May 18th 6pm Concert: Voci Novella, Horn Lake MS

The 19 members of the Horn Lake High School’s elite ensemble, Voci Novella, will be on tour May 17th through May 24th with stops in Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, & Pennsylvania.  On May 18th, they will be performing at Calvary Episcopal Church at 6pm.

The elite ensemble is the premier touring vocal ensemble in the Horn Lake High Choral Department. Performing high quality and diverse choral music, the ensemble frequently performs on and off campus as the face of the Horn Lake community.

The multi-award winning Horn Lake Choirs have performed at the American Choral Director's Association - Mississippi Convention as a featured choir in 2010 & 2016, the National Cathedral in Washington DC at the Evensong Service in 2011 and 2015, Disney's Candlelight Processional in 2013 and 2016, and have been named Grand Champions three times at the toughest competition in the state & the mid-south, The University of Mississippi Choral Festival, in 2011, 2015, and 2016. They are also the recording choir for two choral octavos by composer J. Reese Norris (Misericordia & The Crossing). Most recently, they were the featured choir in October of 2016 at the University of Alabama's Honor Choir event, performed at the state Capitol for the Mississippi House of Representatives in March, and named Grand Champion at the Music in the Parks Festival in St. Louis in early April. 

Ms. Holly Beck is in her 20th year of teaching and her 11th year as the director of choral activities at Horn Lake High School. She has served in several capacities within the state including District 2 Chairman, Junior High State Choral Board, and All State Honor Choir Chairman and Repertoire & Standards Chairman for the Mississippi Chapter of the American
Choral Director’s Association. Ms. Beck earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Lee University and her Master’s Degree in Music Education from Florida State University.

March 26th Concert and Evensong Dr. Mathilda Ertz, Harpsichord

5 pm Concert, Dr. Mathilda Ertz, Harpsichord

Dr. Matilda Ertz is the piano instructor at the Youth Performing Arts School. She also teaches music history at the University of Louisville School of Music as well as piano and harpsichord in the Community Music Program. She has a PhD in Musicology from the University of Oregon with a supporting area in piano performance, and Master of Music Degrees in piano performance and piano pedagogy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 

5:30 pm Following the concert, the Calvary Choir will lead Choral Evensong featuring music by Gerre Hancock and Herbert Howells.

New Vestry Members Elected on January 22nd

On January 22, 2017 Calvary held it's Annual Parish Meeting.  At this meeting new Vestry members and Vestry Leadership were elected:

Vestry Leadership

Meg Scharre, Senior Warden

Don Snow, Junior Warden

Sally Reisz, Treasurer

Penny Brisson, Secretary

Vestry Class of 2017

Will Cary is a life-long member of Calvary Episcopal Church and has served on the the Vestry three times, twice as Sr. Warden. loving everything about the Church and it's people, his main areas of contribution are in house and grounds, ushering, lighting and sound. 

Kristel Fitzgerald is VP of Special Projects for Goodwill Industries of Kentucky, Inc. has over 20 years’ experience in the nonprofit and human services industries, as well as work within several school systems and with severely emotionally disabled children.  Her interest in the Vestry is one of service, leadership, and love. believing that today’s church must focus on deliberate outreach and responsible stewardship.

Jamie Hendon, also a long-time member of Calvary, believes in serving the congregation of Calvary as a member of the Vestry as well as service participation, committee participation and supporting parish needs, have all become ways of maintaining and remaining connected to the long term core of our community.  Jamie's interests lie in assisting Calvary through transition, strengthening church leadership, and stewarding Calvary's assets.

Ruth Robbins started attending Calvary in 1996 has developed a deep and abiding love of her spiritual home.  Retired since 2000, she has worked in the mental health field.  Her vision for Calvary is centered around Music and Urban outreach but has also worked to ensure Calvary's property is well maintained and welcoming to all.

Larry Reining teaches chemistry and physical science at Spalding University in next door to Calvary.  He has served on Vestry before as well as being an Usher/Greeter, Lector and Choir Ministries.   in 2012, he completed the the Education for Ministry (EfM) course through the University of the South (Sewannee) and feels that Calvary best demonstrates the message of Gospel as this course teaches.

 

 

Chris Graney, Astronomy Professor will speak to Adult Forum Nov 6th and 13th

Chris Graney will engage the Adult Forum

November 6th: 

A Curious Tale in which an Anglican Priest Discovers the Modern Solar System and Destroys the Inhabitants of Jupiter

November 13th: 

So How’d a Kentucky Community College Professor end up Blogging for the Vatican Observatory, Anyway?

Christopher M. Graney is professor of physics and astronomy at Jefferson Community & Technical College in Louisville, Kentucky (USA), where he helps keep the college’s observatory running. For some years now his research focus has been the history of astronomy, especially the late 16th and early 17th centuries. He is the author of the 2015 book Setting Aside All Authority: Giovanni Battista Riccioli and the Science Against Copernicus in the Age of Galileo, published by the University of Notre Dame Press.  He also writes for “The Catholic Astronomer,” the blog of the Vatican Observatory.

Rev. Richard Williams (PCUSA) to Speak to Adult Forum on October 30th

Rev. Richard Williams

Coordinator for the Presbyterian Church (USA)'s Young Adult Volunteer program

www.youngadultvolunteers.org

Young Adults, Faith, and Service
Join us for a discussion of young adults, faith, service, and vocational discernment in the Young Adult Volunteer program, a yearlong, faith-based service program. This program is in the same cohort of the Episcopal Service Corps, and we will discuss how these programs are working to develop strong and resilient leaders for our denominations. We will explore questions that congregations often have about young adults, their faith development, and the future leadership of our churches.

 

10 am in Parker Hall

September 25th Organ Concert and Evensong

5 pm Organ Recital

Lisa Lewis, Organ

5:30 pm Choral Evensong

Lisa Lewis, a native of Louisville, Kentucky and a 10th generation Kentuckian, has served as the Organist/Choirmaster at St. Luke's Episcopal Church since May 1984.  Ms. Lewis studied with Melvin Dickinson at the University of Louisville, earning both Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Organ Performance.  Summer study in Germany with Harald Vogel (1978) gave the opportunity to practice and perform on historic instruments in Scharmbeck, Stade, Cappel, and Eenum, creating an intense interest in early music performance practices. Similar study in France (1988) resulted in recitals on the historic Clicquot organ in Souvingy and the Cavaille-Coll organ in Castelnaudery.  Ms. Lewis also studies independently with Dr. Roberta Gary to prepare for the delivery of St. Luke's new organ (2013) built by Martin Pasi.  

Vestry Passes Resolution Regarding Marriage

It is with great joy that the Calvary Vestry passed the following resolution at its July meeting. As part of its ongoing discernment of Calvary's mission and ministry, the Vestry wished to document the deeply-felt commitment of its current members to marriage equality. The Vestry hopes that this, in a small way, may contribute to the efforts of many to support and affirm our LGBTQ friends in their time of need.

In service,

Calvary Vestry 2016

 

CALVARY EPISCOPAL CHURCH

VESTRY RESOLUTION RELATING TO MARRIAGE

WHEREAS, Canon I.17: Of Regulations Respecting the Laity, Sec. 5 of the Canons of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America ("The Episcopal Church") provides "No one shall be denied rights, status or access to an equal place in the life, worship and governance of this Church because of race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disabilities or age, except as otherwise specified by Canons," and

WHEREAS, Canon 1.18: Of the Celebration and Blessing of Marriage of The Episcopal Church was amended by the General Convention of the Episcopal Church, effective on the First Sunday of Advent, 2015 to provide, in part, as follows:

"Sec. 1. Every Member of the Clergy of this Church shall conform to the laws of the State governing the creation of the civil status of marriage, and also these canons concerning the solemnization of marriage. Members of the Clergy may solemnize a marriage using any of the liturgical forms authorized by this church."

"Sec. 4. Prior to the solemnization, the parties shall sign the following Declaration of Intention:We understand the teaching of the church that God's purpose for our marriage is for our mutual joy, for the help and comfort we will give to each other in prosperity and adversity, and, when it is God's will for the gift and heritage of children and their nurture in the knowledge and love of God. We also understand that our marriage is to be unconditional, mutual, exclusive, faithful, and lifelong; and we engage to make the utmost effort to accept these gifts and fulfill these duties, with the help of God and the support of our community."

WHEREAS Canon 3 Organization, Members and Definitions, Sec. 2 of The Canons and Charters of the Diocese of Kentucky, provides "The membership shall consist of all Baptized Lay persons enrolled in Congregations of this Diocese, all Clergy of the Church who are canonically resident and all Bishops of the Church who are resident in this Diocese. Membership shall not be denied by reason of race, color, ethnic origin, gender, or sexual orientation," and

WHEREAS we believe that Christ's love and invitation to a holy life extend to all people, and

WHEREAS we believe that the Christian sacrament of Marriage is an outward and visible sign of God's grace,

THEREFORE, the Vestry of Calvary Episcopal Church hereby resolves that the Rector, and clergy designated by the Rector, are welcome to officiate at The Celebration and Blessing of a Marriage or The Blessing of a Civil Marriage at Calvary Episcopal Church according to the Canons and Guidelines of The Episcopal Church and the  Diocese of Kentucky for two persons of any race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disabilities or age.

Calvary Appoints Shawn Dawson Interim Director of Music

June 1, 2016 Dear Calvary Family, It is our pleasure to announce on behalf of your Vestry that Shawn Dawson has accepted the offer to serve Calvary as its Interim Director of Music through the end of 2016. Shawn's responsibilities will include directing the Calvary choir, planning and selecting service music, and maintaining and growing the Sacred Arts Series.   Shawn and his wife, Audrey, reside in Cincinnati, where he is currently pursuing a doctorate in organ music at the College-Conservatory of Music. The Vestry and staff look forward to working with Shawn as we continue to identify Calvary's unique qualities and strengths and the part music has to play in its continuing vitality. We believe Shawn will continue to bring his talents and generosity of spirit to our corporate life, and ask God's blessing on his ministry. Please take the time to read Shawn's professional bio, and congratulate him next time you see him!

June 1, 2016

Dear Calvary Family,

It is our pleasure to announce on behalf of your Vestry that Shawn Dawson has accepted the offer to serve Calvary as its Interim Director of Music through the end of 2016. Shawn's responsibilities will include directing the Calvary choir, planning and selecting service music, and maintaining and growing the Sacred Arts Series.   Shawn and his wife, Audrey, reside in Cincinnati, where he is currently pursuing a doctorate in organ music at the College-Conservatory of Music.

The Vestry and staff look forward to working with Shawn as we continue to identify Calvary's unique qualities and strengths and the part music has to play in its continuing vitality. We believe Shawn will continue to bring his talents and generosity of spirit to our corporate life, and ask God's blessing on his ministry.

Please take the time to read Shawn's professional bio, and congratulate him next time you see him!

Calvary Elects New Vestry Members

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The Calvary community gives thanks today for its newly-elected Vestry members and officers. We thank all of our candidates for their willingness to serve; and we also send our prayers to those who will either start or continue their time doing the work of Calvary.

"Almighty and everliving God, ruler of all things in heaven and earth, hear our prayers for this parish family. Strengthen the faithful, arouse the careless, and restore the penitent. Grant us all things necessary for our common life, and bring us all to be of one heart and mind within your holy Church; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen." (BCP, Collect 11)

NEW 2016 Vestry Members

 Don Snow

Dorn Crawford

Sally Reisz

Michael Patterson

Harvey Turner

 

2016 Executive Committee

Jessica Whitehead, Senior Warden

Meg Scharre, Junior Warden

James Moody, Treasurer

Penny Brisson, Secretary

Stations of the Cross at Calvary

The Way of the Cross

The following liturgy is available to parishioners at Calvary, Monday-Thursday 9 am - 4:30 pm, for private devotion. A special Good Friday offering of the Stations of the Cross will also take place at 12 pm on March 25th, 2016. For those who wish to follow the Via Dolorosa but can't make it down to Calvary during office hours, follow along here and meditate on the words and images.

Opening Devotions

Officiant: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

People: Amen.

Officiant: Lord, have mercy.

People: Christ, have mercy.

Officiant: Lord, have mercy.

All: Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

Officiant: We will glory in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ:

People: In whom is our salvation, our life and resurrection.

Officiant: Let us pray. (Silence) Assist us mercifully with your help, O Lord God of our salvation, that we may enter with joy upon the contemplation of those mighty acts, whereby you have given us life and immortality; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

  • First Station--Jesus is Condemned to Death

Officiant: We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you:

People: Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Officiant: As soon as it was morning, the chief priests, with the elders and scribes, and the whole council, held a consultation; and they bound Jesus and led him away and delivered him to Pilate. And they all condemned him and said, "He deserves to die." When Pilate heard these words, he brought Jesus out and sat down on the judgement seat at a place called the Pavement, but in the Hebrew, Gabbatha. Then he handed Jesus over to them to be crucified. 

God did not spare his own Son:

People: But delivered him up for us all.

Officiant: Let us pray. (Silence) Almighty God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he was crucified: Mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find it none other than the way of life and peace; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen.

All: Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy Immortal One, have mercy upon us.

  • The Second Station--Jesus Takes Up His Cross

Officiant: We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you:

People: Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Officiant: Jesus went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called the place of the skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha. Although he was a Son, he learned obedience through what he suffered. Like a lamb he was led to the slaughter; and like a sheep that before its shearers is mute, so he opened not his mouth. Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing.

The Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all:

People: For the transgression of my people was he stricken.

Officiant: Let us pray. (Silence) Almighty God, whose beloved Son willingly endured the agony and shame of the cross for our redemption: Give us courage to take up our cross and follow him; who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.

All: Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy Immortal One, have mercy upon us.

  • The Third Station--Jesus Falls the First Time

Officiant: We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you:

People: Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Officiant: Christ Jesus, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped; but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, and was born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him, and bestowed on him the name which is above every name. Come, let us bow down, and bend the knee, and kneel before the Lord our God.

Surely he has borne our griefs:

People: And carried our sorrows.

Officiant: Let us pray. (Silence) O God, you know us to be set in the midst of so many and great dangers, that by reason of the frailty of our nature we cannot always stand upright: Grant us such strength and protection as may support us in all dangers, and carry us through all temptations; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

All: Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy Immortal One, have mercy upon us.

  • The Fourth Station--Jesus Meets His Mother

Officiant: We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you:

People: Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Officiant: To what can I liken you, to what can I compare you, O daughter of Jerusalem? What likeness can I use to comfort you, O virgin daughter of Zion? For vast as the sea is your ruin. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. The Lord will be your everlasting light, and your days of mourning shall be ended.

A sword will pierce your own soul also:

People: And fill your heart with bitter pain.

Officiant: Let us pray. (Silence) O God, who willed that in the passion of your Son a sword of grief should pierce the soul of the Blessed Virgin Mary his mother: Mercifully grant that your Church, having shared with her in his passion, may be made worthy to share in the joys of his resurrection; who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.

All: Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy Immortal One, have mercy upon us.

The Fifth Station--The Cross is Laid on Simon of Cyrene

Officiant: We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you:

People: Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Officiant: As they led Jesus away, they came upon a man of Cyrene, Simon by name, who was coming in from the country, and laid on him the cross to carry it behind Jesus. "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."

Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me:

People: Cannot be my disciple.

Officiant: Let us pray. (Silence) Heavenly Father, whose blessed Son came not to be served but to serve: Bless all who, following in his steps, give themselves to the service of others; that with wisdom, patience, and courage, they may minister in his name to the suffering , the friendless, and the needy; for the love of him who laid down his life for us, your Son our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

All: Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy Immortal One, have mercy upon us.

  • The Sixth Station--A Woman Wipes the Face of Jesus

Officiant: We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you:

People: Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Officiant: We have seen him without beauty or majesty, with no looks to attract our eyes. He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces, he was despised, and we esteemed him not. His appearance was so marred, beyond human semblance, and his form beyond that of the children of men. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that made us whole, and with his stripes we are healed.

Restore us, O Lord God of Hosts:

People: Show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.

Officiant: Let us pray. (Silence) O God, who before the passion of your only-begotten Son revealed his glory upon the holy mountain: Grant to us that we, beholding by faith the light of his countenance, may be strengthened to bear our cross, and be changed into his likeness from glory to glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 All: Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy Immortal One, have mercy upon us.

  • The Seventh Station--Jesus Falls a Second Time

Officiant: We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you:

People: Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Officiant: Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth. For the transgression of my people was he stricken.

But as for me, I am a worm and no man:

People: Scorned by all and despised by the people.

Officiant: Let us pray. (Silence) Almighty and everliving God, in your tender love for the human race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may walk in the way of his suffering, and also share in his resurrection; who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.

 All: Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy Immortal One, have mercy upon us.

  • The Eighth Station--Jesus Meets the Women of Jerusalem

Officiant: We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you:

People: Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Officiant: here followed after Jesus a great multitude of people, and among them were women who bewailed and lamented him. But Jesus turning to them said, "Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children."

Those who sowed with tears:

People: Will reap with songs of joy.

Officiant: Let us pray. (Silence) Teach your Church, O Lord, to mourn the sins of which it is guilty, and to repent and forsake them; that, by your pardoning grace, the results of our iniquities may not be visited upon our children and our children's children; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 All: Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy Immortal One, have mercy upon us.

  • The Ninth Station--Jesus Falls a Third Time

Officiant: We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you:

People: Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Officiant: I am the man who has seen affliction under the rod of his wrath; he has driven and brought me into darkness without any light. He has besieged me and enveloped me with bitterness and tribulation; he has made me dwell in darkness like the dead of long ago. Though I call and cry for help, he shuts out my prayer. He has made my teeth grind on gravel, and made me cower in ashes. "Remember, O Lord, my affliction and bitterness, the wormwood and the gall!"

He was led like a lamb to the slaughter:

People: And like a sheep that before its shearers is mute, so he opened not his mouth.

Officiant: Let us pray. (Silence) O God, by the passion of your blessed Son you made an instrument of shameful death to be for us a means of life: Grant us so to glory in the cross of Christ, that we may gladly suffer shame and loss for the sake of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

All: Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy Immortal One, have mercy upon us.

  • The Tenth Station--Jesus is Stripped of His Garments

Officiant: We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you:

People: Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Officiant: When they came to a place called Golgotha (which means the place of the skull), they offered him wine to drink, mixed with gall; but when he tasted it, he would not drink it. And they divided his garments among them by casting lots. This was to fulfill the scripture which says, "They divided my garments among them; they cast lots for my clothing."

They gave me gall to eat:

People: And when I was thirsty they gave me vinegar to drink.

Officiant: Let us pray. (Silence) Lord God, whose blessed Son our Savior gave his body to be whipped and his face to be spit upon: give us grace to accept joyfully the sufferings of the present time, confident of the glory that shall be revealed; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

All: Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy Immortal One, have mercy upon us.

  • The Eleventh Station--Jesus is Nailed to the Cross

Officiant: We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you:

People: Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Officiant: hen they came to the place that is called The Skull, there they crucified him; and with him they crucified two criminals, one on the right, the other on the left, and Jesus between them. And the scripture was fulfilled which says, "He was numbered with the transgressors."

They pierce my hands and my feet:

People: They stare and gloat over me.

Officiant: Let us pray. (Silence) Lord Jesus Christ, you stretched out your arms of love on the hard wood of the cross that everyone might come within the reach of your saving embrace: so clothe us in your Spirit that we, reaching forth our hands in love, may bring those who do not know you to the knowledge and love of you; for the honor of your Name. Amen.

All: Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy Immortal One, have mercy upon us.

  • The Twelfth Station--Jesus Dies on the Cross

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Officiant: We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you:

People: Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Officiant: When Jesus saw his mother, and the disciple whom he loved standing near, he said to his mother, "Woman, behold your son." Then he said to the disciple, "Behold your mother!" And when Jesus had received the vinegar, he said, "It is finished!" And then, crying with a loud voice, he said, "Father, into your hands I commend my spirit." And he bowed his head, and handed over his spirit.

Christ for us became obedient unto death:

People: Even death on a cross.

Officiant: Let us pray. (Silence) O God, who for our redemption gave your only-begotten Son to the death of the cross, and by his glorious resurrection delivered us from the power of our enemy: Grant us to to die daily to sin, that we may evermore live with him in the joy of his resurrection; who lives and reigns now and for ever. Amen.

All: Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy Immortal One, have mercy upon us.

  • The Thirteenth Station--The Body of Jesus is Placed in the Arms of His Mother

Officiant: We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you:

People: Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Officiant: All you who pass by, behold and see if there is any sorry like my sorrow. My eyes are spent with weeping; my soul is in tumult; my heart is poured out in grief because of the downfall of my people. "Do not call me Naomi (which means Pleasant), call me Mara (which means Bitter); for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me."

Her tears run down her cheeks:

People: And she has none to comfort her.

Officiant: Let us pray. (Silence) Lord Jesus Christ, by your death you took away the sting of death: Grant to us your servants so to follow in faith where you have led the way, that we may at length fall asleep peacefully in you and wake up in your likeness; for your tender mercies' sake. Amen.

All: Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy Immortal One, have mercy upon us.

  • The Fourteenth Station--Jesus is Laid in the Tomb

Officiant: We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you:

People: Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Officiant: When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who also was a disciple of Jesus. He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. The Pilate ordered it to be given to him. And Joseph took the body, and wrapped it in a clean linen shroud, and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn in the rock; and he rolled a great stone to the door of the tomb.

You will not abandon me to the grave:

People: Nor let your Holy One see corruption.

Officiant: Let us pray. (Silence) O God, your blessed Son was laid in a tomb in a garden, and rested on the Sabbath Day: Grant that we who have been buried with him in the waters of baptism may find our perfect rest in his eternal and glorious kingdom; where he lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.

All: Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy Immortal One, have mercy upon us.

Concluding prayers may be added.

Lenten Devotions at Calvary

Tiffany Window in the nave of Calvary Episcopal church, depicting the Road to Emmaus.

Tiffany Window in the nave of Calvary Episcopal church, depicting the Road to Emmaus.

The Rev. H. Elizabeth Back shares with the Parish her top nine tips for #livinglent at Calvary.

How Can I Observe Lent?

"I invite you in the name of the Church to the observance of a Holy Lent by self-examination and repentance by prayer, fasting and self-denial and by reading and meditating on God's holy word." (BCP, p. 265)

1. Pray without ceasing. A short prayer list includes: 

  • The Vestry Members
  • Our new Interim Rector, Rev. Ron DelBene
  • The Calvary staff
  • The supply organist and Calvary choir
  • The Sunday School teachers and students
  • The visitors and greeters
  • The 4th street neighborhood - especially Spalding University, the First Unitarian Church, Greater Bethel Temple Apostolic, and those who reside in the 800 Building
  • Those who work in and all who benefit from the Food and Clothing Ministry
  • The Strings program
  • Alcoholics Anonymous
  • For all who sleep in the doorway

 Take the Sunday bulletin home, too, to pray specific names of Calvary members.

2. Attend a Bible Study. Try the Bible Basics Class at 10 am in Parker Hall every Sunday, continuing for six Sundays.

3. Read Lifesigns by Henri Nouwen. If you call Calvary home, this classic book will be a meaningful reflection for you on community life.

4. Pick your least-favorite person and pray for their health and well-being every night before you turn out the light. Then say the Lord's Prayer.

5. Ask God to prepare you for Easter. Will you attend a Maundy Thursday Service or Good Friday liturgy? Would Easter be the opportunity for you to invite a friend to Calvary?

6. Read Psalm 51 every morning with your coffee. That's 40 times in a row!

7. Alter a stressful part of your life. If there were one stressful component of your schedule you could alter, could you do it during this season?

8. Set a timer for three minutes at 5 pm (or any time of transition) every day, and simply stop what you are doing and breathe. Listen very carefully in case there is something God is saying. God may not be saying anything, but how else would you know?

9. Pray for CalvaryEvery single day.

Whatever way you choose to observe this season, make yourself accountable to at least one other person.

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Psalm 51:11

Calvary Calls Interim Rector


Dear Calvary Members--


Good News!!!

Last week the Vestry called the Rev. Dr. Ronald DelBene to be the Interim Rector of Calvary Episcopal Church. Father Ron accepted the call and will be moving to Louisville from Trussville, Alabama. He will assume his duties as Interim Rector on March 15, 2016. His first Sunday of preaching will be on Palm Sunday. A welcoming reception will be held on April 3, 2016, after the 11am service in the Parish Hall. 


Please plan to attend as this will be an opportune time to meet and greet him. Please see the information below, as it provides additional personal and professional information. 
Sincerely yours,

Art Dietz, Senior Warden
Calvary Episcopal Church, Louisville


The Rev. Dr. Ron DelBene

About
Ron DelBene (rhymes with "the rain in Spain") has been ordained for thirty-six years. He holds a Master's degree in Theology and a Doctor of Ministry degree in Spirituality and Organizational Systems. Ron has done additional postgraduate work in education, psychology, and counseling. He has been Assistant Professor of Theology, Director of a Campus Ministry Center, National Consultant in Religion and Executive in Marketing and Sales for an education division of CBS, a corporate Visioning Consultant, an Executive for Program, Rector and an Intentional Interim Rector in parish ministry since 2002.


Ron has worked with Cursillo, Walk to Emmaus, Happening, Kairos and Epiphany. He has been doing spiritual direction and leading programs in the area of spirituality and pastoral care since 1963, and served as a Member of the Coordinating Council of Spiritual Directors International. He is a poet, artist and author of books and videos.


Dr. Eleanor McKenzie DelBene, his spouse, has a private practice in spiritual direction and directs The Hermitage, a nonprofit corporation devoted to providing spiritual growth and direction. Involved in the environment, she is Convenor of the Collaborative Environmental Network of Alabama. Ron and Eleanor live in Trussville, Alabama, and have grown children, Paul and Anne. Paul and his spouse, Gayle, have a daughter, Matsue, and a son, Luca. Paul is an at-home dad and a theatre performer and director. Gayle is a physical therapist. Anne is a nature photographer and an ADA consultant.

Ministry Focus
"The love of the Scriptures and the Eucharist expressed through my teaching and preaching helps foster a celebrating community of growth and challenge responding to Jesus' call to maturity. My administrative skill provides an open and clear framework for creative and organized development. My style of pastoral care invites a mutuality and confidence as people deal with the varied events of their lives. Seeing prayer and social outreach as inseparable companions provides a model for respecting others and promoting justice. My leadership focuses on empowering people to both identify and articulate their deep yearnings for wholeness, and to practice God's presence in the midst of daily life."

2016 Lenten Recital and Luncheon Series

The 2016 Lenten Recital and Luncheon Series  

WEDNESDAYS IN LENT at 12:05

Dr. Jack Ashworth leads off the series on February 17 with a recital featuring Elizabethan and Jacobean masterpieces on the rarely heard Muselaar, a 17th Century Harpsichord.

The complete recital schedule is as follows:

February 17 – Dr. Jack Ashworth, Muselaar

February 24 – Glenna Metcalfe, Organ

March 2 – Margaret Dickinson, Organ

March 9 – Calvary Voices: Mary and Alex Redden, Harvey Turner

March 16 – Anne-Marie deZeeuw and Larry Frederiksen, Bagpipes

 

All recitals begin at 12:05 p.m. and are followed by lunch at 12:30, prepared fresh by the Calvary volunteers. Admission is free. Proceeds from the free-will offering will be given to the Calvary Warner-Snyder Music Fund. Calvary Episcopal Church is located at 821 South Fourth Street. For further information, please call the church at 587-6011.