ALL ANGELS BY THE SEA
WEEKLY TIDINGS
March 25, 2021
RESERVATIONS FOR EASTER

There will be two services Easter morning, 8 and 10 am. Reservations for indoor seating at the 10 am service
are full.

Alden Grace Wright and Harper Ann Wright, twin daughters of Russell and Carrie Wright and granddaughters of BJ and Dave Bishop will be baptized on Sunday April 4th at the 10 a.m. service at All Angels Episcopal Church.
Easter Choir 
If you are interested in singing in the choir on Easter, please contact Dale. The practice will be on Maundy Thursday at 4 pm. On Easter Sunday, the choir will need to wear masks and will be seated on the Terrace; which means the Offertory anthem will be heard both inside and outside the church. 
Holy Week Services

Palm Sunday
March 28, 2021
8 and 10 am

Maundy Thursday
April 1, 2021
5 pm

Good Friday
April 2, 2021
noon

The All Angels office will be closed on Monday, April 5th.
SUNDAY SERVICES
Masks are required indoors - please wear the mask over your mouth and nose.
Communion bread will be offered outdoors.

To live-stream - go to AllAngelsLBK.org, click on the "All Angels Enter Here" picture and you will be routed to our YouTube channel.
Zoom - go to https://zoom.us/j/5955701807 and watch and listen live. Be sure to stick around after the service for our coffee hour chat-with-your-neighbor time.

The 10 am service will begin with the lighting of the altar candles. If you are participating at home, you are invited to light a candle with us to create a sacred space of worship at home.

The bulletin can be found on the All Angels Website: AllAngelsLBK.org
or at the following link: Bulletin for Sunday, March 28
Scripture Readings, March 28

John 12:12-16
Isaiah 50:4-9
Psalm 31:9-16
Philippians 2:5-11
Mark 15:1-39


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Last Sunday's Service
Book Study: Proof of Heaven
Organ Concert in the Park
APRIL BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES
1 Pam Schultz
5 Bob Granger
7 Dee Binney
7 Dee Rice
9 Alison Jones
9 Sandy Wood
12 Susan Bovet
13 Don Getz
15 Jane Perin
15 Frank Martucci
18 Beverly Joutras
19 Jean Langhaug
19 Barbara Pickrell
24 Heidi Thomas
26 Dave Marshall
26 Sheila Eiss
29 John Binney
1 Brian & Jean Rushton
11 Don & Tanya Edwards
28 Ed & Ginny Upshaw
PRAYERS
Centering Prayer
Centering Prayer invites you to pray with them, every day,
at 8 am, wherever you are. When you enter into prayer at 8 am (Eastern), you will know that others are praying at the same time. 
Prayers for our People
We pray for those who are sick, those who suffer; we pray for all who protect us both here and abroad, and for those on our prayer list; especially, Downs IV, Holden, and Brian. Grant healing and recovery for all who have gone through surgery, especially Gail Ashley. Give peace and strength for those going through cancer treatments, especially Ginny, Victoria, Andres, Alex, Colleen, Jack, Connie, John, Douglas and Tom. Visit and comfort all who are under the care of skilled nursing, especially Bob, Timothy, Don, Barbara and Mike. 
PARISH ACTIVITIES
Easter Flowers
Easter plans are underway and we hope that you will help with flowers and music contributions.

1. For online giving choose the Easter Donation button on the All Angels website or Tidings.  You may enter a dedication on the memo line.

2.  Send a check to the office made out to All Angels by the Sea with Easter Contribution on the memo line. You may enclose a dedication for the Easter bulletin.

3.  Drop off a contribution at church. Forms will be available for your message.

Thank you in advance for helping to make Easter Sunday beautiful.
Lenten Book Study
Fr. Dave will be offering two different studies — a weekly meditation on the stations of the cross based on the book Walking the Way of Sorrows by Katerina Whitley and a weekly Zoom book study of Proof of Heaven by Eben Alexander, M.D.
Organ Concerts

Join us every Thursday at 11:00 am for our Organ Concert in the Park.
Art Gallery
Our "New to You" art sale continues online. To see what is available for sale, please visit our website: www.allangelslbk.org

Our artist for the month of March will be Rene Fletcher.
Discussion Groups
This next week is Holy Week. Instead of talking about the topics of our day, I thought we should take a look at one thing that happened to Jesus on Tuesday of Holy Week. A surprising number of things happened on that final Tuesday; one of them was a challenge from a group that didn't believe in an afterlife. This week's reading is an excerpt from the book The Last Week by Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan. Borg and Crossan dismantle the challenge to Jesus and raise some very interesting; and mostly unanswered questions; about the afterlife. I thought we should pick up on their questions and see what, if anything, we can answer about it. I am interested in hearing your thoughts on some of their questions. 
Blessings to you this week,
- Dave

 
The zoom link is as follows: https://zoom.us/j/5955701807
Online Giving
If you would like to give to the offering plate electronically, you can find the online giving link on our All Angels website by clicking the link below:
REFLECTION
Cold Brew and the Episcopate
 
Clergy often define what a bishop is by the historicity of the office – namely that Jesus laid his hands on Peter and ordained him, more or less, and then Peter laid his hands on the apostles and the apostles did that in succession all the way to our day. The line often goes like this: our connection with the historic church and the larger church is through our local bishop. There is nothing wrong with that; it’s fine, and it certainly is correct. But my modern take on the office of the bishop is different.
 
When I go to Trader Joes grocery store, I don’t really care about who the general manager is. In fact, I hardly care about who the manager is. I just want to walk in, buy my TJ’s cold brew, and check out. However, on the day that my Organic French Roast Trader Joes Cold Brew concentrate in the 16oz bottle is not in stock, suddenly I care about who is in charge. Or, what if there is a day that Trader Joes has discontinued all my favorite items, or there are no cashiers, or carts, or there is no power on in the building; then I certainly care about who is in charge and who the general manager is. That’s how I look at the episcopate (bishop). Most folks who attend one of the 78 congregations in the diocese don’t really care who the bishop is. Some may not even care that much about who the priest is. They want to show up, pray, hear about the Good News, and then head on out about their day. But, the minute they show up and there is no service, or priest, or electricity; suddenly they would probably care about who the bishop is.
 
The fact of the matter is that I am a priest because of a bishop. I am in the Diocese of SW Florida because of a bishop and likewise, I am Rector of All Angels because, you guess it, of a bishop. My predecessor, Fr. Danner, can tell you the same exact story. He’s a priest because of a bishop and he was the Rector of All Angels also because of a bishop. Just like how the feel, or attitude, or culture of a church is, in some ways, a result of who the pastor is, the same is true with retail stores and dioceses. There was a diocese that I steered clear of because, in part, of their bishop. He and I would not see eye to eye on much. Conversely, when I met with Bishop Smith the first time, there was a spark. I told him of a dream/vision I had about SW Florida in our first meeting which, if this were a Trader Joes, would be called an interview. He smiled and showed me a draft of his address at the upcoming diocesan convention. Would you know it, he and I were saying the same thing! Not surprisingly, I feel more connected, or that I have more in common, with the clergy of this diocese more than the other dioceses I have served. I imagine this has something to do with the bishop.
 
As the diocese heads into the season of transition as we search for our new bishop, I like to keep my eyes on the future of the Church. Who the new bishop will be won’t affect us at All Angels much, but, down the road, the continuation of Episcopal ministry on Longboat and the diocese depends greatly on who is called. 

-Fr. Dave