Palm Sunday to Easter 2021

It’s another pandemic Holy Week and Easter but the 2021 version will allow us more times to meet in person as well as watch the livestream broadcasts from the church.

Catch the livestream for all services (except the Easter Vigil) at https://ctkstoneridge.org/

 

Join in as much as you can. These are the most special days in the Christian calendar.

 

Saturday, March 27 @11 a.m. in the church

For children on the day before Palm Sunday (Let’s call it Palm Saturday!)

Join Janet for a 30 minute service that focuses on the palm part of the liturgy. We’ll celebrate a simple Eucharist and you’ll go home with all of our handouts for Holy Week and the season of Easter. Masks are a must and we will follow distancing guidelines.

Sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/PalmSatForKids

 

Saturday, March 27 and Sunday March 28: 9-11 a.m. both days –PICK UP PALMS, etc.

Swing by the church parking lot and pick up your palms (if you won’t be at church on Sunday). You’ll also receive the bulletin for all of Holy Week and Easter and a delightful calendar for the Easter Season. Email the office if you need delivery: http://church@ctkstoneridge.org You can also call: 845-687-9414 (by Thursday).

 

 

 

Sunday, March 28 PALM SUNDAY – Abbreviated Palm Sunday liturgy at 9.

Sign up to attend. Our maximum, including clergy/organist is 30 people. I will also distribute communion in the parking lot at the conclusion of the service (approximately 9:40. You can also come by until 11 to pick up palm, bulletins for the week and your Easter season calendar.

   https://www.signupgenius.com/go/PalmSunday9am

 

 

Maundy Thursday (April 1) Zoom Agape Meal at 6:30 p.m.

As we did last year, we will enjoy a simple Agape meal via Zoom. Agape means love and we will remember the great mandate (mandatum) of this evening: Love one another as I have loved you. As Jesus blessed the bread and wine so will we bless our own bread, wine, milk, cheese – whatever we have as we read scripture and pray for ourselves and the whole world. This is for ALL ages and I hope you’ll join us.

  

https://zoom.us/j/91382158251?pwd=Q1VjR1JESkREOUJBclpBZ3RpQ0thUT09

Meeting ID: 913 8215 8251

Passcode: 474908

 

Good Friday (April 2) Abbreviated Good Friday Liturgy

at 12 p.m. in church.

 

We’ll gather to hear the reading of the Passion according to John, pray the solemn collects and reflect on these words from Lancelot Andrewes:

  He was pierced with love no less than with grief, and it was that wound of love which made him so constantly to endure all the other . . . Christ pierced on the cross is “liber charitatis” the very book of love laid open before us. [Sermon on Good Friday – 1597]

 

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/GoodFridayNoon   — Sign up here.

 

Stations of the Cross via Zoom

5 – 5:30 p.m.

In this brief service I’ll be using photos of the stations parishioners made two years ago as we follow the simple ritual of following them and the meditations of our parish artists.

   https://zoom.us/j/92148061263?pwd=U2crMDM2em4wbnhLT2NGODhIM3NmZz09

Meeting ID: 921 4806 1263

Passcode: 173090

 

EASTER CELEBRATIONS      April 4

 

6:30 a.m.       The Great Vigil of Easter (Abbreviated to an hour)

            We’ll gather in the Garth (outside the door near the restrooms) just before dawn and light the new fire, bless the new paschal candle; hear a bit of salvation history from scripture; declare that Christ is Risen and celebrate the Eucharist. C’mon, you know you want to be there. Even in its short version it’s the most beautiful liturgy of the year.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/EasterDayVigil

 

EASTER AT 10 a.m.  Eucharist inside and Hymn singing and Easter Eggs outside

 

10 a.m. – We celebrate the Eucharist, listen to service and other music from several of our gifted musicians (distanced and masked) and proclaim Christ is risen! I will distribute communion in the parking lot to all who are there. It IS possible to stream the service in your car on your cell phone or tablet. Overflow folks can be present in the Garth.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/Easter10am  — Sign up here.

 

10:45  Join us outside on the parish grounds and parking lot to sing several Easter hymns followed by an Easter egg hunt.

 

Easter.

Rise heart; thy Lord is risen.  Sing his praise

                                                  Without delayes,

Who takes thee by the hand, that thou likewise

                                                  With him mayst rise:

That, as his death calcined1 thee to dust,

His life may make thee gold, and much more, just.

 

Awake, my lute, and struggle for thy part

                                                  With all thy art.

The crosse taught all wood to resound his name,

                                                  Who bore the same.

His stretched sinews taught all strings, what key

Is best to celebrate this most high day.

 

Consort both heart and lute, and twist a song

                                                  Pleasant and long:

Or, since all musick is but three parts2 vied

                                                  And multiplied,

O let thy blessed Spirit bear a part,

And make up our defects with his sweet art.

 

George Herbert, 1633