In The Week Before Christmas

While too many children the week before Christmas feels like the longest week of the year, too many adults that same week feels like it passes in a flash. Not surprisingly then Einstein postulated and experience reveals that time’s passage depends upon the perspective of the observer. Or in Advent terms, that which we await is already here. Therefore, rejoice even in the darkest week of the year.

“Noel”
by Anne Porter

When snow is shaken
From the balsam trees
And they’re cut down
And brought into our houses

When clustered sparks
Of many-colored fire
Appear at night
In ordinary windows

We hear and sing
The customary carols

They bring us ragged miracles
And hay and candles
And flowering weeds of poetry
That are loved all the more
Because they are so common

But there are carols
That carry phrases
Of the haunting music
Of the other world
A music wild and dangerous
As a prophet’s message

Or the fresh truth of children
Who though they come to us
From our own bodies

Are altogether new
With their small limbs
And birdlike voices

They look at us
With their clear eyes
And ask the piercing questions
God alone can answer.

With love and blessings,

Mark

“Noël” by Anne Porter, from Living Things. Zoland Books, 2006.

Connect With Us

Sunday Worship, December 20

You can connect via Zoom . Click on this link to connect. If you have not used Zoom before, you will be prompted to download Zoom, go ahead and do that. When you enter the meeting you should be able to see and hear others and others can see and hear you. If you come in a little late, please listen for a moment before speaking. In order to see everyone, go to Gallery view (upper right on PCs and upper left for Macintosh). When we get started everyone except the speaker will be muted. If you are reading or playing music, please be sure to unmute yourself.

If you are connecting via telephone dial 301-715-8592 and when prompted enter the Meeting ID: 847 8600 1703 and press #, then enter the password: pray and press # again.

Click here for the service booklet.

Christmas Eve

Our traditional Christmas Even service will begin with a concert of Christmas music starting at 5:00 p.m. followed by the service at 5:30 p.m. There will be surprises! We look forward to a very special time together as we celebrate the birth of Our Lord.

Christmas Day

On Christmas Day you are invited to join in a service of Morning Prayer at 10:15 a.m.

Sunday, December 27

We will not have Sunday worship on December 27. Regular worship service will resume on Sunday, January 3.

You can connect to both services via Zoom . Click on this link to connect. If you have not used Zoom before, you will be prompted to download Zoom, go ahead and do that. When you enter the meeting you should be able to see and hear others and others can see and hear you. If you come in a little late, please listen for a moment before speaking. In order to see everyone, go to Gallery view (upper right on PCs and upper left for Macintosh). When we get started everyone except the speaker will be muted. If you are reading or playing music, please be sure to unmute yourself.

If you are connecting via telephone dial 301-715-8592 and when prompted enter the Meeting ID: 847 8600 1703 and press #, then enter the password: pray and press # again.

Click here for the service booklet for December 20.

Lessons & Carols recording!

Did you miss the online Lessons & Carols last week or do you want to hear it again? You can click on the link to the Greencastle Virtual Music Festival and enjoy this very special Advent event.

The Service of Lessons and Carols and other offerings are available at this link. Enjoy!

To view the Lessons & Carols concert program click here.

Latest Update

We are collecting home baked or store bought Christmas cookies for our December treat bags for children. They can be dropped off at the office or at the Murray’s house. Additionally, with DePauw students gone in November, December, and January more volunteers are needed. Please help if you are able!

Items Most Needed

  • Paper Towels

  • Dish Soap
  • Toilet Paper

Your prayers are asked for:

Lorrie Anderson, cousin of Joanne Haymaker
Beth Benedix, friend to many of us at Saint Andrew’s
Douglas Butler, brother-in-law of Claudia Butler
The family of Patty Clements, friend of Cathryn & Jim Ensley
The family of Micah Grimm, friend of Zac and Savannah Johnson
Mary Ellen Gurnon, aunt of Daniel & Stephanie Gurnon
The family of Frances Louise Hassler, mother of Suzanne Hassler
William Johnston, son of Kevin and Meggan Johnston
Keith Keysor, friend of Andy Cullison
Lisa Breese Kincaid, daughter of Bob and Mimi Breese
Grayson Lyons, great nephew of Peggy Angleton
Jill McDermott, mother of Jim & Karen Mannon’s son-in-law
Stanley Morris
Mary Mountz
The family of Nick Mourouzis
Jordan Sanders, sister of Jim Ensley
The family of Jeff Sheffler, son-in-law of Page & Narda Cotton
The family of Rogene Snook, mother of Caroline Good
The family of Pastor Daniel Stroebel, friend of Father Mark
Skip Sutton
Sydnor Thompson, brother of Harriet Moore
Father Bill Wieland
The family of Phyllis Wright, grandmother of Zac Johnson
The family of Eric York, husband of Christi York and father of Dunkin

Birthdays: Andy Cullison, December 25
Anniversaries: Debbie and Curtis Beck, December 20

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Church of the Nativity, Indianapolis: The Rev. Larry Walters, The Rev. Karen Sullivan.Church of the Nativity, Indianapolis: The Rev. Larry Walters, The Rev. Karen Sullivan.

Our companion dioceses: The Anglican Episcopal Church of Brazil: The Most Rev. Mauricio Jose Araujo De Andrade, Primate of Brazil and Bishop of Brasilia. The people and Diocese of Haiti and Saint Andre’s in Mithon.

Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Mission agencies and their ministry throughout the Anglican Communion, including the Mothers’ Union around the world.

Special Music for Advent

This week, we add two more pieces of music for the Season of Advent. May this music touch your heart and bless these days of waiting.

Second Sunday of Advent

“Savior of the nations, come!” by Dietrich Buxtehude

“Savior of the nations, come!,” BWV 661 by Johann Sebastian Bach

First Sunday of Advent

“Savior of the nations, come!” BWV 659 by Johann Sebastian Bach, played by Albrecht von Gaudecker on the Gobin UMC organ

“I wonder as I wander,” Appalachian Carol,
Arranged by John Jacob Niles
Amalia Crevani, Soprano

I wonder as I wander, out under the sky, how Jesus the Savior did come for to die for poor on’ry people like you and like I…I wonder as I wander, out under the sky.
When Mary birthed Jesus, ‘‘twas in a cow’s stall, with wise men and farmers and shepherds and all. But high from God’s heaven a star’s light did fall, and the promise of ages it then did recall.
If Jesus had wanted for any wee thing, a star in the sky, or a bird on the wing, or all of God’s angels in heav’n to sing, he surely could have it, ‘cause he was the King.
I wonder as I wander, out under the sky, how Jesus the Savior did come for to die for poor on’ry people like you and like I…I wonder as I wander, out under the sky.

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