A Poem for 
Holy Week  
"The Coming" by R.S. Thomas

And God held in his hand
a small globe. Look, he said.
the son looked. Far off, 
as through water, he saw 
a scorched land of fierce
colour. The light burned
there; crusted buildings
cast their shadows: a bright
serpent, a river 
uncoiled itself, radiant
with slime.

On a bare
hill a bare tree saddened
the sky. Many people
held out their thin arms
to it, as though waiting
for a vanished April
to return to its crossed
boughs. The son watched
them. Let me go there, he said.

We collect non-perishable food for the Watertown Food Pantry every Sunday. The need in our community is great, so please help us help those without. Please bring a donation with you to church!

 

You are welcome at the Church of the Good Shepherd!
We gather together in the name of Christ in worship and in community. Together, we pray, learn, love, and share. Together, we reach out in hope to those within our parish and beyond. Together, we empower one another to live the love of Christ in the world as good shepherds. We celebrate our diversity and we welcome all.

Our Rector is the Rev. Amy McCreath.
This Week at CGS
Tuesday, April 15, 6:30 pm -- Education for Ministry (EfM). EfM is an in-depth look at scripture, theology, and Christian history, in which participants learn and practice theological reflection on their lives. More information is here.

Wed., Thurs., Fri.Morning Prayer7:15 am. A quiet service of scripture and prayer to start your day, using the Daily Office of the Episcopal Church.

Maundy Thursday, April 17.

6 pm --  Community Dinner. We share and celebrate
             Jesus's agape (unconditional love) with a meal
             open to all. Please call the parish office by
             Wednesday to let us know you are coming!
             (Lower Parish Hall).

7 pm  -- Maundy Thursday Service, with footwashing
        and stripping of the altar. We remember the Last      Supper, where Jesus invited us to continue                breaking bread in remembrance of him. Following the      example of Jesus, who washed his disciples' feet, we      invite all who would like to do so to participate in a
             rite of foot-washing.

Night Watch -- Stay after the service to "keep watch" as Jesus's original disciples did on our Lord's last night.
Prayer, meditation, quiet conversation.

Good Friday, April 18, 7:00 pm -- Solemn Liturgy of the Day, with passion narrative, traditional and contemporary music, and opportunity for meditation at the foot of the cross.

Holy Saturday, April 19:

8 am -- Hope & Healing Gathering, on the anniversary of the lockdown in Watertown. Twenty minutes of
        silence, followed by a time of sharing reflections, stories,
        and prayers. Light refreshments will be served. Co-
        sponsored by First Parish UU of Watertown.

7:30 pm -- Great Vigil of Easter. An ancient, beautiful
        service of scripture, song, and candlelight, with the first
        announcement of the Resurrection. Bring a bell to ring!
        Reception following.

Easter Sunday, April 20, Easter Celebration, w/ Holy Baptism, 10 am. Festive celebration of the Resurrection, with lots of special music, Eucharist (Mass/communion), and a baptism. The nursery is open throughout the service. Egg hunt and refreshments following!
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