This week’s announcements are below. Please take a look:
- Bible Study this Week & Family Gospel Box (Christian Formation)
- Chili Cook-off and Game Night (Prayer & a Party)
- Breaking Bread with the Bishop (Diocesan News)
- Sunday, March 17 - 8:00 & 10:00 am, Penitential Order, Ten Commandments & Holy Eucharist, Rite I
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! For the whole family. 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.
Bible Study this week on Wednesday, March 20 at 10:15 am in the Rath House. We’ll be talking about 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. Brochures with a reading schedule are on the book case in our Narnia Corner near the choir stalls. For more information, speak to Alison Siener Brown.
Next Sunday’s Gospel Box - For Parents, Families, Kids...Adults, too! Our Christian Formation Team/Sunday School Teachers are trying something new: Here’s how it works – read the assigned Gospel (or some other passage of Scripture) for the coming Sunday as a family and talk about the question in the box (see below). The teachers will spend time with this question in Sunday School. Adults will also be more prepared to hear the Gospel as read on Sunday. And if you have to miss church, you can stay in sync with what Sunday School & worship are doing! The Gospel Box will be in each week’s announcements, on the Children & Youth page of our website, and texted to all parish families with kids.
Next Sunday’s Gospel Box: for March 17, Lent 2 - Luke 13:31-35
Jesus describes himself as a mother hen trying to protect her chicks from a fox.
How does Jesus try to protect and shelter you? Do you cooperate, or do you run away?
Next Sunday’s Gospel Box: for 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 seen God in unexpected places? What mission might God be giving you – past, present, or future
Lenten Devotional Reading - We have a number of small books based on The Way of Love, the Episcopal set of Christian spiritual practices for following Jesus more closely. Each book describes one practice: Turn-Learn-Pray-Worship-Bless-Go-Rest. Choose one that intrigues you, puzzles you, challenges you. The cost of these books is $9; they are in a basket 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 her 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.
3/17 Narnia Discussion Parish Hall 11:15 am
3/19 Vestry Rath House 7:30 pm
3/20 Bible Study Rath House 10:15 am
3/21 HE & Healing Prayer Church 7:00 am
Junior Choir 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.
Confession is the practice of recollecting our sins and failures; those things that get in the way of our relationship with God, with others, and with our best selves. It is usually paired with absolution, or an assurance of pardon, most often declared by a priest, though a deacon or lay person can also declare God’s pardon in slightly modified language. Confession is not about making oneself feel miserable, nor need it be about revealing a deep, dark secret. Instead, Confession is a way to spiritually clean house and be assured of God’s love and grace, and the promise of a clean slate.
Confession in the Episcopal Church is praticed in several ways; and there’s a saying about it – “all may, none must, some should.” Here are the most widely used forms of confession: in our daily prayers, we should take a little time (preferably at the end of each day) and examine the events of the day; give thanks for the ways we were blessed; and ask God’s forgiveness for the places we have sinned and fallen short and hurt others. In public corporate worship we pray the prayer of Confession together, remembering our own individual need for pardon and renewal; the priest declares and absolution over the assembled worshippers. Private confession is available with a priest, following one of the two forms provided in the Prayer Book. This often involves a conversation, and some spiritual counsel, in addition to the liturgy.