This Sunday we start on the most sacred and solemn part of the Church’s year Passion tide and Easter. During this time we observe and celebrate our Lord’s culmination of his Earthly ministry when he sets his sights toward Jerusalem. There he would confront the religious and secular leaders of Judea and face his own passion, death and final victory over death which would establish a new world order. While the secular world chooses to overlook what took place before Easter, in the stores we see all the signs of Easter, the chocolate, eggs and feathers in the Church we realize that what happened was the real price paid to give us a true sense of joy of God’s triumph over death.
By participating in the Church’s life at this time of year we enter into these events and share with each other our own experience of them. What do they mean to us and how do they change our lives and make us more complete individuals? These are some of the real questions we are asked to consider at this time of the year.
So I ask you to consider where you are in your Earthly Journey as this time of year when all roads lead to Jerusalem and where will we stand when we meet our risen Lord on Easter Morning?
The Services during Passion tide and Easter will be as follows:
Passion Sunday April 2nd @ 10 and 11 am.
Lenten Program Wednesday April 5th @ 6 pm. Last meeting.
Palm Sunday April 9th @ 11 am. Procession and Eucharist.
Maundy Thursday April 13th @ 6 pm.The Commemoration of the Institution of the Last Supper and stripping of the Altar.
Holy Friday Liturgy Friday April 14th @ noon. Coffee will follow at the Rectory with hot cross buns.
The Feast of the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Sunday the 16th of April 11 am. Also known as Easter Sunday.
The Annual General Meeting of St. Andrew’s will be held on Sunday the 23rd of April following the 11 am service. This years meeting will be held in the Sanctuary and include a cold lunch. We will vote on resolutions regarding the life of the Parish and our future together. Of particular note will be the continuing relationship of the Church of Sweden and St. Andrew’s regarding the University Chaplaincy. The agreement which allows the Chaplain to be part of the team of University Chaplains and receive half of his salary paid by the Swedish Church is coming up for review at the end of this year. While no final decision has been made it is important that everyone is updated as to this matter and consider what it might mean in the life of the Parish.
Committee Chairpersons are reminded that your reports are due now so that the Annual Report may be published before the Annual Meeting. Please forward them to Alan Taylor in a format that may be downloaded for printing. firstname.lastname@example.org
All the best,
David Bruce, Chaplain