Holy Week Starting March 29th, 2021 at Good Shepherd
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
Attention Please, Easter Baskets for Children. The Easter Bunny is asking we practice safe social distancing by not have a children’s Easter Egg Hunt at Good Shepherd. Instead, arrangements have been made for Easter Baskets to be delivered to children’s homes before Easter Day. Extra baskets will be available on Sunday in case we didn’t find you at home.
Connection: Holy Week in the Episcopal Church could be described as revival week. Yesterday we began Holy Week by celebrating Jesus’ triumphant ride into Jerusalem waving palm branches and crying out Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. God promised this people for centuries that he would deliver a Messiah that would change the world.
On Thursday we will recall the Last Supper and Jesus washing the feet of the disciples in the upper room. This year we will not be washing feet or hands, we’ll have to imagine it.
On Friday, we will encounter the horror of the Roman Empires public death penalty for those who challenge the system. This service is marked by grief and darkness.
On Holy Saturday we will be united with the Church in our diocese with a service that starts in darkness yet ends in blazing light with the rejoicing of our lips.
And finally, on Easter Day we find the tomb empty. Once again, we will witness and profess Jesus’ repeated promised that he would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days in a way no one expected.
The Church invites the world to set aside our busy lives, reflecting on the signs and wonders of each and every day of Holy Week. It is an emotional roller coaster, but hasn’t this last year been like that. Thank you for taking time each day to immerse and reflect on the daily readings of this most special of weeks.
Holy Week Services
Good Shepherd will open for in person’s services during Holy Week, March 28th-April 4th for those who feel safe in attending. The services will also be on Facebook Live. We are asking members to register ahead of the services to ensure safe social distancing. Call Laura at the office 452-0745 to reserve your seat.
Maundy Thursday 7:00 PM-No hand or foot washing. The Prayer Vigil will be Thursday, April 1 from 8:00 PM to 8:00 AM on Friday, April 2 in the Columbarium if weather permits. This is currently planned as an outdoor event. Call Laura at the office to register for each 30-minute opportunity.
Good Friday Noon and 7:00 PM.
Holy Saturday will be broadcast ONLY from Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral, no in person attendance at Good Shepherd or the cathedral.
Easter Sunday at 7:00 AM & 10:15 AM.
Holy Week Donations:
Maundy Thursday Shoes, Socks or monetary donations for the Clay County Clothes Closet will be accepted in the church foyer beginning Sunday, March 21.
Good Friday Offering for Jerusalem Princess Basma Centre-Goal of $1,000.00.
Opened in 1965 to serve families whose children were affected by polio, JPBC has expanded its mission to treat and empower children with a wide range of disabilities and offer support to their families by proving an array of therapies and rehabilitation services, a residential program for mothers and children, adult PT, and a sheltered vocational workshop for adults with disabilities. The Diocese of West Missouri will match up to $1,000.00 for every dollar collected.
Walking the Stations of the Cross can be done any time you wish. You will find two different printed versions on a table by the sound system in the church. Most people can complete ‘their walk’ in less than thirty minutes. I have found this exercise disturbing, challenging, heartbreaking, rewarding, and powerful like most Lenten practices.
Walking the Labyrinth: You are welcome to walk the Labyrinth in the Parish Hall anytime during Holy Week. We simply ask you remove your shoes before beginning.
Good Shepherd Rogation Day with an Outdoor Beating the Bounds Celebration, April 25 at 11:45 AM.
The last Sunday of April is Good Shepherd Sunday, so to make it special we are celebrating with an in person 30-minute outdoor service following the 10:15 service. Gary Gee has been receiving education on Catechism and part of his assignment is the organization of this event.
What is Rogation Day? Rogationtide is fast becoming my favorite Church season that was once rarely talked about but now is making a comeback. Maybe it’s the renewed interest in gardening and the relationship it has with our larger role in participating in the stewardship and cultivation of earth’s abundance. We will be walking Good Shepherds Grounds and saying prayers at 5 stations. In the coming weeks more announcements will be made, but for now please take the time to click on this link about the history of Rogation Day. https://www.episcopalrelief.org/stories/rogation-days-holy-neighborliness/
Educational Connections and Zoom Links
Weekday Services, Events, and Education
Noonday Prayer at Noon via Facebook Live Monday through Wednesday only.
Compline at 8 pm via Facebook Live Monday-Tuesday only.
Wednesday Noonday Bible Study via Zoom each Wednesday at 12:30 pm. Living the Way of Love. Meeting ID is https://zoom.us/j/91477770100
Wednesday Eucharist for Households via Facebook Live: Wednesday at 6:00 PM from Our Lady of Walsingham Chapel viaFacebook Live
Episcopal 4U on Wednesday’s. – Episcopal 4 U at 7:00 PM via Zoom. Email Judy Kile at email@example.com for an invitation.
Sunday Christian Formation Class will not he held on Easter Sunday.
Easter Sunday Services:
Holy Eucharist Rite II-outdoor in person Year B, Sunday, April 4 at 7:00 AM – Isaiah 25:6-9, Psalm 118:1-2, I Corinthians 15:1-11, John 20:1-18.
Holy Eucharist Rite II- Year B, Sunday, April 4 at 10:15 AM – Isaiah 25:6-9, Psalm 118:1-2, I Corinthians 15:1-11, John 20:1-18.
It’s all about Zoom – Zoom Technical Support: Contact Kim Snodgrass at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 417-793-0780.
Our Service Bulletins are online this week. Scan the following QR code with your phone or other smart device and you will be able to follow along during the services. Or, just type in the link https://ecogs.updates.church.