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Sunday, April 14th

Palm and Passion Sunday

       8:00 AM-- HOLY EUCHARIST (spoken)
       11:30 AM-- COFFEE HOUR
     11:45 AM-- ADULT FORUM in the LORING ROOM    

         OLD TESTAMENT: Isaiah 50:4-9
         PSALM: 118: 19-29 and 31:1-16
         NEW TESTAMENT: Philippians 2:5-11
         GOSPEL: Luke 19:28-40 and Luke 23:1-49

Assist us mercifully with your help, O Lord God of our salvation, that we may enter with joy upon the contemplation of those mighty acts, whereby you have given us life and immortality; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Almighty and everliving God, in your tender love for the human race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may walk in the way of his suffering, and also share in his resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

This Sunday is Palm Sunday: the Sunday of the Passion. Two stories of the first Holy Week weave together in our liturgy. We begin with Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem and end with his death. This year, we are reading from Luke's gospel. Luke is the only gospel writer who does not include the word "hosannah" in his Palm Sunday narrative, perhaps translating the word as "praise to God" for readers that he thought were unfamiliar with this Hebrew word. Luke's Passion is also unique in its own ways: we hear Jesus forgiving those who killed him, for they knew not what they did; Jesus promises to the penitent thief that he will be with him in Paradise; and finally, as he dies he offers his spirit audibly into the hands of God. 

Each Eucharist on Sunday begins with the Liturgy of the Palms. At 8:00 we will begin in the church. Weather permitting, we will begin at 10:00 on the front lawn of the church. Please gather at the front entryway, in front of the Memorial Garden, and on the sidewalk. If the weather is inclement, we will begin in the Common Room and process upstairs. In either case, please proceed to the pews of the church (as you normally would do for the beginning of the service) during the Processional Psalm. 

Children should remain with their parents for the Liturgy of the Palms. Children are included in the Liturgy of the Palms through the processional hymn and collect. They will be dismissed just before the Old Testament reading and will return at the Peace.

Adult Forum concludes our Lenten series the Seven Last Words. This week, Fr. Dan will explore the phrase, "Mother, behold your son; son, behold your mother." 

Words for Lent During Lent, Christian Ed and Outreach are partnering on this devotional drive. Purple folders are available at the church for families to use, with a different word each week. Outreach is collecting children’s books to support the Literacy Program at Saint Stephen’s Youth Program (“SSYP”) in Boston. Please donate any remaining books into the collection box in the Common Room, and we will deliver this treasure trove to SSYP after Easter!

Holy Week Schedule is printed below. Please see service times for a week of special Christian devotion. 

Each year, we solicit donations for Easter Flowers. You may honor or remember someone special to you, and these memorials and honoraria will be included in our Easter bulletin. We rely on the generosity of the whole parish to underwrite the flowers each year at Easter, so please give generously. Envelopes for donation are at the back of the church. 

Easter Coffee Hour is a beloved tradition of Good Shepherd. Please sign up to help-- on the bulletin board in the Common Room. Contact Louise Conant with questions. Thanks!

See you Sunday! peace, Jay+
Sunday of the Passion/Palm Sunday – April 14
     8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist with Liturgy of the Palms
     10:00 a.m. Liturgy of the Palms, Procession and Sung Eucharist

Monday and Tuesday in Holy Week – April 15 & 16
     7:00 p.m. Evening Prayer with Holy Eucharist

Wednesday in Holy Week – April 17
     6:00 p.m. Agape Supper

Maundy Thursday – April 18
     7:00 p.m. Sung Eucharist, Solemn Procession, and Stripping of the Altar
     Immediately following, Watch before the Blessed Sacrament

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
Adult Forum in Lent
The Seven Last Words of Christ are the collection of sayings of Jesus during his crucifixion. For two millennia they have captured the hearts and minds of Christians, as we make sense of his dying words. During Lent, we will approach these words from different perspectives, understanding them in their own ancient context as well as in our own.

Sunday, April 14— "Mother, behold your son; son, behold your mother," with Fr. Dan Bell
Agape Celebration
Wednesday in Holy Week
Join us Wed., April 17 at 6:00 pm, for a special Agape Supper. We enjoy the table- based, communal setting of the Last Supper. Bring first-century, Mediterranean food to share.
The Paschal Triduum: the great Three Days of the Christian Faith

Maundy Thursday--   Choral Eucharist at 7:00 pm
Good Friday--               at 12:00 noon and 7:00 pm
Easter Vigil--                Holy Saturday at 7:00 pm
Please donate toward Easter Flowers by Palm Sunday, April 14th. Memorials and honoraria will be included in the Easter bulletin. Envelopes for Easter Flowers are located in the back of the church, or contact the parish office. Thank you.
Please sign up to help with Coffee Hour on Easter Sunday. We rely on parishioners to bring festive items of food and beverages. Sign up on the bulletin board in the Common Room. Contact Louise Conant with questions.
We need two volunteers each week to keep our church school up and running. There are Church School "pledge cards" in the pews of the church for you to sign up to help, or simply email Fr. Dan. Thanks!

At the name of Jesus
every knee shall bow,
every tongue confess him
King of glory now.
tis the Father's pleasure
we should call him Lord,
Who from the beginning
was the mighty Word.

Hymnal 1982 # 435 
King's Weston
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