Palm Sunday – April 9th

WHAT ARE WE DOING?

There will be No Sunday School classes on April 9th, as it’s a time we gather together as a faith community to begin our celebration of Holy Week. This begins with a procession from Washington Park to the church at 10:30 AM.

Please arrive a few minutes early to pick up a palm branch at the front of the sanctuary and walk across the street to Washington Park where we will congregate. Once we’ve begun, we will make a jubilant procession to the church in remembrance of Jesus triumphant entry into Jerusalem. The celebration continues inside the sanctuary with Family Eucharist.

Child Care this Sunday will be held in the back of the Church in the Narthex or outer gallery immediately to the left when enter through the big red doors.

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READINGS – PALM / PASSION SUNDAY

The Readings for Palm Sunday are as follows: Liturgy of the Psalms 118:1-2, 19-29, Liturgy of Word – Psalm 31:9-16, The First Lesson is Isaiah 50:4-9a, The Second Lesson is Philippians 2:5-11 and the Gospel is Matthew 26:14-27:66.

QUESTIONS?

If you have any questions or are interested in volunteering, please Contact Sue.

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Sunday School – Mar. 13th

WHAT ARE WE DOING?

Classes will gather in the Heart Classroom this Sunday. Students will be studying “Holy Week” and borrowing from a German tradition, creating eggs for an “Easter Egg Tree” that will become a welcoming display on Easter Sunday.

We are always happy to have new students join us. If this is your child’s first day, we ask that parents please arrive a few minutes early to register your new student. Speak with one of the teachers – they are available to assist you.

Nursery Care is available for children ages 0 to age 4 in the Education Building.

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CHILDREN’S SERMON

It is a tradition in the Episcopal Church to invite the children forward during worship service for a children’s sermon. It stems from a passage in the Gospel of Luke.

But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. – Luke 18:16

This happens during mid-morning service. Children are encouraged to participate…what takes place is delightful! This Sunday Pastor Salying will be telling a story of Holy Week with the hopes of helping the children gain a deeper understanding of the week to come.

ADDED FUN!

After mid-morning worship service, children and their families will have lunch and create Easter Blessing Baskets that will be picked up or delivered on Saturday, March 26th. During this time, children will also rehearse their story for the Easter Vigil which will be held on Holy Saturday, March 26 at 7:00 pm on the Plaza and proceed into the church.

READINGS – FIFTH SUNDAY IN LENT

The readings for he Fifth Sunday in Lent: Psalm 126, The First Reading is Isaiah 43:16-21, The Second Reading is Philippians 3:4b-14 and the Gospel is John 12:1-8.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Palm Sunday (March 20 @ 10:30 am): Children will be participating in the Palm Sunday Procession & Passion Reading from the Gospel of Luke. We also have a Lenten Project and Social Family Gathering planned after mid-morning worship service. Please join us!

Reminder to Parents: We will gather in the park for a Palm Procession to the church to celebrate Family Eucharist. There will be a reading of the Passion with adult and children participation.

Children’s Service Project (Saturday, March 26th @ 10 AM – Noon): We will build Easter Blessing Baskets for distribution to parishioners.

Easter Vigil (Saturday Evening, March 26th @ 7 PM): The children will present the Story of Creation. Join us for a fun and enjoyable evening kicked off with the lighting of the Easter Fire, storytelling and smores!

Reminder to parents: Be sure to bring your bells to the Easter Vigil to welcome its arrival!

Easter Service (9 AM) & Easter Egg Hunt (Sunday, March 27th): Gather with friends and family for a special worship service at 9:00 am followed by the annual Easter Egg Hunt. PARENTS: have your children bring their Easter Baskets to hold everything gathered!

HISTORICAL FACTS

Did you know? On March 27, 1513, the Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon discovered Florida as he searched for the Fountain of Youth. He named the land Florida because he made his discovery on Easter Sunday (the same date 3/27 as this year) and the Easter Season in Spain was called Pascua Florida (Flowery Easter).

QUESTIONS?

If you have any questions or are interested in volunteering, please Contact Sue.

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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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