Thank you everyone who made the Bishop’s visit so successful this past Sunday. Bishop Beckwith had lots of compliments for All Saints’, including the delicious refreshments which were offered at the reception.
Sunday begins our celebration of Holy Week, the most important time of the whole Christian year. As we walk through the Holy Week journey with Jesus, we will find ourselves open to God’s love, sacrifice, blessings and meaning in new and deeper ways. Please look at each of the items below and find ways that you can make Holy Week a time of growing faith for you. And then go one step further, and invite someone to come with you who needs to experience the love and grace of God.
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And in your prayers….please pray for David Temple who is in serious medical condition in the intensive care unit.
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Palm Sunday – April 1
Palms, Procession and Passion Gospel at 8 am; Palms, Bagpipe Procession and Passion Gospel at 10 am. At the later service we’ll all gather in front of the Parish House and process around the Church, led by our piper Bill McAvoy. Once at the Church door the youngest children will go to their class in the Parish House. All other children and adults will attend worship.
Easter Flowers – If you wish to donate flowers and plants to decorate the church for Easter in memory of a loved one in thanksgiving for a blessing, please use the envelopes in the pews and be sure to indicate the names of the people you want listed in the bulletin. The deadline for names is April 1.
Maundy Thursday – April 5
Seder Supper, 6:00 pm in the Parish Hall: A pot-luck meal with the traditional Jewish Seder elements that tells the story of the Passover and Exodus – for all ages. Please bring a main dish, salad/side dish or dessert and one of the seder ingredients. Take a look at the sign-up sheet in the Narthex and let us know what you will bring. This is an event for the whole family, so please plan to come.
Holy Eucharist and Stripping of the Altar, 7:30 pm: This is the service that marks Jesus’ Last Supper and the institution of the Eucharist. It is a time when all Christians worldwide of any denomination gather to remember what took place in the Upper Room. At the end of the service we strip the altar of all linens, candles and hangings to symbolize the starkness of Good Friday.
Prayer Watch, 8:30 pm - Midnight: following the Maundy Thursday service you are invited to keep watch with Jesus. We set up a small altar with the Reserved Sacrament in front of the baptismal font (an altar of repose), with plants and flowers to represent the Garden of Gethsemane. The watch is kept until midnight, when we pray a short form of the Good Friday Morning Prayer and receive Communion from the Reserved Sacrament. We ask individuals to sign up for 30 minute time slots. While several people can keep watch at a time, we hope that all the time slots will be covered. This is offered as a time of personal reflection and meditation.
Good Friday – April 6
Stations of the Cross, 12 Noon: an interactive, inter-generational simple service for all ages. As we move around the Church to mark each of the stops on Jesus’ journey to the Cross there are things to see, touch, say, sing and hear. The service will be assisted by members of our Confirmation Class and any Middle Schoolers who would like to help.
Good Friday Liturgy, 7:30 pm: We gather in the starkness and simplicity of the Church, as at the foot of the Cross, to reflect on Jesus’ death and sacrifice for us. There are prayers, Scripture readings and hymns. Dr. Jody will sing the beautiful Gregorian chant hymn that is an adoration of the Cross (“Now my tongue the mystery telling”) and our friend and guest organist Shea Velloso will play an organ meditation. Good Friday is always a difficult and uncomfortable day, but if we are present to it, our Easter celebrations will be much more powerful and joyful.
Holy Saturday – April 7
Kid’s Service, Easter Egg Hunt and Ribbon Decorating, 10 am: Our annual Easter Egg Hunt for younger children will take place on April 7 after the brief Kid’s Holy Saturday Service at 10 am. We need some parents/grandparents to fill and hide eggs and provide some refreshments. A new feature this year (suggested by our Visual Arts Ministry) – kids in grade 5-8 are asked to come and help make ribbon streamers to decorate our parking lot for Easter! Please sign up on the sheet in the Narthex.
Easter Vigil, 7:30 pm: This is the first celebration of Easter, a wonderful and beautiful service that moves us from darkness to light, from death to resurrection! We start in the Memorial Garden with the lighting of the New Fire, followed by a candlelight procession into the Church, readings, hymns and anthems that trace the history of our salvation, we renew our baptismal vows and celebrate the first Eucharist of Easter. As the lights come up we see the beauty of the newly decorated Church and altar. When you come, please bring a bell to ring at the Easter Acclamation! We will be blessed to have Shea Velloso as our guest organist for this service. There will be refreshments in the Narthex following the service.
Easter Sunday @ 8 and 10 am: Hymns, flowers, choirs, Resurrection, Eucharist and joy at both services! Easter is the most important day in our lives as Christians. Invite someone to Church to share it with you.
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Thanks for the Taizé services goes to Dr. Jody for arranging the candlelight, music and readings which were so peaceful and refreshing all throughout Lent.
Children’s Eucharist Instruction Class for kids in Grades 1 or 2 will meet on April 16, 23 and 30 (Mondays) at 4 pm with Mother Vicki in the Rath House. Parents who want their kids to participate in learning more about our central act of worship and the sacrament of Communion should e-mail the parish office.
Green Faith to Host Residential Solar Screening Event for the Wider Community @ All Saints’ on April 29, 12:30-3:30 pm – Interested in learning about how you might be able to have solar power installed at your house (at no cost to you), save money and benefit the Church at the same time? Green Faith, in partnership with Google and AP Solar, will conduct a Solar Screening Event here. We’ll have more information available soon, but put the date on your calendar now, and let your neighbors know that this might both interest and benefit them.
Argyle’s Fish and Chips – Save the Date: Thursday, May 3! 5:30 – 7:00 pm, $15 for adults, $7.50 for kids, eat in or take out. We’ll need help with selling tickets, setting up, desserts, drinks, serving, etc. Tell your friends and bring your neighbors for a good time with the greater Long Hill township community.
Women’s Book Group- The book for this month is The Dream by Harry Bernstein. We’ll be meeting to discuss this on Wednesday, April 18 at 7:30 pm in the Rath House.
Stewardship – What is given to us is given to be given in return ~ Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury
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Palms of Peace
Are they the green and waving fronds
of triumph at the city gate,
lively now, but soon to wither,
crumble into dust?
Or are they palms that stretch,
though smashed and broken,
to embrace this withered world
and tender it to late
yet lasting life?
~ J. Barrie Shepherd