This Week at St. Matthew’s
Sun., April 1
The Sunday of the Passion
8:00 am Holy Eucharist Sanctuary
Upper core Palm Sunday
11:30 am Vestry Meeting Lounge
Tues., April 3 10:00 am Staff Meeting Sunday, April 1, 2012
3:45 pm 2nd Grade Choir
Wed., April 4 10:00 am Adventures in Scripture Library 10 o’clock
11:00 am Holy Eucharist Library
Thurs., April 5 MAUNDY THURSDAY WELCOME TO ST. MATTHEW’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH
10:00 am Prayer Shawl Ministry Library We welcome today visitors and newcomers to our parish and to this service. All are
3:45 pm Boys & Girls Choir welcome to receive Holy Communion. We invite you to join us for fellowship in the
4:15 pm Youth Choir (soprano/alto) narthex following worship. If you are here for the first time, please sign our guest book
5:00 pm Youth Choir (tenor/bass) located in the Narthex by the front doors. Our Clergy and Parish Staff are available af-
7:30 pm Holy Eucharist/Agape Meal Parish Hall
ter the service to answer any questions you may have about our Parish. Also, please
9:00 pm Watch Begins
check our website, www.stmatthewswilton.org for more information.
Fri., April 6 GOOD FRIDAY
4:00 pm Family Service Sanctuary
7:30 pm Good Friday Liturgy Sanctuary
THE LITURGY OF THE PALMS AND HOLY EUCHARIST.
Sat., April 7 9:00 am Holy Saturday Liturgy (Watch ends)
7:30 pm Easter Vigil Service This morning we gather in the Courtyard for The Liturgy of the Palms and process together into our
Sanctuary as Jesus triumphantly entered Jerusalem before his death and resurrection. The page numbers
Sun., April 8 EASTER SUNDAY in the bulletin refer to The Book of Common Prayer (red cover) The Hymns can be found in the Hymnal
8:00 am Holy Eucharist Sanctuary 1982 (blue cover)
10:00 am Holy Eucharist Sanctuary
The Word of God
SAINT MATTHEW’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH Leader Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord.
36 NEW CANAAN ROAD People Peace in heaven and glory in the highest.
WILTON, CT 06897 Leader Let us pray.
203-762-7400, fax 203-834-1953 People Assist us mercifully with your help, O Lord God of our salvation, that we
may enter with joy upon the contemplation of those mighty acts, whereby you have given
stmatthewswilton.org us life and immortality; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Reading Mark 11:1-11 Church School
When they were approaching Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany, near the Mount of Olives,
Jesus sent two of his disciples and said to them, "Go into the village ahead of you, and Weekly Lesson April 1, 2012
immediately as you enter it, you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden; untie it
and bring it. If anyone says to you, `Why are you doing this?' just say this, `The Lord needs it
and will send it back here immediately.'" They went away and found a colt tied near a door, Jesus’ arrest and crucifixion
outside in the street. As they were untying it, some of the bystanders said to them, "What are Matthew 26:36–27:66
you doing, untying the colt?" They told them what Jesus had said; and they allowed them to
take it. Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it; and he sat on it. Many Faith focus
people spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut in the Jesus stayed true to God’s way of love.
fields. Then those who went ahead and those who followed were shouting,"Hosanna! Blessed Jesus prayed alone before he was arrested and put on trial. He was rejected by the
is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the coming kingdom of our ancestor high priest, denied by Peter, and handed over to the governor to be crucified.
David! Hosanna in the highest heaven!" Then he entered Jerusalem and went into the temple;
and when he had looked around at everything, as it was already late, he went out to Bethany Choose from the following ideas:
with the twelve.
• Read Matthew 27:57–61. Imagine how Joseph, Mary, and Mary Magda-
Leader The Lord be with you. lene felt after Jesus died.
People And also with you.
Leader Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. • At his arrest, Jesus told a friend to put away his sword. Cover small sticks
People It is right to give him thanks and praise. with aluminum foil and then “break” your swords.
Leader: It is right to praise you, Almighty God, for the acts of love by which you have • Discuss this question: Why didn’t Jesus want people to fight for him?
redeemed us through your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. On this day he entered the holy city of • Judas was paid for leading soldiers to arrest Jesus. Lay out thirty silver
Jerusalem in triumph, and was proclaimed as King of kings by those who spread their garments coins and think quietly about the love Jesus showed to others.
and branches of palm along his way. Let these branches be for us signs of his victory, and grant
that we who bear them in his name may ever hail him as our King, and follow him in the way • Even near the end of life, Jesus never stopped loving. Take turns telling
that leads to eternal life; who lives and reigns in glory with you and the Holy Spirit, now and one way Jesus showed love.
for ever. Amen. • What did Roman soldiers say when Jesus died? Unscramble the words:
Leader Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. lyurT isht nam saw oGd’s nos.
People Hosanna in the highest.
(Truly this man was God’s son.)
Leader Let us go forth in peace. Prayers for this week
People In the name of Christ. Amen. God, help us follow your way of love.
Processional Hymn “All glory, laud, and honor” Valet will ich dir geben
Good Friday Service for Children and Families
Have you ever been in the Garden of Gethsemane?
Have you laid down palms during a parade?
Have you ever seen a crown of thorns?
If you have never done these things, come to our annual Children and Families’
Good Friday service, April 6th at 4 pm in the St. Matthew’s sanctuary. Children go to the
Garden of Gethsemane, remember the Last Supper, carry a cross and prepare themselves for
the joy of Easter. It is a very powerful service for children and their families. Children con-
tinue to learn and mature as they come back year after year, deepening their understanding and
experience of Easter. Childcare is provided for infants, and an additional program is provided
for 3 and 4 year olds.
We hope that you will join us for this very special service.
Words: Theodulph of Orleans (d. 821); tr. John Mason Neale (1818-1866), alt.
Music: Valet will ich dir geben, melody Melchior Teschner (1584-1635), alt.;
harm. William Henry Monk (1823-1889)
The Collect of the Day
Celebrant The Lord be with you.
People And also with you.
Celebrant Let us pray.
All Almighty and everliving God, in your tender love for the human
race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our nature, and to suffer
death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we
may walk in the way of his suffering, and also share in his resurrection; through Jesus
Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and
First Reading Philippians 2:5-11
Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God,
did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the
form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled
himself and became obedient to the point of death-- even death on a cross. Therefore God also
highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus
every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should
confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Reader The Word of the Lord.
People Thanks be to God
Sequence Hymn 458 (stanzas 1-5) “My song is love unknown” Love Unknown
(Children K-7th go to Palm Sunday combined class in the upper core) Cinco de Mayo is a traditional holiday to celebrate Mexican unity
The Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ Mark 14:1—15:47 and pride. Show your unity and pride in our church community
The customary responses before and after the Gospel are omitted. by being a part of the St. Matthew’s auction. Here’s what you can
The Congregation may be seated for the first part of the Passion.
Homily The Rev. Richard Mayberry
The Prayers of the People 1.Register to come to a fun night of bidding and dining.
Leader: For the unity, peace and welfare of the church of Christ, let us pray to the (Electronic invitations went out on 3/20.)
Lord. Lord hear our prayer
Leader: For new brothers and sisters in the faith and unity of the one, holy, catholic 2.Donate an auction item (Mexican themed or not!). Perhaps
and apostolic church, Let us pray to the Lord. Lord hear our prayer you’d like to win that trip to Mexico!
Leader: For prophets fired by God’s word and for theologians, who seek God alone,
let us pray to the Lord. Lord hear our prayer 3.Volunteer! We’ll need bartenders, table setters, and help
Leader: For all who serve the needs and defend the rights of men and women, let us with auction set up. This is a great way to get to know more
pray to the Lord. Lord hear our prayer
members of our parish community.
Leader: For the elimination of slavery, exploitation, and war, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord hear our prayer Register or donate by 4/11/12 for a chance to win a $40 credit
Leader: For the gifts of nature and grace we need to live full lives and serve the (admission price for one) to the auction
gospel, let us pray to the Lord. Lord hear our prayer
(one raffle for registering and one for donating).
Leader: For all our needs and those of others. We also especially remember ...and all
those listed in our bulletin today, who have asked for our prayers. Please add your See web link below or Church office for forms.
own names either aloud or silently. http://www.stmatthewswilton.org/content.cfm?
SILENCE (For 10 seconds) id=333&from_page=333
Leader: Let us pray to the Lord . Lord, hear our prayer
Leader: We also give thanks for all our blessings and for all that God has done for us. Questions? Contact our auction co-chairs: Jennifer and Brian
Please add your own thanksgivings either aloud or silently.
SILENCE (For 10 seconds)
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Leader: Let us pray to the Lord . Lord, hear our prayer
Leader: We also remember all those who have died. May their souls, through the
FLOWERS and MUSIC!! mercy of God, rest in peace. Please add your own names either aloud or silently.
SILENCE (For 10 seconds)
Leader: Let us pray to the Lord . Lord, hear our prayer
Easter Parking - To help with parking, it would be great if families came
in one car. Also, follow the parking lot attendants’ directions so all spaces will be Concluding Collect
Most Merciful God, by the passion of your Son Jesus Christ, you delivered us from the power of
filled in an orderly manner. Thank you. darkness; grant that through faith in him who suffered on the cross we may be found acceptable
in your sight, through our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen
Flower & Music Memorials are due by MONDAY, April 2nd
for inclusion in the Easter Bulletins. The Confession Prayer Book, page 360
There are envelopes in the Narthex. Please put in the offering plate or in the Church The Peace
Celebrant: The Peace of the Lord be always with you.
Office next to the phone.
People: And also with you
THE HOLY COMMUNION
Offertory Anthem Loves Endeavor, Love’s Expense Barry Rose
Offertory Hymn 43 (stanza 4) The Eighth Tune
The Great Thanksgiving (Enriching Our Worship, Prayer 1)
Celebrant The Lord be with you.
People And also with you.
Celebrant Lift up your hearts.
People We lift them to the Lord.
Celebrant Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
People It is right to give him thanks and praise.
Celebrant It is truly right, and good and joyful, to give you thanks, all-holy God, source of life
and fountain of mercy. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. For our sins he was lifted high upon the
cross, that he might draw the whole world to himself; and, by his suffering and death, he became
the source of eternal salvation for all who put their trust in him. Therefore, joining with Angels
and Archangels and with the faithful of every generation, we lift our voices with all creation as
SAVE THE DATE
Sweet Honey in the Rock, Sunday, April 29
The Celebrant continues
Blessed are you, gracious God, creator of the universe and giver of life. You formed us in your own 4:00 pm
image and called us to dwell in your infinite love. You gave the world into our care that we might be
your faithful stewards and show forth your bountiful grace. But we failed to honor your image in
one another and in ourselves; we would not see your goodness in the world around us; and so we We are excited to welcome Sweet Honey In The Rock, an internationally
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covenant with you. You delivered us from slavery, sustained us in the wilderness, and raised up
prophets to renew your promise of salvation. Then, in the fullness of time, you sent your eternal
Word, made mortal flesh in Jesus. Born into the human family, and dwelling among us, he revealed
your glory. Giving himself freely to death on the cross, he triumphed over evil, opening the way of Patron $75
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On the night before he died for us, Our Savior Jesus Christ took bread, and when he had given
thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his friends, and said: “Take, eat: This is my Body which is Student $25
given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.”
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As supper was ending, Jesus took the cup of wine, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them,
and said: “Drink this, all of you: This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is poured out for you during the week at the church office.
and for all for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.”
Therefore we proclaim the mystery of faith:
Celebrant and People
Christ has died.
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Christ is risen.
Christ will come again.
Remembering his death and resurrection, we now present to you from your creation this bread and
this wine. By your Holy Spirit may they be for us the Body and Blood of our Savior Jesus Christ.
Grant that we who share these gifts may be filled with the Holy Spirit and live as Christ’s Body in
the world. Bring us into the everlasting heritage of your daughters and sons, that with St. Matthew,
the Blessed Virgin Mary and all your saints, past, present, and yet to come, we may praise your
Name for ever. Through Christ and with Christ and in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, to you 15
be honor, glory, and praise, for ever and ever. AMEN. 6
The Lord’s Prayer Prayer Book, page 364
The Breaking of the Bread
Jesus, Lamb of God (Agnus Dei) Setting by Schubert
Keep Watch with Christ
To be on a vigil is to be wakeful for a purpose. To the ancient Romans, that could
be to stand guard, spy on the activities of a possible enemy, or prepare for a holy
occasion. Originally, the desire to take part in the holy occasion is so strong that
you can't wait for it to happen, which means you're so full of determination that
waiting and getting ready is all you can do, to the neglect of sleep or food. You
don't want to miss a second of it, you want to be there even for the preludes or
the first sunbeams.
Many congregations, following their Maundy Thursday liturgy (Agapé meal,
washing of feet, and/or stripping of the altar) hold a vigil, a watch until the start
of the Great Vigil of Easter late on Holy Saturday. At St. Matthew’s our Watch
will begin immediately following the Maundy Thursday liturgy (approximately
9:00pm) until the silence is broken for the Good Friday liturgy, followed by more
silence in vigil until 9:00am on Holy Saturday. A brief time of prayer will be of-
fered at this time.
The Watch presents each of us (individually, as a family or with a friend) with a
superb opportunity to experience faithfulness in prayer and discipleship. "Could
you not keep awake one hour?" were the words of Jesus in reproach to his hap-
less followers in the first Gethsemane. Ever since, his disciples of subsequent
generations have attempted to do better, and in some small way to make up what
was lacking in the first bunch.
All are welcome to come forward to receive Holy Communion or a blessing.
A sign-up is located in the Narthex with a rota of prayer times for you to sign up Communion Anthem Ave Verum Corpus Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
for an hour or two. It is a time of no talking, with the lights of the church interior Ave verum corpus, Hail, true body,
dimmed. Materials will be available in the Narthex for your reading reflection if natum de Maria Virgine, born of the Virgin Mary,
you so desire. vere passum, who truly suffered,
immolatum in cruce pro homine, sacrificed on the cross for humankind,
cujus latus perforatum, whose pierced side overflowed
unda fluxit sanguine: with water and blood: 7
esto nobis praegustatum be for us a foretaste (of heaven)
in mortis examine. in the test of death.
Communion Hymns 479 “Glory be to Jesus” Wem in Leidenstagen
474 “ When I survey the wondrous cross” Rockingham ANNOUNCEMENTS
The Adult Education Class will not meet at 9:15 am this Sunday or next.
The Postcommunion Prayer
God of abundance, you have fed us with the bread of life and cup of salvation; you have BOOK STUDY GROUP: Wednesdays at 10:00 am studying The Screwtape Letters, by
united us with Christ and one another; you have made us one with all your people in C.S.Lewis. The Book study is followed by a Holy Eucharist which meets at 11:00am in the li-
heaven and on earth. Now send us forth in the power of your Spirit, that we may brary. We will NOT meet Wednesday, April 11th.
proclaim your redeeming love to the world and continue for ever in the risen life of Christ
our Savior. Amen EASTER SUNDAY
The Rev. Steven Parker will be participating in the service as our guest for the 10 am service.
The Blessing Welcome back Rev. Parker!
Celebrant: Almighty God, we pray you graciously to behold this your family, for
whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed, and given into the hands of sinners, and OUTREACH
to suffer death upon the cross; who lives and reigns for ever and ever. And the blessing of God
Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be upon you and remain with you for ever. Christian Community Action Network
Beds and Furniture Needed
Hymn 435 (stanzas 1-4) “At the Name of Jesus” King’s Weston
CCA in Norwalk needs Beds and Furniture in good shape - to help transition local
homeless families to housing. Examples of needs: dining room tables, chairs, so-
fas, twin and full beds and mattresses, dressers, lamps, TVs, Smaller items can be
Voluntary Chaconne Louis Couperin dropped off in the narthex—under the “Tagless Sale” sign, etc. Pickup can be ar-
ranged. For larger items Please contact Paul Breitenbach. ptbreiten-
email@example.com with any questions or donations.
Children are invited to come to the Hallway between the Narthex and the Lounge to make EDWARDS CHEST for the month of April is WILTON SOCIAL SERVICES
Crosses from the Palms.
All are welcome to join us in the Narthex for coffee hour Jam
Celebrant : The Rev. Mary Grace Williams
Holy Week Schedule of Services Preacher: The Rev. Richard Mayberry
Assisting Clergy: The Rev. Rob Ross
Director of Music: Rodney Ayers
Date Time Service Choir: The Youth and Adult Choirs
Acolytes: Elizabeth Kenneally, Ryan Carlson, Nolan Quinn
Thursday, April 5, 2012 7:30 pm Maundy Thursday w/Agape Meal, Holy Eucharist,
Lay Eucharist Ministers: Andy Gaillard, Pam Ely, Dave Hapke, Anne Newton, Chip
Stripping of the Altar* Newton
9:30 pm The Watch Begins Lectors: Caroline DeAngelis, Julia Siewert, Charlie Clark, Tristan Clark, Tommy Han
son, Katherine Kenneally, Megan Lafond, Brian O’Connell
Friday, April 6, 2012 4:00 pm Good Friday Service For
Intercessor: Gayle Howard
Children & Families** Greeters: Mary Ellen Mackay, Hugh Fagan, Simon & Gillian Hornby
6:45 pm Stations of the Cross Ushers: Meppy & Dave Cote, Pat Hoeg
Altar Guild: Betsy Pettit , Julie Wanamaker, Joy Ruterman, Kim Olson, Debbie Fuller,
7:30 pm Good Friday Liturgy* Char Griffin
Coffee Hour Hosts: The Carslons, The Colleys
Offering Counters: Jamie Hewitt, Ken Kempson
Saturday, April 7, 2012 9:00 am Holy Saturday Prayer Service (15 mins)
The Watch Concludes
7:30 pm The Great Vigil of Easter
Holy Eucharist with Music
Sunday, April 8, 2012 8:00 am Easter Sunday: Holy Eucharist
10:00 am Easter Sunday: Festival Holy Eucharist
With Full Choir and Brass***
* If you are in need of childcare, please call the Parish Office by 12:00 noon
on the preceding day.
** Childcare will be provided.
*** Childcare will be provided, and Regular Church School will be held for 3-year olds and
Rector: The Rev. Mary Grace Williams , firstname.lastname@example.org WELCOME TO ST. MATTHEW’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH
Part-Time Associate Rector: The Rev. Richard Mayberry, email@example.com April 1, 2012
Priest Associate: The Rev. Robert Ross, firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Music: Rodney V. Ayers, email@example.com
We welcome today visitors and newcomers to our parish and to this service. All are
Coordinator of Church School, Children and Youth Ministries :
welcome to receive Holy Communion. We invite you to sign the guest book in the Narthex and
Becky Hudspeth, firstname.lastname@example.org
join us for fellowship following worship. If you would like more information about the parish,
Parish Office Manager: Ellen Lewis, Ellen.Lewis@stmatthewswilton.org please introduce yourself to one of our parish staff or leaders before you depart.
Sixers Youth Leader: Chelsea Merwin, email@example.com
Bookkeeper: Louann Miska, firstname.lastname@example.org In our prayers today and through the week we remember Melina, M-SO, Mary Ann Colley,
WEPCO: Sandy Muschler, email@example.com Jack Richey, Doug McCormick, Taylor, Betty Johnson, Marshall, Amanda Perry, Ruth, David and
Lil, Jane, The Janes Family, Butch, Rick, Lea Lupinacci, Dinah, Mary Liz, Ron Prokop, Margaret
Motavalli, Katherine, Elizabeth Green, Brian LaFond, Len Sabatino, Jean Czel, Jim Gaffney, An-
Wardens and Officers nie, Lilly, Mark, Robert, Dottie Wertz, Chris, Edward, Donald Battin, Randy, Gerald, Matt, Mar-
Sr. Warden: Steve Hudspeth tin, Brianna, Steve Russell, Britta, Maddie, Sara Brown (niece of Bruce Brown), Ashley Douthitt,
Jr. Warden: Sharon Pearson Justin, Maria Bajus, Lisa, and the men and women in the Armed Services, both here at home and
abroad, especially Corbin Celotto, Ben Wedekemper, Patrick Sommer, Sam Kies, Edward Geddis,
Treasurer: Jay Radecki Sean King, Peter Husta, Todd Ely and Josh Mendez. Give them courage and hope in their trou-
Asst. Treasurer: Bruce Beebe bles, and bring them the joy of your salvation.
Asst. Treasurer: Chris Perry
Clerk: Jean Campbell We give thanks for our continuing partnership with our brothers and sisters from the Wilton
Presbyterian Church and their clergy Stewart & Jane, and in our Diocesan cycle of prayer we re-
member, St. Andrew’s, Kent; Emmanuel, Killingworth; Trinity, Lime Rock; St. Michael’s, Litch-
The Vestry field ,Diocesan Executive Council; the Standing Committee ,Nuestro Salvador, Cartagena, Co-
Kurt Peterson Stewardship Dave Cote Youth lombia.
Pam Carlson Parish Life Jen Kepner Communications
Martin Howard Adult Education Jim Tapscott, Music We remember all those who died especially the men and women who have given their lives
Kadee Alonso, Outreach Mark Mathews, Finance during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Char Griffin, JCCEC/Youth Glenn Walsh Stewardship
Chip Fuller, Facilities Debbie Ricketts Membership In order to respect the privacy of our parishioners we will only use the last names of those parishioners from whom
we have received permission. When appropriate, full names of parishioners should be given to the clergy and/or
staff. Specific prayer requests will be kept on the prayer list for six weeks. Please call the office if you have addi-
tions or deletions to the Prayer List. Thank you.