View a sample of Epworth's weekly worship service
Epworth Chapel on the Green doesn't quite look like this yet.
Although a small church, Epworth Chapel on the Green has a role to play in helping bring together once again the Wesleyan and Anglican traditions, to strengthen the vitality and orthodoxy of both. The people at Epworth work toward that end every Sunday by worshiping and learning together.
Each Sunday's lectionary readings, sermon, prayers, hymns and Holy Communion form a coordinated and thoughtful whole, by which the worshiper is enabled to integrate Christian faith with daily living.
Epworth's rector and pastor is the Rev. Dr. Brook Thelander, who holds a doctorate in homiletics (preaching) from Knox College, Toronto School of Theology in the University of Toronto. Dr. Thelander's seminary master's of divinity is from Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. He holds a bachelor's in Biblical Literature and Practical Theology from MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, Kansas. He is married and has two children.
Holy Week 2014 at Epworth
10:00 a.m.: Worship service of Word & Table, beginning outside with a palm procession: We experience the adulation of the crowd for Jesus, and then their sudden turning on him.
11:30 a.m.: Refreshments
11:45 a.m.: "Afterword" (post-service discussion), to review and internalize what happened in the service
Maundy Thursday (Part 1 of "The Great Triduum", or "The Great Three Days""
7:00 p.m.: Service based upon The Book of Common Prayer, followed by the stripping of the altar, so that the place of worship begins to resemble a burial sarcophagus. This part 1 ends without a benediction, because the Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Vigil services are regarded as one continuing service, just as the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus are one integral event.
Good Friday (Part 2 of "The Great Triduum":
7:00 p.m.: Service based upon The Book of Common Prayer, including the reading of the Passion of Our Lord; the Solemn Collects; and the Tolling: the organ announces, in one repeating solemn tone, each of the years of the earthly life of our Lord. Again, there is no benediction.
Easter Vigil, Saturday Night (Part 3 of "The Great Triduum"):
8:00 p.m.: After the people gather out of doors for the lighting of the fire and Paschal candle, the service proceeds in semi-darkness with the glorious and ancient hymn, the Exsultet, the reading of the stories of Creation, Israel's deliverance at the Red Sea, salvation offered freely to all, the giving of a new heart and a new spirit, and Christ's Resurrection. Upon the announcement of the Resurrection, the lights come up to the accompaniment of the "Epworth Peal", and the essential unity of The Great Triduum comes together as at no other time. Renewal of baptismal vows and Holy Communion follow, to conclude The Great Three days.
10:00 a.m.: Worship service of Word & Table, featuring guest cantors
11:30 a.m.: Refreshments
11:45 a.m.: "Afterword", (post-service discussion), to review and internalize what happened in the service