This Sunday is the First Sunday in Lent. We’ll start both our services with praying the Great Litany. We’ll also be using Rite I version of the celebration of Holy Eucharist throughout Lent. Sunday is also the start of Daylight Saving Time – meaning that we all need to set our clocks ahead one hour before we go to bed Saturday night! This week’s announcements are below. Please take a look:
- Shop-Rite Presentation on Wednesday (Helping Hands)
- No Bible Study this Week & Family Gospel Box (Christian Formation)
- Chili Cook-off and Game Night (Prayer & a Party)
- Spiritual Gifts Lenten Program starts this week (Christian Formation)
Lenten Program: Discover Your Spiritual Gifts
Weds., March 13, 20, & April 3 – 7:00-8:30 pm in the Rath House. God gives us all gifts to use for God’s purposes and for the good of others. Come and find out what your spiritual gifts are and explore ways that you might use them. The last session will include Asset Mapping – a tool to discover and connect with assets in our wider community. Sign up on the sheet in the Narthex.
Lenten Devotional Reading - There is an assortment of Lenten booklets for daily reading in the basket in the Narthex. Our regular Forward Day by Day devotionals also have good Lenten reflections. These resources are free for the taking.
We also have a number of small books based on The Way of Love, the Episcopal set of Christian spiritual practices. Each book describes one practice: Turn-Learn-Pray-Worship-Bless-Go-Rest. Choose one that intrigues you, puzzles you, challenges you. Some of the titles won’t be available until a few weeks into the season; we’ll make them available as soon as they arrive. The cost of these books is $9.
Private Confession and Spiritual Conversation may be arranged by calling the Rector at 908-647-0067.
Spiritual Direction is also available with Sister Monica Clare or Sister Deborah Francis who worship with us. o speak with either of the Sisters, call the Convent of St. John Baptist: 973-543-4641.
PRAYER & A PARTY
Coming Soon! Sunday Night Supper: Chili Cook-Off & Game Night – March 31, 5 pm-7 pm in the Parish House Lower Room. Bring your best chili, cornbread, and favorite board game! For the whole family. A great time to have some fun and relaxation with your fellow parishioners. Sign up on the sheet in the Narthex and put it on your calendar...and bring a friend or neighbor! March 31st this year is Mid-Lent, our Sunday of Refreshment in our Lenten journey.
Thanks to everyone who helped with our Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper! We enjoyed welcoming our guests from the wider community, as well as spending fun time with fellow parishioners. And for next year...save your dried palms from Palm Sunday and bring them to Pancake Supper. We’ll have a “palm-fire”, burning the palms to make ashes for the next day’s Ash Wednesday service.
No Bible Study this week. We resume 3/20 at 10:15 am in the Rath House. We’ll be talking about Mark, Chapter 14.. Questions? Speak to Mother Vicki.
Narnia Book Club discussion of “The Magician’s Nephew” during coffee hour this morning! Brochures with a reading schedule are on the book case in our Narnia Corner near the choir stalls. You can also participate on-line via the One Parish/One Book group on All Saints’ Facebook page. Copies of the book are available there for $5. Speak to Alison Siener Brown or Mother Vicki if you have questions. Hope you’ll jump in and read with us!
Parents, Families, Kids...Adults, too! Our Christian Formation Team/Sunday School Teachers are trying something new: Next Sunday’s Gospel Box. Here’s how it works – read the Gospel passage for the coming Sunday as a family and talk about the question in the box (see below). The teachers will spend time with this question in Sunday School. Adults will also be more prepared to hear the Gospel as read on Sunday. And if you have to miss church, you can stay in sync with what Sunday School & worship are doing! The Gospel Box will be in each week’s announcements, and also texted to all parish families with kids.
Next Sunday’s Gospel Box: March 17, Lent 2 - Luke 13:31-35
Jesus describes himself as a mother hen trying to protect her chicks from a fox.
How does Jesus try to protect and shelter you? Do you cooperate, or do you run away?
THIS WEDNESDAY: Shop-Rite Donation – The Stirling Shop-Rite will present a check to All Saints’ for our food ministries in the community. This public presentation will take place in the store on March 13 at 10:30 am as part of their Partners in Caring awards. There will be press photos taken. Please plan to be there for the brief event and photos. Wear your All Saints’ polo shirt or a church apron. Thank you, Shop-Rite, for your generous support!
3/10 Narnia Discussion Parish Hall 11:15 am
Confirmation Class PH Lower Room 12:00 pm
3/12 Finance Committee Rath House 7:30 pm
3/13 Donation Presentation Shop-Rite 10:30 am
Spiritual Gifts Workshop Rath House 7:00 pm
3/14 HE & Healing Prayer Church 7:00 am
Junior Choir Choir Room 5:15 pm
Adult Choir Choir Room 7:30 pm
For a full schedule of our buildings check the website calendar www.allsaintsmillington.org.
The Great Litany is one of the most ancient prayers of the Church, dating back to the fifth century (in Latin) and was the first liturgical prayer published in English in 1544 (five years before the first Book of Common Prayer). In the Great Litany we offer intercession for the world and “all sorts and conditions” of men and women. It also is a reminder of our need to take a spiritual inventory of ourselves, here at the start of Lent.