Easter Celebration Information

Dear Family,

Easter Sunday is coming soon! To prepare for our party, please read the following and contact Johnny to volunteer.

We need volunteers to set up the afternoon of Holy Saturday before our service, and some to assist with cleanup Sunday afternoon.

For Easter lunch, the Parish is providing a main course (brisket!) and each family is asked to contribute the following:

Last name beginning with A-L. Side Dish for 6-8 people, a dessert, and drinks. 

Last name beginning with M-Z. Salad for 6-8 people, bread, and drinks.

 

Finally, candy for Easter eggs will be collected from Sunday until Easter in the Parish Hall. 

Collect Meditation for the Season of Lent and the 3rd Sunday in Lent Part II

Third Sunday in Lent

WE beseech thee, Almighty God, look upon the hearty desires of thy humble servants, and stretch forth the right hand of thy Majesty, to be our defence against all our enemies; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Ash Wednesday

ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who hatest nothing that thou hast made, and dost forgive the sins of all those who are penitent; Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness, may obtain of thee, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The last part of the Collect Prayer for the 3rd Sunday in Lent speaks of the right hand of God. We ask that the Lord would “stretch forth the right hand of thy majesty.” We believe that God aids us as our sole source of defense. If we go about with our heads in the clouds thinking we have no real enemies, we open ourselves up for great heartache. We face enemies that seek to tempt us away from Christ and His love. God in His mercy brings us prefect remission and forgiveness from our sins through Christ as pray in the Collect for Lent. This forgiveness defends us from the most common voice of attack. This voice is that we have to defend ourselves. When we resort to self-defense, we will fail. Often, our issue when asking for help is that we are not willing to wait on the Lord in steady and consistent prayer. Lent teaches us the value of steadiness and consistency in prayer. In the long term, the eternal, God alone protects us. When we neglect this or forget it through impatience, we place unnecessary strain upon ourselves. By grace through faith we wait on God and His perfect timing.

Collect Meditation for the Season of Lent and the 3rd Sunday in Lent Part I

Third Sunday in Lent

WE beseech thee, Almighty God, look upon the hearty desires of thy humble servants, and stretch forth the right hand of thy Majesty, to be our defence against all our enemies; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Ash Wednesday

ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who hatest nothing that thou hast made, and dost forgive the sins of all those who are penitent; Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness, may obtain of thee, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For this week in Lent, we ask God to “look upon the hearty desires of thy humble servants.” Our hearty desires are from a penitent heart. In the collect prayer for Ash Wednesday, those that are in a state of penitence are in a state of humility. When we pray, do we do so in humility? When we pray, do we do so in pride? Humility implies always coming to prayer first in a state of penitence. Pride implies coming to prayer in a state of self-absorption. The hearty desires of the humble center upon Christ through repentance and a deep desire for God’s will to be done. Much of what we need to learn in Lent is that Christ is our only source of hope. This destroys pride and fosters humility. This places less and less trust in self for our defense and more and more trust in Christ to defend us.

Collect Meditation for Quinquagesima Sunday Part I

O Lord, who hast taught us that all our doings without love are nothing worth; Send thy Holy Ghost, and pour into our hearts that most excellent gift of love, the very bond of peace and of all virtues, without which whosoever liveth is counted dead before thee. Grant this for thine only Son Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.

Every year, we have the opportunity to reflect on this prayer for only three short days, not the normal seven days with most Collect Prayers for the week. This is due to Ash Wednesday introducing us to the Season of Lent with a new Collect Prayer for the whole Lenten Season. We leave this most powerful prayer in how to approach all spiritual disciplines to a brief period. Moreover, in the flurry of activity in preparing for the Wednesday service as well as with Shrove Tuesday, this prayer can often fall into neglect. The first part of this prayer should always stop us and humble us. We are taught throughout Holy Writ that if our works and words lack love, they are worth absolutely nothing. This Collect Prayer is speaking of the love of Jesus Christ. It is not speaking of the warm fuzzy love of this world that condones sins. No, this speaks of the sacrificial love of Christ that saved us, that enables us and calls us to do all things and say all things in the love of Jesus Christ. This love is such that prays for all our moments with others to be used properly to convey Christ’s love through the call to repentance and submission to His Loving Word. This love is such that does not add humanistic lists to repentance, as we often like to add. No, it is to trust Jesus Christ enough to let His Word work through the Holy Spirit. It is to trust Jesus to speak His loving Words to all sorts and conditions of the people He leads us to interact with in our lives.