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March 2013 Newsletter

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The Episcopal Church of the Holy Family
March 2013 Newsletter 
Dear friends,
 Are you a member? If you’re a member of, say, the AAA or the AARP, you’ll have a membership
card which you show for special consideration. Not much beyond dues is
required of you. It’s a prettypassive arrangement. If you’re asked, “Are you a member of Holy Family?”,
how do you respond? On
one level it’s fine to reply in the affirmative. But if that’s where it ends, I don’t think it’s satisfactory.
 
In the second letter to the Corinthians, St Paul refers to Christians as “ambassadors for Christ.” 
IICor 5:20
 Ambassadors are, of course, official representatives, envoys, diplomats
 –
they present theinterests of a nation or entity. Ambassadors are much more than members
 –
they have the standing tomake appeals in the name of the one they represent.
There’s something vital in this understanding –
as I mentioned in my sermon on March 3, you are
baptized to be an ambassador, not a member. You’re called
to present
and 
re-present Christ to abroken world, to
reconcile 
 
(“
to restore to
friendship or harmony”, 14
th
 
century French for “make friendlyagain”) people with God. The Good News of God’s Love is your portfolio, your mission in life as a
Christian.I was blessed to spend 2 days earlier this week on retreat with the Bishop and clergy of WesternNorth Carolina at Valle Crucis Conference Center, near Boone. The leader was Br
Curtis Almquist, 
 SSJE (Society of St John the Evangelist). Br Curtis related a recent event in his life
 –
he often takes thetrain between his monastery in Cambridge, MA, and New York City. Oneday, returning to Boston Station, walking along the platform beside thetrain, he came upon the engineer disembarking from the cab. As he
came even with him, Br Curtis said, “Thank you for a great trip!” The
engineer
 –
plaid flannel shirt, suspenders, pot belly, beard, cap, and asmear of grease on his forehead, stopped and turned. This face
scrunched up, he scowled and shouted, “What?” The platform was quitenoisy, so Br Curtis, a little taken aback, leaned in and said, “I just rodewith you from New York, and I said, ‘Thank you for a great trip.’” As the
engineer stared at him for a few second, a tear came from one eye. Hethen sai
d, “I’ve been driving this damn train back and forth for 30 years,and no one has ever thanked me before.” 
 What a beautiful picture of what an ambassador does.
 You know, our faith isn’t a system. It isn’t primarily a theory either. It’s an experience,
 
it’s arelationship. One of the terms for our most important ritual is “communion,” the root word in “community.” Around the altar table we share a simple meal that creates community –
with God inChrist and with each other.
From our communion we’re
sent forth as ambassadors, reconciling theworld with God. That means building bridges, both big and small. From sincerely thanking another to
feeding hungry people to advocating for changes in our culture, we’re commissioned as ambassadors for
Christ. May God bless you in your service! Yours in Christ Jesus,
Rob+ 
The Rev Robert Lundquist, Rector
 
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Holy Week at Holy Family
 
March 24
 – 
 Palm Sunday 
On the Sunday before Easter we do 2 things. First, we
remember Jesus’ 
triumphant entry into Jerusalem, when he
was greeted by crowds shouting “Hosanna!”
and waving palms,the symbol of victory. We will begin in the Memorial Garden(weather
permitting), where we’ll bless the palms and process
into the church. At the Gospel lesson, we will hear a
dramatic reading of the Jesus’ 
Passion (arrest, trial and execution). The mood suddenly changes from worldlycelebration to cosmic grief. Members of the congregation will take the parts of Jesus,Pontius Pilate, Peter, and the other figures in the story. This is our beginning of HolyWeek.
Liturgy of the Palms and Holy Eucharist: 10 amMarch 28
 – 
 Maundy Thursday 
On this night we recall Jesus’ last meal with h
is friends and disciples in theupper room in Jerusalem. After dining, Jesus asked those around him remember him,
offering bread with the words “This is my body,” and wine, saying “This is my 
 
blood.”
It was the occasion when Jesus washed the feet of the others, noting that he came to
serve and not to be served. Afterwards we’ll prepare
the sanctuary for Good Friday.During the stripping of the altar, the Holy Family Choir, under the direction of 
Terri Karlsson 
,
will present 4 selections from John Rutter’s
Requiem
.
Footwashing, Holy Eucharist, Stripping of the Altar, & Rutter Requiem: 7 pmMarch 29
 – 
Good Friday
 The service for Good Friday draws our focus to the cross upon which Jesus
died. We’ll hear the Passion according to John, pray the Solemn Collects, and
 venerate the cross. The Eucharist is never celebrated on Good Friday and Holy
Saturday. The Stations of the Cross is a symbolic journey mirroring Jesus’ path from
 
Pilate’s presence to Golgotha, “the place of the skull,” where he was crucified.
The Good Friday Liturgy: Noon & 7 pmThe Stations of the Cross: 1 pmMarch 30
 – 
 The Great Vigil of Easter 
From the most ancient texts of Christianity we learn that the celebration of new
birth began at sunset. Accordingly, our Vigil will start at the end “Civic Twilight,” the
 moment
when night begins. We’ll begin in the Memorial Garden where we’ll
kindle thenew flame of Easter and light the Paschal candle, which leads us in procession intothe still-darkened church, accompanied by the chanted
Exsultet.
During the Vigil
we’ll hear the story of salvation, told in
scripture, prayer and
music. It’s a tale of God
saving us
 – 
in Eden, in the desert of Egypt, through the prophets. After renewing our
Baptismal vows we’ll welcome Easter with a shout.
The Great Vigil of Easter: 8:17 pmApril 1
 – 
 Easter 
Our Easter morning celebration will ring with music as we hold a festivecelebration of Resurrection. Afterwards there will be an Easter egg hunt for thechildren and brunch for everyone.
Festive Easter Eucharist: 10 am
 
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"Hot Cross buns, Hot Cross Buns, one ha
’ 
penny, two ha
’ 
penny, hot cross buns"
 So goes the old rhyme sung by street vendors as these Good Friday pastries were sold inEnglish cities. In many historically Christian countries, buns are traditionally eaten hot ortoasted on Good Friday, with the cross standing as a symbol of the Crucifixion. They arebelieved by some to pre-date Christianity, although the first recorded use of the term "hot crossbun" was not until 1733.The Episcopal Church of the Holy Family continues that tradition this year as the "Busy Boysand Lady" Bakery Guild are baking traditional English Hot Cross Buns for the community'senjoyment on Good Friday. Place your order today by contacting:
Warren Spahr 
, 388-1475or wspahr@gmail.com.  The cost is $6.00 per ½ dozen and $12.00 per dozen.Pick up will be on
March 23
rd
from 8:30 - 12:00 AM at Holy Family. Proceeds from the HotCross buns sale will be used to further the ministry of the Episcopal Church of the Holy Family.
The Women of the Diocese of Western North Carolina
are having a "Spring Fling"on Thursday,
May 16,
at the Historic Lake Lure Inn - 2772 Memorial Hwy, Lake LureNC. Lunch is $35 per person, which includes a complimentary glass of wine. Thelunch is 11 am - 1 pm, followed by a Silent Auction, a Music Box and Antique Tour, ora Boat Tour for $11 per person and a discount on their Spa Services. See
Evie Brush 
 for more information - 891-9326.
The
 
monthly
Holy Family lunch
will be at the
Horse Shoe Café
at thecorner of Rt 64 and South Rugby Rd in Horse Shoe, Wednesday
March 20
at 1:00 p.m. Sign up on the Information table.
Evie Brush 
 891-9326
 

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