Lessons and Carols: The service of Lessons and Carols is one of the most widely anticipated and well-known events during Advent in the Anglican Church. This year, we will experience this event in a slightly different way. As you may be aware now, the extension of the restrictions by public health prompted our physical worship spaces in this diocese to being temporarily closed due to public health protocols related to the pandemic.
Anticipating this potential reality, the parishes of St. Michael’s Church and Christ the Redeemer worked together and set-up a joint worship team to organize and prepare each week an online worship platform. Our hope is to assist them you all in this advent season for the coming of the Kingdom of God.
John 1:6-8, 19-28. “Who are you?” John is asked. “I am not the Messiah,” he says. Are you Elijah? “I am not.” The prophet? “No.” Relinquishment of these identity markers is his first act of truth-telling. John knows that he must name the roles to which he is not called before he can affirm that to which he is. And so must we.
“I am,” John admits, “the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord.’” A voice, an invisible resonance piercing the air. Nothing more and nothing less than this. And this is exactly what God needs him to be.
Virtual Worship Service: We offer online (zoom) worship service on Sunday morning, 9:30. This platform is an opportunity for us to reach out to more people by sharing the coordinates of the service. As a tool for church mission, we encourage you, sisters, and brothers in Christ, to be God’s witness to the world.
Church Donations: We continue to invite you to make an offering to support the ministry of the church by your donations through one of the following: Pre-Authorized donations, e-transfer, mailing your offering envelopes, or dropping-off your envelopes in the church mailbox. Please contact the Wardens for details. We appreciate your stewardship! A Reminder: 2020 Tax Receipts must be in the offering plate by Sunday Dec. 27thto count as a 2020 donation.
Prayer: Joy-giver, you rejoice over us with gladness and renew us in your love, fashion us into an Advent people, baptized in your power, and making way for the joyous light that no darkness could overcome, so that all might see your goodness. We ask this in the name of your incarnate Word, Jesus the Christ. Amen. St. Hildegard’s Sanctuary, 2018 M. Calabrigo.