Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit,
Collect for the Third Sunday in Advent
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
This Sunday is the Third Sunday in Advent, also called Rose Sunday. If you have an Advent Wreath with three purple candles and one pink, this Sunday we light two purple candles and the pink one. Our Epistle is Philippians 4:4-7, "Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice." In this Advent time of swirling cosmic forces--of prophets throughout the generations calling us to repentance and conversion--we are grateful to a powerful God who by his grace has delivered us from our sins. Our collect begins with, "Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us."
Our Christmas Pageant is part of our 10:15 a.m. Service of Holy Eucharist this Sunday (with a rehearsal this Saturday, Dec. 15 at 10 a.m.!). Thanks to all who are participating--the cast, director, those helping with costumes, etc. And thanks to everyone who will be contributing to our Potluck Congregation Christmas Dinner this Sunday. Your generosity is wondrous!
Prayers for the family and friends of Irma Crew, longtime member, Sunday School teacher, first woman on the Vestry, Choir Member, etc. who died on Sunday at age 103. Her Burial Service was on Wednesday morning. We remain very grateful for Irma and for all who have given so freely of their time, talent and treasure over the centuries. Our Saint John's Communion of Saints surround us with love.
Don’t forget the Saint John’s Festival Choir Rehearsals on Thursday, Dec. 20 at 5:45 p.m. in the Church and on Dec. 24 at 8 p.m. We will be singing on Christmas Eve at the 9 p.m. Mass.
Invite your family, friends and neighbors to our Christmas Eve Service at 9 p.m. and Christmas Day Service at 10 a.m. Ads will be appearing in The Journal News and Yonkers Rising, thanks to Canon Claudia Wilson.
And please join us for our Christmas Pageant this Sunday at 10:15 a.m.!
Advent blessings and love,
The Rev. Canon Victoria R. Sirota