Anglican Church of the Resurrection
Weekly Update--Week of  March 20, 2017
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Join us as we remember Holy Week and celebrate our Lord's Resurrection Easter Morning!
     
      Maundy Thursday, April 13th, 7:00 pm
      Good Friday, April 14th, 12:00 noon 
      Easter Sunday, April 16th, 10:00 am

***Important ACR Updates***
  • PLEASE NOTE: For our Maundy Thursday Service tonight, we are encouraged by our Seventh Day Adventist hosts to use the Front Entrance only, and park nearby, as they are simultaneously holding a marriage conference on the lawn outside the "Courtyard Entrance". The somber tone of our wonderful Lenten Service may be quickly pushed aside by walking past those on the lawn.

  • Volunteer(s) needed immediately--if you are a Facebook user, we have an immediate need of your help! Our ACR Facebook page needs a volunteer to post upcoming information at least once a week. Dayonne Barnum is currently doing this job and will give you all the information you need to get started. Fr. Bill and Yvonne will feed you information and back up your ideas. Please contact Fr. Bill or Yvonne ASAP! Thank you in advance!

  • Our young people have been going through the Book of James in Sunday School. Please ask them about what they have been discussing and what they are learning. They are a terrific group of people to get to know!

 
Confession Times Available

 Dear ACR Family,

During this Lenten season, the Clergy are available to hear confessions on Wednesdays and Sundays at the Seventh Day Adventist Church location.  The ministry of reconciliation, which has been committed by Christ to his Church, is exercised through the care each Christian has for others, and through the priesthood of the Church and its ministers declaring absolution.

The Reconciliation of a Penitent, also known as “making your confession,” is available to all who desire it.  It is not restricted to times of sickness, nor solely to the season of Lent.  Confessions may be heard anytime and anywhere and are common during Lent, especially as we approach Holy Week and the Day of Resurrection.  Therefore, the clergy make themselves available:
·       On Wednesdays, after the 9:30 Eucharist – in the same room where the service takes place. 
·       On Sundays, following church, in the vesting room on the right of the Courtyard entrance as we leave church. 
·       Further, on Good Friday in the church following the noon Liturgy (location to be determined).
If none of the above work for you, please call Fr. Bill (760) 331-9865; Fr. Richard (760) 518-3761; or Fr. Dennie (760) 727-3254 to make an appointment.  We may come to you, at your home or to another location where you may feel most comfortable.

Faithfully,
Fr. Bill

Meet Your Vestry...
Lynne Maudlin

I am a singer-songwriter with one recorded album, some 400 songs, and a musical song-cycle based on the book of Ruth. I was born in Los Angeles in the middle of the 20th century, second of four children, and studied piano at USC Preparatory School of Music from age 6 to 12; at 12 I fell in love with the guitar, dropped the piano, and started writing songs. I grew up in a Christian household and attended church every week; Dad was a physicist and Mom a homemaker who trained as a pianist. Married young, one son, divorced young; a second "Christian" marriage dramatically blew up after 17 years but God used it powerfully to bring me to a deeper place of intimacy with Him so, despite the derailing effect, I am very grateful for what God did.

Career-wise, I've been a bit of a jack-of-all-trades, ranging from unloading trucks for Standard Brands Paints (!! an overnight job that paid much more than other available jobs), officer manager for a downtown Los Angeles design firm, merchandising and marketing for Capitol Records International Division, security officer for an East coast defense contractor, managing editor of several small magazines, assorted graphics design work, website design and management, various digital publications. I've worked in film production and produced one very low-budget feature film (brought it in under budget, too). I've spent over 20 years on board of directors of the Mythopoeic Society (a 501.c.3 nonprofit organization) in several different positions; currently I oversee development & planning of our annual conference. I've worked on several World Science Fiction convention committees and multiple other fantasy, SF, or literary conference committees. I've spent more than 15 years on church vestries.

I love to read, I love in depth conversations, I love the medium of film. I grew up driving all over the U.S.A. and I've been blessed to travel a good deal in my 30s and 40s, primarily to Europe and the U.K. but also to Israel and Australia. The Bible is my favorite book but I'm a big fan of Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and Tim Powers.

Continuing in our Easter series...
What is Maundy Thursday?
by Greg Goebel

I don’t think there has ever been a child who didn’t think he/she was saying Monday Thursday during the Holy Week announcements. Growing up, I thought today was Monday Thursday until about age 14.  And when I finally learned it was “Maundy,” no one could explain why it was called that!

But friends, I have trekked through the boring dictionaries of liturgy for you! ‘Maundy’ is derived from the Latin ‘mandatum’ which means basically “commandment.” Because Thursday night of Holy Week corresponds to the Last Supper, it includes Jesus saying, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another as I have loved you.”  This is the night of that New Commandment, in other words it is New Commandment Thursday.

Maundy Thursday services traditionally include a focus on the Last Supper, not only as the beginning of the Tridium (the Great Three Days), but also as the institution of the Lord’s Supper, Eucharist, Communion. In many places a foot washing service is included, and the service often ends with the Stripping of the Altar.

A new trend has emerged for holding a Seder Dinner. Seder is the historic Jewish feast that was held on the night before Passover. Jesus and his disciples would have been meeting that night for such a feast of remembrance. The only problem with today’s Seders is that they are often based on Jewish traditions that were developed much later than the time of Jesus. Some have felt that we were displacing the authenticity of Judaism by holding these meals. In recent years attempts have been made to acknowledge that fact and to see the Seder as not only a remembrance of the Last Supper, but also as an acknowledgement that the Jewish people are especially beloved to Christians.

Interestingly, the Stripping of the Altar did not grow out of a liturgical decision made from “on high”.  Instead, this tradition developed simply because the altar guilds needed to strip the altar after Maundy Thursday in preparation for the bare, stark altar on Good Friday. People stayed after worship to observe this, and it was soon experienced as a powerful spiritual moment. Today, the stripping and washing of the altar is often an integral part of Maundy Thursday.

Traditionally, there would be no Eucharist on Good Friday. But in some places, sacrament is reserved from Maundy Thursday to be administered on Good Friday. Either way, Maundy Thursday ends with the starkness of the empty, bare altar. Our souls are bare as well, as we begin to walk through the rest of the weekend.

As we enter the Great Three Days, we need to be open to silence, to reverence, and to a somber tone. One thing I appreciate about Anglicanism is how it doesn’t shy away from these modes. In some traditions, the tone is always either happy or sad. But in the classic Christian tradition, there is another “key” we can worship in. For example, during the Stripping of the Altar, we sit in silence and we depart in silence. This is not intended to be sad or depressing. It is contemplative, reflective, and reverent. If that’s new for you, try it out this year. Just experience it openly and then reflect on your experience later.

Maundy Thursday doesn’t end on Maundy Thursday. This New Commandment and the Holy Meal are instituted this night, not completed. Jesus was shaping his disciples around servant-hood and fellowship. Serving one another, serving the least and the outcast, and seeing ourselves not as masters but as those who serve. And this servant-hood is grounded on holy fellowship, with God and man at the table. Maundy Thursday was only the beginning! We are called to be Maundy Christians every day.

   What’s So Good about Good Friday?
by Justin Holcomb

On Good Friday we remember the day Jesus willingly suffered and died by crucifixion as the ultimate sacrifice for our sins (1 John 1:10). It is followed by Easter, the glorious celebration of the day Jesus was raised from the dead, heralding his victory over sin and death and pointing ahead to a future resurrection for all who are united to him by faith (Romans 6:5).

Still, why call the day of Jesus’ death “Good Friday” instead of “Bad Friday” or something similar? Some Christian traditions do take this approach: in German, for example, the day is called Karfreitag, or “Sorrowful Friday.” In English, in fact, the origin of the term “Good” is debated: some believe it developed from an older name, “God’s Friday.” Regardless of the origin, the name Good Friday is entirely appropriate because the suffering and death of Jesus, as terrible as it was, marked the dramatic culmination of God’s plan to save his people from their sins.

In order for the good news of the gospel to have meaning for us, we first have to understand the bad news of our condition as sinful people under condemnation. The good news of deliverance only makes sense once we see how we are enslaved. Another way of saying this is that it is important to understand and distinguish between law and gospel in Scripture. We need the law first to show us how hopeless our condition is; then the gospel of Jesus’ grace comes and brings us relief and salvation.

In the same way, Good Friday is “good” because as terrible as that day was, it had to happen for us to receive the joy of Easter. The wrath of God against sin had to be poured out on Jesus, the perfect sacrificial substitute, in order for forgiveness and salvation to be poured out to the nations. Without that awful day of suffering, sorrow, and shed blood at the cross, God could not be both “just and the justifier” of those who trust in Jesus (Romans 3:26). Paradoxically, the day that seemed to be the greatest triumph of evil was actually the deathblow in God’s gloriously good plan to redeem the world from bondage.

The cross is where we see the convergence of great suffering and God’s forgiveness. Psalms 85:10 sings of a day when “righteousness and peace” will “kiss each other.” The cross of Jesus is where that occurred, where God’s demands, his righteousness, coincided with his mercy. We receive divine forgiveness, mercy, and peace because Jesus willingly took our divine punishment, the result of God’s righteousness against sin. “For the joy set before him” (Hebrews 12:2) Jesus endured the cross on Good Friday, knowing it led to his resurrection, our salvation, and the beginning of God’s reign of righteousness and peace.

Good Friday marks the day when wrath and mercy met at the cross. That’s why Good Friday is so dark and so Good.

Anglican Church of the Resurrection
363 Woodland Parkway, San Marcos
(the Seventh Day Adventist Church)