This Week at St. John’s:

 

LOST! Please help.  Have you seen Jada??? Jada is a black Labrador Retriever mix, 4 years old, and weighs 65 pounds. She was last seen on Friday April 29th. She is wearing a green, red, and black collar and is micro chipped. Jada is very friendly and will seek out companionship. Please call Catherine at 651-330-7090; Reward if found. Jada belongs to Catherine and Marc are new members to St. John’s and live in the neighborhood.

The Episcopal Church Homes Adopt-A-Household: St. John’s has adopted May House. There are about 15 residents and Sunday at 2 p.m. all are invited to join to gather for the purpose of potting plants together for the residents to have in their rooms. University is under construction but the entrance to the Church Homes is still available.

Youth Group Annual Sale of Spring Annuals/Plants – For those of you who have ordered your plants you may pick them up either on Saturday, May 14 or Sunday, May 15 in the gym. Forgot to order plants?  Check with Jean Hansen to see if there are extras you might buy on the spot!  Remember:  All proceeds go to help fund the Youth Group’s Mission Trip.

Evensong! Sunday at 4 p.m. – The St. John’s Choir will be presenting an Easter Evensong this Sunday afternoon. For those who frequent these events you know what a wonderful experience it is to hear music by such accomplished musicians. The Utrecht Te Deum by G.F. Handel for chorus and soloists, with orchestra followed by a festive reception. Don’t miss it!  Bring your friends and neighbors.

 

Alleluia! Christ is risen! The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia!

Easter isn’t just one day.  It is a liturgical season to be celebrated for 50 days through the Day of Pentecost. Alleluia! Christ is risen! The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia!  Every service will open with these words of exclamation.

It is the church’s most ancient and most beautiful season. Each year we have Eastertide-50 days to sing alleluia, 50 days to live as if God’s rule of justice and peace were fully with us.

During Eastertide the church reads through the Acts of the Apostles, which is the sequel to Luke’s gospel. This book is a kind of family history of the first Christians. John’s gospel is also read during Eastertide except on the Third Sunday of Easter when the gospel from Luke was read.

Throughout these 50 days, the paschal candle burns brightly in church. The candle is a symbol of the risen body of Christ and the fire of the Spirit. During the rest of the year the candle is kept near the baptismal font to be brought forward and lit during baptisms and funerals. The newly baptized receive candles lighted from the paschal candle.  During funerals it is lit and placed near the coffin or urn to symbolize the light of Easter shining on the dead.

During Eastertide we are challenged to remain standing during the Eucharistic Prayers. “The Council of Nicea (c.325) prescribed that, on Sundays and during the Easter Season, prayers should always be said standing, rather than while kneeling…” In a congregation where kneeling is the custom it is sometimes difficult to make such a drastic change, however, you are welcome to either stand or kneel.  The rubrics of the Book of Common Prayer indicate that either is acceptable.

The Confession of Sin is also omitted during Eastertide.

Alleluia! Christ is risen! The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia!

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