The Easter season began with Maundy Thursday communion service, which commemorates The Last Supper and Jesus’ establishment of communion as a sacrament and continued with Good Friday services at which we retrace Jesus’ route to the cross with The Stations of the Cross ritual. Easter Sunday the austerity of the Lenten season was left behind and the church was glorious with Easter lilies and white and gold altar flowers which echo the white and gold altar and vestment colors, and the Paschal or Christ candle is lit. Organist Kip Smith began the service by playing the chimes which are not used during Lent.
Bishop Hartley based his sermon on the Epistle for the day, Colossians 3:1, “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.” Here St. Paul challenges us to understand who Jesus was and what he did and what our response should be: we are saved by Him and what He did and we must understand that heaven is our ultimate goal.
After the service we gathered in the Parish Hall for coffee hour and sang Happy Birthday to Bishop Hartley and Rudy Sasko who both celebrated birthdays last week, and enjoyed birthday cake.
I was happy to be invited to Norwood to the Connell’s for Easter dinner with them and once again enjoyed Stephanie’s wonderful cooking. Also attending from St. Francis were George and Rita Fancher.
Saturday night I drove to Springfield and joined Chandler Connell and our friend, Evan Bennett, for dinner at Avanzare restaurant and had an excellent meal there, thence to the Landers Theater for the Springfield Little Theater production of “Shrek” and enjoyed a very entertaining performance with lots of colorful costumes and comedy.
For information on St. Francis Anglican (Traditional Episcopal) Church visit our website at stfrancisavamo.org.