St. Francis Episcopal Church in Rutherfordton, NC

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Episcopal Explanations: Palm Sunday
(The Sunday of the Passion)

Long-time Episcopalians may remember that in the 1928 Book of Common Prayer, the fifth Sunday of Lent was called “the Sunday of the Passion” and the Sunday before Easter was Palm Sunday. The two were combined with the publication of the “new” prayer book in 1979. According to the rubrics in the proper liturgy for Palm/Passion Sunday, the liturgy begins with the procession of the palms, includes a short passage from the Gospel of Mark, and then switches occasions at the Gospel reading, which is always from one of the synoptic gospels. In order to separate the two very different events, at St. Francis we hear a continuation of the Palm gospel in the Liturgy of the Word and end the service with the Passion of our Lord, read in parts by volunteers. At our 10:30 service this Sunday we’ll gather at the back gate behind the church and process into the church with the palms, weather permitting. At 8:00, we’ll gather at the steps of the church. If it rains, we’ll gather at the back of the church. At the end of both services, following the blessing and announcements, the Passion Gospel from Matthew will be read, followed by a hymn at 10:30. There will be no dismissal on Sunday and we’ll leave the church in silence, with our Lord’s last moments on our hearts and in our minds, preparing us for the joy of the resurrection. I hope to see you in church this Sunday, and I encourage you to attend the Holy Week services on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday also. Blessings to each of you as you bring your Lenten disciplines to conclusion. CFB+

Worship Leader Traingings

If you are one of the many wonderful folks who volunteer on Sunday mornings, or if you would like to be, please plan to attend one or more of the following meetings to be held on Saturday, April 8. Each meeting will last no more than 30 minutes. If you cannot attend, please contact the church office.

9:00-9:30 Greeters
9:30-10:00 Ushers
10:00-10:30 Lectors
10:30-11:00 Eucharistic Ministers

A Special Anthem

Today the choir will sing an original hymn written by Jay Seagrave and Andrea Denning and dedicated to Roscoe Conn. What a blessing to have these gifted folks in our parish! Thank you, Jay and Andrea, for sharing your gifts with us, and thanks to the choir for singing it for us!

Congratulations, Mayden, and Thank You!

Mayden McDaniel took the headlines in this week’s e-announcements from our diocese. If you haven’t seen the article, you can contact the church office for a copy. Thank you, Mayden, for all your work on Lettuce Grow, and for giving us a project that we can continue with, even now that you’ve finished!

Calling All Farmers and Gardeners!

Those of you with green thumbs, and anyone who likes to play in the dirt are invited to help us sustain Mayden McDaniel’s Lettuce Grow project. There will be an organizational meeting of this group in the Commons Room on Wednesday, April 12th at 6:30 pm.

Holy Week Schedule

April 9
8:00 am Palm Sunday Holy Eucharist
9:30 am Christian Formation
10:30 am Palm Sunday Holy Eucharist

April 11
5:30 pm Stations of the Cross

April 13
6:30 pm Maundy Thursday Service

April 14
12:00 pm Community Good Friday Service

April 16
7 a.m. Sunrise Service Breakfast following at First Baptist Church, Rutherfordton
Rutherfordton Town Cemetery Dr. Sydnor Thompson
8:00 am Easter Sunday Holy Eucharist
9:30 am Christian Formation
10:30 am Easter Sunday Holy Eucharist
12:00 pm Coffee Hour

Mid-Week Eucharist with Healing

Don’t forget our midweek Service of Healing with Holy Eucharist each Wednesday evening at 5:30 pm in the Commons Room of the Parish House. Anointing for healing is part of the service but is not a requirement for those who attend. All are welcome!

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8:00 a.m.-Holy Eucharist Rite I
9:30 a.m.-Christian Formation 
10:30 a.m.-Holy Eucharist Rite II (with choir) 

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Coming Events

Sunday, April 9
Palm Sunday

8:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist Rite I
9:30 a.m. - Christian Formation
10:30 a.m. - Holy Eucharist Rite II

Monday, April 10

7:30 a.m. - AA

Tuesday, April 11

5:30 p.m. - Station of the Cross
6:00 p.m. - AA
6:30 p.m. - Vestry Meeting

Wednesday, April 12

7:00 a.m. - Joe Middleton Group
12:00 p.m. - AA
5:30 p.m. - Healing Service with HE
6:30 p.m. - Gardeners & Farmers Meeting
6:30 p.m. - Brotherhood of St. Andrew Prison Meeting
7:00 p.m. - Choir Practice

Thursday, April 13

6:30 p.m. - Maundy Thursday Service

Friday, April 14

12:00 p.m. - Community Good Friday Service

Saturday, April 15

Sunday, April 16
Easter Sunday

8:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist Rite I
9:30 a.m. - Christian Formation
10:30 a.m. - Holy Eucharist Rite II
12:00 p.m. - Coffee Hour

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