Is it time to clean out your closets and your attic? Is the garage so full that you can’t park your car in it anymore? Finally willing to get rid of those clothes in the closet that you have not worn for 5 years? This is your opportunity to get rid of those items. The Columbarium Committee is hosting a Yard Sale on May 17th to help raise funds. We have secured a storage unit where we can house donated items until we are ready for the sale. As a matter of fact, if you get your items together, we will even come and pick them up from you. In addition to having the yard sale, we will be having much more, so mark your calendars and watch for more information. It will be a fun family day! For more information please contact Debbie Worden at 919-757-5810.
Looking for a summer activity? Sign up starting April 13 for our June 8 trip to the Durham Bulls for a Sunday evening game at 5:05pm against the Norfolk Tide (AAA team of the Baltimore Orioles). The tickets are $9.99 a piece (for children two and under there is no charge but they are NOT assigned a seat; if you want them to have a seat, it is $9.99). We will depart from APLC at 3:45pm to arrive in time for the 5:05pm start. Contact Tad Doering (firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-772-3441) if you have any questions.
Sunday, April 13
Palm Sunday: 8:30am and 11:00am
Thursday, April 17
Joint Observance with Trinity Episcopal Church
Potluck Dinner & Teaching Seder 6:30 pm
Maundy Thursday, Stripping of the Altar: 7:15 pm
Friday, April 18
Good Friday Tenebrae: 7:15 pm
Sunday, April 20
Easter — The Resurrection of Our Lord: 8:30am and 11:00am
Today’s liturgy begins with a palm procession, commemorating Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Quickly the tone of the service changes as we meditate upon Jesus’ passion and death. Because this story is so central to our faith, we hear Matthew’s account of the passion today and John’s version on Good Friday. Though Jesus is obedient even unto death on the cross, he is exalted by God. We gather to remember his offering for the life of the world, and to be fed by his life-giving mercy. This holy week will culminate in the celebration of the Three Days of Jesus’ suffering, death, and resurrection.
First Reading: Isaiah 50:4-9a
The servant of the LORD submits to suffering
Psalm: Psalm 31:9-16
Into your hands, O LORD, I commend my spirit. (Ps. 31:5)
Second Reading: Philippians 2:5-11
Humbled to the point of death on a cross
Gospel: Matthew 26:14–27:66
The passion of the Lord
Gospel (Alternate): Matthew 27:11-54
The passion of the Lord
Liturgical Color: Scarlet or Purple
Fifth Sunday in Lent
Sermon by Pastor Jeffrey Ingold
Gospel: John 11:1-45
This year’s Maundy Thursday service will be a joint observance of this sacred occasion between our congregation and Trinity Episcopal Church, Fuquay-Varina. The evening will begin at 6:30 p.m., with a potluck in our fellowship hall. This potluck will also include elements of the Jewish Seder, an ancient remembrance of God’s deliverance of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. We will then continue our evening together as we worship, utilizing the ritual Maundy Thursday liturgy, complete with The Symbolic Washing of the Feet, Holy Eucharist, and the poignant Stripping of the Altar. We hope you will all enjoy this evening. If you have any questions or are interested in helping set up this event, please contact Debbie Worden at email@example.com or 919-757-5810.
We will be hosting another class for those of you interested in joining the ministry of APLC. While classes will not take place until after Easter, we are asking that you sign up now so we know how many people are interested in attending the next round of classes. You can sign up at the sign up station in the Narthex. If you have any questions about becoming a member, please contact Debbie Worden at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-757-5810.
What are you doing on May 17th? Do you have a few hours to spare to help out your church and the columbarium team? We need help selling food, taking money,selling raffle tickets, etc. Starting Sunday, April 13th there will be a sign up sheet in the Narthex for you to sign up to take a shift. Anything you can do for us would be very much appreciated. Thank you.
In today’s gospel Jesus reveals his power over death by raising Lazarus from the dead. The prophet Ezekiel prophesies God breathing new life into dry bones. To those in exile or living in the shadows of death, these stories proclaim God’s promise of resurrection. In baptism we die with Christ that we might also be raised with him to new life. At the Easter Vigil we will welcome new sisters and brothers at the baptismal font, as we renew our baptismal promises.
First Reading: Ezekiel 37:1-14
The dry bones of Israel brought to life
Psalm: Psalm 130
With the LORD there is mercy and plenteous redemption. (Ps. 130:6-7)
Second Reading: Romans 8:6-11
Life in the Spirit
Gospel: John 11:1-45
Baptismal image: the raising of Lazarus
Liturgical Color: Purple