10:00 a.m. worship begins differently. This coming Sunday, the Great Litany will be sung. A litany is a very old prayer form designed for public worship. Next Sunday, the Great Litany will be sung in place of the opening hymn, and also the Prayers of the People, as the choir is processing into the Nave. The Celebrant will chant the litany. The choir, joined by the people, will sing the responses, and the ringing of handbells will conclude each petition.
The Great Litany is of a deeply penitential nature. This makes it appropriate for Lent. The Great Litany was the first English language rite prepared by Archbishop Thomas Cranmer, and first published in 1544, which makes its language sound to our modern ears rather quaint. Rumor is that the Great Litany was the first prayer rite originally composed in the English language, unlike other English prayers translated from other languages. King Henry VIII first ordered its use in procession during public worship at a time when England was at war with Scotland and France. The Great Litany has been with us throughout Anglican history. It first appeared in the Church’s first ever Book of Common Prayer, published in 1549.
Father Temple Provides Pastoral Care
The Rector is away attending a Mediation Skills Training workshop in Columbia, South Carolina, offered by the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center. Father Gordon Temple will provide pastoral support for our parishioners. Many know Father Gordon and appreciate his ministry. Gordon, and his wife, Haven, enjoy a long association with St. Martin of Tours, where Gordon has been associate rector, and interim rector of the parish.
The Rector will be back for worship on Sunday, March 18. In the interim, if you need pastoral care, or wish to talk with a clergy person, call Father Gordon at (423) 488-8184, or Rachel at (423) 892-9131, in the parish office.
Cancelled This Week
Both the Wednesday 5:00 p.m. Eucharist in the Library, and the 11:00 a.m. Thursday John’s Gospel Bible Study, also in the Library, will be cancelled this week due to the Rector’s absence. Both will resume as usual the week following.
Lectors and Chalice Bearers for Both Services
Would you like to help assist with worship on Sunday mornings? This is a licensed ministry of the diocese, which means you will need to be trained for it. You will then receive a license valid for 3 years. After training is completed, your name will be put on a monthly list. If you are interested, please let the rector know. Thank you.
Lenten Ministry: Prayer Box at East Brainerd Elementary
We are so happy to partner with East Brainerd Elementary School to let them know how much we appreciate all who work there and the families that count on them. Recently we have established a prayer ministry for the teachers and staff. A Prayer Box has been provided so that whatever weighs on the hearts of our neighbors can be written down and placed in the box. Each week requests will be offered at the altar during Sunday services. The first week of the program there were over 20 requests! You are encouraged to pray for our schools daily in your own personal prayers as well. We are so honored to take on this role for our neighborhood school.
Wednesday, March 14
5:15 PM Dinner in the Parish Hall
You are cordially invited to join us every Wednesday at St. Martin’s Cafe. For $3, you can eat your fill from this week’s menu: vegetarian vegetable soup, grilled cheese sandwiches, Reuben sandwiches, dill pickles, Cole slaw, potato chips, and gingerbread with lemon sauce.
5:45-6:30 PM Children’s Choir/Chime Choir
6:30-7:15 PM Handbell Choir
7:15-8:15 PM Adult Vocal Choir
Note: Because the preschool needs to decorate for their Family Night on Thursday, March 22, there will be no meal on Wednesday, March 21.
ECW Chicken Salad Sale
Pick Up: Friday, March 16
Thank you to everyone who participated in the Episcopal Church Women’s Chicken Salad Sale. Orders can be picked up beginning this Friday, March 16th. They will be labeled in the refrigerator in the kitchen. If you have not paid, please leave your money in the envelope on the counter. Contact Lora Finley if you have any questions. Thank you for your support!
Saturday, March 17, 9 AM-2 PM
The Joy Makers are going to sponsor a fun day of cleaning up both the inside and outside of the church on Saturday, March 17th beginning at 9:00 a.m. We would certainly like to have all people, young and old alike, to help with the clean-up.Children can help as well. We would like to have the very young pick up sticks and debris and clean up the outside of the church. Then, there is going to be a lot of different inside jobs like cleaning the choir area, youth area, sanctuary, narthex, atrium, kitchen, hallway, etc. We need you even if you need to sit down and dust a few pews and rest while you are dusting. Hopefully, we can ask everyone to be present at 9:00 if possible to volunteer for your choice of assignments. Also, I’ll get pizzas and soft drinks and some cookies for lunch. If anyone wants to bake some cookies, just let me know. We can all sit down together and break bread for a break. It will be a fun day of fellowship!
So come one, come all! Help us beautify the inside and outside of Saint Martin’s church for the Easter celebration. Now, Let love fill your heart today and tomorrow! May God bless each of you!!!!
Love and Blessings,
Sunday, March 18, 8:45-10 AM
The Laymen will serve another wonderful breakfast this Sunday. For $5 per person or $10 per family, you can eat your fill of eggs, sausage, bacon, pancakes, biscuits, and gravy. Coffee, orange juice, and milk will be provided. All of the proceeds go to the ministries of the Laymen’s group.
The Lessons Appointed for Use on the
Fifth Sunday in Lent
or Psalm 119:9-16
Lessons: Ralph Coggin
Prayers: Jimmy Tawater
Chalice Bearers: Ralph Coggin, Jimmy Tawater
Element Bearers: Geoff and Marnie Rodgers
Ushers: Dan Johnson, Charlie Mason
Lessons: Cori Hasden
Prayers: Vikki Trapp
Chalice Bearers: Cori Hasden Vikki Trapp
Element Bearers: Scott and Dawn Schnitzer
Cantor: Phil Harris
Ushers: The Finleys, Ed Virgin
Youth Lector: Matthew Boér
Server: JT Veys
Crucifer: Henry Veys
Torch Bearers: Luci Veys, Matthew Boér
Altar Guild: Group I (Marnie Rodgers, Brenda Terrell, Emma Veys, Heather Westman, Betty Whaley)
Flower Guild: Group III (Bunny Clark, Pam Mason)
Greeter: Glenn Coldiron
Sunday, March 18
Nursery: for children four years old or younger, from 9:30 AM until the last child is picked up.
Godly Play: for children four years old through second grade, at 10 AM. Children learn about God and the Bible through games and creative exploration. Then they join their parents in the worship service.
We will continue studying the Gospel of Luke after the 10 AM service in the library.
Lenten Study: I Am Christian and Episcopal
Sunday, March 18, 11:20 AM in the Parish Hall
The 104th Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams, is one of the most important theologians of the 21st. Century. Williams has written many books. Included among them is Being Disciples and Being Christian. When studied together, these two little books introduce in a lively, readable style, 14 essential elements of being Christian.
11:20 a.m. on Sundays in Lent, in the Parish Hall.
Lenten Study: Baptism and Parenting
Sunday, March 18, 11:20 AM
“Just as we cannot live a baptized life in isolation, a book like this cannot be written apart from community,” writes its author Anne Kitch. The book is Taking the Plunge, which St. Martin gives to new parents in thanksgiving for the baptism of their child. Anne Kitch is both a priest and a mother. She unpacks the baptismal promises with wisdom, insight, and good theology. She articulates these promises as they relate to the challenges facing families today. For parents who wish to raise their children within a life of Christian faith and parish community, Kitch offers practical suggestions and ponderable questions. Participants can pick a portion of the book to read each week and, through conversation, find both support and comfort as they travel the road called parenting.
11:20 a.m. on Sundays in Lent – choice of location to be decided by participants.
Preschool Family Night
Thursday, March 22, 5-7 PM
The Preschool Family Night is quickly approaching. Any goods or services you can donate for the silent auction would be much appreciated. Corporate and business sponsorships are available. The proceeds will help provide scholarships to students with financial hardship and to maintaining the preschool grounds. Please contact Kathy McNabb as soon as possible if you wish to donate at firstname.lastname@example.org or (423) 855-1011.
Palm Sunday, March 25, following the 10 AM service
Saint Martin of Tours is seeking children and youth to become Acolytes. Please consider participating in this important ministry.
Each Sunday, four Acolytes are scheduled for the 10 AM service as Server (1), Crucifer (1), and Torch Bearers (2).
An Acolyte in the Episcopal Church is one who assists the Celebrant during our services. An Acolyte assists in worship by carrying a processional cross, lighting candles, bearing the Gospel book, carrying candles or “torches,” assisting a deacon or priest with set up and clean up at the altar, receiving the offering plates from the ushers, and completing other tasks as assigned by the priest or acolyte master.
Currently, there are thirteen Acolytes at St. Martin who perform the duties of Server, Crucifer, and Torch Bearer. As a member of the Acolyte Ministry, your child would be trained in one of these duties, normally determined by age. If trained as a Torch Bearer (normally the youngest), your child would serve their first few times with an experienced acolyte. This allows your child the opportunity to follow an experienced acolyte since the two torch bearers perform the same functions at the same time.
Torch Bearers are the youngest to serve and normally begin at age 10, although they may begin at age 9 depending upon how far they are from their 10th birthday. Also, many parents recommend their children begin at age 9 due to their maturity. Your child would normally serve two years as Torch Bearer prior to promotion to Crucifer, but this can be discussed if your child feels ready to advance to Crucifer earlier.
The Crucifer carries the cross in procession; accepts the elements (bread and wine) from the Element Bearers prior to Eucharist; accepts the offering from the Ushers and hands it to the priest; and generally helps the younger Torch Bearers to know when to perform their duties during the service. Additionally, Crucifers are also scheduled as Torch Bearers when needed. Normally, your child would serve as Crucifer from age 12 to 14 prior to promotion to Server. Again, this can be discussed if your child feels ready to advance to Server earlier.
The Server is the most senior of the Acolytes and processes into the Nave just in front of the Chalice Bearers. The Server is responsible for carrying the Gospel Book in the Gospel Procession and holding it while the priest reads from it. The Server also assists the priest during Eucharist by providing him with the water and washing the priest’s hands prior to the consecration of the bread and the wine, and ringing the Sanctus Bell during the Eucharist. Generally, the Server stands at the Element Table anytime the priest is preparing the Altar for Eucharist. Both the Server and the Crucifer assist the Chalice Bearers following the Eucharist in clearing the Altar of the Elements, which we refer to as Ablutions. The Server also has the added responsibility of prompting the Crucifer or Torch Bearers in performing their tasks.
Please take the time to consider discussing this important ministry and service at our Lord’s Table with your child. Normally, your child would serve once or twice per month. I plan to have a training session March 25 following Sunday morning services. The training normally lasts between 45 minutes to an hour. If you are unable to come that day, I would be happy to individually train your child any time following the 10 a.m. service. To assist with training, I will present you with a copy of the training manual which highlights and discusses the Acolytes’ roles.
If you have any questions or wish to discuss this ministry with me, you may call me on my cell at 423-432-3913 or email me at email@example.com.
Roueche Chorale Colors of Grace
Tuesday, March 27, 7 PM
The Roueche Chorale Colors of Grace Easter Program will be held on Tuesday, March 27th, 7:00 p.m. at Brainerd United Methodist Church (BUMC). Those wishing to attend this program with the Joy Makers will meet at BUMC at 6:00 p.m.
Easter Egg Hunt
Sunday, April 1
EYC will be hosting an Easter egg hunt after the 10 o’clock service on Easter Sunday. All children of the Parrish are invited!
Joy Makers Meeting
Thursday, May 10, 6 PM
The next Joy Makers meeting will be Thursday, May 10th, at 6:00 p.m. We had a small crowd in attendance at this past meeting, and we certainly invite those of you that would like to join us to plan to come to any of these events and also attend our next meeting.
Joy Makers go to Gibbs Gardens
Tuesday, May 15
The Joy Makers will plan a trip on Tuesday, May 15th, weather permitting, to Gibbs Gardens located in Ball Ground, Georgia. It is about a two-hour drive from Chattanooga and we will leave from St. Martin at about 8:00 a.m. We will take as many cars as we need to accommodate people who would like to go. The group price of 10 or more people will be $16 plus tax. In addition, we will purchase lunch either at the gardens or some place in that area before we return. A tram ticket to ride around the gardens is also available for an additional $5.00 per person if you wish to ride and not walk. The area has 220 acres of landscaped gardens adjacent to spring-fed streams, ponds, and lakes. You can go to www.gibbsgardens.com and check out this beautiful place. There will be a brochure posted on the bulletin board about these gardens, also. If you want to go with the Joy Makers on this trip, please contact Calvin Parker. He will be making the reservations around the first of May and you will pay him for the tickets.
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