THE DOVE March 2013

The Rector's Column

by The Rev. Dr. Jason L. Parkin, Rector

If God would not have All,
Why tooke He mee?

John Donne
1572 - 1631

As this month of March unfolds, we will journey through the heart of the poignant season of Lent, and then enter the Week of Weeks that commences with Palm Sunday. Many people find Lent depressing, with its seeming emphasis on penitence, self-denial, and disciplined reflection. Others find the story of Holy Week similarly gloomy, containing, as it does, the tale of the too-frequent foolishness and fearfulness of the human race, the pride and myopia that resulted in the death of the Holy One of God.

It is true that, taken in a certain light, Lent and Holy Week are overwhelming. But only when viewed from a particular perspective; for the deeper truth is that, during the road we will follow these coming weeks, we will experience virtually the entire range of human experience and emotion: for, if we truly enter into the depths and riches of this story, we will know not only cruelty, fear, and jealousy, but also hope, wonder, beauty, and joy. As we progress from Jesus' sojourn in the wilderness to the triumphal entry into Jerusalem, from the Last Supper through the arrest and ridiculous trial, from the awe-full execution to the awe-some resurrection, we will know sorrow and celebration, dereliction and delight, tragedy, and, finally, triumph.
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An Unlikely Gift

by Pastor Heath Howe

For some reason or another I have been thinking a lot about failure these days. Lent is a season for reflection, so maybe the season is encouraging me to reflect on some of the times I have really blown it. I have also noticed how we have failed as a culture, as a church, as a people. What I notice most is that we try our very best to avoid failure at all costs. When we fail, we believe we have lost control. We are not in charge. We are not God.
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Failure As A Gift

by Mary Johnson, Director of Children's Ministries

From my perspective in working with children, there is the essential balance of providing opportunities for children to succeed and fail. To ensure they acquire an appropriate amount of confidence, success is necessary. Equally imperative is the opportunity for the child to fail in order to nurture perseverance when things aren't perfect.
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Get Up And Lent!

by Charlotte Long, Youth Ministry Coordinator

I grew up Episcopal, with all my Swedish relatives and me sitting in the back row of the church, not wanting to assume we deserved a row closer to the altar. We stand up and sit down, as the bulletin instructs. We know the hymns by heart; I memorized the Nicene Creed at a young age just by virtue of the fact that it was the same set of words every Sunday. And the bells always toll in the same quiet moment of the liturgy.
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Wednesdays with Fr. Chris

After Easter I would like to study Richard Rohr's new book, Immortal Diamond. I have been following Rohr's work since the early 90's. He catches the truth of faith and life in a most exquisite way. I have read fifteen of his books and in each case I could not put the book down until I had finished.

Listen to what author Paula D'Arcy says about this book:

"The power of Immortal Diamond is impossible to exaggerate. With the cutting skills of a surgeon and the heart of a Franciscan, Richard exposes the misperceptions and counterfeits that have shaped our faith. He then promises and delivers a staggering change of perspective along with a taste of the intimacy of all love, both human and divine. Every word is a rare gift from a true elder and a worthy guide."

We will begin this class on Wednesday, April 10, and continue for five weeks. You can purchase the book online. If you don't order online, let me know and I can order one for you.

Holy Week & Easter

As we enter Holy Week, we come to the central events that shape our common faith as Christian people. The heart of the liturgical year is the Paschal Mystery, the dying and rising of Jesus. Our participation in the saving acts of God finds its deepest expression in this great Week. Our celebration of Holy Week is the occasion above all others when we stand before the awesome mystery of redemption, bringing to God all that we are both as individuals and as a community of faith at this moment in our lives.

The rites of this week are based upon sources and practices stretching back to the fourth century in the Church at Jerusalem, and even earlier.
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Easter Outreach & Flower Offerings

During the Easter Season, we remember the gift Jesus gave us of new life, and we celebrate our blessings. It is also a time of sharing our financial abundance with those in need. It is the tradition of the parish to give the Easter offering for outreach to help those beyond our parish community. The Easter offering represents a significant portion of our support for ministries, agencies, and programs both locally and further abroad that seek to alleviate suffering and brokenness in a variety of ways. Please be as generous as possible as we share our gifts with others.

Your Easter Flower Donation supports the Flower Guild and provides the beautiful flowers that grace our church during the Easter Season. Flowers may be given in memory of, or thanksgiving for, loved ones. To have your name included in the Easter bulletin, please return your flower offering envelope by March 20.

Please look for the special mailing that will arrive soon containing envelopes for both Easter and flower donations. In addition, Easter offering envelopes will be available in the narthex and parlor.

Holy Week & Easter Liturgies

 
Palm Sunday, March 24*
7:30, 9:00 and 11:15am
Blessing of the Palms, Reading of the Passion and
Holy Eucharist

Maundy Thursday, March 28

6:00 pm Agape Meal-Reservations are recommended.
You may respond to Mary Jeffers at
mtjeffers@holycomforter.org or 847-251-6120
Response cards are also available in the parlor.
7:00 pm  Holy Eucharist, Washing of the Feet,
Stripping of the Altar,
Watch at the Altar of Repose.

Good Friday, March 29
12:00pm  Stations of the Cross
7:00pm  The Good Friday Liturgy

Holy Saturday, March 30
9:00am  Liturgy of the Word

The Great Vigil of Easter, Saturday, March 30
8:00pm  Lighting of the Paschal Candle,
Renewal of Baptismal Vows and Holy Eucharist

Easter Day, Sunday, March 31*
7:30, 9:00 and 11:15am
Festive Holy Eucharist, with guest musicians

*Please note that the first Eucharist on both Palm Sunday and Easter Day begins at 7:30 a.m. rather than at 8:00 a.m.

2013 Pledges:  LAST CALL!

The parish staff will soon be creating the church membership directory for 2013, and there are a significant number of households from whom we have not heard concerning a pledge for 2013 to support the ministries and life of Holy Comforter.  Please remember that, in order to be considered a member of the parish, one has to have made a financial commitment to the church.  If you would like to do so, or are not sure whether or not you have responded already, please contact Jeff Wiszowaty at 847/251-6120, ext. 114;  or contact one of the clergy if there are pastoral considerations of which we need to be aware.  Thank you for your generosity.  No offering is too small (or too large!)