Greetings to you all on another gray day. Thanks be to God for the much-needed moisture these past few weeks.
We have had several parishioners in the hospital, or sick and homebound over the past few weeks. Please continue to pray for the health of everyone in our parish, and the recovery of those who are hospitalized or homebound.
This coming Sunday will probably be the final lesson in this current section of Christian Education. During Eastertide, we will be exploring the 39-Articles of Religion and be digging deeper into their meaning, what they tell us today, and their importance for Anglicanism in America and the world.
We have been enjoying Evensong, fellowship, soup, and learning on Wednesday nights. This coming week is the final of our Lenten segment. Please remember to bring your Bible again, and if you have time, please read Revelation 21 and 22. We will be continuing the conversation we had last night, and discussing the resurrection and new creation that we look forward.
The on-site brunch will be March 25th after church; we'll be enjoying pulled pork and other tasty treats.
Holy Week is Coming!
Holy Week starts March 25 with Palm Sunday. Please try to arrive on time as we will be gathering outside and blessing the palms. We will then process in together, singing All Glory, Laud, and honor, and then join together at the Lord's table for Holy Communion. Palm Sunday should be a beautiful time of worship.
Holy Week will be filled with services to help prepare our hearts and minds for the remembrance of the crucifixion of Christ on Good Friday and His glorious resurrection on Sunday. Monday through Friday we will have Morning Prayer at 8:30 am.
Wednesday night at 6 pm we will have a service of Tenebrae
Thursday night at 6 pm the remembrance of the institution of the Lord's Supper and the Maundy.
Friday at 11:30 am we will start our remembrance of the crucifixion of Christ.
Saturday at 6:50 we will start the Vigil of Easter.
Sunday, April 1st we will celebrate the resurrection of Christ.
Book and Bake Sale
The ladies guild is planning an exciting fundraiser with books, DVDs, vinyl records, and of course delicious baked treats all on sale. Please bring in any used books, DVDs, records or CDs that you are no longer using and would like to donate.
The sale will be held April 6 & 7 in the parish hall. Please see Holly or other members of the Ladies Guild if you need more information about this fundraiser.
This one thing I do
The past week or so Philippians 3:13 has stuck in my head: "I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before." St. Paul is writing to the Philippian Christian about straining towards the goal of the prize that is Christ. This is, of course, the call of all Christians that we would strive towards a deeper and fuller life in Christ daily.
As we enter into the final weeks of Lent, where we have practiced putting off our own desired and putting on the will of God, we remember this passionate call of the saint - that we are to strive for this one thing. Let our hearts and minds be ever conforming to the desire to glorify God, through Christ in all we do.
Fr. Ian Emile Dunn
All Saints Anglican Church