April 24, 2017
Our on-going Parish Hall art display is a feature of Epworth Chapel on the Green that continues to give joy to Epworthies and to enrich our experience of community as we celebrate the artistic talents our members and friends have been blessed with.
Our featured artist for the Easter Season is Boise photographer extraordinaire David Ryan. You can see even more stunning examples of David's work and enjoy his blog on his website.
Here is a sample of David's work on display in the current exhibit. Enjoy browsing, then come see the originals at Epworth.
April 10, 2017
Plan now to attend Every service. It’s a matter of priorities.
If you can possibly avoid doing so, don’t miss any Holy Week service. In fact, all three of the Holy Week services beginning with Maundy Thursday are actually one continuing service—“the Great Triduum”—with breaks between them for rest, prayer, and necessary activities. To miss worship on any of the three evenings is to miss part of the opportunity for the past, present and future of God’s saving deeds to become really present, through his grace, in your life today.
Indeed, no other service in the year, and no other attendance at worship during the year, can fully compensate for missing any part of...
March 20, 2017
The Rev. John Crow, Associate Minister of Epworth Chapel on the Green, is offering an online Greek or Hebrew study group for anyone who is interested. The goal of the course is to equip those in the group so that they can eventually translate a passage of Scripture.
Rev. Crow is a 2013 graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary and member of Eta Beta Rho, as he says, “the Hebrew honor society with the Greek name.”
No prior experience is...
February 27, 2017
A Message from Pastor Thelander
It seems that it was only yesterday that we were celebrating Christmas, but time passes quickly and now the season of Lent begins this week. We hope to see you at the Shrove Tuesday Supper on Tuesday, which begins at 6:00 p.m.; Ash Wednesday service is Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m; Lenten Evening Prayers begins on Thursday at 7:00 p.m.
As we transition to this season of heightened reflection, prayer, penance, attention to classic spiritual disciplines, and works of mercy, it is important to remember the motivation behind these practices. Lent should not be about slavish legalism or morbid introspection, or even about unproductive guilt. Rather, Lent is about contemplating our response to the most challenging invitation ever to come to us -- the invitation to follow Jesus, to die with him in order that we might live. That invitation forces us to confront how things are with us, both our internal attitudes and our external actions. Lent is a sustained season where we open ourselves to the Holy Spirit, where we ask the Spirit to reveal to us ways in which our lives are shaped more by the culture than by the Cross of Christ. It is a season of heightened awareness, and that awareness often comes to us more readily when we adopt practices not currently part of our routine,...
February 18, 2017
The Children of Epworth-Chapel-on-the-Green met Saturday afternoon to bake their favorite cookies as a donation for the Love INC special event and dessert auction this Friday. This is the main fund-raising event of the year for Love In the Name of Christ which works with needy families in the Treasure Valley.
The Epworth young bakers were excited to be able to contribute to this event with their service project. They made Ultimate Fudge Brownies, Crunchy Haystacks and Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies. (Recipes below)
And after all the work was done, they checked the results of their labor by sampling their goodies with a tea party.
THE CALLING. February 24, 2017. Dessert auction preview 6:30, program at 7:00 pm. Love INC main event of the year. RSVP #377-3502, ext 3. Tickets are...
December 14, 2016
Preaching on the Old Testament reading Isaiah 35:1-10 Pastor Brook Thelander chose as his theme despair.
He said, “We must encourage each other not to become spiritually discouraged or despairing. Grief, lack of employment, terminal illness— despair might seem a viable option. It is the same for people who hunger, suffer from war, fears and uncertainties or aging, temptation to give up.
Today is Gaudete, telling us to Rejoice, as...
December 2, 2016
I. History of Advent
“Advent is at once a celebration of His first coming and His presence in the midst of His church, and an anticipation of His full and final coming when He will complete the work of the redemption. The word Advent must therefore be taken in the fullest sense; past, present and future. The Church not only prepares to welcome Him at Christmas time or to greet Him in the hour of His final triumph; it rejoices even now in the presence of its Lord in its midst.” (New Catholic Encyclopedia)
Late 4th century texts give January 6, Epiphany, as the date for the celebration of Jesus’ birth in the east and December 25th in the west. Advent developed in the eastern church as a very penitential time, much like Lent. In the west, it was very festive and celebratory. Pope Gregory the Great (590-604) inaugurated a season of preparation...
September 3, 2016
Next Sunday, September 11, Pastor John Crow will begin leading a new small group at 9:00 in Epworth’s Parish Hall. The 8-week class is open to all and visitors are welcome. ...
August 19, 2016
Epworth's Fifteenth Annual Ice Cream Social was the biggest and best ever with a truly international flavor. Besides welcoming new and returning friends and neighbors we enjoyed getting acquainted with newcomers from Iraq, South Sudan, Somalia, the Congo and Micronesia.
For the second year in a row ce House was a stellar attraction for the children as well as quieter moments blowing bubbles.
In addition to the hand-scooped ice cream with every imaginable topping usually enjoyed at this event, neighbor Mike Blackburn brought a giant freezer of homemade ice cream and Dorothy Millard provided blackberries from her garden.
August 13, 2016
Growing up is never easy, especially through the teen-age years. But what would it be like to have your 15th birthday in a new country thousands of miles away from your homeland after being here for only about 3 months when you can’t even speak the language yet?
This week Epworth’s Good Neighbor team did what they could to ease this for a young man newly arrived in Boise with his family after spending 3 years in hiding in their own land because they were in danger from having helped the American forces.
It was an event of much delight, energy and eating. Oral communication was halting, in spite of the wonderful services of a professional translator, but smiles and hugs said it all for the adults and excited games of...
July 26, 2016
“Free bubbles!” Kids in Winstead Park on Monday yelled “Free bubbles!” and ran to the Epworth stand offering colorful bottles of bubbles. Pastor John and his sons handed out 70 bottles of bubbles to kids who gather in the park next to the church every weekday in the summer for free lunches and fun on the playground equipment.
Nothing says summer better than children playing in the park, running, laughing and blowing bubbles. Epworthies had great fun being part of this summer scene and helping our neighbors become aware of our presence near them.
July 5, 2016
Through the Church Partnerships program of World Relief Epworth is greatly privileged to be working with a refugee family newly arrived in Boise. Our Good Neighbor Team sponsored an All-American Fourth of July evening for this family who has been in America for just about a month.
Although communication was limited—the adults...
May 31, 2016
Every Sunday we are made aware of the Great Cloud of Witnesses around us as earth and heaven, saints, angels and all who have gone before us gather with the Church on earth in Holy Communion— a foretaste of the coming worship around the Great White Throne in the life to come.
At Epworth we also have...
May 13, 2016
The Church seems to specialize in using exotic and mysterious-sounding names that turn out to have very simple explanations. One such word is Pentecost which simply means the fiftieth day. In Jewish tradition, seven weeks after the Passover saw the celebration of the Feast of Weeks, originally a harvest festival but by the time of Christ principally a commemoration of the giving of the Law to Moses. The Acts of the Apostles tells us that it was on this day that the Holy Spirit came upon the disciples with wind and fire and transformed them from a small group of followers of Jesus into a missionary movement which went out into all the known world.
March 20, 2016
"Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!"
"Hosanna in the highest!"
Epworthies shouted in our Palm Sunday procession.
The service began in the southwest corner of the church property for the Liturgy of the Palms which included the reading from Luke 19:29-40 recounting Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a donkey and being greeted by the cheering throng waving palm branches.
In the church Narthex Pastor Thelander proclaimed: "Open the gates of justice!"
And the people replied: "I will enter and tell the Lord how thankful I am."
We processed into the sanctuary as the cantors sang "All glory, laud and honor, to Thee,...
March 6, 2016
If you are seeking to make your Lenten journey more meaningful, sometimes one can't top old advice that has stood the test of time. Here's Robert Herrick's words on how to keep a True Lent from three and a half centuries ago.
A True Lent
Robert Herrick (1591–1674)
IS this a fast,—to keep
The larder lean,
From fat of veals and sheep?
Is it to quit the dish
Of flesh, yet still
The platter high with fish?
Is it to fast an hour,
Or ragg’d to go,
A downcast look, and sour?
No! ’t is a fast to dole
February 11, 2016
Struggling over what to give up for Lent? Or, perhaps more importantly, what to add? Finding it hard to focus on spiritual growth? In his Ash Wednesday sermon Pastor Thelander quoted from the Mdethodist minister William Arthur Ward:
Fast from judging others; feast on the Christ dwelling in them
Fast from emphasis on differences; feast on the unity of life
Fast from apparent darkness; feast on the reality of light
Fast from thoughts of illness; feast on the healing power of God
Fast from words that pollute; feast on words that purify
Fast from discontent; feast on gratitude
Fast from anger; feast on patience
Fast from pessimism; feast on optimism
February 8, 2016
Epworthies and friends will have a new experience at this year’s Shrove Tuesday pancake feed. Besides feasting on the usual fare of pancakes, sausages and all the trimmings, and getting a head start on our Lenten journey with a special spiritual devotional, we will also enjoy the frivolity of a Beetle Drive.
If you ever played Cootie as a child— a table game that involves rolling a die and assembling a little plastic beetle...
December 14, 2015
The white and gold altar banked with poinsettias, candles shimmering in every corner, a festive congregation singing:
The snow lay on the ground,
The stars shone bright,
When Christ our Lord was born
On Christmas night.
Venite adoremus Dominum;
Venite adoremus Dominum.
Join us at Epworth Chapel on the Green at 7:00 as the promise of Advent becomes a joyful reality on Christmas Eve.
We will also sing “O Come All Ye Faithful” and “Hark, The Herald Angels Sing” among other favorite carols, enjoy an inspiring homily from Pastor Brook Thelander, and give thanks for the birth of our Lord as we gather in Holy Communion— open to all.
O God, You have caused this holy night to shine with the brightness of the true Light: Grant that we, who have known the mystery of that Light on earth, may also enjoy him perfectly in heaven; where with You and the Holy Spirit he lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. ...
November 30, 2015
One of the glories of the Advent experience at Epworth is our annual service of Advent Lessons and Carols. This candlelight service includes scripture lessons and hymns that lead us from the Old Testament prophets to the birth of Christ. (read about last year's service)
This service is one way in which we follow the example of the people of Israel, as commanded in Joshua 4:6-7:
That this may be a sign among you, that when your children ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What mean ye by these stones? ...
November 9, 2015
Christ the King Sunday, last Sunday of the Christian year, is a time of great rejoicing for Christians to reaffirm our belief that Christ is, indeed, King of the universe and King of our lives. It also helps us prepare in a special way for Advent which focuses on the coming of the Kingdom of Christ.
October 27, 2015
This Sunday, November 1, will be All Saints Sunday. During the service the names of the deceased persons whom various Epworthies remember and honor in love and affection will be listed in the worship folder, read aloud and tolled on the organ....
October 13, 2015
Our annual Harvest Festival was an occasion for us to give thanks to the Lord of the Harvest for our bounty. As the exuberant Harvest Festival decorations remind us, this was an occasion for us to be exuberant in our giving of food for the poor, exuberant in our worship, and exuberant as we celebrate God's goodness in the lunch together after the service. The baskets of food offered during the service were donated to the Boise Rescue Mission/City Light Home. For some photos of the day, click here to check out our Facebook Page.
October 2, 2015
Epworth Chapel on the Green will celebrate its annual Harvest Festival during the 10 a.m. worship service Sunday, October 11.
The day promises to offer all the usualy elements...
October 2, 2015
Epworth Chapel on the Green will celebrate its annual Harvest Festival during the 10 a.m. worship service Sunday, October 11.
The tradition is ancient. Harvest Festival is one of the oldest known festivals, with its roots going back to Old Testament times. Of the seven festivals prescribed in Leviticus 23, three were harvest festivals: "First Fruits" (after Passover) and "Weeks" (now the 50 days between Easter and Pentecost Sunday) in the Spring, and "Tabernacles" in the Autumn.
These festivals centered, especially, around the harvests of the seven "species" of the Promised Land listed in Deuteronomy 8:8: wheat, barley, grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives and honey.
"First Fruits" marked the beginning of the barley harvest (and...
September 7, 2015
A recent family who visited Epworth from our neighborhood said they came because their eight-year-old daughter liked to sit in our garden. We couldn’t have been more thrilled. That is exactly what we hoped to offer to our community when we developed the garden. In our world of noise and rush we need spaces of quiet and beauty where we can think, pray and simply sit in silence.
Although fenced, the garden is never locked and all are welcome to enter and use one of the benches or walk the path for quiet reflection.
Epworth’s memorial Garden was always part of the vision for what we wanted to offer to our parish and our community, but the vision didn’t take shape until our beloved, long-time member Del Beukelman died and the garden grew up around his memorial. Since then his lovely...
August 17, 2015
August 10, 2015
Epworthies and friends had a delightful evening Friday when professional artist Victoria Knight conducted her Masterpiece in Minutes relaxed acrylic painting class at Epworth. Many who had never held a paintbrush before, including two children, ages 6 and 8, followed Victoria’s 2 hour, step-by-step directions to produce their individual interpretations of "Valley View."
The congregation enjoyed the results of our artistic efforts in an art display following the morning service Sunday.
You can see more about Victoria’s paintings and services here. We...
July 31, 2015
A bounce house will be an added attraction this year when Epworth hosts our fourteenth annual Ice Cream Social for friends and neighbors in the Winstead Park Pavilion. Epworthies and guests can expect the same delicious ice cream and toppings and casual, friendly fellowship that has always marked the event, but this year we'll have the added enjoyment of squeals of delight from children enjoying the bouncy castle. As always, the event is free to all, so plan to bring friends, family, neighbors--and even strangers to this great get-acquainted event. ...
June 22, 2015
The baptism of new Christians into the faith is one of the greatest privileges given to a church family, so Sunday June 21 was a doubly special day when Pastor had the joy of baptizing both Pedro Pablo and José Ignacio Ward.
We have been privileged to have Chris and Lori Ward as part of the Epworth famiy since Lori served as our interim pastor early in the year 2000 before Pastor Thelander joined us. We were prvileged to baptize their first son Zechariah before they moved to Ohio for Lori to become a fulltime pastor. While they were away they adopted Jeison and Jeffer from Columbia. For the past several years they have been working and ministring in Korea— we like to think of them as our missionaries— and this year they returned for their summer break with Pedro...
May 28, 2015
Here are some photos of last Sunday's Pentecost Service and Feast. Check out more photos at our Facebook Page Photo Album.
The Altar before the service.
The Acolytes waiting to proceed.
Pastor sprinkling the congregation, reminding us of our baptism.
The Afterword and Feast
May 18, 2015
This Sunday we will celebrate Pentecost Sunday, with "Enhanced Edibles" provided afterward by the church. All are welcome to attend and encouraged to wear red as Pentecost is one of the major festivals of the Christian year and a great time of celebration. Following is further explanation of the Pentecost celebration:
"The day of Pentecost does not mark the beginning of the Holy Spirit's work in the world, as is sometimes wrongly supposed...Luke is clear that the Spirit of God is ever active in creation. What is "new" about Pentecost is that this same Spirit who has worked in many ways now constitutes the church of God.
"Thus, the day of Pentecost in Christian worship is primarily about the church as corporate community...Pentecost is about the formation of the church out of a frightened band of followers; that tight-lipped crowd, which had huddled timidly behind closed doors, is thrust by tthe Spirit into the streets of Jerusalem to proclaim the gospel in terms everyone can understand. How are we to account for this change? Only by recognizing that the Spirit is the One who forms the church by making the Risen Christ...
April 13, 2015
As children of a creative God, we are most like our heavenly Father when we develop the creativity He has gifted us with. This creativity is nurtured in many ways at Epworth Chapel on the Green, through our music, public reading, book and poetry groups, sharing our cooking and gardening, and in the art exhibit we enjoy weekly in our narthex and throughout the parish hall.
Almost from the beginning Epworth has had a group that met regularly for painting, especially in the execution of watercolors. The lovely Donna Beukelman was one of the most faithful and productive members of this group.
When Donna died a year ago her daughter Gail chose to honor her mother by sharing some of Donna’s paintings in what she thought would be a short-term exhibition. “I didn&rsquo...
April 5, 2015
The Paschal fire kindled,
Paschal candle lit,
we bear the Light of Christ into the darkened tomb.
"Alleluia, The Lord is risen!"
"He is risen indeed,...
April 4, 2015
The Good Friday service at Epworth was a profound experience. One worshipper said, "I sat there in the dark, meditating before the bare, stripped altar and felt the silence, the emptiness, the coldness of the world when Christ was in the tomb. And then the cantors sang 'When I Survey the Wondrous Cross'. . ."
And Pastor Thelander continued his three-part sermon:
"As I did last night, tonight I ask once again: Why are we here?
"The answer to that question is: We are here because we are part of a tradition. A tradition that claims that these are three of the most important days in all of history.
But why are we here...
April 3, 2015
At our Maundy Thursday service, celebrating the Lord's institution of the sacrament of Holy Communion, Pastor Thelander gave us the first part of a sermon that will continue throughout the three days of the Great Triduum:
"The sermons on each of the nights of this week are going to attempt to answer one simple question: Why are we here?" he said.
"My answer to that question is rather simple, and yet I hope it will be meaningful for us. We are here because we are part of a tradition.
"We have a tradition that says to us that these three days are the most important three days in all of histor...
March 30, 2015
Wherever you worship, if you can possibly avoid doing so, don’t miss any Holy Week service. In fact, all three of the Holy Week services beginning with Maundy Thursday are actually one continuing service—“the Great Triduum”—with breaks between them for rest, prayer, and necessary activities. To miss worship on any of the three evenings is to miss part of the opportunity for the past, present and future of God’s saving deeds to become really present, through his grace, in your life today.
Indeed, no other service in the year, and no other attendance at worship...
March 26, 2015
"And they brought the colt to Jesus, and cast their garments on him and he sat upon him. And many spread their garments in the way: and others cut down branches off the trees, and strawed them in the way. And they that went before, and they that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna; Blesseed is the he that cometh in the name of the Lord: Blessed be the kingdom of our father David, that cometh in the name of the Lord: Hosanna in the highest. And Jesus entered into Jerusalem."
This is the biblical event we commemorate when we celebrate Palm Sunday. The service is structured to allow worshippers to enact this experience and...
March 18, 2015
I never cease to appreciate how the church calendar provides for the natural rhythms of the human psyche. There is no better example of this than these days we are entering now in the final, somber weeks of Lent and Holy Week leading up to the glories of Easter. Those who were able to enjoy the truly refreshing time of Laetare/Refreshment/Mothering Sunday last week at Epworth with roses, simnel cake and rose vestments relieving the Lenten purple, will especially notice the deepening mood of penitence next Sunday as we enter Passiontide.
Many churches that have not previously veiled crosses and images will now do so. At Epworth a Crown of Thorns will be on display as a possible focus for your meditations. In the next two weeks we will notice the prayers, readings and music take on...
March 9, 2015
Next Sunday, the fourth in Lent, is known as Laetare Sunday, from the traditional introit in the Eucharist service, "Laetare, Jerusalem," "Rejoice ye with Jerusalem." Laetare Sunday, also known as Refreshment Sunday, is a time for a brief relaxing of the rules, such as the restriction against having flowers on the altar or dietary restrictions and the addition of rose vestments to the severe Lenten purple.
Simnel cake is a light...
February 18, 2015
As the ancient lenten hymn by Gregory the Great bids us:
Now let us all with one accord,
in company with ages past,
keep vigil with our heavenly Lord
in his temptation and his fast.
Epworthies will gather tonight at 7:00 for the traditional Ash Wednesday liturgy of ashing and Holy Eucharist.
As we journey together through Lent with Lenten Soup Suppers at 6:00, followed by Evening Prayers every Tuesday evening and Lenten Evening Prayers every Thursday at 7:00, family readings from our meditation book "Not by Bread Alone",
and Holy Communion at 10:00 every Sunday followed by followed by moderated discussion, we will pray with the hymn writer:
So let this consecrated...
January 5, 2015
Epworthies concluded the festive season in our traditional manner. After regally processing the Three Kings' Cakes to the singing of "We Three Kings" we received our gift gift for the coming year in the favor in each serving— almond=wisdom, dove=peace=, coin=wealth, thimble=patience, ring=faithfulness, heart=devotion
December 26, 2014
"The snow lay on the ground. . .Venit adoremus Dominum. . ." Cantors sang on Christmas Eve at Epworth Chapel on the Green as worshippers gathered during a surprise heavy snow storm for an exceptionally warm and beautiful service of Holy Communion to welcome the Nativity of our Lord.
"O God, You have caused this holy night to shine with the brightness of the true Light: Grant that we, who have known the mystery of that Light on earth, may also enjoy him perfectly in heaven..." We prayed.
Following the traditional Gospel reading from Luke 2 preached a sermon declaring God's Hope and Love...
December 16, 2014
December 8, 2014
Epworthies gathered Saturday morning to participate in the traditional Hanging of the Greens event. After sharing coffee and pastries we gathered in the sanctuary for a brief liturgy that included the responsory lines:
Pastor: How shall we prepare this house for the coming of the King?
People: With branches of cedar, the tree of royalty.
Pastor: How shall we prepare this house for the coming of the eternal Christ?
People: With garlands of pine and fir, whose leaves are ever living, ever green.
Pastor: How shall we prepare this house for the coming of our Savior?
People: With wreaths of holly and ivy, telling of his passion, death, and resurrection.
Pastor: How shall we prepare our hearts for the coming...
November 28, 2014
Happy New Year! Sunday, November 30, marks the beginning of the new Christian year and the first Sunday in Advent. This year Epworth Chapel on the Green will add something new to our observance of the season.
As in years past, we will recite the O Antiphons each Sunday at the lighting of the Advent candles, but this year the tradition will be enriched by the poetry of the English priest/poet Malcolm Guite. Each Sunday we will hear one of the sonnets on the O Antiphons from his book Sounding the Seasons, 70 Sonnets for the Christian Year.
This Sunday we will hear the Antiphons:
O Wisdom, coming forth from the mouth of the Most High, reaching from one end to the other mightily, and sweetly ordering...
November 9, 2014
The 9 A.M. Bible Study at Epworth Chapel was a full House Sunday.
After last week's historical overview of how we got our Bible we began at Genesis 1, noting the accounts of God's act of Creation and variations in how the different translations tell the story.
Dr. Wesche emphasized that the Bible reveals God's supremacy and His work in humanity. "The Bible gives us a unified history and tells a unified story," Dr. Wesche said....
November 5, 2014
Last Sunday Dr. Lilburn Wesche launched an eight-week Bible study in the 9:00 hour at Epworth. His topic in the opening session was "How We Got Our Bible."
Dr. Wesche, former head of the Department of Education at NNU, emphasized that the Bible tells a story— an amazing story. He also said that the process of learning is not memorizing facts, but gathering information to form better questions. In this class we will be gaining information and asking questions.
Wesche said that the Old Testament was written...
October 23, 2014
Lisa Marten transferring her impressions to Canvas during the Harvest Services
September 17, 2014
Harvest Festival is always a highlight of the autumn season at Epworth. We began celebrating God's bounty with a special service in 2004, based on a traditional festivals going back to the Old Testament.
But this year, in addition to the bountiful decorations, traditional hymns, food offerings for the poor and the joyful harvest feast we have come to expect at Epworth, we'll experience something new.
Abstract expressionist artist Lisa Marten will be painting live during the service. Never undertaken as a show or an event, Lisa's goal is to deepen our worship experience and lead us...
September 4, 2014
On Sunday, August 10 Epworth hosted our annual neighborhood ice cram social in the pavilion at Winstead Park— as we have done every year since moving into our present church building. As always the congregation was encouraged to invite their neighbors and family and written invitations were distributed to Epworth's parish neighbors. As always, the response was outstanding.
More than one hundred people enjoyed dishes of ice cream with a variety of toppings ranging the culinary scale from homemade fudge sauce and homegrown blackberries to gummy bears. The weather cooperated perfectly, adding to the relaxed summer feeling as neighbors visited and children played in the park and drove the remote control vehicle provided by a parishioner...