"Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said, This is of a truth that prophet that should come into the world."
Fr. Dennis began his sermon this week by reviewing some of the traditional names and reasons for the names of the Fourth Sunday in Lent including "Refreshment Sunday", "Rose Sunday" and "Mothering Sunday". The Gospel for Lent IV is one of the four biblical accountants of the miraculous Feeding of the Five Thousand. This event has at least four themes including that Jesus Christ has power over natural elements and Christ's concern for human need. However, in this sermon Fr. Dennis focused on the Messianic theme and the idea of spiritual nourishment from Christ - the Bread from Heaven. One of the great purposes of Lent is our more deliberate hearing and obeying Jesus as the greatest prophet and Messianic king. Emphasizing spiritual nourishment is another central concern of Lent. We feed on Christ in three main ways: through Word, through Sacrament, and through prayer. During Lent many Christians focus on devotional preparations and spiritual disciplines with renewed dedication. Fr. Dennis closed his sermon by reminding us that Lent is not just about our efforts. Lent is about focusing on Jesus, the great prophet, priest and king. As we seek to follow Christ, we depend upon His spiritual nourishment. Jesus Christ is the Good Shepherd who feeds His flock. He is the Bread of Heaven who nourishes and gives life to our souls. So let us be more receptive to Christ who comes to us in Word, in Sacrament, and in Christ -centered prayer.
Thank you Fr. Dennis for the very thoughtful sermon.
We welcomed back Mike as server this Sunday for the first time since his surgery! It was wonderful to see him vested and serving!
After services we enjoyed a delicious pot luck luncheon! Thank you to everyone who brought food! Sadly I forgot to take pictures - again.
Fr. Dennis continued the Confirmation classes reviewing the history of the Anglican Church up through the death of Queen Elizabeth I. The next Confirmation class is scheduled for Sunday, April 2 at 10 am. Everyone is invited to attend these classes! Thank you Fr. Dennis for these very informative lessons!
On the Sundays Fr. Dennis is not with us, Sue will lead a short Prayer Meeting downstairs starting at 10:30.
Next Sunday, March 26, St. Peter's welcomes the Rev. Canon Robert Hawkins for Holy Communion services. Canon Bob was previously the Vicar General for the APA Diocese of the West but has recently moved to Knoxville and attends Holy Cross in Farragut. He has agreed to periodically lead Holy Communion services at St. Peters. We very much look forward to meeting and getting to know him!
For Easter we will be decorating our altar with Easter Lilies. Please let Earl or Rose Marie know if you would like to purchase an Easter Lily in memory of a loved one. Please provide the number of lilies you wish to purchase along with the names of your loved ones. The lilies are $10 a piece.
The schedule for Holy Week is as follows:
Palm Sunday, April 2, 11 am, Fr. Dennis
Good Friday, April 7, noon
Quiet meditation and prayer time
Sat., April 8, 1-3 pm
Earl will open the church
Easter Sunday, April 9, 11 am,
Our next Women's Bible Study meeting is at the church on Wednesday, March 22 at 11 am . Please remember to bring the book, your bible, and a lunch!
At last week's meeting we chose "The First 24" for our next study guide. This is an in depth study of Mark 1:21-45 - the first 24 hours of Jesus' public ministry. The guide is available on Amazon.
Sue continues to lead our weekly online prayer group on Discord every Thursday at 2 pm. Thank you so much Sue for taking the time each week to lead our prayers! If you have a special prayer request but cannot join us, please send your request to Sue. Please contact me if you would like to join us on Discord.
The Lenten Devotional created by our Deanery is now available at the following link:.