Perhaps I’m mistaken but it seems to me that our culture asks us to choose knowledge over Trust and certainty over Hope. Our culture demands we choose knowledge for knowledge equals power. If my child gets into an Ivy League school they’ll become rich and famous. Or if they get an athletic scholarship their college education will be provided. Our culture also demands certainty. Certainty means we know we are right and, therefore, the other person is wrong. Too often in our Christian faith, divisions, wars, and even executions were done in the name of righteous faith. For decades now our culture has been divided up in the name of certainty. We’ve divided ourselves into those who are conservative and those who are liberal. Those who are white and those who are black. Each is certain that their way of life, of beliefs, is the only way. There can be no compromise.
Meanwhile, Holy Week stands like a traffic cop in the middle of our culture, puts up its hands, and yells, “Stop!” For Holy Week, especially Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday demand we choose a different way to live. We are called to Trust God with all our mind, heart, and spirit. As well as Trust our neighbor, meaning we see others not as the enemy, or as leftist liberals, or racist conservatives but we see ALL as our neighbor.
Easter is bigger than chocolate bunnies, dyed eggs, and half off sales on mattress. Easter is all about Trust and Hope. That the love Jesus shares with us is the love of God. A love that brings us life. Not just after we die but right now! A life beyond the tomb of mistrust and divisions. A life that embraces everyone, everyone, with love. Happy Easter. Jesus Christ is Risen. The Lord is Risen indeed!!
Please let me know if you’d like to sit down and talk or enjoy a coffee, at a social distance of course, or feel free to call meat 785-670-0158, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.My office hours are Monday - Thursday 10 am - 3 pm. … Fr. Tom
"Then Peter said: "They put him to death by hanging him on a tree, but God raised him on the third day..." Acts 10:39-40
Death cannot hold the creator and giver of life. Jesus invites each of us to live the fullness of life in our love for God, or neighbor and our self.
HOLY WEEK WORSHIP SCHEDULE
Sunday, April 4, 2021 Easter Sunday Worship Service
We welcome Mar Thoma Church back to using our space. They will be holding services on Good Friday at 8:30 p.m. and on Easter Sunday at 1 pm.
Adult Forum will not meet on Sunday, April 4 and 11.
Forum will resume on Sunday, April 18 at 9 am to begin looking into the Acts of the Apostles. In the weeks after Easter we’ll be hearing readings from Acts in our Sunday service so this will be a great opportunity to drive deeper into this crucially important book of the Bible. All are welcome!
Pledges and Offerings
Please send your pledges and offerings to the church office.
You may also donate online.
MAKE SURE YOU DESIGNATE ST. AIDAN'S IN THE DROP DOWN BOX.
In case of pastoral emergencies, please contact Fr. Tom Baker at
785-670-0158 (call or text)oremail him at email@example.com.
Please email any prayer requests to Karon Wintrode, and she will post them on Unison. firstname.lastname@example.org.
The parish email system is accessible through our website – www.staidansolathe.org See Julie Wojtas (630 865-3931) for information or any questions.
Be sure to check Unison for all updated information regarding St. Aidan's.
Thanksgivings and Prayers
We give thanks for the birthday of Neil Powers and Chris Burbach. We give thanks for the people of St. Aidan’s and the privilege of serving each other, our church and our community throughout the year. We give thanks for the faithfulness and resilience of St. Aidan's parish as we all work together during this difficult time, finding new ways to stay connected in spite of the challenges.
Cycle of Prayer –
In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the peace of Jerusalem and all who work for peace.
In the World Council of Churches Cycle of Prayer we pray for the people of Brunei, Malaysia and Singapore.
In the Kansas Cycle of Prayer,we pray for St. Mary's, Galena.
For Our Parish Leadership –
We pray for our rector, Rev. Tom Baker and his wife, Cherie. We pray for the members of the Vestry: Senior Warden Jane Bush, Mark Sappenfield, Sarah Smith, Kathy Mencer, Bonnie Eckel, Clarice Ewing and Paul Reed for the Vestry Clerk, Janet Siefert; for our Treasurer, Tim Tatlock; and for our delegates, Carolyn Sturgeon, and Sarah Smith.
For Our Troops, Veterans, and Law Enforcement –
Almighty God, we commend to your gracious care and keeping all the men and women in the service and law enforcement at home and broad. Defend them with your grace; give them courage; and grant them a sense of your abiding presence; through Jesus Christ. Amen.
For the Departed–
Eternal Lord God, you hold all souls in life: Give to your whole Church in paradise and on earth your light and your peace; and grant that all your faithful people may at the last enter into your unending joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For Guidance and Grace
Heavenly Father, in you we live and move and have our being: We humbly pray you so to guide and govern us by your Holy Spirit, that in all the cares and occupations of our life we may not forget you, but may remember that we are ever walking in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Heavenly Father, giver of life and health: Comfort and relieve your sick servants, and give your power of healing to those who minister to their needs, that those for whom our prayers are offered may be strengthened in their weakness and have confidence in your loving care; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.