Lent and Easter
The month of March is included in the season of Lent, which in 2015 runs from 22nd February to the Saturday before Easter, 4th April. During this time, the church remembers the life and ministry of Jesus and renews its commitment to follow him. At Scots, part of this remembering is a series of Lenten Studies. This year, March closes with Palm Sunday, the day on which we celebrate the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem on a donkey. (Does anybody know of a donkey we can borrow for worship on that day?) Palm Sunday leads into Holy Week, when we remember the last week of the life of Jesus. Our services on Maundy Thursday recall the Last Supper, and Good Friday, the crucifixion.
Easter is a “movable feast.” Its timing is linked to the cycles of the moon and so its date varies from year to year. The Council of Nicea in 325 determined that Easter would be celebrated on the first Sunday after the full moon following the vernal equinox. As interpreted in the Western (Catholic and Protestant) churches, this ruling implies that Easter Sunday can occur between March 22nd and April 25th. The timing of Easter is not linked to the Jewish day of Passover. The Eastern (Orthodox) churches use a different calendar for ceremonial calculations and so celebrate Easter at a different time. In 2015, we celebrate Easter Sunday on 5th April and the Eastern churches will celebrate it on 12th April.
Rev Dr Peter Trudinger will lead a series of three studies in tutorial style during Lent, focussing on the life of Jesus as told in the Gospel of Mark. These will take place on Wednesdays 10.15-11.45am. If you missed the first study on February 18 (“Preparing for our Lenten Journey), you are welcome to come to the subsequent studies. Please read the Gospel of Mark in advance. All are welcome, and all questions are welcome – even those you may have been afraid to ask.
Wednesday March 18th - Study: On the Lenten Journey
Sunday 29th March, 10.30am - Palm Sunday Service
Wednesday 1st April - Study: The Destination Approaches
Thursday, 2nd April, 7.00 pm - Maundy Thursday Service
Friday, 3rd April, 9.30am - Good Friday Service
Sunday, 5th April, 10.30am - Easter Day Service
Our Harvest Thanksgiving service will take place this year on March 22nd
In ancient Israel, the people regularly brought the first pickings of their harvests to places of worship and gave thanks to God for food that the earth provides (Exodus 23:16-17; Leviticus 23:15-21). Today we continue that tradition with an annual Harvest Thanksgiving service in which we remember not only the sustenance that God provides, but also all the other good things we enjoy.
At Scots, our practice is to bring packaged foodstuffs to symbolise the fruits of the earth. In the service these are placed around the communion table. Afterwards, they are passed on to UnitingCare Adelaide East for use as emergency supplies for people in need.
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