Earth Day Contemplative Eucharist, April 21


Celebrating the Sacred and Earthly Gifts ofWater, Oil, Bread, and Wine

A Contemplative Eucharist in Honor of Earth Day

Saturday, April 21, 1pm to 5pm General Seminary's Seabury Auditorium

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A Contemplative Eucharist is a worship service that offers you time, spaciousness and leisure to savor the mysteries. Held on the weekend of International Earth Day, this experience will invite you to reconnect with Mother Earth, and God in Christ, through contemplative and sacramental exploration.

You will spend time, in silence and in conversation, dwelling with the many meanings of water, oil, bread, and wine. You will ponder sacred and secular associations  with these signs. You will pray ecological prayers. All of this in keeping with the church’s Eucharistic worship and unfolding over the course of the afternoon.

Serving as presider and spiritual guide for the afternoon will be the Rev. Dr. Jonathan Linman, author of Holy Conversation: Spirituality for Worship. He is Bishop's Assistant for Formation in the Metropolitan New York Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and also the professor for General Seminary's Liturgical Spirituality course this spring.  Sharing in the planning and leadership of the Contemplative Eucharist will be students in the course.

Chapel Schedule for Week of 4/15 - 4/21

Sunday, April 15 - Second Sunday of EasterEvening Prayer, Rite II, 5:30pm

Monday, April 16 Morning Prayer, Rite II, 7:50 am Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 8:10am Evensong, Rite I, 5:30pm

Tuesday, April 17 Morning Prayer, Rite II (Sung), 7:50am Evening Prayer, Rite II, 5:30pm Community Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 6:00pm, John Kellogg, preaches

Wednesday, April 18 Morning Prayer, Rite II, 7:50am Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 8:10am Evensong, Rite I, 5:30pm Yom HaShoah Interfaith Service of Remembrance in Chapel, 7:30pm (following reception in Seabury Auditorium at 6:30pm)

Thursday, April 19 Morning Prayer, Rite II, 7:50am Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 8:10am Evensong, Rite I, 5:30pm

Friday, April 20 Morning Prayer, Rite II (Sung), 7:50am Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 11:45am Evensong, Rite I, 5:30pm

Saturday, April 21 Morning Prayer, Rite II, 10:30am Evening Prayer, Rite II, 5:30pm

Yom HaShoah Remembrance Service at GTS - April 18


General Seminary will hold a commemorative prayer service to mark Yom HaShoah (the day of remembrance of the Holocaust) on April 18th. This observance, only one of four official days added to the Jewish calendar in 2000 years, was instituted by the Israeli parliament in 1951. General Seminary observed this occasion yearly in an interfaith service from 1988 through 2007. The service for 2012, designed by GTS students with input from Jewish clergy, will hopefully draw members of both faith traditions from local seminaries, synagogues and parishes as well as individuals who seek to mark the day.

As people of faith, what can we learn from this tragic chapter of our history?  How do we convey the dignity and importance of human life, the message of a loving and compassionate Creator, and bear witness to the tragedy of the millions who perished in the Shoah?

Participating in the service will be Cantor Meredith Greenberg of Temple Ner Tamid, Bloomfield, NJ and Rabbi Mara Young of Woodlands Community Temple, Westchester, NY.  Music from both Jewish and Anglican traditions will be sung, and texts from our common heritage will be shared.  A holocaust survivor will share their own personal story as part of this sacred remembrance.

A welcoming kosher reception will be held in Seabury Auditorium at 6:30 p.m.  The solemn service, lasting about an hour, begins in the Chapel at 7:30 p.m. All are welcome, and interested parties are asked to RSVP to dean@gts.edu.

Chapel Schedule - Week of 2/13/2012

Monday, February 13
7:50 am, Morning Prayer
8:10 am, Eucharist
5:30 pm, Evensong
Tuesday, February 14
7:50 am, Morning Prayer (sung)
5:30 pm, Evening Prayer
6:00 pm, Eucharist, Feast of Absalom Jones, Grant Montgomery preaches
Wednesday, February 15
7:50 am, Morning Prayer
8:10 am, Eucharist
5:30 pm, Evensong
Thursday, February 16
7:50 am, Morning Prayer
8:10 am, Eucharist
5:30 pm, Evensong
Friday, February 17
7:50 am, Morning Prayer
11:45am, Eucharist
5:30 pm, Evensong