April 15, 2019
Article by: Thomas Ramsay
It was a busy a weekend at All Saints’. Saturday morning was our Spring Clean-up, but it was raining early in the morning. The rain stopped by 9:30 am and the crew went to work cleaning up the leaves and twigs all around the church and the wells were cleaned out as well. Inside things were cleared out of the Christian Service room, the church was cleaned and dusted and the palms were stripped and crosses made for Palm Sunday. A big thank you to Kem Rutledge for coordinating the clean-up and to Mary Ang, Judy and Christopher Batashoff, Peter Bavoso, Ed and Nancy Benedict, Carol Crowe, Francesca Bergenn, Marje Eisenman, Drew and Stella Elder, Liz Gillespie, Carole King, Iris and Megan Monfiston, Diane Obiol, Jack Oshier, Tom Ramsay, Michele Stewart, Pat Walton and Teddy for helping with the clean-up!
Sunday morning began foggy and then turned into a beautiful sunny morning. There were 10 people at the 8:00 am service and 90 in attendance for the 10:00 am service. It was the Sunday Of The Passion:Palm Sunday. The service began in the Common Room with the Liturgy of the Palms. After the Blessing of the Palms, the Processional Hymn was, “All Glory Laud And Honor.” The procession went from the Common Room to 39th Avenue and around to 40th Avenue to the front of the church and a prayer was said and the procession then proceeded into the church. The Gradual Hym between the Lessons was, “The Palms” and the Sequence Hymn was, “Ride On! Ride On In Majesty.” The Passion Of Our Lord Jesus Christ was then read. (For the full passion, Click Here.) The Offertory Anthem was, “Ride On, King Jesus.” The Communion Hymns were, “When I Survey The Wondrous Cross” and Humbly I Adore Thee, Verity Unseen.” The Post-Communion Hymn was, “O Sacred Head, Sore Wounded” and the Recessional Hymn was, “At The Name Of Jesus.” It was nice to welcome back Rhys Ritter and Alyson Wang to the choir, as well as Cindy Priess, who was visiting from Buffalo.
The palms were given by Susan and Paul Parfrey to the glory of God and in loving memory of Evelyn Machmiller. The Sanctuary Lamp was given by Susan Parfrey to the glory of God and in loving memory of Josephine Dumas. The bread and wine of the Eucharist and the Vigil Lamp were given to the glory of God and in celebration of Edwin’s birthday.
Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him. Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus' feet, and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (the one who was about to betray him), said, "Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and the money given to the poor?" (He said this not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief; he kept the common purse and used to steal what was put into it.) Jesus said, "Leave her alone. She bought it so that she might keep it for the day of my burial. You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me."
We learn from this passage of Jesus’ visit to Bethany, just before the Passover, and where a dinner was prepared for him and served by Martha. Mary took perfume made from nard and anointed Jesus’ feet and wiped them with her hair. This act caused Judas Iscariot to be outraged since the perfume was worth three hundred denari, which is about a year’s worth of wages. Jesus told Judas to leave Martha alone, because the perfume was to be kept for the day of his burial, which he knew was forthcoming. The Offertory Anthem was, “Father, In Thy Mysterious Presence Kneeling.” The Communion Hymns were, “Draw Nigh And Take The Body Of The Lord” and “Be Thou My Vision” The Recessional Hymn was, “God Is Working His Purpose Out.”
The Sanctuary Lamp was given by Shirley and Michael DellaVecchia to the glory of God and on celebration of Chiara and Gerard Osborne’s wedding anniversary. The Vigil Lamp was given by Tom and Jeanine Carroll to the glory of God and in celebration of Rhys Ritter and the Byrne family. The bread and wine of the Eucharist were given by Tom and Jeanine Carroll to the glory of God and in celebration of Bobby and Karen Friedl.
The Coffee Hour was bursting with chatter and laughter as our parishioners greeted one another. The Coffee Hour was hosted by the ECW. Ronnie Scanlon gave a presentation on what the ECW does and had material for people. They also ran a 50/50 to offset a retreat. The women of the ECW had bagels, cakes, fruit and quiche for all to enjoy with their coffee and tea. Meanwhile, the choir had a rehearsal to get ready for Palm Sunday and Easter. It was another great Sunday at All Saints’!
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