May 2015 Mission of the Month
The Nepal Earthquake-
In order to participate in relieving loss for victims of the Nepal earthquake, we will devote our free will thank offerings in May to the Anglican Relief and Development Fund. This is our Anglican Church in North America mission partner. For international aid and mission this is often the best way for us to participate with a mission already established in the region or country we wish to support. This month the ARDF is counting on a special mission partnership as well to respond to the great need in the face of devastating losses in Nepal. To donate directly to ARDF, follow the link:
Anglican Relief & Development Fund (ARDF) is partnering with Anglicans in Nepal to provide urgent relief to communities affected by a recent devastating earthquake. More than 7,000 lives have been confirmed dead. The quake leveled hundreds of buildings, reducing entire city blocks to rubble. Traumatized survivors are in desperate need of shelter, food, water, and sanitation as devastating aftershocks continue to shake the region. ARDF is working with ACROSS (http://www.across.org.sg/index.php), a crisis relief ministry under the Diocesan Mission Board of The Diocese of Singapore working directly in Nepal.
Please also pray for: ·
The medical and crisis relief workers
Coordination of water, food and temporary shelters
The Nepalese as they brave this catastrophe and the coming monsoon season·
The Anglican Church in Nepal, that it will shine for Christ in this difficult time.
ACROSS will be sending medical relief teams in the weeks to come. If you are interested, please sign up as a Volunteer and we will get in touch with you.
St. Barnabas Anglican will be collecting funds as well to send to ARDF in June at the conclusion of our May mission drive. Checks sent to St. Barnabas should indicate “ARDF MOM earthquake relief” in the note/memo field.
Jesus’ ascension to heaven depicted by John Singleton Copley, 1775
Join us for an Ascension Day Mass at St. Barnabas at 7:00 pm Thursday evening, May 14, 2015.
Collect for the Day, 1928 Book of Common Prayer:
GRANT, we beseech thee, Almighty God, that like as we do believe thy only-begotten Son our Lord Jesus Christ to have ascended into the heavens; so we may also in heart and mind thither ascend, and with him continually dwell, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.
It’s Rogation Sunday, a time when we process the grounds thanking God for his many gracious gifts and blessings. Join us in this ancient tradition as we make our way in song, praise, and prayer showing our gratitude to a generous creator. We will process directly after the 10:30 am service. Refreshments to follow our strenuous ambulations.
Help us recapture this glorious tradition!
Two services now offered on Sunday’s. The first is at 8:00 am, a “said” service without music accompaniment. The second service begins at 10:30am with organ and piano accompaniment. Pre-service hymns are played from approximately 10:15 until 10:30. These hymns serve as a “call” to worship.
The first Sunday of the month begins with the Decalogue and continues to the Eucharist service. The remaining Sundays of the month begin with a Matins service at our 10:30am worship, directly leading into the Mass. These new service times begin on Sunday April 19th 2015.
We look forward to seeing you in Easter tide…
Tomorrow, Sunday April 12th, we will have a single service at 9:00 am. We are honored to host a guest preacher and teacher, The Rev’d. Canon Daryl Fenton. He is the current Executive Director of Churches Ministry Among Jewish People. Follow the link to learn more: CMJ-USA.org
On Sunday April 19th, we sill return to our usual worship schedule: Quiet service with Eucharist at 8:00am and Matins service with Eucharist and music at 10:30 am.
Don’t miss this opportunity to see this special guest.
Holy Week Schedule April 2015
March 29th to April 5th
Palm Sunday (3/29) 8:00 am & 10:30 am– Liturgy of the Palms
Maundy Thursday (4/2) 7:00 pm Holy Communion
Vigil at the Altar of repose 9:00 pm Thursday to Noon Good Friday
Stations of the Cross (4/3) Noon & 7:00pm Good Friday April 3rd
Easter Eve (4/4) 7:00 pm Celebration of New light & Eucharist (Saturday)
Easter Sunday (4/5) 9:00 am Sunday April 5th
Join us in Lent for Soup, Praise, and Prayer. Wednesdays in Lent, starting February 25th at 6:00pm until March 25th at 6:00 pm.
Dear People of God: The first Christians observed with great
devotion the days of our Lord’s passion and resurrection, and
it became the custom of the Church to prepare for them by a season of penitence and fasting. This season of Lent provided
a time in which converts to the faith were prepared for Holy
Baptism. It was also a time when those who, because of
notorious sins, had been separated from the body of the faithful
were reconciled by penitence and forgiveness, and restored to
the fellowship of the Church. Thereby, the whole congregation
was put in mind of the message of pardon and absolution set
forth in the Gospel of our Savior, and of the need which all
Christians continually have to renew their repentance and faith.
I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to the
observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance;
by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and
meditating on God’s holy Word. And, to make a right beginning
of repentance, and as a mark of our mortal nature, let us now
kneel before the Lord, our maker and redeemer.
Mark the beginning of Lent by attending an Wednesday service. On Wednesday February 18 we will observe the start of Lent with a penitential office, the imposition of ashes, and a Eucharist. Two services during the day will give you an opportunity to observe this day of solemn introspection. At 10:00 am our service will be spoken without music. At 7:00pm the same solemn liturgies will also include musical accompaniment on organ and piano.
Blessings all with a Holy Lent – Fr. Harley+