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The Clergy Corner
What an incredibly beautiful Holy Week and Easter we shared! I felt like a newcomer since it was my first time observing the season with you. And it was a treasure and a gift. So many people came together to make Holy Week and Easter happen! I could never name you all, but know that I am grateful to be in ministry with every one of you.
If you were there on Maundy Thursday you know that I complained a bit during the homily. "I didn't include footwashing in this service because I wanted to do it, I included it because Jesus told us to do it..." (Lord, forgive me.)
God has an incredible sense of humor. Approximately ten minutes after I said that, I finally figured out why Jesus told us to wash feet: doing so was among the holiest experiences I have ever had. Next year we will have to set up two stations so others can experience it also (And as always, it remains optional; you can come to Maundy Thursday and just witness the washing of feet... although you may change your mind since, after all, it is amazing).
The Stations of the Cross on Good Friday were another beautiful experience of faithfulness, as fourteen of us walked the sanctuary and prayed the prayers. When your attendance on Good Friday is half the annual average Sunday attendance for the church, you know you are a blessed priest.
And finally, Easter... acolytes! lilies! hymns! gold and white everywhere! And most of all, the proclamation we have waited to hear these many weeks: Christ is risen! Alleluia, alleluia!
The best news is that this season of joy is not over. Easter lasts for fifty days! In my house we eat a few extra sweets each day all Easter season long. After all, God doesn't only want us to repent of our sins; God also wants us to celebrate the resurrection. Because Christ has won the victory over sin and death, Easter lasts longer than Lent. Let's celebrate and rejoice! We belong to life and salvation, through the grace of God.
Thoughts to Ponder
Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front, by Wendell Berry
Love the quick profit, the annual raise,
vacation with pay. Want more
of everything ready-made. Be afraid
to know your neighbors and to die.
And you will have a window in your head.
Not even your future will be a mystery
any more. Your mind will be punched in a card
and shut away in a little drawer.
When they want you to buy something
they will call you. When they want you
to die for profit they will let you know.
So, friends, every day do something
that won’t compute. Love the Lord.
Love the world. Work for nothing.
Take all that you have and be poor.
Love someone who does not deserve it.
Denounce the government and embrace
the flag. Hope to live in that free
republic for which it stands.
Give your approval to all you cannot
understand. Praise ignorance, for what man
has not encountered he has not destroyed.
Ask the questions that have no answers.
Invest in the millennium. Plant sequoias.
Say that your main crop is the forest
that you did not plant,
that you will not live to harvest.
Say that the leaves are harvested
when they have rotted into the mold.
Call that profit. Prophesy such returns.
Put your faith in the two inches of humus
that will build under the trees
every thousand years.
Listen to carrion – put your ear
close, and hear the faint chattering
of the songs that are to come.
Expect the end of the world. Laugh.
Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful
though you have considered all the facts.
So long as women do not go cheap
for power, please women more than men.
Ask yourself: Will this satisfy
a woman satisfied to bear a child?
Will this disturb the sleep
of a woman near to giving birth?
Go with your love to the fields.
Lie down in the shade. Rest your head
in her lap. Swear allegiance
to what is nighest your thoughts.
As soon as the generals and the politicos
can predict the motions of your mind,
lose it. Leave it as a sign
to mark the false trail, the way
you didn’t go. Be like the fox
who makes more tracks than necessary,
some in the wrong direction.
Eucharist will be available on the 1st, 3rd & 5th Sundays of each month.
All other Sundays will be Morning Prayer service.
Sudanese Grace Church's English language worship service and fundraiser will be this Sunday, April 23. From 11:30 am to 3 pm, traditional South Sudanese dishes like akop, atulmokic, anjera and more will be sold. Suggested donation is $10 per plate. This food will be available to take home; you may bring your own plate but it is not required. At 1 pm, the people of Sudanese Grace invite friends into fellowship as they celebrate the Holy Eucharist in English.