March 31, 2016

Easter Morning
Thursday of Easter Week

Don’t miss the gallery of Easter pictures at the end of this MEMO.

We will have ONE service only, at 9 AM, this coming Sunday, April3, the Second Sunday of Easter. We hope you will join us for worship and fellowship as we continue the Celebration of the Resurrection of Our Lord. Coffee Hour will be hosted by the FUN-Raising Committee.

Readings for this Sunday: Acts 5:27-32, Psalm 150, Revelation 1:4-8, John 20:19-31

Thanks to all who contributed to the spiritual depth, beauty, and fullness of our Palm Sunday, Holy Week, and Easter liturgies by your prayerful presence and involvement. Special thanks indeed go to the Altar Guild, Choir, musicians (Bernice and Val), readers, Vigil cast, acolytes, and lay ministers. Christ is risen! Alleluia!

We offer thanksgivings for the lives of two members of our extended church community. Patricia Watts, a long-time summer associate member of Saint Andrew’s, died peacefully on Palm Sunday at the age of 88, following a stroke. Her service is to be held this morning (March 31) at 10:30 at Trinity Church in Boston. The Rev. Frank Greene, a friend of this parish who attended and supplied here often some years ago, died on Easter Monday at the age of 99. There will be a celebration of his life this Saturday at 2 o’clock at Trinity Church in Meredith. Calling hours will be Friday from 5 - 7 at Wilkinson-Beane Funeral Home in Laconia.
Rest eternal grant to them, O Lord; and let light perpetual shine upon them.

New Forward Day by Days for April, May, and June and the spring edition of Episcopal News are now available in the Parish Hall on the table in front of the parish bulletin board.

Registration for Safe Church Training: Anyone planning to attend the Safe Church Training on April 18th should contact Marty Cloran @ or at 603 447-8841 so that you may be registered for that session.

In case you haven't sleuthed it out yet,
this is your call!
Murder Mystery Dinner -- Friday, April 15th at 6 p.m. It’s a multi-national menu: Turkey Satay, Caesar Salad, then Sauerbraten with braised cabbage and roasted potatoes, followed by coffee and chocolate bread-pudding for dessert. BYO wine or beer if you like.
It’s a challenging mystery, with our largest cast ever. Was it the Russian countess? … or her maid, Azita? …the renowned mystery writer, Agnes Crispi? … or one of the 14 others?
The action takes place in the Parish Hall at Saint Andrew’s-in-the-Valley, 678 Whittier Rd, Tamworth. Reservations required. Advance payment requested. Call 323-8515. Dinner & Drama for $30. Please be in your seats by 6 pm.
And looking ahead to a fun, local, ecumenical community event: Hops & Hymns @ Hobbs! – A Night of Singing. All of us together. Monday, May 2 from 6:30 at the Hobbs Tavern in West Ossipee. Organized by our Lutheran friends at Camp Calumet, they’ve invited John Read, a Cape Cod-based church musician who leads “faith-filled songfests” all over the region. There’s no charge, though there will be an opportunity for donations to Starting Point (the agency that provides services locally to victims of domestic violence). And, since it’s at Hobbs, you might want to order up a beer or a burger or a dessert.  But mostly, it’s a chance to have fun singing hymns together with others “in the public square,” and to be the Church out in the wider world. Other area churches are invited as well, but you know … Lutherans and Episcopalians are especially well known for singing in lusty, confident harmony! Sign up on the list at Coffee Hour or in the Office, since they’d like to have a sense of attendance in advance.
Can you name the counties of the Church in the Holy Lands?
Offering for Church in the Holy LandsIn the liturgical excitement of last week, we neglected to publicize what has become known as The Good Friday Offering for the Church in the Holy Lands. But it’s not too late! For detailed info about this incredible important ministry click here or pick up a flier at church. Checks can be made to St. Andrew’s with a memo line note of: “Good Friday Offering.”

Food for thought as we take the resurrection light of Easter out into the world…
Do small things as if they were great, because of the majesty of Christ, who does them in us and lives our life, and great things as if they were small and easy, because of his almighty power.
—Blaise Pascal 17th c. French mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer and Christian philosopher.
See you in church!
Blessings, Heidi+
                                Gallery of Easter Pictures

Kindling the Paschal Fire

The Exsultet: Rejoice, heavenly hosts and choirs of angels
and let your trumpets shout salvation
for the victory of our mighty King!
May God, who has brought us out of bondage to sin into true
and everlasting freedom in the Redeemer,
bring you to your eternal inheritance....

Paschal Candle lighting Easter Day
Lexi bearing the precious Gospel Book

A joyful gathering of regulars, extended family, and new friends.
Many thanks to the Hospitality Team for the Easter cakes and goodies!

March 26, 2016

Holy Saturday MEMO
As we wait in the emptiness and silence of Holy Saturday, I want to share with you some visual glimpses of the poignant liturgies of Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.

"So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet,
you also ought to wash one another's feet."

"We praise you, we bless you, and give thanks to you,
Lord our God."
The  Maundy Thursday consecrated elements reserved for Good Friday
Good Friday

"Before the cock crows today, you will deny me three times"

The Passion according to John
Jesus and Pilate, exquisitely voiced by Preston and Kaitlyn

Food for thought from my Good Friday evening reflection…
This year Good Friday fell on March 25th. March 25th, you may notice, is nine months before Christmas, and as such is the day long ago designated by the Church as the Feast of the Annunciation – Mary’s unexpected visit by the angel Gabriel, announcing that she would conceive and bear a child, and Mary’s response, “Let it be to me according to your word.”
The coinciding this year of the calendar day of the conception of Jesus with the death of Jesus struck me deeply. Love at the beginning and love at the end. And that realization brought to mind a poem written by a dear friend of mine, Janet Morgan, an elderly deacon who died while I was in seminary, but whose poetry is etched in my heart. While I have always thought of this as a Christmas poem, it is equally Good Friday … and even Holy Saturday:

The candles on the altar burn so low
We cannot read the shadows that they cast;
A cradle? Or a Cross? All that we know
Is love at the beginning –
And love at the last.


I hope you will join us this evening at 8:00 for the Vigil and tomorrow morning at 10:00 for Easter Day as we celebrate the resurrection promise of new life from the empty tomb.

In the great mystery of the resurrection,