St John the Evangelist
Email stjohntheevangelist@gmail.com
0151 645 3314
Reg Charity 234025
Fr Frank Rice
Rev Philip White
Passion Sunday 28th March 2010

The crowd cried out: Blessings on the King who comes in the name of the Lord!
(Luke 19:38)

During this most important week in the church’s year we can either decide to be spectators like the crowds who watched from afar, or we can join actively in the liturgy and ask that God’s Spirit may renew us in our commitment to dying and rising with Christ. Day by day, and especially during the Triduum, the choice is ours.

Honesty before God requires the most fundamental risk of faith we can take: the risk that God is good, that God does love us unconditionally. It is in taking this risk that we rediscover our dignity. To bring the truth of ourselves, just as we are, to God, just as God is, is the most dignified thing we can do in this life.
(Gerald May)

Practically everyone has known the taste of Palm Sunday, the sweetness of success and popularity, and nearly all of us have tasted the bitterness of Good Friday, of failure and rejection. What saves us from an endless round of ups and downs, what frees us from the tyranny of events over which we have no control is our commitment to press forward in obedience to God; it is trust in God’s love to bring about Easter morning, – knowing that the meaning of life is to be found in the knowledge and love of God, – and in sharing that knowledge and love with those who accompany us on the way. (Richard J. Fairchild)

But everyone who lined the streets had a different reason for waving those palms. Some were political activists; they’d heard Jesus had supernatural power, and they wanted him to use it to free Israel from Roman rule. Others had loved ones who were sick or dying. They waved branches, hoping for physical healing. Some were onlookers merely looking for something to do, while others were genuine followers who wished Jesus would establish himself as an earthly king. Jesus was the only one in the parade who knew why he was going to Jerusalem – to die. He had a mission, while everyone else had an agenda.
(Bill Hybels)

Further meeting for readers at 7.30 pm on Tuesday


When the word “crowd” is used in the gospels it’s almost as if it is some sort of audience. The crowd follows Jesus here and there wanting to relish the cut and thrust of the arguments between him and the authorities; it’s there for something to eat in the desert, to see the scribes and the Pharisees put in their place or to enjoy a good miracle. Jesus says it’s like sheep without a shepherd. And most of all it’s fickle. It can change allegiance as quickly as the wind can change direction.
So on Palm Sunday we see the crowd gathering to watch its hero as he approaches Jerusalem. The people even spread their coats on the floor in front of him and cheer him as their great white hope in shining armour, even though he is unarmed and riding on donkey. But by Friday the mood changes and the crowd bays for his blood. Offered the chance of releasing a prisoner they choose Barabbas, a well-known criminal. Never trust a cheering crowd.
But before we get on our high horses and throw scorn at the crowd, let’s admit that we’re just the same. We have our moments of great faith and devotion and then the next minute we behave in ways that are far from the gospel.
During this Holy Week we are inevitably going to be in the crowd, but we are offered the opportunity of standing out from it, of not simply going with the flow. On Maundy Thursday we are given the chance of pledging ourselves once more to service of each other, symbolised by the Washing of the Feet, a service that culminates in eucharist. On Good Friday we praise God for the victory of the cross and offer ourselves to be taken, broken and used in whatever way God chooses to use us. And on Holy Saturday, as the Easter event becomes clear, we celebrate the core of our faith that Jesus has conquered all evil and that he invites us to share life to the full. Singing our alleluias means that we are signing on the dotted line to be permanent witnesses of this by our lives.
So let’s take our place in the crowd. But let’s not simply go with the flow

Passion Sunday

Philip Powell
Reception of Joan Yeardsley
Prayer Meeting

Funeral mass Joan Yeardsley

Jose McGree
Meeting for Readers & Eucharistic ministers
Teresa Young

Funeral Mass Frances Storey
Mass of the Lord’s Supper

Passion of the Lord
Holy Sat.
All  with special ministry
Easter Sunday

People of the parish
Prayer Meeting
Please pray for our sick and those who care for them
Joan Yeardsley has died after a very long illness. We feel confident that she is with the Lord- may she rest in peace. Her funeral will take place on     . We offer our most sincere condolences to Barbara and the rest of the family. Her body will be brought to church on Sunday 28th at 6pm and the funeral Mass will be on 29th at 1pm
Kate Kenny, Denis Brockway, Marie Rooney, Frida Owens, Simon Donlan, Rev Richard Reid CSsR, Denis Welch, Josie Cohen, Peter Williamson, Kathy Smith, Marjorie Hoey, Mrs H McCormack, Esther Roche, Fay Challoner,  Sheila Stockley, Joan & Charles Reynolds, Mollie Dowling, Kath Holland, Sheila Clayson, Mary Bryden, Owen & Josie Toohey,  Betty Kennedy, Helen Worth, Christopher Hadfield, Ivan Gregory, Betty Treacy Vincent Sarson, Kath Bassett , Pat Ronan, Christopher & Raymond McNally & Mark Harrison. Those in the parish who do not wish their illness to be made public but who also need our prayers
PLEASE look carefully at service times above- they are very different from our usual times
Money Matters-Thank you
Sunday Offering £767 76 p
Boiler £0p
Flower collection was forgotten last week- please give generously
120 Club Winner No30 K Bassett £20- a few numbers are available at the moment. Phone Vera 645 6140

Tuesday 30th.
Colette Sarson
Margaret Brannock
Thursday 2nd.
Kevin Fitzpatrick
Nora McCormick
Holy Saturday 3rd.

11.30 Morning Prayer
Shared lunch

Sarah-Louise Sherlock (who appealed a couple of weeks ago for People of the Pipeline) has written to say that St John’s is in the lead for ticket sales which has led to a healthy competition among parishes of the Wirral! She was delighted with the response and thought our church was beautiful and the people were warm and friendly. I feel very proud of the parish when I get such feed back as this. Thank you all

The LPA website is well worth a visit and it contains an excellent report on the latest mass of celebration which took place here last month with some great pictures too- why not log on for a nosy round what the other parishes are up to and see if we can share some of their ideas in the process.

I truly hope that you will all join in the Triduum as fully as possible this year. This is THE most important time in the church’s year. Participation is not for a special group of people, it is for everyone and sadly, while the church will be heaving on Easter Sunday (which is great!) the other three days will not be as well attended so I appeal to you to make this year different and realise what you have missed in the past.
Following the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Thursday there will be watching at the altar of repose until midnight.
There will be a celebration of the Lord’s Passion on Good Friday at 3pm but there are also 2 other events to be considered. The children’s procession in Port Sunlight (which includes children of other denominations) – an increasingly popular event and in the evening, a meditation at 7 30pm- in the chapel-(unless we have to move to church because the numbers are so big!!!!!)
On Holy Saturday morning, we have developed a tradition of meeting at 11.30 am for Morning Prayer in the side chapel followed by a shared lunch. This is a wonderful time together and it would be nice to see more people come along. If you can’t afford to bring any eats or drinks, just come anyway and share from others’ bounty. There is always plenty! Nothing is exclusive in this parish so please just come and try it

The funeral for Frances Storey will take place on Thursday 1st April. May she rest in peace and may her family and friends fend consolation in their sorrow.

Holy Week Programme

Monday 7.30 Reconciliation
Holy Thursday 7.30 Mass of the Lord’s Supper
Good Friday 12md children’s procession/drama
3pm Passion of the Lord
7.30 Meditation
Holy Saturday-Vigil  8.30pm
Easter Sunday 10am Mass