Reminder Daylight Savings Time starts this weekend, March 10! Be sure to set your clocks ahead one hour.
On Sunday we come to a time for farewells, for mutual sendings and blessings between me and all of you. In going I know that I leave a strong resilient parish. A parish marked by a healthy mutually supportive community. Looking at Jesus’ life we see that, as he embarked on his active ministry, he immediately surrounded himself with others who offered companionship and mutual support. They learned from him, and I am certain he learned from them. The true gift of a healthy parish is the bonds of the Spirit that grow among people that can be used to glorify God.
Individuals find in their spiritual lives that they are able to live with change as long as they stay solidly grounded in God. Parishes are no different. Healthy relationships and the ability to risk are central to the spiritual journey for all of us today. It is my prayer that you will continue to deepen your rootedness in God, trust in God, know that God is always with you. I pray that you will discover in God’s presence profound grace.
As I go I carry fond and exciting memories. For these and so many blessings, I am humbled and I thanks to God. Thank you as well.
Yours in Christ,
The Rev. Dr. Ann J. Broomell
O Love, How Deep, How Broad, How High
Will you come and follow me
There’s a sweet, sweet spirit in this place
Lift high the cross
Choir Anthem: Go not far from me, O God — Zingarelli
Text: Go not far from me, O God; cast me not away in the tme of age. Forsake me not when my strength faileth me. O let my mouth be filled with thy praise, that I may sing of thy glory all the day long.
Prelude: Meditation — Vierne
Postlude: Variations on “What Wondrous Love Is This” — Johns
This Week in Church School
This week in church school the children are learning the story of the prodigal son. While they consider God’s true, unconditional forgiveness and deep love for us, they’ll have some fun eating a celebratory banquet and collecting scraps to make “pig slop.” (A reminder of the humble food the prodigal son was forced to eat during his time as a swineherd.) Rite 13 continues with lessons about Lent and Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem, while J2A works its way through the confirmation curriculum.
This Sunday’s Announcements
A Message from our Transition Priest in Charge You have most likely received news that I will be moving on to become Interim Rector at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Pittsfield, MA next month. This is my last Sunday among you Please join me for the reception following the 10:30 a.m. service. Ann+
Becoming an Episcopalian: Bishop Lane will be at St. Paul’s on April 14 to confirm and receive new Episcopalians and recognize those choosing to reaffirm vows made at an earlier time in their lives. EXPLORE classes are preparation for those making that commitment or for anyone wanting to learn more about the Episcopal Church. The classes conclude on April 7, Deacon Mary Lee will present the Baptismal Covenant from 12:15 to 2:15 p.m. Light lunches will be provided.
Lenten Film Series/Pot Luck Supper. This week we will see the highly acclaimed film Doubt, a 2008 film adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize winning fictive stage play Doubt: A Parable. When the principal (Meryl Streep) of a Bronx Catholic High School accuses a popular priest (Philip Seymour Hoffman) of pedophilia, a young nun caught in between the feuding pair becomes hopelessly swept up in the ensuing controversy. As the progressive priest and highly controlling principal enter into an epic battle of wills, the shock waves set into motion by their explosive confrontation threaten to destroy one man’s reputation and tear apart the entire surrounding community. Come, see the film, and consider its Lenten themes. Discussion leader: Rev. Chick Carroll Host: Rick Wile
The Rev. Bill Blaine-Wallace will perform all services at St. Paul’s on Sunday, March 17, and all services during Holy Week. He is the Multifaith Chaplain at Bates College, and served at Emmanuel Church in Boston for thirteen years. For almost three
decades, Bill has acted as a family therapist, spiritual director, and a hospice administrator.
Winter Gardening Workshop will be held today, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. in the Great Hall. Eric Sideman, MOFGA Crop Specialist, will discuss organic pest management and control, and identification of common garden pests. Cucumber, Japanese and Colorado potato beetles, caterpillars, and identification of early and late blight will be emphasized in this session.
Luncheon date rescheduled! “Ladling for Dollars,” the Iona pilgrimage fundraising luncheon originally scheduled for next week (3/17) has been postponed until after Easter. More details about the event will be forthcoming after the holiday.
An Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) has been installed in the hallway outside the Sacristy. Training on this lifesaving device and CPR has been postponed until March 17. The cabinet that holds the AED has an alarm that will sound for a short
period of time. Please ignore the alarm if you have an emergency use of the device.
St. Paul’s is on its second season of hosting the Gathering Place in the Great Hall during the colder months of the year. The Gathering Place is unable to use its current location due to building issues for the next few months. We have agreed to host the Gathering Place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-3, meaning that we are extending our welcome to the three middle days of the week. WIC, the Federal nutrition program for Women, Infants and Children will meet in the Great Hall two Monday mornings a month starting on March 18. The children’s music program that has rented the Great Hall from us for some time continues in that space.
Are you on Facebook? If you are, please “like” the St. Paul’s church page.
The Enthronement of the Archbishop of Canterbury on BBC television, radio and online. The final stages of preparation are underway for the Enthronement of Justin Welby, the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury, on Thursday, March 21. The service will be broadcast live on BBC. For more information: www.archbishopofcanterbury.org & www.bbc.co.uk.
Easter Flower memorial envelopes are available in the pews. Please PRINT the necessary information and place the envelope in the plate or return it to the church office by Sunday, March 24.
Maundy Thursday Midnight Vigil. After the service on Maundy Thursday of Holy Week, we are offered the chance to rest and wait with Jesus as his closest disciples did so long ago. Please sign up on the hall bulletin board to be present at the Altar of Repose for an hour or until midnight, as you wish.
Holy Water in the Baptismal Font–There is now blessed holy water in the baptismal font you pass using the transept entrance to the church. Many Episcopalians find it centering to dip their hand into the water and make the sign of the cross with that hand from head to chest and shoulder to shoulder upon entering church. They do so to remind themselves of their Baptismal promises and to bring their focus to the worship about to enfold around them. You might wish to give this sign of devotion a try in the weeks to come.
We are sorry to say we no longer have any chili left for sale! Thank you one and all for supporting our pilgrimage to Iona with your generous purchases! —the Iona pilgrimage teens