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WORSHIP SERVICES AT ST. TIMOTHY'S

+ Holy Eucharist is celebrated each Sunday at 8 AM and 10 AM. The 10 AM service is also shared via Zoom for those who are physically unable to attend in person.

+ Wednesdays there is an in-person Holy Eucharist at 10AM, using the traditional-language rite. This service is followed by tea and conversation in the parish library.

+ Current masking policy: All persons may wear a face mask as a health tool. Some persons (especially those in higher-risk groups) should wear a mask. However, no one must wear a mask. The parish provides good quality face masks for those desiring them. 

+ We have an upgraded HVAC air handling system to maximize the safety of our indoor environment.

+ We encourage vaccination for all eligible persons to prevent communicable disease at church or elsewhere.

+ Please contact the parish office for more information, and to be added to our Zoom invitation lists.

LENT AND HOLY WEEK AT ST. TIMOTHY'S

+ Stations of the Cross are held every Friday evening at 7 PM during Lent. Join us for the Litany of Penitence from Ash Wednesday and short readings from Blessed Julian of Norwich.

HOLY WEEK

+ Palm Sunday: March 24
8 AM: Blessing of Palms & Holy Eucharist (spoken) 
10 AM: Palm Procession & Holy Eucharist (sung). 

+ Monday, March 25 & Tuesday, March 26
7 PM: Evening Prayer
 
+ Wednesday, March 27
7 PM: Tenebrae Service

THE HOLY TRIDUUM

One Liturgy Spread over Three Days  (Main services in bold text)
+ Maundy Thursday: March 28 
7 PM: The Maundy Thursday Liturgy 
Prayer Watch following until Noon on Good Friday 
 
+ Good Friday: March 29
Noon: Stations of the Cross 
7 PM: Good Friday Liturgy 
 
+ Holy Saturday; Easter Eve: March 30 
10 AM: Little Tomb Service of the Burial of Christ
9 PM: The Great Vigil of Easter, followed by the Agape Feast 
 
Easter Day: March 31 
11 AM: Holy Eucharist (said, with hymns)

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 + All days in Lent outside of Sundays are fast days
 

Thursday, February 29: 

  • 7 PM: Choir Rehearsal

Friday, March 1David of Wales, Bishop, c. 544

  • 7 PM: Stations of the Cross & Backpack Buddy Packing (more info)

Saturday, March 2: Chad of Lichfield, Bishop, 672

  • Prayers for those who have died are traditionally offered on Saturdays. Here is more information on this practice, along with prayer resources.
 
+ Sunday, February 3: The Third Sunday in Lent
+ 8 AM: Holy Eucharist (Said).
In-person.

+ 9 AM: Adult Study

+ 9:50 AM: Godly Play & nursery open


+ 10 AM: Holy Eucharist (Sung). 
In-person & online

+ Coffee Hour following the 10 AM Liturgy


The Sundays in Lent, while being feasts of the resurrection of Christ, remain days marked by the Lenten character of reserve and repentance.
Monday, March 4: 
  • The Parish Office is closed on Mondays
  • Endowment Board Meeting, 7 PM on Zoom
Tuesday, March 5: 
  • 7 PM: Women's Bible Study on Zoom
Wednesday, March 6: 
  • 10 AM: Rite I Holy Eucharist 
  • 7 PM: Catechumenate
Word from the Rector...

Lent and Disappointment

I was delighted to hear a parishioner recently say: "I have already failed in my Lenten Rule three time!."  I said in reply:  "Good: now you can get on with the real work of returning to your Rule and learning from your failure; we will fail often, but we ought to fail smart!"

The cycle of "struggle-fail-return-learn" is not one of the things we associate with faith, but it is essential.  We see it again and again in the Gospels: the Apostles accompany Jesus on a journey, see his miracles, hear his teaching, and then proceed to get it all wrong by sparring for position, or castigating people rather than evil, or getting all literal-minded and missing the message of forgiveness and love Jesus teaches.  After a quick rebuke, Jesus returns to the work of teaching and forming his disciples in the Gospel.  Jesus did not succumb to disappointment (even if he was at times discouraged) because he put his trust in the Father above all.  For Christ, and all who would follow Christ, it is from this primary relationship that all else proceeds.

Lent is never a "one-and-done" season.  It is more of a slog than a sprint.  When we fail in our Rule we may be tempted to feel dispirited or (worse) give it up, but it is in fact the critical moment, the golden opportunity--the opportunity to turn back and go deeper in understanding why we let go of God's hand and reached for something / someone else to guide, steady, or comfort us.

Disappointment is something each Christian must face.  Our desires, hopes, and expectations are frequently dashed by the realities of life and by our own or other peoples' limitations. To the degree our hopes are in fact lodged in anything other than God we will feel that disappointment keenly and deeply; it may overwhelm us.

If, however, we have made it our faith practice to learn from failures and disappointments, truthfully admitting when we have put our trust in something unworthy, we will be able to overcome our failures and disappointments with a commitment to an imperishable truth, an indissoluble relationship with the God who swallows up failure in victory.

As we make our way through this season I pray that we are "failing smart" by considering when, where, why, and how we have failed in our Lenten Rule--and then getting back on the trail with Jesus.

How we approach the entire issue of disappointment as Christians is vital.  The Apostles eventually learned to put their trust in Jesus and to overcome their failures and disappointments by living in him.  With this reflex, they had the courage to bring the Gospel to a divided and troubled world--and in our own day, so may we.  This shows how even our own, small Lenten journey is part of a much larger effort: God's reconciling love for the whole world.

With my ongoing prayers for a Holy Lent,

Brandon+ 

Prayer Requests from this Parish: Rick Wilcox, Charlotte Washington, Charlean Clemons, Sharon Earl, Gail Coulson, Charles O'Rourke, Megan O'Rourke Jones & family, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, St. Timothy’s Church (Brookings), Brookings City Council, Peace in Gaza and Israel, Ukraine and Russia, and for all victims of warfare and violence abroad and at home, Family Promise, Salem for Refugees, Mending Wings Youth Ministries, for all Christians in their observance of a Holy Lent

For the Departed: Jocelyn Cartwright
 
For Those who Mourn: John Cartwright, Roger and Michelle McComas

For Those with Birthdays this Coming Week: Yolanda Cervantes, Jim Apollonio

In the Diocese of Oregon: Church of the Good Samaritan, Corvallis

In the Anglican Communion: The Church of the Province of Uganda

Notice of the Funeral for Jocelyn Cartwright

The funeral for Jocelyn Cartwright will be on Saturday, March 9, at 11 AM.  A reception will follow in the narthex.  Your presence is requested.

Father of all, we pray to you for those we love, but see no longer: Grant them your peace; let light perpetual shine upon them; and, in your loving wisdom and almighty power, work in them the good purpose of your perfect will; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.
Stations of the Cross - Backpack Buddies 
Fridays in Lent at 7 PM
This service will start each week with the Litany of Penitence from Ash Wednesday. We will be using the form of the Way of the Cross and employing short readings from Blessed Julian of Norwich.  Parishioners are encouraged to attend at least one of these services in Lent.
As an act of corporal mercy during Lent, we will also be packing Backpack Buddies food bags on Friday evenings through March 15. This will occur at the time we gather for Stations of the Cross at 7 PM. Through this project, we will provide weekend food supplements for 72 neighbor children at Hoover Elementary until their Spring Break
Lent Outreach Project
 
For this year’s lenten corporate act of mercy, we are assembling Restart Kits for Salem for Refugees to give to new refugee families. We are hoping to complete five kits, and more if there is interest. There are sign-up sheets in the narthex where you can commit to providing particular kit items—sign up for as many as you can! All donations must be new and exactly as the sign-up describes. The last day for contributions will be April 7, the Second Sunday of Easter. It you would like to help but don’t want to shop, you can make out a check to St. Timothy’s with “Lent Outreach” on the note line.
This year, Episcopal Relief & Development is offering Lenten Meditations about living an authentic life as followers of Christ. Using the previous link, you can choose to download them, read online each day, or subscribe to have them emailed to you every morning.
+ Holy Week
Make plans now for attending the liturgies of Holy Week
(main services underlined)

March 24: Palm Sunday
Holy Eucharist, 8 AM & 10 AM

March 25 & 26: Evening Prayer, 7 PM

March 27: Tenebrae, 7 PM

March 28: Maundy Thursday
Liturgy, 7 PM
All night prayer vigil following

March 29: Good Friday
Stations of the Cross, Noon
Good Friday Liturgy, 7 PM

March 30: Holy Saturday
Great Vigil of Easter, 9 PM

March 31: Easter Day
Eucharist, 11 AM


Invite others to participate in these great liturgies and enter into the central experience of our salvation through the Paschal Mystery.

From Your Parish Librarian

St Beatrice of Nazareth is one of the lesser known medieval mystics; but she’s known here at St Timothy’s because she was the subject of the December 13, 2023 Shelf Life that discussed the writings of The Mystics of Advent. Some of you have expressed an interest in knowing more about the life of St Beatrice.  

Read on ….  

Beatrice (c.1200-1268) was sent to live in a beguinage after the death of her mother, when she was seven years old. A beguinage was a 13-century community of 60 or even 70 single women, called “holy women,” who lived in groups within a cluster of houses enclosed by a wall, but not separated from the outside world. They were devout women who were not associated with any religious order, and they devoted their lives to contemplation and to good works like nursing and caring for the poor, they supported themselves by selling needlework. The beguine movement was throughout the Low Countries, Germany and northern France during an economically depressed and politically unstable time that resulted in a surplus of unattached women in urban areas. 

Beatrice lived with the beguines for only a year when her father sent her to a convent where she learned ascetical practices like compressing her body with cords around a corset with thorns. 

When she was a teenager, Beatrice was sent to a neighboring convent to learn the art of manuscript writing and wrote hymn books. Ida of Nivelles was a fellow student, and she also had lived in a beguinage when she was very young. They were only a year apart in age, they both experienced ecstatic visions and became life-long friends. 

Beatrice wrote that her first vision was of the Trinity and choirs of angels. After her visions she would become profoundly emotional and sobbed when her ecstasy had ended, but then she would laugh out loud with gratitude.  

The custom at the time was for very young girls to live in convents and be educated, leave and return home to marry. However, by the time it was expected for Beatrice to leave, she had decided to stay. At 15, she began her time of preparation and training to become a nun. She was initially refused because it  was thought she was too young and because of her frail health, but the following year on Maundy Thursday, she was accepted and became a novice at 16 years old. 

As she spiritually matured, Beatrice learned that her extreme asceticism and too much penance could be harmful rather than sanctifying. She realized she was attempting sanctity through her own will. Through prayer and her visions, she learned that holiness came from the natural virtues and unique gifts God gave to her. 

In 1236, when Beatrice was 36, she was sent to be the prioress of a new monastery in the town of Nazareth in Flanders, Belgium. In ten years, the monastery had deteriorated so it was no longer safe because it had been built on unstable ground, so it was relocated to a higher, more stable site. Beatrice remained at the monastery for the rest of her life, dying at 68.  

Beatrice’s life was marked by long periods (years even) of depression, physical pain and fevers. In one of her visions, which happened between her depressive states, the voice of God assured her that she would never be separated from Him. 

That Beatrice of Nazareth is known today is mainly because of what was once thought to be an anonymous, mystical treatise: On Seven Manners of Holy Love.

1-Longing for restoring the image and likeness of God that proceeds out of love;

2-Offering oneself to God; 

3-Suffering for God; 

4-Enjoying the splendor of God’s love; 

5-Accepting that love includes both ecstasy and agony; 

6-Resting confidently in God’s love; 

7-Contemplating the Divine Mystery of Love returns us to an ever-deeper longing of God. 
 

—Bonnie Bonham—Parish Librarian—

The Lenten Prayer of St. Ephrem
 
+ O Lord and Master of my life, give me not the spirit of sloth, despair, lust for power, and idle talk. But grant unto me, thy servant, a spirit of integrity, humility, patience, and love. Yea, O Lord and King, grant me to see my own faults and not judge another. For blessed art thou unto ages of ages. Amen.
 
St. Ephrem of Edessa
  Mission Statement of St. Timothy's Episcopal Church
We gather to experience the Holy Trinity through Scripture, worship, study, and fellowship. Receiving and reflecting God’s love and grace, we are sent out to love and serve our neighbor, see the Christ in others, and share the Gospel by the example of our everyday lives.
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St. Timothy's Parish Office Hours:
 Tuesday & Thursday, 9 AM - 3 PM
Wednesday, 9:30 AM - 3 PM
Friday, 9 AM - 3 PM via telephone/email/text
The Parish Office is closed on Mondays

Parish Office Contact Info
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 7416; Salem, OR 97303
Email: mail@sainttimothys.org
Phone: 503-363-0601

Rector's Days Off:
Fridays and on Saturday mornings
Please contact Fr. Brandon on his days off if you have an emergency.
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