Please put December 16, 6:00 p.m. on your calendar for “Lessons and Carols”. This service provides a focus on the entire Christmas story and the coming of the Son of God into the world. It is a congregational event, with several musical offerings, as well as an organist. Please consider inviting a friend or family member to come hear and sing with St. Paul's.
Something we have been doing for the past several weeks is putting the audio of the most current sermon on the website. This is to accommodate those who travel or who unfortunately are unable to attend worship. We will also soon be sharing links on our Facebook page to the sermons. Going forward, we will be doing more with our site as a way to connect the absent member, or allow the curious visitor to see what we are about at St. Paul’s. Please visit the sermon tab and check it out! We are committed to making improvements over the next year to make our website a great place for information as well as a location that the community can explore. The goal is to be a window into our congregation. Any feedback or ideas about ways for improvement, please submit to Pastor Heaton.
Our Midweek services begin Wednesday, December 2nd. The service at noon will use Matins and the 7pm will use Evening Prayer. The theme for this year is "Waiting with Hope" drawn from the first chapter of Luke. Please come and prepare your heart, mind, and body to receive the coming King. Dinners will be served at 6 p.m.
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We will have a congregational fellowship and game night New Year’s Eve beginning at 6:00 p.m. Please join us for a New Year’s devotional, food fellowship and fun. This is for all ages! Bring a snack to share and your favorite game.
We are changing our early service time for Christmas Eve from noon to 5 p.m. We will have two services at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Both will use candlelight; both will be the same service. Consult your calendar for this change. Also, we will not have a service on Christmas Day or New Year’s Eve this year.
Elders discussed changes made in regards to Christmas Eve Service times and not having a Christmas Day Service or New Year’s Eve Service. Watch for the new Elder’s Families list after the first of the year. The Elders are discussing how cover all services with fewer Elders. Don’t forget “Lessons and Carols” Sunday, December 16 at 6:00 p.m.
Merry Christmas from the Elders!
You hear the Christmas music. You see the inflatable decorations at the the Big Box stores. You're resigned: it's "christmas" again. Ugh.
Don't fear! It's only Advent!
While Christmas is the upcoming holiday, the Church year begins with Advent. Advent (from the Latin adventus, which means "coming into") is a four-week period of preparation before Christmas. The story told in Advent is the story of hope coming into the world. Each Sunday in Advent has a unique focus, but the season is unified in the themes of hope and waiting with expectation.
Next to Easter and the resurrection of our Lord, the birth of the Savior is the Church's most important festival season. Advent helps us to anticipate the coming of Christ in the world, both looking back to His incarnation and look forward to His imminent return.
I invite you to take a break from the busyness of the day-to-day life, made even more hectic with "secular" Christmas. Come and worship as the color of the Church changes to blue, which symbolizes hopeful anticipation. We put away our Gloria for a time, only to sing it again with the heavenly hosts on Christmas night. We light a candle each week from our wreath, symbolizing the light coming into the world and marking the time as we get closer...to the Savior's birth. Come Lord Jesus!