Holy March Madness

AdminMessages from Philip

No, this isn’t about what basketball team to pick in the college playoffs. But, now that I have your attention, read the following.

As a three stream Anglican church, we offer throughout the year particular times of teaching on the different streams: Scripture, Sacraments, Holy Spirit. For example, last Sunday we had an “Instructed Eucharist” service talking more about the form and shape of our worship, the history and meaning behind the different elements of our service. We do this about twice a year and it helps those that are new to our church as well as those who have been here a good while to be reminded of the sacramental stream of our worship.

This Saturday, March 10, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., we will focus on another stream: the Holy Spirit. This Holy Spirit Retreat is also held twice a year. It is part of our Alpha Course, but is open to anyone and those you invite. It is not only about teaching and Bible study on the Holy Spirit but also a time to receive more of that power in your life, a time of ministry. The talks are:

  • Who is the Holy Spirit?
  • What does the Holy Spirit do?
  • How can I be filled with the Holy Spirit?

The role of the Holy Spirit in the life of the church receives a lot of attention and welcome by so many of you that come here and others that visit. We want to share this with everybody. You will be blessed. To register, email [email protected]

Holy Week is fast approaching. It begins on Palm Sunday which marks the beginning of Holy Week by commemorating the Triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem on a donkey. We will remember the crowd’s reception of Jesus with shouts of joy, by proclaiming “Hosanna in the highest!”, as well as their rejection of him days later with cries of “Let him be crucified!”.  Holy Week ends with Easter Day, the first day of the new creation, the day of our hope and longing and the feast that ends our Lenten and Holy Week fast. Not only this, but Easter Day begins the Great Fifty Days of Easter leading up to Pentecost. In these Fifty Days we remember Jesus’ appearances to his friends after his resurrection, and look forward to the coming of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost..

There will be more teaching and information about the importance of Holy Week as we draw closer but here is the schedule:

  • March 25, Palm Sunday – 9 & 11 a.m.
  • March 29, Maundy Thursday w/Footwashing – 7 – 8:30 p.m.
  • March 30, Good Friday – Noon – 2 p.m.
  • March 31, Holy Saturday Vigil – 8 – 10 p.m.
  • April 1, Easter Sunday – 9 & 11 a.m.

For centuries followers of Jesus have marked the last week of Lent as Holy Week. It’s a time to get our hearts and minds prepared spiritually. We just don’t run or tip toe into Easter. We intentionally put ourselves into a posture ready to receive the hope of the Resurrection and move into the season of Easter anticipating the coming of the Holy Spirit.

Our version of March madness begins this Saturday. Come and see.

Faithfully,

+Philip