When you seek God, in your commitment to follow Jesus Christ, then the gifts each of us have are tuned to extend a word of comfort to those who are bruised and weary. Then, too, morning by morning, we can listen more closely and not turn away. For God comes to our aid such that the assaults of the world do not touch the soul and put our faith to shame. Yes, our trust in God has us sensing the light. Even when we walk in darkness, we lean on God (Read Isaiah 50:3-7,10).
The services of Holy Week and Easter are our thank offering to this God who hears us and becomes our salvation. And more, each liturgy is a step in a procession of celebration for all the world to see. Each day’s worship carries the light of Christ to people sore in need of hearing and knowing that God is good and merciful, not just in story and song but for them, for you and for me, forever. (Read Psalm 118:19-20).
This is why the Church must shout that the heavens are not too high, the earth not too low. And you, as beloved member of Christ’s Body, are invited this most holy season to take your place. For you, your heart must bear the longest part. In voicing Christ’s harmony of love, you help let all the world in every corner sing (Enjoy this Choir Anthem on Easter Day).
The Reverend Thomas F. Reese, Rector
Sunday of The Passion, April 14—8:30 and 10:30am Liturgy of the Palms and Procession. The Passion Gospel and Holy Eucharist. Our Lenten Offering is gathered for Queens Community House.
Holy Monday through Holy Wednesday—10:00am The Holy Eucharist is celebrated in the chapel. Appointments for spiritual counsel or Reconciliation of a Penitent can be scheduled with the Rector.
Maundy Thursday, April 18—6:45pm Community Supper in the parish hall. Please make reservations.
8:00pm The Holy Eucharist recalls The Last Supper and Jesus washing the feet of his disciples.
Good Friday, April 19—12Noon An Ecumenical Service hosted by the First Presbyterian Church of Forest Hills
(7035 112th St. Forest Hills)
8:00pm Saint Luke’s Church offers A Way of The Cross, which combines readings from Saint John’s Passion with psalms and hymns.
Easter Eve, April 20—8:00 pm The Great Vigil of Easter: Bring bells to ring during the Gloria. Celebrate the first Eucharist of Easter and participate in the Church's most ancient celebration of Christ's New Life (and bring a party food to share).
Easter Day, April 21—8:30 and 10:30am Children bring their Easter Baskets for a special blessing. At 10:30am, the Festive Choral Celebration of the Holy Eucharist is followed by our Easter Reception (please sign-up with your festive food contributions) and Children's Egg Hunt.
The Sunday of the Passion—April 14 at 10:30am
Prelude – The Royal Banners Forward Go (Prelude and Fugue) – Healey Willan
Ride on! Ride on in Majesty – Wagner, arr. by H.A. Norris
Hosanna to the Son of David – T.L de Victoria
Anthem – Behold, the Lamb of God (from Messiah) – G. F. Handel
Sermon: What Now?
Communion Music – O Sacred Head, Once Wounded – J. S. Bach
Were You There When They Crucified My Lord – Spiritual
Maundy Thursday— April 18 at 8:00pm
Prelude – Verset de Procession sur l’Adoro Te– Leon Boellmann
Anthem – Jesus, Sun of Life, my Splendor – G. F. Handel
Anthem at the Foot Washing – Ubi Caritas – Ola Gjeilo
Sermon: May I Help You?
At Communion – O Sacred Head, Once Wounded – J. S. Bach
The Great Vigil of Easter—Saturday April 20 at 8:00pm
The Easter Proclamation (The Exsultet)
Canticle 8, The Song of Moses – Tonus Peregrinus
Psalm – 136 – Plainsong
The Easter Alleluia
Sermon: Bees Do It
At Communion – Final Chorale from Cantata 129 – J. S. Bach
Postlude – Final (excerpt) from Sixth Organ Symphonie – Charles Marie Widor
Sunday of the Resurrection—Easter Day April 21 at 10:30am
Prelude for Organ and Trombone – Marceau Symphonie – Alexandre Guilmant
Anthem - Easter Anthem - William Billings
Anthem – Alleluia – J. Michael Haydn
Offertory Anthem – Let All The World In Every Corner Sing – R. Vaughan Williams
Sanctus/Benedictus – Richard Proulx
Sermon: The Cadbury Bunny
At Communion – Magdalen, Cease from Sobs and Sighs – Arr., Peter Hurford
Final Chorale from Cantata 129 – J. S. Bach
Postlude – Toccata in F from the Fifth Organ Symphony – Charles Marie Widor
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Forest Hills
honored for their work in homelessness.
Open door always
for all people.
9:30am to 10:10am
in the parish hall.
10:30am Choral Eucharist
Holy Eucharist with Prayers for Healing
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