St. Andrew’s United Church
Announcements for Palm Sunday, April 9, 2017
WELCOME TO ST. ANDREW’S
Welcome to St. Andrew’s! We are gathered for worship on the traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations and acknowledge their stewardship of this land throughout the ages. Please help yourself to Fair Trade coffee, tea, or water at the back of the Sanctuary before worship. We would appreciate it if you would return your empty cup to the refreshment table before you leave. The washrooms are located downstairs, which are accessible from the stairs off the Narthex (foyer) or the left front side of the Sanctuary. Especially if you are visiting, please join us downstairs in the Friendship Room following worship for conversation and refreshments. We would love to get to know you—and for you to know us!
Palm Sunday marks Jesus’ “triumphal entry” into Jerusalem in fulfilment of an ancient prophecy: that the Messiah would enter Jerusalem riding on a donkey. The celebration is tinged with tragedy, however, knowing as we do in hindsight, and as Jesus likely knew himself, that he was riding to his death. Today is the beginning of Holy Week, the part of Lent when Christians retell the final week of Jesus’ life: his arrival in Jerusalem, arrest trial and crucifixion.
From the village of Bethany to the city of Jerusalem was scarcely half an hour’s walk. Moving from the village and across the Mount of Olives, a twist in the road revealed as if by magic a panoramic view of the dun-brown holy city within its fortified walls… All along the valley and all across the lower slope of Mount Olivet stirred the masses of pilgrims who had come for the Passover festival. —Shusako Endo
At first it appeared that his return to Jerusalem was a triumph rather than the beginning of the events that would lead to his death. People cut branches from the trees and strewed them in front of him. Others spread their cloaks on the road. And he was surrounded by cries of “Hosannah to the son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosannah in the Highest!” How easily and how terribly “Hosannah!” changed to “Crucify him! Crucify him! —Madeleine L’Engle
All those who die like Jesus, sacrificing their lives out of love for the sake of a more dignified human life, will inherit life in all its fullness. They are like grains of wheat, dying to produce life, being buried in the ground only to break through and grow. —Leonardo Boff
HOLY WEEK AT ST. ANDREW’S
Sun. April 9, 10 am Liturgy of the Palms
Sun. April 9, 4 pm Taizé-style contemplative candlelight service
Mon. & Wed. Open Sanctuary for prayer, meditation, or reflection from 9 am to 1 pm
Wed. April 12, 7 pm Lenten Spiritual Practice—Parables, Prayers, & Promises
Fri. April 14, 10 am Fauré’s Requiem performed by St. Andrew’s Choir and Chamber Orchestra
Fri. April 14, 7 pm Contemplative Evening of Sung Prayer with Cathy Hardy, Soul Care Music
Sun. April 16, 10 am Easter Sunday with guest musician Paul McEwen (trumpet)
WORD OF LIGHT: JOHN’S GOSPEL IN THE FLESH
The gospels were originally meant to be heard, not read! Angus Stuart’s one-man performance of the entire Gospel according to St. John will engage you with the text and flow of the gospel narrative, making a wonderful way to begin Holy Week 2017. Date and time: Mon. April 10 from 7:30 – 9:30 pm. Location: Christ Church Cathedral, 690 Burrard Street at the corner of Georgia and Burrard Streets in downtown Vancouver. Suggested donation: $20. Proceeds to benefit the ministries of Christ Church Cathedral and St. Francis-in-the-Wood Anglican Church in West Vancouver.
Long-time church member Jessie McKinney passed away peacefully on March 30, 2017 at Inglewood Care Centre in West Vancouver. Jessie was born in Forestdale, BC on August 27, 1921 and moved to Vancouver in the mid-1940s, where she met her future husband Franklin Scott McKinney. They married in 1946 and moved to North Vancouver to raise their family. Jessie was actively involved in congregational life at St. Andrew’s for more than 50 years. Predeceased by her husband Frank, brothers Robert and Donald, Jessie will be missed by sons Barry (Heather), Bruce (Karen), grandchildren Laura, Keri, Kim (Mike), Chad, Shea (Melissa), great granddaughter Lily, many nieces and nephews—and everyone at St. Andrew’s who knew and loved her.There will be no service at this time. A family celebration of Jessie’s life will be held at a later date.
SUMMER STUDENT RETURNS LATE APRIL
We received the good news on Friday afternoon that St. Andrew’s has been awarded a grant in the amount of $6,776 to hire a post-secondary summer student to coordinate seasonal community kitchen and garden programs, teach Canadian Red Cross Babysitting courses, coordinate special events such as our annual Teddy Bear Picnic, and assist with Children’s Church on Sundays. We are delighted to welcome back Courtney Whittred, our fabulous 2016 summer student, who just completed her second year at Capilano University.
WANTED: FROZEN TURKEYS
The favourite sandwich, hands down, at our weekly community lunch is roast turkey! Since this is the season for inexpensive turkeys (as low as 99 cents a pound), community kitchen coordinator Carol Norwood wonders if you would consider donating a frozen turkey to our lunch program. We have room in the community kitchen freezer to store 6 to 8 turkeys, which would provide enough meat to make about 320 delicious sandwiches. If you decide to gift a turkey-bird to the cause, please bring it to the church during office hours or on Sunday morning.
SCHEDULED CHURCH MEETINGS IN APRIL
Tues. April 18, 11 am Management Team Meeting
Tues. April 18, 1:30 pm Esther-Naomi Meeting (United Church Women)
Tues. April 18, 7 pm Mission Team Meeting
EARTH DAY CELEBRATION ON APRIL 22
Help us celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, April 22 from 9 am – 1 pm. Rain or shine, there will be activities outside in the community and church gardens for the whole family—as well as displays and videos inside about how you can faithfully care for the Earth by being well-informed and pro-active. Guest speaker Kai Nagata from Dogwood rounds out the festivities with an Earth Day talk at noon in the Friendship Room.
… to Mehrdad Ajami for patching and painting the walls in the Rainbow Room last Monday;
… to Margaret Hill and her sandwich-making team (Sylvie Pather, Aileen Molloy, and Catharina Mayall) for preparing 12 dozen sandwiches on Wednesday afternoon for First United;
… to Natalie Topnik, Barbara Eakin, Audrey Brown and Flavia Boehm for picking up bread at Cobs the past two weeks;
… to Michael Eakin for putting up the “Spring at St. Andrew’s” banner at the side of the church building;
… to everyone who generously gave a second offering last Sunday to the Benevolent Fund;
… to you for all you do to make ministry happen at St. Andrew’s!
WORKING TOGETHER AS ONE BODY
Just as it takes many different spices to make a good curry—where different aromas and flavours, strengths and heats blend together to create something strong and poignant—it takes many different workers to build God’s community of love! Different skills and abilities, different callings and different passions, different perspectives and different experiences, all working together as one body attempting to live out God’s mission in the world. We give thanks for this great diversity, and for the life of Jesus who binds us together. —Martha Martin