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Sunday, March 28
Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday
Masks and social distancing required for in-person attendance
Holy Eucharist Rite I, 8 a.m.
In-person attendance for up to 35 worshippers
No advance signup required this Sunday.
Audio recording available.
Holy Eucharist Rite II, 10 a.m.
In-person attendance for up to 35 worshippers
Please sign up in advance here.
Facebook Live at 10 a.m.
Worship Notes, Sunday, March 28
Fr. Ben Hankinson, Celebrant

Coffee Hour via Zoom, following the 10 a.m. service.

Communion station at the Lower Level Entrance, 12 Noon
Readings for March 28
  • Gospel - Mark 11: 1-11
  • Lesson: Isaiah 50:4-9a
  • Psalm 31: 9-16
  • Epistle: Philippians 2:5-11
  • Gospel: Mark 14:1-15:47 (The Passion)
The Gospel | Mark 11:1-11 (One of two)

When they were approaching Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany, near the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples and said to them, “Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately as you enter it, you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden; untie it and bring it. If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ just say this, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here immediately.’” They went away and found a colt tied near a door, outside in the street.

As they were untying it, some of the bystanders said to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?” They told them what Jesus had said, and they allowed them to take it. Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it, and he sat on it. Many people spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut in the fields. Then those who went ahead and those who followed were shouting,

“Hosanna!
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
Blessed is the coming kingdom of our ancestor David!
Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

Then he entered Jerusalem and went into the temple; and when he had looked around at everything, as it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the twelve.
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Schedule for the Week of March 28

  • Evening Prayer, Sunday, 7 p.m.+
  • Liturgy of the Word, Monday, 12 p.m.+
  • Liturgy of the Word, Tuesday, 12 p.m.+
  • Liturgy of the Word, Wednesday, 12 p.m.+
  • Tenebrae service, Wednesday, 7 p.m.+
  • Maundy Thursday Proper Liturgy, 7 p.m.+
  • Maundy Thursday - The Watch (1 hour following the 7 p.m. service)
  • Stations of the Cross, Good Friday, 12 Noon +
  • Good Friday Proper Liturgy, 7 p.m.+
  • Holy Saturday Proper Liturgy, 9 a.m.+
  • Week-End Update Newsletter, Saturday p.m.
  • Great Vigil of Easter, Saturday, 8 p.m.+
  • Easter Sunday Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 8 a.m.+
  • Easter Sunday, Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 10 a.m.+
+ Designates a Facebook Live service
Looking Ahead
  • Annual Meeting, May 2, rain date May 16.
Our Lenten Observance: Good Friday
Fr. Ben Hankinson, Rector
 
The Good Friday liturgy begins where Maundy Thursday left off, in silence. Like the blessing and dismissal which are conspicuous in their absence Thursday, the opening acclamation is nowhere to be found Friday. The services, though separated by a day, are in essence one liturgy spread over three days. What begins Thursday continues Friday and concludes with the Great Vigil of Easter.
 
We open this day by moving directly to the collect and lessons which climax in the solemn reading of the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ. In response to what we hear, to the completed work of the cross, we offer a series of solemn collects because it is through the Passion that we have access to such intercessions. We boldly claim that right to intercede for the church, the nations, those in need, those who do not yet know Christ, and finally for ourselves and the faithful departed as the merits of Christ and his completed work are set between us and our sins.
 
Having heard the story of the cross and shared in its grace and mercy, we turn our attention now to meditate upon it. The cross is brought forth as we adore the shameful instrument of death which has become the beautiful symbol of our life and our salvation. We glory in the cross and in the Lord.
 
This leads us to our final stop on this day, the altar of the Lord. While we do not celebrate the Great Thanksgiving on this most solemn of occasions, we are not left without the comfort of the Sacrament. Christ, his body broken and blood poured out on the cross, nourishes us by the same. We are fed by the fruit of the Lord's Passion to strengthen us as we depart to await the celebration of his glorious resurrection.
 
Passion, prayer, and paten. Christ, cross, and cup. Good Friday.
Reopening Update:
Increase to 35 In-Person Attendees

Last weekend, it was mentioned that we would continue our reopening process with a few changes that take us a step closer to normal.
 
First, the attendance limit is increased to 35 people in addition to those who are serving. Please be sure to signup so that we may plan accordingly.

Signups are in place for
  • all 10 a.m. Sunday services,
  • 8 a.m. on Easter Sunday only,
  • Maundy Thursday,
  • Good Friday, and
  • The Great Vigil of Easter.
At this time, signups for Easter Sunday at 10 a.m. are FULL. As a first alternative, please consider attending the Great Vigil of Easter on Saturday at 8 p.m. or the 8 a.m. service on Easter Sunday. A secondary option is overflow seating in Pearson Hall at 10 a.m. with the livestream on the television and Communion brought to those worshipping in there.
 
Next, you will notice that the first three pews are blocked off in front of the ambo (pulpit/lectern). This facilitates both our new recording/livestream location as well as provides the necessary space cushion between those speaking and those in the pews.
 
You will also note upon entering the pews that the Book of Common Prayer and Hymnal have returned. Since we alternate pews between services, this should not create any sort of issue from one liturgy to the next in terms of handling materials. This is also a note to say that we will be returning to a more reserved bulletin that outlines the service and relies instead upon the materials available in the books themselves. If you would like a complete service bulletin, one will still be provided in the weekly newsletter and may be printed in advance.
 
Finally, we will be returning to Communion in both kinds. The celebrant will be administering both the bread and the wine by intinction then distributing the Sacrament into the hand. Neither drinking from the chalice nor self-intinction are permissible. Should you choose to receive only the host, please indicate by crossing a single arm across your chest while extending the other to receive in the hand. As always, crossing both arms across the chest indicates the reception of a blessing instead of Communion.
 
We offer thanks for the continued progress towards curbing this pandemic, and we take these steps mindful of the ever-present hope which we have in the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.
-Fr. Ben
Notes
  • Submit Diocesan Survey by March 31! - Please complete and submit the Election Committee survey soon that will be used to understand the characteristics parishioners find most important in a new Bishop of Springfield.
  • Election of new Vestry members - Watch for a special email regarding this year's election of new Vestry members that will take place at the Annual Meeting on May 2. New members will serve 2+ years following the meeting. If you are interested in serving on the vestry, contact Kevin Babb, Senior Warden.
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