Lenten Soup Supper and Study Series, 4 Wednesdays, 6:00 pm, beginning Mar 15 through April 5, more on the Gospel of John ( begun during Epiphany) using the study “Unusual Healings” written by Adam Thomas, with DVD presentations and readings.
On Palm Sunday (09 April) Christians celebrate the triumphal entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem, the week before his death and resurrection. . The Bible reveals that when Jesus entered Jerusalem, the crowds greeted him by waving palm branches and covering his path with them, which we commemorate by waving palm branches of our own. On that day St John’s will have its usual services; 8:00 and 10:00 am. Each service will have the Palm Sunday Procession & Reading of the Passion Gospel with Eucharist. Palm Sunday, often referred to as “Passion Sunday,” marks the beginning of Holy Week, which concludes on Easter Sunday.
The Rev. Eliza Linley and The Rev. Mary Lou McKenney of our suppporting clergy will be in charge.
Maundy Thursday (13 April) commemorates Jesus Christ’s institution of the Eucharist during the Last Supper, which is described in the Christian Bible. St. John’s will have a Maundy Thursday evening service at 7:00 pm. Eucharist and the washing of feet are part of the service.
The day is also known as Holy Thursday, Passion Thursday, Paschal Thursday or Sheer (or Shere) Thursday. It is the Christian feast or holy day falling on the Thursday before Easter that commemorates the Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles as described in the Canonical gospels. It is the fifth day of Holy Week.
Good Friday (14 April) commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary. The holiday is observed on the sixth day of Holy Week. From 12:00 to 3:00 pm, we have lay members witnessing to the Seven Last Words of Christ as they have experienced in their lives. The day is also known as Holy Friday, Great Friday or Black Friday
The Great Vigil of Easter is Saturday, April 15, 7:45 pm, the evening before Easter. A new fire is kindled outside and from it the Great Paschal Candle and then individual candles are lit. “We await our Master’s return with our lamps full and burning” (Luke 12:35ff). We go into the church with our candles. The great and ancient hymn The Exsultet is sung, the sweeping story of salvation history is recounted. Then the Resurrection of Jesus is proclaimed (loudly!) with the ringing of bells.
The Rev John Duncan of our supporting clergy will be in charge.
On Easter Sunday (16 April):
Easter Service is at 8:00 am.
Easter Choral Service is at 10:00 am. The festive Easter Service celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ in liturgy and music.
Our tradition is to bring bells to ring during the alleluias. We will also bring our Alleluia Banner out from its burial spot and proudly display it.
Special music this year: A special prelude beginninng at 9:30 and a special postlude after the service will be provided by special guest, internationally reknowned recorder player , Claudia Liliana Gantivar, and Mélodie Michel, on bassoon, and will feature music by Frescobaldi and our own Nico Canzano.
A festive Easter Coffee Hour and our annual parish children’s Easter Egg Hunt round out the special events of the day.
FAREWELL TO MERRITT
Merritt’s last Sunday will be April 2, the last Sunday in Lent, and a Carolina Barbeque is being planned for lunch after the 10 o’clock service. Jon Showalter is the barbeque and sauce master, there are sign up sheets for sides and cornbread. Dessert provided. Mark your calendars now so we can have a big
turnout to thank him for his service and wish him well. If you have questions about a farewell gift to him, talk to Bill Kell.
Feast@Five – First Sunday of the month
On the first Sunday of every month St. John’s will have a family oriented service and pot-luck at 5:00 pm.
9:00-9:45 on the second, third and fourth Sundays of the month.
The discussions will be on current topics, the days readings or other topics. Most will be Bible based discussions. Coffee is available.