Newsletter – Twenty-third Sunday in Trinity

ADVENT MESSAGE FROM THE RECTOR 

Fr. Gordon Hines

The year was 166 AD. The place was a Roman city. It was one of countless Roman cities whose citizens were suffering from their first great plague, most likely smallpox.  

 

When a person contracted the plague, neighbors and families would often abandon them, sending them into the streets to die. And die they did, with their last refuge before their demise often being the fountain at the city’s center. There they could quench their parched throats with water. If you were to walk the streets of a Roman city during this season of death you could mark the plague victims by their blood-soaked clothes, caused by hemorrhaging pustules on the skin.  

 

Yet, in the midst of this human misery, Christians were there to care for the sick, risking their lives by doing so. Disregarding concerns for their own welfare, they would gather up the sick and dying and carry them to the home of a fellow-Christian, who would tend to them. The sick were bathed, their wounds treated. The greatest gift the Christians imparted to those whom they cared for was their love and compassion. While there was no cure for the smallpox, Christians tending to the victims increased the disease survival rate by as much as two-thirds.  

 

Something remarkably new was cascading into human history since the Advent of the Incarnation:  disciples of Our Blessed Lord were imitating His life by loving their neighbor through acts of sacrificial love. “For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink…. Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me” (Matthew 25:35, 40).  

 

Slave, soldier, pauper, nobleman – all were viewed in the eyes of the Christian as children of God, made in His image and likeness. Such selflessness had never been experienced since the dawn of human history, and this led to numerous converts to the Faith.[1]

 

As in the plague infested Roman days, the cry for help among our fellowmen today is equally great. Many are increasingly finding themselves hungry, homeless, sick and bereft of family and friends. Our Lord will bless our efforts if we allow Him to work in and through us.     

 

Loving others, however, can be daunting, and many feel they cannot rise to the challenge. When we feel unworthy or inadequate in trying to give of ourselves, we can draw strength and encouragement from this great teaching by F. Fenelon, “You will find all that is lacking in your heart in the heart of Jesus.” A corollary to this saying by Fenelon is offered by another great writer, the Anglican G. P. Carleton, who said, “The more we know him, the more we shall love him; and the more we love him, the more we shall want to serve him.”[2]    

 

My prayer for each of you this Advent is that you will experience God’s love in a more profound and miraculous way. Advent is a wonderful season in the Church Year to meditate on the wonderful mystery of the Incarnation – of God taking on our flesh in the womb of the Virgin Mary. Through prayer and the Sacraments we experience union and intimacy with Our Lord.  The motive behind God’s dwelling among us is love. Our Lord entered into human history to share in our sufferings, to save us from sin and death.

 

We already see the love of God incarnate in our members through countless acts of sacrificial giving of time, treasure and talent. Our love for one another can continue to flourish the more we allow Christ to dwell in us and we in Him. He will be Incarnate in our lives if we invite Him in through prayer, His Word and the Sacraments and through the many other opportunities being made available this Advent at St. George’s.   

 

I encourage each of you to read Raymond Raynes work, The Faith (please see a write-up of this work below). The Advent Wreath daily devotional (see below) is fabulous for nurturing daily prayer and Bible reading as a family around the dinner table. Visiting a shut-in or feeding the hungry through our Pastoral Care Ministry network is available to you. Inviting a friend or family member to our children’s Christmas pageant and the Festival of Nine Lessons carol service is also a terrific way to share the love of Our Blessed Lord, preparing our hearts for celebrating the joys of His Nativity.

 

With every good wish and blessing this Advent Season,

 

Fr. Gordon Hines+

 


[1] Colson, Charles & Fickett, Harold, The Faith (Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2008), pps. 15-17.

[2] Carleton, G. D., The King’s Highway, (Tufton Books, 2001), p. 7.


 

THE ADVENT WREATH

 

Advent Wreath

 

  

Its Tradition and Symbolism 

 

 
The origins of the Advent wreath are obscure. Historians agree that it originated in Europe and probably pre-dates the birth of the baby Jesus. Pagans brought the tradition with them when they were bap- tized. The word “advent” itself derives from the Latin adventus, which means “coming.” In this context, of course, it refers to our penitent yet joyous preparation for the coming our Blessed Lord, for the season of Christmas.  most interest.

 

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 Candles 

There 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 re- placed 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. 

  

Supplies for making an Advent Wreath are available at Marshalls or Joanne’s stores. If you have difficulty in finding these materials, please inform Fr. Hines.  

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) 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.)

Click to enlarge

 

The Advent Calendar pictured here is a wonderful devotional to use during the season of Advent.  These calendars are available at the church.
…and they’re free!

 

ADVENT WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY TO BEGIN WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 28TH

 

A four-week Bible study will be led by Parishoner Janie Brown beginning Wed., Nov. 28th at 7:00 pm. The class is no charge as there are no books to order. A clipboard is located at the back of the church or on the patio, if you are interested.


PRESS RELEASE  from
THE MOST REVEREND ROBERT SHERWOOD MORSE 
 

Dear Clergy of the Anglican Province of Christ the King,

The American Church Union is pleased to announce a new publication, The Faith, by Raymond Raynes, former Superior of the Community of the Resurrection in Mirfield, England.

Father Raynes gave these addresses at a retreat in Denver, Colorado in October of 1957. His words today speak to us with renewed power and sanctity. Nicholas Mosley edited the first printing of these addresses, published by Faith Press, London, in 1961. We are honored to produce this Second Edition, with the gracious permission of the Community of the Resurrection and with a new Foreward by Nicholas Mosley, Lord Ravensdale.

I’m attaching a press release with further details and heartily recommend this slim volume for parish study and inspiration, for Confirmation preparation, and for spiritual retreats. We are offering a special introductory price of $5.00, including shipping and handling.

With every good wish and blessing,

The Most Reverend Robert Sherwood Morse
 
Chairman
The American Church Union

St. Joseph of Arimathea Theological College

 

 

NEW RELEASEThe Faith

 

The American Church Union’s

Second Edition of

 

THE FAITH

Instructions on the Christian Faith by

 

RAYMOND RAYNES C.R.

 

Edited by Nicholas Mosley and Christine Sunderland

With kind permission of the

Community of the Resurrection

 

 

THESE TALKS were taken down as spoken by Father Raymond Raynes, C.R. during a fortnight’s mission at the church of St. Michael and All Angels, Denver, Colorado, U.S.A., in October 1957. Father Raynes had been Superior of the Community of the Resurrection at Mirfield for fifteen years: he was to die a few months later. These talks are a distillation and a climax of his teaching.

             “The missions that Father Raynes took during his last years had an extraordinary effect upon his hearers. He was ill, and his appearance was gaunt and startling. He spoke with no rhetoric, but with an intensity that kept people transfixed night after night who had come at first only from convention. His message was dogmatic and sometimes stern (also funny): but he exhilarated all those who heard him. They knew that he spoke from the heart of his own experience; and that he cared passionately to convey his faith to others.

             “All his life he was ‘as one having authority.’ “

 

Nicholas Mosley, author of The Life of Raymond Raynes, 1961

 

85 pages, Paperback, Perfect Bound,

Special Introductory Price, $5.00 incl. shipping and handling  

 

Note to St. George’s parishioners: Copies are available for purchase in our parish bookstore. Price: $5.00

 

Or you may order from:American Church Union

The American Church Union, P.O. Box 40020, Berkeley, California 94704

www.AnglicanPCK.org, 510-841-3083

 


BAKE SALE SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18!
Great goodies for sale!

Drop off your baked goods for the Bake Sale on Saturday, November 17 between 2:00 and 4:00 pm. ACW volunteers will be there to receive,  organize and price all donated baked goods and crafts.

 

All items will be available for sale after 8:00 and 10:30 am Mass.


COFFEE HOUR VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Coffee Hour Hostess Donna Foust
Thank you,
Donna and Dale Foust!

 

We give thanks to Donna and Dale Foust, who have faithfully prepared the 8:00 a.m. coffee hour for many, many years. They could use your help.

 

The hour of fellowship after Mass is a treasured and enjoyable time and is a responsibility that should be shared.  On the rare occasions the Fousts were not able to attend Mass, we have sometimes had to forego Coffee Hour.

 

Our thanks go out, also, to the Starchers, who graciously filled in in the Fousts’ absence, recently.

 

We express gratitude to all our Coffee Hour volunteers. Please consider adding your name to the volunteer schedule this Sunday.

Kirkin of the Tartan

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

 

SAVE THE DATE!

KIRKIN’ O’ THE TARTANS  

Due to some dancers’ travel plans and conflicts in schedule, they will not be able to perform for us on December 2,  but will look forward to performing for us for the Feast of St. George in April, 2013.

For more information, please click here.


 

THE FESTIVAL OF NINE LESSONS AND CAROLS

 

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

Reception following


Hurricane Sandy Relief

 

Donations are still being accepted. Gifts may be sent to St. George’s Anglican Church or placed in the offering plate during Sunday or weekday Mass. Please note on your check or envelope that these funds are for Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief.
This is a Diocesan effort. If you feel moved to give, please note that that donations from St. George’s Anglican Church will be sent to the Diocesan office. Bishop Morrison will designate a relief organization to be the recipient of these gifts.
Plan to attend…   
 
THANKSGIVING
DAY MASS

Thursday, November 22
9:30 a.m.

 

REQUIEM FOR
WALLY HAWKINS

 

December 10, 2012
11:30 am

 

Wally Hawkins’ requiem will be held on Monday, December 10, 2012 at 11:30 am at St. George’s Church.

A graveside service will follow at 2:00 pm at Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Boulder City.

Scott and Katie Kruse invite everyone to both services and to a reception at their home after the burial service. Their address is 9856 Masked Duck, Las Vegas, NV  89117.


Let's Hang Out!

Anglican Youth Group meets Sunday, December 9, immediately after the 10:30 am Mass.

They will enjoy lunch together then an hour of fellowship.


UPDATE
PROJECT HOMELESS CONNECT IS IN NEED OF VOLUNTEERS
Project Homeless Connect

When:  December 6

Starts: 9:00 am

Ends: 4:00 pm

Volunteers are needed for the 9:00am to 4:00pm time period, but volunteers are requested to arrive between 7:00 – 7:30 am.

Volunteers are requested to report between 7:00 and 7:30 am.and will be provided a Project Homeless T-Shirt.

If you would like to volunteer, please forward your email address to
Rebecca Andrews.


UPDATE ON
THANKSGIVING DINNER VOLUNTEER SCHEDULE FOR CIMARRON HIGH SCHOOL
 

Thursday, November 22

 

Thanksgiving Teens
Thanksgiving for Teens

Give thanks for our blessings!

VOLUNTEER SCHEDULE

7:00 am – 10:00 am

10:00 am 1:00 pm

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Dinner for approximately 1000 homeless students and their families will be served from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.

The greatest need is for the 4:00 – 7:00 pm time slot.
There will be a signup sheet available this Sunday.
Please provide your name, phone number and email address so we can contact you to confirm your volunteer time
TRAVEL TO ENGLAND
Pilgrammage to England

 

WHO? Curious, Kindly, Fun-loving, Bucket-List Travel Seekers *WHAT? A 6-9 nights trip to London, Canterbury, Stratford-Upon-Avon Oxford or Cambridge
WHEN? April 2013 WHY? What are you waiting for? Experience history, castles, churches, gardens, shopping, museums, art, music, fellowship, food & literature!
How Much? $1,350.00 (reflects March, 2013 travel prices) pp/dbl including 6 nts 3star hotel; breakfast; airfare from Las Vegas. Optional: other meals, sightseeing bus ($48.pp), tours except as led by Hosts, train/bus

 

Fares: To destinations outside London ($10-$40pp), tube pass incl Thames cruise & ($28pp).
*What are you waiting for? Do not count anyone out based on age or abilities. We will travel in 3 small teams based on speed, ability & interests. All are welcome.
** The airfare may be extended so anyone desiring to add additional options may do so… like a cruise; overnight ferry to Belgium, train or air to Scotlnd/Ireland/Wales, Chunnel to France, narrowboat to the Cotswolds, or a European cruise (from $299/pp/dbl)etc.
Faith & Fellowship Travels is a division of Travel with Al and Kathy, a Nevada LLC

 

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