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St. Andrew's News: Good Friday and Easter Worship
April 1, 2021, 11:44 AM

Subject Line:  Good Friday and Easter Worship

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters of St. Andrew's,

 

I look forward to worshiping with you this weekend as we honor our Lord, who destroyed death.  Worship for the rest of Holy Week is as follows:

 

Good Friday (April 2)

7:30 pm (Guest Preacher:  the Rev. Wesley Walker, St. Paul's Anglican, Crownsville; incense will be used)

 

Easter Vigil (April 3)

7:30 pm (Guest Cantor:  the Rev. Margaret Brack, Transitional Deacon; incense will be used)

 

Easter Sunday (April 4)

8:00 Rite I

9:00 Rite II

10:30 Egg Hunt

11:00 Rite II (incense will be used)

The 9:00 and 11:00 services will be identical, and it is rumored that they will be followed by a bit of socially distanced festivity around the picnic tables.

 

Home communion kits are available for those who are unable to come to church in person, or who are more comfortable avoiding gatherings at this point.  They may be picked up at the church between 6:00 and 7:00 on Good Friday and Holy Saturday.  Please contact me to reserve home communion kits.

 

As was the case when we were able to meet in the summer and fall, we need to observe several practices to keep everybody safe:

  • Please remain at least 6 feet away from anyone you don't live with.  We will not exchange handshakes or embraces at the Peace.
  • Everyone must wear a close-fitting mask.  If you don't have one help yourself to a disposable mask from the basket by the front door.
  • The yellow worship guides indicate where you should sit.
  • Only the Cantor will sing; you may hum behind your mask, but please do not sing.
  • Only the bread will be distributed at Communion.  Please come forward, masked, and receive the bread with your hands outstretched; then, you may consume it when you return to your seat.
  • Windows will be opened for the duration of the service, so you may want to dress accordingly.
  • Restroom doors will stay propped open, and restrooms should only be used by one person at a time.
  • Ushers will be taking attendance for contact tracing purposes.  These attendance sheets are destroyed after 2 weeks.
  • At the conclusion of the service please exit the building immediately.

 

The Good Friday, Easter Vigil and 11:00 Easter Sunday services will be streamed via our Facebook page, our YouTube channel and our website.  We will stream the 8:00 service via Zoom. You may use Zoom by visiting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89538636563?pwd=aDZ6SXUxZTMvMklKSi81UkVlaGpIZz09, and you may access the audio stream by telephoning 301-715-8592 and using meeting ID 8953-863-6563, password 201189.

 

The Sacrament of Reconciliation (a.k.a. Confession) is always available to you, and is especially appropriate during the penitential season of Lent.  I am now permitted to hear confessions in person, masked and distanced, as well as via Zoom or over the phone.  Please contact me to schedule an appointment.

 

On the third Sunday of each month we take up a special offering to address needs in our community.  Our March Healing Sunday offering of $365 will be given to Arundel House of Hope.  St. Andrew's has contributed a gift basked for their Bid for Hope fundraiser, which will be held April 14-17.  Our April Healing Sunday offering will go toward helping Bill Forkgen's family recover from their recent house fire.

 

The Rector's Discretionary Fund enables me to work on the church's behalf to care for those in need in our community, and to support the needs of worthy ministries, as I am made aware of these needs.  I am always glad to receive gifts to this fund (either electronically or by checks made out to St. Andrew's with Rector's Discretionary Fund on the memo line), especially at this time when need is increasing significantly. If you are facing job loss or a reduction in your family's income please don't hesitate to reach out to me personally.

 

--Fr. Jason

 

  1. I extended my hands and approached my Lord, for the expansion of my hands is His sign.
  2. And my extension is the upright cross, that was lifted up on the way of the Righteous One.
  3. And I became useless to those who knew me not, because I shall hide myself from those who possessed me not.
  4. And I will be with those who love me.
  5. All my persecutors have died, and they sought me, they who declared against me, because I am living.
  6. Then I arose and am with them, and will speak by their mouths.
  7. For they have rejected those who persecute them; and I threw over them the yoke of my love.
  8. Like the arm of the bridegroom over the bride, so is my yoke over those who know me.
  9. And as the bridal chamber is spread out by the bridal pair's home, so is my love by those who believe in me.
  10. I was not rejected although I was considered to be so, and I did not perish although they thought it of me.
  11. Sheol saw me and was shattered, and Death ejected me and many with me.
  12. I have been vinegar and bitterness to it, and I went down with it as far as its depth.
  13. Then the feet and the head it released, because it was not able to endure my face.
  14. And I made a congregation of living among his dead; and I spoke with them by living lips; in order that my word may not be unprofitable.
  15. And those who had died ran towards me; and they cried out and said, Son of God, have pity on us.
  16. And deal with us according to Your kindness, and bring us out from the bonds of darkness.
  17. And open for us the door by which we may come out to You; for we perceive that our death does not touch You.
  18. May we also be saved with You, because You are our Savior.
  19. Then I heard their voice, and placed their faith in my heart.
  20. And I placed my name upon their head, because they are free and they are mine.
    Hallelujah.

--Odes of Solomon (~2nd c.), 42



Attachments:

  1. Bulletin Good Friday
  2. Bulletin Easter Vigil
  3. Bulletin Easter Day