Dear Brothers & Sisters in our Lord,
Christians have called the Fifth Sunday in Lent “Passion Sunday” since the early days of Christ’s Church. This second Sunday before Good Friday is recalled, when our Lord openly made predictions of His coming sufferings that led Him “by His own Blood to enter once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us” (Hebrews 9:12). Passiontide sets us on the season’s final stretch, leading to Holy Week and the feast of feasts: that of the Resurrection. Make sure and be here for Sunday’s Holy Eucharist as we begin to commemorate what it’s all about for those who dare call themselves “Christians.”
Today (Friday, 3/20): Stations of the Cross commences at 12 noon.
Sunday (3/22): Holy Eucharist (Passion Sunday) begins at 10am.
Nursery care and Sunday School for children will be available, but the 9am Bible Study goes on hiatus until after Easter when Deacon Bart Dellinger will lead a survey of 1 Corinthians. Also, Barbara Leen will host a Coffee Hour sale of Sunday School and other books that are “surplus to requirements.” Feel free to bring your own and donate the proceeds to St. Bart’s ministries.
Wednesday (3/25): Holy Eucharist (Feast of the Annunciation) at 6:30pm.
Friday (3/27): Stations of the Cross at 12 noon.
Palm Sunday (3/29): Blessing & Distribution of Palms, Procession & Holy Eucharist at 10am.
There will be liturgies on every day during Holy Week: Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday at 12 noon, Maundy Thursday at 7pm, Good Friday at 12 noon, 2:30 & 7pm, and Holy Saturday/ Easter Even at 7pm. Easter Day will be celebrated at 10am. More details forthcoming.
SPECIAL APPEAL: Finally, I announced an appeal last Sunday concerning necessary repairs to the church’s east-facing (Avondale Road) exterior wall. For not much more than the cost of the scraping, sanding, rotten board replacement, caulking, and another temporary paint job, we have a limited time opportunity at a significantly reduced price for a much more beautiful and long-lasting solution: a stone façade! Please consider making a gift beyond your normal tithes & offerings toward this project that will positively address what is fast becoming a rather urgent situation. Make your check payable to “St. Bartholomew’s Church” with “Capital Fund” written on the memo line. Funds collected toward this end will not be subject to diocesan assessment.
Your prayerful consideration of this matter is much appreciated. This projected “outward & visible sign of an inward & invisible grace” (St. Augustine, BCP) could well be completed before Easter Day!
Much love & many blessings,