Alleluia! Christ is Risen!
On Easter we celebrate love,
love coming down from heaven,
love blanketing the earth
in a transforming embrace;
unique and infinite love,
giving more than we can imagine
for us, to cleanse our sin,
a perfect sacrifice, Lamb of God,
the walking, talking Word.
He is teacher, role model, friend,
this God in human form,
dying, then rising from the dead,
proving all who believe
will also rise
to have eternal life, with Him,
Lord of all.
Oh, Happy, Happy Easter!
By Joanna Fuchs
Happy Great 50 Days of Easter!
Words cannot express the pure joy it has been to walk together with you through Holy Week, and into Easter Sunday, especially those who stepped up to be my voice. This year’s Holy Week and Easter will be dubbed “The one where the priest lost her voice.” I wanted so badly to sing Alleluias with you. I hope to be able to join you in singing our Lord’s praises soon and very soon!
I would like to offer a special thanks to the altar guild, the worship leaders and readers, the acolytes, the choir, and the staff at St. Paul’s for all of the good and prayerful work that accompanied all of the Holy Week services. Time and time again the Holy Spirit filled St. Paul’s with such grace as we walked with Christ through his passion and into his resurrection.
Now, as we continue the journey in these Great 50 Days of Easter, I invite us all to pray through all that needs resurrected in our own lives and to offer those up to God. What might new life look like for you? Maybe it means new or renewed friendships or renewed and strengthened relationships with family members. Maybe what needs resurrecting is your relationship with God the creator of all things new, source of light and life. Maybe stirring inside of you is the invitation to dive deeper into your church community, whether through worship, service, or fellowship. Whatever ever it is in your life that needs life anew, may the joy of the resurrection of Our Lord shine deep in your heart and may the power of the Holy Spirit guild you.
With much gratitude for you and in the name of Our Risen Lord,
Despite this crazy April weather, spring is really here! It’s time to get our church yard cleaned up. The cleanup will be on Sunday, April 24th, after the 10 o’clock service. Wear your work clothes and bring a rake, tarp, etc. In addition to the usual raking and trimming, our new garden needs some attention – please let Paula Fines know if you would like to help out there.
A GIGANTIC THANK YOU, to our kind parishioners, for your generous donations with our Outreach Endeavors. Be it time, talent or treasure, your support always comes through! Our Birthday in a Box was greatly appreciated by the children of Manos Felices~Happy Hands at Hancock, a small gesture for us but an enormous gift to them, and the fantastic folks at Cor Unum always appreciate our monthly service to their phenomenal Meal Center.
Thank You for an ‘Undie’-precented successful UNDIE SUNDAY drive!
The Undie Sunday drive this year was an ‘Undie’-niable success! Thanks so much to everyone who donated cases of diapers, packages of underwear, socks, and more. The collection will be distributed by Communities Together to approximately 10 social service agencies which serve local needy families.
118 South Broadway
Lawrence, MA 01843
The Cor Unum Meal Center welcomes hungry visitors for breakfast and dinner every day. To date, it has provided over 1 million free meals to thousands of men, women and children who suffer from hunger in Lawrence and the surrounding area. Additionally, it offers a warm, safe place for people to socialize.
The facility has only two employees yet typically serves about 700 meals a day. Therefore, it relies on “an army of generous volunteers” to fulfill its mission. People help by serving meals, bussing tables or cleaning in the kitchen.
Our next volunteer opportunity is scheduled for Friday, April 8th from 4-7 pm. Please click on the schedule below to sign up for any of our upcoming dates.
IMEC America Volunteer Wednesdays
Every Wednesday, from 8:30¬12:00pm, a regular group of volunteers gathers at IMEC in North Andover to volunteer their time and package IMEC Medical Supply boxes. These boxes are shipped all over the world to facilities in need of medical supplies, such as bandages and suture kits, vital for preventing infections (an often deadly situation in low-resource areas). Each box improves the life and health of hundreds of children and
adults, and we ship 16 at a time paired with medical equipment ready for use!
If you, or someone you know, is seeking an opportunity to make a meaningful impact in the world, please contact Alexis in our Volunteer Department.
Phone: ( 978)¬620¬4071
Woman’s Book Group
The next meeting of the Women’s Book Group will be on Thursday, April 14th at 7pm in the French Memorial. The book selection is The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. The book is available through the Merrimack Valley Library Consortium in print, audio, and E-audio formats. It is also available through Kindle and Audible.