Lent III

Lent III

St. Andrew’s 

 Episcopal Church

22 Cumberland Street, Clear Spring, Maryland


“Open Doors – Open Arms – Open Hearts”

Lent III

March 24, 2019

7:30 a.m.  Quiet Holy Eucharist Rite I 

8:00 Confirmation Class

  9:00 a.m.  Holy Eucharist Rite I / An Exhortation 

10:45 a.m. Adult Education   

Annual Meeting Today: The Annual meeting for St. Andrew’s will follow the 9:00 a.m. Eucharist. Father Steve will give his “State of the Church Address” during the sermon at the 9:00 a.m. service. In keeping with his tradition of keeping meetings brief, the Annual Meeting in Perry Hall will be no longer than 5 minutes.

2019 Friday Evening Lenten Bible Study/Meatless Meals: Our Bible study time is from 6:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. This year, we will add a sixth & final class on Wednesday, April 10th. following the Office of Evening Prayer. The schedule for our Lenten Bible Study is also posted in Perry Hall.

Candy Egg Making Tuesday Night: Candy Egg making, Tuesday night, March 26, in the parish hall, 6:00 p.m. 

Additional Live Security Cameras: There are now (3) more live security cameras on the Church campus, bringing a total of (7) live security cameras to the Church campus.

Father Steve Guest Preacher: Again, Fr. Steve has been asked to preach at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Parish, Hancock, during their Wednesday 2019 Lenten Preaching Series. Fr. Steve will preach this Wednesday, March 27th. at the 7:30 p.m. This preaching series is held in conjunction with the Daily Office of Evening Prayer. A potluck supper precedes the service of Evening Prayer beginning at 6:30 p.m. All are Welcome.

Deacon’s Mass this Wednesday – March 27th: Deacon John will do Holy Communion from the Reserved Sacrament, this Wednesday, March 27th, at 6:00 p.m., while Father Steve is at St. Thomas’ in Hancock.

Motorcycle Blessing – Sunday, April 7th.: Members of Father Steve’s Williamsport HOG (Harley Owner’s Group) Chapter will arrive out in front of the Church on Sunday, April 7th., around 10:15 a.m. for the Annual Bike Blessing. There will be reserved parking in front of the Church for motorcycles only on this date.

Thank You to Amy & Courtney: Special Thank You to Amy & Courtney for hosting the great St. Patrick’s Day party, last Sunday, following the 9:00 a.m. Mass.

Next Sunday is Laetare Sunday: Next Sunday, March 31st, the 4th Sunday in Lent, is also known as Laetare Sunday. Laetare gets its name from the first few words of the traditional entrance of the Mass of the Day, “Laetare Jerusalem” (Rejoice, O Jerusalem) from Isaiah 66:10. It is also known as “Mid-Lent”. The historic tradition on Laetare Sunday, is for there to be a relaxing from the normal rigors, and disciplines of Lent. Those who have them, Rose Colored Vestments and hangings, may be used in lieu of Purple. Rose is considered a lighter shade of color from Purple, therefore “symbolic of “lightening up” the restrictions of Lent. Traditionally, marriages that are banned during Lent, would be allowed on Laetare Sunday. Although, St. Andrew’s does not possess Rose Colored Vestments, Father Steve & Melanie, will provide “Rose Colored” beverages during the fellowship time following the 9:00 a.m. Mass next Sunday. Another name for Laetare Sunday, is “Mothering Sunday”. It would be on this day, the 4th Sunday in Lent, that one would visit their “Mother” Church – The Church in which one was Baptized, honoring one’s mother. 

St. Andrew’s Printed Prayer List (By permission):

Kathi – Ramie – Tommie – Deacon John – Dan – Tommie – Thim – Mary – Payton – Rich – Denise – Carrol – Chuck – Jill – Stacy – Carlene – Staci – Randy – Annie – Margaret – Marsha – Christa – Beverly – Ray – Gail – Mary – Richard – Emma Kelby – Staci – Carrie – Steve – Dave – Michael – Carlene Sonja – Sharon – NancyPatAndyRogerTheodore “Baby Teddy” – Jacki – Dennis – Elizabeth – Chuck – Faye – Kelsey – Jess – Phil – John – Wyatt – Dottie – Kate – Curtis – Dick – Carlene – All Police Officers – Our Military – The First Responders of Our Communities – The Residents of Holly Place – The Homeless – Those suffering addictions – Those with mental illness – The unborn children; those who were never given a chance to be born.

The Anglican Communion Cycle of Prayer for Sunday, March 24, 2019:

Pray for the Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui

The Most Revd Paul Kwong – Archbishop of Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui & Bishop of Hong Kong Island

Episcopal Diocese of Maryland Cycle of Prayer for March 24, 2019:

Grace, Darlington

Holy Cross, The Rocks

Holy Trinity, Churchville

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