“In all things God works for good to those who love him, who are called according to his purpose.” [Romans ] Only in this sense can this day be called “good.” We walk with Christ to Calvary and his crucifixion, reflecting on the extent of God's love for us. In the evening, the Liturgy Guild leads us in prayerful remembrance of the Good events through The Stations of the Cross. As a sign of mourning, and in accordance with earliest tradition, there is no celebration of the Eucharist on Good .
THE WEEK OF THE PASSION: HOLY WEEK
THE JOURNEY OF HOLY WEEK – CORONATION TO CRUCIFIXION
NOTE to the reader: This rumination was first offered in 2012 as we entered Holy Week. The story speaks to the same journey then, yet different by two years for us as we enter this Holy Week. I pray you may find the attached The Journey of Holy Week a guide and invitation to share in the mystery and majesty that is OUR Holy Week! Fr. Paul+
“We must make our homes the center of compassion and to forgive endlessly.” Mother Teresa
As I enter the Passion of Christ this Palm , THE most holy week of our Christian tradition and what makes us “Christian”, I am always struck by the tension of those events that make up this week and how they connect to my life and journey in real time. How easily I PROCLAIM Jesus as my Lord and Savior until challenged, and then often fleeing in ABANDONMENT like those disciples from the Garden of Gethsemane in the face of “popular opinion.” The way I seek to be loving as Jesus calls us to “love one another” until my RESENTMENT AND JUDGMENT of others takes over my lovingness.
The journey with our Lord Jesus Christ from Passion Sunday through the Day of the Resurrection is the unfolding story of our Christian faith as the family of God to this day. I invite you to attend all or as many of these important worship experiences as you are able.
- Sunday, April 13: Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday
- Liturgy of the Palms & Holy Eucharist at 8:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
- Monday, April 14 through Thursday, April 17
- Evening Prayer at 5:15 p.m.
- Wednesday, April 16
- Holy Eucharist with Anointing for Healing at 12:10 p.m.
- Thursday, April 17: Maundy Thursday
- Soup & Bread Supper at 6:00 p.m. in the Great Hall
- Holy Eucharist with Foot washing at 7:30 p.m., followed by Stripping of the Altar
- Vigil in the Chapel of Repose until the Good Friday Liturgy
- Compline at 10:00 p.m.
- Friday, April 18: Good Friday
- Morning Prayer at 8:00 a.m.
- Good Friday Liturgy with sermon at 12:00 noon
- Stations of the Cross at 7:00 p.m.
- Saturday, April 19: Holy Saturday
- The Great Vigil of Easter – Holy Eucharist with incense at 7:00 p.m.
- Sunday, April 20: Day of the Resurrection – Easter Day
- Festal Celebration of Holy Eucharist at 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
- NO 5:30 p.m. service on Easter Day
St. Thomas’s in Newark will again offer a different way to think about Lent and Jesus’ suffering from his trial to his crucifixion. Alongside paintings by parishioner Bill Dec depicting the Stations of the Cross, we’ll have interactive stations where you can read scripture and meditate on what occurred at each stop along the way. There are also activities at most of the stops.
The Interactive Stations of the Cross are appropriate for all ages.
You are invited to visit as many times as you’d like. The stations will be available during the week from 9 to 2 and on each Saturday morning during Lent from 9 to 12.
Lenten Services of Word, Silence and Song
5:30 pm, Sundays, March 9, 16, 23 and 30, 2014
Come join us as we take a Lenten Journey to the Cross, in Word, Silence and Song. For four weeks, beginning March 9th, our 5:30 PM Sunday evening liturgy will transform into a contemplate service, where we will enter into a holy silence, listen to the Word, respond in song with simple chants from the communities of Taizé, Iona and Holden, and take time to light candles and pray around the cross. Each week we will journey with Christ; each week bringing us ever closer to the cross…to the heart of God.
Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” So come, all you who feel far from God’s embrace. Come, you who long for peace on earth. Come, you who seek healing in the world. Do not fear. Come to the cross of Christ Jesus.
(From Holden: Prayer Around the Cross, Susan Briehl and Tom Witt.)
We are thankful and delighted that you have visited our parish family of St. Thomas’! We are a diverse congregation that shares in a faithful, committed, active parish life. Being adjacent to the University of Delaware, we embody a special spiritual and intellectual energy that we hope will engage you in mind and spirit. Our hope is that you freely explore the many ministry opportunities that express your gifts and interests – in worship, study, social action, hospitality, Christian education for young and adult, our musical and choir programs, publications, pastoral care, and other pathways you may chose or may bring to us. There are many, many ways you can share your gifts and grow in faith with us.
I am honored to share in the mutual ministry of St. Thomas’ parish, as together we seek to grow more deeply in God and Christ in our living. If I may be of help to you in becoming acclimated at St. Thomas’, I would be delighted to meet with you at our mutual convenience and share the sacred stories that make up our life and faith experience.
Again, our warmest welcome in Christ to you and hope you will find the presence of Christ among us as you seek your spiritual home.
Faithfully in Christ,
The Reverend Paul W. Gennett, Jr., Rector
The Rev. Deacon Cecily Sawyer Harmon, Episcopal Campus Minister
Parish Office:(302) 368-4644