Daily Devotions of MEYG – In the Morning (p. 137 of BCP)

•September 16, 2017 • Leave a Comment

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New MEYG Logo (designed by Eleanor H.)

•September 10, 2017 • Leave a Comment

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This new MEYG logo was designed by Eleanor H. and you can wear it on a t-shirt in three different colors and sizes: white, sapphire and cherry red in small, medium and large. Come to youth group to get your t-shirt. Suggested donation for each is $20.

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This is a large sapphire MEYG shirt.

 

Prayer and Service to the Poor

•September 7, 2017 • Leave a Comment

 

Praying the Psalms (MEYG 2017 – 2018 Calendar)

•August 25, 2017 • Leave a Comment

This year, the Marin Episcopal Youth Group will be learning how to study and pray the Psalms. Although we will be reading several psalms, we will mainly focus on Psalm 119, which is the longest psalm in the Psalter and the longest chapter in the entire Bible. Psalm 119 is an acrostic poem that includes a variety of genres: praise, lament, wisdom sayings, and more. “Acrostic” means that it is arranged according to the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet so students will learn some Hebrew as well! We will meet at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer (123 Knight Drive San Rafael CA) at 6 PM on Sunday nights and then conclude at 7 PM with Compline, which is open to all ages. Compline will conclude by 7:30 PM.

Confirmation Class will also be offered this year on the first Sunday of the month starting in October from 6 PM to 7:30 PM. The requirements for confirmation include attending at least 7 out of the 8 Confirmation Classes (up to 2 classes can be made up), participating in at least 7 out of 8 Tuesday Outreach Nights (up to 2 T.O.N.s can be substituted) and attending at least 10 out of 18 Youth Group meetings.

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MEYG Calendar for 2017 – 2018

Sept 17 Introduction to the Psalms and Hebrew Alphabet

Sept 24 Annual Youth Gleaning at Green Gulch 1:30 – 4:30 PM (1601 Shoreline Hwy, Muir Beach CA)

Oct 1 Confirmation Class 1 (Christ, Christianity and Confirmation)

Oct 8 Aleph: Happy are they who walk in the Law of the Lord (Ashrei) v. 1

Oct 10 Tuesday Outreach Night (5 – 6 PM)

Oct 15 No Youth Group due to Tuesday Outreach Night

Oct 22 Bet: Blessed are you, O Lord (Barukh) v. 12

Oct 29 Gimel: I am a sojourner here on earth (Ger) v. 19

Nov 5 Confirmation Class 2 (Bible – The Big Picture)

Nov 14 Tuesday Outreach Night (5 – 6 PM)

Nov 19 Dalet: I have chosen the way of faithfulness (Derek) v. 30

Nov 26 Thanksgiving Break: He: Behold, I long for your commandments (Hinei) v. 40

Dec 3 Confirmation Class 3 (What’s an Episcopalian?)

Dec 12 Tuesday Outreach Night (5 – 6 PM)

Dec 17 Vav and Zayin: And remember the word of hope you gave to me (zekor) v. 49

Dec 24 Christmas Break: Chet: The earth is full of God’s covenant love (chasdekah) v. 64

Dec 31 New Year’s Break: Tet: You are good and bring forth good (tov) v. 68

Jan 7 Confirmation Class 4 (Questioning the Creed)

Jan 9 Tuesday Outreach Night (5 – 6 PM)

Jan 14 Yod: Your hands made me and fashioned me (Yadeka) v. 73

Jan 21 Caph: My eyes are closing and I struggle to see your promise (Calu) v. 82

Jan 28 Lamed: I am yours; oh that you would save me! (Leka-ani) v. 94

Feb 4 Confirmation Class 5 (Sacraments)

Feb 13 Tuesday Outreach Night (5 – 6 PM)

Feb 18 Mem: Oh, how I love your law! (Mah-ahavti) v. 97

Feb 25 Nun: Your word is a lamp to my feet (Ner) v. 105

March 4 Confirmation Class 6 (Outreach)

March 13 Tuesday Outreach Night (5 – 6 PM)

March 18 Samekh: Sustain me according to your promise (Seadeni) v. 116

March 25 Palm Sunday: Ayin: It is time for you to act (Et) v. 126

April 1 Easter Sunday Break: Peh: May your face shine upon me (Paneka) v. 135

April 8 Confirmation Class 7 (Spiritual Gifts)

April 10 Tuesday Outreach Night (5 – 6 PM)

April 15 Tzade: You are righteous, O Lord (tzadik) v. 137

April 29 Kof: I call with my whole heart (karati) v. 145

May 6 Confirmation Class 8 (Testimonies)

May 8 Tuesday Outreach Night (5 – 6 PM)

May 13 Mother’s Day Break: Resh: Your compassion is great (rabim) v. 156

May 20 Sin and Shin: Seven times a day do I praise you (sheva) v. 164

May 27 Tav: I am still prone to wander (taiti) v. 176

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Guide to Holy Week (2017)

•April 8, 2017 • Leave a Comment

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Palm Sunday is the first day of Holy Week, named after the palms that were used like confetti when Jesus entered Jerusalem on a donkey. On this day, we carry palms and shout, “Hosanna!” which means “Save!” or “Saviour” to commemorate Jesus’s Triumphal Entry. Palm Sunday is also called Passion Sunday because we read the account of Christ’s suffering from either Matthew, Mark or Luke. This year (Year A), we read from Matthew.

Holy Monday is the second day of Holy Week. Eastern Orthodox Christians call this day “Great Monday” and commemorate the cursing of the fig tree (Matt 21:18-22) while Roman Catholics and Anglicans read about the Anointing of Jesus by Mary as told by John (12:1-11). This is a good day to eat a Fig Newton or sit in meditative silence at the Simply Meditation gathering at Redeemer at 6 PM.

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Holy Tuesday is the third day of Holy Week. Eastern Orthodox Christians call this day “Great Tuesday” and read the parable of the ten virgins  (Matt 25:1-13) while most Roman Catholics and Anglicans read about Jesus foretelling his death when he said, “Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit” (John 12:24). This is a good day to plant a seed by serving the poor at the Marin Interfaith Street Chaplaincy’s Wellness Gathering (5 – 6 pm on Holy Tuesday at First Presbyterian Church in San Rafael). It is also a good day to walk the Glenwood Prayer Labyrinth under the full moon.

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Spy Wednesday is the fourth day of Holy Week. Holy Wednesday is sometimes called “Spy Wednesday” as a reference to the betrayal of Jesus by Judas Iscariot. Many Christians observe Spy Wednesday by attending a service called Tenebrae, which is Latin for darknessDuring the Tenebrae service, all the candles on the altar and in the church are gradually extinguished until there is complete darkness. At the moment of darkness, a loud clashing sound called the “strepitus” is made, recalling the earthquake after Jesus’ death.

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The Holy Triduum or Paschal Triduum begins on the evening of Maundy Thursday. This day commemorates the night that Jesus celebrated the Jewish holiday of Passover with his disciples. Jewish people continue to celebrate Passover today, commemorating the liberation of the Hebrew people from slavery in Egypt. They eat unleavened bread, charoset, bitter herbs, eggs, lamb, and more. Each item of food has spiritual and historical signifance. For instance, the charoset represents the mortar that the Hebrew slaves used while in Egypt.

On the night, Jesus celebrated Passover with his disciples, he gave a new mandatum (which is Latin for command): “That you love one another as I have loved you” (John 13:34). One way we follow this command is by washing one another’s feet just as Christ washed his disciples’ feet. Also, in medieval England, generous people would follow the mandatum by carrying around purses full of money called “maundy purses” and give them to the poor. Finally, Jesus instituted the sacrament of the Eucharist on Maundy Thursday, a sacrament that nourishes us spiritually so that we can continue to follow his mandatum. We celebrate the Eucharist on Maundy Thursday and then strip the altar because no Eucharist is to be celebrated on…

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Good Friday, when we remember the crucifixion and death of Christ. We commemorate this central event by praying the 14 Stations of the Cross or listening to the seven last words of Christ or venerating the Cross or following the Good Friday service in the Book of Common Prayer or a combination of all four.

Holy Saturday is the last day of Holy Week and has been called “Black Saturday,” “the Saturday of Light,” “Joyous Saturday”, “Great Sabbath” and “Easter Eve.” This day commemorates the burial of Jesus. On Saturday night, Christians participate in the most important ritual of the year: the Easter VigilDuring this service, new Christians are baptized and we once again sing “Alleluia” as we begin to celebrate the resurrection, a celebration that lasts 50 days, starting officially on Easter Sunday, when we hide candy-filled Easter eggs!

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Stop Hunger Now

•January 5, 2017 • Leave a Comment

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MEYG will be participating in STOP HUNGER NOW  at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church located at 1123 Court Street in downtown San Rafael on Sunday January 22. Set up starts at 12 noon and meal packing begins at 1:00 pm. Please arrive no later than 12:45 in order to set up, get your assignment and meet your teammates.

Stop Hunger Now is an organization that gets food to the world’s most vulnerable people and works to end global hunger in our lifetime. Established in 1998, they have provided over 225 million meals in 74 countries.

Meal packing events are the heart of their work and we will be participating in one on January 22, 2017.

Every week, volunteers package millions of meals through Stop Hunger Now’s meal packaging program. This week alone, more than 2 million meals will be packaged around the globe. Plus, just one Stop Hunger Now package can feed six people – a short time commitment from volunteers makes a big impact.

Before our event, we will set up supplies, recycling areas, packaging materials and weigh stations. Once an assembly line is established and specific volunteer jobs are assigned, the packaging fun begins!

Working together in teams in a fun atmosphere we will package 10,000 meals in only two hours.
The parishioners of St Paul’s – San Rafael, Nativity – Marinwood, St Francis – Novato and Redeemer – San Rafael are invited to participate.

Children 10 years and older can help too. But that’s not all! Family, friends, and neighbors are also invited.

All participants will be asked to sign up in advance. If you have questions, please call Carol Ann at Redeemer (415) 459-8717.

 

Youth Gleaning at Green Gulch Zen Center

•September 25, 2016 • Leave a Comment

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