I hope and pray that all of your Holy Week observances are blessed, and you are drawing near to the Lord remember that Christ has died, Christ is risen, and Christ will come again.
Someone said the other day that it felt like Lent just dragged on and on this year. For me, it was the opposite. It seemed as though yesterday was Ash Wednesday and now, somehow, tonight is Maundy Thursday.
Thank you to everyone who came out last night for Tenebrae. I was pleased so many were able to attend. Thank you also to all the ladies, lead Bea Crites, who are working with fervor to make our church so beautiful through this solemn season. Thank you also to Bebe May who brought us a bountiful supply of Palms for last Sunday. Receiving Palms from someone's property is a new thing for me.
Our heavy Holy Week schedule continues.
Tonight at 6 pm is our Maundy Service Holy Communion.
Tomorrow at 8:30 am is Morning Prayer. At 11:30 am we'll gather for a remembrance of Good Friday, with Holy Communion from the reserve. Following the service, the church will remain open until 3 pm for prayer and reflection.
Saturday at 6:50 pm (Sunset) we will observe the Easter Vigil.
Our celebration of Easter will be at 10 am on Sunday.
You still have time to bring lilies if you would like! Please try to have them her no later than Holy Saturday, March 31st.
The Week of April 1
There will be no Morning Prayer next week, and the office will be closed from Monday until Wednesday afternoon. I will be taking a small holiday. I will be relatively nearby, so feel free to call if there is an emergency.
Christian Education will resume on April 8 at 9 am. We will be investigating and discussing the 39 Articles of Religion.
We will continue to hold Evensong on Wednesday evenings. In a few weeks, please pay attention to announcements. We will be going through an episodic documentary about being the church. The authors of the video attempt to struggle with the question of what it means to be in the world, but not of it. I was impressed with both the beauty of the film and the depth they dug into these questions. I would encourage as many people as are able, to attend.
Book and Bake Sale!
If you haven't already marked your calendar; do it now! The ladies guild will be hosting a Book and Bake Sale on April 6-7. If you're looking to declutter your house bring in your books, vinyl records, CDs, DVDs, board games, and, of course, delicious baked goods.
I generally have a bad attitude about Chrisitan musicians, but there are some notable exceptions to this. One is the Artist Andrew Peterson. I believe he attends an Anglican church in his hometown of Nashville, TN. His most recent Album is Resurrection Letters: Prologue. The songs are meditations on Holy Week. The final song is called "God Rested." Until I heard this song, it had never occurred to me that Christ's full day of being in the tomb was the Sabbath.
I spent a fair amount of time thinking about this throughout Lent until it clicked - even in His death Christ perfectly fulfilled the Law. In all that Christ did, he lived and died perfectly.
We often find ourselves struggling for answers, struggling in our valley of the shadow of death. Remember the model we have in Christ - instead, let us rest in the assurance that our Lord is good, and persevere, for He is a good and merciful God.
Be well this Holy week dear friends, I count myself as blessed to be able to travel through this time of profound mystery and goodness with all of you.
Fr. Ian Emile Dunn
All Saints Anglican Church