Alleluia. Christ is risen. The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia! Happy Easter!
The announcements for the week ahead are below. Please take a look.
FUN & FUNDRAISING
THIS THURSDAY: Fish & Chips by Argyle of Kearny, May 2 – 5:30-7:30 pm. This is our spring fund-raiser, and we’ll need a variety of help: setting up tables, decorating, making up plates, serving, working the door, making desserts & drinks, clean-up. There is a sign-up poster in the Narthex. Tickets $20 for adults/$10 for kids. Call the Parish Office (908) 647-0067. Jackie Sullivan is the person to see with questions or to volunteer.
Easter is Fifty Days long! Keep celebrating the Risen Christ! As part of or Easter season, the decorated baptismal font will remain in place in the aisle, filled with water, to remind us of the connection between resurrection, baptism, and New Life in Christ.
Thank you to our choirs, Lectors, LEMs, Altar Guild, ushers, and everyone who helped to make our Holy Week and Easter worship so glorious! What we do during this central and most important week of our faith grounds us and gives us hope and inspiration in our lives as Christian disciples.
Family Service at 10 am next week, May 4.
Mother’s Day – May 12. At both 8 & 10 am we’ll have prayers for all our mothers and pink carnations to honor or remember our mothers.
Bible Study this Wed., May 1 at 10:15 am in the Rath House. All are welcome – those new to Bible reading and those with long-time experience. We’ll be reading and discussing Luke 24:13-35, Jesus’ resurrection appearance on the road to Emmaus Hope to see you there!
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.
Next Sunday’s Gospel Box 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.
April 28, Easter 2 – John 2-:19-31
Thomas the disciple was not with the others when Jesus first appeared to them after the Resurrection. He wanted to be able to touch Jesus’ wounds from the Crucifixion before he would believe. What helps you to believe in God’s power and love?
May 5, Easter 3 – John 21:1-19
After the Resurrection Jesus appears to the disciples on the beach, and they share a breakfast of bread and fish. How does Jesus show up in meals you share with others? How does his presence give you strength to minister to others?
4/28 Confirmation Class Field Trip Parish Hall 12 noon
Narnia Film PH Lower Room 5 pm
5/1 Bible Study Rath House 10:15 am
5/2 Junior Choir Choir Room 5:15 pm
Fish & Chips Parish Hall 5:30 pm
Adult Choir Choir Room 7:30 pm
5/4 Confirmation Grace Church, Madison
For a full schedule of our buildings check the website calendar www.allsaintsmillington.org.
The Great Fifty Days – Easter is not a day; Easter is not a week; Easter is 50 Days – 8 Sundays… concluded on the Day of Pentecost. In Christian and Biblical symbolism, 50 is 7×7+1, meaning 50 days equaling 7 weeks of 7 days each, plus one more day; 8 Sundays altogether. 8 was considered the day outside of time, beyond the sequence of the 7 days of creation.
Easter is a way of life…
These fifty days, a seventh of the year, form our great “Sunday” of the year. “Alleluia! Christ is risen. He is risen indeed. Alleluia!” forms the greeting in every service during Eastertide. Similarly, “Alleluia! Alleluia!” is added to the Dismissal and the people’s response. (these are equivalent to the “Alleluia” added at the beginning and end of the Daily Services). These and other Easter additions help to give these celebrations a distinctive festal feel.
But what about celebrating at home and in life in general? Here are some suggestions – eight, in fact!
- Use a special candle at family meals to recall the light of Christ.
- Every day, read from the Easter story, either by yourself or with your family: Matthew 28; Mark 16; Luke 24; John 20-21.
- Add an “alleluia” song—or three alleluias—to your grace before meals.
- Go for a walk – in the Great Swamp, Frelinghuysen Arboretum, or some other place where you can enjoy the glories of spring and God’s creation.
- Keep fresh flowers or flowering plants around.
- Visit a lonely neighbor or do some other family act of kindness to express thanks for the resurrection.
- Talk about baptism. Tell stories of family members’ baptisms.
- Learn how other cultures celebrate Easter. Try out some of their customs and foods.
Happy Easter! Alleluia!