|This week we get to the center of the Gospel. Over the course of Holy Week, we enter into the Paschal Mystery: the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. In this action, God has acted to redeem the cosmos and to offer salvation to all people.
Once again, many of us find ourselves exiled from our familiar liturgies and habits in Holy Week. We are unable to gather as we are accustomed. I for one grieve the fact that we cannot celebrate the glorious liturgies of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Eve from our prayer book with a church full of people.
And, yet, we know that Christ’s self-offering on the cross and his resurrection are still true, whether or not we are able to mark those events in our churches in the usual manner.
I hope everyone can find some peace, mercy, and hope in the coming days through our observance of the Three Holy Days and the Easter season.
If nothing else, perhaps this year affords us the opportunity to read the accounts of the passion and resurrection of Jesus in the Gospels with special fervor. Read one or more of Matthew 26-28, Mark 14-16, Luke 22-24, or John 18-20.
This week, whether through liturgies with our community on line or in person on Easter Sunday, through our own prayer, or in the pages of scripture, may we all join with Mary Magdalene and say, “I have seen the Lord.”
Blessings to you all in the coming days.
Stay safe and well.....Shalom,
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's Easter Message
Hymn of the Month by Beth Kerzee
#178 Alleluia, Alleluia! Give Thanks to the Risen Lord
Give thanks to the Risen Lord.
Give praise to His name.
- Jesus is Lord of all the earth.
He is the King of creation.
- Spread the good news o’er all the earth;
Jesus has died and has risen.
- We have been crucified with Christ.
Now we shall live forever.
- Come, let us praise the living God,
Joyfully sing to our Savior.
Scripture references: Vs.3 = Rom. 6:6, Gal. 2:20
Surrounded by “alleluias,” the text presents the good news of Easter: Christ is risen! In this hymn we sing Pauline phrases that proclaim the new life we have in the risen Christ.
Donald E. Fishel (b. Hart, MI 1950) composed both text and tune “rather spontaneously” during the summer of 1971 in a house on Church Street in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The hymn was first sung in services of the Word of God Community in Ann Arbor, a charismatic Roman Catholic congregation that Fishel had then recently joined; he later served that community as publications editor of Servant Music (1973-1981). Fishel received a bachelor’s degree in instrumental music education from the University of Michigan in 1972 and a degree in computer science from Eastern Michigan University in 1983. Since then, he has worked in the computer industry.
From ---Psalter Hymnal Handbook
Holy Week Schedule
April 4 - Easter Sunday
Outdoors-in person and live streamed
Baptisms & Holy Eucharist
CANVAS OF HOPE
A COMMUNITY ART FUNDRAISER PRESENTED BY
RIO GRANDE BORDERLAND MINISTRIES
In order to spread awareness and build our network of supporters, Rio Grande Borderland Ministries is hosting an online community art fundraiser titled Canvas of Hope. The event will feature artists passionate about migration, including musical performances, poetry readings, artists talks, and more.
Please join us for Canvas of Hope on Saturday, May 1, from 1:00 PM MDT to 2:30 PM MDT. Registration required. Questions? Reach out to Nellie Fagan, RGBM Project Coordinator, at email@example.com.
The needs of paying the the church bills, funding our ministries, and proclaiming the Good News continues during this Pandemic. Please consider making a monthly gift.
THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!---to all of you who have contributed and continue to contribute to our virtual collection plate. Some of you have made it a monthly donation through our "Donate Button. Either way you have done it....it is greatly appreciated.
For those of you who have not checked out how easy it is to donate on line....Go to our website-http://stpaulsmarfa.org- Go to the bottom and find the "Donate" --click on it and fill in the blanks.... OR go to https://www.dioceserg.org/donate and continue to support our mission and ministry.
ALSO---Thank you, thank you, thank you for all who have mailed in pledges and donations.
Things to do to benefit the church and the community during the Coronavirus Restrictions
1. THE MARFA FOOD PANTRY IS EMPTY! - Keep bringing food donations...our doors are open 24 hours and you will find a basket at the back of the church.
2. Pray for Rudy and Allison.
3. Pray for our country.
4. Unaccompanied Children at our borders.