What’s happening at St. John’s this week:

Palm Sunday Services:

  • 8 a.m. will begin in the narthex for The Blessing of the Palms. The Blessed Palms will then be distributed to those gathered and all will process into the church up the aisle leading to the small altar.
  •  10 a.m. Service begins in the Gym for those who wish to participate in the Blessing of the Palms and the long processional into the church.  Those who wish to go directly into church will receive previously Blessed Palms as they enter the worship space.

Blessings and Dismissals are omitted for these services.  Palm Sunday Services are continued with observance of Holy Week Services. Following both services all will be asked to leave quietly. You are invited to remain for prayer and meditation and leave as you wish.

Adult Ed this Sunday: Phyllis Goff is bringing the playwright and the Education Director for Penumbra! “In 1957, Americans were falling in love to the sweet sounds of Nat “King” Cole. His carefully manicured image distracted an entire generation of white viewers from the reality of racial violence raging in the streets. Still, Cole believed that with enough talent and persistence he would be judged on the content of his character as opposed to the color of his skin. Join us for an intimate portrait of one man, his music, and the dreams of a nation. After its premiere at Penumbra, I Wish You Love will be presented at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. from June 11 through June 19, 2011.”

Good Friday Services are different!  First Service is 12 Noon to 1 p.m. (approximately).  This is not a three hour service.  Second Service is 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.

The Great Vigil of Easter:  Saturday, April 23, 7 p.m. begins on the steps outside the glass doors (weather permitting!).  Please join in this wonderful service of Bible stories, music, the lighting of the Paschal candle, the First Eucharist of Easter and two baptisms.  It is a service for all ages with a reception following.

Easter Sunday Services Rite II 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.: There are several reasons why the use of Rite II is preferable on Easter Sunday.  Easter is the most High Holy Day of the Church Calendar.  It is also the day when the most number of visitors are likely to be present. Some of those visitors may not be familiar with our liturgy; some may be new to worship altogether.  It is important to make the services accessible. The use of familiar language, hearing beautiful and uplifting music will accomplish a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The celebrant will shout:  Alleluia! Christ has risen!  And the people will respond:  The Lord has risen indeed!  Alleluia!  The use of Eucharistic Prayer B which states, “In him (meaning Jesus) you (meaning God) have delivered us from evil, and made us worthy to stand before you.”  Therefore, everyone will be invited to remain standing during the Eucharistic prayer. The tradition of standing during Eastertide can be traced back to the Council of Nicaea’s prohibition on kneeling in 325 A.D.

All Parish Photo Shoot – following the 10 a.m. Easter Sunday service on the steps outside the church on Portland Ave.  There will be refreshments downstairs afterward!

Youth Group FundraisersStrudels and Spring Annuals!

  • Fruit Strudels and Savory Strudels.  The fruit strudels are $15 each and the Savory Strudels are $20 each.  The sale ends this Sunday, April 17 in the Undercroft!  All proceeds go to fund the Youth Group’s Mission Trips.  Want to know about their Mission Trips?  Ask them.
  • Spring Annuals!   You can pick up an order form on Sunday from Jean Hansen or a member of the youth group.  Orders are due to Jean Hansen by Sunday, May 8.  Plants will be available for pick up on Saturday, May 14 after noon and Sunday, May 15 in the gym.

Confirmation – On Sunday, May 1st four of our youth, along with several youth from our companion parish Holy Apostles will be confirmed by Bishop Brian Prior at Holy Apostles. All are invited and encouraged to attend.

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and right doing there is a field … I’ll meet you there … -Rumi

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