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February 24, 2017



Holy Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes
5:30 p.m.


Ash Wednesday can be a particularly somber observance. With the words, “Remember that you are dust, and unto dust you shall return,” we are reminded of the collective and individual mortality of our humanity. With the ashes of palms that have withered and died in the year since they were waived on high, we are given a visual symbol of the same. Here at the beginning of Lent, we call to mind the end of the journey at the cross and the grave.

Thus, we enter into the season ahead, sharing in the 40 day journey of Jesus’ testing and temptation in the wilderness. In his preparation we too prepare for the climax of Holy Week. We brace ourselves for the truth that, by virtue of our sin and brokenness, death is a part of this earthly life.

We do not hear this as some trite truism though. The fact of the matter is that there is yet hope for the life eternal. Ash Wednesday and the days ahead serve as an opportunity to more fully hear the words “For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life, that I may take it again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord” (John 10:17-18).

Jesus is both the exemplar and the end of the journey before us. He willingly laid down his life upon the hard wood of the cross and died. Why? Because, as the old confession so succinctly put it, there is no health within us. So long as our faith is in ourselves, our own power and righteousness, there is neither life nor hope within us. But in Jesus Christ there is hope because his death was not the end. He died and rose again that we might live in Him.

And so, on Ash Wednesday we recall the example of Scripture, where in the Old Testament, ashes were a sign of repentance of turning back to the Lord. Likewise, the ashes we don are the first step along the way to reconciliation with God and neighbor. But even in this we must hear the warning from our Lord against making a show of our piety while failing to live it out.

As we outwardly receive our ashes what ought to be marked inwardly is our heart, our humanity. We might even consider whether or not we should remove our ashes before we walk out the door, relying instead on the transforming power of the Spirit to change our inward disposition as we bear witness to the world.

Next Wednesday, we begin a journey marked by fasting and abstaining that we might die to ourselves bit by bit, day by day putting off the ways of the flesh, the devil, and the world. We take on disciplines, particularly prayer and the reading of Scripture, to grow closer to God by walking in the way of the cross and of life.

We strive towards Good Friday where by God’s grace at work in us we may follow the example of the Lord and freely lay down our lives, there at the foot of the cross whereon our sins and our sinful humanity was crucified. And having done so, we are bidden to take up the life of Christ to live here and now the ]life of the resurrection.

“Remember that you are dust, and unto dust you shall return.” It is more than the truth. It is an invitation to die begin anew and to live.
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This year, we are taking on a Lenten discipline as a community of faith. We are using a new to us, yet very old setting of the Mass. One of the first uniquely Anglican settings was created by John Merbecke in 1550 to be used with the first Book of Common Prayer of 1549.

On Sunday, in anticipation of Ash Wednesday we will practice these pieces of our Anglican heritage and historical worship. To give those of you who are interested a leg up on the practice or a refresher in the weeks to come, I am including in this week's newsletter links to these pieces for your listening pleasure. I look forward to practicing with you all on Sunday.
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Music Practice:  This Sunday, February 26, we will practice new music settings to be used during Lent. Practice will be held during the Sunday School hour beginning at 9:30.

Dinner at Lifeboat:  The youth will be preparing Sunday dinner at Lifeboat Shelter. We will gather around 4:30 p.m..

Shrove Tuesday:  Tuesday, February 28, we will have our Pancake Supper beginning at 5:30 p.m. Also, don't forget to start bringing your palm fronds from last year so that we can make the ashes for use the following day.

Countryside Manor:  March 1 will be our monthly service at Countryside Manor, beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Ash Wednesday:  March 1 we will have our Ash Wednesday service with Mass and the imposition of ashes at 5:30 p.m.

Stations of the Cross:  Friday, March 3, we will renew our weekly observance of Stations of the Cross with St. Mary's Catholic Church. We will host the first gathering at Trinity beginning at 7:00 p.m. For those looking for dinner beforehand, the Knights of Columbus will have their Friday Fish Fry during Lent from 5 to 7 p.m.
Lenten Study, "Priest, Prophet, King":  March 1 we will begin our Lenten study following the Ash Wednesday service. The video series comes from the popular apologist, Bishop Robert Baron, and is focused on the topic of Jesus as priest, prophet, and king. For a taste of what is coming, check out the trailer for the series below.
"Priest, Prophet, King" Trailer
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Sunday, 2/26 - Last Epiphany,
Sunday of the Transfiguration,
Formerly Quinquagesima Sunday

9:15 AM - Anglican Rosary
9:30 AM - Lenten Music Practice
10:30 AM - Mass

Coffee Hour Following
4:30 PM - Youth @ Lifeboat

Shrove Tuesday, 2/28
8:30 AM - Mass at Good Sam. Hospital
5:30 PM - Pancake Supper

Ash Wednesday, 3/1
9:30 AM - Mass at Countryside Manor
5:30 PM - Mass with Imposition of Ashes

6:15 PM - Priest, Prophet, King Study

Friday, 3/3
7:00 PM - Stations of the Cross at Trinity

Mark Your Calendar
3/7:  JCMA
3/9-11:  MVTHS Operetta
3/12:  Daylight Savings

Regular Office Hours
Tuesday:  2:00 - 5:00 PM
Thursday:  9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Other by appointment



Sunday, February 24


Altar Guild
Tracy Adams, Joyce Bruce

Coffee Hour
Mary Nelle Campbell, Martha Newell


Tracy Adams

Anne Campbell

Lay Eucharistic Minister
Jim Adams, Anne Campbell

Lay Eucharistic Visitor
Esther Schelosky

Esther Schelosky

Monthly Ministry Schedule Here
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Hear, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest

February 26, 2017 - Last Epiphany, Year A
Quinquagesima Sunday

The Collect

O God, who before the passion of thy only-begotten Son didst reveal his glory upon the holy mount: Grant unto us that we, beholding by faith the light of his countenance, may be strengthened to bear our cross, and be changed into his likeness from glory to glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Exodus 24:12-18

The Lord said to Moses, “Come up to me on the mountain, and wait there; and I will give you the tables of stone, with the law and the commandment, which I have written for their instruction.” So Moses rose with his servant Joshua, and Moses went up into the mountain of God. And he said to the elders, “Tarry here for us, until we come to you again; and, behold, Aaron and Hur are with you; whoever has a cause, let him go to them.” Then Moses went up on the mountain, and the cloud covered the mountain. The glory of the Lord settled on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days; and on the seventh day he called to Moses out of the midst of the cloud. Now the appearance of the glory of the Lord was like a devouring fire on the top of the mountain in the sight of the people of Israel. And Moses entered the cloud, and went up on the mountain. And Moses was on the mountain forty days and forty nights.

Psalm 99

1             The LORD is King; let the people tremble; *  he is enthroned upon the cherubim; let the earth shake.

2             The LORD is great in Zion; *  he is high above all peoples.

3             Let them confess his Name, which is great and awesome; *  he is the Holy One.

4             "O mighty King, lover of justice, you have established equity; *  you have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob."

5             Proclaim the greatness of the LORD our God and fall down before his footstool; *  he is the Holy One.

6             Moses and Aaron among his priests, and Samuel among those who call upon his Name, *  they called upon the LORD, and he answered them.

7             He spoke to them out of the pillar of cloud; *  they kept his testimonies and the decree that he gave them.

8             "O LORD our God, you answered them indeed; *  you were a God who forgave them, yet punished them for their evil deeds."

9             Proclaim the greatness of the LORD our God and worship him upon his holy hill; *  for the LORD our God is the Holy One.

Philippians 3:7-14

But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as refuse, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own, based on law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith; that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that if possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect; but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brethren, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but one thing I do, forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Matthew 17:1-9

After six days Jesus took with him Peter and James and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain apart. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his garments became white as light. And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. And Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is well that we are here; if you wish, I will make three booths here, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah.” He was still speaking, when lo, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” When the disciples heard this, they fell on their faces, and were filled with awe. But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Rise, and have no fear.” And when they lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only. And as they were coming down the mountain, Jesus commanded them, “Tell no one the vision, until the Son of man is raised from the dead.”


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O Almighty God, who into the place of Judas didst choose thy faithful servant Matthias to be of the number of the Twelve: Grant that thy Church, being delivered from false apostles, may always be ordered and guided by faithful and true pastors; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
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