A sermon entitled "How's Your Leaven?" begins a six week Easter season sermon series at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Sedona.
Sunday's sermon will examine the propers of the day, which include readings from the first general epistle of John, and also the gospel according to St. John.
Called by many the 40 greatest days in the Church Kalendar, because it was the time after Jesus' resurrection until His ascension that He opened the eyes of his disciples to all truth, and the true meaning of Jesus and His ministry, the sermon series will focus on not only the spiritual meaning of the life, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus, but also His teachings on how to live a grace-filled life.
Sunday's Mass hymns will include the Easter hymns At the Lamb's High Feast We Sing, Come, Ye Faithful, Raise the Strain, and J.S. Bach's Jesu, Joy of Man's Redeeming.
A coffee and fellowship hour follows both services, and takes place on the terrace of the church.
Each Sunday Holy Communion, a quiet liturgy with a homily but without music, takes place at 8 a.m., and is followed by The principal service of the day - the 10 a.m. Solemn High Mass, and includes hymns, a sermon, singing of the liturgy and the full ceremonial of the historic Church.
St. Luke's is an Anglo-Catholic parish, part of the Continuing Church movement in the United States, and a member of the Anglican Diocese of Arizona.
Its bishop and rector is the Rt. Rev. David Gregory McMannes, who founded in parish in 1988.
The church is open weekday for private prayer and meditation, and is located on State Route 179 in the Chapel area of Sedona, between Back 'O Beyond and Chapel Roads.
For more information, telephone Saint Luke's at (928) 282-7366. Information can also be obtained at the church's Internet domain at www.episcopalnet.org.