FATHER MARK’S ANNOUNCEMENTS
1) I’m getting a fair amount of positive feedback and compliments lately that I simply don’t deserve, and I want to set the record straight on who actually does deserve credit for some of this stuff: (And by the way, if you get a sense reading this that the success of this this parish is less dependent on the Rector and more dependent on the assisting clergy and engaged laity, you would be 100% correct in that J)
2) If you are reading “Low – An Honest Advent Devotional,” don’t forget that we will meet online ZOOM at 2:00 P.M. this Sunday. You should already have received an invitation to that meeting. If not, please email me and I’ll resend the link.
Happy Birthday!! Happy Anniversary!!
Jana Bode December 4 Trudy & Mardell Schnell December 6
Beth McKibbin December 4
Chesney Joplin December 8
Memorial Poinsettia Donations: with the Christmas Season upon us, we will have a sign up for donations to purchase Memorial Poinsettia’s. If you would like to have the Poinsettia donated in the memory of a loved one, please email Gina at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church and leave a message. The names will be added to the Christmas Eve Bulletin.
Prayer Requests: The prayer request sheet is still just outside the office in the church and is updated weekly. Anyone may still email your prayer requests to me at email@example.com. If you do not have email, just call the church and leave a message. Since, I am back in the office, the requests must be received on by Wednesday at the latest, for them to be included in the Sunday Bulletin for that week. If the request is received after Wednesday, they will be added to the next Sunday Bulletin. We will follow the same process and keep the names on for two weeks. Once the prayer request is received, it is added to the prayer list and then I email the names to have them added to the Prayer Chain and to the Daughters of the King.
***Daily Devotion for Thursday December 3, 2020***
The 5 Steps – Pause * Listen * Think * Pray * Go
It is Advent. The Lord is coming. This is our hope.
With every breath you take — Wait. With every breath you take — Listen.
Wait and Listen. Hear the coming of the Lord.
“Learn this parable from the fig tree. After its branch becomes tender and it sprouts new leaves, you know that summer is near. In the same way, when you see these things happening, you know that he’s near, at the door. I assure you that this generation won’t pass away until all these things happen. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will certainly not pass away.”
The season of Advent is one of my favorite times of the year. Christmas carols are sung, ugly sweaters are worn, and shopping increases as we try to find that perfect gift for our family and friends. It truly is one of the most wonderful times of the year.
With all of the busyness, it is easy to forget that Advent is about waiting.
It is a time to wait in expectation for the coming of the Christ child. We sometimes need a reminder to see through the busyness and to set our eyes on Jesus. The one who is observant will notice the signs that point to Jesus as the reason for the season.
Throughout Advent, let us take some time to observe. Let us observe our need for hope, peace, joy, and love. These, like the branches of a fig tree, are the signs that point us to the good news of the coming of Christ our Lord.
Lord, give me eyes to see and ears to hear the coming of good news for all. Amen.
It is Advent. The Lord is coming.
Go! Make ready for the Lord!
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Tuesday 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Rev. Erin Rath
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