March 4, 2019
Article by: Thomas Ramsay
It was a very busy weekend at All Saints’. Saturday morning Tom Ramsay, Ed and Nancy Benedict, Judy and Christopher Batashoff and Carole King came up to church, after shoveling out, to set up for the “Shrove Tuesday” Sunday pancake breakfast. They rearranged the furniture in the Common Room and they set up the tables and chairs. The tablecloths were put on and then Ed and Christopher went outside and did the plowing around the church. The rest of the team then set the tables with silverware and napkins and set out the coffee cups and the urns for the following morning and it was time to go home.
Sunday morning was cool and sunny. There were 10 people at the 8:00 am service and 53 in attendance at the 10:30 am service. Joe Gonzalez, Paul Walton and Ed Benedict arrived before the service began and got the pancake batter and sausages going for the breakfast. The Processional Hymn was, “O Wondrous Type, O Vision Fair” and the Sequence Hymn was, “Christ Upon The Mountain Peak.” The Gospel Reading was from Luke 9:28-36, 37-43a:
Jesus took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white. Suddenly they saw two men, Moses and Elijah, talking to him. They appeared in glory and were speaking of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. Now Peter and his companions were weighed down with sleep; but since they had stayed awake, they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him. Just as they were leaving him, Peter said to Jesus, "Master, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah"--not knowing what he said. While he was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were terrified as they entered the cloud. Then from the cloud came a voice that said, "This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!" When the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silent and in those days told no one any of the things they had seen.
[On the next day, when they had come down from the mountain, a great crowd met him. Just then a man from the crowd shouted, "Teacher, I beg you to look at my son; he is my only child. Suddenly a spirit seizes him, and all at once he shrieks. It convulses him until he foams at the mouth; it mauls him and will scarcely leave him. I begged your disciples to cast it out, but they could not." Jesus answered, "You faithless and perverse generation, how much longer must I be with you and bear with you? Bring your son here." While he was coming, the demon dashed him to the ground in convulsions. But Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, healed the boy, and gave him back to his father. And all were astounded at the greatness of God.]
We learn from this passage of the Transfiguration of Jesus Christ and the witnessing of this by Peter, John and James that proves to all whom Jesus claims he is. The Offertory Anthem was, “Transfiguration.” The Communion Hymns were, “Songs Of Thankfulness And Praise” and “Alleluia! Sing To Jesus.” The Recessional Hymn was, “Ye Watchers And Ye Holy Ones.”
The altar flowers were given by John and Carol Crowe to the glory of God and in celebration of being in attendance at UNC as Christopher Crowe is awarded his white coat in Pharmacy. The Vigil Lamp was given by the DellaVecchia family to the glory of God and in loving memory of Sheila Thorpe. The bread and wine of the Eucharist was given by Michael and Shirley DellaVecchia to the glory of God and in celebration of the birthdays of Shirley DellaVecchia (3/2) and Francesca Bergenn (3/14).
The sausages and pancake batter were done and ready to roll when church was finished. Our parishioners and guests took their seats at the tables in the Common Room after getting their coffee and tea. Joe and Paul were flipping the pancakes and Tom and Ed were getting the sausages out on the plates. Ed and Diane Obiol were then serving everyone. It was a smooth working machine. More batter was made and the pancakes were made and served. It was a wonderful breakfast enjoyed by all. The clean-up began and the plates and silverware cleaned and everything put away. A big thank you to Ed and Nancy Benedict, Joe Gonzalez, Carole King, Melissa Madden, Tom Ramsay and Paul Walton for cleaning and putting everything away and all our parishioners and guests for their support. The free will offering raised $270.00! A big thank you to Paul Walton for his generous donation of all of the food for the pancake breakfast!
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Have a great week and hope to see you all next Sunday. DO NOT FORGET TO SET YOUR CLOCKS AHEAD ONE HOUR ON SATURDAY, MARCH 9TH.