Today is Saturday in the Fifth Week of Lent

The new rug in the Church was given to the glory of God and in loving memory of Sam & Rachel Levy and Joe & Eileen Seaman by Phil & Joyce Levy. We are most grateful for the generosity of the Levy family.

Events today at Good Shepherd
5:00 PM Stations of the Cross
Evening & Night – Youth Group movie, prayers, and dinner in the church.

HOLY WEEK – Sign Up Sheets are in the Breezeway  for Triduum pre-service meals!  Sign up this Sunday.

March 29, Palm/Passion Sunday
5:00 PM Stations of the Cross (Saturday, March 28)
7:40 AM Morning Prayer
8:00 AM Palms & Said Holy Eucharist
10:00 AM Palms, Procession & Sung Holy Eucharist

April 2, Maundy Thursday
6:30 PM Agape Dinner: Mediterranean Potluck
7:30 PM Celebration of the Lord’s Supper

April 3, Good Friday
12:00 PM Said Celebration of the Lord’s Passion
6:30 PM Soup & Bread Potluck Dinner
7:30 PM Sung Celebration of the Lord’s Passion

April 4, Saturday, Easter Eve
4:00 PM Setup and Cooking for Pizzafest
6:30 PM Pizzafest
7:30 PM The Great Vigil of Easter

April 5, Easter Sunday
7:40 AM Morning Prayer
8:00 AM Said Holy Eucharist
10:00 AM Sung Holy Eucharist
11:00 AM Easter Egg Hunt & Festive Coffee Hour

Collect of the Day
O Lord, in your goodness you bestow abundant graces on your elect: Look with favor, we entreat you, upon those who in these Lenten days are being prepared for you Holy Baptism, and grant them the help of your protection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Office Readings
Jeremiah 31:27-24
The days are surely coming, says the LORD, when I will sow the house of Israel and the house of Judah with the seed of humans and the seed of animals. And just as I have watched over them to pluck up and break down, to overthrow, destroy, and bring evil, so I will watch over them to build and to plant, says the LORD. In those days they shall no longer say: “The parents have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge.” But all shall die for their own sins; the teeth of everyone who eats sour grapes shall be set on edge. The days are surely coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. It will not be like the covenant that I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt-a covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, says the LORD. But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. No longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other, “Know the LORD,” for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the LORD; for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more.

Romans 11:25-36
So that you may not claim to be wiser than you are, brothers and sisters, I want you to understand this mystery: a hardening has come upon part of Israel, until the full number of the Gentiles has come in. And so all Israel will be saved; as it is written,
“Out of Zion will come the Deliverer; he will banish ungodliness from Jacob.” “And this is my covenant with them, when I take away their sins.” As regards the gospel they are enemies of God for your sake; but as regards election they are beloved, for the sake of their ancestors; for the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. Just as you were once disobedient to God but have now received mercy because of their disobedience, so they have now been disobedient in order that, by the mercy shown to you, they too may now receive mercy. For God has imprisoned all in disobedience so that he may be merciful to all. O the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! “For who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?” “Or who has given a gift to him, to receive a gift in return?” For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever. Amen.

John 11:28-44
When she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary, and told her privately, “The Teacher is here and is calling for you.” And when she heard it, she got up quickly and went to him. Now Jesus had not yet come to the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him. The Jews who were with her in the house, consoling her, saw Mary get up quickly and go out. They followed her because they thought that she was going to the tomb to weep there. When Mary came where Jesus was and saw him, she knelt at his feet and said to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he was greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved. He said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to him, “Lord, come and see.” Jesus began to weep. So the Jews said, “See how he loved him!” But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?” Then Jesus, again greatly disturbed, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone was lying against it. Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, “Lord, already there is a stench because he has been dead four days.” Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?” So they took away the stone. And Jesus looked upward and said, “Father, I thank you for having heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I have said this for the sake of the crowd standing here, so that they may believe that you sent me.” When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with strips of cloth, and his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.”

Coming Events at Good Shepherd

Tuesdays through Fridays in Lent
8:30 AM Morning Prayer (unless otherwise announced)

April 25, Saturday – Saint Mark’s Day
5:00 PM Said Holy Eucharist

May 1, Friday – Saint Philip’s Day
6:00 PM Said Holy Eucharist – The Reverend Andrew C. Mead, Rector Emeritus of Saint Thomas Church, New York City, will be celebrant and preacher.

May 3, Sunday
The Reverend Andrew C. Mead, Rector Emeritus of Saint Thomas Church, New York City, will be preacher at the 8AM and 10AM services today.

May 8, Friday
7:00 PM Wine Tasting

May 14, Thursday, Ascension Day
6:00 PM Sung Eucharist
7:00 PM Steak & Wine Dinner

May 17, Sunday,
Sunday School Concert.

May 24, Sunday, Pentecost Father Matt’s last Sunday as Rector of the Church of the Good Shepherd.

May 29, Friday,
Relay for Life

May 31, Trinity Sunday,
Relay for Life

June 13, Saturday

June 14, Sunday
Sunday School Graduation