St Alban’s Episcopal Church
Bolivar, Missouri

Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Palm Sunday/Passion Sunday ahead

A Note About Constant Contact
We have not yet identified the problem, but some of you are not receiving the newsletters regularly. Please do check the St Alban’s Facebook page or the St Albans website in case you are one of those. It may be that the computer at Church gets them blocked, while the computer at home lets them through? Weird, but possible, according to Constant Contact. It’s a new problem, hopefully resolvable.

Details will follow every day next week – but set these time aside to worship together during the most sacred week of the Church year.

Palm Sunday – 10:30 AM – no adult Sunday School.

Maundy Thursday with foot washing and a simple soup and bread supper – stripping of the altar.

Good Friday Solemn service at noon and 6 pm.

Easter Day – Because we do not have the numbers to make both the traditional Easter Vigil and the Sunday morning service both celebrative, we will combine the two in this way: We will begin at 10:00 AM on Easter day with the first part of the Vigil service with the Vigil readings and prayers, and the lighting of the Paschal candle. At the announcement of the Resurrection, we will do as usual – tear down the black coverings, reset the table with white, pull down the Easter banners, and bring in the flowers, candles and the bread and wine for the Eucharist as the organ sings out the good news. And we will sing. And sing. And sing. There will be a festive coffee hour afterwards.

You will notice that I have invited every child and teenager to practice assisting me at the altar. This is important not only because it makes it easier for me, but because when I retire, any supply priest will not know how we do things – and will need confident helpers. I would prefer that every young person who is willing to do it be trained, so that on any given Sunday whoever is present can be recruited without any child (or visiting priest!) feeling discomfort.

Palm/Passion Sunday April 2, 2023

Easter all-ages choir
Sandy Sherry is gathering a choir to sing on Easter Day or another of the Sundays in Easter. First rehearsal was last Sunday after Eucharist. We will practice next Sunday as well. Please come-and encourage your kids to participate as well!

Palm / Passion Sunday – Sunday, April 2
As usual, those who can, will gather just outside the red doors to hear the reading of the Palm Sunday gospel before we process in to the traditional hymn, “All Glory Laud and Honor to Thee, Redeemer King”. Those who are more comfortable sitting may enter earlier, and remain in the pews bearing palms and singing as the others process.

Anyone who wants to learn how to make palm crosses to take home are invited to remain after Church during coffee hour (there will be coffee and something simple to eat) and try your hand at this!



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