St. John’s Calendar Items:

Instructed Eucharist – This Sunday at the 10 a.m. service we will experience an Instructed Eucharist.  It will be a time to refresh old learning, incorporate new learning and perhaps even challenge us with questions we always wanted to ask but didn’t.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper – It’s that time again!  Also known as Fat Tuesday, March 8th will be the annual Pancake Supper provided by the youth group as a fundraiser for their upcoming events.  Bring the family, come alone, bring a friend, and just come!!  The tables will be set for you, whoever you are.  Need sugar free syrup?  Ok, it’ll be there for you.  6 p.m. Tuesday, March 8th in the gym.  See attached flyer too!

Good Friday will be different this year!!! – For those of you who are accustomed to a flexible service on Good Friday you will need to focus on times of these services:  12 Noon until 1 p.m.  It will be the Good Friday Liturgy as found in the Book of Common Prayer beginning on page 276. It consists of prayers, scripture readings, The Passion Gospel, and reflection.  For those who wish to remain there will be Eucharist from the Reserved Sacrament.

7 p.m. Good Friday Service – The Artaria Quartet will perform Joseph Haydn’s, The Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross.  (Die sieben letzten Worte unseres Erlösers am Kreuze) The service will begin and end with appropriate prayers with the whole of the evening centered on the sounds of this incredible composition.

Now for my letter:

I have this wonderful little calendar book with quotes from scripture and from important people. This week’s quote is from Myrtle Stanton, “God will mend a broken heart if you give Him all the pieces.” Mending that which is broken!  To mend doesn’t mean to make it as if it never happened. On the contrary, to mend is to make something usable again. All Harry Potter had to do was go to the infirmary were Madam Pompfrey could cast a spell to grow back all the bones in his arm.  He said the process hurt. But there were no after effects! His arm was new again without any signs of having been damaged. That’s not the way it works in real life. That’s fantasy. Mending is something that requires us to participate.

In last Sunday’s sermon I talked about the fact that when things seem to go awry I wonder, “Where is God?”  Without answering the question I proceeded to talk about our roles as the hands of God at work in the world about us. Now I want to answer the question. When things are going badly in my life, where is God?  God is there with me in the midst of the agony, the disappointment, the sadness, hurt, physical pain or loneliness. But because God made us to have free will it means that we are not puppets whose strings can be pulled to remove us from harm’s way. However, we are not alone. God is with us and with God’s help we can weather the storm, we can suffer the pain, and find that, although healed, we are marked by the experience.

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