Interactive Stations of the Cross throughout Lent

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The Interactive Stations of the Cross are a way to meditate on Christ’s journey from Pilate to the Tomb: one literally washes one’s hands as Pilate did. You make a cross and carry it with you. You stop where he stumbled and think on things that make you stumble. Where Jesus met his mother,you remember things that are on your heart. You pray for folks who are ill at another stop. You make an image of the cross where Veronica legendarily wiped Jesus’ face and where he left his image on her cloth. You mourn with the women of Jerusalem and stop to mark hurting places in the world. You drink vinegar and drive nails. You experience the torn curtain of the Temple. You imagine how it would feel to have your dead son laid in your arms. You smell spices at the Tomb. And, there is a Fifteenth Station that shows the promise of the Resurrection.

Available daily during office hours (9 a.m. – 1 p.m.) and any time the building is open. Call 302-368-4644 for group visits or to arrange for a guided tour or merely to arrange to have someone else present while you experience the Stations.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner

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Come out and join in with your friends and enjoy DELICIOUS sweet fresh pancakes and YUMMY just-right-spicy sausages.

TUESDAY, March 5 from 5:30 – 7 p.m.
St. Thomas’s Church Great Hall

This is a FUNraiser, but we need to cover costs:
$6.00 adults
$3.00 age 8 and under
$20 for a family

Maundy Thursday soup dinner and service

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Thursday the 29th, there will be a soup dinner starting at 5:30, followed by the service at 7pm. All food and beverages will be provided, including a gluten free vegetarian option. You do not need to bring anything, but we are asking that everyone lend a hand in cleaning up.

Please do not hesitate to contact Cana Hartman at cana.hartman@gmail.com if you have any questions. I hope to see everyone at this special gathering to commemorate the Last Supper and remember: Jesus washed the feet of his disciples and then gave them a new commandment to love one another as he had loved them (John 13:34).

Pancakes! Sausages!

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The annual St. Thomas’s Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper Extravaganza is coming soon!

Bring your family to St. Thomas’s on Tuesday, February 13 starting at 5:30 PM when you’ll be able to enjoy the delicious sweet pancakes and spicy sausages as we use up the fat and flour before the privations of Lent!

For a mere $7 per adult and $5 per child – with a cap of $20 per family – you can feast to your heart’s content.

We’ll need some help to make this a success:

Help setting up (at 3:30-ish)

Help at the door to collect money

Help serving cakes and sausages

Help bussing tables

Help washing dishes and putting them away

Help cleaning up and putting away tables and chairs

Let me know what you can do to help. Many hands make light work. We are family!

Thanks.
Sally Price

Ash Wednesday and Our forty day journey with Jesus

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Ash Wednesday — Our forty day journey with Jesus to the Cross and his Resurrection begins with “… 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.” The mark that begins our Lenten journey is that of the ashes of last year’s palms from Palm Sunday. Services for the Imposition of Ashes & Holy Eucharist at St. Thomas’s will be held on March 1 at 7:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m. in the Church. In between service times, Fr. Paul and Lay Eucharistic Visitors will make as many home visits as possible of those requested to our shut-in’s. If you desire a home visit for the Imposition of Ashes and Holy Communion on Ash Wednesday, please call or email Cami Seward at the church office [368-4644; camiseward@gmail.com] between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. by Monday, February 27. May you join us in a deeper walk of faith in this the most holy season of the Church year.

Lent Madness 2017

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And now for something completely different! As a fundraiser for Episcopal Relief & Development’s Nets for Life, St. Thomas’s is offering participation in a modified version of Lent Madness. For the small sum of $5, you can complete a bracket form and be in the running for a prize if you get all entries correct. We’re even considering allowing a second submission after the first round (for an additional fee and only if you participate in the first round). We’re hoping that this will be a great way to raise some money for a good cause and learn about some of the Saints in our windows and those we pray for each day. Sister Jackie Fossler will be distributing the bracket forms on the next two Sundays and at the Shrove Tuesday supper.

See more information below from the Lent Madness website:

Lent MadnessFor the eighth year running, people of faith are gearing up for Lent Madness, the “saintly smackdown” in which thirty-two saints do battle to win the coveted Golden Halo during the season of Lent. With its unique blend of competition, learning, and humor, Lent Madness allows participants to be inspired by the ways in which God has worked through the lives of saintly souls across generations and cultures.

Based loosely on the NCAA basketball tournament, this online devotion pits saints against one another in a bracket as voters choose their favorites throughout the penitential season of Lent. This year’s competition begins on “Ash Thursday,” March 2.

Here’s how to participate: on the weekdays of Lent, information is posted at www.lentmadness.org about two different saints. Each pairing remains open for 24 hours as participants read about and then vote to determine which saint moves on to the next round. Sixteen saints make it to the Round of the Saintly Sixteen; eight advance to the Round of the Elate Eight; four make it to the Faithful Four; two to the Championship; and the winner is awarded the coveted Golden Halo.

The first round consists of basic biographical information about each of the 32 saints. Things get a bit more interesting in the subsequent rounds as we offer quotes and quirks, explore legends, and even move into the area of saintly kitsch.

The Journey of Holy Week – HOLY SATURDAY

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On this day the Church continues to mourn the death and burial of Christ and to commemorate the mystery. In this holy time of rest and waiting, the Eucharist is not celebrated nor is Communion received. Saturday is our day of spiritual preparation, pointing the way to a new focus. In the Eastern Christian tradition, this is the time for gathering and blessing of the Easter foods to be shared with friends and family at the Easter feast.

THE GREAT VIGIL OF EASTER

At the heart of the Christian faith stands the Risen Lord, without whom, St. Paul declares, our faith is in vain. And at the heart of Christian worship of the Risen Lord, since the earliest centuries of the Church, is the Great Vigil of Easter. There is nothing more central to our life as members of Christ’s Body, the Church, than this service. It links us across time and space to our earliest brothers and sisters in Christ.

This ancient service, with its roots in the first century, combines diverse elements. The first is the elemental symbol of the New Fire, from which the Paschal (Passover) Candle, symbolizing Christ as the Light of the world, is lit through the darkness. As through the wilderness the people of Israel were guided by a pillar of fire by night, so the Paschal Candle leads us through the dark church building, and from it we light our vigil candles. The Exultet, our song of rejoicing in “this holy night” and remembering the central events of the history of God’s people, is sung to awaken our hearts. The Lessons are reminiscent of the ancient Jewish Passover Vigil, commemorating the liberation of the Hebrews from slavery, foreshadowing our own liberation through the passing from death to life in Christ Jesus. God’s mighty acts to save his people throughout human history are recounted, and we respond with songs of praise. In the ancient Church the baptismal initiation of candidates at the Great Vigil came at the end of a rigorous training period, intensifying during Lent.

We then extinguish the candles and wait in the darkness, symbolically joining Christ in the tomb and marking the death of the church year. We hear a deep pounding on the door of the sanctuary – Christ calling us to welcome him into our hearts and new life in Christ! A torch bears the new light for the renewed year in the church, the altar candles and sanctuary lights are lit. We joyfully “make a loud noise” with hand bells, sleigh bells, keys, whatever you have that makes a joyful sound as the glad proclamation is raised “Alleluia! Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us. Therefore, let us keep the feast! Alleluia!” We celebrate the first Eucharist of Easter, from which our gathering around the altar of grace each Sunday is derived.

Come join your community of faith family as we remember this day of silence until … until … ALLELUIA returns and Resurrection happens! On Holy Saturday, join us at 10:00 a.m. for prayer & preparations for the Easter celebration with the Flower Guild & Altar Guild – many hands make work light & joyful! The Great Vigil of Easter, the FIRST celebration of the Easter feast will begin at 7:00 p.m. Come and see!

Walk with Jesus on the Way of the Cross.

Walk with Jesus who loves you to death into new life beyond.

Walk with Jesus …

The Reverend Paul W. Gennett, Jr.

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The Collect for Holy Saturday

O God, Creator of heaven and earth:  Grant that, as the crucified body of your dear Son was laid in the tomb and rested on this holy Sabbath, so we may await with him the coming of the third day, and rise with him to newness of life; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Collect for the Great Vigil of Easter

O God, who made this most holy night to shine with the glory of the Lord’s resurrection: Stir up in your Church that Spirit of adoption which is given to us in Baptism, that we, being renewed both in body and mind, may worship you in sincerity and truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The Journey of Holy Week – GOOD FRIDAY

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“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.

This Holy Week, I invite you to take a bowl in your home, fill it with water, and place it in a spot you pass by every day. Each day of Holy Week, make a sacred moment to be with Jesus by washing your hands with him in you. Wash your hands knowing the sacred love of Jesus for you, in you, and through you. Wash your hands not in dismissal or guilt, but in the cleansing power of repentance in all that this most sacred week of our life of faith is meant to be.

Come join your community of faith family as we remember this day of Jesus’ crucifixion and death as we pray the Good Friday Solemn Collects with Sermon at 12 noon, and walk the Way of the Cross at 7:00 p.m.

Walk with Jesus on the Way of the Cross.

Walk with Jesus who loves you to death into new life beyond.

Walk with Jesus …

 

The Reverend Paul W. Gennett, Jr.

 

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The Collect for Good Friday

Almighty God, we pray you graciously to behold this your family, for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed, and given into the hands of sinners, and to suffer death upon the cross; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Holy Week and Easter 2016 Schedule – UPDATE

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Sunday, March 20: Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday

8:00 a.m.      Liturgy of the Palms, Reading of the Passion, Holy Eucharist I

10:30 a.m.      Liturgy of the Palms, Reading of the Passion, Holy Eucharist II

5:30 p.m.      Liturgy of the Palms, Reading of the Passion, Inclusive Language Liturgy & Holy Eucharist

 

Monday, March 21 through Thursday, March 24

Evening Prayer at 5:15 p.m.

 

Maundy Thursday, March 24

6:00 p.m.      Soup and Bread Supper in the Great Hall (CANCELLED)

7:30 p.m.      Maundy Thursday Liturgy, Foot Washing, Holy Eucharist II and Stripping of the Altar, followed by Nightwatch hours in prayer at the Altar of Repose

10:00 p.m.      10:00 p.m. Compline

 

Good Friday, March 25

8:00 a.m.      Morning Prayer

12:00 noon      Good Friday Liturgy with Sermon and Solemn Collects

7:00 p.m.      The Way of the Cross – Praying the Stations of the Cross

 

Holy Saturday, March 26

7:00 p.m.      The Great Vigil of Easter – Festal Celebration of Holy Eucharist with incense

 

Easter Day, March 27

8:00 a.m.      Holy Eucharist

10:30 a.m.      Festal Holy Eucharist with Choir

5:30 p.m.      NO SERVICE on Easter Day