start it thinking it’s a ridiculous take on Lent, voting for saints,” said the Rev. Scott Gunn, executive director of Forward Movement. “What quickly happens is that participants begin to learn more about the saints. And, of course, the study of saints’ lives invites us to let Christ’s light burn brightly in our own lives.”
Wondering how to start? Watch this brief "how-to" video!
Music in Lent
Friday Organ Recitals at Grace
Grace Church Cathedral, Charleston, will offer a recital each Friday in Lent at 12:15 p.m. Admission is free.
March 3: Daniel Sansone, Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Charleston
March 10: Andrew Scanlon, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Greenville, NC
March 17: Matthew Michael Brown, First United Methodist Salisbury, NC
March 24: John Cantrell, St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, New York, NY
March 31: John Stender, St. Helena's Church, Beaufort
April 7: Parks Greene, Grace Church Cathedral, Charleston
St. Stephen's, Charleston
Lenten Book Study on "From Tablet to Table: Where Community Is Found and Identity Is Formed" By Leonard Sweet. Details here.
Mondays at 6:30 p.m.
March 6: Jesus, the Messiah of the Open Table
March 13: Setting the Table at Home
March 20: Setting the Table at Church
March 27: Setting the Table in the World
Church of the Messiah, Myrtle Beach
“Through the Water: Remembering our Baptism”
12:15 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. each Wednesday. Service of the Word with Meditation (meditations by the clergy and laity of Messiah and St. Philip Lutheran). 6:00 p.m. Soup and Salad Supper (Jointly with St Philip Lutheran Church in the church)
St. Catherine's, Florence
March 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5
Lenten simple supper at 6:00 p.m. and Holden Evening Prayer at 7:00 p.m., sharing with Cross & Crown Lutheran Church.
Holy Week, April 9 - 15
Maundy Thursday: Joint service for St. Alban's, St. Catherine's and St. Stephen's at St. Alban's, Kingstree, 7:00 p.m.
Good Friday: St. Catherine's, Florence, 12:00 p.m. Episcopal Service, 7:00 p.m. Lutheran Service
Easter, April 16
Easter Day, April 16
St. Catherine's, Florence: 10:15 a.m. Joint service with Cross and Crown Lutheran