Thursday, December 12, 2019

From Mother Vicki

Collect for the Third Sunday of Advent
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, be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

For this Third Sunday of Advent, Rose Sunday, we remember our mortality and how much we need God’s help.  “Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us….” The Incarnation—the presence of the Divine in human form—is the greatest gift to humankind.  Thomas Merton writes, “Advent is the “sacrament” of the PRESENCE of God in His world, in the Mystery of Christ at work in History….”

Our sin, therefore, is whatever hinders us from feeling God’s presence, whether it’s pride, stubbornness, lack of faith, anger, shame or fear.  Living in the knowledge of the presence of God changes everything—our outlook on the world, how we see others and how we see ourselves.  We are God’s own, beloved of God and worthy, through Jesus Christ, of this wondrous gift.

On Sunday we will hear the Christmas Story told anew through the voices and presence of our terrific young people.  Please join us for our 10:15 a.m. Service and share the wonder!  And, if you can, bring something delicious for our Parish Potluck Christmas Dinner at 11:45 a.m.   Thanks to those who have been rehearsing so diligently, and to those who are sharing their special dishes and desserts with all of us this Sunday.  What joy!

Don’t forget to join us (bring your friends too!) on Christmas Eve, December 24, for our 9 p.m. Festival Service of Holy Eucharist with string quartet and choir.  Immediately after, Bob and I will be hosting our Open House for everyone in the Rectory!  Please join us across the parking lot for good food and joyous conversation!  The Christmas Day Service of Holy Eucharist is at 10 a.m.

May your Advent days be filled with hope and expectation, love and peace!
Advent blessings and love,

The Rev. Canon Victoria R. Sirota,

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