THE EASTER STORY ACCORDING TO ST. MATTHEW
[St. Matthew 27:57-28:15 ESV]
When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who also was a disciple of Jesus. He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. And Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen shroud and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had cut in the rock. And he rolled a great stone to the entrance of the tomb and went away. Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were there, sitting opposite the tomb.
Next day, that is, after the day of Preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate and said, “Sir, we remember how that impostor said, while He was still alive, ‘After three days I will rise.' Therefore order the tomb to be made secure until the third day, lest his disciples go and steal him away and tell the people, ‘He has risen from the dead,' and the last fraud will be worse than the first.” Pilate said to them, “You have a guard of soldiers. Go, make it as secure as you can.” So they went and made the tomb secure by sealing the stone and setting a guard.
Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning and his clothing white as snow. And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for He has risen, as He said. Come, see the place where He lay. Then go quickly and tell His disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, He is going before you to Galilee ; there you will see Him. See, I have told you.” So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell His disciples. And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of His feet and worshiped Him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee , and there they will see Me.”
While they were going, behold, some of the guard went into the city and told the chief priests all that had taken place. And when they had assembled with the elders and taken counsel, they gave a sufficient sum of money to the soldiers and said, “Tell people, ‘His disciples came by night and stole Him away while we were asleep.' And if this come to the govenor's ears, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” So they took the money and did as they were directed. And this story has been spread among the Jews to this day.
A special thank you goes to those who prepared soup, bread and salads for the Lenten Soup Suppers this year. Your work is greatly appreciated!
GOOD FRIDAY SERVICES April 6
Stations of the Cross at 3:00 p.m.
Evening Prayer at 7:30 p.m.
EASTER SUNDAY April 8
Breakfast and Egg Hunt at 9:00 a.m.
Easter Communion Service at 10:30 a.m.
ANNUAL PARISH MEETING
Sunday, April 22, 2012 following church
There will be a Pot Luck luncheon prior to the meeting.
All reports need to be turned in to the church office
for duplication no later than Easter Sunday, April 8, 2012.
Saturday, May 5, 2012, at 9:30 a.m.
Mark your calendars now!
Sponsored by the Women's Guild
Saturday, May 12, 2012 beginning at 9:00 a.m.
MISSIONARIES of the MONTH
Rev. Canon Bill Jerdan, Executive Secretary of the Board of Foreign Missions, and his wife, Diane, continue to need our financial support and prayers. The Jerdans travel worldwide to train workers and organize mission efforts.
by Jo Anne Arrowood
Of all the gifts since time began
There's one that's best by far,
The One God gave in Bethlehem
Beneath the eastern star.
For through that Babe He gave His love
For all mankind to share;
And for this love, Christ gave His life,
Our earthly sins to bear.
Oh, to have been in Bethlehem
That night that He was born,
And heard the heavenly angels sing
That glorious Christmas morn!
For to be sure, God's Gift, His Son,
Was beautiful to see.
He's God's great Gift to you, my friend,
And God's great Gift to me!