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Sundays at St. Andrew's
:: HOLY WEEK SERVICES
Monday, 7 p.m. at St. John's
Making Sense of the Cross: A Man Hanging on a Tree
Tuesday, 7 p.m. at St. John's
Singing the Way of the Cross: Hymns & Meditations
Wednesday 7 p.m. at St. John's
Making Sense of the Cross: Restoring Hope through Forgiveness
Thursday at St. Andrew's
6 p.m. Family Meal (Agape dinner) with storytelling sermon
7:15 p.m. Holy Communion and Stripping of the Altar
Friday at St. Andrew's
7 p.m. Tenebrae
Saturday at St. John's
10 a.m. Blessing of Easter foods & Easter Egg Hunt
:: Sunday, April 20th
10:45 a.m. HOLY COMMUNION
:: Sunday, April 27th
Bishop’s Visitation with
Confirmation & Baptism
:: Children's Choir
From Justin Naylor
Children's Choir will meet on Sundays promptly at 10:10 and end promptly at 10:30. We will meet in the chapel. This is for children in grades 1st through 6th. If your child is interested in singing, please include your name, your child's name, and your phone number on the sign up sheet in the vestibule at church. Please call me if you have any questions at 716-531-8050 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Holy Week at St. Andrew’s & St. John’s
Whoever comes to me will never be hungry,
and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. [John 6:35]
Holy Week is set aside as a time of special devotion in the Christian year. Every day, we have the opportunity to gather for meditation and prayers for peace, hope, and forgiveness. Each day, in our personal prayers and our public worship, we focus our attention on the cross.
The services on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday are held at St. John’s, and are designed to provide a brief quiet time for contemplation, with prayers, hymns, and readings.
-- Monday the 14th, 7-7:30 p.m. Making Sense of the Cross: Why does the Cross Matter? (A meditation based upon "A Man Hanging from a Tree" by David Lose)
-- Tuesday the 15th, 7-7:30 p.m. Singing the Way of the Cross: A service of Hymns and Meditations
-- Wednesday the 16th, 7-7:30 p.m. Making Sense of the Cross: Restoring Hope ( A contemplative service of Reconciliation)
Thursday, April 17 is Maundy Thursday, and we gather at 6 p.m. for a Family Dinner (what we call an Agape Meal, a “love feast”) to observe the Last Supper when Jesus first offered bread and wine as the full gift of himself (his body and blood) in giving us the “new commandment” to love one another as he has loved us. During the dinner, we listen to the story of the Last Supper. After dinner, we go to church to receive Holy Communion and to strip the altar, to signify the beginning of Jesus suffering—his betrayal, arrest, and crucifixion. Maundy Thursday service is designed to be a family evening, From 8 p.m.-8 a.m. We observe an overnight vigil in remembrance of Jesus’ time in the Garden of Gethsemane; it is a time of private prayer either at home or at St. John’s, and we ask you to sign up for an hour so that even when we are apart we know that someone in our community is praying throughout the night.
Friday, April 18 is Good Friday, the day when we remember the crucifixion of Jesus. We begin the day with a service of Holy Communion from the Reserve at 8 a.m. at St. John’s to end the overnight Vigil, and we end the day with a solemn service of prayers, readings, and hymns at 7 p.m. at St. Andrew’s. This service is called “Tenebrae,” meaning “shadows” or “darkness.”
When we gather for worship on Easter Sunday, the church is bright with flowers and our music is joyful in celebration of the Resurrection of Our Lord.