Sunday, April 6, 2015- Resurrection of our Lord- Pastor Kate Costa
“Just one more chapter, please!” My dad read us stories at bedtime, long after we were past the age that most parents read goodnight stories to their little ones. I remember even in middle school begging for just one more page, one more chapter, one more exciting tale to keep us up long after we should have had sugar plums dancing in our heads. Whether it was the Box Car Children or Nancy Drew or Harry Potter, we had to know more. And as an adult I’ve been known to stay up late with a good novel, saying to myself, “Just one more chapter, and that’s it. One more!” Do you ever get that feeling? Or maybe for you it’s watching the Big Bang Theory or House of Cards? Now you don’t even have to press the button- Amazon gives you “one more chapter” automatically and you’re hooked for another 45 minutes!
…will begin on Thursday, Jan. 22 at Noon. Please join us- bagged lunches are welcome! For preparation, please read the first chapter and the introduction to Acts in a study Bible.
The Acts of the Apostles is an action-packed account of the early church. As you read, watch for the work of the Holy Spirit- deeds of power, fiery preaching, generous giving, and amazing prison breaks. And, don’t be surprised if you find the Holy Spirit at work in your own life!
Giving thanks is an essential discipleship practice.
It’s easy to get caught up in our every day lives. There are always tasks to be done, things to be fixed, groceries to be picked up, cars to be washed. And yet, one of our most essential tasks as a Christian is pause each day to give thanks.
This month, we will take an intentional time to learn more about giving thanks to God. In worship, we’ll hear stories of from the Bible about giving thanks- two weeks of “cautionary tales” and two examples of how to do it right.
And in your everyday life, I encourage you to find a way to give thanks to God every day. Maybe it’s in a prayer journal, listing a new thing you give thanks for each day. Maybe it’s on Facebook, lifting up something you are grateful to God for so that your friends and family can give thanks with you. Maybe it’s in your morning devotions, beginning with thanks to God rather than a request or lament.
Giving thanks is a holy discipline. As we say in the Eucharistic prayer, “It is indeed right and salutary that we should at all times and in all places give thanks to you O God.” How can you begin, today?
Palm Sunday, March 24: 10am Worship. Gather in the Social Hall for our procession with palms through the parking lot (or building, if it is raining). Please try to arrive a bit early so that we can begin our worship on time. We will then hear the reading of the passion from many voices.
Maundy Thursday, March 28: 7pm Service of Holy Communion. The service will conclude with the stripping of the altar as we journey to the cross.
Good Friday, March 29:5pm Service in the Park Our children are invited to join Little Fork Episcopal Church at Yowell Meadow Park for a “Way of the Cross” for families. An interactive dialog will lead us through the park and follow Jesus’ last hours. More details to come about this exciting opportunity.
Good Friday, March 29: 7pm Service at St. Luke A service of Tenebrae (light and darkness). The story of the Passion of Christ will be interspersed with verses of hymns.
Easter Sunday, March 31: 8:30am Breakfast, 10am Service of Holy Communion.