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Sunday, April 21st

Easter Sunday

       Easter Eve-- Saturday, April 20th
      Easter Day-- Sunday, April 21st

       11:30 AM-- COFFEE HOUR
      11:30 AM-- EASTER EGG HUNT on the GREEN    

         FIRST READING: Acts 10: 34-43
         PSALM: 118: 11-2 and 18-24
         NEW TESTAMENT: I Corinthians 15: 19-26
         GOSPEL: Luke 24: 1-12

O God, who for our redemption gave your only-begotten Son to the death of the cross, and by his glorious resurrection delivered us from the power of our enemy: Grant us so to die daily to sin, that we may evermore live with him in the joy of his resurrection; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

This Sunday is Easter Sunday. The great feast of Christianity, we celebrate Christ's triumph over sin and death, and we share with him in his resurrection. 

The Easter Vigil is one of the oldest services in the Christian tradition. Beginning at Sunset on Easter Eve, Christians would hold vigil throughout the night, reading scripture, singing and baptizing, and ending with the first Eucharist of Easter. We follow this ancient pattern again this year on Saturday evening at 7:00 pm. This year's Vigil includes the baptism of Nicholas White.  


Easter Sunday Festive Eucharist at 10:00 am. On Easter Sunday, we will have one Festive Sung Eucharist at 10:00. (Please note: our regular Sunday schedule at 8:00 and 10:00 resumes next week.)

Children should remain with their parents for the beginning of the 10:00 Eucharist this week. To incorporate children into the joy of Easter, we invite them to begin the service with their families. They will be dismissed just before the first reading and will return at the Peace. This week only, church school will include Atrium (preschool children) and 1st- 2nd grade, but not 3rd- 5th grade. Older children who would benefit more from being a part of church school are welcome to join 1st and 2nd grade.

Festive Coffee Hour and Easter Egg Hunt follows the 10:00 Eucharist on Sunday. Please help us to welcome everyone into the fellowship of Good Shepherd. 

Words for Lent Thanks to all who have taken part in and have contributed to our Lenten Devotional Drive. The books we collected will be delivered to SSYP this week.

The Presiding Bishop is coming! Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, famed for his homily at the most recent royal wedding, will be in Boston next weekend. Confirmands and youth are invited to meet the PB on Saturday at 1:30 (meet at noon at the Waban T station), and at 5:00 pm on Saturday, Bishop Curry will hold a "Way of Love" rally on the Boston Common.  

See you Sunday! peace, Jay+
Good Friday – April 19
     11:00 a.m. Observance for Children
     12 noon Spoken Good Friday Liturgy
                       and Communion from the Reserved Sacrament
     7:00 p.m. Choral Good Friday Liturgy
                       and Communion from the Reserved Sacrament

Easter Eve – April 20
     7:00 p.m. Great Vigil, with Holy Baptism and First Eucharist of Easter

Easter Day – April 21
     10:00 a.m. Choral Eucharist
     Followed by gala coffee hour and Easter egg hunt
Children are invited to take part in our Easter Egg Hunt on the Good Shepherd Green following the 10:00 AM Eucharist. A tall, furry friend will also be making an appearance. 
Join us for Coffee Hour on Easter Sunday. We rely on parishioners to bring festive items of food and beverages. All donations and help are appreciated. 
Good Shepherd Sunday, the fourth Sunday of Easter, falls on Mother's Day this year. To celebrate, children and youth will help lead us in a Rite II service at 10:00, much like what they use on Sundays when they celebrate Children's Eucharist.
Hail thee, festival day!
blest day that art hallowed forever,
day whereon Christ arose,
breaking the kingdom of death.

Rise from the grave now, O Lord,
who art author of life and creation.
Treading the pathway of death,
Life thou bestows on all:

Hail thee, festival day!
blest day that art hallowed forever,
day whereon Christ arose,
breaking the kingdom of death.

Hymnal 1982 # 175 
Salve festa dies
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