This coming week Mother Vicki will be on retreat at Holy Cross monastary in West Park, NY with Bishop Carlye and other clergy; from mid-day Tuesday until late afternoon Thursday. The Rev. Shawn Carty will be on call for pastoral emergencies: 208-471-0244. There will be no Bible Study or Thursday morning Eucharist this week.
This week’s announcements are below. Please take a look:
- Intergenerational Faith Formation/ Gospel Box (Christian Formation)
- Chili Cook-off and Game Night (Prayer & a Party)
- Breaking Bread with the Bishop (Diocesan News)
- Easter Flowers & Music (Worship)
- Holy Week Events (Lent &Holy Week)
Image by Michael D. O'Brien
PRAYER & A PARTY
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! This is for adults, as well as families – an intergenerational event!.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.
No Bible Study this week. We’ll meet again on Wed. 4/3 at 10:15 am in the Rath House. We’ll be talking about the second half of Mark, Chapter 14. Questions? Speak to Mother Vicki.
Narnia Book Club discussion of “The Magician’s Nephew” meets during coffee hour this morning! The Narnia insert has a passage from the chapters we are reading, as well as a reflection question. Even if you don’t come to the group, take the insert home and think about the question. For more information, speak to Alison Siener Brown.
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.
This Sunday’s Gospel Box: March 24, Lent 3 – Exodus 3:1-15
God speaks to Moses out of the burning bush and gives him a mission. Do you ever see God in unexpected places? What mission might God be giving you – past, present, or future?
Next Sunday’s Gospel Box
March 31, Lent 4: Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32
Jesus tells a story about a man with two sons to show us what God is like. Who do you imagine yourself to be in this story: the older son; the younger son; the father; the servant; someone else?
Easter Flowers & Music – at Easter our church is decorated beautifully, and our music is enhanced and supported by guest musicians. If you would like to make a donation for Easter flowers or guest musicians in memory of a loved one or in thanksgiving for God’s blessings, please use the envelopes found in the pew. Include the names of the people being remembered or honored; they will appear in all the Easter bulletins. The deadline for names to be in the parish office is April 8.
LENT & HOLY WEEK
Maundy Thursday Agapé Meal, April 18, 6:00 pm
Agapé is the Greek word for God’s love. 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, 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.
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. To speak with either of the Sisters, call the Convent of St. John Baptist: 973-543-4641.
Breaking Bread with Bishop Carlye – you are invited to meet with and hear from our new Bishop Carlye Hughes on Thursday, Apr. 4 at Church of the Messiah, Chester. Light supper 6:30 PM, program 7-9 PM, RSVP deadline Mar. 28 through the diocesan website: www.dioceseofnewark.org. If you are going and would like to carpool with Mother Vicki, please give her a call or e-mail.
ShopRite Cards – everyone needs groceries! You may purchase ShopRite cards as a gift or for yourself on Sundays during Coffee House or at the parish office. You pay face value and 5% goes to All Saints’ ministries. Purchase with check or cash. Please speak to Barbara Barbeau.
Save the Date: May 2 for Argyle Spring Fish ‘n Chips! More info coming soon. Speak to Jackie Sullivan to help out.
3/24 Narnia Discussion Parish Hall 11:15 am
Confirmation Class PH Lower Room 12 pm
3/28 Junior Choir Choir Room 5:15 pm
Adult Choir Choir Room 7:30 pm
3/30 Tom Day's Funeral Church 11:00 am
For a full schedule of our buildings check the website calendar www.allsaintsmillington.org.
Contemplation of the Cross – this is a form of prayer that can be done anytime but is especially appropriate in Lent and on Fridays (in commemoration of Good Friday). In this prayer we want to call to mind Jesus’ suffering on the Cross, and the events of the Garden of Gethsemane, the trial before Pontius Pilate, and the walk to the hill of Calvary.
Using an icon of the crucifixion, setting up a cross in a quiet prayer place, coming to the church when no services are happening, or even walk in the woods and imagining a tree that you can see as the cross will be helpful to your prayer.
Jesus’ suffering and death showed us the extent of God’s love for us; so this time of contemplation may hold gratitude, as well as sorrow, and an expression of your love for God.
You may want to pray without words, or you may want simple words to help focus your mind. Some suggestions for short prayers that can be easily repeated:
- Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy Immortal One, Have mercy upon us.
- We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you: because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.
- Were you there when they crucified my Lord? Were you there when they crucified my Lord? Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble. Were you there when they crucified my Lord? (Hymn 172)