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Sunday, April 7th

The Fifth Sunday in Lent

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

         OLD TESTAMENT: Isaiah 43: 16-21
         PSALM: 126
         NEW TESTAMENT: Philippians 3: 4-14
         GOSPEL: John 12:1-8

Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

This Sunday is the fifth Sunday of Lent. Our Old Testament reading from Isaiah begins to hint at the coming salvation of the Lord, and our New Testament reading from Philippians encourages us to share in a death like Christ's in order to share in a resurrection like his. Both point us toward the mysteries of Holy Week and Easter. In John's gospel, we read the story of Mary of Bethany, who anointed Jesus for death with costly nard. This scene caused quite a commotion and impressed on Jesus' followers the reality of the time that he had left in life.

Adult Forum continues a series in Lent called the Seven Last Words. This week, I will explore the Passion sayings that we find in John's gospel, and we will explore why their confidence reflects other themes of the Incarnation that we find in John. Next Sunday, Fr. Dan will conclude the series by studying the phrase, "Mother, behold your son; son, behold your mother." 

Words for Lent This year during Lent, Christian Ed and Outreach are partnering on a devotional drive called “Words for Lent.” Purple folders are available at the church for families to use, with a different word each week. Outreach is collecting new, and very gently used, children’s books to support the Literacy Program at Saint Stephen’s Youth Program (“SSYP”) in Boston. There is a labeled Lenten Books collection box in church and we look forward to delivering a treasure trove of words and books 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 with your donation, and these memorials and honoraria will be included in our Easter bulletin. We rely on the generosity of the whole parish in order 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 Good Friday Service
     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 7— The Last Words in the Gospel of John, and how the Johanine tradition has shaped an expectation of divine purpose, with Fr. Jay Weldon

Sunday, April 14— "Mother, behold your son; son, behold your mother," with Fr. Dan Bell
Seven Last Words
artistic renderings of the Crucifixion
Many thanks to Nancy Ketterer who led a wonderful discussion on various themes and styles in artistic renderings of the crucifixion, at Adult Forum on March 31st.
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. Sunday, there will be Church School "pledge cards" in the bulletin for you to sign up to help, or simply email Fr. Dan. Thanks!

King of Glory, King of Peace,
I will love thee;
And that love may never cease,
I will move thee.
Thou hast granted my request,
Thou hast heard me;
Thou didst note my working breast,
Thou hast spared me.

Hymnal 1982 # 382  
General Seminary
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