Thanks to everyone who made our Easter services such wonderful events. From Palm Sunday and Maundy Thursday, to Good Friday and Holy Saturday Easter Vigil, our Holy Week was a testament to the faith of our church family and community.
2015 Easter Service
We now begin our journey to Pentecost Sunday. Pentecost is 50 days after Easter and celebrates the day the Holy Spirit of God came upon the disciples and they became warriors of the faith.
St. Martin’s will celebrate Pentecost with a picnic on Sunday, May 24th following the 10:15 service. Sign up sheets for food will be in the narthex. Fr. Jim is planning on “smokin’ some butt” or as we non-southerners would say, smoking some pork shoulder. Save the date!!
Please join us for Holy Week and Easter Services
March 29th: Palm Sunday
8:00 am and 10:15 am services
April 2nd: Maundy Thursday
7:00 pm service followed by “Watch in the Garden”
April 3rd: Good Friday
7:00 pm service
April 4th: Great Vigil of Easter
7:00 pm service
Easter Vigil (Sign up sheet in the Narthex)
April 5th: Easter Day Services and Activities
Easter Egg Hunt 9:30 am
8:00 am Spoken Service
9:30 am Children’s Easter Egg Hunt
10:15 am Music Service
On Easter Sunday we will be decorating the Flower Cross upon the Alter. All are invited to participate. Please bring stems of fresh flowers to attach to the Cross.
Photo from St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church, Oakwood, GA.
Purple is commonly seen in the seasons of Advent and Lent as the color represents penitence and expectation.
Lent: Lent is 40 days long (not counting Sundays, which are always feast days). Lent reflects the 40 days Jesus was tested in the wilderness after his baptism in the Jordan River. It begins on Ash Wednesday with the imposition of ashes and the words “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return,” to remind us that we are mortal. Only through God’s merciful gift (Jesus), which we celebrate every Sunday and especially at Easter, can we hope to have eternal life. For thousands of years, covering oneself with sackcloth and ashes has been a sign of mourning. Early Christians also used these symbols as signs of repentance. Liturgies during Lent are subdued, introspective, and penitential in nature, often beginning in silence and with the general confession of the people. The color used is purple, signifying the penitent mood of Lent.
“I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34-35)