We know love by this, that [Christ] laid down his life for us – and we ought to lay down our lives for one another (1 John 3:16).
Way back in the 1950s, the well known Christian apologist and author of the Narnia stories C.S. Lewis wrote a book entitled The Four Loves. Taken from a series of radio broadcasts on the BBC, Lewis explored from a Christian and philosophical perspective the four loves of: storge, empathy; philia, friendship; eros, erotic love; and agape, unconditional love. When news emerged earlier this week of the passing from this world to the next of Barbara Bush, wife and mother of two presidents, it was the word love, especially agape, selfless love, that came to mind. Irrespective of one’s political affiliations, one cannot but be deeply moved by the love, faithfulness, and service that Barbara Bush exemplified in her long life – to her family, to her country, and to God through her Church. May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace and rise in glory.
The lessons from Scripture for this coming weekend – the 23rd Psalm, the First Letter of John, and the Gospel of John – each speak of love: the selfless love of God in Christ for each and everyone of us. I do hope I see you this weekend, either on Saturday evening for the 5:30 pm service, or on Sunday at the 8 or 10:15 am services. God’s love for us is exemplified by the love we share for each other when we come together as a community of faith in Christ.
Also consider joining me for Adult Forum between the services this Sunday when I shall be taking a look at what the Bible has to say about resurrection.
You may have read in the parish announcements that the church office is attempting to track down two Parish Registers. Michelle and Fr. Stephen have a memory of someone volunteering to take a look at the parish records, alas, we cannot remember who this might have been. We would appreciate if they would make themselves known to the office, so that we may be able to locate the registers.
FOOD PANTRY NEWS: Items requested for April are:
24 oz. canned spaghetti sauce
Macaroni and cheese
15 oz. canned corn
15 oz. canned tomatoes
Articles, announcements and pictures for the May Scepter are due TODAY, Friday April 20th. Please send to email@example.com as soon as possible.
Altar Guild: Michelle Bentley, Rose Dixon, Karen Grant
Coffee Hours: 8:00 AM – Stephen and Catherine Donohue 10:15 AM – The Milligan Family
SATURDAY, APRIL 21st
9:00 AM – Altar Guild
5:30 PM – Rite II
Reader: Gail Irons
SUNDAY, APRIL 22nd
8:00 AM – Holy Eucharist Rite I
LEM/Reader: Mark Jakiel
Ushers: Herb Johnston and John Meyer
Greeter: Mike Patrone
10:15 AM – Holy Eucharist Rite II
LEM: 1st: Camille Horine 2nd: Amy Swiernik
Acolytes: Server: Thomas Ishler Crucifer: Maeve Milligan
Readers: 1st: Elaine Radcliffe 2nd: Amy Swiernik
Ushers: Tony Watts and Dominic Campagnola
Greeter: Dorris Smith
MONDAY, APRIL 23rd
6:30 PM – N/A (PH)
TUESDAY, APRIL 24th
7:00 PM – Lancaster Chamber Singers (PH)
7:00 PM – Evening Knit Wits (Christian Ed wing)
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25th
12 Noon – Holy Eucharist with Healing
THURSDAY, APRIL 26th
7:00 PM – Choir Rehearsal