Yaphank Presbyterian Church
65 Main Street
Yaphank, NY 11980
Pastor Ralph Wright
Office: (631) 475-3322
Home: (631) 289-5761
April 3, 2009
It is exciting and inspirational each Palm Sunday to see the young people marching around the sanctuary with their palms waving high in the air. With the liturgy of the palms we started our observance of Holy Week which culminates with Easter Sunday.
Yet in the world around us Palm Sunday is often overlooked since for the past month all the stores have chocolate rabbits, candied eggs and jelly beans. Rather than go off in a Puritan outrage of how the world is stamping out our Christian Holy Days, the Sunday school decided to re-state the meaning of these objects with Christian interpretations. Let me share one with you:
THE JELLY BEAN PRAYER
Red is for the blood he gave,
Green is for the grass he made,
Yellow is for the sun so bright
Orange is for the edge of night.
Black is for the sins we made.
White is for the grace he gave,
Purple is for his hour of sorrow
Pink is for our new tomorrow.
A bag full of Jelly beans colorful and sweet, is a prayer, is a promise, is a special
treat. May the joy of Christ’s resurrection fill your heart and bless your life.
Jelly beans, as well as the traditional palms will be given out at church on Palm Sunday, April 5th.
As a means of a Holy Week meditation, I invite you to attend the various services at the church. Thursday, April 9th is Maundy (Holy) Thursday. Partake of Holy Communion in the tradition of the Jewish Passover Feast as observed by our Lord and the disciples. Meditate on the events of the Garden of Gethsemane and the betrayal of our Lord by Judas. Children and young people are especially invited to this service which is at 7:30 p.m. The tradition of foot washing is also included in the service.
Good Friday, April 10th is a time of meditation for those contemplating the death of our Lord on the Cross. Come spend some time for meditation and prayer between noon and 3 p.m. Spend as much or as little time as you can spare, but take some time to reflect on the sacrifice of our Lord. The traditional Service of The Stations of the Cross is held outdoors at 7:00 p.m. We begin at the Gazebo down by the Lake and individuals carry the cross to each station, arriving back at the church by 7:40 p.m. where we have a short closing service in the Sanctuary. If you can’t walk the stations, join us in the sanctuary for the prayer service.
Easter, April 12th begins with the annual 7:00 a.m. lake side sunrise service on the grounds of the Swezey-Avey House on the Upper Mill Pond of Yaphank (corner of Main Street and Mill Road). Celebrate the Good News of the Resurrection of our Lord at this outdoor service sponsored by the Mid-Suffolk Parish of the Presbyterian Church. Easter Breakfast will be served at the church at 8:00 a.m. The traditional service and the family service with Easter lilies will be held at 9:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. respectively. There will be no church school on Easter Sunday.
Let us also not forget to pray for peace, for our nation, for our armed forces this Easter Season and for the whole world, especially for those living today in the Holy Land and the Middle East environments.
Four final notes…1) The Deacons continue to request canned goods and meats for the food pantry to benefit those in our area who need food not only this holiday season but throughout the year. 2) The sacrament of Holy Communion will be taken to all who are home bound during Holy Week. Please contact a Deacon or the Pastor if you know of someone who would like such a visit. 3) The One Great Hour of Sharing Banks to benefit the needy worldwide can be brought back to any of the Holy Week Services. 4) The enclosed Easter Envelope will benefit the ever growing ministries of our parish including the global work of the ministries of the One Great Hour of Sharing.
Twenty-five percent of contributions for One Great Hour of Sharing will be used for mission needs of our parish here in Yaphank.
May the Easter Season be a blessing for you, your friends, and your family?
Please remember the following in your prayers: Gene Thomas for his ongoing heart condition; Marion Pontoon who resides at John Jay Foley Skilled Nursing Care Facility, Ed Merriam who has just received a pace maker and is undergoing additional surgical procedures, and the Jensen family who are mourning the loss of their daughter, DD.
· Happy Birthday to Ludwig Stahl (#83) – March 30th, Donna Bihn – April 11th, Richie Cornell – April 12, Steve Trusnovec – April 16th, Herb Naumann – April 17th, and Carolyn Young – April 22nd, Ginny Chichester, April 26th, Carol Walker – May 3rd, Virginia Walker (#83) – May 6th, Elsie Merriam - May 10 and Lorraine Fisher - May 15th.
· Easter Lilies for the church may be donated in memory of friends and loved-ones. Proceeds benefit the Deacons Fund. Contact a deacon for further information.
· Day Camp begins July 6th. See the attached letter and registration form.
· Join the annual Spring Clean-up the Grounds party at the church on Saturday, April 25th. Starts at 9 a.m. and continues to 2 p.m. Bring rakes, shovels, and paint brushes. Gary Ralph is in charge of this annual event.
· Cooks and leadership volunteers are needed for the various Spring Sales, Luncheon and Strawberry Festival (June 13th). Speak to Jill Kershaw (846-6140) if you can help. Also needed items for sale.