Notes on the Service...
...for April 5, 2015, Easter, Sunday of the Resurrection
On this most important feast of the church year, the tone of worship is triumphant: Alleluias open the service, and punctuate it throughout, hangings are white and/or gold, flowers abound, the music is rousing. Easter is calculated as the Sunday after the first full moon, April 4 this year, after the first day of spring, March 20. The source of the English term Easter was the name of the Anglo-Saxon spring goddess, Eoster, according to Bede, the 7th century English historian. Romance languages use some cognate of the Hebrew Pasch, Passover. Passover began on April 4 in 2015, so this year what Christians call Good Friday fell on the eve of Passover, the date Mark reports the crucifixion took place.
The Prayer Book provides three collects for Easter Day. All are from 8th century collections; all ask for our transformation by Christ's resurrection.
In many old lectionaries, during the Easter season the first readings are not from the Hebrew Bible, the Old Testament, but instead from the Acts of the Apostles, because Christ's resurrection caused a new Israel to appear. Of that New Israel's history, Acts is the first chapter. Today's excerpt of a sermon by Peter to the household of Cornelius the centurion summarizes the news of Jesus' life, death, and resurrection, the Gospel. Peter's line about God's not being partial means that the New Israel should include Gentiles (such as Cornelius) as well as Jews.
Psalm 118 was an Israelite king's song of thanks for victory, probably to accompany a triumphal procession into the temple. Easter liturgies apply it, particularly its v 18, "The LORD...did not hand me over to death," to Christ. V 22, "The same stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone," will be applied to Jesus in the apostles' preaching, for example, the sermon in the reading for April 26.
The earliest-written account we have of the resurrection is the one by Paul in I Corinthians. Paul says he "received" his information about Christ's resurrection and appearances. Presumably, he received it from Cephas/Peter, James, and others who, unlike Paul, had been there.
The first one to have been at the empty tomb, according to John's Gospel, was Mary Magdalene, who then fetched Peter and the disciple whom Jesus loved, traditionally identified as John himself. John is the first to grasp what has happened; then Mary is the first to meet the risen Lord whom she at first mistakes for a gardener. Adam was a gardener. Mark's briefer account has three women finding the tomb empty, and a man in white telling them Jesus is risen. The women are dumbfounded. At that, Mark's story breaks off.
- Easter Altar Flowers: If you wish to place flowers on the altar at Easter in memory of or in thanksgiving for someone, there will be an Easter Memorials sheet on which to add these in the parish hall. You may either donate money by giving it to Bill Smith or Carolyn Pidgeon, or if you wish, you may donate potted Easter Lilies or any other type of potted, colorful spring flowers. Donated flowers may be taken home after they are removed from the altar, or Carolyn will plant them in our courtyard or around the sign in the lower yard. If you are donating flowers, please have them in the parish hall befoere 9 AM on Saturday, April 4. If you wish to help with the decorating of the Church for Easter, please join us in the parish hall on Saturday, April 4, at 9 AM.
- Sunshine Basket: We are collectin items to put in a Sunshine Basket for Curtis and Lois Ownbey.
- Easter Baskets: The children of the church will be given Easter baskets on Easter morning. If you would like to help fill the baskets please bring small items to the church by Saturday morning, April 4th. We are filling baskets for 8 boys and 3 girls ranging in age from a one month old boy to a 13 year old girl.
- Bulletin Ministry: Please let Maryann Presnell or the Vestry know if you feel led to take over the Bulletin Ministry.
- PhoneTree Ministry: Please let the Bill Smith or the Vestry know if you feel led to take over the Phone Tree Ministry.
- Thursday, April 2 - Maundy Thursday service at 7 PM
- Friday, April 3 - Good Friday service at 7 PM
- Sunday, April 5 - Easter Sunday!
- Saturday, May 9 - Mother's Day High Tea - Tickets are available in the Parish Hall. If we sell them all we'll be in high cotton for a while.
- Sunday, May 10 - Mother's Day
If you would like to become a member of the Prayer Chain please talk to Diane Jackson.
This Week's Schedule:
|Sunday|| 8:15 AM
Choir Practice in the Church
|Monday||12:00 PM||Noonday Prayer|
|Tuesday||12:00 PM||Noonday Prayer|
Pot Luck Supper
Stations of the Cross
|Thursday||12:00 PM||Noonday Prayer|