THE SEASON OF LENT
You are invited,
in the name of the Church,
to the observance of a holy Lent,
by self-examination and repentance;
by prayer, fasting, and self-denial;
and by reading and meditating
on God's holy Word.
From Ash Wednesday through Holy Week, the celebratory word “alleluia” is omitted at all services during hymns, the Breaking of the Bread, and the Dismissal. (It will return on Easter Day!)
Please join us for Adult Formation in the parish hall “between the services” on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. We are discussing Walter Brueggemann’s Devotions for Lent: A Way Other Than Our Own.
"Reconciliation of a Penitent (or Penance/Confession)... is the rite in which those who repent of their sins may confess them to God in the presence of a priest, and receive the assurance of pardon and the grace of absolution." (Prayer Book, p. 861) Some Episcopalians have found this to be an important component of their Lenten discipline. To see what this liturgy looks like, read pages 446-452 in The Book of Common Prayer. If you would like to schedule a confession, or simply ask for more information, please contact Charlie Brumbaugh.
- PALM SUNDAY (April 9, 8:00 & 10:30 a.m.) - Liturgy of the Palms, Festive Procession with Percussion, Passion Gospel, Holy Communion
- WEDNESDAY IN HOLY WEEK (April 12, 8:15 a.m.) - simple Holy Communion
- MAUNDY THURSDAY (April 13) - brief Potluck Supper (of Mediterranean savories - see below) in the Parish Hall at 6:15 p.m.; we move into the church for the Holy Communion & the Stripping of the Altar at 7:00 p.m.
- GOOD FRIDAY (April 14) - Stations of the Cross, noon; Proper Liturgy, Passion Gospel, & Veneration of the Cross, 7:00 p.m.
- SUNDAY OF THE RESURRECTION: EASTER DAY (April 16, 8:00 & 10:30 a.m.) - flowering of the cross; return of the alleluia! Come early! On this glorious day we enter The Great Fifty Days between Easter Day and the Day of Pentecost.
Note: Maundy Thursday Potluck: What would Jesus eat? In his day people ate a mostly plant-based, clean diet. So please bring a simple dish to share: cheeses, breads, honey, grapes, olives, deviled eggs, lentils, fruits, vegetables, figs, dates, nuts, pomegranates, fish, lamb, water and wine. Not unlike Moses and the enslaved Hebrews at the Passover, and Jesus and his friends at the Last Supper, we will pray and eat at 6:15 p.m., do a quick clean-up, then move on into the church around 7:00 p.m.
Note: You are invited to give Easter flowers in thanksgiving for a blessing or in thankful memory of a loved one. Make out your check to “St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church,” write “Easter Flowers” in the memo, and get it to Sally Peel at the church office no later than Monday morning, April 10 (for inclusion in the Easter Day worship bulletins). Clearly indicate the thanksgiving or memorial information on the envelope, or by contacting Sally in the church office. Thank you!
Receiving Communion: All who seek God and a deeper life in Christ are welcome at the Lord’s Table and invited to receive the bread and wine of the Holy Communion.
To receive the bread, please hold your hands out in front of you. To receive the wine, help guide the chalice to your lips. If you prefer, you may dip the bread in the wine and then place it in your mouth. If you do not wish to receive the bread or the wine, you are invited to come forward, cross your hands across your chest, and receive a blessing. (Gluten-free communion wafers are available upon request.)
Home Communion: For those who are home-bound or hospital-bound, one of our Clergy or Eucharistic Visitors would be delighted to bring the Sacrament to YOU! Just let Charlie know.
Ringing the steeple bell is one of the worship traditions at St. John's. After the dismissal and before the postlude, the bell is rung 12 times ~ usually by our youngest worshipers!
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