April 8, 2019

Article by: Thomas Ramsay

Sunday morning was warm and sunny. There were 14 in attendance at the 8:00 am service and 66 people at the 10:00 am service. It was the Fifth Sunday In Lent. The service was educational one, as Father Byrne explained each part of the service and what its meaning was. The Processional Hymn was, “I Want To Walk As A Child Of The Light” and the Sequence Hymn was, “Hail, Thou Once Despised Jesus.” The Gospel Reading was from John 12:1-8

Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him. Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus' feet, and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (the one who was about to betray him), said, "Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and the money given to the poor?" (He said this not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief; he kept the common purse and used to steal what was put into it.) Jesus said, "Leave her alone. She bought it so that she might keep it for the day of my burial. You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me."

We learn from this passage of Jesus’ visit to Bethany, just before the Passover, and where a dinner was prepared for him and served by Martha. Mary took perfume made from nard and anointed Jesus’ feet and wiped them with her hair. This act caused Judas Iscariot to be outraged since the perfume was worth three hundred denari, which is about a year’s worth of wages. Jesus told Judas to leave Martha alone, because the perfume was to be kept for the day of his burial, which he knew was forthcoming. The Offertory Anthem was, “Father, In Thy Mysterious Presence Kneeling.” The Communion Hymns were, “Draw Nigh And Take The Body Of The Lord” and “Be Thou My Vision” The Recessional Hymn was, “God Is Working His Purpose Out.”

The Sanctuary Lamp was given by Shirley and Michael DellaVecchia to the glory of God and on celebration of Chiara and Gerard Osborne’s wedding anniversary. The Vigil Lamp was given by Tom and Jeanine Carroll to the glory of God and in celebration of Rhys Ritter and the Byrne family. The bread and wine of the Eucharist were given by Tom and Jeanine Carroll to the glory of God and in celebration of Bobby and Karen Friedl.

The Coffee Hour was bursting with chatter and laughter as our parishioners greeted one another. The Coffee Hour was hosted by the ECW. Ronnie Scanlon gave a presentation on what the ECW does and had material for people. They also ran a 50/50 to offset a retreat. The women of the ECW had bagels, cakes, fruit and quiche for all to enjoy with their coffee and tea. Meanwhile, the choir had a rehearsal to get ready for Palm Sunday and Easter. It was another great Sunday at All Saints’!

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