I hope and pray that as the season of Lent unfolds, you are able to see some changes in yourself and your connectedness to God. It doesn’t have to be an overwhelming change, but a sense of clarity or peace, or being energized; a sense of being loved to your depths, a desire for further prayer and Scripture reading, a feeling that there are some relationships or personal business you need to attend to make right. When we begin to follow through on these changes we will draw closer to God.
“Like as the hart desireth the water-brooks,*so longeth my soul after thee, O God” Psalm 42:1. (Note - a "hart" is a type of deer)
Please take a look at the announcements below, especially:
- Family Promise Homeless Shelter (Helping Hands)
- Mid-Lent Simnel Cake Bake-Off (Events)
- Evening Prayer (Worship)
- The Road to Character Book Group (Christian Formation)
Mid-Lent Coffee Hour Bake-Off: Simnel Cake. Attention all bakers!
For our Coffee Hour on 3/26 we are holding a bake-off, using recipes for Simnel Cake, the traditional English cake for the Fourth Sunday in Lent (aka Mid-Lent, Refreshment Sunday, Laetare Sunday, Mothering Sunday). Recipes and more info are available in the Narthex, along with a sign-up sheet to let us know you will be part of the fun. The congregation will be the judges during coffee hour. Ladies and gentlemen, start your ovens!
Save the Date! Spring Fish & Chips by Argyle of Kearny, April 27 – 5:30-7:30 pm.
“The Road to Character” Book Discussion, Wed. 3/29 & 4/5. Join us for this 2-part discussion of David Brooks’ important book (available through the library or Amazon). It highlights a variety of different notable people and the way they developed traits such as honesty, goodness, altruism, loyalty and faith.7:30- 9 pm in the Rath House. Sign-up on the sheet in the Narthex.
Confessions in Lent – in the Episcopal Church there is a saying about private confession: “All may, some should, none must.” If making a private confession during Lent is part of your spiritual practice, or if you feel this would be helpful to you, please contact Mother Vicki to arrange an appointment.
Maundy Thursday Agapé Meal, April 13, 6:00 pm
Agapé is the Greek word for God’s love – and the way we share it in community. We’ll gather for a simple pot-luck meal, as Jesus and his disciples did, before our Maundy Thursday worship. We’ll be sharing this meal with the Christian (Catholic) Community 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, 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). Although this is a time for personal prayer and meditation, it is something done on the part of our whole parish community, even if you haven’t been able to attend worship earlier. The watch will conclude at midnight. Sign up for a half hour prayer time on the sheet in the Narthex.
Evening Prayer, Mondays, 6 pm in the Church during Lent. Stop in on your way home from work and have a peaceful half hour with God and others.
Pilgrim, a Course for the Christian Journey:
The Commandments. Monday nights at 7 pm, six sessions, starting tomorrow in the Rath House. This discussion group is a great way to learn about the Ten Commandments, Jesus’ teaching about them, and putting our faith into daily action.
Bible Study – Wed., 10:15 am, in the Rath House. We are reading through the Book of Acts; this week, 3/22, we’ll discuss Chapter 26. Newcomers welcome!
Coloring Insert – in last week’s bulletin there was a meditation page for you to color, think and pray about. Here’s what we asked you to do: take the page home; fill in the blanks/answer the questions; color it as you please; bring it back to church and drop it in the collection plate. Here’s what we will do with them: when you return your colored-in page (unsigned), we’ll post a collection of them on a board in the Narthex. It’s a way to learn from each other’s thoughts, hopes, and prayers. Extra copies are available in the Narthex.
Family Promise Homeless Shelter, Monday, March 27 is our turn to serve at the shelter program when it is here in town at Trinity House of the Shrine of St. Joseph in Stirling. Your volunteer efforts will help support these families as they are getting back on their feet. Questions? Speak to coordinators Afsaneh Thursfield 908-839-8158 & Kathy Pfeil 973-349-7089.
Sleeping Mats for Homeless Wednesday, April 19 at 7:30 pm in the Parish Hall. We crochet mats out of “plarn” (plastic bag yarn). The mats are distributed in NYC and Newark through the Bridges program in Summit. Friends and neighbors are invited to be part of the effort and fellowship Questions? Speak to Susie Harris.
Winter Soup is available to take home after Church on Sundays during coffee hour ($5 quart/$3 pint – frozen). It is also available to take to sick or shut-in parishioners. If you buy soup, please write your name on the sheet posted on the Parish Hall fridge, and leave your payment into the box in the freezer. Thanks.
“This Week@All Saints’” is our parish e-letter. Each Thursday a short e-mail is sent with a link to the newsletter page on our parish website. Please be sure to take a look. And if you are not already receiving our parish e-mail, please send a request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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3/19 Guiding Team meeting Parish House, 11:30 am
3/20 Evening Prayer Church, 6:00 pm
Pilgrim Group Rath House, 7:00 pm
3/21 Vestry Rath House, 7:30 pm
3/22 Bible Study Rath House, 10:15 am
3/23 Holy Eucharist Church, 7:00 am
Small Saints’& Jr Choirs 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.
A fundamental practice in the Christian life is listening – listening to God, listening to others, listening to the Scriptures. When we listen we are not just trying to acquire information, or even knowledge. Nor we do we listen so we can argue our own point or refute what the other person is saying. True listening is a form of hospitality. Sometimes it takes patience and restraint. In our fact-based, fast-paced world we often miss the underlying message – like a melody playing quietly in another room, and it is only when we become still and quiet inside that we can really take in what we are hearing. Listening also involves imagination – letting ourselves be drawn by the Holy Spirit to a new idea or image or gut feeling. Why should we bother with all this listening? Because this is how we learn to recognize the presence of God in our daily lives and in our encounters with other people and with Scripture.
So here is a question for you to ponder and listen to: What do you hope for in this season of Lent?
Here is a recording of “Like as the hart” by Herbert Howells, sung by the Worcester Cathedral Choir: https://youtu.be/-IUtkFRDX6M.
And the photo above is from the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia in Ravenna, Italy. It's a fifth century a.d. mosaic, depicting the harts lying by the stream.