The Fledgling--Week of April 12, 2019

From Mother Megan:

Holy Week, that most sacred of weeks, is nearly upon us.  We begin with Palm Sunday--the triumphant entry into Jerusalem, and then the remembrance of our Lord washing the feet of the disciples and giving the Eucharist on Maundy Thursday.  We continue with the crucifixion on Good Friday, and it all culminates with the celebration of the resurrection on Easter Sunday.

This year, I would like to introduce something to our common life here at St. John's.  On Maundy Thursday, I would like to begin a practice of foot washing within the liturgy.  

Now, this might sound alarming to some of you ("Ack! But my feet are so smelly/gross/awful-looking! Please don't make me show them!"). But feet have always been peculiarly vulnerable.  In Jesus' time, only the lowest servant washed the feet of guests, because feet were understood to be utterly awful, and slightly embarrassing; everyone was, after all, walking around in unsanitary dirt streets all day. And yet, not only did Jesus wash the feet of his friends, he asked them to wash the feet of others, as well.  He asks them to be present in all their human vulnerability, and to minister to others' in their vulnerability as well.

And so, in accordance with time-honored liturgical tradition, after the sermon on Thursday, we will wash feet.  I will someone's feet first, and then they will, in turn, wash the next person's feet, and so on.  I invite you to pray about it and consider making this a part of your Maundy Thursday practice.


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Prayer for the week

For Palm Sunday:
Almighty and everliving God, in your tender love for the human race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may walk in the way of his suffering, and also share in his resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

For Maundy Thursday:
Almighty Father, whose dear Son, on the night before he suffered, instituted the Sacrament of his Body and Blood: Mercifully grant that we may receive it thankfully in remembrance of Jesus Christ our Lord, who in these holy mysteries gives us a pledge of eternal life; and who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

For Good Friday: 
Almighty God, we pray you graciously to behold this your family, for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed, and given into the hands of sinners, and to suffer death upon the cross; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Readings for this Week

Have you had coffee/tea/hot cider with Mtr Megan?  Send me an email and come by to chat!  It's fun (I promise) and helps me get to know everyone better! 
Scheduled This Week:

ALTAR GUILD Susie Backstrom
GREETER Mary Arlin
GREETERS Susie Backstrom
LITURGICAL MINISTERS Muriel Everhart, Michael Roman, Margaret Johnson
PASSION READERS Daniel Ripperton, Mother Megan, Ben Dean, Dan Graybeal, Gwen Freeman, Jim Johnson, Mike Griggs the Centurion and the choir.
ACOLYTES Lisa Tatusko, Matthew Stedinger

Planning for Holy Week and Easter
April 14-21

Palm Sunday (April 14) 8 & 10:30 AM
Holy Wednesday Tenebrae 7:00 PM
Maundy Thursday 7:00 PM
Good Friday w/ Stations of the Cross 7:00 PM
Saturday Easter Vigil 8:00 PM
Easter Sunday 8 & 10:30 AM

MANY READERS NEEDED! Please see Matthew Sanaker or Pam Talbott
Lots going on in Lent!
  • Open Doors is a new effort spearheaded by the Vestry, to open the Sanctuary during the hours Loaves and Fishes serves.  We want our church to be a welcoming space for whoever needs to pray.  Would you like to volunteer to staff the Nave during this time?  Talk to Matthew Sanaker or Mtr Megan to sign up.
  • Don't forget to vote every day at Lent Madness! Learn about different saints, and cheer your favorite on to victory.

Laundry Love is up and running!

Laundry Love has officially been launched!  If you'd like to sign up, and you have been trained, head to SignUp Genius and put your name down for a slot or two.  If you haven't been trained, talk to Stephanie Nevels, Pam Talbott, or Mtr Megan for a quick primer on what to do.  

Ongoing Concerns:

VOICE RECITALS by two of our Choral Scholars come up in the week after Easter!  Both are free and at Ithaca College: Andrew Sprague, baritone, Thursday  4/25 @ 7pm in Hockett Hall; Virginia Douglas, soprano, Friday 4/26 @ 8:15pm in Ford Hall .  These talented, cheerful, dedicated young singers will offer wonderful programs; the public is welcome!

CHANCEL CHOIR welcomes new singers after Easter. For more information, please speak with Karen Hindenlang (Organist / Director of Music) after any service.

UPDATING THE PRAYER LIST It's that time again! If you are on the list, and no longer want to be, or if you offered a name for prayer and the situation is resolved, please let the office now. If you know of someone who should be on the list and isn't, let us know that as well! The new list will start Easter Sunday.
NEW WEEKDAY SERVICE TIME Beginning the week after Easter, the Wednesday Noontime Service will move to 5:30 PM Tuesday. Kendal services will not change.

Holy Land Pilgrimage!  In 2020, Mtr Megan will lead a pilgrimage to Israel/Palestine from January 29-February 10.  We will go to Jerusalem, Nazareth, Bethlehem, Galilee, and all the places we read about in the Gospels.  Come and see the land that formed our faith, and those who keep it alive today!  Email Mtr Megan for more information. 

COFFEE HOUR We need people to sign up to host coffee hour after the 10:30 am service. It doesn't need to be elaborate, just an opportunity for parish fellowship and to welcome newcomers. A few parishioners/ families hosting together makes it even easier. Please consider signing up on the sheet on the bulletin board in the Parish House. Sara and Pam will happily give you pointers!

ADULT FORUM Our Adult Forum book study for Lent is a reading and discussion of "Short Stories by Jesus, The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi" by Amy-Jill Levine, published by Harper, 2014. 


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