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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.

HOLY WEEK AT ST. TIMOTHY'S

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

The 10 AM service begins with the Liturgy of the Palms in the Parish Hall, with Palm Procession to the Nave, followed by the Dramatic Reading of the Passion Gospel of St. Matthew and Holy Eucharist. This is a “hybrid” liturgy: both in-person and online.

 

Monday & Tuesday in Holy Week
7 PM: Ante-communion, followed by confessions

We will not celebrate the Holy Eucharist during the period from Palm Sunday until Maundy Thursday. On these two days the evening service will be the first part of the Eucharist, including the readings for these days, but ending after the Lord’s Prayer.

 

Wednesday in Holy Week
7 PM: Tenebrae

Tenebrae, a service of shadows and darkness expressive of the gradual desertion of Christ by those around him, marks a decisive turn in Holy Week and serves as a contemplative portal into the mystery of our redemption which will be our focus in the coming days. This is a service unlike any other in the Church Year and forms the entrance into the heart of Holy Week.

 

THE HOLY TRIDUUM
One Liturgy Spread over Three Days

All Episcopalians are to join together for worship if physically able to do so. (Main services in underlined bold text)

 

Maundy Thursday
7 PM: The Maundy Thursday Liturgy
Prayer Watch following until Noon Good Friday

The first part of the service, which does not conclude until the end of the Great Vigil of Easter, this service commemorates Christ’s command to love each other as he has loved us, and his commandment to “do this in remembrance of me” by sharing in the Holy Eucharist. The Holy Sacrament is then removed to the Chapel and the altar is stripped in recollection of Christ’s arrest and being mocked. We then leave in silence as the lights are lowered.

The Prayer Watch at the Altar of Repose in the Chapel now begins, lasting until noon Friday, in remembrance of Jesus’s words in the garden of Gethsemane, when he asked his disciples to spend an hour in prayer with him. Parishioners sign up to take an hour in prayer in the chapel before Christ in the Holy Sacrament. A member of the parish will be at the church all night to let people in and walk them to their cars.

 

Good Friday
Noon: Stations of the Cross
7 PM: Good Friday Liturgy

The Good Friday Liturgy is the most solemn service in the Church Year. Its starkness points to the truth of both human brokenness and God’s complete identification with us in our need. The highlights are the Great Silence at the start, then the reading of the Passion Gospel according to St. John, the Solemn Collects (intercessions for all humanity), the bringing out and veneration of the Good Friday Cross, and the Communion from the Reserved Sacrament, brought from the Altar of Repose in the Chapel. Once more, we leave in silence.

Good Friday is marked by as complete a fast as health allows, from sunrise until at least 3 PM, the traditional hour of Christ’s death upon the cross.

 

Holy Saturday

10 AM: Little Tomb Service of the Burial of Christ

The morning service is a short, spare gathering at the now-denuded altar where we hear of Christ’s hasty burial and contemplate his lying in the tomb, even as God the Son has descended to Hades, there to liberate those long held by the Evil One. A glorious sermon from the very early Christian period is read and prayers for those who have died are offered.

 
Easter Eve
Saturday, 9 PM: The Great Vigil of Easter,
followed by the Agape Feast

The Easter Vigil is the heart of our life as a parish and as a people. It is our main Easter service. It must be experienced, not explained, but it consists of the lighting, blessing, and sharing of the New Fire, the great song before the Paschal Candle (The “Exsultet”), the readings of the Old Testament prophesies, Renewal of Baptismal Vows, the Proclamation of the Resurrection, the great Easter Homily of St. John Chrysostom, and the First Eucharist of Easter. This is the high point of the entire Church Year. The Vigil is followed by a grand feast in the Parish Hall, to which all are invited. Come and see!


Easter Day
11 AM: Holy Eucharist (said, with hymns)
A “hybrid” liturgy: both in-person and online.

The Easter Day Eucharist at St. Timothy’s is quite a bit simpler than the Vigil. However, it is a joyous celebration and includes the beautiful, ever-new account of Mary Magdalene meeting the Risen Christ in the garden. With this Eucharist, our celebration of Easter Day concludes…but the Great 50 Days of Eastertide has just begun.

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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+ Alleluia. Christ is Risen!
Word from the Rector

Pentecost: Feast of the Spirit, Feast of the Church
The 50th Day of Easter completes the story of Christ's resurrection by the gift of the Holy Spirit to the entire body of the faithful. Prior to this, the Church was still something like a chrysalis: the still-contained and constrained community of disciples awaiting the summons to fly free. After the Day of Pentecost, the Gospel could go around the world, breaking every human-made boundary.

On Sunday we will hear a portion of the Gospel read in various tongues as a testimony to the utter freedom found in the Christian faith. It might be a good time to reflect on how freeing your faith is, or if you need a dose of freedom in the Spirit. Make no mistake: being an Episcopalian mean living "in the Spirit" -- the Spirit of truth and the spirit of love. We may have a somewhat quiet way of expressing it, but ours is a Pentecostal faith as much as anyone's.

Thanks for a Wonderful Ascension Day
What a great gathering we had last Thursday! Fr. Simon preached a moving sermon, members of St. Paul's and St. Timothy's (as well as various out-of-town visitors) joined together in glorious worship, and we enjoyed a really yummy reception, people staying for a long while to converse.  

This service completed the first phase of what I call SEU ("Salem Episcopalians United")--a phase which began with our shared Thanksgiving service, then went on with our pre-Advent Quiet Day, and wrapped up on Ascension Day. Fr. Simon and I will be meeting to plan next year's calendar of events, as well as discuss additional sorts of ways we can join together (and eventually include Prince of Peace mission church, as well). If you have ideas, please tell me. Thank you all for helping this be a great start to an important venture.

Memorial Garden Project
Below and in the monthly Tidings you will find information about the long-anticipated project to do some work on the plantings in the Memorial Garden. This effort, necessitated by several factors, has been the subject of a select committee's study for about two years. I encourage you to read the linked document for a fuller explanation. If you have questions, please do contact the Wardens or myself.

Brandon+
From the Jr. Warden: A Memorial Garden Update

Dear Parishioners,

About a year ago a committee was formed by action of the vestry with a mission to bring the Memorial Garden into year-around attractiveness, greater ease of use at funerals, and reduced maintenance.

Most of the committee were people actively involved with the garden: having loved ones buried there, performing the sacred duty of preparing grave sites for burials, working on our parish’s grounds, and people who have an affinity for beauty, plants and gardening. These committee members also consulted a local master gardener to provide expert practical advice.

 

Thursday, May 16:

  • 6 PM: Men's Group at the home of Steve Cowgill
  • 7 PM: Choir Rehearsal

Friday, May 17: Thurgood Marshall, Public Servant, Lawyer and Jurist, 1993

  • There is no fasting during Eastertide
Saturday, May 18:
  • Prayers for those who have died are traditionally offered on Saturdays. Here is more information on this practice, along with prayer resources.
 
+ Sunday, May 19: The Day of Pentecost
One of the 7 Principal Feasts of the Church Year, this day concludes the Great 50 Days of Easter and celebrates the giving of the Holy Spirit to the Church. 
+ 8 AM: Holy Eucharist (said). In-person.

+ No Adult Study this Sunday.

+ 9:50 AM: Godly Play and nursery open

+ 10 AM: Holy Eucharist (sung) with
In-person and online. 

+ Cheese reception (you are invited to bring interesting / exotic cheeses, breads, and crackers to share) followed by a Whit-Walk through our neighborhood after the 10 AM liturgy (weather permitting--bring your walking shoes if you would like to join in).

Don't forget to wear red to church to celebrate this Feast!
Monday, May 20: Alcuin of York, Deacon and Abbot, 804
  • The parish office is closed on Monday.
Tuesday, May 21: Lydia of Thyatira, Coworker of the Apostle Paul
  • 6:30 PM: Vestry
Wednesday, May 15: Helena of Constantinople, Protector of the Holy Places, 330; Ember Day
  • 10 AM: Rite I, in-person Holy Eucharist
  • 7 PM: Catechumenate, on Zoom

Prayer Requests from this Parish: Pamela Lyons Nelson, Charlean Clemons, Bonnie Bonham, Marilyn and Fr. Don Wilson, for all victims of warfare and violence abroad and at home, Family Promise, Salem for Refugees, Mending Wings Youth Ministries.

For Those with Birthdays this Week: Ann Carpenter, Shep Earl, Julie Pannell

For the Departed: Julio Rivera

For Those who Mourn: Juanita Rivera

In the Diocese of Oregon: Santa Cruz/Holy Cross, Gresham

In the Anglican Communion: The Anglican Church of Canada

Men's Fellowship Group
Thursday, May 16th, 6 PM
 
The St Tim’s Men’s Fellowship Group will be meeting this Thursday at 6 PM at Steve Cowgill’s home for a shared meal and time of fellowship, ending with compline & free prayer time. The men's group has put an emphasis on spiritual growth for the coming year, along with our usual focus on fellowship.
Family Movie Night!
Friday, May 24th at 6 PM
 
We will gather together to enjoy a family movie night at the church, with a Bring Your Own Dinner brown-bag (indoor) picnic.  We'll be gathering in the narthex and watching on the projector screen. Everyone is most welcome to attend! The movie is yet to be decided... you may bring along a DVD of your favorite (kid-friendly) movie to be put to a vote! Bring some dinner for your family, movie snacks, blankets and pillows if desired (chairs will also be available!) and plan to enjoy a relaxed evening together.
Save the Date:
Diocesan Renewal Gathering
Mark your calendars for June 1st, 2024, for our diocesan-wide renewal gathering at St. Paul Episcopal Church in Salem. We will celebrate our life together as the Episcopal Church in Western Oregon. The Rt. Rev. Robert Wright, Bishop of Atlanta, will be our speaker. Reserve your complementary lunch and let us know you'll be joining us here.
The telephone system in the Parish Office is working again. Thank you for your patience!  If you are ever unable to reach the phone line in the Parish Office during normal office hours, you are always welcome to call our Parish Administrator, Emma Glennen, direct (her number is in the Parish Directory) or email the Parish Office instead.                                      
+ A Prayer for Ascensiontide
 
Almighty God, your ascended Son has sent us into the world to preach the good news of your kingdom: inspire us with your Spirit and fill our hearts with the fire of your love, that all who hear your Word may be drawn to you, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
  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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