Newsletter for the Feast of St. Andrew the Apostle

THE FEAST OF ST. ANDREW, THE APOSTLE

NOVEMBER 30


Contributed by Parishoner Connie Cummings

St. Andrew the Apostle

St. Andrew the Apostle El Greco 1606 - Oil on Canvas Museo del Greco - Toledo

Andrew was born in Bethsaida in Galilee, son of Jona and brother of Simon Peter. The three were fishermen on Lake Tiberius (the Sea of Galilee).

Andrew first met Jesus in Bethany where John the Baptist was baptizing. John 1:35-42 tells the story of Jesus walking by with 2 disciples and Andrew recognized Him as the Savior saying, “Look, this is the Lamb of God.” Andrew went to tell his brother right away and brought him to Jesus. The brothers kept on with their fishing at that time, but when John was imprisoned and Jesus went to live in Capernaum, the two “dropped their nets immediately and followed Him.” Mt. 4:17-20

From then on, Andrew is not mentioned individually in the Gospel (though he was the one who told Jesus about the boy with the 5 loaves and two fishes in the feeding of the 5000, Jn. 6:8).

After the crucifixion, tradition says Andrew carried the Gospel into districts around the Black Sea and died at Patras in Achaia on an X-shaped cross. This kind of cross was named after him.

Andrew is the patron saint of fishermen and women wishing to have children.

Source: Lives of the Saints by Omer Englebert


KAIROS, CHRONOS AND CIRCADIAN RHYTHMS


The Very Rev. Canon Bartholomew G. Ryan Rector, The Anglican Church of Saint Dunstan

The Very Rev. Canon Bartholomew G. Ryan Rector, The Anglican Church of Saint Dunstan

Here is an article I found edifying and I recommend it to each of you for reading during the season of Advent.  It comes to us from Fr.Ryan, a friend of Judith and Fr. Greer. He is the Rector of an Anglican church in a parallel jurisdiction.
Fr. Hines+

“This is now the second letter that I have written to you, beloved, and in both of them I have aroused your sincere mind by way of reminder; that you should remember the predictions of the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior through your apostles. First of all you must understand this, that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own passions and saying, “Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things have continued as they were from the beginning of creation.” They deliberately ignore this fact, that by the word of God heavens existed long ago, and an earth formed out of water and by means of water, through which the world that then existed was deluged with water and perished. But by the same word the heavens and earth that now exist have been stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men. But do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 

II Peter 3:1-8

From the beginning of philosophy the nature of matter, space and time have fascinated human beings. As religious expression ended into the conversation our origins as human beings and our ultimate destination became intertwined with thoughts about time and space and matter. Science offered to us additional information about the nature of time and our human bodies. Circadian Rhythms note how the hours of daylight and darkness affect our health and mental acuity; individually we keep our own time.

So what has this philosophical and medical discussion have to do with the Season of Advent? When we consider what we are to do, the preparations we need to make and how that work is to be accomplished it would appear that time is connected to all of this work.

First, Holy Mother Church has given us a Season of Preparation. A time when we can reorder our biological clocks and the chronological time within we live with God’s Eternal Time. We use the terms, Kairos to represent the God’s Time. It is an ancient Greek word meaning the “right or opportune moment.” Kairos is time that is not flowing as Chronological time, but represents the eternal now when all things are present to God who is not bound by time and space as we are. God created matter, time and space so God’s Time is about the eternal moments that are not measured or measurable. The moment of the Incarnation and the Nativity are but two of these events we ponder during this season

of Advent. These two moments when Kairos Time and Chronological time touched, when the Divine Nature entered into time and space to share our existence.

The importance of this entering into our time of God cannot be underestimated and may not be dismissed by the Christian Disciple. The Gospels of Matthew and Luke are so careful in their record of the Incarnation and Birth of the Lord to place the event for us in chronological time. This both identifies the historical nature of the event and gives us insight as to how we shall prepare for and celebrate these events.

These are for the People of God, moments when God’s Time, historical time and moments of the individual lives of ordinary people all converged. In those moments time, space and matter all became fluid as God’s Mighty Acts are revealed to us in a time and a form that we can recognize.

In this season when we are to be preparing for and remembering the coming of the Christ of God, perhaps meditating upon one of His Holy Sacrament of the Altar may be a clearest way for us to ponder the mystery and enter into the moment. In the celebration of the Mass we enter into God’s Time, we do not leave the ordinary, but we are allowed to take with us every moment of our lives. We are to take the gifts we have been given in time and space the matter of bread and wine, our gifts and talents, needs and desires and offer them as we have been instructed to do.

And then the moments of our own lives, the time of the clock and the eternal nature of God’s Time all touch. It is the moment when the Lord said to His Disciples take and eat…It is the moment when in His Passion He died for us and for our salvation….It is the moment when the Lord will return in Glory to judge the quick and the dead… For to God all these moments are eternally now and through our sacramental life we are allowed to reach forth our hands and be touched by the Divine Eternity.

My biological clock has still not reset from daylight saving time, and I more keenly aware each year that chronological time progresses forward. So I will struggle with you to ponder how I may enter more deeply into the celebration and anticipation of the Lord’s Nativity and His coming again. I will try to pause each day, even if it is only for a moment, to realize that the time that is moving so quickly around me is but part of God’s Creation. I will try and live for at least a moment of time each day in God’s Time.

If we can consider all these things and in humility recognize our own unworthiness, then by God’s Grace, like the Blessed Mother, we may prepare a place in our hearts for the Lord. For we know that God is faithful and that just as He has prepared a place for us, that if we prepare a place for Him our life, He will dwell with us so that we may dwell with Him forever.

The Very Rev. Canon Bartholomew G. Ryan, Rector +

Rector, The Anglican Church of Saint Dunstan 


FEELING ANGRY?

Feeling Angry?
Photo by Luke 
Come make your confession with Fr. Hines during Advent so that you can welcome Christ anew, this Christmas season.
Confession times at church:
Saturday, December 8
2:00 – 3:00 pm
Saturday, December 15
2:00 – 3:00 pm
Saturday, December 22
2:00 – 3:00 pm

THANKSGIVING DINNER AT CIMARRON HIGH SCHOOL A BIG HIT!


Contributed by Parishoner Carol Fabbri
Normally our Thanksgivings have all been the same: cook a traditional dinner; have the family over; and over-eat – and with my husband’s cooking that’s very easy. Bob and I have often talked about working at a homeless shelter or such on Thanksgiving, but have never followed through. This year that changed. When Fr. Hines asked for volunteers to help feed homeless families at Cimarron Memorial High School, we jumped at the chance. We, and others from St. George’s and many volunteers from Clark County School District, signed up for various jobs.

Chateau de Cimarron, Thanksgiving

Chateau de Cimarron, Thanksgiving

The school cafeteria was festively decorated and welcoming. The
guest families were treated to a great day. All the volunteers went out of their ways to make this dinner a very special time.

Bob and I got so much more out of our time at Cimarron High School than we gave. There was wonderful fellowship with people who were strangers when we started, but not by the time our shift was over. We all shared a common goal: to make others feel good, and that made us feel good. We were happy to share information about St. George’s with others when they asked about our church, and to invite them to our upcoming holiday events.

We left the school with a greater appreciation of the blessings that God has given us, and our own Thanksgiving dinner with our family was a more cherished event. We spent more time talking about what we are thankful for.

It was a wonderful experience, and, God willing, will become part of our Thanksgiving day for years to come.

~Carol Fabbri

Click to read the Review Journal’s coverage of the event: “Dinner with fixings at ‘Chateau de Cimarron’.

Fr. Hines, Santa and Luke bring cheer to Cimarron Thanksgiving feast

Fr. Hines, Santa and Luke bring cheer to Cimarron Thanksgiving feast


ANGLICAN YOUTH GROUP!

Sunday Dec. 9th
Immediately after
10:30 Mass

Lunch ~ Fun ~ Friends ~ Fellowship


ADVENT & CHRISTMAS HOLY DAY KALENDAR 2012

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

1

2

1st Sunday in Advent
800 am
10:30 am

( Violet)
3

[S. Francis
Xavier C.]
(White)

4

[St. Clement of Alexandria, C.D.]

(White)
5

5:45 pm
Evening Prayer
6:00 pm
Mass

(Violet)
6

[St. Nicholas, B.C.]

(White)
7

[St.Ambrose of Milan, B.C.]

(White)

Abstinence

8

[Conception of BVM]
(Day of Obligation)

(White)
9

2nd Sunday in Advent
800 am
10:30 am

(Violet)
10

Requiem Mass

Wally
Hawkins
11:30 am

(Violet)

11

12

(St. Lucy, transferred)
5:45 pm
Evening Prayer
6:00 pm
Mass

(Red)
13

[St. Lucy, V.M.]
(Transfer to Wed. 12th)

(Red)
14

Abstinence

15

16

3rd Sunday in Advent
(Rose Sunday)

(Violet)

17

18

19

(St. Thomas, Ap. transferred)
Ember Day
5:45 pm
Evening Prayer
6:00 pm
Mass
Fast & Abstinence

(Red)
20

[Vigil of St. Thomas]

21

Ember Day
[St. Thomas, Ap.]
(transfer to Wed. 19th)
Fast & Abstinence

22

Ember Day
Fast & Abstinence

23

4th Sunday in Advent
5:00 pm
Festival of Nine Carols & Lessons

24

(Vigil of the Nativity of Our Lord)
11:00pm
Mass

(White)
25

(Nativity of Our Lord)
9:30 am
Mass

(White)
26

[St. Stephen, Dcn.. & Protomartyr]
5:45 pm
Evening Prayer
6:00 pm
Mass

(Red)

27

[St. John, Ap.
Ev.]

(White)
28

[Holy Innocents]
5:45 pm
Evening Prayer
6:00 pm
Mass

(Violet)

Abstinence

29

[St.Thomas of Canterbury, B.M]

(Red)
30

1st Sunday after Christmas
800 am
10:30 am

(White)
31

[St. Sylvester, B.C.

(White)
Jan. 1

The
Circumcision
Of Christ and Octave Day of the Nativity of Our Lord
5:45pm
Evening Prayer
6:00pm
Mass

(White)


CALLING ALL TEENS!
Wordpress Class Available

Webmaster Ginny Deering is in search of teens who would like to learn WordPress. Lessons will include posting Sunday School and AYG news on the church website. Photoshop lessons are also included.

If you are interested, please contact Ginny Deering. Class will be held after 10:30 Mass.

It is best to bring your own laptop, but iPads will work, also. If neither is available, never fear! You can use Ginny’s.


HOME ADVENT WREATH KITS AVAILABLE


Advent Wreath kits are now available for purchase at $14.00 If you cannot meet this price, please speak with Fr. Hines. The Advent Wreath kits will be displayed on the patio after the Sunday Masses. Please contact Kim Jones if you are interested in acquiring a kit.  Fr Hines states, “I strongly encourage you to use the Advent Devotional (copies can be found with the Advent Wreath kit display at church or in this newsletter). This is an excellent way to introduce prayer and reading the Bible with your children, family and friends at the dinner table and at other times.”The wreath celebrates the beginning of the liturgical year. It also overflows with Christian symbols. For example, the circle represents the eternal nature of God and of His love; the evergreens symbolize eternal life; the laurel, victory over suffering and death; the yew and pine, immortality. Holly has special significance: the prickly leafs signify the crown of thorns that awaits the Blessed Baby. It is also said that the Cross on which Christ would hang was made of holly. Pine cones and seed pods hold the promise of our new life in Christ.Lighting the CandlesThere is one candle for each of the four weeks of Advent. The three purple candles (and the purple ribbon) are for penance, while one rose candle is for Rose Sunday. It reminds us that we are half way through this somber season of expectancy. It also tells us to rejoice because the Lord is at hand.

Arrangements for who lights the candles will vary according to the family make-up (traditional, single-parent, etc.) and number of children. Most common is for the father to light the first candle on the first Sunday. On the second Sunday the mother lights the first and second candles; on the third Sunday the oldest child lights the first, second, and third candles; and on the fourth Sunday the youngest

child lights all four candles. Now all the candles shed their brilliance to announce the approaching nativity of our Lord.

A very practical custom is to make the evening meal each day the time for the candle lighting ceremony, allowing the candles to burn until after the meal. Or the prayers at the wreath may be used as family prayers at bedtime each evening. During the twelve days of Christmas (December 25 — January 6) the purple candles and ribbon may be replaced with white ones, and all four candles may be lit at mealtime or during family prayers. Bright Christmas balls may also be added to the wreath during the Christmas season.

Liturgy for Lighting the Candles 

A member of the family lights one or more candles of the Advent wreath, depending on the Sunday in Advent.

Leader: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord

Jesus Christ.

All:           Thanks be to God.

Leader:     Rejoice – The Lord is at hand.

All:           Come, Lord Jesus!  

Leader:     Reads Scripture passage for the day (see list below) and concludes with “Here endeth the lesson.” 

All:            Thanks be to God. 

Blessing of the Advent Wreath  

On the first Sunday in Advent the leader asks God’s blessing on the

wreath with the following words:

O Lord, by Whose Word all things are sanctified; pour forth Thy blessings upon this wreath of green, and grant that we who use

it may prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ, and may receive Thy abundant grace, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Leader: Let us pray. (Use the collect for the week. See Daily Prayer.)

All: 

Visit, O Lord, this habitation and this family; drive far from  it all snares of the enemy, let Thy holy angels dwell herein 

to preserve us in peace, and let Thy blessing be ever upon us, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Leader: The almighty and merciful Lord, Father, Son, and Holy 

Ghost, bless us and keep us. Amen.

At the end of the meal all of the candles are extinguished.  

Watch for Collects for each week of Advent in following issues.

 

SUGGESTED READINGS FOR ADVENT

Day
Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4

Sun.

Jn 1:9-14 Isa 40:1-12

Isa 9:6-7

Jn 5:37-47

Mon. Jn 3:16-21

Gen 3:1-21

Isa 7:10-16

Lk 1:5-38

Tues. Isa 60:1-3

Mic 5:1-3

Isa 11:1-6

Matt 1:18-25

Wed. Psa 43:3-5

Hos 11:3-4

Isa 40:9-11 Lk 1:39-56
Thurs. Isa 58:6-9 I

Psa 130

Isa 52:7-12 Lk 1:57-80
Fri. Jn 2:8-11

Mic 6:6-8

Jer 33:14-16

Matt 2:16-23

Sat. I Jn 3:1-2, 7-10 Jer 14:7-9 Mat 3:1-6

ADVENT WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY CONTINUES WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 7:00 pm

Janie Brown leads Advent Class

Janie Brown leads Advent Class

Parishoner Janie Brown continues a four-week Bible study on Wednesday, December 5 at 7:00 pm.

This is a fresh look at the Advent season using an introspective approach from the point of view of the gifts of the Magi.

The class is no charge as there are no books to order. It’s not too late to join in! Contact Janie Brown and let her know you are interested.


Kirkin' 'O The Tartans

Sunday, December 2nd at 10:30 am
in Honor of St. Andrews Day 

SAVE THE DATE!

KIRKIN’ O’ THE TARTANS  

St. Andrew’s Society and St. George’s Anglican ACW will be serving a fine reception after the 10:30 am Mass.

For more information, please click here.



REMEMBER TO WEAR YOUR BADGE…

Visitors and new members will feel so much more welcome when they know your name.


Badges are always available just outside the church door. If you do not have one yet, or have lost yours, please sign up – the clipboard is just below the badges.


 

DON’T FORGET TO VOLUNTEER FOR
PROJECT HOMELESS CONNECT 

 

When:  December 6

Starts: 9:00 am

Ends: 4:00 pm

Our community needs your help!

Project Homeless Connect

December 6, 2012
Las Vegas Cashman Center

 (LV Blvd & Washington)

7:00AM – 5:00PM

 

Project Homeless Connect is a collaborative effort across the community that connects homeless families and individuals to services they need to get off the streets and into housing and jobs.  This event has served over 3,000 individuals every year for the past 21 years.

Join us this year as a volunteer!

Adult Activities Section

Faith community volunteers are needed to staff booths that provide reading material, Bibles or other interfaith religious books, prayer and a caring “ear” to listen to folks seeking assistance.

Please contact Veronica Gibson (Adult Activities Chair) to reserve your booth at

or 796-7770.

VOLUNTEERS are also needed for the 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. shift!

Click here to learn more and sign up for a volunteer shift online.

Thank you for helping this collaborative effort.

for more information about our church’s participation, please contact parishoner

Rebecca Andrews.


THE FESTIVAL OF NINE LESSONS AND CAROLS

Sunday, December 23, 2012 at 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Reception following

Blessing the Creche

Blessing the Creche

For the latest information, please click here.

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