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In this time of mourning in the season when we celebrate with great joy the nativity of our Lord, we pray:
Eternal God, our help in trouble; To you we bring our fear of the shortness and uncertainty of life. We pray for all who have died, and especially for our brothers and sisters who lost their lives in Newtown, CT on December 14. Give rest to the dead, and comfort and release from pain for all who mourn.
Eternal God, bring compassion upon the whole human family; the living and the dead, and those whose lives are yet to come, so that we may be reconciled to one another and dwell in the way of peace. Bring us to that common ground where love of neighbor will be more than an expression of hope in some distant kingdom. Instead, help us to rejoice in the gift of your Son, so that we and the world for which you created us may be filled with mercy and love. In the name of the Holy Child Jesus, we offer you our hearts. Amen.
All Saints will worship at 8:30 and 10:30am this Sunday, December 23. The Fourth Sunday of Advent is devoted to Mary and her song “The Magnificat”. The Sanctuary will be fully-decorated for Christmas. Come and enter into the joy of this season.
Angie Rispoli will be our guest musician Sunday. The recessional hymn this week is “Hark the Herald Angels sing”.
Vicky Beall is the Church School teacher. Child Care will be offered in the Pre-K classroom. John & Sally Sposato will host the Coffee Hour.
You’re warmly invited to worship at All Saints on Monday, December 24 at 4:30pm and 10:30pm. Angie Rispoli and Joyce Siau will share the organist’s bench: Angie at 4:30pm and Joyce at 10:30pm. “The Passing of the Christmas Light”, an All Saints tradition, will be observed at both Christmas Eve services.
You’re also warmly invited to worship on Christmas Day at 10:30am. Angie Rispoli will be the organist.
Familiar, much-beloved carols will be sung at all Christmas services and on Sunday, December 30.
On Sunday, January 6 the Feast of the Epiphany will be celebrated at 8:30am and 10:30am. The Church School will present “The Three Kings” portion of the Christmas Pageant at 10:30am. Did you know the Gospels make no reference to the number of Kings or wise men who visited Jesus? “The Three Kings” and their names: Casper, Melchior and Balthazar were added to the Christmas story in the early middle ages.
Contemplative Prayer will be offered this Saturday from 9 – 10am in the Guild Room.
All Saints collects food for people in need year-round. The need is particularly large now, following Hurricane Sandy. Please drop off non-perishable food in the designated boxes inside the red church doors. Suggested items include pasta, beans, tuna, red sauce, peanut butter and canned soup, vegetables and fruit.
The Child Care Center will close at 2:00pm Friday, December 21 and will re-open on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 7:00am.We wish Paula Kardasis-Maio and her staff a blessed Christmas and a well-deserved rest!
The Church Office will close at 3:30pm on Monday, December 24 and will re-open at 10:30am on Wednesday, January 2. Andrea and I will be in the office for a few hours on December 27 and 28. The Church Office will be closed on December 26 and December 31. You may call me at home in the event of a pastoral emergency.
You are invited to fill out an Annual Giving Card. Your pledge is an important sign of commitment to All Saints. Please direct questions to me or to Ruth Dougherty and Annie Byerly, the Wardens. For 2013, All Saints has received twenty-five pledges in the total of $46,034. For 2012 All Saints received thirty-five pledges in the amount of $57,566. The Wardens and I estimate that 12-15 more people could make pledges. An Annual Giving commitment begins at $50, less than $1 per week, which is within everyone’s reach. Annual Giving cards are available from Andrea Pieper or at any service.
Wendy Alger has found a place to stay after Christmas. It pays to “advertise” in the weekly e-mail!
Here are important events listed by date: note this is not a list of every event.
· Monday, December 24, 4:30 and 10:30pm. Christmas Eve services.
· Tuesday, December 25, 10:30am. Christmas Day service.
· Sunday, December 30, mid-afternoon. Please sign up for Christmas caroling for shut-ins including residents of Brightside Manor, etc. Caroling will be followed by a party at the Rectory.
· Sunday, January 6, 10:30am. The Feast of the Epiphany will include a presentation of “The Three Kings” by the Church School.
· Thursday, January 10, 6:30pm. Bible Study (led by Bill McColl) and Potluck Supper in the Guild Room.
· Sunday, February 3. All Saints’ Annual Meeting follows a shortened 10:30am service. You will be home in time for the Super Bowl.
· Saturday, February 9. The All Saints Mardi Gras Night and Pot-Luck Supper in Davidson Hall.
Congratulations to Wendy Alger and Joe Perino who celebrate their birthdays this week. If you haven’t already, please send Andrea your birth date (month and day) so that it can be acknowledged in the bulletins and Weekly Messages.
I look forward to seeing you this Sunday and on Christmas Eve or on Christmas Day. For all who are traveling in this season and especially to members of All Saints who are in Paris or York, U.K., may the God of peace be with you, give you great joy and return you home safely.
May God bless you and all whom you love.