Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Services for Holy Week and Easter

Holy Week Services at a Glance:

Maundy Thursday (April 17th) 7.30 p.m.: Holy Communion, washing of feet and hands, and stripping the church for Good Friday.

Good Friday (April 18th) 10.30 a.m.: Good Friday service with Sunday School.

Easter Sunday (April 20th):
9.00 Holy Communion
109.30 Holy Communion and Sunday School

About the Services:

Maundy Thursday (April 17th).
This is the day on which we remember Jesus’ gift of Holy Communion, and his command to love one another (‘Maundy’ comes from the Latin word ‘maundatum’ which means ‘commandment’). We will meet for Holy Communion at 7.30 p.m. The service will include an opportunity to participate in a symbolic washing of feet or hands (this is optional), and will conclude with the stripping of the church for Good Friday.

Good Friday (April 18th).
Our Good Friday service will be at 10.30 a.m. It will include a children’s component, after which the children will go downstairs for their own Good Friday program. As part of this service we join together in reading the story of Jesus’ death from the Gospel of John (with different people reading the parts of the various characters); later, we bring in a wooden cross and gather around it to remember Jesus’ death and to pray for the world for which he died.

Easter Sunday (March 31st)
We will celebrate the resurrection of Jesus with services of Holy Communion at 9.00 & 10.30 a.m.; the 10.30 service includes Sunday School.

Special Easter Offering: World Vision Child Sponsorships
Three times a year our offering envelope boxes contain envelopes for special offerings, and we always give the proceeds from those special offerings away to mission work.

We have a World Vision sponsor child, Lemlem Fickre, who lives with her family in Ethiopia. We need to raise money to support her through two more years until her community becomes self-sufficient. We also would like to raise enough money to completely pay for one more child sponsorship. Our goal for the year is $10,000, and this is where the special Easter offerings will be directed. If you would like to contribute to this over and above your regular offerings, please make cheques out to St. Margaret's Anglican Church and make them clearly for 'World Vision. Thank you!

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