Our Holy Week Journey

This weekend we continue our 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.

Tonight
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.

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 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 Father, whose dear Son, on the night before he suffered, instituted the Sacrament of his Body and Blood: Mercifully grant that we may receive it thankfully in remembrance of Jesus Christ our Lord, who in these holy mysteries gives us a pledge of eternal life; and who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


Easter Potluck

Following the 10:00 service this Sunday, April 21, we will have a Potluck Hospitality time. Contributions of finger foods (crackers, cookies, etc.) are welcome!

Lee Food Pantry
This week’s food pantry suggestion is fruits and vegetables. Please bring this or other non-perishable food items with you to church on Sunday to share with those in need in our community. (Suggested item for next week is: toiletries and diapers).

St. Paul’s Prayer Circle will meet Tuesday, April 23, from 5:30-6:30 p.m., for evening prayer.

Your vestry’s next meeting will be on Wednesday, April 24th, 5:30 to 7:30 pm on the second floor of the Parish House. All members of the church are invited to attend.

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

Altar Flowers

If you would like to honor or remember a loved one by providing altar flowers, the following Sundays are available: Sep. 22; Nov. 10; Dec. 1, 8. To sign up, please email stpaulsstockbridge@gmail.com and tell us the date you’d like to reserve, the wording of the announcement, and whether or not you’d like the office to order the flowers for you (cost is $60).

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

This 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 –POTLUCK

              Nancy King, Organist

Next Sunday, April 28

Celebrant/Preacher:   The Rev. Sam Smith

8 am:    Jorja Marsden

10 am:  John Davies, Greeter

              Peter Dillon, Usher

              Martha Bodine, Lector

              Don Temples, Intercessor

              Ginny Willcox, Altar Guild

              Don Cook & Tim Swingle, Hospitality

              Nancy King, Organist

Parish Prayer List

  • People we pray for on Sundays: Cecilia, Alec, Tessa, George
  • 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: Laundry Love
  • Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: St. Luke’s, Lanesboro
  • Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Peace of Jerusalem and the People of the Land of the Holy One
  • Birthdays & Anniversaries: Diane Dillon (23rd), Arthur Schwartz (25th)