Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday this weekend. At the 10 am service Sunday School children will participate in the Palm Procession at the start of the service, and then go to their class as the procession moves into the Church. The will join their families again at the Peace. This week’s announcements are below. Please take a look. Blessings for your walking with Jesus in the Holy Week to come – in your prayers, meditation, worship, and gathering with others. May this week be a time for you to draw close to God and find renewal and depth in your faith.
- Narnia Code Movie Night (Christian Formation)
- Holy Week Events (Holy Week & Easter)
- Organ Silence during Holy Week (Christian Practices)
- Argyle Fish & Chips Dinner (Fun & Fundraising)
- Special Holy Week & Easter Music (Worship - check individual service listings)
HOLY WEEK & EASTER EVENTS
Maundy Thursday Agapé Meal, April 18, 6:00 pm
We’ll gather for a simple pot-luck meal, as Jesus and his disciples did, before our Maundy Thursday worship – no dessert! We’ll be sharing this meal with our friends from the Christian (Catholic) Community, meeting in the Parish House Lower Room. Sign up on the sheet in the Narthex. Hope to see you there!
Foot Washing at Maundy Thursday Worship, April 18, 7:30 pm. This action is a symbol of the loving service to others that Jesus calls us to – basic, humble, prayerful, vulnerable. It is part of Maundy Thursday worship in churches all over the world. During the singing of a chant, the congregation is invited to come forward, have one foot washed, and then wash the foot of the person who comes after them. This care for one another is deeply moving. Wearing shoes and socks that are easily removable makes this easier.
Prayer Watch, anytime Maundy Thursday night, 8:30 pm to 12 am. Come and keep watch in the Church with Jesus for thirty minutes on the night of his trials in the Garden of Gethsemane (Altar of Repose with the Reserved Sacrament). This is a time for personal prayer and meditation and is also done behalf of our whole parish community. Even if you can’t come to the service, this prayer time is for you. Sign up for a half hour prayer time on the sheet in the Narthex.
Holy Week & Easter Service Schedule
Palm Sunday, April 14
8:00 am Palm Procession, Passion Drama & Holy Eucharist
Meet at the front door of the Church.
10:00 am Palm Procession, Bagpipes, Passion Drama & Holy Eucharist
Meet at the front door of the Parish House.
Children go to Sunday School at end of Procession & return to worship at the Peace.
From the end of Palm Sunday until the Easter Acclamation at the Great Vigil, the organ will remain silent.
Maundy Thursday, April 18 The Triduum begins
7:30 pm Holy Eucharist, Foot Washing, Stripping the Altar
The Rev. Shawn Carty will be preaching.
Choral music, piano & hymns.
8:30 pm Prayer Watch at Altar of Repose
Keep watch with Jesus for 30 minutes in our Garden of Gethsemane.
12:00 am Good Friday Matins (Morning Prayer)
This 10 minute Office concludes the Prayer Watch.
Good Friday, April 19 The Triduum continues
12:00 pm Interactive Stations of the Cross
For children & adults, marking the time of Jesus’ Crucifixion with prayers, readings, symbols & movement.
7:30 pm The Good Friday Liturgy
Readings, prayers & the veneration of the Cross.
Music for piano, violin & viola; the Passion Gospel will be chanted by three singers.
Easter Eve, April 20 The Triduum concludes
7:30 pm The Great Vigil of Easter
Lighting of the New Fire and candlelight procession with the Paschal Candle.
Readings, prayers & choral music telling the story of our salvation.
Renewal of baptismal vows.
The First Eucharist of Easter with organ and bells, followed by the First Party of Easter.
Easter Day, April 21 The Sunday of the Resurrection
8:00 am Festive Holy Eucharist
Organ, trumpet, hymns, and flowering plants for all.
10:00 am Festive Holy Eucharist
Organ, trumpet, choral music, hymns, and flowering plants for all.
Please note – we welcome photos taken during our services and events to share on our website and Facebook page, so we can help tell the story of our faith in Christ. Just don’t distract yourself or others from worship! And remember to check-in on Facebook (All Saints' Episcopal/Anglican Church, Millington, NJ) and Instagram (allsaints.millington).
FUN & FUNDRAISING
Spring Fish & Chips by Argyle of Kearny – May 2. Eat in or take out. Tickets are $20 for adults/$10 for kids under 12. Sign up on the poster in the Narthex to help out. Tickets are on sale after Church on Sunday and at the Parish Office. See Jackie Sullivan for details. Save the date and invite your friends and neighbors!
AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD
Interfaith Gathering of Food & Fellowship
Sharing Dinner & Faith: In God, Our Community & Each Other. Sponsored by the Watchung Hills Clergy Association and the Shrine of St. Joseph. Prayers of blessing offered by clergy of the Jewish, Islamic, and Christian Communities. Palm Sunday, April 14, 5-7 pm at the Shrine of St. Joseph in Stirling. RSVP to shrineofsaintjoseph.com/interfaithrsvp
Narnia Night at the Movies – Sunday, April 28, 5-7 pm in the Lower Room of the Parish House. We’ll gather to watch and discuss “The Narnia Code”, an exploration of C.S. Lewis’ use of medieval cosmology in The Chronicles of Narnia, as outlined in Michael Ward’s book Planet Narnia. The film is 45 minutes long. We’ll have pizza, popcorn, and discussion. You don’t need to have been reading along with the books to enjoy this fascinating film! Sign up on the sheet in the Narthex to let us know you are coming.
Bible Study this week. We’ll meet on Wed. 4/17 at 10:15 am in the Rath House. We’ll be talking about Mark, Chapter 16. Questions? Speak to Mother Vicki.
Intergenerational Faith Formation – here is the passage and question for next Sunday. The full set of readings can always be found by going to www.thelectionarypage.net and clicking on the date on the calendar.
Next Sunday’s Gospel Box
April 14, Palm Sunday – Luke 19:28-40
Jesus rides a donkey into Jerusalem to shouts of acclamation and ends up challenging the religious and secular authorities. How is it for you to walk with Jesus when the going is easy. How is it to walk with Jesus when the going is hard?
April 14, Easter Day: The Sunday of the Resurrection – Luke 24:1-12
The women went to Jesus’ tomb early Sunday morning and were astonished not to find his body and to hear the angels’ announcement. They told the other disciples what they had seen and heard. What do you wonder about Jesus’ resurrection? Who would you want to tell this wondering to?
4/16 Vestry Rath House 7:30 pm
4/17 Bible Study Rath House, 10:15 am
4/18 Junior Choir Choir Room, 5:15 pm
4/18-21 See Paschal Triduum schedule above
For a full schedule of our buildings check the website calendar www.allsaintsmillington.org.
Organ Silence during Holy Week – in many churches it is the tradition for the parish organ to remain silent from the end of Palm Sunday worship until the Easter Acclamation during the Great Vigil on Easter Eve. This is a reminder that even the music that accompanies us during our sacred walk with Christ - and through which we express of faith, thoughts, and emotions – is subdued and inward looking. When we hear the organ again, it becomes an explosion of joy and glory, an announcement of the Resurrection.