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.
We welcome all baptized Christians to receive Holy Communion at the altar of God. If you are visiting for the first time, we welcome you to the Episcopal Church. Please make yourself known to Father Hanks.
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Notes on the Service...
...for April 27, 2014, the Second Sunday of Easter, Low Sunday, Thomas Sunday
RCL Acts 2:14a, 22-32; Ps 16; I Pet 1:3-9; Jn 20;19-31
The 7th century collect, composed for use during Easter Week, prays that those who have been initiated into the Paschal covenant, i.e., baptized, may display their faith in their lives. From as early as the 2nd century until perhaps as late as the 8th, Easter was the season preferred for baptizing converts, a practice which the 1979 Prayer Book revived. The 1st century Book of the Acts shows apostles baptizing converts regardless of the calendar.
Because Acts continues the Easter story of redemption, during Eastertide the lectionary provides selections from Acts in place of readings from the Hebrew Bible customary at other times. These selections are sermons by Peter, Stephen, and Paul which follow a pattern of outlining Jewish history, arguing that Jesus completes that history, and asking their hearers to accept Jesus as the messiah. Today's excerpt is set at Pentecost, immediately after the giving of the Spirit (John's account of that Spirit-giving will be today's Gospel). Peter is explaining the meaning of the events to a crowd. He sketches Jesus' life and resurrection. His resurrection was foretold, says Peter, by Psalm 16, composed by the "patriarch and prophet" David. Believing Christ's resurrection is the principal topic of today's readings.
The verse of Psalm 16 which Acts uses to claim that David promised that the Messiah would rise from the dead is v 11, "...thou shalt not leave my soul in hell; neither shalt thou suffer thy Holy One to see corruption." This psalm is the song of a convert from paganism who resolves not even to name his former gods nor to take part in their worship. Most modern scholars are skeptical of the claim that David could have written this psalm. The unidentified convert hopes that the God of Israel who has prospered him in life will not forsake him when he is near death, or will rescue him from the pit of death, sheol, Hebrew for the underworld, or hades/hell.
Epistles during Eastertide will be from I Peter about baptism and Christ's resurrection and their implications for Christians living under ostracism or even persecution. This work might be based on preaching by Peter; it could have been written by a philosophically-minded assistant of his. The opening ad-dress commends those who "without having seen him [Christ] you love him," like today's Gospel blessing on "those who have not seen and yet believe." Among those who saw him was probably Mark, whose feast will be Monday.
John places the giving of the Spirit to the apostles on Easter night rather than on Pentecost morning as Acts does. Christ's breathing onto the apostles is like God's breathing into Adam. This Breather of the new creation re-appears the next Sunday to convince doubting Thomas of his resurrection.
Book Sale: Plan to join us for our Spring Book Sale on Saturday, April 26th in the Parish Hall. Prior to the sale, we will need the help of people with strong backs to help bring the books up from the basement. Posters for the sale are on the table in the Parish Hall. Take a few and display them in your neighborhood merchants, libraries and at work. Contact Fr. Hanks or Diane Jackson for more information.
Daughters of the King: The St. Julian of Norwich chapter of the Daughters of the King will meet at the church on Wednesday, April 23rd at 6:00. If you would like more information about the Daughters of the King, contact Becky Smith.
Midday Prayer: Fr. Weissman will not be at Redeemer for Noonday Prayer on Thursday, April 24th.
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