As March trods along and we become aware of the coming of spring, our minds may be given to recall the promise of the resurrection which we will celebrate in a few short weeks. For now, as we travel through Lent, we are reminded of our most profound need for Christ to penetrate every aspect of our life. The Lenten call isn't only to repent of sin, but that we may be growing in the goodness and mercy, we find in Christ. We are striving to learn to be ever more dependent upon him for our salvation and sustenance.
It has always been interesting to me how the seasons reflect life in Christ. The death we see in fall, the quietude and mystery of winter, and then new life, repeated throughout our lives work as a vivid reminder of how Christ is working in our hearts to recreate us in the image of God.
Soon, Holy Week will be upon us, and the church will be bustling with activity. I know there are a lot of services the week of March 25. In my walk with our Lord, I have found it helpful to participate in these services that look back at the final week of our Lord's life before His Crucifixion. While you may not be able to attend them all, if you can it helps to start to in the experience of the great longing that the apostles felt and which we feel when we want to be in deeper communion with our Lord. So if you can, try to set aside some time for delving into the final week of Christ's life.
Saturday, March 10
The men's and women's bible study will be meeting at the church at 9 am this Saturday. There will be tasty treats and good conversation. Both groups are studying the Essential 100 Bible Passages. Our goal is to gain a deeper understanding of who our Lord is.
Sundays March 11 and 18 - after Church
The next two Sundays we will gather briefly after church to practice the processional hymn for Palm Sunday which we will be singing acapella as we process in from the parking lot, where we'll be blessing the palms.
If you can spare a few minutes, please stick around immediately after the church so we can become familiar with the hymn. It is an easy one and should be no problem to learn.
Wednesday Soup Suppers
Thanks to everyone who has shown up and made soup for the soup suppers! I think they've been a great time of fellowship and learning. Next week, we will continue our study in Genesis 1-3. Please bring your Bible so we can refer to it as we learn and grow in our understanding of who humanity was meant to be, and the effects of sin and the fall.
Please remember the Anglican Province of American's Lenten Appeal! The Bishop is asking that every member try to set aside $1.50 a day throughout Lent. The goal is to raise $150,000 to build a school in India. This would be the second school that the APA has helped sponsor the construction for. You can find out more information here.
Holy Week Schedule
We will have the following special services in Holy Week:
Wednesday, March 28 - Tenebrae - 6 pm
Thursday, March 29 - Maundy Thursday - 6 pm
Friday, March 30 - Good Friday - Holy Communion - 11:30 am
The church will be open from 11:30 am - 3 pm for prayer
Saturday, March 31 - Holy Saturday - Vigil - 6:50 pm.
Book and Bake sale is coming up!
Please remember to bring your used books in for our upcoming book sale and if you're a baker start baking some delicious baked goods. The ladies will be hosting a book and bake sale in early April.
Thank you to everyone for your hard work done to the Glory of God. May we ever be striving to be a faithful witness in the Prescott area community.
Be well, and as always, I look forward to seeing you all Sunday.
Fr. Ian Emile Dunn
All Saints Anglican Church