Burying Time Capsule

Burying Time Capsule
1859 - 150th Anniversary of Parish - 2009 (photo by Scott & Debbie Travers )

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Saint Mark the Evangelist - Holy Day

      References to a person named Mark – or John Mark – appear quite frequently in the New Testament. Saint Paul mentioned him among his companions in the Letter to Philemon. In the Book of Acts Mark is described as the cousin of Barnabas the Apostle and the son of a wealthy woman of Jerusalem, whose house was a meeting-place for the disciples of Jesus. The Book of Acts also says that Mark accompanied Paul and Barnabas on their first Missionary journey, but then decided to turn back. Paul and Barnabas fell out over Mark’s decision; they parted, and Barnabas took Mark with him when he went to preach the gospel in Cyprus. In the First Letter of Peter, the author called Mark “my son”; and even if this letter was not written by Peter himself, it bears witness to a close association between the Apostle and Mark. Tradition identifies the Mark mentioned in these New Testament passages with the author of the Gospel. It is generally agreed that Mark’s is the earliest of the four gospels; scholars say that it was written around the year 68, probably at Rome. It was contemporary with the Church’s first experience of persecution by the pagan authorities of the Roman Empire.
      This may explain why, of the four Gospels, Mark’s version has the sharpest edge and offers the least comfort. He was addressing a Church confused by the gap between the promise of the “good news” and the reality of persecution. In his account, the disciples are just as blind and uncomprehending about Jesus as the Pharisees and rulers; they confess that he is “the Son of God” but refuse to understand the still greater truth, that the Son of God must suffer and die. Mark therefore takes great pains to let his readers in on the secret, so that Christians experiencing persecution would not make the same mistake.
      His “good news” is demanding news. It is designed to show that Christians can only share in the glory of the resurrection by imitating the same heroic obedience to God which led Jesus to accept death on the cross.
cf. Parish Bulletin, April 22, 2012 / Image above from Google Images

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

St. Luke's Annual Yard Sale

     Be sure to go to St. Luke's Hall on Saturday, April 28th to their Annual Yard Sale from 9-11am.  Drop donations off at the hall. Come see the treasures. Thanks!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Easter Sunday - podcasts from Sister Margaret

From the Anglican Church of Canada website: Sister Margaret's Podcasts


     In this podcast for Easter Sunday, Sister Margaret follows Mary Magdalene as she takes in the implications of an empty tomb and a risen saviour.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Holy Week Services - Parish of Alberton-O'Leary

( Image from Google Images )
* Holy Weeks Services (12:05pm) and Lenten Fasting Lunches (12:35pm) - Monday April 2 - Thursday April 5 at St. Peter's.  Menu: Soup, crackers, beverage
* Maundy Thursday Services:  St. Peter's at 6:30pm and St. Luke's at 8:30pm.
* Good Friday Services: St. Peter's at 9:30am and St. Luke's at 11:15am.
* Easter Sunday Services: St. Peter's at 9:30am and St. Luke's at 11:15am.

Palm Sunday - podcasts from Sister Margaret

From the Anglican Church of Canada website: Sister Margaret's Podcasts.
     In this podcast for Palm Sunday, Sister Margaret considers the different ways we can celebrate Palm Sunday, from the extravagance of the Oberammergau passion play to the simplicity of waving tree branches.

Palm Sunday

     The photo below was taken with Lay Reader Jan (far left) and Rev. Andrew (in the middle at back) with the Choir just before the service began on Palm Sunday at St. Peter's Anglican Church, Alberton.
Below: Cheerful Parishioners - following Palm Sunday Service.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Games Night, St. Peter's Alberton

     Games Night in St. Peter's Hall is a popular event for parishioners and friends to come in fellowship to have fun playing games such as Chicken Foot, Rook, etc. 
     Games Night's are held every Friday evening during the fall, winter and early spring.  There will be no games on Good Friday this week.