The Vicar’s Voice:
Dear Beloved of God,
Sunday, December 2nd is the first Sunday of Advent. The season of Advent begins the church year. During this time, when the days are short and the weather is cold, darkness seems to be all around. This is the time when the Church year begins anew. We yearn for the light to return and our days to begin to get longer. We look with expectation and anticipation for the new born baby in the manger, the light of the world. This light comes to us as a helpless tiny baby and shatters the darkness in our lives.
It is also a time when we prepare our hearts for the coming of the King of kings and Lord of lords, when Jesus returns in triumph to make all things new. We take this time to examine our lives in preparation to meet Jesus. To meet him as a helpless child and as the Lord of our lives.
In the hustle and bustle of your Holiday preparations, the baking and decorating and purchasing of gifts, also prepare to meet Jesus. I encourage you pause and take time to seek the Light. Seek Jesus, the light of the world, in everything you do.
In His Mercy,
Christmas Eve Service
Our Christmas Eve Service will be on Monday, December 24 starting at 7:30 pm. We worship together to celebrate the birth of Our Savior and then continue our celebration with a Cookies & Ice cream Reception in our Fellowship Hall. Bring your favorite cookies and your friends to this Holy Celebration.
During the four weeks of Advent, Beginning December 2nd, we will be Journeying the Way of Love, an Advent Curriculum from the Presiding Bishop. For the season of Advent, Journeying the Way of Love offers four sessions to be explored as we await the coming of Christ by moving through the first two chapters of the Gospel of Luke. Luke’s gospel provides a pattern for understanding how we can live the Way of Love as individuals, as families and friends, as a community, and out in the world. Class will meet in the Fellowship Hall Sundays at 9:00 am.
Advent Lesson & Carols
On Sunday, December 2, a festival of Advent Lessons and Carols will be offered at Grace Episcopal Church beginning at 4:00 p.m. Advent Lessons and Carols is a beautiful service with nine readings from scripture, choir and congregational hymns. It is a wonderful service to invite friends to experience the story of salvation. Featured will be Dr. R. Benjamin Dobey, Organist and the Grace Episcopal Church Choir. The service is followed immediately by an Afternoon Tea reception. This is a wonderful event to start Advent & preparing for the birth of Our Lord & Savior.
Advent Quiet Morning
Nancy Simenz will be leading a time of quiet devotion at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church on Saturday, December 8 from 9am till noon. She will help us look at some of our life questions such as, “What is of most importance in my life and how do I continue to deepen that relationship with Jesus Christ and with the world God has given to us? It is a world that calls forth a profound sense of gratitude, trust, hope, and love; but we have looked at all of this before, right? Or have we? Perhaps this Advent can be an even deeper experience of God’s love for us and our renewed experience of commitment to serve God and one another in love.
Gifts for Rocky Knoll
All the gift tags for the “Giving Tree” for our neighbors at Rocky Knoll have been taken. Thank you for your generosity! Please, purchase & wrap the gift bring them to church on or before December 16th. We will also be filling small bags with lotions, candy, and small gifts for others at Rocky Knoll. These small gifts will be put in gift bags and given to residents who do not come to our service. All of the gifts will be delivered to Rocky Knoll December 19th.
Wednesday, December 19 from 6:00pm-7:30pm is the gathering of Nick’s Group, a support group for families who have lost a loved one to addiction. Julie Walzack leads this group to help others through the grieving process. If you know of someone who has lost someone to addiction, please tell them about this group. If you have further questions, call or text Julie at: 920-838-2562.