Maundy Thursday Soup and Bread Supper – cancelled

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Sometimes we have to do different things so that we appreciate traditions.

It’s been our tradition for many years, but this year we’re not going to have the supper before the 7:30 solemn service.

Please come to church at 7:30. You will be moved by the foot washing experience and by the stripping of the altar. And stay for some of the Watch in the Garden.

It just might change your understanding of what happened to Jesus – who gave his life for ours.

Holy Week and Easter 2016 Schedule

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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

    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 & Brass

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

Carpenter’s Helper for March 13, 2016

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Dear friends of St. Thomas’s,

Time to Spring Forward! Daylight Savings Time begins on Sunday, March 13. Set your clocks AHEAD one hour Saturday night, March 12. We don’t want you to miss church!

This Sunday 4:00 p.m. Lenten Choral Cantata – don’t’ miss!

MANY HANDS NEEDED –  Brian Smith is away, and as always, we miss him! Brian, our most excellent sexton returns on Monday, March 14. Until then, we will need many hands working together to do the things that seem to happen magically!  Those that gather for the St. Thomas’s Saturday Men’s Breakfast will need to do the set-up and take down. If you see something that needs cleaning, please clean it. If the trash is full, please dump it.  Brian’s return is always cause for great thanksgiving!

NEWARK AREA WELFARE COMMITTEE CUPBOARD – Needs canned fruit.

THANKS FOR YOUR LETTERS TO REPEAL THE DEATH PENALTY– Your letters were delivered to the Delaware Repeal Project and will be delivered to our legislators. As you probably know SB-40 has been “pulled” for this legislative session as it is being reviewed by the Supreme Court of Delaware. Again, thank you for your efforts.

Blessings to you on this beautiful day, See this week’s Carpenter’s Helper.

Cami Seward
St. Thomas’s Parish
276 South College Ave.
Newark, Delaware 19711
302-368-4644

Sermon for the Fourth Sunday of Lent & 174th Annual Meeting of St. Thomas’s Parish

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“But when he came to himself he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired hands have bread enough and to spare, but here I am dying of hunger! I will get up and go to my father…”

The Fourth Sunday in Lent is known as Refreshment or Lighten Up Sunday in the church world. It is a little beyond the halfway point of our journey with Jesus and the disciples to Jerusalem … to the power base of the Temple and the Roman world … to reveal God’s TRUE kingdom come on earth plans … to an end that no one expected, except Jesus. I was reminded in another reading that this is also known as Mothering Sunday in which pilgrims would return to the “mother church” for time of reunion, renewal, and feasting.

For me, Lighten Up is less about telling numerous bad church jokes and more about lightening our spiritual loads we carry, still. To come home to God and Jesus in the loving place desired from our very creation, and not in abject guilt, remorse, or shame. Repentance is simply turning round right again, or as the Prodigal of today’s Gospel, “But when he came to himself …” which could be translated as when he came to his right mind and was restored to sanity.

It seems a good thing that this is the day of our 174th Annual Meeting of St. Thomas’s Parish. A day for this family of God to come home, to refresh, renew, and be in relationship with one another again and with our loving creative God.

Let us come home, together.

See the sermon in its entirety.

The Reverend Paul W. Gennett, Jr.

Lenten Cantata

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A new, major choral work, The Stations of the Cross, by Marc F. Cheban will be given its first two performances in March. On Saturday, March 12 the performance will be at Christ United Methodist (401 High Street, Chestertown, MD) at 4:00 p.m. On Sunday, March 13 the performance will be at St. Thomas’s Episcopal Church (276 South College Ave., Newark, DE), also at 4:00 p.m. The choirs from both churches will join for the performances.

Marc Cheban Marc F. Cheban is a noted Concert Organist, Composer, and Choral Director in the Mid-Atlantic area. Some of his organ works are published by Warner. For 35 years he has been an organist at Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA. For many of those years he has also been a featured organist during the Christmas Season at Longwood. He has recorded many CDs of holiday music, and traditional organ music. Though Cheban has written a great many choral works over his career, this work is his most ambitious. The Stations of the Cross (also known as the Way of the Cross) is a series of fourteen meditations on the final hours of Jesus’ Passion. In this arrangement, each station begins with the singing of a verse of the Stabat Mater (a short plainsong chant associated with the Passion) by the entire assembly. The main musical component of each station varies among choral pieces, organ interpretations, and congregational hymns.

In its breadth of texture and emotion, the Stations of the Cross is a deeply spiritual work of great power, inspired over a ten-month period. Please plan to attend one of the performances and help Marc celebrate this major undertaking. Thank you.
A free will offering will be collected to support an organization founded by a good friend of Marc’s, Chuck Selvaggio. The organization – Neighbors to Nicaragua – helps the poorest areas of that country to build school buildings, provide much needed school supplies, clothing, etc. The organization has really developed good momentum; he and other volunteers have made many trips there over recent years and the Neighbors to Nicaragua website  is full of good pictures.

Episcopal Church resources for exploring a holy Lent

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[Episcopal News Service] The season of Lent, the 46 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter, begins Feb. 10 this year, and across the Episcopal Church there are a number of devotional resources to help Episcopalians observe a holy Lent.

In their article are links to information about resources that ENS has received to date. Additional resources, including the presiding bishop’s Lenten message will be available in the days leading up to Ash Wednesday and throughout Lent.

What is Ash Wednesday about?

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Your friends at the Acts 8 Movement are glad to offer the Episcopal Church a customizable video for congregations to promote their Ash Wednesday liturgies. This video is our gift to you. You may post it as is, or you can download a high resolution video and with some basic video editing skills create a customized video for your congregation. See more info.

Services for the Imposition of Ashes & Holy Eucharist

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Services for the Imposition of Ashes & Holy Eucharist at St. Thomas’s will be held on February 10 at 7:30 a.m., 12:10 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 8.