Come Worship With Us At St. Gabriel's!
The Rev. Geoffrey Piper, Rector
The Rev. Cathy Harper, Deacon
Welcome to St. Gabriel's Church, serving Marion, Mattapoisett, Rochester... and beyond. Our seaside locale brings us both year-round and summer parishioners who gather for worship, fellowship, study, and outreach. We hope that your virtual visit will lead to a real one. It is our privilege to welcome you.
Our Holy Week Schedule
Maundy Thursday, April 17th
6:30-7:30 Evening Communion & Foot Washing
This is a family-friendly service, held in the Parish Hall. It is for all parishioners or seekers. Young children are especially welcome. We recreate a very simple version of the Last Supper, and present a "guided" eucharist to explain the various parts of the ceremony. We then take turns washing one another's feet, recalling and emulating our Lord's example of servanthood.
Good Friday, April 18th
Noon to 3 p.m. in the Chapel, Reflections on the Cross of Christ.
The Chapel will be open, and appropriate music will be playing softly in the background. All are welcome to come for any length of time, just to pause and be still in God's presence; to pray; to read anew the passion narrative. An interactive guide to the meanings of the crucifixion will be available in the pews. Worshipers are invited to write on paper anything for which they need forgiveness, fold it, and leave it on the altar. After 3 p.m., the rector will burn these (unread) ceremonially, symbolizing that what in confession, repentance, and forgiveness, our past mistakes cease to have power over us. Our sins, the sins of the world, are taken away in Christ's sacrifice on our behalf.
7 p.m. Good Friday Liturgy in the Chapel
We hear the story of Jesus's travesty of a trial and crucifixion. We search for God in the terrible events of that day. Homily by the Rev. Maggie Arnold. We pray The Solemn Collects for the world, the church, for faithfulness, for the suffering and sorrowful, for those alienated in their hearts and minds from God. We receive communion from the reserved sacrament, and depart in silence.
Saturday, April 19th
1 p.m. Memorial Service for Roger and Connie Walen in Main Church, with special guest musical soloists: soprano, flute, and trumpet.
2 p.m. Reception in the Parish Hall
Holy Week Invitation
With Services at 8 and 10 am
|Worship Rite I||8:00 AM||Sunday|
|Worship Rite II||10:00 AM||Sunday|
|Church School||9:45 AM||Sunday|
|Worship in Chapel||7:30 AM||Wednesday|
|Bible Study||8:00 AM||Wednesday|
|Women's Bible Study||11:00 AM||Wednesday|
Our 2014 Stewardship Campaign
In thanksgiving for God's abundant blessings overflowing in our lives, join us in supporting our 2014 mission and ministry at St. Gabriel's!
2013 Youth Mission Trip to Puerto Rico
June 22nd-29th, 2013
According to a CNN article dated Aug 1, 2012: "More than 80% of children in Puerto Rico live in high-poverty areas, according to a recent report. That's a sharp difference from national figures measured by the same study, which indicates that 11% of minors across the United States live in high-poverty areas. What this implies is that the children of Puerto Rico are facing really great difficulties in order to have the appropriate resources to develop. Whether it is because in their homes there are not enough resources or because in the community where they live there are not enough resources," said Nayda Rivera-Hernandez, senior research analyst at the National Council of La Raza."
The St. Gabriel's group spent the week learning about the realities of life in one of the poorest areas of the US, as well as painting, scraping, cleaning, landscaping and finding other ways to be of service to the community. Thank you for your prayers for the group as they worked and traveled during the week.
2012 Youth Mission Trip to Montana
June 24th-30th, 2012
On June 24th, 7 youth and 2 leaders headed to Montana to work with the Northern Cheyenne tribe near Lame Dear. Through a wonderful mission trip organization, YouthWorks, they served a community of about 9,000 members. "The Bureau of Indian Affairs estimates the unemployment rate on the reservation is nearly 60 percent. Only 30 percent of those over age 25 have a high school diploma. The median household income is $23,679, not enough to maintain their already poor housing structures. Despite the hardships of this community, the spirit of the Cheyenne people is strong."
While there they participated in Kids Club ("a hands-on program led by your youth offering high-energy games, crafts, skits, songs and interactive lessons all designed to help kids learn about Jesus") and in work projects ("painting houses, performing minor home repair, cleaning up debris, etc."). They worked with two other church communities during the week, and made some bonds that they won't soon forget. For more information, contact Katie Walden at email@example.com.
Our 2011 Youth Mission Trip
July 3-9 Harrisburg, PA
Five parishioners traveled to Harrisburg, PA in July to participate in a YouthWorks mission trip. The team worked in a community garden, painted, cleaned up a playground, worked at a food and clothing warehouse, and a farm stand. They also had an opportunity to visit a nearby church youth center, Hershey visitor center and watched fireworks in the evenings, as well as worship time together. See the slideshow below for pictures of their trip.
2011 Mission Trip to Haiti
June 2011 - Cap-Haitien, Haiti
In June, as part of the diocesan Mission Leadership Program, a team of nine from around the diocese, including four from St. Gabriel's, participated in a one-week mission trip to Cap-Haitien, Haiti. They were hosted by Pere Noe Bernier of Eglise St. Esprit. View their slideshow below.