March 2013

Dear Parishioners:

It is now mid-Lent. How are you doing “playing”, taking seriously, your mortality? Have we accepted and claimed our identity as a Christian or fallen to the snares of the devil to make us doubt? Lent does not cure the ills of humanity but it opens the doors of our frailty for us to know and see the reality and truth that God has given us in his Son, Jesus Christ. We cannot do it alone but only with the help of God.

We continue to have opportunities to help you begin, begin again or continue your journey in Lent. On Sunday’s at 6:30 pm Deacon Nancy is continuing her class on Personality and Prayer types. A great way to explore what type of prayer matches your personality type. We continue on Fridays with our speakers and Lenten Concerts. On March 1st we begin with Stations of the Cross at 6:00 pm followed by a meatless dinner in the Parish Hall. Following the dinner, we will have our first speaker, Summer Twyman. Summer has recently married Guy Benton who will be with us also. Summer will share with us her experience as a missionary in Cambodia. Summer and Guy are looking forward to continue their ministry in Cambodia and call upon our love, prayers and support.

On March 15th we will again begin with Stations of the Cross. Following will be a Fish Fry dinner sponsored by our Brotherhood of St. Andrew. Please let BOSA know if you will be joining us for this great meal. There will also be an alternative dish for children who do not appreciate fish at their age. This evening will be capped off with Dr. Glenn Petta. Dr. Petta is the director of Sharing of Ministry Abroad –SOMA. SOMA sends teams of Laity, Priests and Bishops to share ministry. Most of the teams I am aware of have been going to various Dioceses in Africa where Christianity is growing by leaps. It promises to be another very impressive evening as we learn what the Holy Spirit is doing in the lives of those around the world.

Both on March 1st and 15th we have hired our babysitting team for babies and toddlers. We also have volunteers to provide activities for older youth. We have tried to make these evenings available to everyone in the Parish. God has given us a mission and purpose to spread his Word throughout our community and the world. I hope you join us and invite your friends and neighbors.

On March 8th and 22nd we will continue our Lenten Concert Series. On March 8th we will have Voices Chamber Choir comprised of some of the finest professional singers in the Dallas/Fort Worth Area. On March 22nd we will have Logan/Walters Harp Duo who offer a unique blend of eloquent lyricism, technical mastery and witty, insightful commentary, along with a few surprises. Please note the concerts begin at 7:30 pm and we will have a reception following in the entrance. It is a great way to have fellowship and meet the musicians. Thomas Rinn has again provided us with some exceptional musicians. I hope you will join us and invite your friends and families. They provide a time for us to meditate on God’s wonderful gifts he has given us as well as give thanks for the beauty and richness He has given.

Holy Week begins with The Sunday of the Passion, Palm Sunday, March 24th. Holy Week is so important to our Christian identity. Holy Week is the pinnacle of the Christian year and not to be missed but fully immersed in. Beginning with the Liturgy of the Palms and then moving into the Passion of our Lord, we can grow and appreciate the sacrificial love our God has for us. On Monday through Wednesday we will have the Eucharist at 6 pm.

On Tuesday, our Diocese celebrates the Chrism Eucharist at 10 am at St. Vincent’s Cathedral. In this service, the Holy Oils for Baptism, Unction and Confirmation are Blessed by the Bishop. The Clergy throughout the Diocese also gather to Renew their Ordination Vows. Everyone is invited to join us at the Cathedral at 10 am.

On Maundy Thursday our Ultreya will be offering and sponsoring our Seder Dinner. Reservations can be made on Sunday’s or by calling the Parish Office or by calling Bob Yarger. The Seder Dinner takes us back to the meal our Lord shared with his Apostles before his arrest and passion. Following the Seder Dinner we will celebrate the Maundy Thursday Eucharist. Once the Eucharist has ended, we will process the Sacrament to the Altar of Repose. The Altar of Repose represents our Lord’s time in the Garden of Gethsemane, where our Lord asks us as he asked his disciples, “Can you not watch with me for one hour?” It is a time of prayer and spending time with our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. Don’t forget to sign up to take an hour to be in prayer.

Good Friday is March 29th. We will pray the Stations of the Cross at noon. The principle service, however, is the Good Friday Liturgy at 7 pm. We do not celebrate the Eucharist this day but focus on the Passion and Death of our Lord and Savior. We pray for the Church and the world and receive the Sacrament from what we have reserved on Maundy Thursday.

The Great Vigil of Easter is the first Eucharist of the Resurrection of our Lord. If you have not attended one before, please consider it. The Great Vigil is not only a deeply meaningful service, it is beautiful. We begin in darkness and the new fire is lit. As the Paschal Candle comes down the center aisle, the Light of Christ is proclaimed and spread throughout the congregation. The Deacon sings the Exsultet, an ancient hymn of praise. We then hear the mighty acts of salvation from Scripture and then proclaim with joy that “Christ is Risen.” We move into the Liturgy of the Word and Baptisms or Renewal of our Baptismal Vows followed by the Holy Communion.
The Sunday of the Resurrection, Easter Day we will keep our regular schedule of 8 am and 10:30 am Eucharists. The 10:30 will have incense, the Chamber Choir, Brass and our Youth Choir, the St. Alban’s Singers. Following the 10:30 Eucharist, we will have an Easter Egg Hunt in the park on the north side of the Church for our youth. It is truly a celebration that all members should be present for. There will be no 5:30 Eucharist on Easter Day.

I hope you are having a most Blessed Lent. May Christ fill you with His love, mercy and truth. May our lives become more Christ-like and be the center of all we think, do and say. And to be bold and say it ahead of time, Alleluia! Christ is Risen. The Lord is Risen Indeed. Alleluia!

In Christ,
Fr. K+

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