Volume 2, Issue 13
April 7, 2017
HOLY WEEK AND EASTER EDITION
In This Issue
Easter Message from PB
Holy Week Schedule
Easter Services
Labyrinth
Clean Feet +Cold Water
Crazy Christians Outreach
Palm Crosses
Easter Festival
Beach BBQ
Prayer Vigil
This Week in Sunday School
Editors' Note
In Brief
Important Information
THIS SUNDAY
Upcoming Dates
Every Wednesday
McMaster Slack Key Guitar and Ukulele Concert
6:00PM -  Church

Every Thursday
Choir Practice
6:00PM - Choir Room

Saturday, April 8
Palm Crosses Making
8:00AM
Sloggett Center

Saturday Market
and Swap Meet
9:00AM - 2:00PM
Church Lawn

Sunday, April 9
Palm Sunday
7:00AM & 9:30AM
Church

'Ohana Beach BBQ
4:00PM - 6:30PM
Lydgate Beach

Monday, April 10
Taizé Eucharist
6:30PM
Church

Tuesday, April 11
Crazy Christians
Outreach Project
5:00PM - 7:00PM
Waikea Boat Ramp
(across from Burger King)

Wednesday, April 12
Heavenly Hikes:
Stations of the Cross
6:00PM
Kealia Beach

Thursday, April 13
Clean Feet + Cold Water
Outreach Project
12:00PM - 4:00PM
Kapa'a Beach Path & Niu Rd.

Maundy Thursday Liturgy
with foot-washing
6:30PM
Church

Compline
8:00PM
Church

Watch and Pray:
Overnight Vigil
All Night Long 
Church

Friday, April 14
Stations of the Cross
11:00AM
Church & Campus

Good Friday Liturgy
12:00PM
Church

Veneration of the Cross
1:00PM - 3:00PM
Church

Private Prayer
and 
Reconciliation
1:00PM - 3:00PM
Columbarium

When it Was Evening:
A Good Friday Meditation 
6:30PM
Church

Saturday, April 15
Holy Saturday
7:30AM
Church

Church Easter Prep
8:00AM
Church

The Great Easter Vigi
7:00PM
Church

Sunday, April 16
Easter Sunday
 
6:00AM (Baby Beach)

7:00AM (Said Eucharist)

9:30AM (Festive Eucharist)

11:00AM Easter Festival

6:15PM Sunset Eucharist
Spalding Monument
Top of Kealia Rd

Thursday, April 20
Episcopal Church Women
(ECW)
7:00PM
Memorial Hall

Thursday, April 27
Daughters of the King
7:00PM
Memorial Hall

Wednesday, May 3
Laundry Love - Team "C"
5:30PM - 8:30PM
Kapaa Laundromat

Thursday, May 11
Daughters of the King
7:00PM
Memorial Hall

Wednesday, May 17
Laundry Love - Team "A"
5:30PM - 8:30PM
Kapaa Laundromat

Thursday, May 18
Episcopal Church Women
(ECW)
7:00PM
Memorial Hall
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NATIONAL CHURCH NEWS
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's Easter message 2017

This week, The Right Reverend Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, released his 2017 Easter message.

"It's taken me some years to realize it, but Jesus didn't just happen to be in Jerusalem on that first Palm Sunday. He wasn't on vacation. He wasn't just hanging out in town. Jesus was in Jerusalem on purpose."

"Go forth to be people of the Resurrection," Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael B. Curry said in his Easter 2017 message. "Follow in the way of Jesus. Don't be ashamed to love. Don't be ashamed to follow Jesus."

To view his entire Easter message, click on the image above. 
HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE


9
Palm Sunday Services
7:00AM & 9:30AM
9
'Ohana Beach BBQ
Lydgate Beach Park
4:00PM - 6:30PM
10
Taizé Eucharist
6:30PM
11
"Crazy Christians" Outreach
Waikea Boat Ramp
5:00-7:00PM
12
Holy Week: Stations of the Cross
Kealia Beach (on path, total 2 miles)
6:00PM
13
Clean Feet - Cold Water
Parking Lot at the end of Niu St, 
behind soccer field next to the Library
12:00PM -  4:00PM
13
Maundy Thursday Service
6:30PM
13
Compline
8:00PM
13
Overnight Prayer Vigil
8PM - 11AM
14
Stations of the Cross
led by the Ke Akua Youth Group
11:00AM
14
Good Friday Liturgy
12:00PM
14
Veneration of the Cross:
Private Prayer and Reconciliation
1:00PM - 3:00PM
14
When it was Evening:
Good Friday Meditation
6:30PM
15
Holy Saturday
7:30AM

EASTER SERVICES
Five Different Services to Experience Easter
 
We invite you to experience the glory and pageantry of Easter at All Saints'. We will offer five distinct Easter services--each are unique and seek to celebrate the Risen Lord.

The Great Vigil of Easter (Saturday, 7:00PM): This service  is the very heart of the Christian year, the grandest of all our celebrations. In the irony that defines the resurrection, we celebrate it after the sun goes down. We celebrate the coming of the light in the darkness. We mark the moment when Christ broke the bonds of death and hell, and rose victorious from the grave.

Sunrise Easter Service (Sunday, 6:00PM - Baby Beach): With the rising of the sun, we celebrate the rising of our Lord and Savior. The service's prelude begins at 5:45AM when we process the Cross from All Saints' to Baby Beach (Panihi Rd/Monakai Rd). As the sun comes up over the Pacific Ocean, we will celebrate the first Eucharist of Easter Day. Attendees are encouraged to bring a beach towel or chair.

Said Easter Service (Sunday, 7:00AM): This is a simple and contemplative service, which will offer the Rector's Easter Sermon and the celebration of Holy Eucharist.

Festive Easter Service (Sunday, 9:30AM): Arrive early--this is always are most popular service of the year. Stunning prelude music will begin at 9:15AM. All Saints' Director of Music Ministries, Hank, Curtis, along with the All Saints' Choir,  John Bohlin (Vocalist), Peggy Lake (Vocalist), and Barry Toy (Trumpet), have prepared an extraordinary collection of music to complement this grand celebration of Easter. We invite you to experience the glory of Easter amid all the splendor, song, and joy!

Sunset Easter Service (Sunday, 6:15PM - Spalding Monument) Our Easter celebrations are just getting underway. Our final Easter Day service is a phenomenal worship opportunity. This year, we will gather at the small park at the top of Kealia Road (commonly referred to as "Spalding Monument"). There is plenty of parking and the terrain is flat and accessible. Attendees are encouraged to bring a beach towel or chair. As the sun descends behind Mt. Waialeale, Eucharist will be celebrated. 
SACRED WALK AT NIGHT
All Saints' Labyrinth illuminated for Holy Week
 
Last year during Lent,  Bob Vlach, who designs and crafts labyrinths in Hawai'i and Oregon, painted a labyrinth on the All Saints' lawn. Throughout the year, members of the wider Kapa'a community have maintained the labyrinth's design--most notably the Rev. Caroline Miura, chaplain at Kaua'i Hospice and the Rev. Barry Mick, pastor at UCC Kapa'a First Hawaiian.

This year, members of the All Saints' 'Ohana have expanded the labyrinth ministry: The entire lines of the labyrinth are now illumined with LED, solar-power, light strings. The labyrinth can be utilized at day or night--and during the night the experience is extremely peaceful and profoundly spiritual. 

What is a labyrinth? It is an archetype, a divine imprint, found in all religious traditions in various forms around the world. Walking the labyrinth is an invitation into forgotten mystical tradition.

A labyrinth is not maze. Labyrinths have only one path, no dead ends, and are not designed to confuse or trick their users. The winding path of a labyrinth becomes a mirror for where we are in our lives. The experience is intended to touch our sorrows and releases our joys.

Users are invited to walk the labyrinth with an open mind and an open heart.

Three stages of walking the labyrinth:

1. Purgation (Releasing): A releasing, a letting go of the details of your life. This is the act of shedding thoughts and distractions. A time to open the heart and quiet the mind.

2. Illumination (Receiving): When you reach the center, stay there as long as you like. It is a place of meditation and prayer. Receive what is there for you to receive.

3. Union (Returning): As you leave, following the same path out of the center as you came in, you enter the third stage, which is joining God, your Higher Power, or the healing forces at work in the world. Each time you walk the labyrinth you become more empowered to find and do the work for which you feel your soul is reaching.

Suggested Practices for walking the labyrinth
Quiet your mind and become aware of your breath. Allow yourself to find the pace your body wants to go. The path is two ways. Those going in will meet those coming out. You may "pass" people or let others step around you. Do what feels natural.
OUTREACH
New Maundy Thursday Outreach Project
 
Clean Feet + Cold Water is an outreach ministry project of All Saints' set against the backdrop of Maundy Thursday. On Maundy Thursday, Christians throughout the world commemorate the institution of the Lord's Supper. Also, many faith communities live out Jesus' call to wash each others' feet ( John 13:14b-15) .

Clean Feet + Cold Water seeks to bring the ministry of foot-washing to the Kapa'a community (similar to All Saints' Ashes to Go Ministry on Ash Wednesday).

The inaugural Clean Feet + Cold Water will be Thursday, April 13th, 2017.  Volunteers will gather from 12:00PM until 4:00PM along the Kapa'a Bike Path at the end of  Niu St (behind the soccer field next to the Library).

Volunteers will offer to anyone passing by the opportunity to have their feet washed. Also, following another teaching of Jesus (Matthew 10:42), volunteers will distribute cold bottles of water to anyone passing by.

All Saints' is seeking volunteers to assist with this outreach ministry:
  • Foot-washers: These individuals will wash and dry the feet of patrons and are encouraged to talk story with the people they are serving.
     
  • Water Ministers: We fully understand that some individuals may not feel called to wash peoples' feet. Water Ministers will distribute cold water bottles and are encouraged to talk story with people.
     
  • Setup and Breakdown: Assist with moving supplies and materials to and from All Saints'. 
CRAZY CHRISTIANS
Outreach project Tuesday, donations needed
 
Holy Week at All Saints' is not only about worship, it is about service-walking in the footsteps of Christ.

Next Tuesday, April 11th, the final session of our Lenten Education Series, "Crazy Christians," will have participants and any interested volunteers traveling to the Waikea Boat Ramp (beach park across from Church & Burger King) to distribute "care packets" to community members in need from 5:00PM - 7:00PM. In addition, the group will take the opportunity to talk story and pray with members of the community.

The group is seeking donations (travel-size shampoo, conditioner, and toothpaste, toothbrushes, and other toiletries). Donations can be dropped off in the Church Office this week or at Church on Sunday.

To volunteer, you do not need to be a member of the Crazy Christian class--all are welcome. We will be meeting at 5:00PM at All Saints' and walking over to the ministry site.
PREPARATION FOR PALM SUNDAY
The Art of Paving the Way for Jesus in Holy Week
 
Holy Week begins with the triumphant entry of Jesus into the holy city of Jerusalem. Scripture tells us, "A very large crowd . . . cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and that followed were shouting, 'Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!'" (Matthew 21:8-9)

The crowd cut down palm tree branches and laid a "royal" path for Jesus to enter Jerusalem. The Palm leaf is an important symbol for the beginning of Holy Week-it testifies to Jesus' kingship over the Kingdom of Heaven. His joyous reception into Jerusalem is a stark contrast to Jesus' impending death sentence imposed by the crowd later that week.

One long-standing tradition in many congregations is to make crosses from palm leaves. Christians take their palm crosses from the Palm Sunday Service and place them for a year in a prominent location (i.e. home, car, work) as a reminder of Jesus' journey to and into Jerusalem, which also serves as a reminder of Christ's presence in our own spiritual journeys. The following Ash Wednesday, the ashes are made from the burned palm crosses from the previous Palm Sunday services.

There is an art to making palm crosses. It is a fun and family-friendly opportunity to begin preparing for Holy Week. Annually, All Saints' makes over 400 palm crosses. All Saints' invites you to join us to make palm crosses this Saturday, April 8th, 8:00AM, in the Sloggett Center Courtyard. All are welcome!
EASTER FESTIVAL


Please bring a potluck item to the Easter Festival to be shared with the 'Ohana!
BEACH BBQ
Holy Week Kickoff: Beach BBQ at Lydgate

We invite you to join us on Sunday, April 9th for another installment of All Saints' 'Ohana Beach BBQ at Lydgate Beach Park from 4:00PM - 6:30PM.

Rev. Ryan and others will be cooking handmade beef patties (no pre-made, frozen hamburgers this time). In addition, the "grillmasters" we will cooking hot dogs, sausages , and more.

Beverages will be provided. If you are able, please bring a side dish (not required). It is recommended you also bring a beach chair. Come join us for food, fun, and fellowship!
OVERNIGHT PRAYER VIGIL
Sign Up for April 13th Prayer Vigil

On Thursday, April 13th, All Saints' will hosts its annual Watch & Pray: An Overnight Prayer Vigil. The vigil will begin with Compline at 8:00PM. All are invited to participate in holding any portion of the vigil. The sign-up sheet is available at the entrance of the Church.  The vigil will last until 11AM on Friday.

If you have any questions, please email Rev. Ryan
THIS WEEK IN SUNDAY SCHOOL
Each week, The Epistle will highlight the upcoming Sunday School lesson from "Weaving God's Promises."
 
April 9: From the Garden to the Cross

Matthew 26:36-27:66: In the Old Testament, we learn that God stays with us, no matter what. Here, in Jesus' death, is the what. Even in death, God stays with us at the cost of God's own life.

This is God's redeeming act of grace: "Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world."

To the disciples, Jesus' death looked like failure. But we know that this story is "to be continued." And we know that it was his death that redeems us and reconciles us with God. Jesus died for us so that our story can once again be in line with God's story, which is the plan of God for us. By his death, he gave us life.

From the garden to the cross-these are the final days of Holy Week, which include Good Friday and Holy Saturday to the Great Vigil of Easter or to the grand service on Easter Day. For Episcopalians, the story of these last days is retold every Sunday in the Eucharist Prayers

School School Teachers: Team "B."
NOTE FROM THE EDITORS
The Epistle is taking a spring break following Easter. The next issue of The Epistle will be published May 12th. We apologize for the lengthy delay between issues. Please contact the Church office and/or visit the website for updates and additional information. Mahalo nui loa.
IN BRIEF . . .
These news briefs were featured in previous issues of "The Epistle"

Hale Ho'omalu April Collection
This month's special collection for Hale Ho'omalu, a family service center located 1/2 block away from All Saints', is Instant oatmeal (in Packets), Peanut Butter, Jelly, and Cracker. Hale Ho'omalu also needs and appreciates monetary donations as well as gifts-in-kind items. Every Sunday, all gift-in-kind donations can be left in the red wagon at the Church's entrance.

Photographers Needed for Holy Week & Easter
Are you a camera nerd? Do you enjoy taking pictures? Have you ever wanted a "backstage pass" to different church services and events?  If you answered "YES" to  any  of the questions above, All Saints' needs your help! We are looking for people who are able and willing to take pictures during Holy Week of the various services and events. If you are interested, please contact Rev. Ryan by phone (808) 822-4267 or by  email .
"The Epistle" is published weekly by Friday.
Submissions for consideration are due by Wednesday at noon and can be sent to ryan@allsaintskauai.org.