April 1, 2019

Article by: Thomas Ramsay

Sunday morning was overcast and cool. There were 12 people at the 8:00 am service and 67 in attendance at the 10:00 am service. It was the Fourth Sunday In Lent. The Processional Hymn was, “Just As I Am Without One Plea” and the Sequence Hymn was, “There’s A Wideness In God’s Mercy.” The Gospel Reading was from Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32

All the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to Jesus. And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, "This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them."

So Jesus told them this parable:

"There was a man who had two sons. The younger of them said to his father, 'Father, give me the share of the property that will belong to me.' So he divided his property between them. A few days later the younger son gathered all he had and traveled to a distant country, and there he squandered his property in dissolute living. When he had spent everything, a severe famine took place throughout that country, and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed the pigs. He would gladly have filled himself with the pods that the pigs were eating; and no one gave him anything. But when he came to himself he said, 'How many of my father's hired hands have bread enough and to spare, but here I am dying of hunger! I will get up and go to my father, and I will say to him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me like one of your hired hands."' So he set off and went to his father. But while he was still far off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion; he ran and put his arms around him and kissed him. Then the son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.' But the father said to his slaves, 'Quickly, bring out a robe--the best one--and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. And get the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate; for this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found!' And they began to celebrate.

"Now his elder son was in the field; and when he came and approached the house, he heard music and dancing. He called one of the slaves and asked what was going on. He replied, 'Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fatted calf, because he has got him back safe and sound.' Then he became angry and refused to go in. His father came out and began to plead with him. But he answered his father, 'Listen! For all these years I have been working like a slave for you, and I have never disobeyed your command; yet you have never given me even a young goat so that I might celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours came back, who has devoured your property with prostitutes, you killed the fatted calf for him!' Then the father said to him, 'Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. But we had to celebrate and rejoice, because this brother of yours was dead and has come to life; he was lost and has been found.'"

We learn from this passage that we are all sinners and that we need to repent. The Offertory Anthem was, “There’s A Wideness In God’s Mercy.” The Communion Hymns were, “Wilt Thou Forgive” and “What Wondrous Love Is This.” The Recessional Hymn was, “How Firm A Foundation, Ye Saints Of The Lord.”

The altar greenery was given by Jeff, Tina and Taylor Dugas to the glory of God and in celebration of Jeanine Carroll’s birthday with prayers for a year of blessings for the Carroll family. The Sanctuary Lamp was given by Paul and Susan Parfrey to the glory of God and in celebration of Eileen and Brian Smith’s anniversary. The Vigil Lamp was given by Ruth Rutigliano to the glory of God and in celebration of Jeanine Carroll’s birthday. The bread and wine of the Eucharist were given by Carol and John Crowe to the glory of God and in celebration of Jeanine Carroll’s birthday.

The Coffee Hour was bursting with energy as our parishioners and guests greeted one another. The Coffee Hour was hosted by Carol and John Crowe. There was cakes, cookies, pies and fruit for all to enjoy with their favorite beverage. Everyone sang Happy Birthday to Jeanine and wished her well. It was another wonderful Sunday at All Saints’!

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