Holy Week 2020 and Easter Services UPDATE

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Schedule Update – LIVE on YouTube, we are joining with our neighbors at St Nicholas’s Episcopal Church for our Holy Week 2020 observances. ALL Are Welcome!⁠
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Please join us each day, LIVE on YouTube:⁠
Sunday, April 5, 2020 at 9 a.m. LIVE from St Nicholas⁠
Monday, April 6, 2020 at 5:30 p.m.⁠
Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at 5:30 p.m.⁠
Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 12 noon and 7 p.m.⁠
Thursday, April 9, 2020 at 7 p.m. and LIVE watch through the night⁠
Friday, April 10, 2020 at 12 noon⁠
Saturday, April 11, 2020 at 8 p.m.⁠
Easter Sunday, April 9, 2020 at 9 a.m. LIVE on YouTube from St. Thomas’s⁠
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Holy Week Schedule for 2020

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You are invited to join us for some special Holy Week gatherings. Each day brings a unique opportunity to experience growth and meaning during this solemn time in our calendar, and draw closer to our Lord.
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Sunday, April 5, 2020 – 8:00 and 10:30 a.m.services
Monday, April 6, 2020 – 5:30 p.m. service
Tuesday, April 7, 2020 – 5:30 p.m. service
Wednesday, April 8, 2020 – 12 noon and 7 p.m. services
Thursday, April, 9, 2020 – 6 p.m.service and watch vigil
Friday, April 10, 2020 – 12 noon and 7 p.m. services
Saturday, April 11, 2020 – 2-4 p.m. and 8 p.m. services
Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020 – 8 and 10:30 a.m. services

Please watch for more details to be published for each day.

Holy Week and Easter Schedule 2019

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Please join us for Holy Week services as we walk through Holy Week and celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday.

Palm Sunday, April 14th, with Holy Eucharist at 8:00 & 10:30 a.m. services. The Liturgy of the Palms and distribution of palms will take place at both services.

Maundy Thursday, April 18th, for a Parish Supper & Holy Eucharist with foot washing, stripping of the altar, and watch beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Good Friday, April 19th, with Good Friday Liturgy at 12:00 Noon and the Stations of the Cross at 7:00 p.m.

Holy Saturday, April 20th, with Reconciliation (Confession) from 2:00-4:00 p.m. and the Great Vigil of Easter at 7:00 p.m. at St. Nicholas Church at the corner of Old Newark and Chestnut Hill Roads.

Sunday of the Resurrection, April 21st, with Holy Eucharist 8:00 & 10:30 a.m. services with a special coffee hour & and Easter egg hunt!

ALLELUIA … ALLELUIA … ALLELUIA!!!

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“How do we put on the mind of Christ? How do we learn to respond to the world with that same wholeness and healing love? That’s what Christian orthodoxy really is all about. It’s not about right belief; it’s about right practice. The hallmark of this awareness is that it sees no separation—not between God and humans, not between humans and other humans. These are indeed Jesus’ two core teachings, underlying everything he says and does. “Love your neighbor as yourself”—as a continuation of your very own being. It’s a complete seeing that your neighbor is you.” The Rev. Cynthia Bourgeault

Alleluia! Christ is Risen! The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia

Blessings of Easter joy to you & your family from the staff and parish family of St. Thomas’s Church.

Holy Week: Our Three Sacred Days begin tonight

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Blessings in Grace to all, into our Holy Week, our “Triduum” of Three Sacred Days.

Please prayerfully join us in worship this Maundy Thursday at 7:30 p.m., followed by the Nightwatch in the sanctuary throughout the night into Good Friday. Good Friday Solemn Collects & Sermon will be at 12 noon, and Journey the Stations of the Cross at 7:00 p.m.

Come, can you be with Jesus and all for just one hour?

Grateful always, your servant in Christ,
Fr. Paul Gennett, Jr.+

MAUNDY THURSDAY

On Maundy Thursday, we commemorate the institution of the Lord’s Supper.  The Epistle reading for this service gives St. Paul’s account of the institution of the Eucharist.  We experience the Gospel account of Jesus’ washing his disciples’ feet, acting out his own call and of those who would follow him, “not to be served, but to serve.”  He gave a new commandment to all:  “Love one another as I have loved you.”  “Maundy” is the old English word derived from the Latin phrase mandatum novum, meaning “new covenant.”The Eucharist is about our table fellowship – God present with us, and we present to each other.  Following the Eucharist, the sanctuary is stripped of all ornaments and furnishings, symbolically expressing Jesus’ utter abandonment.  We are invited to stay with Jesus “for just one hour” through the night watch vigil until noon on Good Friday.

GOOD FRIDAY
“In all things God works for good to those who love him, who are called according to his purpose.” [Romans 8:28]  Only in this sense can this day be called “good.”  We walk with Christ to Calvary and his crucifixion, reflecting on the extent of God’s love for us.  In the evening, the Liturgy Guild leads us in prayerful remembrance of the Good Friday events through The Stations of the Cross.  As a sign of mourning, and in accordance with earliest tradition, there is no celebration of the Eucharist on Good Friday.

Sermon for The Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday – April 9, 2017/Year A

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Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? This question continues to invite me deeper in the journey that is THIS Holy Week which we enter this day in the Sunday of the Passion or Palm Sunday. At one time, these were separate days in the journey to Holy Week. Over time have been conflated as it seems so many people cannot, or do not, walk the Via Dolorosa, the Pathway of the Tears, with Jesus. Without this story, the empty tomb come Easter Day is just … empty.

See the Sermon for The Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday – April 9, 2017/Year A in its entirety.

See all Sermons for Liturgical Year 2016-17, Year A.

Eastering St. Thomas’s!

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Karen Krauss & our Flower Guild Angels can use your help to decorate the church on Saturday, April 15 at 10:00 a.m. We need sweeper uppers, plant wrappers technicians, and doers of other small tasks that will glorify God and beautify the sanctuary into our Easter Day.

We do need extra hands and are very grateful for the help, a wonderful time of fellowship & service. Light refreshments will be provided along with coffee, tea, and juice. We will be finished by 1pm with your help. Any questions, please contact Karen at krauss831@yahoo.com

The Passion to the Glory – Holy Week at St. Thomas’s Parish

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Blessings of Grace to all, into our Holy Week yet again, yet new to be renewed. I have attached two items for your journey into Holy Week.

The Journey of Holy Week provides descriptions of our worship pattern and experiences offered at St. Thomas’s. The schedule for each day is on the last page of the booklet. I invite you to participate in as much of te mystery & majesty that unfolds through Holy Week. If life & work schedules preclude your participation, use this as your daily prayer walk along this most holy week of our faith life.

The April Clergy Corner article continues my journey in reflection of the “fruits of the Spirit” as illuminated by St. Paul in his Letter to the Galatians.

May you be filled in the power and glory through the Cross of Good Friday into the empty tomb of Easter Day. May you walk with us, or on your own, the Path of Christ’s glory that you may find the true power that is life, life everlasting!

Grateful to all, your servant in Christ,
Fr. Paul Gennett, Jr.+