March 24, 2022
FATHER MARK’S ANNOUNCEMENTS
1) Soup Supper/Stations of the Cross — Last night about 25 of us shared a delicious meal followed by a moving service of Stations of the Cross. It was noted by many that it had been a long time since such a large group gathered around the tables and talked and laughed and it was like music to the ears and salve to the soul. Thanks to all who cooked and all who read and all who participated. It really was a fun evening. There will be two more Wednesday 5:30 P.M. Soup Suppers - March 30 & April 6th. Come and see!
2) Bishop’s Visitation - Don’t forget Bishop Scott and Canon Liz will be here for both services and fellowships this Sunday! Super excited to see them and to hear our Bishop celebrate and preach. Don’t miss!
3) Holy Week Schedule - Holy Week will be here before we know it. Remember that the three services of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter (either Vigil or Sunday morning) are meant to be taken as a whole, attending each to walk fully through the Passion and Resurrection. You don’t have to wash feet on Thursday and you don’t have to tear up on Good Friday and you don’t have to ring bells and shout “Alleluia!” on Easter, but you do have to understand the deep spiritual meaning of the three-day liturgical experience.
Here is the schedule. Please make plans to attend all of these services.
April 10th — Palm Sunday 8:00 & 10:00 A.M.
April 14th — Maundy Thursday 6:00 P.M.
April 15th — Good Friday 12:00 & 6:00 P.M.
April 16th — Great Vigil 8:00 P.M.
April 17th — Easter Morning 8:00 & 10:00 A.M.
4) Common Cup - Finally, I am delighted to announce that beginning Palm Sunday the Bishop has given all parishes permission to return to using the common cup for distribution of wine at communion. He notes in his email two things - first, that sharing the common cup has been proven safe in every instance in which it has been studied, including during COVID. You are at virtually zero risk sharing the communion cup this way. Second, he reiterates that it is actually less safe to take by intinction, as the fingers so easily come into contact with the wine. All this to say that beginning Palm Sunday, you are welcome to receive communion in both kinds however is your custom.
Melissa Moreno March 28
Gretchen Traw March 30
Dan Dickinson April 1
Lenten Prayer Bookmarks are available in the pews for all parishioners courtesy of the Daughters of the King, St. Clare Chapter. It is our hope you will use the bookmark as a reminder to pray throughout the Lenten season.
Also please join us for Compline services Sunday nights during Lent. Father Mark will lead this service at 8:00 pm on ZOOM beginning March 6. The link is https://saintf.us15.list-manage.com/track/click?u=1f8804eda97214951fdb7fdde&id=eb42721a53&e=dfd56a5aa2.
This service is intended as a peaceful way to end the day and can be a meaningful addition to your Lenten journey.
The United Thank Offering
Sunlit leaves, sweet morning breezes
Your blessings excite my being
Buzzing bees, spiders and carpenter ants
Dutifully scurry on their way
Frisky chipmunks, chickadees and finches
Chirping a welcoming symphony
Creations artful display
A daily walking meditation
God gave you the gift of 86,000 seconds today, have you used one to say "thank you" and share your blessings with others?
Prayer Requests ** Please make sure your request is received by Wednesday of each week. You may call (308) 632-4626 (leave a message), email firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to:
St. Francis Episcopal Church
P.O. Box 1201
Scottsbluff, NE 69361
Forward Day by Day Booklets
We have the Forward Day by Day’s for April-May in regular and large print. If you would like any of these mailed to you, please email or call the church.
Rev. Erin Rath
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