All Saints' Episcopal Church Newsletter
April 14, 2019
Our Vision Statement: A community living and growing in unity with God and all people through Christ.
Our Mission Statement: To seek God in reverent worship, service to neighbors, gracious hospitality, and the pursuit of wisdom.
A Note from Rev. Teri

Dear All Saints' Church Family,
This Sunday we will begin the slow, reverent march of time through Holy Week. It is the most holy of weeks in the life of the Church. I am always struck by the profound range of emotions that Holy Week embraces. We see the tenderness of relationships on Maundy Thursday. Just before Jesus' arrest, he washes the feet of the disciples in John and celebrates the Last Supper in the synoptic gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) -- both of these signs of the relationship between Jesus and his friends that will live on beyond the grave through the disciples' life with one another, both of these signs of service. On Good Friday, we gaze at Jesus hanging on the cross, gathering up in himself all of the world's sin, pain, and suffering. On Holy Saturday, we find the silence of a world that -- even when death seems to have the final say -- lies in wait for its salvation. At the Easter Vigil, an ancient liturgical celebration, we celebrate Jesus' passing from death to life, and the darkness of night is illumined by the Paschal (or Easter) candle. And then on Sunday morning, as the light of a new day pours into our life, we hear the glorious announcement of the resurrection and find in Christ the gift of new life.
In our busy lives, evening services are often hard to make. There is so much that calls to us -- much of which is necessary, important, and worthy. But this walk to the cross and beyond isn't just about something that happened two thousand years ago. Holy Week is so powerful because it is a framework in which we can place (and make sense of) the wide range of experiences and emotions in our own lives -- the relationships with those we love and those with whom we live in community; the pain, fear, suffering, grief, loss, and disappointments we experience; the waiting when hope seems all but completely lost; and finally the celebrations of new life that arise in the midst of all the messiness and pain of our lives, the million second chances that seem to come our way. It's as if on this week Christ gathers up the entirety of our lives, holds and lovingly absorbs them, and then hands them back to us redeemed and made new. The story of Holy Week is not just the story of Jesus' life; it is the story of our lives as well.
Following Holy Week, we will spend fifty days celebrating the newness of life we have received at Easter. It's a joyous time in the life of the Church, and there will be signs of this in our worship together. Our vestments and hangings will be white or gold, there will be no corporate confession at Eucharist, and Alleluias will abound. Some parishes even follow the tradition of not kneeling during the Easter season (although each person at All Saints' is welcome to follow their own sense of piety in this).
But all this festivity is not meant to be ours alone. As we celebrate the resurrection in our own community, may the newness of life we have experienced spill over and out into the world around us. May we remain mindful of those outside our doors who long to hear the Good News of the Gospel -- that in the midst of darkness and death, the light of new life shines. May we see and speak and bring into being alleluias all around us. And may God's grace make this, and so much more, possible in our world today.
Yours in Christ,

Holy Week Schedule
Holy Week
April 14 - April 21
Palm Sunday
8:00 AM
Holy Eucharist. Service begins in the Shoemaker Hall and walk in procession to the Nave
Palm Sunday
10:30 AM
Holy Eucharist. Before service begins, congregation will gather in the Memorial Garden and walk in procession to the front doors of the church and into the Nave.
Palm Sunday
5:00 PM
Seder Supper. Everyone in the parish is invited to join and celebrate the Passover meal in Jewish tradition
6:30 PM
Holy Eucharist and Service of Repentance and Renewal
6:30 PM
Holy Eucharist and Service of Renewal and Healing
6:30 PM
Tenebrae Service. 
Maundy Thursday
6:30 PM
Holy Eucharist with Foot Washing and Stripping of the Altar
Good Friday
12:00 Noon

Good Friday Service
Good Friday
5:30 PM 
Stations of the Cross 
04/19/2019 Good Friday 6:30

Good Friday Service 
04/20/2019 Holy Saturday 8:00

Easter Vigil Service with Eucharist
04/21/2019 Easter Sunday 8:00

Easter Sunday Service with Eucharist
04/21/2019 Easter Brunch 9:15

All are invited to enjoy the Easter Brunch Potluck between services.
04/21/2019 Easter Sunday 10:30

Easter Sunday Service with Baptism and Eucharist
04/21/2019 Easter Egg Hunt 12:00

All children and youth are invited to participate in the Easter Egg Hunt after the 10:30am service. 

All Saints' Episcopal Church will host their annual Passover Seder Supper on Palm Sunday, April 14, at 5:00 P. M. The supper is an opportunity to better understand the background of Christian communion services and presents the story and symbols of the Hebrew people as they remember their escape from Egypt and prepare for the return of the Prophet Elijah. The celebration will include a traditional menu, scripture and songs of praise.
Sign-up sheets to attend the dinner are on the bulletin boards in Shoemaker Hall; please sign-up with the number in your party.   In order to complete food orders, we need to receive your reservation by Sunday, April 7. Volunteers are needed to bring a vegetable or a dessert (recipes provided) and to help with setup and serving; sign-up sheets for these tasks will also be posted.
Although the Seder Supper is free to all, please note that the cost of this special meal averages about $12.00 per person. Donations to help cover the expenses of the event will be gladly accepted.
For more information, contact Sherrie Cotton or call the church at 968-3622.
Practicing Prayer: Exploring and Expanding our Friendship with God
Practicing Prayer is a gathering for those interested in deepening their friendship with God. We will not meet on Palm Sunday or Easter Sunday.
Our next meeting will be April 28 at 4:30 to 5:30 in the Youth Room. We will pray in silence for 20 minutes and then continue our discussion of Richard Rohr's new book The Universal Christ, with Chapter 3, "Revealed in Us As Us." Please come even if you have not yet read this. All are welcome.
Flowering of the Easter Cross

On Easter Sunday, April 21st, we invite you to be part of the "Flowering of the Easter Cross," an ancient and meaningful tradition where the barren cross, a symbol of death and hopelessness, is transformed into an Easter symbol of new life and resurrection. As you prepare for Easter worship, pick fresh flowers from your garden or yard and bring them with you to the church. Some flowers will be available at church. At 10:15 am, the children and others wishing to participate will be invited to bring their flowers forward to decorate the cross. Together, we can transform the cross and help make this Easter a celebration of new life.
Bring Bells to the Easter Vigil

On Holy Saturday during the Easter Vigil service as we sing the Gloria, all are invited to raise a loud shout, ring bells, and shake their keys to make a joyful noise! With this praise we announce the arrival of Easter! Please bring bells from home. Some will be available at the church.

Transforming the Easter Egg Hunt

All Saints' is adding some formational flourishes to the annual Easter Egg Hunt this year. Like at many churches, attendance increases on Easter and we have many folks who join us for the first time, especially children. In order to provide some Christian formation opportunities, there will be a short children's lesson in the K-5th grade classroom around 10:00am, after children finish eating brunch. After the 10:30am worship service, all children are invited to participate in the Easter Egg Hunt. This year, as children empty their eggs, they will find both candy and "Saintly Shekels" -- play money in several denominations. Children are invited to drop their Saintly Shekels into three jars representing local non-profit charities that help children: CASA, Equestrian Zone, and River Valley Food 4 Kids. The play money will later be replaced with real money and donated to those charities. The child will get a piece of candy for each Saintly Shekel donated. The donation jars will be located on the stage in Sutherland, where the children can also pick up their stuffed Easter bunny. Help us spread the word and invite others to partake in this formational experience that communicates Jesus' message about caring for our neighbors.
Easter Bunny Candy!

The annual Easter Egg Hunt for the children of All Saints' happens right after the 10:30am Easter Service. It is a grand event involving lots of candy-filled eggs, stuffed bunnies to take home, and prizes for all. Each plastic egg holds treats that are provided by the grown-up parishioners, who supply small, individually wrapped candies for the eggs. You can bring your candy donation to the church office any time before Wednesday, April 10 so that the EYC can help stuff the eggs during youth group that night at 5pm.

Lent Madness Bracket Update

The round of the Elate 8 is complete and we have come to the point in our Lent Madness journey when a few glorious brackets begin to pull ahead of some others! Yet again, Carolyn McLellan continues to lead the pack! Bless her and keep her! Her bracket is closely followed by the Rev. Michaelene Miller and Nancy Smith but George McLellan and Julie Hodges have predicted their way into the top 5 brackets this week! Only a few more fateful showdowns until the 2019 Golden Halo is awarded to both the most deserving Saint (as voted upon by YOU) and to the lucky saint from our very midst who made the most accurate bracket predictions! If you are following along at home, please know that God loves us all, regardless of the success of our Lent Madness predictions. May we all find great solace in that.
Graduation Sunday

We will be recognizing our graduates on Sunday, May 5th at the 10:30am service. Please contact the office, 479-968-3622 or by email, if you or someone you love is graduating.
Nursery Workers Needed

All Saints' is looking for two people to fill in part time in the nursery on Sundays 9am-Noon and for special events throughout the year. The position pay rate is $10. per hour. Please contact Kimby in the office, 479-968-3622, to apply.
Screening of the Film "The Number on Great-Grandpa's Arm" on Sunday, April 28 at 6 pm

In this HBO documentary by Amy Schatz, we wa tch as ten-year-old Elliott asks his ninety- year-old grandfather Jack about the number tattooed on his arm. What follows is "an intimate conversation about Jack's life that spans happy memories of childhood in Poland, the loss of his family, surviving Auschwitz and finding a new life in America" (HBO website).

Dr. Carl Schoenberger will speak with us about Judaism, the Holocaust, and the Nazi propaganda that set the stage for the genocide of six million Jews in Europe.

There will be plenty of popcorn as well.
More Than Yoga Retreat

May 17th-19th at the House of Blessing Retreat Center in Eureka Springs Arkansas. EARLY BIRD PRICE till EASTER! $250 for room and meals + 11 yoga classes and 2 informational sessions, May 17-19. Register on Facebook or Go to: 

Click Here for more information.

Classes for all levels...something for everyone:

Yin yoga
Ashtanga Primary Series 
Sunrise salutations  Blindfold yoga 
Intro to Ayurveda  Right brain/Left brain Integration to yoga 
Creative flow  Yoga & Chill 
Silent yoga  Yoga/Somatics 
Yoga Nidra  Essential oils

Episcopal Trails and Travelers Last Adventure
Join the All Saints' Trails and Travelers for their last trip of the church year on Saturday, May 4th for a day hiking the trails at Pedestal Rocks and Kings Bluff (just over 4 miles of trails). We will depart from All Saints' Church in a carpool at 9am. Travel time is about an hour, one way. Bring sturdy walking shoes, water, trail snacks, bug spray, sun screen, and a sense of adventure! For questions, email .
Recruiting New Gardeners for The Edible Churchyard

Thinking about launching a garden in "The EC" this spring? We welcome new gardeners! Guidelines and applications along with a history of our community garden can be found on the information table in Shoemaker Hall. Cost for the year is $25 for a water fee. We have tools to borrow and share. Also, a few "gardenships" are available.
Email Suzanne Alford or call 479-970-8058 to arrange for a garden tour. An advising committee is in the works, so if you like to get your exercise outdoors and/or if you have garden experience to share, we need you!
Learn Karen Greetings

All Saints' is blessed and grateful to have people who speak different languages in our congregation. The Karen language is especially present, both written and spoken, at our 10:30am worship service. To celebrate this blessing as a community,  click here to watch a short youtube video to learn simple words and greetings in Karen. 
SUMMA Student Theological Debate Society is accepting applications for the 2019 session of SUMMA Debate Camp

SUMMA Student Theological Debate Society is inviting high school students entering grades 9-12 in the fall of 2019 to apply for SUMMA Debate Camp, held July 16-24 at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. SUMMA Camp is a unique opportunity for students to explore their faith through intellectual channels, meet lifelong friends, and have a lot of fun on one of the most beautiful college campuses in the country! At SUMMA Camp, students of all faiths learn valuable skills for debate, public speaking, and theological reflection. No previous debate experience or formal theological study is necessary. Campers have a true collegiate experience, but camp is not all work! There is plenty of time left over to swim, play sports, watch movies, go bowling, and have lots of great, summer fun! At the beginning of camp, a resolution is introduced, and each student argues both sides of the issue. Past topics have included:
  • "Churches should be gun free zones,"
  • "In Christ there is hope for Cruella de Vil,"
  • "Christians, Muslims, and Jews all worship the same God,"
At the end of camp, the SUMMA prize is awarded to the student who best exemplifies the spirit of SUMMA camp: speaking the truth in love. The SUMMA prize includes a $1,000 scholarship. For all students, the cost of SUMMA is partially defrayed through donations, grants, and an endowment. The cost to parents is $750, which includes room, all meals, and all materials. A limited number of scholarships are available for students with demonstrated financial need. For more information and to apply, visit, or email recruitment specialist Walker Adams
No Hymn Sing During Holy Week

Every third Wednesday of the month at 5:30pm, there will be an old hymn sing before the 6:30pm Eucharist. We will not have the hymn sing next week as we observe Holy Week, but we will be back in May. Please join us then! 
Loaves and Fish
Most of the guests who join us on Saturday for lunch face many challenges; the members and friends of All Saints' can provide a few essential items to help them out.
Please place items in the little red wagon in the Nave. Gifts received at Sunday Worship Service will be available for our Neighbors Table guests the following Saturday.
Neighbors Table
Join us on Sat. for our weekly meal served from 12:00 to 1:00 PM.
Thanks to those whose generosity helps us serve delicious, nutritious meals every Saturday. We continue to welcome newcomers to Neighbors Table nearly every week. Please remember Neighbors Table in your prayers.
Volunteers are welcome to join the teams on Saturdays from 9:00 AM until 2:00 PM or for a couple hours during this time to help prepare food, serve or clean up after lunch. Schedules and dates are listed on the sign-up white boards in Sutherland Hall. Anyone with questions or would like to serve in other ways contact Sue Hastings-Bishop at or by phone 231-349-3671.
April 20 Melissa Simpson (AS Lead) with Tony Lee, Tracy and Eva Cole, Loretta and family (Wen, Leigh, Guy) will need one more to help with dishwashing. Easter Dinner Menu: Ham, potatoes, green beans vegetable, bread and for Dessert: Ice Cream and Cookies.
April 27 Sue Hastings-Bishop (AS Lead) Rikki, Paul and Jasper Duffee, Karla Powell, will need two more volunteers. Menu: Breaded Chicken, Hot vegetable, salad, biscuits. Dessert: cake with whip cream.
May 4 Catherine Crews (AS Lead) with the Community Involvement Project and Crystal Ruiz (Full). Menu: TBA.
May 11 AS Lead needed, with Karen Family members from All Saints. (Full) Menu: Karen Specialties.
May 18 Sue Hastings-Bishop (AS Lead) with Central Presbyterian Church (Full) Menu Baked Chicken, pasta salad with vegetables, bread. Dessert: CPC choice.
May 25 Carol Lee (AS Lead) need volunteers Memorial Day Picnic Menu: Hot Dogs (rolls), Baked Beans, Coleslaw. Dessert: frozen desserts

Remember In Your Prayers  
Weekly Prayers:
Robert Woods, Jim and Marilyn Tischhauser, Matthew Hlass, Don Price, Jeni Green, Kristin Reed, Sheila McDonald, Bruce Moore, George McLellan, Steve Franks, Zach Wojtek, Pam Van Horn, Charlie Bradford, The Cochran Family.

Long Term Prayers:
Sandy Britt, Gib Bewley, Tom Munson, Caleb Judd, William Gillum, Lillian Tweed, Aaron Tackett, Mike Miller, Michelle, Barbara Johnson, Jeannie McCabe, Arthur Hastings, Isaac, Sarah Lee, The Kellner Family, Christine Ivy, Jack and Carol Lee, Donna Van Horn, Rudy Jr., Israel, Bernice Delabra and Family, Espinosa Family, Pam Lundquist, Henry Wilkinson, Susan Shelton, Maxima Vargas, Don Hudson.
Readings For Palm Sunday, April 14, 2019

The Gospel: Luke 19:28-40
After telling a parable to the crowd at Jericho, Jesus went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. When he had come near Bethphage and Bethany, at the place called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of the disciples, saying, "Go into the village ahead of you, and as you enter it you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, 'Why are you untying it?' just say this, 'The Lord needs it.'" So those who were sent departed and found it as he had told them. As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, "Why are you untying the colt?" They said, "The Lord needs it." Then they brought it to Jesus; and after throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it. As he rode along, people kept spreading their cloaks on t he road. As he was now approaching the path down from the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the deeds of power that they had seen, saying,
"Blessed is the king
who comes in the name of the Lord!
Peace in heaven,
and glory in the highest heaven!"
Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, "Teacher, order your disciples to stop." He answered, "I tell you, if these were silent, the stones would shout out."

Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 
Give thanks to the  Lord, for he is good; *
his mercy endures for ever.
2 Let Israel now proclaim, *
"His mercy endures for ever."
19 Open for me the gates of righteousness; *
I will enter them;
I will offer thanks to the  Lord.
20 "This is the gate of the  Lord; *
he who is righteous may enter."
21 I will give thanks to you, for you answered me *
and have become my salvation.
22 The same stone which the builders rejected *
has become the chief cornerstone.
23 This is the  Lord's doing, *
and it is marvelous in our eyes.
24 On this day the  Lord has acted; *
we will rejoice and be glad in it.
25 Hosannah,  Lord, hosannah! *
Lord, send us now success.
26 Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord; *
we bless you from the house of the  Lord.
27 God is the  Lord; he has shined upon us; *
form a procession with branches up to the horns of the altar.
28 "You are my God, and I will thank you; *
you are my God, and I will exalt you."
29 Give thanks to the  Lord, for he is good; *
his mercy endures for ever.

Old Testament: Isaiah 50:4-9a 
The Lord  God has given me
the tongue of a teacher,
that I may know how to sustain
the weary with a word.
Morning by morning he wakens--
wakens my ear 
to listen as those who are taught.
The Lord  God has opened my ear,
and I was not rebellious, 
I did not turn backward.
I gave my back to those who struck me,
and my cheeks to those who pulled out the beard;
I did not hide my face
from insult and spitting.
The Lord  God helps me;
therefore I have not been disgraced;
therefore I have set my face like flint,
and I know that I shall not be put to shame; 
he who vindicates me is near.
Who will contend with me?
Let us stand up together.
Who are my adversaries?
Let them confront me.
It is the Lord  God who helps me;
who will declare me guilty?

Psalm 31:9-16
Have mercy on me, O  Lord, for I am in trouble; *
my eye is consumed with sorrow,
and also my throat and my belly.
10 For my life is wasted with grief,
and my years with sighing; *
my strength fails me because of affliction,
and my bones are consumed.
11 I have become a reproach to all my enemies and even to my neighbors,
a dismay to those of my acquaintance; *
when they see me in the street they avoid me.
12 I am forgotten like a dead man, out of mind; *
I am as useless as a broken pot.
13 For I have heard the whispering of the crowd;
fear is all around; *
they put their heads together against me;
they plot to take my life.
14 But as for me, I have trusted in you, O  Lord. *
I have said, "You are my God.
15 My times are in your hand; *
rescue me from the hand of my enemies,
and from those who persecute me.
16 Make your face to shine upon your servant, *
and in your loving-kindness save me."

The Epistle: Philippians 2:5-11
Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,
who, though he was in the form of God,
did not regard equality with God 
as something to be exploited,
but emptied himself,
taking the form of a slave, 
being born in human likeness.
And being found in human form,
he humbled himself 
and became obedient to the point of death-- 
even death on a cross.
Therefore God also highly exalted him
and gave him the name 
that is above every name,
so that at the name of Jesus
every knee should bend, 
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue should confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord, 
to the glory of God the Father.

The Gospel: Luke 22:14-23:56
When the hour for the Passover meal came, Jesus took his place at the table, and the apostles with him. He said to them, "I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; for I tell you, I will not eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God." Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he said, "Take this and divide it among yourselves; for I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes." Then he took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, "This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me." And he did the same with the cup after supper, saying, "This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood. But see, the one who betrays me is with me, and his hand is on the table. For the Son of Man is going as it has been determined, but woe to that one by whom he is betrayed!" Then they began to ask one another, which one of them it could be who would do this.
A dispute also arose among them as to which one of them was to be regarded as the greatest. But he said to them, "The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those in authority over them are called benefactors. But not so with you; rather the greatest among you must become like the youngest, and the leader like one who serves. For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.
"You are those who have stood by me in my trials; and I confer on you, just as my Father has conferred on me, a kingdom, so that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and you will sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
"Simon, Simon, listen! Satan has demanded to sift all of you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your own faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned back, strengthen your brothers." And he said to him, "Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death!" Jesus said, "I tell you, Peter, the cock will not crow this day, until you have denied three times that you know me."
He said to them, "When I sent you out without a purse, bag, or sandals, did you lack anything?" They said, "No, not a thing." He said to them, "But now, the one who has a purse must take it, and likewise a bag. And the one who has no sword must sell his cloak and buy one. For I tell you, this scripture must be fulfilled in me, `And he was counted among the lawless'; and indeed what is written about me is being fulfilled." They said, "Lord, look, here are two swords." He replied, "It is enough."
He came out and went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives; and the disciples followed him. When he reached the place, he said to them, "Pray that you may not come into the time of trial." Then he withdrew from them about a stone's throw, knelt down, and prayed, "Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me; yet, not my will but yours be done." Then an angel from heaven appeared to him and gave him strength. In his anguish he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down on the ground. When he got up from prayer, he came to the disciples and found them sleeping because of grief, and he said to them, "Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray that you may not come into the time of trial."
While he was still speaking, suddenly a crowd came, and the one called Judas, one of the twelve, was leading them. He approached Jesus to kiss him; but Jesus said to him, "Judas, is it with a kiss that you are betraying the Son of Man?" When those who were around him saw what was coming, they asked, "Lord, should we strike with the sword?" Then one of them struck the slave of the high priest and cut off his right ear. But Jesus said, "No more of this!" And he touched his ear and healed him. Then Jesus said to the chief priests, the officers of the temple police, and the elders who had come for him, "Have you come out with swords and clubs as if I were a bandit? When I was with you day after day in the temple, you did not lay hands on me. But this is your hour, and the power of darkness!"
Then they seized him and led him away, bringing him into the high priest's house. But Peter was following at a distance. When they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat among them. Then a servant-girl, seeing him in the firelight, stared at him and said, "This man also was with him." But he denied it, saying, "Woman, I do not know him." A little later someone else, on seeing him, said, "You also are one of them." But Peter said, "Man, I am not!" Then about an hour later still another kept insisting, "Surely this man also was with him; for he is a Galilean." But Peter said, "Man, I do not know what you are talking about!" At that moment, while he was still speaking, the cock crowed. The Lord turned and looked at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said to him, "Before the cock crows today, you will deny me three times." And he went out and wept bitterly.
Now the men who were holding Jesus began to mock him and beat him; they also blindfolded him and kept asking him, "Prophesy! Who is it that struck you?" They kept heaping many other insults on him.
When day came, the assembly of the elders of the people, both chief priests and scribes, gathered together, and they brought him to their council. They said, "If you are the Messiah, tell us." He replied, "If I tell you, you will not believe; and if I question you, you will not answer. But from now on the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the power of God." All of them asked, "Are you, then, the Son of God?" He said to them, "You say that I am." Then they said, "What further testimony do we need? We have heard it ourselves from his own lips!"
Then the assembly rose as a body and brought Jesus before Pilate. They began to accuse him, saying, "We found this man perverting our nation, forbidding us to pay taxes to the emperor, and saying that he himself is the Messiah, a king." Then Pilate asked him, "Are you the king of the Jews?" He answered, "You say so." Then Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowds, "I find no basis for an accusation against this man." But they were insistent and said, "He stirs up the people by teaching throughout all Judea, from Galilee where he began even to this place."
When Pilate heard this, he asked whether the man was a Galilean. And when he learned that he was under Herod's jurisdiction, he sent him off to Herod, who was himself in Jerusalem at that time. When Herod saw Jesus, he was very glad, for he had been wanting to see him for a long time, because he had heard about him and was hoping to see him perform some sign. He questioned him at some length, but Jesus gave him no answer. The chief priests and the scribes stood by, vehemently accusing him. Even Herod with his soldiers treated him with contempt and mocked him; then he put an elegant robe on him, and sent him back to Pilate. That same day Herod and Pilate became friends with each other; before this they had been enemies.
Pilate then called together the chief priests, the leaders, and the people, and said to them, "You brought me this man as one who was perverting the people; and here I have examined him in your presence and have not found this man guilty of any of your charges against him. Neither has Herod, for he sent him back to us. Indeed, he has done nothing to deserve death. I will therefore have him flogged and release him."
Then they all shouted out together, "Away with this fellow! Release Barabbas for us!" (This was a man who had been put in prison for an insurrection that had taken place in the city, and for murder.) Pilate, wanting to release Jesus, addressed them again; but they kept shouting, "Crucify, crucify him!" A third time he said to them, "Why, what evil has he done? I have found in him no ground for the sentence of death; I will therefore have him flogged and then release him." But they kept urgently demanding with loud shouts that he should be crucified; and their voices prevailed. So Pilate gave his verdict that their demand should be granted. He released the man they asked for, the one who had been put in prison for insurrection and murder, and he handed Jesus over as they wished.
As they led him away, they seized a man, Simon of Cyrene, who was coming from the country, and they laid the cross on him, and made him carry it behind Jesus. A great number of the people followed him, and among them were women who were beating their breasts and wailing for him. But Jesus turned to them and said, "Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. For the days are surely coming when they will say, 'Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bore, and the breasts that never nursed.' Then they will begin to say to the mountains, 'Fall on us'; and to the hills, 'Cover us.' For if they do this when the wood is green, what will happen when it is dry?"
Two others also, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with him. When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified Jesus there with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. Then Jesus said, "Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing." And they cast lots to divide his clothing. And the people stood by, watching; but the leaders scoffed at him, saying, "He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Messiah of God, his chosen one!" The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine, and saying, "If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!" There was also an inscription over him, "This is the King of the Jews."
One of the criminals who were hanged there kept deriding him and saying, "Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us!" But the other rebuked him, saying, "Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed have been condemned justly, for we are getting what we deserve for our deeds, but this man has done nothing wrong." Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom." He replied, "Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise."
It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, while the sun's light failed; and the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, "Father, into your hands I commend my spirit." Having said this, he breathed his last. When the centurion saw what had taken place, he praised God and said, "Certainly this man was innocent." And when all the crowds who had gathered there for this spectacle saw what had taken place, they returned home, beating their breasts. But all his acquaintances, including the women who had followed him from Galilee, stood at a distance, watching these things.
Now there was a good and righteous man named Joseph, who, though a member of the council, had not agreed to their plan and action. He came from the Jewish town of Arimathea, and he was waiting expectantly for the kingdom of God. This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then he took it down, wrapped it in a linen cloth, and laid it in a rock-hewn tomb where no one had ever been laid. It was the day of Preparation, and the sabbath was beginning. The women who had come with him from Galilee followed, and they saw the tomb and how his body was laid. Then they returned, and prepared spices and ointments.
On the sabbath they rested according to the commandment.
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Sundays: Holy Eucharist 8 & 10:30 am
Sunday School for All Ages 9:15am
Kids Connection 10:15 am 
Wednesdays: Holy Eucharist 6:30 pm  

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EfM 12:30 pm 
Practicing Prayer 4:30-5:30 pm
@TheTable 6:00 pm (1st and 3rd Sundays)
 AA Meeting 12:00 noon
ACOA Meeting 8:00 am
Yoga 5:30 pm
 Fit Girls 5:30 am
Bible Study 10:00 am 
Diabetes Support 11:00 am (2nd Wed.)
ACOA Meeting 12:00 noon
Daughters of the King 4:30 pm (1st. Wed.)
Episcopal Youth Community 5:00 pm
Old Hymn Sing 5:45 pm (3rd Wed.)
Choir Practice 7:15 pm 
Vestry 6:00 pm (3rd Thurs.) 
 Fit Girls 5:30 am
AA Meeting 12:00 noon
 Neighbors Table 12:00 noon
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