“Easter is the greatest feast, the feast of feasts, and is celebrated not only for a day or an octave of days, but for seven times seven plus one.” That Easter in its fullness consists of fifty days is no accident. For it is based on the great Jewish festival of fifty days that began with the opening of the harvest season two days after the start of Passover and extended until the Day of Pentecost. …
Hosanna is an ancient Hebrew exclamation which basically means, “save us!” The word Hosanna appears in psalm 118 verse 25, “Save us, we pray, O LORD! O LORD, we pray give us success!” This psalm was sung in Jerusalem during Passover with people waving palm branches as sings of victory and joy. …
The passion begins. Ironically, the journey toward the most intense suffering is launched at the moment of greatest accolade. This is always the insidious deception associated at times with human approval. It is often fickle, shallow and insincere. Perhaps the Jubilation of Palm Sunday was not insincere. …
Sunday School: The Adult & Children Sunday School classes meet each Sunday at 9:15 a.m. The adult class is currently studying the Pentateuch (the first five Books of the Bible).
Choir Practice: The choir practices every Sunday after the 10:30 a.m. Mass.
Wednesday Evening Service: Holy Eucharist with Unction for Healing at 6:30 p.m. followed by a study on the History of the Church (will resume April 15).
Women of the Church: Monthly meeting will be held this Wednesday April 1 at 1:00 p.m.
OSL: Monthly meeting will be held on April 12 at 12:15 p.m.
Vestry Meeting: Monthly meeting will be held on April 19 at 12:15 p.m.
“Renewal of worship has rediscovered the value and significance of the Easter Season. Easter is not just “Easter Day,” it is the fifty days from Easter Day until the Day of Pentecost. During this season, Sundays might be better named ‘of Easter’ rather than ‘after Easter’ (‘The Third Sunday after Easter,’ for example, is better termed ‘The Fourth Sunday of Easter’). …
Easter Lilies: Easter flower envelopes are now on the table at the back of the nave and on the table in the parish hall. If you would like to have lilies placed in the church for Easter this year in honor or memory of someone, please fill out the envelope and place it in the offering plate or return it to the parish office.
Pot-Luck Lunch: We will have a “Fifth Sunday Pot-Luck Lunch” on Palm Sunday March 29. Please make plans to join us for this great time of fellowship and bring your favorite dish! (Remember that the Lenten Fast does not apply to Sundays.)
Parish Work Days: There are two parish work days coming up. On Saturday, March 28, there will be a parish workday in order to prepare the parish building, grounds, and altar for Palm Sunday beginning at 10:00 a.m. Then on Saturday, April 4, there will be a parish workday in order to prepare the parish building, grounds, and altar ready for Easter beginning at 10:00 a.m. All parishioners are encouraged to help out as they are able on these days.
Acolyte and Lay Servers Training/Rehearsal: On Saturday, March 28, there will be an important training/rehearsal for acolytes and lay servers in preparation of the Palm Sunday Liturgy beginning at 9:00 a.m. Then on Saturday, April 4, there will be an important training/rehearsal for acolytes and lay servers in preparation of the Easter Vigil Liturgy Easter Day services beginning at 9:00 a.m.
The Vigil at the Altar of Repose: We will keep the vigil beginning at 8:00 p.m. on Maundy Thursday (April 2) and continuing until 7:00 p.m. on Good Friday (April 3). Parishioners volunteer for one hour blocks in remembrance of Jesus asking His disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane if they could not watch and pray with him for one hour. A sign-up sheet will be posted on the door of the chapel soon.
Special Women of the Church Mass and Luncheon: Good Shepherd’s Women of the Church will be hosting a lunch for St. John’s Women of the Church on April 14. Eucharist will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. and lunch will follow the service. Ladies please mark your calendars for this special event!