Saint Joseph’s Episcopal Church, aka “the little church with the big red doors”, is located on Main Street between Ninth and Iredell Streets in Durham, NC, across from Duke University’s East Campus. Our community life is rooted in the sacraments, daily prayer, study of the Scriptures, and fellowship with members, friends and neighbors inside and outside our walls. Following the example of our patron Saint Joseph, we want to make our church home a place of warm hospitality grounded in God’s love, and to take that love out into the world.

Announcements for this week

Easter Sunday

If you are a newcomer or a visitor—welcome!  Please fill out a contact card found in your pew.  Let’s get to know one another!  St. Joseph’s is a place of worship, prayer, fellowship and study.  We normally pray Morning Prayer at 7:30 a.m. and Evening Prayer at 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Please join us for prayer and fellowship whenever you can.  The “poor plate,” located by the baptismal font at the entrance to the church, funds our fellowship and outreach ministries.  Thank you for your gifts!

Vicar’s schedule: Karen’s normal “work days” are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays with a Sabbath on Mondays.  In the event of a pastoral emergency, she is available on her cell phone, 919-951-8739.

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Easter season liturgical changes

The Season of Easter is flooded with images of resurrection! As such, we do not say the Confession during this season, living into the reality that we have been redeemed by Jesus’ death and resurrection. We will be using Eucharistic Prayer D from the Book of Common Prayer; Prayer D is the most ancient form we have of this prayer. Our service music will be joyful and upbeat, particularly the Brown Sanctus with its lively and festive music. We will return to having flowers and candles on the raredos and using our silver Eucharistic vessels. The Paschal candle will be lit at all our services reminding us that we are baptized into Christ’s death and raised to new life with him. Our Daily Offices will return to Rite II until the beginning of Advent, primarily because the Book of Common Prayer was written in the language of the people, and the language in this Rite is more in line with our current common language.

—Easter blessings, Karen+

Holy Week schedule, 2014

Palm Sunday, April 13
Holy Eucharist 10:30 a.m.

Monday in Holy Week, April 14
Morning Prayer 7:30 a.m.
Evening Prayer 5:30 p.m.
Holy Eucharist 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday in Holy Week, April 15
Morning Prayer 7:30 a.m.
Evening Prayer 5:30 p.m.
Holy Eucharist 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday in Holy Week, April 16
Morning Prayer 7:30 a.m.
Evening Prayer 5:30 p.m.
Tenebrae 6:00 p.m.

Maundy Thursday, April 17
Morning Prayer 7:30 a.m.
Evening Prayer 5:30 p.m.
Maundy Thursday Service 6:00 p.m. (upstairs in the Parish Hall)

Good Friday, April 18
Morning Prayer 7:30 a.m.
Stations of the Cross 12:00 p.m.
Evening Prayer 5:30 p.m.
Good Friday Liturgy 6:00 p.m.

Holy Saturday, April 19
Holy Saturday Liturgy 10:00 a.m.
Easter Vigil 8:30 p.m.

Easter Sunday, April 20
Holy Eucharist 10:30 a.m.

The Presentation of our Lord — Rev. Karen Barfield

Psalm 84
Luke 2:22-40

In the name of the one, holy and living God. Amen.

Here in this holy place
we are safe to rest for a while.
For palpable is the movement of the Holy Spirit among us.

We gather today in the loving embrace of the Triune God:
confident in God’s care of us –
the God who nourishes us out of [Her] goodness,
who leads us like a Shepherd to the true and living waters,
and who teaches us to love through [Her] everlasting love.

Surely it is God who saves us…
we will trust in Him and not be afraid.

How often do we stop long enough to rest for a while in God’s loving embrace, confident in God’s care for us? Continue reading

3 Epiphany — Leigh Edwards

Isaiah 9:1-4, Psalm 27, 1 Cor 3, Matt 4:12-18
“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light” (Is 9:1).
These words from the great Prophet Isaiah are a pivotal communication of our Lord’s work in the world. They are stirring, and come bellowing off of the page: Those who walked in darkness have seen a great light.
Think about darkness and about light. We live in a world today where darkness is something hardly ever seen. Lights litter our cities, our streets and our homes. We light our cars and put lights in our children’s rooms. Darkness is a rare – and sometimes coveted – thing. What does it mean, then, for Matthew to say that these people have walked in darkness, when many today seek darkness in the wilderness as a prize and a rest from the lights of our lives? Who, we ask as people who spend almost every hour in light, are these people who walk in darkness? Surely not us. Surely not this city.
“The people” – Matthew writes, showing the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy in Jesus – “who walked in darkness have seen a great light.”
We must ask, then, who are these people? Wherefore this darkness? And, importantly, whence this great light? Continue reading

2 Epiphany — Rev. Karen Barfield

Isaiah 49:1-7
John 1:29-41

O God, who has come as a Light to the world,
illumine our hearts and our minds
that Your glory may be revealed to the world through us. AMEN.

“What are you looking for?”

Jesus asks this question to two disciples of John the Baptist.

Jesus was walking down the road and walked past John the Baptist and two of his disciples. At that moment John the Baptist proclaims of Jesus, “Look, here is the Lamb of God!”

When Jesus notices that these two disciples have fallen in line behind him, walking the road with him, he turns and asks them this question: “What are you looking for?’

All of us sitting here today could very well ask each other the very same question.

“What are you looking for?” Continue reading

Baptism of Our Lord — Rev. Karen Barfield

Acts 10:34-43
Matthew 3:13-17

In the name of the one, holy and living God: Creator, Redeemer and Sanctifying Spirit. Amen.

It is a curious question that has stumped many over the ages: Why was Jesus baptized?

If Jesus was without sin, and John’s baptism was about repentance, why in the world was Jesus baptized by John?

John himself tried to stop Jesus, protesting: “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”

But, Jesus answers: “Let it be so now; for it is proper for us in this way to fulfill all righteousness.”

Perhaps Jesus was baptized because as God became human to live and die as one of us, Jesus was baptized as we are. Continue reading

Planting flowers

It’s never too early to be thinking about spring if you’re a gardener! On Saturday the 9th several of us spent the day at St. Joseph’s doing work we hope will pay off sometime in Lent. We spread compost and grass seed on the front lawn (or, rather, where we hope a front lawn will be), planted flowers — crocuses, daffodils, tulips, and hyacinths — in new beds beside the path to the front door, and did some general groundswork and maintenance. Thanks to everyone who helped, especially to Jamie, our Junior Warden, for organizing everything, and to Monty for picking up the compost!