5:00 p.m. – Family Service in the church with “The Friendly Beast” children's sermon, carols, and the first Holy Communion of Christmas. Child care for 3 and under will be provided.
8:00 p.m. – A quieter celebration of the Holy Eucharist with homily and carols in the church.
11:00 p.m. – Festival Celebration of the Holy Eucharist with incense. This candlelight service begins with caroling and organ music at 10:30 p.m.
11:00 a.m. – Holy Eucharist II (no church school, no nursery)
My Soul Waits for the Lord on Friday, December 20 from 7-8 p.m. This service is especially for those who may find Christmas a difficult time of year. Many people suffer in silence at this time of year, whether because of the remembrance of the death of a loved one, the end of a relationship, a job loss, or a profound sense of loneliness.
The service will be held on the winter solstice, the “longest night” of the year. The tone will be contemplative and quietly hopeful. All are welcome to be part of this late Advent service of Evening Prayer with music and candle lighting. Come for yourself and for others who will benefit from your prayers and presence. If you would like to come and need a ride, please the church office, 295-2156.
My soul waits for the Lord, more than watchmen for the morning,
more than watchmen for the morning. (Psalm 130:5)
We shall spend the morning reflecting with music, icons and the Biblical text on the gospel for Advent II (St. Matthew 3:1-15) and on the (alarming?) figure of John the Baptizer. Who was this enigmatic man to whom Jesus was so often compared? Where and to what does this important “hinge person” call us in Advent and beyond?
9:00-9:30 Introductions, Morning Prayer, Musical Reflection
9:30-10:00 Talk #1 “On Jordan’s Bank: The Places & His Context”
10:00-10:45 Silence & Reflection
10:45-11:15 Talk #2 “The Baptist’s Cry: The Person & His Challenges”
11:15-12:00 Silence & Reflection
12:00-12:30 Closing Thoughts & Questions, Musical Reflection & Closing Prayer
After many years as a university and seminary professor, Bonnie Thurston lives quietly in her home state of WV. She is a poet and the author of numerous books on theology, Scripture, and spirituality. The most recent are Maverick Mark: The Untamed First Gospel (Liturgical Press, 2013) and O Taste and See (Paraclete Press, 2013). She was a parishioner at St. Paul’s from 1975-1980.
This retreat is free and open to the public. However, we do ask that you please email or call the St. Paul’s office to reserve a place.
A Christmas musical pageant featuring the children of our parish.
Sunday, December 15, 2013 during the 10:00 am Service
|8:00 a.m.||Holy Eucharist|
|10:00 a.m.||Holy Eucharist with Choir, Joyful Noise worship for God's Children
|5:30 p.m.||Holy Eucharist
|8:00 a.m.||Morning Prayer
|5:30 p.m.||Evening Prayer
|Sun, Dec 8 5:30 p.m.
||Lessons & Carols (w/ childcare 3 & under)
|Fri, Dec 20 7:00 p.m.
||Liturgy of the Longest Night
|Tue, Dec 24 5:00 p.m.
||Family Service - "Friendly Beasts"
|Tue, Dec 24 8:00 p.m.
||Quiet Holy Eucharist
|Tue, Dec 24 11:00 p.m.
||Festival Celebration with incense
|Wed, Dec 25 10:00 a.m.
||Holy Eucharist II