Our Holy Week Journey

This Sunday we embark again on the remembrance of the events at the core of Christianity as we relive the passion of Christ and his resurrection. More than just remembrance, in these services of worship, filled with mystery, we will experience the sacred story in some of the most beautiful liturgy our church has to offer.

April 14
Palm Sunday / The Sunday of the Passion – Services at St. Paul’s at 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.
To begin our Holy Week, we will remember Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem, and hear a reading of the Passion narrative (although we save the punch line for the next weekend!). Then through this week we will have the special privilege of exploring the story with our South Berkshire Episcopal Church partners.

April 18
Maundy Thursday – Service at Christ/Trinity Church, Sheffield at 6:00 p.m.
180 Main Street, Sheffield – on Route 7, at Maple Ave.
At a Dinner Church service with a full meal we will remember the Last Supper; then we will move to the church for the stripping of the altar; followed by the Lenten Study at Christ/Trinity Church.

April 19
Good Friday – Stations of the City, Great Barrington City Hall at noon

Corner of Main and Bridge Streets
We step off at noon to walk a short route around Great Barrington, praying for those in need and remembering the passion of Christ.

Good Friday Liturgy at St. Paul’s at 6:00 p.m.
We have the honor of hosting our brothers and sisters for a solemn service that includes the Passion according to St. John, veneration of the cross, and communion from the reserved sacrament.    

April 20
Easter Vigil at Trinity Church, Lenox at 7:00 p.m.
88 Walker Street, Lenox
We gather first in candlelight to recall the salvation story, then pronounce the resurrection of Christ and enjoy the first Eucharist of Easter, with music, storytelling, baptism, confirmation, and Holy Eucharist. We are honored that Bishop Doug Fisher will be our celebrant for this, the most moving service of the year.

April 21
Easter Sunday – Services at St. Paul’s at 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 am 
Join the St. Paul’s family in the celebration of Christ’s resurrection.

I hope that many of you will take the opportunity to fully experience Christ’s Passion through these moving services. If you need help with transportation, just let me know. May each of you have a most blessed Holy Week, and may God be revealed to you in new and surprising ways through these mysteries.

– Father Sam


Collect

Almighty and everliving God, in your tender love for the human race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may walk in the way of his suffering, and also share in his resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


Easter Flowers & Plants

We welcome contributions toward Easter flowers. Inserts the bulletins and at the back of the church may be used to list those you would like to honor or remember. Please put completed forms and checks (with “Easter flowers” in the memo) in the offering plate, mail to PO Box 704, Stockbridge, MA 01262, or e-mail to stpaulsstockbridge@gmail.com by Wednesday, April 17th.

Join us Saturday, April 27, 3:00-5:00 pm
St. Paul’s Arbor Day Celebration
Come to the St. Paul’s Church Yard on Saturday April 27 for a celebration of trees! We will gather in the church yard (or, in case of rain, in the church) and embark on walking tours of downtown Stockbridge led by local tree experts, circling back to the church yard for refreshments and gifts and activities for participating children. Local folk music artists (including our own Patty Melville!) will play, and there will be tours of the church. Representatives from the Diocesan Creation Care Team will also be present to demonstrate the Sustain Island Home program, offering creative ways to lessen our carbon footprints.

Worship Teams (If you exchange shifts with someone, please notify the Church Office by Thursday morning at stpaulsstockbridge@gmail.com.)

This Sunday, April 14

Celebrant:       The Rev. Jane Tillman

Preacher:        The Rev. Sam Smith

8 am:               Jorja Marsden

10 am:             Don Cook, Greeter

                        Kim Savery, Usher

                        Don Temples, Lector

                        Diana French, Intercessor

                        Ginny Willcox, Altar Guild

                        Ginny Willcox & Patty Melville, Hospitality

                        Nancy King, Organist

Next Sunday, April 21

Celebrant/Preacher:   The Rev. Sam Smith

8 am:               Pam Drumm

10 am:             Devyn Fillio, Greeter

                        Ryleigh Fillio, Usher

                        Kendra MacLeod, Lector

                        Vaunie Graulty, Intercessor

                        Altar Guild – All Guild Members

                        Hospitality – EASTER POTLUCK

                        Nancy King, Organist

Parish Prayer List

  • People we pray for on Sundays: Cecilia, Alec, Tessa, George, Holly
  • Long-term prayer list: Jeff, David, Doug, Barbara, Charles, ZsuZsa, Tom, Rich, Ronnie, Karen, Michael, Christy, John, George
  • Our partners at Grace Church, Great Barrington and the Rev. Janet Zimmerman; Trinity Episcopal/Christ Lutheran, Sheffield and the Rev. Erik Karas; the Austen Riggs community and the Riverbrook Residence; victims of violence, abuse, persecution and disaster at home and abroad
  • Outreach Ministries of the Week: St. Paul’s Children’s Center
  • Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: St. Paul’s, Holyoke
  • Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Episcopal Church in Jerusalem & The Middle East
  • Birthdays & Anniversaries: Jennifer Carmichael & Elena Teal (13th), Tom Skakel (14th), Kim Savery (16th)