March 20th, is Palm Sunday. It’s a special day in the life of the church and will provide a public witness that we welcome Christ Jesus into our lives as Lord. Arrive early enough to stake out your seat and go over the liturgy. Also, please bring a dish for your family and a guest.
The rest of Holy Week is as follows:
24th Maundy Thursday 7PM, prayer vigil to follow until midnight
25th Good Friday 12PM Community Service at Memorial Methodist
5-7PM Warm Blessings
March 27th Easter Day
If you wish to donate an Easter Lilly, the cost is $10. If it is to be in memory or honor of someone, please submit that request in writing with your check or money. You may also email such requests to the rector.
Remember that this Sunday only we change the time of service to 11AM to make sure that you don’t lose sleep on our count.
Our Lenten Bible Study will focus n the Gospel of John. begins on Wednesday February 17, 2016 at 6:30 to 8:00 at the Wilson home (where we had the Picnic & Shoot).
Bring your Bible and a notepad. Feel free to bring a snack or beverage (soft or hard).
Have you decided upon a Lenten discipline? The traditional grouping is Prayer, Fasting, Almsgiving, and Scripture Reading. If you aren’t sure where to start, Lenten Devotionals abound. Here are some recommendations:
Redeemer Church’s Lenten Devotional - convenient to add to your Google or iCalendar
Lent with the Church Fathers – In 10-20 minutes a day, you can soak in centuries of wisdom.
For a good daily email inbox devotional, I recommend Rediscover Jesus.
And one church has urged their members to copy – by hand – the entirety of the Book of Proverbs (omitting Saturdays & Sundays, which can be used to “catch up” should you fall behind).
Whatever you do, make sure that you are pushing out things that keep you from prayer, fasting, alms giving, and Scripture reading. And make sure it’s something to which you can commit. If you do something – even a SMALL something – you’ll reach Easter with a greater understanding of your call to join Christ in his resurrection life.
The Rt Rev’d Frank Lyons visits St. Timothy’s Anglican Church. He will celebrate the Eucharist and Preach the Gospel at 10AM. A light reception will be held following the service.
Find out what happens when God’s people rediscover God’s WORD.
Services will proceed as normal. The sidewalks and parking lot are cleared.
There are many legends but little known history regarding Kentigern. All the sources are from the eleventh and twelfth centuries. Most are from the northern part of Britain, where Kentigern’s evangelistic and pastoral ministry took place. The sources contain various folkloric elements which are considerably older than the eleventh century, but which have no clear historical value (including in one source a confrontation with the druid Merlin). From these traditions we may with some assurance of historicity assume that Kentigern was the son of a British prince (perhaps Owain of Rheged) and of illegitimate birth. Under his nickname Mungo (meaning “darling”) was educated by Bishop Serf at Culross and became a monk in the austere Irish tradition. He later traveled to the northern British kingdom of Strathclyde (Stratclut), in what is now southwestern Scotland, where he was ordained bishop by another Irish missionary bishop. He continued the work of Saint Ninian in preaching the Gospel to the people in the vicinity of Dumbarton, the capital of the kingdom of Strathclyde, and established a religious foundation near Dumbarton, around which the city of Glasgow later grew. Persecuted by the pagan king Morcant Mwynfawr, Kentigern fled to Cumbria (in the kingdom of Rheged) for some time. On the accession of Morcant’s brother, king Riderch Hael the Generous, he was summoned back by the already-baptized king to continue his work of evangelism among the Britons of Strathclyde. Kentigern likely lived to the age of 85, and he died and was buried at his religious foundation at Glasgow. His relics are claimed by Glasgow Cathedral.
Almighty and everlasting God, we thank you for your servant Kentigern, whom you called to preach the Gospel to the people of northwestern Britain. Raise up in this and every land evangelists and heralds of your kingdom, that your Church may proclaim the unsearchable riches of our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Kentigern, Missionary Bishop, is commemorated on his traditional feast day of January 13 in the Calendars of the Church of England and the Scottish Episcopal Church. He is commemorated on January 14 in the Calendar of the Church in Wales. January 14 has been chosen for this sanctoral diary so as not to conflict with the commemoration of Hilary of Poitiers on January 13.
The icon of Saint Kentigern is from Aidan Hart’s gallery of Western Orthodox saints and is reproduced here with his generous permission.
Hilary, Bishop of Poitiers, was a prolific writer on Scripture and doctrine, an orator, and a poet to whom some of the earliest Latin hymns have been attributed. Augustine called him “the illustrious doctor of the Churches”. Jerome considered him “the trumpet of the Latins against the Arians”. For his defense of the Nicene faith, he is also known as “the Athanasius of the West”.
Hilary (Hilarius) was born in Pectavus (later Poitiers) in Gaul, about 315, into a pagan family of wealth and power. In his writings, he describes the stages of the journey that led him to the Christian faith. He was baptized when he was about thirty years old.
In 350, Hilary was made Bishop of Poitiers. Although he demurred at first, he was finally persuaded by the people’s acclamations. He proved to be a bishop of skill and courage. His orthodoxy was shown when, in 355, the Emperor Constantius ordered all bishops to sign a condemnation of Athanasius (the bishop of Alexandria, champion of Nicene trinitarianism against the Arians), under pain of exile. Hilary wrote to Constantius, pleading for peace and unity. His plea accomplished nothing, and, when he dissociated himself from three Arian bishops in the West, Constantius ordered Julian (later surnamed the Apostate for his conversion to Neoplatonic paganism) to exile Hilary to Phrygia. There Hilary remained for three years, without complaining, writing scriptural commentaries and his principal work, De Trinitate (On the Trinity).
Hilary was then invited by a party of the semi-Arians, who hoped for his support, to a council at Seleucia in Asia, largely attended by Arians; but with remarkable courage, in the midst of a hostile gathering, Hilary defended the Council of Nicaea and its definition of the Trinity, giving no aid to the semi-Arians. He wrote again to Constantius, offering to debate Saturninus, the Western bishop largely responsible for his exile. The Arians feared for the outcome of the debate and persuaded Constantius to return Hilary to Poitiers.
In 360, Hilary was welcomed back to his see with great demonstrations of joy and affection. He continued his battle against Arianism, but he never neglected the needs of his people. Angry in controversy with heretical bishops, he was always a loving and compassionate pastor to his diocese. Among his disciples was Martin, later bishop of Tours, whom Hilary encouraged in his endeavors to promote the monastic life.
from Lesser Feasts and Fasts, with additions
O Lord our God, you raised up your servant Hilary to be a champion of the catholic faith: Keep us steadfast in that true faith which we professed at our baptism, that we may rejoice in having you for our Father, and may abide in your Son, in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit; who live and reign for ever and ever.Amen.
The propers for the commemoration of Hilary, Bishop of Poitiers, are published on the Lectionary Page website.