Holy Week Services
“From early times Christians have observed the week before Easter as a time of special devotion. As the pilgrim Egeria recorded in the late fourth century, Jerusalem contained many sacred places that were sites for devotion and liturgy. Numerous pilgrims to the holy city followed the path of Jesus in his last days. They formed processions, worshipped where Christ suffered and died, and venerated relics. From this beginning evolved the rites we observe today on Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. These services provide a liturgical experience of the last days of Jesus' earthly life, as well as the time and events leading up to his resurrection.”- episcopalchurch.org
We here at St. John’s will be observing Holy Week with the following services:
Sunday of the Passion– Palm Sunday: Sunday, March 25th at 8 a.m. & 10 a.m.
Healing and Reconciliation Service: Tuesday, March 27th at 7 p.m.
Tenebrae Service: Wednesday, March 28th at 7 p.m.
Maundy Thursday: Thursday, March 29th at 7 p.m.
Way of the Cross: Friday, March 30th at 11 a.m.
Good Friday Service: Friday, March 30th at 12 p.m.
Holy Saturday Service: Saturday, March 31st at 11 a.m.
The Great Vigil of Easter: Saturday, March 31st at 7 p.m.
Easter Day: Sunday, April 1st at 8 a.m. & 10 a.m.
Adult Forum, Sundays at 9:00 am:
February – March 25th Adult Forum: At The Right Rev Bishop Michael Hanley’s request, churches of the Diocese are to focus on prayer during the season of Lent. Bishop Michael’s invitation comes out of the theme for the diocese in 2018, “Unity in the Love of Christ.” Of it Bishop Michael says, “A good scripture verse to go with this theme might be John 13:35:
By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.
Unity, however, does not come to us by each of us agreeing with one another; our unity is found in the love of God in Christ.
Another scripture that comes to mind as we live out this theme is John 6:27:
Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For it is on him that God the Father has set his seal.
Prayer has the capacity to unify us in Christ beyond our differences so that we may be about God’s work in the world.”
We will explore the use and practical meaning and types of prayer. We will compose a short prayer each Sunday, reflecting our needs, hopes and concerns for the world at that moment
Coming Soon – Spring Plant Sale Fundraiser!
Last year’s Spring Plant Sale fundraiser was a great success and we are doing it again this year. We are again featuring an assortment of plants from New Leaf Greenhouse in Cornelius – with choices that provide something for every gardener!
There are half flat and full flat tray packs of several favorite annuals (all one variety) as well as a tray annual sampler and tray organic veggie sampler. There are also several assorted samplers of 4” pots in half flats of 8 plants and full flats of 16 plants, including organic herb, veggie, perennials and specialty annuals. Zonal geraniums in 4” pots are available in five colors. For those with space on the front porch, deck or by the garage, there are also awesome planters and hanging baskets. (Jan’s favorite – the shade planter!)
Order forms will be available at the Scrip Table on Sunday, March 4. Hopefully, the snow will be a distant memory by then… This is your opportunity to expand your garden, hang baskets and set out planters while supporting St. John’s Operating Fund.
Order deadline is Sunday, April 1st (Easter Sunday)
Distribution is Friday, April 27, 1:30-4:00 and Saturday, April 28, 10:00-4:00