Join us for an Easter Egg Hunt after our 10 a.m. Easter Service
Palm Sunday: April
Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday. The liturgy begins in
expectation and celebration as we re-enact Jesus entrance into Jerusalem by reading
the Gospel of his triumphant entry and as we bless and bear palms. Next we move into the lessons appointed for
the Eucharist. Nearing the close of our worship we participate in the
reading of the Passion narrative, as we move from Palm Sunday into the passion
of Holy week.
Services:Holy Eucharist 8, and 10 a.m.
Lent Concert, "Once Upon a Tree" 4 p.m. - Experience
Holy Week through the eyes of St. Luke the physician. Composer Pepper Choplin
recreates the power, majesty, love, sorrow and hope of Jesus Christ’s last week
on earth, from the triumphal entry into Jerusalem to the Last Supper and the
final hours on the cross.
Monday in Holy Week: April 10 Morning Prayer, 8 a.m. Pray and Play for Holy Week, 10:15 a.m.
Tuesday in Holy Week: April 11
Morning Prayer, 8 a.m.
Tenebrae, 7:30 p.m. - This special service of psalms and readings features the
gradual extinguishing of candles and other lights in the church until only a
single candle, a symbol of our Lord, remains.
This candle is hidden, representing the apparent victory of the forces
of evil. At the very end a loud noise is
made symbolizing the earthquake at the time of the resurrection. The hidden candle is restored and by its
light all depart in silence.
Maundy Thursday: April 13
The word Maundy is derived from the Latin word “Mandere”
which means “to command.” Two
commandments are given: first, “love one another as I have loved you.” Jesus
washed the disciples feet as the symbol of his love, and thus in the liturgy we
repeat this action. The second
commandment is “Do this in remembrance of me.”
The Lord’s Supper was instituted during the annual Passover Seder. We will share a Seder meal together before
the liturgy. Tonight after we have
shared the Lord’s Supper, the last one Jesus ate with his disciples before
crucifixion, we will remove the remaining consecrated bread and wine to a
“Chapel of Repose” (lower hall) where they will remain. Then we will strip the altar area to create
the sense of loss felt by Jesus’ followers as he was taken away. Those wishing to “watch with me” are invited
to go to the lower hall, any time between 9 and 11 pm.
Morning Prayer at 8 a.m. Pray & Play 10:15 am
Seder Meal at 6 p.m., followed at 7:30 p.m. by foot
washing, Holy Eucharist and the stripping of the altar & sanctuary.
Vigil : 9 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Good Friday: April 14
Good Friday is the name given this day in the English
tradition, the day the passion and death of our Lord is commemorated. The cross is reverenced during the evening
liturgy of prayers and music, and we offer the reserved sacrament.
Long Valley Community Cross Walk at 12 noon, beginning at
Bartley Rd. Presbyterian Church
ParticipatoryChildren’s “Stations of the Cross,” 2:30 p.m. (at Messiah)
Good Friday Liturgy, 7:30 p.m.
Holy Saturday: April 15
Recreating our worship space, 9 a.m.
The Great Vigil of Easter, 6 p.m.
Great Vigil is the first service of Easter Day.
The service consists of four parts: a service of light (we begin in
darkness with the entry of the Pascal candle,) a service of 3 lessons which tell
our salvation history (we will ask people to enact them as they are being read)
We renew are baptismal vows and the Holy
Eucharist – the first Communion of Easter.
We celebrate and proclaim “Christ is risen!” A Celebratory party in the parish hall to follow.
Easter Day: April 16
Holy Eucharist at 8, 9 and 10 a.m. (choir and bell choir
at the 10 a.m. service) Special program for young children at 9 a.m. and special
Sunday School program at the 10 a.m. service
Easter Egg Hunt after both the 9 and 10 a.m. services
Join us for Festal coffee hours after all services.
Easter Day brings the joy of the risen Christ. Come join us and share as we celebrate Christ’s
Be sure to
click on the links for our Calendar and wonderful newsletter, The Messiah Messenger, to
get all the news and events for the month.
A generous donor has recently blessed us with the gift of a
Yamaha Clavinova baby grand piano. This is an electronic instrument that
replicates the rich sound of a baby grand piano while also offering the ability
to add character to a piece with preset instruments as well as imported
accompaniments. This instrument is a wonderful addition to our music ministry.
MESSIAH IN THE NEWS!
Click on the links below and check out the “Flippin Fun” coverage of our Annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake
Party in the Daily Record...
A big thank you to both of these local newspapers for covering our events at Messiah!
Calling All Hoopsters! We have a new basketball hoop in the back parking lot! A ball is available in the closet downstairs at the end of the hall near the bathrooms. Take a break and work off some of those coffee hour calories!
New time for Pray and Play - The moms and
toddlers who come to Pray and Play service have agreed that Monday at
10:15 a.m. is a good time to meet. This service is especially tailored
for children ages 6 and under and their families. We meet in the church.
We will also offer Pray and Play on the first Sunday of every month at 9
a.m. (meeting in the lower parish hall).
Godly Play is Here! Beginning in September, our children began enjoying the wonderful Sunday School program called “Godly Play." This is a very creative curriculum in which the children are invited to participate in the telling of a Bible story, followed by freedom to choose the activity they want to do. Godly Play is especially designed to appeal to a wide range of ages.
NEW! ELECTRONIC GIVING NOW AVAILABLE!
It just got easier to give to Messiah! Just lick the "Donate" button.
The first time you do, you'll be asked to
provide the bank account which you want your gift to come from. Your
gifts may be one-time or recurring. And you may specify any
particular cause within Messiah that you wish to support.
Members of the Men of Messiah (MOM) at work polishing the brass.
Men of Messiah (MOM) – The next meeting of MOM is March 18 at 9 a.m., in the
Messiah kitchen. Light breakfast of bagels, fruit, coffee, and juice will be provided. Women of Messiah Encouraging & Nurturing (W.O.M.E.N.) - Our
next meeting will be February 23, at 7 p.m. in the back of the Parish
Inquirer's Class - Interested in learning more about the Episcopal Church? Please join us for a 5-session class that will enable those who are interested to discuss and learn more about the Church, Christianity, and the Bible. This is a great opportunity for discovery and to ask questions about who we are. Classes held several times a year at convenient times for those interested are interested.
Education For Ministry - This is not a program for those seeking ordination as
they go to seminary. But this is a wonderful college level program for any one
interested in learning more by reading and discussion. The program continues
for four years, each year a separate unit. Currently there is a class on their
third year of study on Mondays evenings. A new class is being formed on
Tuesdays from 3:45 - 5:45 starting in September. if you are interested please
speak with Margaret who is the facilitator for the program.
Bible Study at Messiah - We will be discussing The Old Testament on Tuesdays at 1 p.m. and The New Testament on Thursdays at 11 a.m.
Lunch Book Group - Tuesdays at Messiah on the lower level, Noonto 1 p.m. Each week's reading and destination is listed in the Sunday announcements. We will be bringing our own lunches so pack or tote your meal; coffee and/or water will be served while we discuss.
Contemplative/Centering Prayer - It meets every Tuesday at 8 a.m. in the church. You are welcome to join our group for 30 minutes of quiet prayer. Other times are possible too, contact the rector if you are interested
Tuesday Book and Movie Night - A Book discussion and bag supper usually held the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. followed by a movie (TBD) at around 7:30 p.m. Click on our current Monthly Messenger for book descriptions and details.
Armchair Theologians - A summer program that meets on Monday evenings at 7 p.m. ending with Compline at 8:30 p.m.
Coffee Hour is available after each Sunday Service in our Parish Hall. It's a wonderful time to enjoy friends and fellowship with members of the Congregation. Want to help out? Sign up to host coffee hour! An updated calendar will be posted soon! Sign up for an empty date by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with "Coffee Hour" in the subject heading.