Alleluia. Christ is risen. The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia.
Easter lasts fifty days, until Pentecost. Keep celebrating!
Here are the announcements:
- Narnia Book Group
- Regional Ministry Network Meeting
- Bible Study
- Bishop’s Visitation
- Music Ministry Invitation
- Christian Practices – Baptism (1)
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NEXT WEEK: Bishop’s Visitation - on Sunday, April 25 Bishop Carlye Hughes will make her first official visitation to All Saints’ at our 10am Zoom service, followed by a conversation with her at coffee hour. A Zoom visitation will be a novelty for us, but Bishop Hughes has been doing them this way for a year and is now expert at it! She will preach and lead worship. She will then meet with the Vestry after coffee hour. Please plan to be with us next week.
Sunday - Narnia Book Group: The Silver Chair, Chapters 13 & 14 - this group meets on Zoom Sunday afternoons at 4:00 pm. To join, please email Mother Vicki at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Regional Ministry Network Meeting: Tuesday, April 20, 6:30-8:30 pm on Zoom - This spring Bishop Hughes is hosting informational and conversational meetings for each of the eight Regional Ministry Networks of the Diocese of Newark and you are all invited.
These meetings are an opportunity not only to hear from Bishop Hughes, but also to have some conversation in smaller break-out groups with people from other parishes in our region and talk with them about joys and challenges we may have in common – particularly in this time of pandemic.
Our Regional Ministry Network is the Harriet Tubman group (South West part of the Diocese). This includes the following churches: St. Peter's, Morristown; Christ Church, Budd Lake; Messiah, Chester; St. John's Church / La Iglesia de San Juan, Dover; St. James', Hackettstown; St. Luke and St. Mary, Hope and Belvidere; St. Mark's, Mendham; All Saints', Millington; Redeemer, Morristown; St. Peter's, Mount Arlington; St. Luke's, Phillipsburg; St. Dunstan's, Succasunna; St. Peter's, Washington.
Registration is not required. For the Zoom link please e-mail email@example.com.
Bible Study is on Wednesdays at 10:15am. During Easter season we are reading and discussing Jesus’ “Sermon on the Mount” - Matthew 5-7. This week’s passage is Matthew 5:13-20. It’s a great way to get started with Bible study and Scripture reading and conversation. To participate in this Zoom class, or if you have questions, please e-mail Mother Vicki.
All Saints’ Music Ministry (adults and children) always welcome new members - anyone who loves to sing or play an instrument. For more information contact Alison Siener Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Voice, our diocesan newsletter, is linked below.
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Parish Schedule this Week
Sunday Worship – 10:00 am; Zoom, posted later to YouTube and our website
Narnia Book Group - Sun, 4:00 pm; Zoom
Compline - daily, 9:30 pm; Facebook Live
Regional Ministry Network Meeting – Tues, 6:30 pm; Zoom
Vestry - Tuesday 7:15 pm; Zoom
Bible Study - Wed, 10:15 pm; Zoom
Office Angels - Thu, 11:00 am; Zoom
Junior Choir – Thu, 5:30 pm; Zoom
Adult Choir - Thu, 7:30 pm; Zoom
Parish Office - Mon & Thu, 10:00 am-5:00 pm (usual hours).
Please call ahead if you need to do in-person parish business.
Christian Practices ~ Holy Baptism (1)
In my sermon last week (Easter 2, April 11) I spoke about the need for All Saints’ parish (any Christian church, really) to be a community faith in Christ that is gathered around font and altar, Baptism and Eucharist, and in conversation with the Scriptures. This is particularly important as we look ahead to gathering in person once again for worship and fellowship; however gradually that will take place.
We need to make sure our fundamentals and our foundation are strong if we are going to be the Christian community that God wants us to be. In this Easter season I will be offering a reflection on Baptism each week, referring to the Catechism in the Book of Common Prayer (page 858). These reflections are meant to be a springboard and an invitation to your own thinking, wondering, and praying – not the last word “from on high”! I hope they will be an opportunity for blessing and grace; perhaps even “spark joy”. ~ VGM+
From the Catechism
Q. What is Holy Baptism?
A. Holy Baptism is the sacrament by which God adopts us as his children and makes us members of Christ’s Body, the Church, and inheritors of the kingdom of God.
Baptism is our starting point for life as Christian people. It is the way we mark a formal commitment to living in the Way of Jesus, an initiation into being a member of the Body of Christ.
But this initiation and membership is not like joining a social club or a service organization or a sports league. It is much more like becoming part of family that is brand-new to us.
In baptism we are adopted as God’s children and given a new identity – that of “Christian”. In some cultures, newly-baptized people even take on the name of a saint or Biblical character to express their new identity.
The meaning, purpose, and nature of our new Christian identity is revealed and grows over time as we open ourselves to God’s grace working in us and among us as a community.
Thought to ponder: How is your experience of being part of this family of Christ (All Saints’ or the Church in general) similar to your experience of your family of birth or choice? How is it different? How do you experience God’s love in each?