Stone Chippings
Organized 1783 Built 1796 Issue 13, Monday, 03-27-2017

I've gotten several questions about the practice of setting aside Alleluias during Lent (and the Children's sermon where I talked about the practice of "burying the alleluia" for this season).

Great question! Where does that come from? Maybe you (like me) didn't grow up in a church that included Lent in its liturgical year, so this is a new idea.

It begins with an understanding of what the book of Ecclesiastes (3:1,4) tells us, "For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: ….a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;"

While we rejoice at Easter and Christmas and remember that every Sunday is Resurrection Day, Lent is a more solemn season. It is a time to remember wandering, wilderness, and temptation; to consider the things that pull us away from God and the love God showed through Jesus in life and in death. Setting aside "Alleluia" for this season has become a symbol for the spiritual growth Lent represents and encourages.

Ethel Marbach, in Family Liturgical Customs for Lent, writes:
"The depositio (burial) of the Alleluia of medieval times became a solemn, emotional farewell to a well-known song. 'We part from Alleluia as from a beloved friend, whom we embrace many times and kiss before we leave him.' (Bishop William Duranti, 1296). Choir boys marched in procession with crosses, tapers, holy water, carrying a coffin (containing the Alleluia banner) with great 'moaning and mourning.' They buried the coffin at the cloister (garden), sprinkled and incensed it. In Paris a straw figure bearing an Alleluia of gold letters was carried out and burned in the churchyard." (exerpt found in this article: http://www.canticanova.com/articles/misc/art7t1.htm )

All seasons have their place, and just as salt can make a dish taste sweeter and absence can make the heart grow fonder, when we bury our alleluias it provides a time of perspective and (hopefully) a more joyful reunion when the Alleluia's are welcomed back at Easter, when the stone is rolled away and we realize that nothing- nothing- NOTHING- can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord!

It won't be long before Holy Week is upon us. Palm Sunday is on April 9, and on the Monday - Friday of Holy Week there will be breakfasts each morning at St. James Episcopal Church here in Lewisburg. The breakfasts are sponsored by the local ministerium, with churches taking turns cooking breakfast (we cook on Tuesday!) and ministers taking turns leading worship. The breakfasts begin at 7:00 A.M. and last less than one hour (they know people need to get to work, so each one ends BEFORE 8:00).

On Maundy Thursday (April 13) we will gather in the sanctuary at 7:30 for worship- remembering the last supper, Jesus' last days, and also celebrating the sacrament of the Lord's Supper.

On Easter morning (April 16) there is a sunrise service at 7:00 on the lawn across from the church (in front of Carnegie Hall). I will be preaching at this service. (there will not be breakfast after this service) and then we will have traditional worship at 11:00.

See you soon!
Rev. Anna


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Organized 1783 Built 1796 Issue 13, Monday, 03-27-2017

Greetings from the Sunday School Class led by Chuck Lewis.

Thought for the week: There are always vacancies in the ministry of encouragement. The world is full of discouragers. To encourage, to lift, to offer the tonic of praise, is a Christ-like service.
Last week's Genesis Quiz: Sometime after Joseph was made ruler over Egypt, two sons were born. What was the significance of their names? Answer: Joseph named the first born Manasseh, for he said, "God has made me forget all my hardship and all my father's house." The second he named Ephraim, "For God has made me fruitful in the land of my misfortunes."
This week's Genesis Quiz: What happened when Joseph took these two sons to receive Jacob's blessing?
Last week we discussed ways to restore broken relationships. Since God forgives us when we do not deserve it, we can extend grace and understanding to others.
This week our lesson uses a famous Psalm about a shepherd that can sustain us in life's tough situations. Background scriptures come from Psalms, Numbers, Ezekiel, Jeremiah, John, Hebrews, and 1 Peter. We have room for you this Sunday at 10:00 AM in the Conference Room.

 

NURSERY ASSISTANTS
April 2 Lauren Rogers April 9 Sarah Allan Straight April 16 Suzanne Bicksler

LAY READERS
April 2 Fielding Foster April 9 Olivia Plybon April 16 John Lehman

ACOLYTE
April 2 Sofie Kelso April 9 Nixon Brown April 16 Brooke Blankenship

GREETERS and FELLOWSHIP TIME HOSTS (please call the church office to sign up)

April 2 Greeters: Available Fellowship Time: Christian Education Committee
April 9 Greeters: Available Fellowship Time: Fellowship Committee Brunch
April 16 Greeters: Available Fellowship Time: Available

Prayer List 3-27-17
Keith Bashen, Virginia Skaggs, Ashley Walker,
Leslie Weikle, Don Brown, Jim Leitch,
Tate Hudson, Richard Bicksler, Dexter Taylor,
Sonny Bennett, Janice Milam, Bill Satterfield
Contact Paula McLaughlin 304-661-9866
paulajean@suddenlink.net


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AMERICANA WORKERS NEEDED FOR 10:00 A.M. TO 1:00 P.M.
Friday, April 21 & 28 Friday, May 19 & 26 Friday, June 2, 16, 23 & 30 Friday, July 7, 21 & 28 Friday, August 4, 18 & 25
If you can work any of these days, please contact Lynn Weikle at 304-647-5713 or 304-661-0926

Brunch & Easter Egg Hunt
Immediately following worship on April 9th the Fellowship Committee will provide lunch and the Easter Bunny will make an appearance! After our meal, children ages birth through 5th grade are invited to hunt Easter Eggs. You won't want to miss this!

THANK YOU
WITH SINCERE APPRECIATION to the staff, women, men, and youth of Old Stone, who helped with the Women's Retreat on Saturday! What a wonderful event we hosted for the community and everything went so smoothly! THANK YOU!

 

FELLOWSHIP THANKS
The Fellowship Committee would like to thank everyone that responded to our little survey concerning Fellowship Time after Church.
The results were evenly divided to have snacks after church each Sunday or 1-2 times per month. There were also comments for having refreshments on the porch, when weather permits.
So, we decided to ask the congregation to sign up to host Fellowship Time one Sunday from May through Labor Day weekend.
Most of the responses are in favor of number of luncheons we currently have, and may add a covered dish luncheon or two.
As a reminder, the snack time can be as simple as cookies and juice. I know sometimes people are intimidated and think it has to be elaborate or complicated, it is just a time when we can casually visit with our church friends.
Thanks, if you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to let me know.
Ben Lewis, Moderator
bpmlewis3@yahoo.com
304.646.7410


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Pizza and Logos Program
As we near the end of our Logos program for this season, the children are preparing to share with their church family some of the lessons they have learned. Please mark your calendar for April 2nd and plan to enjoy lunch provided by the Christian Education Committee as well as a short program brought to you by Logos! Support these youngsters with your attendance!

SUPPERS FOR 6
The Fellowship is starting "Suppers for 6", some of you may remember Dinner for 8, this is to be something similar. Small groups having dinner together in house, in restaurant, or whatever the group decides.
We are asking interested parties to sign up in the next few weeks, and we are hoping to get things going by the first of May. The initial period is for six months, and then we will review the program to see how things are progressing.
So, please sign up soon and if you have any questions, please let me know.
Thank you for your interest.
Ben Lewis, Moderator Fellowship Committee
bpmlewis3@yahoo.com
304.646.7410

 

APRIL BIRTHDAYS
1 Hamilton Ford
2 Grant Proctor
4 Frank Jolliffe, Tawnya Brown
5 Mary Page Nemcik, Jane Coleman
Tom Issac
6 Michael Christie, Anna Ahern
7 Chris Jolliffe
8 Chuck Lewis, Joe Cavallaro, Asa Brown
9 Jeff Rodgers, Polley Cunningham
10 Arlen Myers
11 Linda Babcock
12 Phyllis Tuckwiller, Ricky Meade
13 Meg Huffman Burton
14 Jennifer Huffman, Carter Woodson
15 Amy Kesterson, Darlene Hicks
17 Leslie Bicksler, Doug Bicksler
18 Tarisa Whitt, Alex Gillespie, Abby Taylor
19 Doris Ann Taylor, Madison Snyder
21 Jordan Meldrum, Zachary Taylor
Carol Perkins
22 John Wilson, Mary Adeline Bicksler
23 Bob Mareneck, Teri DiRico
24 Walker Taylor, Lydia Baker
25 Ashley Meadows
26 Daisy McLaughlin, Magor Tordai
27 Bill Irons, Joan Yarid
28 Sharon Rowe
29 Walt Coffindaffer, Joe Taylor


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April 2, 2017
The Fifth Sunday in Lent
11:00 A.M.
(also broadcast over WRON ~ 1400 AM or 103.1 FM)

Prelude

Welcome, Announcements, and Call to Worship
(Please sign the friendship pad and pass it to your neighbor)
Striking of the Chimes
Introit “All Glory to Our Lord and God”

Prayer of the Day (unison)
Lord God, Great I Am, you are resurrection and life.
As we worship you this day, show us who we are: bearers of good news, messengers of resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Hymn #309 “Of the Father’s Love Begotten” Divinium Mysterium

Call to Confession

Prayer of Confession (unison)
God of great mercy, we confess that we have sinned against you.
We speak as though hope is lost, even while you are still speaking.
We act as though death is the end, even while you are still acting.
Forgive us, by your steadfast love.
Create a clean heart within us, teach us your way, and restore the joy of salvation; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Declaration of Pardon
Leader: Hear and believe the good news of the gospel.
People: In Jesus Christ we are forgiven.

Gloria Patri Hymn #579
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Time with the Young Church
(afterwards all children middle school and younger are dismissed for Sunday School)
Hymn #84 “In the Cross of Christ I Glory” Rathbun

Hebrew Bible Reading Ezekiel 37: 1 - 14 page 987

Anthem “God So Loved the World”

Gospel Reading John 11: 1 - 45 page 127


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Sermon “Humanness”

Musical Interlude (you are invited to use this time for prayer and personal reflection)
Affirmation of Faith A Brief Statement of Faith
In life and in death we belong to God. Through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit,
we trust in the one triune God, the Holy One of Israel, whom alone we worship and serve.
We trust in Jesus Christ, fully human, fully God.
Jesus proclaimed the reign of God: preaching good news to the poor
and release to the captives, teaching by word and deed and blessing the children, healing the sick
and binding up the brokenhearted, eating with outcasts, forgiving sinners, and calling all to repent and believe.
In gratitude to God, empowered by the Spirit, we strive to serve Christ in our daily tasks
and to live holy and joyful lives, even as we watch for God's new heaven and new earth.
With believers in every time and place, we rejoice that nothing in life or in death
can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
The Giving of God’s Tithes and Our Offerings

OffertoryDoxology Hymn #592

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; praise God, all creatures here below;
praise God above, ye heavenly host; praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

Sharing of Concerns and Celebrations
Call to Prayer “In the Cross of Christ I Glory”

Prayer of the People and the Lord’s Prayer
…..Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.

Hymn #366 “Jesus Thou Boundless Love to Me” St. CatherineBenediction

Leader: The peace of Christ be with you.
People: And also with you.


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