This Sunday, September 17: Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
O God, because without you we are not able to please you, mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
8 a.m.: Holy Eucharist, Rite One
10 a.m.: Morning Prayer, Rite One
Holy Eucharist and Healing Prayers:
Wednesdays at 12 p.m.
September 20, October 4, October 18
Weekday Morning Prayer in Chapel
September - June
Every Monday through Friday, St. Elizabeth’s offers a short service of Daily Morning Prayer in the Chapel from 8:30 a.m. until about 8:50 a.m. This service includes neither preaching nor music, and the entire liturgy is done seated.
The service follows the Rite I order in The Book of Common Prayer with a psalm appointed for the day and readings from the Old Testament, the Epistles, and the Gospels following the two-year cycle of Daily Office lectionary readings published in the back of the Prayer Book. Each day includes two special collects for that day, focusing on themes of peace, families, children, and education All are welcome to come when they can.
The Parish Prayer List
At St. Elizabeth's we refresh our list three times a year. We reconstitute the Parish Prayer List:
• at the First Sunday in Advent, the beginning of the Church year;
• at Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, the season in which prayer takes a special place in our spiritual lives; and
• at Pentecost, the day we remember the gift of the Holy Spirit, which helps us to pray when we do not know how to pray ourselves (Romans 8:26-27).
As those three days approach (end of November/beginning of December, mid-February, and early June), please be in touch with Ann Dowling in the Church Office (firstname.lastname@example.org or 201-444-2299) if you would like to include a name on the Prayer List for the next season. If the request is for a specific period of time, it would be helpful to know that as well.
There is no limit to how often a name may be added. One may add a name to the Advent list and add it again for Lent and again for Pentecost. Nor is there any membership requirement for being on the list. One may remove a name at any time. Thanksgivings, as well as intercessions, are always appropriate.
The List, the Prayers: Public and Private It is by praying, not simply including on a list, that we raise our hopes, concerns, and thanksgivings to God. And it is appropriate to raise prayers to God “at all times and in all places.” If you place a name on the Prayer List, I hope you will set aside a regular daily time to pray for that person, and others on the list, throughout the week. When we pray in public worship on Sunday mornings, we come before God as a community, and, on those occasions, it is especially appropriate for your prayers, like those offered to God throughout the liturgy, to be spoken aloud.
Feast Days and Other Special Observances at St. Elizabeth's
The Greening of the Church (Third Sunday of Advent)
This activity is part of the procession at the 10 a.m. family service and is perfect for families or individuals wishing to help with the decorating. Participants join the procession at the beginning of the service.
Christmas Pageant (Fourth Sunday of Advent)
Two services are offered on Christmas Eve:
- 4 p.m. Family Service of Holy Eucharist, Rite II
- 10 p.m. Festival Holy Eucharist, Rite I
A come-as-you-are service of Holy Eucharist, Rite II is offered at 10 a.m.
The Epiphany / The Feast of the Three Kings (January 6)
A service of Holy Eucharist, Rite II, is offered at 6:30 a.m.
The First Sunday after The Epiphany
Every year at Christmas we remember the journey of the Three Kings who traversed “moor and mountain” to worship Jesus in Bethlehem.
Services of Holy Eucharist with the imposition of ashes are offered at 6:30 a.m. (Rite II), noon (Rite II), and 7:30 p.m. (Rite I).
A children's service is held in the Chapel at 4:30 p.m. All children of St. Elizabeth's and their parents are invited to attend. Ashes will be distributed, and we will use age-appropriate language to talk about sin and forgiveness. There is no Eucharist at this service.
Wednesdays in Lent
Services of Holy Eucharist are offered on Wednesdays in Lent at 6:30 a.m. and 12 p.m.
The 9:50 a.m. service begins on the front lawn with the Liturgy of the Palms and continues with the procession into the nave. This service also includes the reading of the Passion Gospel at the very end of the liturgy—at its conclusion, we make our way out and into Holy Week.
7:30 p.m.: Holy Eucharist
6:30 a.m.: Good Friday Liturgy
12-3 p.m.: Good Friday Liturgy
4:30 p.m.: Family Good Friday Liturgy
7:30 p.m.: Good Friday Liturgy
8 p.m.: Easter Vigil
Feast of the Ascension (May 25)
In observance of Ascension Day, we offer a service of Holy Eucharist in the choir stalls—or Courtyard, weather permitting—at 6:30 a.m., followed by coffee and blueberry muffins for those who can stay.
Nativity of John the Baptist (June 24)
Holy Eucharist at 6:30 a.m. or 12 p.m. in the Courtyard, weather permitting.
The Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul (June 29)
Holy Eucharist at 6:30 a.m.
The Feast of the Transfiguration (August 6)
Holy Eucharist at 6:30 a.m.
Remembering 9/11: Holy Eucharist at 6:30 a.m.
On September 11 each year we observe the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks with a brief service of Holy Eucharist in the Courtyard (weather permitting), remembering all who lost their lives that morning, all who strode into danger and death in the hope of saving others, and all who that day found themselves in the midst of death, chaos, and terror. We celebrate the Eucharist on this anniversary to remind ourselves that the power of God is stronger than death, that the Spirit of God is given to each of us for strength and comfort, and that our citizenship is finally in the heavenly city where God reigns over all, and we are all together in peace.
St. Francis Day Observances (October 4)
- Annual Pet Blessing
From the very beginning of the Book of Genesis, God has called us to care for animals. We will honor our relationship with our domestic animals at a Pet Blessing on St. Francis Day, on the front lawn of St. Elizabeth’s at 4 p.m. Bring your dogs, cats, mice, birds, and other two- or four-footed animals (we also bless fish) for a blessing and a species-appropriate treat. Friends and neighbors and their pets are especially welcome to this event too.
- Pet Memorial Service
We gather to give thanks for the lives of pets with whom we have shared our lives for this brief liturgy of thanksgiving and remembrance.
All Saints’ Day (November 1)
On All Saints' Sunday, the Sunday closest to November 1, we observe All Saints’ Day, one of the seven Principal Feasts of the Church. At both the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. services, we read the names of all those buried from St. Elizabeth’s since last All Saints’ Day and the names of those in the Memorial Garden, as well as the names of family members who have died since last All Saints’ Day.
Feast of Richard Hooker (November 3)
A service of Holy Eucharist, Rite II, is held at 6:30 a.m.
Veterans' Day (November 11)
We observe Veterans' Day with a brief service of Holy Eucharist, Rite II, in the choir stalls and the blessing of flags for the Memorial Garden. In this annual service we give thanks for all who have given their lives in service to their country, for all who have served and now returned to civilian life, and for all who serve currently in our armed forces. We pray for peace among all nations and for the justice which makes peace possible and lasting. We also bless two flags and place them in the Memorial Garden.
On Thanksgiving, a service of Holy Eucharist, Rite II is held in the choir stalls at 10 a.m. This is a come-as-you-are service for the whole family at which is sung traditional Thanksgiving hymns.
RIDGEWOOD COMMUNITY INTERFAITH WORSHIP SERVICES
Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance JGH
Holocaust Memorial Service: We cannot change the past, but we can stand together with our neighbors in the synagogue in remembering, mourning, and honoring those of all ages who were taken from their homes to humiliation, abuse, and death. By showing up for this service, we publicly proclaim our commitment to seek justice and peace for all people and respect the dignity of every human being. When we stay home, the virulent heresy of Christian anti-Semitism—known in history and not unknown today—goes unchallenged. I view attendance at this event, in the words of one of our liturgies, as “meet, right, and our bounden duty.” Our choir is always visibly in evidence, and it is the hope that our congregation may be, too. Let us be known, as individuals, as families, and as an Episcopal congregation, as people who can be counted on to show up for the sake of justice and peace.
Access Ridgewood weekend events include a community invitation to the attend the Friends to Friends worship service on a Sunday in October at the First Reformed Church, 303 Prospect Street, Ridgewood. Friends to Friends is a "community of Christians with a focus on the inclusivity of people, primarily people with developmental and physical disabilities" (from the Friends to Friends Community Church Mission Statement).
Ridgewood Community Thanksgiving Service
Ridgewood community interfaith service at Old Paramus Church. The first Thanksgiving was an interfaith community event, and this service extends that tradition. Consider making this part of your family Thanksgiving tradition.