"For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: how much more shall the blood of Christ"
Fr. Scott's sermon on Passion Sunday discussed why all the events surrounding Jesus' death and resurrection had to happen. He focused on answering the question of why did the Son of God come down to earth, take on human flesh, spend 33 years walking the earth, and ultimately die on the cross. Fr. Scott started with sin entering the world and the resulting separation of God and His creation. How does God solve this problem and heal a broken world?
Please listen to his sermon at the following link starting at the 22:35 minute mark as he discusses God's plan:
Thank you Fr. Scott for the interesting and enlightening sermon!
Fr. Scott concluded his series of Lenten Confirmation Classes during the usual Christian Education time. Through out Lent he used this time for teaching and reviewing the information needed for confirmation. This Sunday he reviewed the layout of the church, the setting up of the altar for Holy Communion, and the vestments worn by priests.
Christian Education will resume at 10 am on Sunday May 1. Christian Education classes are NOT scheduled for the remainder of April due to Palm Sunday celebrations (April 10), Easter Sunday celebrations (April 17), and the Bishop's visit (April 24).
After services Claudia, Rose Marie, Deborah, and Teresa served a wonderful lunch of BBQ meatballs, baked beans, several cheeses with crackers, salad, hoagie sandwiches, and Claudia's homemade German Chocolate Cake!
Thank you so much for all the wonderful food!!
Earlier this week Matt, Mike, and Taylor erected the post for our new sign in front of the church. The post hole was five feet deep and the post was cemented in place!
View from the other side. I can't wait to see the completed project with a painted post and erected sign! Thank you all so much for all your hard work!
We are opening the church every Friday evening in Lent for a Stations of the Cross service followed by a light dinner. Diane and I led our weekly service this past Friday. We used a version of the Stations of the Cross from the Diocese of Ossory in Ireland. The readings included a description of the events at each station, thoughts on how these events can be seen in today's world, and a short prayer.
Diane and I served a light dinner of navy beans, corn bread, salad, and Diane's extra good oreo/vanilla pudding dessert!
We have one more Stations of the Cross service scheduled on Friday April 8 at 5 pm followed by a light meal. Fr. Scott will lead this last service.
In preparation for the events coming up during Holy Week, on Easter and during the Bishop's visit, we have scheduled two cleaning days:
Indoor cleaning, April 7, 10 am
A thorough and deep
cleaning of both upstairs
Outside yard work, April 9, 10 am
-spring yard work (weeding,
hedge trimming, etc)
-trash pickup around property
On this day we will also decorate for
Palm Sunday & fold palm crosses.
All help is welcome! Please join us as we prepare our beautiful church!
Fr. Scott and the Mission Committee have completed the schedule for April including Holy Week and Bishop Jones' upcoming visit. What a busy month!
Palm Sunday, April 10, 11 am
No Sunday School
Liturgy of the Palms
Narrative Gospel reading
Hot Cross Buns after service
Maundy Thurday, April 14, 6 pm
Institution of the Eucharist
Stripping of the Altar
Altar of Repose
Good Friday, April 15, 3 pm
Prayers for the World
Veneration of the Cross
Mass of the Presanctified
Easter Vigil, April 16, 9 pm
Blessing of the New Fire
Blessing of the Paschal Candle
Blessing of the Font
The Great Alleluia
Ringing of the Church Bells
(incense will be used)
Easter Sunday, April 17, 11 am
No Sunday School
Low Sunday, April 24, 11 am
Episcopal visit by Bp. Chad Jones
1 Baptism & 5 Confirmations!!
no Sunday School
Meal after service with the Bishop
(more info to come)