Fat Tuesday marks the beginning of Lent, the 6 week season leading up to Easter, a time of spiritual renewal and discipline intended to center us around the radically life-changing love of Christ Jesus.
Join us Tuesday, March 5th at 6pm for our traditional pancake dinner. Bring a skillet to play traditional pancake games!
This year we're also providing educational opportunities about concrete ways to help local immigrants and refugees. Donations accepted to benefit Oakland neighbors in need of assistance. This event is open to all and a great way to discover our CAPC community.
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. Come join us for our Oakland-ish re-interpretation of this annual celebration with a creative liturgical service intended to empower you to actively prayer and contemplate the power of God's love in and for our world. We’ll have a prayer-full celebration at 7:00pm on Wednesday March 6th. Learn more...
Holy Week : Palm Sunday through Easter Sunday
Lent ends with a climactic week of active remembering through re-enacted stories. It marks the final week of the life of Jesus which begins with his entrance into the holy capital city of Jerusalem heralded as a paradoxical take on the Roman Triumph reserved for victorious generals returning home. Throughout that week he taught in the public square engaging the elites and common people in dialogue, prophetic actions, and conversational contemplation. On Thursday of that week, what we call Holy Thursday or Maundy Thursday, he celebrated the Passover Meal with his closest friends, giving them the commandment to love one another as he had loved them. The word Maundy comes from the Latin word mandatum, meaning commandment. It's at this meal that he institutes the eucharist (a meal of giving thanks) what we call "communion" today. It's also at this meal that he is betrayed by a close friend into the hands of his enemies, later being arrested while praying in a public garden by the authorities. Friday of that week, what we ironically call Good Friday, marks the public and private trials of Jesus by both the Roman Authorities (who governed and occupied the land) and the Religious Institution which oversaw the Jewish Nation. Condemned by the common crowds and the religious elites, Jesus is crucified on a cross : the death sentence given by the Romans to treasonous traitors. The scriptures and continuing testimonies point to the mysterious resurrection of Jesus from the dead three days later at sunrise on Sunday. We've come to celebrate that 8th day of this holy week as Easter Sunday: the dawn of the resurrection and a new way of being.
You can celebrate this story, by entering into it with us, at several liturgical celebrations.
Palm Sunday: Sunday, April 14th at 10:30am
Maundy Thursday: Thursday, April 18th at 7:30pm
Good Friday: Friday, April 19th at 7:30pm, including our public prayers as we place the cross in our garden.
Easter Sunday, Sunday, April 21st at 10:30am, including a traditional egg hunt for children.