On Thursday May 26, 2022 we commemorate the Ascension of Jesus Christ. We will observe Masses at Noon and 7:00 p.m. Join us as we conclude the 40 days of Easter tide with Christ’s return to the Father in heaven.
On Sunday June 5, 2022 we celebrate the birthday of the Christian church on the Day of Pentecost. Sunday services are at 10:00 a.m. The Day of Pentecost concludes the period of the Great 50 days from Easter to Pentecost. A new season of the church year begins on the following Sunday with Trinity Sunday, celebrated on Sunday June 12, 2022.
Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.2
It is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.3 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.4 Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed: and make you a new heart and a new spirit.5 Lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.6 Little children, abide in him that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming. If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him.7
We have entered what the Church calls the “Great 50 Days” between Easter and Pentecost. Jesus’ resurrection from the dead (that’s right, he was dead and later was found alive again, which is worth looking into) changed the world and freed us from the consequences of our sins. This is a big deal, worth celebrating for 50 days. What does this all mean? It’s a big of a long story, and you should come and join us for the Great 50 Days to find out.
This extended Easter story is sometimes referred to as Easter tide in the Anglican church. We are swept by this spring tide in the church from the Resurrection to the Ascension of Jesus Christ and bringing events to a culmination on the day of Pentecost. At the end of the great 50 days we are brought to a new season and transformed by those 50 days.
Our Sunday liturgy starts officially at 10:00 am, we start about 10 minutes early singing hymns.
Lent is an opportunity for self-examination and preparation for Easter. At St. Barnabas we are having soup suppers at 6:30 on Tuesday evenings. During the suppers we are discussing a book based on Jesus’ parable of the Prodigal Son. We finish with a short Compline service. Our Sunday services continue at 10:00 a.m. (join us for pre-service hymns starting around 9:50).
If you have been separated from Christian fellowship because of Covid or other life experiences, this is a great time to return. Get ready to hear the good news that Jesus has saved us!
Beginning Tuesday, March 8th there will be no Zoom studies during Lent. Rather, we will be continuing our discussions during soup suppers at 6:30 pm in the fellowship hall. We will conclude our fellowship with Compline.
Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ is the light of the world: Grant that your people, illumined by your Word and Sacraments, may shine with the radiance of Christ’s glory, that he may be known, worshiped, and obeyed to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, now and forever. Amen.
This summarizes our worship: reading the Bible, the Word of God, and participating in the sacraments, in particular the sacrament of bread and wine that Jesus commanded. The Bible is a treasure house of hope, adventure, and comfort. The sacrament of bread and wine, the Eucharist, is a weekly reminder that Jesus died for our sins, to reconcile us to God and to allow us to enter into a life of eternal bliss.
Did you make any New Year’s resolutions?
Here is the best one you could make: to devote this year to learning more about God and his offer of eternal life.
This one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind,… I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.1
Father, I will that they … whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me.2 I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.3 He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.4
Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.5 Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus.6