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Worship Opportunities Live-streaming

Livestream Worship Sundays @ 10 am
Please join us for service on Sunday at 10:00 am using Zoom!
It’s very simple. First, download the Zoom app to your desktop and/or phone and then click the link below to join the webinar:
https://zoom.us/j/430502248
Webinar ID: 430 502 248
Or Telephone:
+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
+1 253 215 8782 US
+1 301 715 8592 US
You can also join us on our Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/christchurchparishlakeoswego/

Coffee Hour
After worship at 11:00 am join us for Virtual Coffee Hour. Come say hi, and check-in with each other! Many folks have found it meaningful to be able to see one another; we encourage you to use video to be virtually present with one another again.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/534191120
Meeting ID: 534 191 120
Or Telephone:
+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
+1 253 215 8782 US
+1 301 715 8592 US

If you would like to test your ability to use Zoom Meeting beforehand, you can make an appointment with the Rev. Iain Stanford istanford@ccparish.org. On Sunday, I will be busy with the liturgy, but as we gather, if you are having trouble please call or text Rev. Iain at 617 669-8511.

Sunday Celtic Worship @ 5 pm (Every other Sunday, June 7, 21 )
https://zoom.us/j/97746256668
Meeting ID: 977-4625-6668
Or Telephone:
+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
+1 253 215 8782 US
(We will hold the Celtic worship every other Sunday and alternate with the Family Worship Service at 5 pm).

Family Worship @ 5 pm (Every other Sunday, June 14, 28 )
https://zoom.us/j/95163922365
Meeting ID 951 6392 2365
Or Telephone:
+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
+1 253 215 8782 US

(We will hold the Celtic worship every other Sunday and alternate with the Family Worship Service at 5 pm).

Wednesday Supper and Reflection @ 6 PM
Please grab your favorite food and drink and join us Wednesdays at 6 pm for Supper & Reflection. We will reflect on what Resurrection means for our lives, especially at this moment in time. We will consider thoughts by theologians, artists, and wordsmiths. Come join the discussion!

Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/99708073400

Meeting ID: 997 0807 3400
Or with telephone:

+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
+1 253 215 8782 US

What is worship? Where can it happen? Who needs to be there?

I guess up until a few weeks ago I could easily say worship is church and church is worship. Except I’ve known for some time, at least since the advent of the web and virtual reality and live streaming, that worship can be done anywhere at any time. Corporate worship is a different animal altogether, but personal worship develops over our lifetimes.

Worship is the giving thanks, the time to remember and celebrate we are God’s people and the sheep of God’s pasture. We can do that anywhere, anytime, at home, in the garden, at the coast, in your car. Endless possibilities.

What is church? – as we have been so clearly reminded church is not a building, it is the people, the community! Before there were lovely edifices created to hold worshiping communities, people gathered together in front of a fire or in a house. Buildings came much later.

As Episcopalians, we worship together, corporately, or have at least since 1979, around the Table. This is not to the exclusion of the Word, but the primacy of the Eucharist is demonstrated in that we celebrate the Eucharist [fancy word from Latin for thanksgiving], offer communion, every Sunday, every time we gather.

Before 1979 and the changes adapted with the use of the Prayer Book, many will remember we had communion once a month and many places less than that. We also know in the early house churches, families and friends came together around eating, and sharing food – we have examples of ancient liturgies with olives and bread, fish, wine and cheese, various kinds of local fare.

This little history recap is a lead-in to talking about why no communion on the livestream, in online worship. Our idea of sacrament, as the outward and visible sign of inward and spiritual grace, simply means how God is known to us – in church lingo sacraments express that experience that is beyond cataloging. God’s presence in our liturgical life, in our church life; Baptism, Eucharist, Marriage, Burial, Holy Unction, Confirmation, Ordination. Here is a little fun fact – before we whittled down the sacraments to 7 in the mid 16th century, the church had as many as 12 and before that maybe over 100 [think of the many ways you have experienced God in your own life- that’s right, a sacrament].

Generally, now sacraments are connected to the rites surrounding it and the priest’s part in administrating them.

That being said, what makes something holy is our willingness to invoke the name of God, to recognize and worship God in our actions and our words.

The gestures and prayers offered at the altar at the time of the consecration of bread and wine or those used at Baptism, are prayers I say on your behalf. The words, the actions are not magic or holy mojo. The gestures are an outward sign that the Holy Spirit is doing what the Holy Spirit does, comes among us – all the time.

So, here is how I understand that for me … I stand in your place. I stand in the place for all people. My gestures represent your prayers. And the prayers of all. I am honored to be the holder of the space. And I’m still understanding what does it mean to do that without people in the room.

For now, we will offer a morning prayer — pretty much straight out of the Book of Common Prayer. Because now we are all in different places; Tiffany is at home, Jane is at home, Iain and Susie are at home, I’m at home. We are using the technology that is readily available and the easiest to make work with our staff limitations.

If our bishop decides that the Eucharist might be offered ‘virtually’ then I will rethink, reimagine my role in offering that.

For now a gentle reminder, every meal is the Eucharist, every time bread and wine are shared, every time you gather there is a chance, the opportunity, to worship God, to give thanks – to extend the blessing God gives us to each other.

We can all pray and do our part to limit the spread of the virus, to slow the rate of infection and hope by the end of April or May we may come back together for worship. I look forward to seeing as many as possible for worship this Sunday at 10 am. You can connect through the parish Facebook page, or the parish website or click on the zoom link in this email blast. Also, worship can be viewed later on Facebook or on the website.

Susie and I are working on some worship at home materials! For now, if you are looking for a way to worship at home the Book of Common Prayer offers daily devotions for individuals and families for morning, noon and evening, beginning on page 136. https://www.bcponline.org

Peace
Alison+