Easter Vigil – April 4th

Please join us for “The Great Easter Vigil, “an evening of worship and storytelling as we honor our Lord Jesus Christ sacrificial journey recounting stories of our faith and the Lord’s saving grace among us.

WHEN

Saturday, April 4th at 7:30 pm

WHERE

We will gather in the outer courtyard for a candlelight service that will continue with storytelling in the main sanctuary, see Directions and Campus Map

INSTRUCTIONS

Please remember to dress warmly for the first part of the service which will take place outside around the fire pit. We will later move indoors for the second half of the service.

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Palm Sunday – March 29

Join Us For The Palm Processional

At the start of both our 8:00 am and 10:30 am Sunday services on March 29, we will gather in Washington Park for a blessing of the palms, followed by a singing processional to continue our services in the church. The children of St. Thomas will be on hand before the 10:30 am service to help distribute the palms.

Palm Sunday Service Times

There will be three services on this feast day – at 8:00 am, 10:30 am and 5:30 pm – when our community meets in remembrance of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem.

What is the Meaning of Palm Sunday?

The Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John all tell the story of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem riding on a donkey. The people celebrated his arrival with great rejoicing, laying down cloaks and small tree branches or palms before him. This event occurred about a week before Jesus’ Resurrection.

Learn much more about the symbolism and significance of this event on Wikipedia.

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Ash Wed – Three Services – Feb 18

Please Join Us

As we leave the feasts of Shrove or Fat Tuesday behind, now is the time to begin a season of fasting and repentance with the observance of Ash Wednesday on February 18th.

Service Times

Three service times are available at 7:30 AM, 12:10 PM and 7:30 PM

Location

Saint Thomas Episcopal Church – The Sanctuary, see Directions and Campus Map

There will be either signs or someone to direct you at the entrance to the sanctuary.

What is Ash Wednesday?

Ash Wednesday is traditionally marked as the first day of Lent, a 40 day period of time (excluding Sundays) leading up to Easter. This is a time many Christians set aside to remember Christ’s life during His 40 days of fasting in the desert. The period from Ash Wednesday to Easter excluding Sundays mirrors these forty days that are segmented by six Sundays, considered celebration days where we gather as a faith community to commemorate Christ’s resurrection.

Christian Ritual

According to Wikipedia, Ash Wednesday ritual is described this way:

“Ashes are ceremonially placed on the heads of Christians on Ash Wednesday, either by being sprinkled over their heads or, more often, by being marked on their foreheads as a visible cross.

The words used traditionally to accompany this gesture are:

Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return. – (Based on Genesis 3:19)

In the 1969 revision of the Roman Rite, an alternative formula was introduced and given first place:

Repent, and believe in the Gospel. – (Mark 1:15)

These acts of observance are designed to guide us on our spiritual journeys to draw us closer as a faith community to Jesus Christ, whom we place our faith.

Questions?

If you have questions or special needs, please Contact Us.

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