Category Archives: Interfaith

Something Different For Good Friday

GoodFridayGood Friday falls on March 29 this year, and we will be doing something a little bit different at Church of the Holy Spirit to mark it. Instead of our customary Good Friday service at 7:00 pm, we’ll be offering, from noon to 3:00 pm, the Good Friday service known as “Three Hours.” This is a semi-continuous service in six half-hour segments.

Don’t worry! While a few may attend the whole thing, most people opt for coming to only a couple of the portions, so coming and going between the portions is normal.

Each half-hour segment contains a scripture reading, a sermon, special music, a time of silence, a prayer, and then a hymn. This is a very powerful experience, distinctly reflective and meditative in character.

The first hour and a half will feature the participation of clergy, both Protestant and Catholic, from our Nauset Interfaith Association. The last hour and a half will be led by clergy from the Church of the Holy Spirit. During the last hour (from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm), the Church of the Holy Spirit Choir will offer special music.

The preachers for each of the segments will be:

12:00 – 12:30 pm: The Rev. Kenneth Swetland, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
12:30 – 1:00 pm: The Rev. Bob Powell, St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, Orleans
1:00 – 1:30 pm: The Rev. Sally Norris, Federated Church of Orleans
1:30 – 2:00 pm: The Rev. Ken Campbell
2:00 – 2:30 pm: Sarah Kelb
2:30 – 3:00 pm: The Rev. Adam Linton

This is a wonderful opportunity to try something a little different and enter more deeply into the meaning and marking of Good Friday. We hope that every member of the Church of the Holy Spirit will be able to attend and participate at some point in the cycle.

World Day of Prayer This Friday

Art by Anne-Lise Hammann Jeannot

Art by Anne-Lise Hammann Jeannot

This Friday, March 1 marks the 2013 World Day of Prayer. Please join the celebration of this exciting ecumenical event at the Federated Church in Orleans on Friday at 1:00 pm.

The World Day of Prayer is a worldwide ecumenical movement of Christian women of many traditions who come together to observe a common day of prayer each year on the first Friday in March. The organizing committee from France chose this year’s theme of “I was a Stranger and You Welcomed Me.” Please join us — all are welcome (men and women).

Read more information on the World Day of Prayer here.