Calvary Chimes
Week of Sunday, April 9, 2017

Picture of the week ~
This Sunday is Palm Sunday

Joanna will lead the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday, April 14 at 6:00pm, just prior to the 7:00pm Good Friday service. However, many people walk through the Stations individually or throughout the week. To encourage your own individual walk, booklets to guide your meditations are available at the bottom of the stairs that lead into the church-where the first Station is located. Also available there are small "Stations of the Cross" coloring pages for children.

Thank you to the special peopl
who helped to make our Lenten evening program such an enriching experience: Rex Van Alstine, Robb Feldhaus, Bob Moore and Alice Connor (presenters); Anne Akers, Robb Feldhaus, Clifford Hardy, Sophie Blatt, and Gabrielle Sams (musicians); and Dan Ames, Helene Ault, Shirley Adams, Nan Hauck, James Ruttkay, Mary McKnight, Phyllis Reid, and all who brought food (hosts); and especially to Dan Ames, our go-to guy for making sure that all is in place and prepared for a wonderful event.

Sunday begins Holy Week. 
Please check the schedule and plan to attend at least some of these services during this most important week of the Church year.  Especially from Maundy Thursday through Easter, this is the period in which we pass over with Christ from death to life, celebrating each event in the drama of salvation and entering into the mystery of dying and rising again with the Lord of life. Come and experience the fullness of our salvation!
Note that we have added a unique and very special service, a "Vigil Around the Campfire" in place of the traditional Great Vigil of Easter. At 7:00 am, in a campfire setting in the church, we will symbolically wake from darkness to light an
d tell the sacred stories our salvation, including James Weldon Johnson's poem of "The Creation" and Joanna's rap version of "Moses and the Exodus" in the style of "The House that Jack Built." This vigil will then move naturally into the 8:00 am first Eucharist of Easter with our first "Alleluia! Christ is risen!" Intrigued? Come and see!

Please help stock St. A ndrew's   Pantry with 
small jars of peanut butter.

      Calvary Episcopal Church invites you to                        
  Palm Sunday, April 9, 2017
THE PASSION OF OUR SAVIOR  JESUS CHRIST as Seen by Pontius Pilate Roman Governor of     Judea. Written by Charles Parsons and presented at both the 8:00 and 10:30 a.m. worship services.
9:30 a.m. Contemporary Family worship service.
Maundy Thursday April 13, 2017 ~ 7:00 p.m.  Service with music and foot washing.

Good Friday April 14, 2017 :
12:00 p.m. Noon  Service said
6: 00 p.m. Stations of the Cross 
               7:00 p.m. Service with music and choir.

                  Easter Sunday April 16, 2017                    Vigil around the campfire 7:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist 8:00 a.m. 9:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.     Easter Egg Hunt 10:00 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.             Continental Breakfast served 8:30 a.m.-Noon

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Calvary Episcopal Church
3766 Clifton Avenue
Cincinnati, Ohio 45220

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Holy Eucharist

9:30 am
Alternate Family Service with Communion

10:30 am
Holy Eucharist with Choir

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From the Interim Rector

"This is my Body..."
When my daughter Julian was two years old, I did not think she was old enough to receive communion. One Sunday she held out her hands eagerly and the priest passed her by-and there, at the high altar of a magnificent English gothic cathedral, much to our embarrassment she cried and screamed for the bread. I could not explain the theology of denying my child the body and blood of our Lord when she so passionately desired it-because the theology isn't there. 
"Do this for the remembrance of me," Jesus commanded, and so we have done since that night before he was crucified. During the first few centuries, the Eucharistic celebration was a dangerous act that was done in great secrecy, lest the participants be fed to the lions for doing such a traitorous deed. But Holy Communion was so important and so sacred that the early Christians risked their lives for the meal.
The 1979 Prayer Book marks the rite of Holy Eucharist as the central celebration of the Church, to be celebrated every Sunday. As we have reclaimed the Eucharist as a celebration of the people, we have also reclaimed the joy and hope that comes with Jesus' original promise to be with us always, "even to the end of the age"-as we follow his command to share bread and wine with one another in remembrance of him.
Next Thursday, March 13, is Maundy Thursday. A special Maundy Thursday service will be held here. At that time, we will observe Jesus' institution of the Eucharist and celebrate our last communion before Easter. At the end of the service, we will strip the altars-a stark, almost brutal symbol of our betrayal of Jesus, as the hymn says, "Twas I, Lord Jesus, I it was denied thee: I crucified thee." We will not have communion on Good Friday or on Holy Saturday. For those who live by the Bread of Christ, this absence feels like emptiness and loss, and we greet with great joy its return on Easter.
My daughter Julian was named after Julian of Norwich, the fourteenth century English mystic whose feast day we celebrate on May 8, and who wrote about suffering love.  Come to the service on Maundy Thursday and drink in that suffering love, and do hold out your hands eagerly when the bread is offered to you, for it is a gift that is not to be denied us.

Joanna's cell phone number is available for members' pastoral emergencies. If you are being hospitalized, are having surgery, have a death in the family, are experiencing a personal crisis, or have been arrested, please call Joanna at 859.803.0665. 


Thanks to those who helped with IHN!

Tender Mercies  April 30, 4:00 p.m.

Music News
 -  Howard Helvey  


With any questions regarding the Choir and/or the Choral Scholar program, please contact the organist/choirmaster, Howard Helvey: or 513-476-3261

Sunday School and Family News

Sunday School


Thank you so much to the 4th-6th graders who told the lesson of the Mystery of Easter to the younger classes! What a great example of helping others and sharing stories for the younger children to see!

We look forward to seeing you this Sunday!

Family News

There  will be an Easter Egg hunt following both the 9:30 and 10:30 services on Easter morning.  Please bring your baskets to collect your eggs! I will have a few extra in case you forget.

Our next event will be Movie Night on April 28th.  Check back for details!

Family Worship Service

Parents, please know that we are adding some quieter alternatives to the instruments for children to use during the service!  There are soft toys on the bottom shelf of the prayer board.  There are also children's guides to the service on key rings and activity pages in baskets on the name tag table.  Please be sure to return materials to their baskets after the service so that we can set up easily for future weeks.

There will be an Easter Egg hunt following the service on Easter morning.  Please bring a basket to collect your eggs!

Thank you to our new worship helpers for greeting people as they come in and making sure that our service runs smoothly. If you are interested in helping in this way  or for more information please contact Kelsey at (614)787-1720 or

Please come and talk to any of the worship team members if you have any ideas for our community or would like to join the team.

Current Team Members:
Kelsey Logan
Joanna Leiserson
Helene Ault
JJ Engelbert
Sally Engelbert
Helen Jones
Janet Keller

A lmighty and ever living God, in your tender love for the human race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may walk in the way of his suffering, and also share in his resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen
If you would like to add someone to the Prayer List please contact the Parish Office
Prayers for strength, healing, and other requests for prayer from parish members and friends of the ­larger community:
Lydia Karlo, Brandon Davis, Paul McCauley, Marilyn Fietz, Carol Ann Edmonds, George Ann Wesner, Kate French, Eve Rowe, Reed Coen, and Maurine Sierveld, Mary Ann Bragg, Lauren Gleason.


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