Week Commencing 13 April 2014
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Imagine you are amongst the people covering the street with your own garments for Jesus to ride over (signifying honour and victory) and Jesus riding on a humble donkey (rather than a war horse). What is stirred in you? What thoughts come as you compare and contrast? What is Jesus revealing about the heart of God in this scene?
Imagine yourself in the crowd. Hear yourself shout, “Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord!” Repeat it as many times as you desire. Allow it to become your prayer for this day (silent, spoken or even shouted!). You might reflect later on as to your experience of this prayer of praise.
One day, all at once or like a slow dawn; in a blinding flash or a gradual evolvement; as literal as the world or as mystical as a dream; we will see Jesus kneeling before us. His calloused carpenter’s hands are gently splashing the water in the basin. A clean towel hangs around his neck.
He crouches to wash our dirty feet, knowing who and what we are really made of: Suspicious, angry, petty, fragile, hateful, self-centred, and untrusting. We know he knows these things, but then he smiles a knowing smile, and we understand that he loves us anyway.
Good Friday/Holy Saturday
By submitting to and serving us, Christ opens our hearts in new, revolutionary ways. And the more open our hearts become – the more we understand how vulnerable Jesus has made himself to us – the greater our capacity to be vulnerable toward others. That’s how God’s love works, and that love can make any week holy.
Living with Good Friday and Holy Saturday can help us live our lives. The death of Jesus was painful and difficult for Jesus himself. It scattered, panicked, and grieved his followers and family, and the events of Friday and Saturday seemed to eclipse his message and ministry.
Easter cannot mean what it should mean without fully appreciating the gravity and loss of the days that precede it. And resurrection hope is reduced to wishful thinking when we fail to observe the spiritual gravity of the two days that precedes our celebration of the resurrection.
Easter Vigil/Easter Day
We wait in hopeful anticipation for the day that makes sense of everything to those who embrace it through their journey through the Holy Week.
Holy Week at St John’s
Sunday April 13th Palm Sunday
8:00am Holy Communion (BCP)
10:00am Palm procession, dramatic reading of the Passion and Sung Eucharist
6:00pm Music, Meditation and Address for the Passion Speaker: Fr Robert Thompson (45 minutes)
6:30pm Holy Eucharist with hymn and address (30 minutes) Fr Robert Thompson
Also on Wednesday at 11:00am said Holy Eucharist with address (30 minutes)
Thursday April17th Maundy Thursday
6.30pm Shared evening meal in the Trendell Lounge
8:00pm Last Supper Eucharist with foot washing Preacher: Reverend Karin Fulcher
The Eucharist is followed by the ceremonial stripping of the altar and a procession through the church to the side chapel where the Blessed Sacrament will be kept overnight reminding us of our Lord’s torment in the Garden of Gethsemane. A meditative watch will be kept until 10:30pm.
Friday April 18th Good Friday
8:00am Morning Prayer
10:00am Families Stations of the Cross (35 minutes)
12:00noon Solemn Liturgy of the Day with a dramatic reading of St John’s version of the Passion, Address and pre-consecrated Communion, Fr Robert Thompson (1 hour)
Saturday April 19th Holy Saturday
8:00am Morning Prayer
8:00pm Vigil of Easter with Easter Ceremonies and Resurrection Eucharist, Fr Robert Thompson (1 hour)
Sunday April 20th Resurrection of our Lord, Easter Day
8:00am Holy Communion (BCP)(Fr Robert Thompson)
10:00am Celebration Eucharist followed by Easter egg hunt!
Fr Robert Thompson
6:00pm Choral Evensong, Fr Michael Fuller
A warm welcome to Father Robert!
I am delighted to say that we will be led in this journey from Palm Sunday to Easter Day by the Reverend Fr Robert Thompson, who many of you will remember represented my previous parishes in London at my induction here as Rector.
Fr Robert’s duties in London include, Chaplaincy Coordinator for the Bishop of London and Healthcare; Lead Chaplain at the Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Trust, one the UK’s leading hospitals: Church of England Representative on the Multi-Faith Group for Healthcare Chaplaincy (MFGHC): This is a national committee which sets standards and policy for the regulation of Healthcare Chaplaincy. Tutor on the STETS theological College programme also Bishops' Advisory Panel Assessor with those seeking ordination, in addition to being the Associate Priest in the parish of Holland Park, London.
Flower Dedications for Easter Sunday
We have already placed our order for the Easter Lilies, but if you contact the office by Tuesday, April 15th, we can still include you in our Easter dedications. We will be purchasing a variety of spring flowers to complement the Easter Lilies.
Preparing for Easter
If anyone is available to help with the preparation of the church on Holy Saturday and could join us in the church at about 9:30am that would be much appreciated. Full training (!) and tea/coffee will be provided. Feather dusters at the ready please!
Church Committee Meeting
The next Church Committee Meeting will be held on April 30 at 7pm. If you would like to join us as an observer you are most welcome to sit in on the meeting. If you have something you would like to discuss, suggest, debate, dispute, please refer this to one of our committee members, who will add it to the agenda on your behalf.
They are as follows: In addition to myself, there are the two wardens, Robyn Woodward and Louise Hadley. There is our Vestry Clerk and Envelope Secretary, Paul Bunnell. Nancy Southam and Michael Dirk, who are also our delegates at the Diocesan Synod. Peter Kidd, Judith Downes, Helen Kline and Blake Bromley. The position of Treasurer is vacant at present (We are looking for a financial person who might like to help. We have a very very competent bookkeeper, who looks after the books etc!!)
The Selfish Giant at St Philip’s
Tickets are now available for performances of The Selfish Giant, a musical adapted from the children's story by Oscar Wilde, by donation with a suggested donation of $10 (tax receipts are available for donations of $50 or more). Donations will support Youth and Family Ministry at St Philip's Anglican Church, Constellation Ministry, the Diocesan Youth Movement and future productions. Tickets are available by calling Caitlin at (604)22403238 ext 303 or by emailing email@example.com.
The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund
“... for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me”. Matthew 25:35.
The words of Christ challenge us to act – to see the needs of people and to respond. Anglicans across Canada are dedicated to responding in an appropriate and informed fashion by providing emergency relief to survivors of disasters – regardless of race, gender, religion, nationality, ethnic origin or political persuasion.
PWRDF is committed to relief programs that respond to the most vulnerable people in the region, that are regionally and culturally sensitive, and that work with women and men to ensure that all voices are heard and all needs are met.
To learn more about PWRDF and how you can help, contact Doug Symons; 604 277 2674 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit their website at http://pwrdf.org/
8:00am Holy Communion (BCP)
10:00am Sung Eucharist, with children’s time
Every third Sunday of the month 7:00pm Taizé
no Taizé in April; Choral Evensong at 6:00pm on April 20th
Tuesday - Saturday: 8:00am Morning Prayer
Wednesday: 11:00am Holy Communion, 5:30pm Evening Prayer
Weddings, Baptisms and Funerals are held after discussion with the Rector.
Confessions are also heard by appointment.
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