Reverend Michael Knight, Celebrant, preacher, and our Sunday Missioner Extended
On Saturday at 5PM & Sunday at 8 AM and 10 AM, we welcome the Reverend Michael Knight, Celebrant, preacher, and our Sunday Missioner Extended for our LiveStream Services. Reverend Knight is a Retired priest of the Diocese of Pennsylvania who served at several local churches as Rector. He is blessed to be with us for our Livestream services. Father Michael Knight comes to the Chapel after a long career as a priest of the Diocese of Pennsylvania having served parishes in Upper Darby, Chester, West Chester and Norwood. He graduated from the former Philadelphia Divinity School and pursued doctoral studies at Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary specializing in the teaching values of the Baptismal Covenant. His leadership in our diocese has included two terms as Dean, five terms on Diocesan Council, Chair of the Program Budget Committee, and on Diocesan committees including Stewardship, Spiritual Growth, Renewal Evangelism and Church Growth, Long Range Planning, Venture in Mission, and the Bishop’s Ad Hoc Committee on Urban Concerns. His community involvements include board leadership for Foster Grandparents, a Community Nursing Association, and a private school.
He has three grown children, five grandchildren. He and his bride, Jan, (both widowed) have been married five years and make their home in Glen Mills. In retirement he volunteers as a Joiner/Millwright at the 1704 Newlin Grist Mill helping build a replacement wooden water wheel using 18th Century tools and methods. He is a Vietnam veteran and Agent Orange cancer survivor and retired as commander of the NJANG’s 170th Security Police Flight in the grade of Lieutenant Colonel.
WEEKLY SERVICE NOTES FROM FATHER KNIGHT
There’s no Easter without Good Friday. There’s no “Good” in Good Friday without Easter!
There’s no Easter without Good Friday. There’s no “Good” in Good Friday without Easter! We often think of Lent as just a LENgThy preparation for Easter, and Holy Week as a more intensive period of the same thing. In reality, Holy Week is an essential part of Easter Sunday. In fact, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday are all one event spread over three days in the Hebrew Calendar. When we remember that the Hebrew day always begins at sunset, that three day flow becomes apparent.
Day One begins Maundy Thursday evening with the Last Supper and betrayal in the Garden. That day continues through the night with Jesus being questioned, mocked, tortured, tried, and marched off to Golgotha (Calvary) to be Crucified at mid-morning. For six hours he suffers the lethal suffocation of the Cross. Mid-afternoon his suffering ends. The authorities insist he must be buried before sunset and so, still Day One, his body is wrapped and sealed in a stone tomb with soldiers posted to insure he stays buried. (This one long day is why we join with Jesus in his command to “Do this…” celebrating Eucharist Thursday night, then Good Friday receive communion from the Maundy Thursday Table.)
Day Two arrives with Friday’s sunset, and with it the Jewish Sabbath. It is a day of rest from labor intended to clear the mind and calendar of any distractions from tending one’s relationship with God. Jesus spends this “Holy and Great Sabbath” with all those who have died whose bodies rest in the grave and whose souls are trapped in Death’s kingdom.
Day Three begins with Saturday’s sunset and by daybreak there is another earthquake and the stone door is rolled away. Death’s reign has been forever broken. Jesus’s Resurrection demonstrates to his followers the end of Death’s power. In his first full day of resurrected life his appearances make his resurrection known to the women at the tomb, the apostles and other disciples. Most significantly, he approaches the end of Day Three as he began Day One, celebrating Eucharist and making himself known in the breaking of the Bread!
Day Three is the end of the Triduum, (Latin for the Three Days) but it is just the beginning of the Great Fifty Days of Easter. In that first Fifty Days, Jesus shows the growing throng of disciples what Resurrection would mean to them in the days and years to come. In this year’s Great Fifty Days, Jesus will show us what Resurrection is to mean to us in triumph and tragedy, in health and pandemic, in life and Life Eternal.
Alleluia, Christ is Risen! The Lord is Risen Indeed, Alleluia!
See you on Sunday’s livestream. You don’t need to be on FaceBook to take part.
Be safe, Be Healthy, Be a Blessing.
Reverend Michael Knight
Sunday Missioner Extended