Easter 5—Year C
April 24, 2016
Acts 11:1-18, Psalm 148, Revelation 21:1-6, John 13:31-35
In order to understand what all the fuss is about in the reading from Acts get in touch with those foods the thought of which makes you uncomfortable: maybe gas station sushi, or rotten eggs. When I was in seminary at a soul food restaurant I once tried boiled chitlins—aka cow or pig intestines——the smell alone nearly knocked me out. How about people? Who makes you so uncomfortable that you cross the street to avoid them? The disfigured, the sick, the strange? Continue reading
Our annual feeding mission at the Epiphany School in Dorchester, B-Safe, is on July 5 and 6 this year. We prepare the meal for 140 here, drive it in, and serve. The B-Safe program is a Diocesan-run free day camp for at risk Boston youth, and is held at several sites throughout the city. Please let Maggie Marshall know if you are able to help cook, serve, or offer financial support.
Music for this Sunday vacillates between supporting the Gospel reading, and paying homage to Rogation Sunday, traditionally Easter 6 and a time to give thanks for all that has been planted. The anthem should be another Aha moment for you since its words come directly from the Gospel reading. The anthem, “Peace, I leave with you,” is written by Victor Iams, who was Kathryn Chamberlain’s father, and is a choir favorite.
Calling all performers! This year’s West Virginia Talent show and potluck dinner will be held Sunday, May 15th, at All Saints’. The fun and fellowship start at 6:00pm. Can you sing, tell jokes, or play the ukulele? Then we need you! If you can’t do any of these, we still need you! We know you must have a talent you’d like to share, so come and can get it on the fun! Please let Maggie Marshall (email@example.com) know what you can contribute in the talent department.
For those who just want to come and enjoy the show, this is a wonderful evening out for a great cause. There is no admission fee, but there will be a free-will offering to benefit this annual mission trip to West Virginia in June to fix up homes of needy Appalachians. Please bring a dish to share as we enjoy this annual event with our Central Congregational brothers and sisters.
SAVE THE DATE! We are hosting our annual Treble Choir Festival on May 1st a 4pm. Our youth choirs will be joining those of Andover and Gloucester to perform A Festival Service of Lessons and Carols for the Church Year. We hope that many of you can join us for this special musical event.
Darlene is now working 20 hours/week, and the office is staffed Tuesday – Friday from 11-3. We thank Diane Olbert for her continued assistance in the office
Holy Week 2016
A Word to the Church from the House of Bishops of the Episcopal Church
“We reject the idolatrous notion that we can ensure the safety of some by sacrificing the hopes of others.”
On Good Friday the ruling political forces of the day tortured and executed an innocent man. They sacrificed the weak and the blameless to protect their own status and power. On the third day Jesus was raised from the dead, revealing not only their injustice but also unmasking the lie that might makes right.
In a country still living under the shadow of the lynching tree, we are troubled by the violent forces being released by this season’s political rhetoric. Americans are turning against their neighbors, particularly those on the margins of society. They seek to secure their own safety and security at the expense of others. There is legitimate reason to fear where this rhetoric and the actions arising from it might take us.
In this moment, we resemble God’s children wandering in the wilderness. We, like they, are struggling to find our way. They turned from following God and worshiped a golden calf constructed from their own wealth. The current rhetoric is leading us to construct a modern false idol out of power and privilege. We reject the idolatrous notion that we can ensure the safety of some by sacrificing the hopes of others. No matter where we fall on the political spectrum, we must respect the dignity of every human being and we must seek the common good above all else.
We call for prayer for our country that a spirit of reconciliation will prevail and we will not betray our true selves.
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