E-newsletter | March 25, 2021
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Worship is Good for You!
 
Let them give thanks to the Lord for his mercy *
and the wonders he does for his children.
Let them offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving *
and tell of his acts with shouts of joy.
~Psalm 107: 21-22
 
You know, if you really think about it, worship is an odd thing. All around the world, people come together to form faith communities large and small. In the midst of worship people stand, they kneel, they prostrate themselves on the ground, and they often make strange noises and gestures----and that’s just in the Episcopal Church!
Sometimes the space used for worship is decorated with symbols; sometimes the space is sparse and bare. Sometimes there is smoke from incense; sometimes there is water. There is speaking, singing, chanting and even dancing. Often there is just silence.
And of course, over this last year, worship has become something that we do virtually, but the VERY GOOD NEWS for us is that beginning on Easter Sunday, April 4, at 9:30 we can gather together again in the church in person! We will have to observe all social distancing and face mask guidelines, but we are allowed to use 30% capacity of our worship space inside. This means that 60 or so people can be together inside once again.
We will be signing up on a first come, first serve basis for the first 60 people and we will then start a wait list, if necessary, and expand to two services if the sign up demands it. I cannot tell you how much I look forward to this amazing resurrection on Easter Sunday morning!
We will have a full banquet of Holy Week services posted for your Holy Week journey that I sincerely hope all of you will embrace. Many, many people are working very hard to bring you a Maundy Thursday and Good Friday experience worthy of this time in our history and I think Easter Sunday will mean so much more if we have worshipped in these services.
We will also still have video worship for Easter Sunday, for all who cannot yet gather in person.
And as we anticipate that I think it is interesting that both past and present, virtual and in-person, worship is a universal human phenomenon. Throughout history, whether the god was Baal, Zeus, or Thor, the human creature worshipped. And almost every faith expression has some form of corporate worship – from Buddhism to Islam to Christianity, we join with others to worship.
As Christians, our Holy Scripture makes very clear that we are created to worship God. Now we must be careful how we handle this tidbit of information. One could easily imagine God as some sort of big human who needs our pandering in order to keep from smiting us and blowing us to smithereens; this is a horrible image of God that exists to this day.
But even though we were made in the likeness and image of God, God is wholly other from humankind. God does not need our worship in order to be God. So if this is true why then do we worship?
It is because worship is for us! Worship is meant to be a vehicle of grace and transformation in our lives. In person or on-line, worship is meant to move us from where we are into either greater comfort or discomfort as the case might be.
When we worship and begin to see in God the fullness of love, beauty, and mercy, we are then able to hear the invitation to measure all of our thoughts and actions against God’s hope for the human family.
Research tells us that worship can actually make us better people. And by that I do not mean more superior people, but people whose lives reflect a deeper sense of wholeness and resiliency.
Statistically, people who worship in some faith tradition on a regular basis are calmer; they are better able to roll-with-the-punches and handle life’s inevitable adversities and they possess a more positive outlook on life. 
Going to church is good for you!!
I think this is important now more than ever because there seems to be an immense amount of fear and anxiety in the world around us. We are utterly addicted to anxiety. It has become a way of being in the world. It is killing us.
With the constant existential angst of COVID, and divided politics, or if we fall behind on our mortgage payments, or learn we have a life-threatening disease, or we lose a loved one, hiding either in an echo chamber or getting lost in shame or isolated fear is the last thing we need. If the current political divisions or global tensions hold us captive, gathering with others to sing, pray and fellowship can ease our pain and fear.
 In all of these times more perhaps than any other, we need community. We need hope and we need the transforming power of communal worship. 
In worship we hear stories of God’s steadfast love for creation. We are reminded that God will not abandon God’s people even when they behave very badly. We are still exhorted to care for and seek justice for those whom society marginalizes.  
Through worship our lives are transformed and our relationship with God is tended or restored. This opportunity still exists for us today – right here, right now.
God loves us beyond our imagining. We need support so that transformation is possible. We need each other. We need communal worship. 
Worship is where we celebrate that we are embraced by God’s love and forgiveness.  Worship is where we are given the eyes to see that very same love reflected in the eyes of our neighbors in the pew, the stranger out on the street corner, or even in the face of someone we thought was our enemy.  
Both in worship and in life God asks only that we reach out---God asks that we reach out to God and to one another and then fearlessly throw wide the doors to the sanctuary and welcome one another to worship in a safe, loving space where all are welcome and all are children of light.
As we worship this Sunday in our virtual Palm Sunday service, leading us into Holy Week, I pray this time finds you ready to walk this road with Jesus. When we worship we take the journey that Jesus calls us to still.

Grace and Peace,
Mother Stephanie 

HOLY WEEK AT ST PAUL'S

Join with us virtually this Sunday, March 28th for our celebration of Palm Sunday!

Holy Week Worship videos will include Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Resurrection Sunday.
In addition: On Easter Sunday we will gather LIVE-IN PERSON
IN THE CHURCH at 9:30 for up to 60 people.

Due to COVID restrictions, seats at the services are limited.
Sign up by contacting the office by
email: office@stpaulwilkesboro.org
or
calling the office at 336-667-4231.

We will also create a wait list with the possibility for a second service at 12!

You can find the schedule of services listed below.
COVID Vaccine Availability
 
If you or someone you know has not been able to receive the Moderna COVID vaccine, contact Kristen Miller FNP at the Wilkes County Health Department via email: kmiller@wilkescounty.net
 
She works the late clinic at the health department. Sometimes at day's end there will be a few doses of vaccine left. To avoid wasting any doses she is compiling a "call in" list. The only criteria is the a person be over 18 years old. The email should include your name, phone number and a brief message about being interested in receiving the vaccine. When your name comes up you will be called to come in from 5:30-6:30p on that day.
 
If you have questions please feel free to contact Joe Fesperman at:
202-821-5885 or by email: joefesperman@yahoo.com.
NEW MUSIC DIRECTOR ON BOARD!
WELCOME DR. RUSSEL STINSON!

We would like to welcome Russell Stinson! Dr. Stinson holds a Bachelor of Music from Stetson University, as well as a Master of Arts and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Stinson to the team as new and exciting things take place for St. Paul's and look for more on Russell soon!
SHAWL MINISTRY
“You created every part of me, knitting me in my mother’s womb. 
For such handiwork, I praise you. Awesome this great wonder!”
 Psalm 139:13-14


The prayer shawl collection at St. Paul’s is very low.
Prayer shawls are made to provide warmth, comfort, healing, and peace to those who may need it.
If anyone is inclined to knit or crochet a shawl and would like to donate it to the churches shawl collection, donations can be dropped off at the church office.

For further information please visit www.shawlministry.com

Join us for Worship on YouTube or click on the link on our website!
STATIONS OF THE CROSS
Lamentation and Grief are part of the rhythm of Holy Week on Good Friday. Sheree Sloop and Rebecca Maynard will be holding space in Coventry Chapel for a self-directed walk through the Stations of the Cross on the Labyrinth. All are invited to walk between 4PM – 6PM Friday, April 2, 2021. Please wear a mask and observe social distancing to protect yourself and others during this time of pandemic. Labyrinth walk will be held weather permitting.
PROJECTS AT ST. PAUL'S
NEW PHOTOS!
Thanks to Dave Barton and his sons, St. Paul's began cleaning up the grounds and preparing for Spring. They have been working for the past couple of weeks weeding and gardening, replacing broken bird houses, and putting love and care in to St. Paul's.
OUTREACH
A note from Ruth Harris:

I am appreciative for the opportunity to lead the Outreach Committee as Joe Fesperman assumes his new role as Junior Warden. Many thanks are extended to Joe for his dedicated service and leadership of the Outreach Committee. Having worked preparing and serving meals at Crisis Assistance and packing bag lunches I know that there is a great need and I ‘m committed to continuing the work of taking care of our community and neighbors. Last year the Outreach Committee donated to CareNet Counseling, Catherine Barber Memorial Homeless Shelter, Hope Ministries and Food Pantry, Wilkes Prison Ministry, Wilkes Recovery Revolution, Circles of Care, and Student Choice Food Pantry. 
I look forward to your continuing support and any suggestions you may have. Peace.
Ruth Harris 336.984.9690 rharris122@aol.com
Joe Fesperman
JR WARDEN NEWS





To quote Howard Thurman, "Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." 


Work around the church is progressing thanks to Diane Peabody, and Jeri and Wes Martin. They will be leading the Parish Gardener and Giving Garden teams respectively to help things look even nicer on the grounds of the church. Please see their notices in this newsletter. Contact them directly if you are interested in taking part in this ministry. All are welcome.
 
Many thanks also to those of you who have reached out with any number of skills and lots of willingness to help with minor repairs. You are on the call list as needs arise. Again it is never too late to let me know of your talents and interest.
 
An update on what to expect over the next several weeks: 
1) By the middle of next week (weather permitting) pressure washing of the buildings, walks, signs, deck and labyrinth will have occurred, thanks to Daniel Jarvis. Marietta Carroll's wonderful pots will return. New topsoil will be present in the raised beds behind the office.
2) As March ends, new mulch will be in place thanks to Adam Bowers and Cedar Ridge Landscaping.
 
What does this mean? How about a visit to the church over Holy Week and Easter just to enjoy the sacred space we call our church home? Again, all are welcome.



You can contact me via email: joefesperman@yahoo.com, cell (call or text) 202-821-5885 or leave a message on my landline
336-667-3594
  • MORE MONEY RAISED!

Great news! Over the month we have raised $700 for the Student Choice Food Pantry at North Wilkesboro Elementary School. Rachel Minick started and helps administer this offering. This project provides weekend food for approximately 100 children and is an alternative to the backpack program. The Pantry allows students to "shop" for their own food preferences and provides a special sense of satisfaction and pleasure. 
Your ongoing support throughout Lent is appreciated.  


To donate: Make checks out to St. Paul's and add "Food Pantry" in the memo line.
The Diocese of Western North Carolina is offering a young adult (college aged to late 20's) retreat on May 14 (zoom) and May 15 (in person at Lake Logan). The theme is El Camino: The Road to Emmaus. They will be helping young adults discern answers to questions, such as "What am I called to do?" Where is God in my Life?" and Where does society fit in?". The retreat is free, and lunch will be provided on Saturday. 
The Diocese of Western North Carolina is offering the Dismantling Racism curriculum for six Thursday evenings, via zoom, for high school youth as part of their Baptismal Covenant to seek justice by dismantling racism. Throughout the sessions high schoolers will have the opportunity to look at racism through the lens of faith, our nation's history, our privileges, and our internalized oppression. The purpose of this course is not to "train you" to be "less" racist but to invite you to examine personal experiences and internal perspective on racism in America.
It is offered from April 16 - May 27 (skipping May 20th). They are asking the youth to attend all the sessions if they participate.

Dates/Topics
April 15 - Covenant
April 22 - God the Artist
April 29 - Historical Lens
May 6 - White Privilege
May 13 - Internalized Oppression
May 27 - Reconciliation

ZOOM COFFEE HOUR CONCLUDES!
Join us this Sunday, PALM SUNDAY, for our

Final Zoom Coffee Hour

With our return to in person worship on the 4th of April we will say goodbye to this virtual fellowship.

Thank you to all who attended!


Join Zoom Meeting by clicking on the link below:

Meeting ID: 851 9114 3705
Passcode: Coffee20 



The May/June/July issues of Forward Day by Day are now in the mailbox by the front door of the office.
Feb/Mar/Apr issues are still available.




UPDATE

New Vestry Minutes have been added. February's minutes are now available!

Click button to go directly there
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Serving in March 2021
(Recorded Service)
Readers

Mar. 28 - Joe Fesperman
Apr. 1 - Cindy Smith
Apr. 2 - Dick Sloop
Apr. 4 - Tana Myers
Altar Guild

Mar. 28 - Mary & Mike Southwell
Apr. 1 - Mary Ann Caplinger & Tom Carnes
Apr. 2 - Pam & Drew Mayberry
Apr. 4 - Mary Lankford, Sharon Greene, & Bonnie Merritt


Birthdays:
Mar. 25 - Sharon Lyall
Mar. 25 - Christopher Nardini
Mar. 26 - Jacob Adams
Mar. 27 - Edward Coville Griffith
Mar. 29 - Michael Southwell
Mar. 30 - Kaye Hall
Mar. 31 - Frankie Barger
Prayer Requests

Prayer requests can be made by emailing the office at office@stpaulwilkesboro.org
or by calling the office during regular office hours.

Bulletins are printed on Thursday mornings and requests submitted after that time will not be in the printed bulletin for that week, but may still be spoken. Prayer requests received by noon on Wednesday will be included in the weekly e-newsletter.
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Prayer List

Please remember in your prayers: All who are ill or unemployed and those who are on our prayer list.
Illness
Jim Andrews, Pam Baugh, Robert Baugh, Bella, Nancy Blair, John Brame, Thomas Dellinger, Mike Duncan, Tina Duncan, John Farris, Karen Hennig, Paula Jameson, Doug Johnson, Margo Hurd, Ken Love, Misty Millsaps, Tyler Olender, Denver Owens, Iris Parker, Kris Riley, Tara Riley, Jordan Samuel, Rebecca Shaw, Karen Shupe, Linda Sloop, Jeffery Smith, Delores Weaver, Bob Webber, Donna Webber, Joyce Wheeling

Armed Forces
Let us pray for the safety of all our troops, especially Dr. Matthew Cage, Edward Colville Griffith, Zach Necessary, Walker Pardue, Philip Southwell, Mark Stone, Lt. Col. Patrick Szvtitz, Jason Westmeyer, and all others who serve in Iraq, Afghanistan and throughout the world.

Please send to the church office the addresses of troops with connections to
office@stpaulwilkesboro.org, especially those abroad

The Lessons for March 28, 2021
John 12:12-16

The next day the great crowd that had come to the festival heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord— the King of Israel!” Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it; as it is written: “Do not be afraid, daughter of Zion. Look, your king is coming, sitting on a donkey’s colt!” His disciples did not understand these things at first; but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things had been written of him and had been done to him.




Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29


1 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.

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


9 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."




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.


Mark 14:1-15:47

It was two days before the Passover and the festival of Unleavened Bread. The chief priests and the scribes were looking for a way to arrest Jesus by stealth and kill him; for they said, “Not during the festival, or there may be a riot among the people.”
While he was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at the table, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very costly ointment of nard, and she broke open the jar and poured the ointment on his head. But some were there who said to one another in anger, “Why was the ointment wasted in this way? For this ointment could have been sold for more than three hundred denarii, and the money given to the poor.” And they scolded her. But Jesus said, “Let her alone; why do you trouble her? She has performed a good service for me. For you always have the poor with you, and you can show kindness to them whenever you wish; but you will not always have me. She has done what she could; she has anointed my body beforehand for its burial. Truly I tell you, wherever the good news is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in remembrance of her.”
Then Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve, went to the chief priests in order to betray him to them. When they heard it, they were greatly pleased, and promised to give him money. So he began to look for an opportunity to betray him.
On the first day of Unleavened Bread, when the Passover lamb is sacrificed, his disciples said to him, “Where do you want us to go and make the preparations for you to eat the Passover?” So he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, “Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you; follow him, and wherever he enters, say to the owner of the house, ‘The Teacher asks, Where is my guest room where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ He will show you a large room upstairs, furnished and ready. Make preparations for us there.” So the disciples set out and went to the city, and found everything as he had told them; and they prepared the Passover meal.
When it was evening, he came with the twelve. And when they had taken their places and were eating, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me, one who is eating with me.” They began to be distressed and to say to him one after another, “Surely, not I?” He said to them, “It is one of the twelve, one who is dipping bread into the bowl with me. For the Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that one by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that one not to have been born.”
While they were eating, he took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to them, and said, “Take; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them, and all of them drank from it. He said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many. Truly I tell you, I will never again drink of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”
When they had sung the hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. And Jesus said to them, “You will all become deserters; for it is written,
‘I will strike the shepherd,
and the sheep will be scattered.’
But after I am raised up, I will go before you to Galilee.” Peter said to him, “Even though all become deserters, I will not.” Jesus said to him, “Truly I tell you, this day, this very night, before the cock crows twice, you will deny me three times.” But he said vehemently, “Even though I must die with you, I will not deny you.” And all of them said the same.
They went to a place called Gethsemane; and he said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” He took with him Peter and James and John, and began to be distressed and agitated. And he said to them, “I am deeply grieved, even to death; remain here, and keep awake.” And going a little farther, he threw himself on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. He said, “Abba, Father, for you all things are possible; remove this cup from me; yet, not what I want, but what you want.” He came and found them sleeping; and he said to Peter, “Simon, are you asleep? Could you not keep awake one hour? Keep awake and pray that you may not come into the time of trial; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” And again he went away and prayed, saying the same words. And once more he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were very heavy; and they did not know what to say to him. He came a third time and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? Enough! The hour has come; the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Get up, let us be going. See, my betrayer is at hand.”
Immediately, while he was still speaking, Judas, one of the twelve, arrived; and with him there was a crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders. Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “The one I will kiss is the man; arrest him and lead him away under guard.” So when he came, he went up to him at once and said, “Rabbi!” and kissed him. Then they laid hands on him and arrested him. But one of those who stood near drew his sword and struck the slave of the high priest, cutting off his ear. Then Jesus said to them, “Have you come out with swords and clubs to arrest me as though I were a bandit? Day after day I was with you in the temple teaching, and you did not arrest me. But let the scriptures be fulfilled.” All of them deserted him and fled.
A certain young man was following him, wearing nothing but a linen cloth. They caught hold of him, but he left the linen cloth and ran off naked.
They took Jesus to the high priest; and all the chief priests, the elders, and the scribes were assembled. Peter had followed him at a distance, right into the courtyard of the high priest; and he was sitting with the guards, warming himself at the fire. Now the chief priests and the whole council were looking for testimony against Jesus to put him to death; but they found none. For many gave false testimony against him, and their testimony did not agree. Some stood up and gave false testimony against him, saying, “We heard him say, ‘I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and in three days I will build another, not made with hands.’” But even on this point their testimony did not agree. Then the high priest stood up before them and asked Jesus, “Have you no answer? What is it that they testify against you?” But he was silent and did not answer. Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?” Jesus said, “I am; and
‘you will see the Son of Man
seated at the right hand of the Power,’
and ‘coming with the clouds of heaven.’”
Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, “Why do we still need witnesses? You have heard his blasphemy! What is your decision?” All of them condemned him as deserving death. Some began to spit on him, to blindfold him, and to strike him, saying to him, “Prophesy!” The guards also took him over and beat him.
While Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant-girls of the high priest came by. When she saw Peter warming himself, she stared at him and said, “You also were with Jesus, the man from Nazareth.” But he denied it, saying, “I do not know or understand what you are talking about.” And he went out into the forecourt. Then the cock crowed. And the servant-girl, on seeing him, began again to say to the bystanders, “This man is one of them.” But again he denied it. Then after a little while the bystanders again said to Peter, “Certainly you are one of them; for you are a Galilean.” But he began to curse, and he swore an oath, “I do not know this man you are talking about.” At that moment the cock crowed for the second time. Then Peter remembered that Jesus had said to him, “Before the cock crows twice, you will deny me three times.” And he broke down and wept.
As soon as it was morning, the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council. They bound Jesus, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate. Pilate asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” He answered him, “You say so.” Then the chief priests accused him of many things. Pilate asked him again, “Have you no answer? See how many charges they bring against you.” But Jesus made no further reply, so that Pilate was amazed.
Now at the festival he used to release a prisoner for them, anyone for whom they asked. Now a man called Barabbas was in prison with the rebels who had committed murder during the insurrection. So the crowd came and began to ask Pilate to do for them according to his custom. Then he answered them, “Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?” For he realized that it was out of jealousy that the chief priests had handed him over. But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have him release Barabbas for them instead. Pilate spoke to them again, “Then what do you wish me to do with the man you call the King of the Jews?” They shouted back, “Crucify him!” Pilate asked them, “Why, what evil has he done?” But they shouted all the more, “Crucify him!” So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released Barabbas for them; and after flogging Jesus, he handed him over to be crucified.
Then the soldiers led him into the courtyard of the palace (that is, the governor’s headquarters); and they called together the whole cohort. And they clothed him in a purple cloak; and after twisting some thorns into a crown, they put it on him. And they began saluting him, “Hail, King of the Jews!” They struck his head with a reed, spat upon him, and knelt down in homage to him. After mocking him, they stripped him of the purple cloak and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him out to crucify him.
They compelled a passer-by, who was coming in from the country, to carry his cross; it was Simon of Cyrene, the father of Alexander and Rufus. Then they brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means the place of a skull). And they offered him wine mixed with myrrh; but he did not take it. And they crucified him, and divided his clothes among them, casting lots to decide what each should take.
It was nine o’clock in the morning when they crucified him. The inscription of the charge against him read, “The King of the Jews.” And with him they crucified two bandits, one on his right and one on his left. Those who passed by derided him, shaking their heads and saying, “Aha! You who would destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself, and come down from the cross!” In the same way the chief priests, along with the scribes, were also mocking him among themselves and saying, “He saved others; he cannot save himself. Let the Messiah, the King of Israel, come down from the cross now, so that we may see and believe.” Those who were crucified with him also taunted him.
When it was noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. At three o’clock Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” When some of the bystanders heard it, they said, “Listen, he is calling for Elijah.” And someone ran, filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a stick, and gave it to him to drink, saying, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to take him down.” Then Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. Now when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he breathed his last, he said, “Truly this man was God’s Son!”
There were also women looking on from a distance; among them were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome. These used to follow him and provided for him when he was in Galilee; and there were many other women who had come up with him to Jerusalem.
When evening had come, and since it was the day of Preparation, that is, the day before the sabbath, Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the council, who was also himself waiting expectantly for the kingdom of God, went boldly to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate wondered if he were already dead; and summoning the centurion, he asked him whether he had been dead for some time. When he learned from the centurion that he was dead, he granted the body to Joseph. Then Joseph bought a linen cloth, and taking down the body, wrapped it in the linen cloth, and laid it in a tomb that had been hewn out of the rock. He then rolled a stone against the door of the tomb. Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where the body was laid.

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