Friday, March 30, 2018

Maundy Thursday 2018

   Yesterday evening we observed Maundy Thursday, a service devoted to the commemoration of The Last Supper; a time of penitence, reflection and prayer.

   This service takes place in the evening, and some of our littlest members were a little sleepy....

    As in a traditional service, we read a part of the old and new testements; this evening's readings has to do with the Passover, and how Christ is the new paschal sacrifice.

   Then we take part in a very old tradition, stretching back to the last supper--- where all are equal and all care for eachother. This is depicted by the ceremonial washing of eachother's feet. Clergy and laity alike take turns caring for eachother at the foot washing stations near the alter.

   After communion, in observance of Christ's sorrowful retreat into the Garden of Gethsemane, we strip the altar and remove the host from the sanctuary. We then place our holy elements in our own 'garden' in another part of the church, where parishoners will watch, an hour at a time, with our Lord through the night until the noon Good Friday service.

    More elements from this very old tradition as it unfolds on Good Friday will be shared in the next post.....

   And please know that you are WELCOME to join us! Good Friday is observed at noon and at 7 pm today. Then on Saturday we will observe our incredibly moving Easter Vigil at 8 pm. Please join us!

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Holy Week 2018

   Join us this evening for Maundy Thursday service, and also our services on Good Friday, Easter Vigil and Easter Day.

   This is such a solemn, beautiful and moving time of year in the Episcopal Church. We would love for you to join us as we make our way to Easter.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Palm Sunday 2018

    Hello and blessed Holy Week! Today we began our journey into Holy Week with Palm Sunday, where we celebrate Christ's triumphant entrance into Jerusalem, and subsequently observe his Passion with and the first Eucharist.

   We have three services on Sundays--- at 8:30 am, 11 am and 1 pm in Spanish. At each service we began in our parish hall with the blessing of Palm branches and a procession led by the parish children and our wonderful choir.

  This week is our busiest and most moving time of the year--- and we will be observing Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil on Saturday evening at 8 pm and Easter Day at our regular service times.

   In this post you'll find several photos from our 11 am service. Please mark your calendars to join us on Thursday for Maundy Thursday service at 7 pm. Good Friday services at noon and 7 pm and our amazing Easter vigil at 8 pm.

  We will also be having our parish wide brunch and children's Easter egg hunt next sunday beginning at 9:45 am. All are welcome, we'd love to have you join us!

Friday, July 22, 2016

Preschool Now Enrolling For Fall!

    Attention parents and grandparents! Our preschool is now enrolling for the fall! Our preschool is open from 9:30-2:30 Monday through Friday and takes children from 3 months old to Pre-K.

St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Preschool is a developmental program that strives to provide activities and learning experiences to build each child’s self esteem while stimulating cognitive development and socialization skills. We want the children to feel self-confident as well as capable of meeting new challenges, both social and educational.
Classroom activities are varied to provide a balance between free-choice and teacher-directed activities, with a large variety of options that meet needs in all developmental areas – large/fine motor, cognitive, social, emotional, and self-help skills.
  For more info, visit our preschool website or call 918-494-6654

Thursday, July 21, 2016

VBS 2016: Marketplace 33 AD

    About 20 years ago, St. Dunstan's put on a VBS called "Marketplace 33 A.D." that was remembered as one of the best programs we ever put on. We've decided it's high time to bring it back, and have been working hard all summer to bring "Marketplace 33 AD" back to the kids in our parish and our community!

   Mark your calendars for the first week of August-- Monday August 1 through Thursday August 4. We will put on our marketplace from 9:30 am to 12 pm. Children from 5 years to 5th graders are welcome to join us, as are friends, family members or classmates! It's going to be so much fun!

  You can call the office at 918-492-7140 or pick up a registration form in the Narthex (entry at the front door). Please let us know if you can join us! And volunteers are welcome and appreciated!

  We are also seeking donations for snacks and supplies--- there's a bullitin board in the Narthex with all those items that we need.

  Hope to see you at the marketplace in August!

Monday, March 21, 2016

Palm Sunday

   " The most solemn week of the Christian year, Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday, when we commemorate Christ's triumphant arrival in Jerusalem to the cheers of the crowd, and the dramatic turning point when he gave his life for all."

  Please join us this week at our additional Holy Week services, such as Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil and Easter Day. For dates and times, click HERE


   Hello and welcome to the Parish Life blog for St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma. We are an active Parish located in south Tulsa that welcomes and celebrates people of all ages and walks of life. 
   This blog will be a bit of a record of the activities, Holy days, and pertinent information about our parish and our faith. 

  This week we have started the solemn journey into Holy Week, and invite you to join us at any and all of our special services. Attending such services as Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and The Great Vigil help us fully understand the complete meaning and miracle of Easter. 

Holy Week Schedule:

Palm Sunday
March 20
8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Maundy Thursday
March 24
noon and 7 p.m.

Good Friday
March 25
noon and 7 p.m.

Great Vigil
March 26
8 p.m.

Easter Day
March 27
8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Easter Day Brunch and Easter Egg hunt at 9:45