A Lenten Sermon on John 12:20-22
Last Wednesday, at a presentation on spirituality at Saint Andrew’s, the speaker noted that many modern people feel separated from God. Many experience God as distant or even absent, and yearn to be more connected to God. But, and this is the important point, many of them do not know how.
My son Benjamin may have glimpsed that yearning last weekend. He and a friend went to the Northampton High School production of “Godspell.” As you probably know, “Godspell” is a contemporary, musical retelling of Jesus’ story. Benjamin’s friend knew nothing about Jesus. But he was on the edge of his seat for the whole play and had tears in his eyes during the crucifixion scene.
I do not know what was going through the mind of Benjamin’s friend. But his reaction to “Godspell” is a reminder that many people do not know the gospel story at all, that the gospel story is incredibly compelling, and that, without even necessarily being aware of it themselves, people want to hear the gospel story.
It is as if people know that something is missing in their lives, and they sense at some level that Jesus is the answer. . . . (click on title above to read on)
Holy Week Events
Mon-Friday: Ecumenical Services and Lunch at
Bethany Assembly of God, Agawam 12p- 1p;
On Monday, Saint David's is providing the lunch
4/2: Maundy Thursday, a simple meal served at 6:00p
Service at 7:00p
4/3: Easter Children's Event / Egg Hunt from 10a - 12p
Stations of the Cross at 6:00p (but not at 12)
Good Friday, Stations of the Cross, 6:00p
Service at 7:00p
4/4: Holy Saturday - Prayer Vigil: 10a-4p
sign-up for a thirty minute slot
Easter Vigil (at St Andrew's) 7:30p
4/5: Easter Services at 8a and 10a
Easter Season - Bishop's Walk
The Bishop will be walking through the Pioneer Valley during the first week of Easter, Wednesday (4/8) to Saturday (4/11). He will walk from Greenfield to Southwick, visiting places where ministry happens in the world.
Members of St Davids will join him for part of his Saturday walk through West Springfield. (date / time, place to follow)
The Second Sunday of Easter (4/12) is Momentum Sunday. We will celebrate with an Easter Pageant at 9:30 and First Communions at 10:00. This is part of our effort to celebrate Easter for a season, not just a Sunday!
Take the Bible Challenge!
We have begun reading the entire bible this year, using our guide book called The Bible Challenge. We started on 1/12/15, but it is never too late to join us. Feel free to jump in at anytime. Let Fr Harvey know if you would like to participate.