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The Messenger


The Weekly E-newsletter of St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church

Message from the Priest-in-Charge

Dear friends,

I will admit that I really enjoy Holy Week. It might sound odd to enjoy the time of year when we hear about Jesus' betrayal, arrest, and crucifixion, but the Passion story strikes me as authentically human. People who lived thousands of years ago are similar to people who live today. We hold in ourselves a mix of hopefulness, fear, good intentions, brokenness, loyalty, and wishful thinking.

And just as Jesus willingly went to the cross out of love for the imperfect people around him, so his love still exists for us, even with our own imperfections. It's a powerful story of God's love outlasting any sense of human shortcomings. I enjoy being remind of that fact each Holy Week and singing the beautiful songs that go with the story.

Of course, I must admit, there's another reason for my enjoying Holy Week this year. I am looking forward to gathering with you all on Easter Sunday! As of today, the forecast for Sunday is sunny and warm; hopefully, that will continue to hold.

On a separate note, I mentioned last week my gratitude for everyone who came to the baby shower for Becca last Sunday. I do want to share some photos from the event (taken by our own Jeri Klein) for those who weren't able to come. Thank you again for your support and for your prayers for Becca and Baby Girl VB!

Take care, be well, and I look forward to seeing you this weekend!

In Christ's lov


Links for worship:

Schedule for Holy Week and Easter

Maundy Thursday - April 1
Virtual Holy Eucharist - 7:00 pm
A virtual Eucharist worship service will be held on Thursday at 7:00 pm, which will end in the stripping of the altar.
All-Night Vigil
At St. Gabriel's, we hold a vigil on the evening after Maundy Thursday every year. During this vigil, folks are invited to keep watch over the Communion bread as a practice of "staying awake" with Jesus during his last night in this world. The Vigil will be held in-person this year, but to keep everyone as safe as possible, it will be held in the main sanctuary.
Read more and sign up for an hour-long timeslot here (you may need to sign up using a computer rather than a cell phone or tablet).

Good Friday - April 2
Solemn Worship - 12:00 noon
We recount Jesus' crucifixion and pray for the world in this worship service with music.
Stations of the Cross - recorded
There will be two recorded services of Stations of the Cross: one for adults (recorded in 2020) and one for children and families (recorded this year).

Easter Sunday - April 4
8:00 and 10:30 am, outdoors and in-person
Join us outside on Easter morning to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus in joyful services of prayer and singing! These worship services will take place even if it is frigid or raining (we'll only cancel if it's thunderstorming), so please dress appropriately. There will not be a Saturday evening service on April 3.

Announcements and Events

Maundy Thursday Vigil
Sign up to spend an hour in the St. Gabriel's sanctuary this Thursday night into Friday. You can use the time to pray, read, meditate, or just be still. Click here to sign up for a slot - you'll need to open this link on a computer if you don't have the Google Drive app on your phone or tablet.

Easter Sunday with the Bishop
Bishop Kevin will be celebrating the Eucharist on Easter Sunday  at 10:30 am from the Cathedral of the Nativity in Bethlehem. You can watch the livestream here (or watch it afterwards, once the St. Gabe's Easter service is over!).

Mortgage Campaign Underway
Every three years, we invite you to contribute financially to the St. Gabriel's mortgage campaign, to help pay off the mortgage on our building. You can read the letter and Commitment Form that was recently mailed out, and please consider donating to help us pay off our mortgage in the next several years! Commitment Forms are due April 11.

Ride Needed April 21 
A parishioner needs a ride from Douglassville to Phoenixville Hospital on Wednesday, April 21, and a ride home the following day (times TBD). If you are able to help, please call Gordon at (484) 624-4023. Thank you!

Church Office Closed April 5-9 
After the fervor of Holy Week and preparing for Easter, the church office will be closed for sabbath rest the week after Easter. We will open again on Monday, April 12.


The Last Week of Jesus and the Last Year of MLK
Last week I shared a book called The Last Week by Borg and Crossan. As a follow-up this week, take a look into this Bible Study that compares the last week of Jesus' life to the last year of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life. You can read an overview and each Bible Study lesson here.

Online Learning through Bexley Seabury
Want to learn about the history of the Episcopal Church? Interested in learning conflict management skills? Want to explore advocacy work through faith? Take an online course through Bexley-Seabury Seminary's "Lifelong Learning" program. Browse the courses here.

Prayer List

Please remember in your prayers those on our 30-day prayer list:
Lee Baker; Kelly Fitzgerald; Colin Hiriak; Kathryn; Robert; Gregory Rowe; Mark Rowe; the family of Brian Schwartz; Betty Webster.
Heavenly God, watch over these loved ones of ours, and grant that they may be restored to perfect strength and health, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

In our parish cycle of prayer this week, we pray for:

Julie, David, Stephen, David, and Luke Eurillo;
Stephen and Laura Fairbrother;
Shane, Tammy, Carter, Brady, and Lily Ferguson.

The complete prayer list is in our Sunday bulletin
(which can be viewed on the St. Gabriel's website).
If you'd like to add or remove someone from the Prayer List,
please email Barbara.

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