Saint Alban's Episcopal Church

The Messenger / March 18, 2016

The Messenger / March 18, 2016

In Our Prayers
Please pray for:
Blane; Phil Brassie; Trevor Harris; Bob Lindsey; John Cannon; Destiny; Rocco Burkitt; Bobby Thomas; Robbie Thomas; Savannah Benton; Pam; Roger Chapman; Jeff Foster; Wayne Bond; B.J. Davis; Sydney Reid; Natalia; Carol

Please pray for our Vestry and Clergy:
Marty Atkinson; Carole Bond; Bob Emmons; Libby Martin; Mallory Sanders; Melissa Young; Father Alan

St. Alban’s Intercessory Prayer Group
Every Tuesday morning at 11:00 a.m. you are invited to come and pray for the needs of our church, our people, and our community. If you would like for us to pray for someone or something special, please fill out a prayer card, which is found on back of the pews. You can place the card in the offering plate or give it to Father Alan.

Clergy’s Corner
The Crucifixion of Christ

The core of the Christian faith centers on three specific events: The death of Jesus Christ; his burial and resurrection from the dead; and His ascension to the right hand of God.

Paul tells us in I Corinthians 15 that if these three facts are false, then we have believed a lie (they did not happen); our faith is in vain; and we are to be pitied because we believe in something that is not real.

Anglican priest and author, John Stott tells us in his classic work, “Basic Christianity,” that there are four evidences for the three facts above that help us “believe” they are true.

The first evidence is that the body of Jesus Christ was never found. There was a rumor spread to say that His body was stolen; however, by all accounts this fabrication was never believed.

The second evidence was His resurrection appearances. People saw Jesus. He was with the disciples in the upper room. He appeared to over 500. He was with Peter and the disciples at the lake where he cooked fish (breakfast) for them and ate with them. He encountered two disciples on the road to Emmaus.

He presented Himself to Thomas and had him touch His side and touch the nail prints in His hand. Lastly, He was with them on a mountain in Galilee where He gave them the Great Commission.

The third evidence is the transformation of the disciples. On the night he was betrayed, they all scattered. Peter denied Christ and the rest went into hiding.

However, after the resurrection and certainly after Pentecost they were bold in their witness and testimony and all but one (John) gave up their lives for His sake. They were utterly convinced of the resurrection!

The above evidences are part of history – no body found, resurrection appearances and the faith of the disciples – but for some they may not carry enough weight to convince us that the facts are true. So, what is the fourth evidence that John Stott presents?

I am glad you asked. The fourth evidence is of course Us. The church! For over 2000 years Christians have gathered to declare His resurrection. This is the single most important event in all of history. We are forgiven. We are redeemed
(bought back), we are saved from the penalty of sin. We have eternal life. We have access to the Father.

The greatest evidence that it is all true is found in Us. We believe He is alive and we can know Him. This faith has stood the test of time and there are billions of believers on earth today!

This weekend begins Holy Week where we remember the mighty acts of God. I trust you will join us in the services on Thursday, Friday and of course, Easter Sunday.

God’s Peace,
Fr. Alan

Bible Readings
Readings for This Week:
Isaiah 50:4-9a
Psalm 31:9-16
Philippians 2:5-11
Luke 22:14-23:56

Readings for Next Week:
Acts 10:34-43
Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
I Corinthians 15:19-26
Luke 24:1-12

Happy Birthday!
March 28 – Judy Terry
March 30 – Ashton Gordon

Youth Confirmation Class – The Youth Confirmation Class, led by Fr. Alan, meets every Sunday at 11:45 a.m. through March 20th. For more information, please contact Fr. Alan.

Thank You! Libby Martin and Mary Ann Lindsey for the delicious supper last Wednesday evening prior to the Lenten Study Program.

Adult Confirmation Class – An Adult Confirmation Class will begin after Easter and will run for 8 weeks. The class will be every Sunday at 11:45 am beginning April 10th. Please sign the sheet provided on the round table in the Narthex if you would like to attend.

Choir Practice is every Thursday evening at 6:00 p.m. Join us!

All Hands on Deck Work Day at St. Alban’s
On Saturday, March 19th, the parish will be conducting a work day both inside and outside our wonderful facility in preparation for Holy Week. One of our main task on the outside is to mulch the flower and shrub beds with the pecan shells that have been delivered and to clean up the grounds for the Easter Egg Hunt that will take place on March 27th.

The inside work will spruce up our Parish Hall and other areas as we prepare to welcome our large group of worshipers on Easter Sunday. We will begin at 9 am and should be finished by lunch. Please contact Mallory Sanders for any specific area of our facilities that we need to address.

Holy Week and Easter Services
Sunday, March 20th – Palm Sunday Service – 10:00 a.m.
Thursday, March 24th – Maundy Thursday Service – 7:00 p.m.
Friday, March 25th – Good Friday Service – 12:00 p.m.
Friday, March 25th – Good Friday Service – 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 27th – Easter Day Worship Service – 10:00 a.m.

Easter Lilies for Our Sanctuary
Anyone desiring to make a contribution toward Easter Flowers, please use the envelopes that are in the pews. Put your name and the name of the person to be honored or memorialized on the envelope. Also, on the memo line of your check, please indicate “For Easter Flowers.”

The Altar Guild thanks you for your support.

strong>Easter Egg Hunt
We will have an Easter Egg Hunt after the worship service on Easter morning, March 27th. Members are invited to participate by donating plastic eggs filled with candy, trinkets, or coins. Eggs will be collected each Sunday in a box in the lobby of the Parish Hall.

F.I.S.H. Spring Cleaning

The week of March 28 – April 2 – They need volunteers to help at Lighthouse World Outreach, the Monroe store, and the Loganville store on Friday and Saturday (April 1 & 2) from 8am to 5 pm. Please contact Nancy Long at 678-635-7249 or if you can help.

Parish Calendar March – April 2016

Lay Liturgical Schedule – 1st Quarter 2016

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