Founded in 1886, we are an Anglo-Catholic congregation in Woodfin, within the Diocese of Western North Carolina. Our purpose is to worship God in the beauty of holiness, to teach the faith in such a way that we may be empowered to serve our Lord in this world, and bring others into the fellowship of the Body of Christ. We are dedicated to maintaining the Anglican traditions that have formed our worship over the ages.
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Notes on the Service...
...for April 13, 2014, the Sunday of the Passion, Palm Sunday
RCL Isa 50:4-9a; Ps 31:9-16; Phil 2:5-11; Mtt 26:14 – 27:66
As Holy Week starts, Christians in liturgical churches symbolically re-enact Jesus' entry into Jerusalem a few days before his death. These reenactments seem to have begun in 4th c. Jerusalem, and then spread across Christendom, with processions of devotees carrying branches of palm, olive, or other shrubs of spring (in Russia, pussy willow) to hail Jesus as king. Symbolizing Christ's bloodshed, the color of vestments is today dark red.
When the palm procession has reached the chancel, the Eucharist begins with a collect which summarizes the day's themes, Christ's self-humbling and suffering ("made-flesh and cross-fixed" said the 8th c. original) as examples to us, that we might be made participants in his resurrection.
"I gave my back to the smiters....I did not hide my face from insult and spit-ting" says the unknown sufferer in Isaiah's servant songs. So closely did Jesus conform to this 6th c. description of one who willingly suffers to benefit others that it is read every Palm Sunday and again on Wednesday of every Holy Week. It is easy to picture Jesus reciting this passage and Psalm 31.
In Psalm 31, another unnamed servant of the Lord laments his humiliation and prays for deliverance from his false accusers. Vv 13-18 sound much like one of Jeremiah's laments, which might mean that Jeremiah used phrases from this familiar psalm to voice his pains, or it might mean that a psalmist paraphrased Jeremiah when composing this song.
Of all of Christ's self-humbling acts referred to by today's collect, the first was his lowering himself from the glory of Godhead down to the human race and thence down to the bottom of human misery, crucifixion. That degradation is called by Paul, Christ's "emptying of himself." In response to that voluntary humiliation, God exalted Christ above all. In this excerpt, Paul could be quoting an early hymn on the subject of what would later be called the "kenotic" or self-emptying doctrine of the atonement.
Passion is used here in the old sense of suffering, not in the modern sense of strong feelings. All the canonical Gospels devote more space to their accounts of Christ's passion, death, and resurrection than they do to any other of his deeds or his teachings. This suggests that the first believers considered that story most significant, in contrast with gnostics who omitted it, as for instance in the gnostic Gospel of Thomas. Matthew's account of the Passion follows Mark's closely, adding such details as the amount paid Judas, Judas' suicide, Pilate's wife's dream, Pilate's hand-washing, and a report of bodies rising from graves during the earthquake when Jesus died.
Book Sale: The book sale is scheduled for April 26th and will be set up in the Parish House so it will be out of whatever weather we get that day. Flyers will be available in the Parish Hall for members to post on local bulletin boards announcing our Book Sale.
Wednesdays in Lent: Plan to join your Redeemer family during Lent for meatless, dessert-less suppers at 6:00 followed by Stations of the Cross At 7:00 every Wednesday night.
Financial Report: Contributions for the month of March were $6,490.32. Not only did we reach our minimum monthly needs, but the deficit from January and February has been overcome. Thanks be to God and to all of you!
This Week's Schedule:
- Sunday - 8:15 AM - Holy Eucharist
- Sunday - 9:30 AM - Choir Practice in the Church
- Sunday - 9:30 AM - Christian Education
- Sunday - 10:30 AM - Holy Eucharist
- Wednesday - 6:00 PM - Meatless-Dessertless Pot Luck Supper
- Wednesday - 7:00 PM - Stations of the Cross
- Monday thru Thursday - 12:00 - Mid-day Prayer