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Gold From God's Word
Episcopal Churches Set Holy Week Schedule
Lenten Organ Meditation
Tri-Boro Ministerium Ecumenical Service t
Lutheran Church Holy Week Services
Cantata, Egg Hunt At G. B. Alliance
Ecumenical Way Of The Cross In Montrose
Holy Name Of Mary Easter Schedules
St. Markšs Episcopal Holy Week Schedule


"Decadence is overwhelming American society and a permissive court system is culpable," former federal judge Robert Bork claims in his book, Slouching Toward Gomorra. "The rot is spreading," states Bork, who sees decadence in America's popular entertainment, art, religion, education, scholarship and morality.

Bork lays much of the blame at the feet of liberal, activist judges who have frustrated the efforts to stem the tide of decadence. " It's the courts that threaten our liberty - the right to govern ourselves - more profoundly than does any legislature," he writes. Bork suggests that the US Constitution be amended to permit Congress to overturn Supreme Court rulings by a majority vote.

I can agree with Mr. Bork. As you know, all it takes for a Supreme Court ruling to be handed down is a five out of nine, majority vote. That means that five people are deciding the direction of America! And we're in big trouble if they are liberal activists. It was quite an accurate title for his book, seeing that God destroyed that city because of their liberal, anti-God views, especially in the area of morality, namely sodomy. (Genesis 19)

As we fight the forces that are enemies of liberty and freedom, I hope and pray that we won't forget the cancer from within that is certain to destroy those values, just as surely as any terrorist or any evil dictator. We need more Christians like Bork and Roy Moore from Etowah County, Alabama, who will stand for the Christian values that made America great. I appreciate Mr. Moore's stand on his right for prayer before jury summons, and the ability to display the Ten Commandments. Moore said, he is more concerned about the Almighty Judge than his opposition; i.e.: Judge Price. Moore said, "It's my duty to acknowledge God!"

Three cheers for Mr. Moore! If only more people would be concerned with what Almighty God says, we would see the ideals and values that the American family is longing for, for themselves and their children. Of course, perhaps the most important Words of God are those that deal with, and reveal how you can be saved from the penalty of sin and receive eternal life, so that you can be with the Lord throughout eternity! If you would like help or counsel in that direction, we'd be glad to help. Why delay? Seeing what's going on in the Middle East , we know time is short.

Have a great week, and God Bless America!

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Episcopal Churches Set Holy Week Schedule

Holy Week will be observed by Christ Episcopal Church in Susquehanna and St. Mark's Episcopal Church in New Milford with opportunities for worship and prayer. This is the most sacred time in the Church year, when Christians gather to retell the stories of their redemption through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Beginning with the waving of palms on Palm Sunday, each day has particular emphasis. Holy Week is a week of contemplation of the mystery of Jesus' last week of earthly life, suffering, and resurrection.

Maundy Thursday marks the institution of the Lord's Supper, also known as the Last Supper, when Jesus washed the feet of his disciples as the symbol of his love for them. At the end of the Eucharist, the remaining consecrated bread is carried to the altar of repose, where vigil will be kept through the night until Good Friday. This commemorates the time that Jesus spent in prayer in the Garden of Gethsemene. The altar is stripped, and the sanctuary is emptied, symbolizing the emptiness of our lives without God.

Good Friday is the name given this day in the English tradition - the day on which the Passion and death of Jesus Christ is commemorated. The Passion is read, the Word is preached. The Solemn prayers are read. There is no celebration of the Eucharist on this day, but there is communion from the remaining sacrament, and all the elements are consumed. The day is sober and quiet. A vacuum is formed into which the joy of Easter will soon pour.

The Great Vigil of Easter is the climax of Holy Week. The faithful gather in darkness and kindle a new fire. The stories of God's saving acts are retold, baptismal vows are renewed, and light breaks in upon darkness in the joyful music and celebration of Easter. The Good News is shared that the promise has been fulfilled and God's love has triumphed.

The people of Christ Church and St. Mark's Church invite all to come and be part of this journey from Palm Sunday through Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, and finally, to share in the joy of Easter to celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Following is the schedule.

April 13, Palm Sunday: 9:00 A.M. Christ Church, Susquehanna; 11:00 A.M. St. Mark's. New Milford.

April 14 Monday in Holy Week: 7:00 P.M. St. Mark's, New Milford.

April 15 Tuesday in Holy Week: Noon St. Mark's, New Milford.

April 16 Wednesday in Holy Week: 7:00 PM Christ Church, Susquehanna.

April 17 Maundy Thursday: 6:00 P.M. Christ Church, Susquehanna; 8:00 P.M. St. Mark's New Milford.

April 18 Good Friday: Noon St. Mark's, New Milford; 2:00 P.M. Christ Church, Susquehanna - Ecumenical Service.

April 19 The Great Vigil of Easter: 8:00 PM St. Mark's, New Milford.

April 20 Easter Day: 9:00 A.M. Christ Church, Susquehanna; 11:00 A.M. St. Mark's, New Milford.

For further information, please contact St. Mark’s Church office at (570)465-3896.

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Lenten organ meditations

Lenten organ meditations are scheduled at the First Presbyterian Church, Montrose, for noon April 9 16. The team of Richard and Evelyn VanAuken, church musicians and teachers from the Lehigh Valley area, will present the first of these events. Sarah Bertsch, who originated these organ meditations about ten years ago, will be featured on the second date. Both days the meditations will be followed by a free soup and bread luncheon, and all are invited to share this worship and time of fellowship. Rev. Chuck Link will open the time with a brief prayer. All are welcome.

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Tri-Boro Ministerium Ecumenical Service

An ecumenical service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Good Friday, April 18, at Christ Episcopal Church, West Main Street, Susquehanna. Clergy and members of churches in the Tri-Boro Ministerium will take part in the one hour service of prayer, meditation and music. The church will be open for private prayer and reflection from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. on that day. The Easter Sunrise Service will begin at 7:00 a.m., in the park near the United Methodist Church, and will be followed by breakfast at the church. In case of inclement weather, the service will be held in the church. Please call (570)853-3872 to make a reservation. All are welcome. For information concerning these or other services in Holy Week and on Easter Day, please contact any one of the following participating Tri-Boro Ministerium Churches: Lanesboro Community Church, Susquehanna United Methodist Church, North Jackson United Methodist Church, Christ Episcopal Church, Lakeview Mennonite Church, St. John's Roman Catholic Church.

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Lutheran Church Holy Week Services

The Great Bend Hallstead Lutheran Church, 302 Main Street, Great Bend, PA, will hold services on Palm Sunday at 8 a.m., and Easter Sunday at 8 a.m. On Good Friday there will be a Tenebrae service at 3:30 p.m. The Good Friday and Easter Services will be led by Rev. Bode. Everyone is welcome to join. For further information call (570) 879-5154.

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Cantata, Egg Hunt At G. B. Alliance

The Great Bend Alliance Church, Randolph Street, Great Bend, will present a cantata at 10:30 a.m. on Easter Sunday, April 20. The cantata is an Easter musical, entitled, "The Love of Jesus." There will also be an Easter egg hunt for children, at 9:00 a.m. During this time, while the children are looking for eggs, there will be coffee and doughnuts for the adults.

Everyone is welcome! For directions to the church or any other questions, phone (570) 879-2741 or (570) 879-2758.

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Ecumenical Way Of The Cross In Montrose

On Good Friday, April 18, at 12:00 noon the Ecumenical Way of the Cross will begin at the Holy Name of Mary Roman Catholic Church, Montrose. After a reading from the Passion, prayer and music, a wooden cross will be carried, in procession by community members, to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church for a continuation of the reading and service. The procession with the cross will continue to the Montrose Methodist Church for reading and service, after which the procession with the cross will continue to the First Presbyterian Church to conclude the readings and service. Everyone is invited to this holy event.

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Holy Name Of Mary Easter Schedules

Holy Name of Mary Church, Montrose announces the approaching Holy Week and Easter schedules.

Saturday, April 12: 5:15 p.m. - Palm Sunday Vigil Mass with blessing and distribution of palms.

Sunday, April 13: Palm Sunday Masses at 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. with blessing and distribution of palms.

Thursday, April 17: Holy Thursday, 7:00 p.m. Mass of the Lord’s Supper.

Friday, April 18: Good Friday, 12:00 noon - Ecumenical Way of the Cross, at which time a cross is carried to several area churches; 2:00 p.m. - the Passion of the Lord; 7:00 p.m. - Stations of the Cross.
Saturday, April 19: 12:00 noon - Blessing of food baskets and Easter egg hunt; 8:00 p.m. - Easter Vigil Mass.

Sunday, April 20: Easter Sunday Masses at 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

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St. Markšs Episcopal Holy Week Schedule

Following is the Holy Week schedule for St. Markšs Episcopal Church, New Milford. April 13 - 11:00 a.m. - The Sunday of the Passion, Palm Sunday. April 17 - 8:00 p.m. - Maundy Thursday, Holy Eucharist and stripping of the altar. April 18 - noon - Good Friday, Liturgy of the Day. April 19 - 8:00 p.m. - The Great Vigil of Easter. April 20 - 11:00 a.m. - Easter Day, Holy Eucharist.

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