eNewsletter March 28, 2015 ~ April 10th, 2015

Welcome to Saint Ann’s Parish Website

Saint Ann’s is a vibrant and inclusive parish church located where the waters of the Connecticut River and the the banks of Long Island Sound converge. This is a parish where the waters of Baptism and the Holy Spirit also converge to form an active, inclusive, and welcoming community for all of God’s people. Our corporate worship services are both ancient and new, as we are an Episcopal Church rooted in our Anglican tradition. At the same time we welcome all who come into our community seeking to know Jesus as the Christ, and to deepen their relationship with God and their neighbor.

We love mission, music, pastoral care and education for all ages, as we share our stories with each other. Wherever you are along your spiritual path – devoted worshiper, seeker, doubter, or just trying to live your life and are curious, we pray that you find through your time with God’s people at Saint Ann’s, the life God desires for you.

Thank you for joining us. We are glad you are here. Join us for a worship service; and if you seek deeper involvement join the altar guild, the choir, help in a mission activity, join us in a class or offer your God-given talent and teach one !!

You are most Welcome at Saint Ann’s!

The Rev’d Canon Mark K.J. Robinson
Rector

easter
A special offering celebrating the 75th anniversary of Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) will be collected during Holy Week and Easter. Please make checks to ERD – envelopes will be in the bulletins and pews. Thank you so much !!! Together we can heal a hurting world.
For more information about the work of Episcopal Relief & Development please go here:
https://www.episcopalrelief.org/

 

The Presiding Bishop’s EASTER Message

Easter Message 2015

It’s still dark when Mary ventures out to find the tomb. The graveyards around Jerusalem don’t have much greenery today. The earth is mostly rock and stone, and it is far from easy to make a place to secure a body. Jesus’ body was put in a cave-like space, with a stone rolled across the opening to close it up. Mary has made the journey from wherever she’s sheltered over the last day, through darkened streets, perhaps hearing cocks begin to crow and townspeople start to stir.

She nears the place, but somehow it seems different than they left it – this can’t be it, can it? Who moved the stone? A trip begun in tears and grief now has added burden– confusion, anger, shock, chaos, abandonment. His very body has been stolen.

She runs to tell the others. The three tear back to the tomb – no, the body is not there, though some of the burial cloths remain. Who has torn away the shroud and stolen him away? Why must the cruel torture continue, sacrilege and insult even after death? Who has done this awful thing? The men run away again, leaving her to weep at even greater loss.

She peers in once more – who are these, so bold appearing? “Fear not, woman… why do you weep?” She turns away and meets another, who says the same – why do you weep, who are you looking for? This gardener has himself been planted and now springs up green and vibrant, still rising into greater life. He challenges her to go and share that rising, great news of green and life, with those who have fled.

Still rising, still seeking union with Creator, making tender offering to beloved friends – briefly I am with you, I am on my way. Go and you will find me if you look.

The risen one still offers life to those who will look for evidence of his gardening – hope, friendship, healing, reunion, restoration – to all who have been uprooted, cut off, to those who are parched and withered, to those who lie wasting in the desert. Why do we weep or run away when that promise abides?

We can find that green one, still rising, if we will go stand with the grieving Marys of this world, if we will draw out the terrified who have retreated to their holes, if we will walk the Emmaus road with the lost and confused, if we will search out the hungry in the neighborhood called Galilee. We will find him already there before us, bringing new and verdant life. The only place we will not find him is in the tomb.

The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori
Presiding Bishop and Primate
The Episcopal Church

8:15am Liturgy of the Palms and Holy Eucharist with Dramatic reading of Saint Mark’s Passion.
10:15am  Liturgy of the Palms and Holy Eucharist with Dramatic reading of Saint Mark’s Passion.

Monday in Holy Week – March 30
7pm  Stations of the Cross

Tuesday in Holy Week – March 31
7pm Holy Eucharist

Wednesday in Holy Week – April 1
7pm  Tenebrae Service

7pm  Holy Eucharist and Stripping of the Altar

10am  Ecumenical CROP Walk — leaving from St. Ann’s
12pm  Good Friday Liturgy with sermon
1pm  Church open for prayer and reflection

Easter Day – April 5
6:30am  Ecumencial Sunrise Service at Griswold Point, Old Lyme
8:30am  Festival Holy Eucharist – instruments and full choir
9:30am  Choir Breakfast
10:30am  Festival Holy Eucharist – instruments and full choir