April 29, 2019

Article by: Thomas Ramsay

It was another busy weekend at All Saints’. Saturday evening was our monthly “Major Tom’s” Coffee House. There were 20 people in attendance and everyone had a wonderful evening of great music and readings, conversation and laughter and great snacks. It was another marvelous evening of fellowship!

Sunday morning was overcast and cool. There were 11 in attendance at the 8:00 am service and 44 people at the 10:00 am service. It was the Second Sunday Of Easter. The Processional Hymn was, “Awake, Arise Lift Up Your Voice” and the Sequence Hymn was, “O Sons And Daughters Let Us Sing.” The Gospel Reading was from John 20:19-31.

When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you." After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you." When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained."

But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, "We have seen the Lord." But he said to them, "Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe."

A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you." Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe." Thomas answered him, "My Lord and my God!" Jesus said to him, "Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe."

Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.

We learn from this passage, once again, about Doubting Thomas. He does not believe what his fellow disciples tell him about seeing Jesus and says he has to see the marks in his hands and sides for himself. Jesus appears to all of them again and Thomas sees and believes. We must cannot see Jesus, but we are taught to believe what has occurred as this is our faith. The Offertory Anthem was, “This Joyful Eastertide.” The Communion Hymns were, “We Walk By Faith And Not By Sight” and “That Easter Day With Joy Was Bright.” The Recessional Hymn was, “Good Christians All, Rejoice And Sing.”

The Sanctuary Lamp was given by Nina Selvaggio to the glory of God and in loving memory of her parents, David and Elizabeth Selvaggio. The Vigil Lamp was given by Susan and Paul Parfrey to the glory of God and in loving memory of Evelyn Machmiller.

The Coffee Hour was full of chatter and laughter, as our parishioners greeted one another. The Coffee Hour was hosted by members of the parish. There were cakes, cookies, donuts, muffins and pastries for all to enjoy. It was another wonderful Sunday at All Saints’!

Easter Thanks - Many thanks again to our Acolytes, Altar Guild, Chalice Bearers, Arkady Leytush and the Choir, Lectors, Ushers, Egg Hunt coordinators and all who helped to make our Easter celebration so glorious. Special thanks to Susan Byrne and all of the creative kids and adults who made the Easter Garden in the hallway!

African Team Ministries - African Team Ministries has again sent us crafts to purchase to support their work. The proceeds will make it possible to provide Drip Irrigation Kits for the families in the drought and famine areas to whom we provided emergency food relief. This will enable them to grow food all year round instead of only when it rains. More than 250,000 people died during this recent drought and famine. African Team Ministries has been serving the churches in East African for more than 20 years. We also resettle displaced people, support orphans, provide AIDS education and prevention and literacy training.

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