Copy

Holy Week and Easter Worship

All of our services will be live on Zoom and YouTube.
We pray we will be gathering again in person very soon!

Read more in our recent newsletter and online in our eNews Archive.

 Palm Sunday
10:30 am
Blessing of the Palms with the Passion Gospel
 
Wednesday
10:30 am
Prayers for Healing
7:30 pm
Evening Prayers & Meditation by Pastor Don
 

Maundy Thursday
Pick up Dinner! Click here for the order form.
7:30 pm
Virtual Service with Stripping of the Altar
 

Good Friday
7:30 pm
Virtual Stations of the Cross with artwork from Mickey Baroody
 
Easter Day
10:30 am
Holy Eucharist
Pick up communion packets at the church during Holy week or drive by the church from 12-1pm on Easter Day to pick one up from the Pastors.
 
 
Click this link to join Zoom worship.
Meeting ID: 815 4964 5294 Call in # 13017158592,,81549645294#
Watch services live on YouTube here.


 
Lenten Series 
Click here to Join the last book study meeting tonight March 24 @ 7:30 pm on Chapters 11-12 of Bishop Curry's Book Love is the Way.
+13017158592,,83273096667# US (Washington DC)
Meeting ID: 832 7309 6667.  Passcode: Lent

Discussion Questions:

Does love mean avoiding politics?
How can love make “E Pluribus Unum” real in America without erasing anybody?
Bishop Curry talks about political power verses the power of Jesus choosing the revolutionary power of love.  What ways have you seen the church enter the public square in good ways?  When have you been disappointed in our engagement in public life?
Where are the places that need kindness in our lives and world?
Thin places is described as a place where earth and heaven seem to touch.  It can be a location, a moment, or an experience where the human meets the divine.  Have you ever had such an experience?
Have you ever been accepted into a community and loved unconditionally?  What was that experience like.

Leaders: Rev. Gary Dittman, Amazing Grace adn Michael Telposky, Epiphany


Other Notes
  • The deadline to donate flowers for our Easter Altar is this Friday.
    Please
    fill out this form online. Or a paper version will be in the BT Times next week. Suggestion donation is $15.
  • The CARES Food Pantry item of the week is SOAP!

 

Here is our worship from Sunday, March 21, 2021
with preacher Pastor Stewart Lucas. "Sir, we wish to see Jesus."
 
 
My enemies trample on me all day long, for many fight against me. O Most High, when I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I am not afraid; what can flesh do to me? (Psalm 56:2-4).
 
As a nation, we continue to witness and suffer from the cruelties of racial and gender-based violence. In recent days, we have witnessed the horror of gun violence in Atlanta and the vandalism of one of our ELCA congregations in Seattle.
 
As church we grieve the mass shooting in Atlanta, Ga., that took the lives of eight people, six of them Asian women. As church we join Bishop Kevin Strickland of the Southeastern Synod in observing that “God has called us to become the beloved community that God created where all are valued and honored. We then are called through the waters of our baptism to strive for justice and peace in all the world, for all.”
 
Naming the victims’ gender and race matters. Women of color live at the intersection of racism and sexism and do not get to choose oppressions. The ELCA social message “Gender-based Violence” (2015) teaches that “gender-based violence is a global evil that marks millions of lives” (2). A white male killing six Asian American women is a racist and gender-based act of violence. Over the past year of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been an increase in anti-Asian racism and violent attacks, fueled by hate speech and racist political rhetoric. The organization Stop AAPI Hate has 
tracked 3,795 hate incident reports from Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. Women constituted 68% of the victims, with many reporting instances of sexual harassment and sexual and physical abuse. Reports of escalating violence do not stop in the United States — they are global.
 
For the Asian community, fear of violence affects daily life. This week Grace Chinese Lutheran Church in Seattle was targeted with a racist message scrawled on the driveway of its property. Responding to this incident, Shelley Bryan Wee, bishop of the Northwest Washington Synod, said, “The violence that is being done against people of Asian descent is heartrending and blasphemous. We are mindful that people are being injured and even killed in the name of bigotry.”
 
As church, let us affirm the words of Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms: “A crime against any community is a crime against us all.” As church, we condemn the sins of racism, sexism and xenophobia in all their forms. As church, we lift up and pray for the support and protection of Grace Chinese Lutheran and its pastors, Jimmy Hao and Wendy Chew. We declare solidarity with our Asian American siblings; we lament with the families that lost loved ones in the shootings; we remember our neighbors working on the frontlines of the pandemic; and we seek ways to support organizations that combat racial violence against all communities. This violence and aggression must stop.
 
I invite you to watch this 
video in which members of the Association of Asians and Pacific Islanders-ELCA share the “Embodied Blessing and Healing” prayer, part of the litany for the church’s day of lament for anti-Asian racism.
 
O God of all, with wonderful diversity of languages and cultures you created all people in your own image. Free us from prejudice and fear, that we may see your face in the faces of our Asian siblings and people around the world, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen. (Adapted from Evangelical Lutheran Worship Occasional Services for the Assembly.)
 
In Christ,
 

The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton
Presiding Bishop
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America



Statement for the International Day
for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
 
CHICAGO (March 17, 2021) — The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), and leaders of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, the Anglican Church of Canada and The Episcopal Church have issued a statement in observance of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on March 21.

 
Statement for the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
March 21, 2021
 
From Churches Beyond Borders: Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, Anglican Church of Canada, The Episcopal Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America 
 
In Advent 2020, Churches Beyond Borders expressed a commitment to dismantling racism, combating white supremacy and actively seeking opportunities to engage more deeply on these important issues. In this season of Lent, we continue our journey as we join together in observing the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. This is an annual day of recommitment in remembrance of the day police in Sharpeville, South Africa, opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration against apartheid “pass laws” in 1960. (
www.un.org/en/observances/end-racism-day) Recognizing that the March 21 International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is a calling to be lived out every day, we offer this reflection as encouragement to continue the journey with renewed determination.     
 
I have observed the misery of my people who are in Egypt; I have heard their cry on account of their taskmasters. Indeed, I know their sufferings, and I have come down to deliver them
(Exodus 3:7-8a, NRSV) 
 
How do we lament the sin of racism? 
 
Racism and xenophobia have a painful, violent, deadly history that traverses all borders. The institutional church shares in the complicity of the legacies of the Doctrine of Discoverycolonization, forced removal and genocide of Indigenous people, the enslavement of African and Indigenous Peoples and injustices  perpetrated against all people of color. The sin of racism is structural, institutional, interpersonal and internalized. It lives in communities inside and outside the church; it continues to inflict harm on a daily basis and generate new history. How do we repent of all of this?  
 
At the burning bush, Moses hears God say, “I have heard the cries of my people.” We who follow the God of Freedom must also hear the cries of God’s people, of each other, and especially those among us who live under the constant threat and violence of racism and white supremacy. For those of us who have the privilege of closing ourselves off, we need to open ourselves to feel the painful truths of the sins of racism and white supremacy in our hearts and bodies and minds and souls. We must create spaces and structures that welcome and include the voices of those most directly impacted by the sins of racism. This message is being shared during the season of Lent, a period of self-examination, reflection, and making amends. We need to lament, repent and be transformed.  
 
Moses is told to take off his sandals. We need to lament in worship: to remove our shoes, to stand in humility, to feel the ashes on our foreheads, to be honest in the presence of God about our sins and shortcomings. Holy Ground is a gift that supports lamentation, repentance, transformation and discernment. 
 
Moses is sent to work for the freedom of people. Oppression is not inevitable or insurmountable. Things can change. Challenging racism and white supremacy calls each of us to deep and honest consideration of perceptions, biases, behaviours and systemic patterns. We echo the United Nations call to take the strongest possible stand against racism, discrimination and intolerance of every kind, to spread the word to fight racism and to take stock of the state of human rights and hate speech today and reflect on how each of us can stand up for rights. In lamentation and repentance, we hear God’s call to act for the dismantling of racism. 
 
Moses admits his own fears and reluctance. God directs Moses to connect with his siblings. God provides Miriam and Aaron to make up for Moses’ weaknesses and to enhance his strengths. The journey is long and the work is hard, crossing many difficult borders in our lives, communities, and our churches. We give thanks for the gift of community on this journey and in this work.
 
We invite you to join us in prayer: 
God of Holy Ground, move us to lament and repent. Open our hearts, bodies, minds and souls to the cries of your people. Transform us by your presence. Drive us into action for the dismantling of racism in relationships, communities and societies. Bless us with companions who support us, challenge us and help us keeping going. We pray for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. In the name of Jesus. Amen. 
 
 
We commend to you these resources for further reflection and discernment:
 
Suggested action from the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights to #FightRacism 

Fight Racism | Stand up for human rights | UN Human Rights (standup4humanrights.org)
 
Explanation of the Declaration of the ELCA to People of African Descent

https://download.elca.org/ELCA%20Resource%20Repository/Slavery_Apology_Explanation.pdf?_ga=2.160292863.337082937.1614267858-176581130.1609883917
 
“Doctrine of Discovery: Stolen lands, Strong Hearts” is a film about a devastating decision, made over 500 years ago, which continues to profoundly impact Indigenous and Settler people worldwide. 
https://www.anglican.ca/primate/tfc/drj/doctrineofdiscovery/
 
Call to Racial Reconciliation: “Litany of Repentance” and “Commissioning for the Ministry of Justice and Reconciliation” from the “10th Anniversary Celebration of Full Communion” between the Episcopal Church and the Northern and Southern Provinces of the Moravian Church

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1bTb_fguBnZJO2xLiPjwpLmSLWYeihNnA/view
 
Sacred Teachings Podcast: Indigenous Elders all across Turtle Island share teachings, languages, traditions and stories of the Ancestors. 

https://www.anglican.ca/im/podcasts/
 
The Ecumenical Conversation on the International Decade for People of African Descent
Recordings of November 26, 2020 online event and companion study guide.  
https://www.interculturalleadership.ca/news/study-guide-recognition-justice-and-development-peoples-of-african-descent-and-canadian-churches
 
“With Love Before Us, We Are Walking” recoding of Gospel Jam 7 (February 13, 2021) with Archbishop Mark MacDonald and special guest Bishop Michael Curry

https://www.anglican.ca/im/gospeljam/
 
ELCA Anti-Racism Pledge - Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
 
Episcopal Church Report for the House of Bishops from its Theology Committee: White Supremacy, the Beloved Community, and Learning to Listen (Fall  2020)

https://www.episcopalchurch.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2020/11/bbc_hob_theo_cmte_report_on_white_supremacy.pdf          
 
Anglican Church of Canada House of Bishop’s Statement on Confronting Racism

https://www.anglican.ca/news/our-own-house-is-not-in-order-bishops-issue-statement-on-confronting-racism/30026802/
 
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada Pastoral Letter regarding the ongoing sin of Racism. 

https://www.elcic.ca/news.cfm?article=570
 
 
In Christ – Shalom,  
 
National Bishop Susan C. Johnson
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada
 
Archbishop and Primate Linda Nicholls
Anglican Church of Canada
 
Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry
The Episcopal Church

Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
 


 

 

 

 

Food Pantry Needs
 canned tuna and salmon, pasta, and spaghetti sauce, dish soap & laundry soap, toilet paper, baby wipes & diapers (size 5 & 6), adult diapers (women's large sizes)

 

Thursday Morning Bible Study

Pastor Don begins a study of Jesus' Parables this Lent. Join the conversation at 11am starting this week. Click for Zoom link or call 1-929-205-6099 then enter 88586024640#  
March 25 The Narrow Door Luke, Doorkeeper, Seine Net / Treasure in Field /Pearl of Great Price

Be Still and Know....
We gather on Thursdays from 7:30 pm to 8:15 pm. This will be a very relaxing meditation; turn off your video and listen to my voice. This class is my way to give back to our Church community, while helping us all strengthen and unite together. Join us as wel focus on our breath, bring our minds too stillness, so that we can go inward and feel the grace and peace that lies within us all.    Linda Mcgill
Join Zoom Meeting.   Meeting ID: 410 236 9650.  Passcode: yoga
One tap mobile +13017158592,,4102369650# 


Here is Thursday's Meditation.
Here are all the Zoom links for our online activities.
These links should remain the same each week.

Sunday Worship @ 10:30 am
Followed by Coffee Hour

Click here to join or call in +13017158592, 81549645294#.
You can also watch the live on 
YouTube.


Monday Chair Yoga @ 10:00 am
Click this link or call 1-301-715-8592 then enter 4102369650#
Leader: Linda Mcgill, 410-235-3612 or 410-236-9650 or 
email.

Wednesday Healing Prayers @ 10:30 am
Click this link or call 1-301-715-8592 then enter 87331904395#

Wednesday Night Live @ 7:30 pm
Compline Evening Prayers and Conversation

Click this link or call 1-301-715-8592 then enter 82573335080#.

Thursday Morning Bible Study @ 11:00 am
Click here to join  or call 1-929-205-6099 then enter 88586024640#

Thursday Evening Meditation Group @ 7:30 pm
Join Zoom Meeting.   Meeting ID: 410 236 9650.  Passcode: yoga
One tap mobile +13017158592,,4102369650# 

Leader: Linda Mcgill, 410-235-3612 or 410-236-9650 or email.
 

The Delaware-Maryland Synod of the ELCA has worship here.
The Episcopal Diocese of Maryland worships Sundays at 11am.
Watch Washington National Cathedral's worship here.

 

The Church of the
Nativity and Holy Comforter
419 Cedarcroft Rd.
Baltimore,  MD 21212
410-433-4811

www.nativitycomforter.org   
office@nativityc
omforter.org
Make a donation now
Facebook
Twitter
Link
Website
Copyright © 2021 The Church of the Nativity and Holy Comforter, All rights reserved.