"Ride On! Ride On In Majesty"

posted by Kat Lehman
written by Joe Jackloski

GRACE EPISCOPAL CHURCH, Kingston, Pennsylvania
    Re-enacting  Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem, parishioners and friends of Grace Episcopal Church, Kingston will gather for a grand Procession of the Palms around the parish neighborhood at 9:00 a.m. on Palm Sunday, March 28, 2010.
    Leading the procession will be Henry,  a 15 year-old therapy donkey depicting how Christ entered Jerusalem. The procession will end at Grace Episcopal Church's  great steps as children spread palms for the triumphal entrance and the celebration of the Eucharist to follow. Henry is one of three therapy donkeys from Young’s Funny Farm, a non-profit organization in Berwick.  Henry was adopted from the Bureau of Land Management's Adopt a Wild Horse & Burro program and was obtained in Nevada in 1995.
    "Come and see!"  In the Gospel of John (John 1.38-39) two disciples of John the Baptizer follow after Jesus and ask him, "Rabbi, where are you staying?" Jesus replies, "Come and see."  Father Hartman said that, “When I think about how best to describe Grace Episcopal Church I can think of nothing better to say than, ‘Come and see!’”
    Grace Church, for over 118 years, has been the Episcopal presence in Kingston and remains a vibrant faith community today.  With its mission, “To love one another and those around us,” Grace opens its big red doors as a neighborhood and community church. ‘Come and see!’
[H/T to Joe Jackloski for posting this to the Bakery list]

Pictured in the photo (front) The Reverend John F. Hartman, Rector, (rear) Nancy Pleskach, Church Administrator, and Ted Merce, Church Vestry Member, and, of course, Henry.

Photo by Neil A. Young

In Scranton: Community dinner and alternative worship

Peacemeal will gather at St. Luke's in Scranton on Friday, April 7. A description of the evening appears at the Peacemeal blog. Everyone is invited to come for food, conversation and alternative worship … and contribute in some way. A free meal, 5:30 to 6:30, will be served to the community, specifically for the homeless of Scranton, with invitations going out at the local soup kitchen. Soup for up to 200 people from there as well as anyone else who wants to gather for fellowship and conversation before the service. Worship, 7:00 to 8:30. If you are willing to give some time to help prepare and serve the meal on Friday we would be grateful.  If you (or your community) are willing to give a financial donation to help cover the cost of the meal that would be welcome too. If you are interested in volunteering to help with the meal or the worship gathering, contact Scott Bader-Saye or Josh Frank.