2014 we begin an experiment of monthly Celtic Evensong Services.
The last Sunday
evening of each month at 7:00 pm we gather with neighbors, friends and
strangers for a service of active prayer and meditation. When
these Services fall on the 5th Sunday we begin with a simple meal and
conversation at 6:00 pm. See our invitations on Meet-up,
Facebook or on our Up Coming Events page of
Advent / Christmas/ Epiphany
The Church Year Begins at the end of November or
first week of December, the darkest times of the year. As we
await Jesus coming, we prepare to celebrate the gift of incarnation --
God dwelling with us--in Jesus of Nazareth. Waiting
and preparing gives way to our celebration of being a "visited people"
and our contemplation of God's dwelling in us today. Epiphany
brings us to sharing of that gift of good news with all
the world. Lighting the Advent Candles, Greening the Sanctuary,
Sharing the Story of this season though dramatic and visual arts and
song, and a Christmas Eve Candlelight communion service are cherished
Jesus & the Season of our Calling to Discipleship- Jesus'
baptism is an iconic act of God's solidarity with humanity. This
season we focus on the stories of scripture that highlight God's
calling to all people. Call and response forms a persistent
pattern in worship and in our life of discipleship. Each
of us is invited to seek God's calling for our work,
relationships, and for our building a community here and now.
Lent / Passion Week / Easter-
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent
as we share a simple meal in the evening, and share the ashes
that remind us of our mortality. The invitation to the observance of a
holy lent is about intentionality -- not a morbid or somber
season. The Parade of Palm & Passion Sunday, Jesus' meal with friends
on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday reflections, Easter Vigil and the
celebration of the Resurrection on Easter morning each shares a part
of the story of God's self-giving love that confronts power with
forgiveness and grace. The seven weeks of Easter lead us deeper into
the knowledge of the resurrection and prepare us to receive
God's Spirit. We celebrate as disciples the realization that,
"Goodness is stronger than evil, Love is stronger that hate, Light is
stronger than darkness, Life is stronger that death, "and the sure
knowledge that, "Victory is ours through God who in Christ loves us."
Pentecost and the Season of Growing in
Faith and Practice- With
the winds of Spirit blowing through locked doors to emboldened
Christ's followers and give birth to the Church, we too join God
efforts as we witness and grow in faith under the guidance of God's
Holy Spirit. The red & white of Pentecost remind us of the Spirit
through symbols of flames and dove. The Summer schedule at CHPC
is rich with a variety of guest musicians as the Choir
takes time off. Our Hospitality time finds us out on the front
porch in the nice weather surrounded in the glory of creation.
We gather from time to time in the
summer under the trees on the grounds of the church and remember how
stories of faith have been told for thousands of years in settings
such as this. Our grounds
speak of the glory of God in the whispering of the wind in the trees,
in the feast for the eyes, in the rain gardens that remind us that God
proclaimed creation, “Good.”
Communion Sunday- The first Sunday
of October is a celebration of the
Supper in which we lift up our unity with the Church worldwide.
It is our custom to receive an offering for peacemaking that day
and to designate a project in the life of the congregation dedicated
to celebrating our calling to be peacemakers.
Day- We remember those who have
died within our community and
our continued bonds with those past, present, and future in the
Communion of Saints.
Christ Sunday- Each year we close
of our church calendar with reflection
our stewardship and how we might live in light of God's providence and