December 5, 2022
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Fr. Patrick is away this week for Annual Advent Retreat

ICYMI... A week FULL of fun and HUGE Love

ELNO @ Bistro, Kids in the Kitchen, Queen of the Sound, 500+ Biscuits, Bird Churches and more…
A LOOK BACK AT LAST WEEK…

TUESDAY !

From our host, Jan, “ELNO is akin to the postal service…   neither rain, nor sleet, nor 30mile winds with threat of storm will stop the “ELNO Gals of St. Peter’s”!

So much fun always…   I mean look at this group!

We had a St. Peter’s member Bill Pettey entertaining us!”

***December ELNO will be the 27th at CHIMNEY’S

wednESDAY !

The chefs of Casting Nets crafted clay in the Kitchen.
Later, they made ornaments and personalized their aprons

FRIDAY/SATURDAY !

St. Peter’s by-the-Sea, through our Biscuit Brigade, provided 225 brown bag breakfasts for Saturday morning’s Camping for Hope. The cooking began Friday afternoon and 450 sausage biscuits and 225 bags were ready to go…

Early Saturday morning, the bags were packed and ready for delivery when the second shift arrived to prepare our regular biscuit breakfasts to Feed my Sheep


Camping for Hope celebrated 10 years of providing warm clothes, blankets, sleeping bags and more to our local homeless population, in advance of the cold weather. Local philanthropic groups gather to distribute donated goods to the folks gathered.
Being the best biscuit bakers on the coast (prove me wrong),
 St. Peter’s provided breakfast at 7am.

FRIDAY !

Warning: Shameless self promotion by your newsletter editor !

On Friday afternoon, honoring long time supporter of the Arts, John Harral, we dedicated a years long project, Queen of the Sound. The steel ship sculpture was designed and built by Gail Hendrickson. In case you have not seen it, it is located just West of the Aquarium at 2211 14th St, Gulfport, MS 39501

 

More, Saturday !

Our Advent Arts kicked off by “playing in the mud”!

Next week we’ll finish our projects then we’ll make rosaries.
For more info email questions to: contact@stpetersbytheseagulfport.com or text gail @ 228-760-0179.

Special thanks to David Wilson for providing the supplies and instruction.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD

TOMORROW !

December 6

Bring an Appetizer to share, your beverage of choice and
WWYW
 No… it’s not Dirty Santa.
Bring a wrapped gift ($10-15) that would be
What Would You Want
One of your favorite things
(for example if you liked a wine that was $12
you would bring it wrapped for your Santa gift)

Stanley Hastings will provide us with some lovely Christmas tunes.
Bring a friend and join us!

Feast Day of St. Nicholas

“The giver of every good and perfect gift has called upon us to mimic His giving, by grace, through faith, and this is not of ourselves.” – St. Nicholas of Myra

Readings: 1 John 4:7-14Psalm 145:8-13Mark 10:13-16

Collect: Grant, Almighty God, that your church may be so inspired by the example of your servant Nicholas of Myra, that it may never cease to work for the welfare of children, the safety of sailors, the relief of the poor, and the help of those tossed by tempests of doubt or grief; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Another Collect for the Feast Day of St. Nicholas: 

Almighty God, in your love you gave your servant Nicholas of Myra a perpetual name for deeds of kindness both on land and sea:
Grant, we pray, that your Church may never cease to work for the happiness of children,
the safety of sailors, the relief of the poor,
and the help of those tossed by tempests of doubt or grief;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Episcopal collect 1 from Holy Women, Holy Men: Celebrating the Saints, copyright 2010, The Church Pension Fund, Church Publishing, p. 105

WEDNESDAY

WEDNESDAY WAVE cropped

In Fr. Patrick’s absence there will be no Bible Study

12:05 Noonday Prayer
2:30 Casting Nets (join us for a trip to the Aquarium!)
5:30 Compline followed by
                 Soup Supper in the Parish Hall
6 Hand Bell choir Practice

SUNDAY SERVICES and more

ANGEL TREE 

Please deliver your gifts NO LATER THAN DECEMBER 11th

Be sure to attach the tag to the new,
unwrapped
 gifts

 

 

 SUNDAY    ADVENT 3
December 11th

Readings: Isaiah 35:1-10James 5:7-10Matthew 11:2-11Psalm 146:4-9 or Canticle 15 [or Canticle 3]

The Collect: 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

Lesser Feast Days and Fasts for this week
December

 5 Clement of Alexandria, Priest and Theologian, c.210

 6 Nicholas of Myra, Bishop, c.342

 7 Ambrose of Milan, Bishop and Theologian, 397

12 [Francis de Sales, Bishop, 
and Jane de Chantal, Vowed Religious, 1622 and 1641]

Lesser Feast Days and Fasts site

THE SEASON OF GIVING IS HERE !


It’s never been easier to make your pledge for 2023.
There are three ways…
1. Pick up a card at church, fill out and drop in the offertory
2. Download, print and mail your card here:
https://stpetersbytheseagulfport.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/PLEDGE-CARD-2022-DL.pdf
or, 3. Make your pledge on-line through our website:
https://stpetersbytheseagulfport.com
/give/#PLEDGEDM
It’s easy to make your pledge and schedule on-line giving all on one page.  

Please return your Pledge Card as soon as possible
as we continue to prepare our budget for 2023

ADVENT EPISCOPAL RELIEF and DEVELOPMENT
Each year, during the season of Advent, St. Peter’s by-the-Sea raises funds for ERD. This year our focus will be on supporting Episcopal Relief & Development in providing humanitarian aid in response to the crisis in Ukraine. By donating to the Ukraine Crisis Response Fund, you will help meet critical needs for people fleeing the violence including food, cash, blankets and hygiene supplies.

Our Deacon, Rev. Scott Williams will be setting up a donation point in the rear of our sanctuary. An on-line giving page will be set up within the week.

Upcoming

GREENING THE CHURCH !

The flower guild is looking for assistance with greening the church for
Christmas.  We will be creating wreaths, arrangements, swags and
garlands throughout the week before Christmas.  All those interested in
helping to make our church more beautiful are welcome.  Greening the
church will occur on Friday, December 23rd at 10AM.  We will need some
strong and agile persons to assist with hanging the finished decorations.

Please notify the church office no later than December 14th if you are
willing and able to assist in any way.  We also need donations of
greens, holly, nandina, etc delivered to the church on December 18th.

Again, the flower guild needs assistance on Friday, December 23rd
beginning at 10AM to hang the greenery.  This usually takes about 2
hours, however the more able bodied persons we have for climbing,
lifting, and hanging the quicker it goes.

Our record is 1 hour and 40 minutes  – let’s beat that!

ADVENT ARTS WORKSHOP
continues

Christmons of Clay finishing
Saturday,
December 10,
10am




 



Anglican
Rosaries

Saturday December 17
10am

For a suggested donation of $20, we’ll be providing all you need to make your own.
Interested in attending? Contact Gail @ 228-760-0179 (leave a message or text) to reserve your spot !
 

OUTREACH OPPORTUNITIES

Spreading Big Love outside our four wallsWe invite those interested in becoming a member of the
2023 Biscuit Brigade
to join a team !

Did you know we prepare brown bag breakfasts
EACH Saturday of the year?
Breakfast is delivered to Feed my Sheep for distribution
for anywhere from 40 – 60 folks.
Teams cook one Saturday each month,
sometimes the 5th Saturday
AND for Cold Weather Shelter openings.

Cold Weather shelter cooking
will take place at the Salvation Army

Call: Jan Shook @ 228-860-4407 for more info




Volunteers are needed for the Salvation Army’s
NEW cold weather shelter on 22nd St

Shifts are 6-10pm – 10pm-2am – 2am-7 am

First shift helps serve dinner.
Last shift includes helping prepare and serve breakfast.

Call: Stacy Crandle @ 228-326-4353

Weekly Worship Schedule 
Wednesday 

12:05 Noonday Prayer
2:30 Casting Nets
5:30 Compline and Dinner
6 Hand Bell choir Practice

Sundays by-the-Sea
8am Rite I
9:30am Coffee and Adult Sunday School in the Great Room

9:30am
 Kids’ Sunday School
10:30am
Rite II 
10:30am Children’s Church
Child Care Available

 

RECENT STREAMS

November 30, 2022

Via Media

December 4, 2022
ADVENT II


Sunday Rite I
Sunday Rite II

 

 

December 4 – December 10
Birthdays
4th – Thomas Frederic
4th – Lisa Kersanac
5th – Sul Ozerden
7th – BillyWood
9th – Merritt Bell
9th – Nancy Hoppe
10th – Clark Seemann
10 – Deane Wood
Anniversaries
4th – Fred & Donna Hutchings

December 11 – December 17
Birthdays
13th – Janet Dodd
16th – Michael Black
Anniversaries
11th – Scott & Tracy Williams

SAVE THE DATES

ADVENT ARTS
December 10 – Chrismons of Clay
December 17 – Rosary Making

Contact us at
contact@stpetersbytheseagulfport.com
 to reserve a spot in our Creative Classes

ECW News

December 6
ECW Christmas gathering Tea Basket Raffle
tickets $2/each
or 3 for $5
DRAWING TOMORROW NIGHT !

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Support our ECW with the purchase of a St. Peter’s Ornament!

Commissioned in 2009, and the 4th in a series of Downtown Gulfport Landmarks, these cast pewter ornaments are the original work of artist Maurice Milleur. Measuring approximately 2 3/4″ tall.
These make great gifts and help support our ECW.
Ornaments are $20/each and may be purchased by contacting any ECW member or the church office.

PART of the ARTS !
ECVA Current Exhibition

Beginning of the Day/St. Mary Magdalene
oil on linen, 16″x20″
by Impressionist Artist Joy Jennings

Artist Statement: “If we could but realize the sureness around us, we would be much more courageous in our lives. The frames of anxiety that keep us caged would dissolve. We would live the life we love and in that way, day by day, free our future from the weight of regret.” ( John O’Donohue)

Joy is President and Exhibitions Director of ECVA (Episcopal Church Visual Arts)

Artists’ Prayer
O God, whom saints and angels delight to worship in heaven: Be ever present with your servants who seek through art and music to perfect the praises offered by your people on earth; and grant to them even now glimpses of your beauty, and make them worthy at length to behold it unveiled for evermore; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

words of the week

(what does it mean?)

Canon

The word is derived from the Greek kanon, a “measuring rod or rule.” It has several different meanings in the church. 1) [Scripture] The canon of scripture is the list of inspired books recognized by the church to constitute the Holy Scriptures. 2) [Church Law] Canons are the written rules that provide a code of laws for the governance of the church. The canons of the Episcopal Church are enacted by the General Convention. Canons of the Episcopal Church may only be enacted, amended, or repealed by concurrent resolution of the House of Deputies and the House of Bishops at General Convention. The canons of the Episcopal Church are organized by titles or sections concerning Organization and Administration, Worship, Ministry, Ecclesiastical Discipline, and General Provisions. 3) [Ecclesiastical Title] A canon may be a member of the clergy on the staff of a cathedral or diocese. A canon on a cathedral staff assists the dean, and a canon on a diocesan staff assists the bishop. Members of the clergy and laity have at times been made honorary canons of a cathedral in recognition of significant service or achievement. Historically, canons were secular clergy who were connected to a cathedral or collegiate church, sharing the revenues and a common rule of life at the church. 4) [Liturgy] The canon designates the fixed portion of the Great Thanksgiving or the prayer of consecration at the Holy Eucharist, including the institution narrative. The canon does not vary with the liturgical season. 5) [Church Music] A musical composition, with a note-for-note imitation of one melodic line by another that begins one or more notes later than the first, also known as a round. The Hymnal 1982 includes a section of rounds and canons (Hymns 710-715).

Vestry

In England the annual election of churchwardens took place in Easter week. The parishioners gathered at the church to hear the outgoing wardens render their accounts and elect their successors. The parishioners assembled in the vestry, the room off the chancel where the clergy vested. The assembled parishioners came to be known as the vestry. These were open vestries in that all adult male parishioners could participate. It was like a modern annual congregational meeting. In Virginia the parishes were very large and it was difficult to get all the male parishioners together. So they would meet only once and elect twelve of their number to serve for life. This was known as a closed vestry. The transition to a closed vestry was completed by 1633 or 1634, when a Vestry Act was passed. It provided that “there be a vestrie held in each parish.” The current vestry evolved from this colonial pattern.

The vestry is the legal representative of the parish with regard to all matters pertaining to its corporate property. The number of vestry members and the term of office varies from parish to parish. Vestry members are usually elected at the annual parish meeting. The presiding officer of the vestry is the rector. There are usually two wardens. The senior warden leads the parish between rectors and is a support person for the rector. The junior warden often has responsibility for church property and buildings. A treasurer and a secretary or clerk may be chosen. These officers may or may not be vestry members. The basic responsibilities of the vestry are to help define and articulate the mission of the congregation; to support the church’s mission by word and deed, to select the rector, to ensure effective organization and planning, and to manage resources and finances.

INSPIRATION

The Feast Day of St. Nicholas
from: https://www.stnicholascenter.org/

St. Nicholas String
A tradition from Biloxi, Mississippi

Here is one way Croatian families in Biloxi have celebrated St. Nicholas. Cathy Willis writes, “In our house, St. Nicholas always left our trinkets knotted on a long string.

“Our average Nicholas string included several pieces of imported candy (my favorites were the foil-wrapped cordial-filled chocolates shaped like wine bottles), a sack of chocolate gold-foil wrapped coins (in honor of the gold coins St. Nick left for the dowerless maidens), a folk-y Christmas ornament, a flavored popcorn ball and always, ALWAYS a shiny red apple at the bottom of the string.

“Apples have a symbolic association with St. Nicholas. Apple strudel is a common St. Nicholas Day treat. In old Croatia, this was a traditional day for engagements with the young man presenting a basket of apples to his intended as he popped the question. It all goes back to those three dowerless virgins. The gold St. Nick left for them is often symbolized by three gold balls, which in some paintings and statues, are depicted as apples.”

Cathy’s recipes are from her Croatian grandmother, Mary, who was called Nona.

To make a St. Nicholas String

I used green and white cotton Christmas twine with red and green mini wooden clothespins. They are cute, but knotting like Cathy’s grandmother did would probably be more secure. At the top there is a bag of gold coins for Nicholas’ gold, followed by various wrapped candies, an olive wood nativity ornament, a Dutch cookie, small St. Nicholas figure, a green popcorn ball, more candies, ending with a nice red apple for St. Nicholas.

Popcorn balls for St. Nicholas String

Cathy’s Jello Popcorn Balls ~ A Nicholas String Staple

1 cup light corn syrup
3/4 cup sugar
1 – 3 oz. package of Jello (cherry or lime)
2 1/2 quarts of popcorn, popped (or a bit more)

Boil corn syrup and sugar together. Add the Jello; stir until dissolved. Remove from heat and cool slightly. Pour over popcorn in large bowl (with room to work syrup into popcorn). Grease hands. Shape mixture into balls, working quickly, buttering hands as needed to keep syrup from sticking to hands. Let dry on waxed paper. Makes about a dozen depending on how large you make them.

Cathy’s Apple Strudel

“Nona was famous for her apple strudel. She always made it this time of year.”

PASTRY DOUGH

2 eggs, well beaten
1/2 stick melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3-4 cups of flour (1/2 cup self-rising to 2/3 cup of all-purpose)

For the dough: Mix first 4 ingredients together in a large bowl with electric mixer. Add flour gradually. Dough will get very stiff (add more if needed). After mixing, knead dough on a surface lightly dusted with all purpose flour. When the dough feels smooth, poke your finger in it. If the indentation fills back up quickly, it is time to roll the dough out.

Transfer dough to a lightly floured clean dishcloth. Roll dough out in a circular shape for one big roll. May also separate and roll into two circles (on separate cloths) to make two smaller rolls. Keep the dough thin but not too thin. You don’t want the apples to pierce through the crust and let all your good juices escape.

APPLE FILLING

7-8 large red apples, thinly sliced
1/2 stick of butter, cut into pats
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup cinnamon

Apple Filling: Spread the apple slices on the dough (which is still on the cloth). Dot with butter. Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon. You can use more or less sugar/cinnamon depending on your taste and the sweetness of the apples.

Lift cloth and roll like a jelly roll. Place seam side down on an ungreased cookie sheet with an edge. Tuck under both ends of the strudel to keep juices in.

Dot top with more butter. Sprinkle on more sugar and cinnamon. Bake in a 350 degree oven 35-45 minutes or until slightly browned. Baste 2-3 times during baking. Cool. Slice thin to serve. Makes 1 large roll or 2 small ones.





Who is St. Nicholas?

The true story of Santa Claus begins with Nicholas, who was born during the third century in the village of Patara in Asia Minor. At the time the area was Greek and is now on the southern coast of Turkey. His wealthy parents, who raised him to be a devout Christian, died in an epidemic while Nicholas was still young. Obeying Jesus’ words to “sell what you own and give the money to the poor,” Nicholas used his whole inheritance to assist the needy, the sick, and the suffering. He dedicated his life to serving God and was made Bishop of Myra while still a young man. Bishop Nicholas became known throughout the land for his generosity to those in need, his love for children, and his concern for sailors and ships.

Under the Roman Emperor Diocletian, who ruthlessly persecuted Christians, Bishop Nicholas suffered for his faith, was exiled and imprisoned. The prisons were so full of bishops, priests, and deacons, there was no room for the real criminals – murderers, thieves and robbers. After his release, Nicholas attended the Council of Nicaea in AD 325. He died December 6, AD 343 in Myra and was buried in his cathedral church, where a unique relic, called manna, formed in his grave. This liquid substance, said to have healing powers, fostered the growth of devotion to Nicholas. The anniversary of his death became a day of celebration, St. Nicholas Day, December 6th (December 19 on the Julian Calendar).

Through the centuries many stories and legends have been told of St. Nicholas’ life and deeds. These accounts help us understand his extraordinary character and why he is so beloved and revered as protector and helper of those in need.

CONTINUE READING….

Relationship, Advent II (A)

December 4, 2022

 Jane Wolfe

This sermon is also available as part of Sermons for Advent and Christmas 2022, a compilation for download here. Each sermon includes questions for reflection with your small group, congregation, or personal devotions.

[RCL] Isaiah 11:1-10; Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19; Romans 15:4-13; Matthew 3:1-12

The lessons for this second Sunday in Advent are absolutely magnificent in their belief in, understanding of and knowledge about life in the kingdom of God. What do we have here, from the Psalms, through Isaiah, Romans and Matthew? What will it be like?

There will be an abundance of food and understanding and wisdom. The poor and the needy will be rescued and cared for, the oppressed will be made safe and healed, justice and mercy will reign, righteousness and equity will be the order of the day. The Gentiles will be converted. There will be the release of a tremendous power that can actually transform nature. And this power will bring peace, a harmony and order of things that will last forever and will transform our lives forever. It will glorify us in our new existence and burn away the chaff of our former lives. It is the life in the presence of God, the life in God’s kingdom, the life in Christ.

What is it like to live in God’s kingdom? Why do we take such little advantage of the life God has given us to live? These are questions that rise to the surface as we read the scriptures for today and their stunning declaration of life as it should be. If we believe that Jesus brought this powerful, abundant, and peaceful life to us through his life, death, resurrection, ascension and gift of the Spirit, then it is we who are remiss for not living it. Yet we tend to put the blame off on God; for some reason, we say, the time for the kingdom of God on earth has yet to arrive. It rarely occurs to us that we, not God, might have got it wrong.

In part we’ve got it wrong because we have misunderstood Christianity. We have failed to understand that we belong to a religion of relationship, not a religion of law. In a law religion, it is our job to follow the rules, and, if a Messiah is part of the package, it is also our job to wait for that Messiah to come, following the rules in the meantime. In a religion of relationship, in Christianity, our job is to acknowledge our relationship with God and to engage in that relationship as living beings, just as God is a living being. That is our essential commitment as Christians: by becoming Christian, we commit to a relationship with God, with Jesus – not to a rule of law, but to life with another human being who is also God.

Living well with Jesus, thus living well in the kingdom of God, requires what all relationships that flourish require: presence – listening, responding, listening again, responding and so on. It is hard to have a healthy relationship with someone if you never show up or only rarely acknowledge their existence. The relationship does exist no matter what you do, but it is simply an unhealthy or inactive relationship if you fail to participate as active partner. Those of us who have unhealthy and inactive relationships with Jesus have them more out of ignorance than out of ill will; but ignorance is easy enough to overcome, and a new church year is a good time to work on that overcoming.

Let’s go back to the promises in the lessons. From them we can learn not only about how life should be in the kingdom, but we can learn how we should be, as we are full members with Jesus in that kingdom. Thus we learn from Isaiah that it is not only Jesus on whom the Spirit of the Lord is to rest, but it is on us also as brothers and sisters of the living God. And on us, as well, come to rest the spirit of wisdom and understanding, and the spirit of counsel and might, and the spirit of knowledge and fear of the Lord. Like Jesus, our delight is to be in the fear of the Lord, and we are not to judge by what we see nor decide by what we hear. Rather, we are to judge with righteousness and decide with equity – those blind and binding garments of the heart.

What a wonderful new year to wake up to, what a glorious kingdom in which to live! Paul’s prayer for our new year and for every new day is that the God of hope fill us with all joy and peace in believing – believing that we have a relationship with God that can transform our lives, and by transforming our lives, transform the lives of others.

We are to believe not only in God’s promises for us, but in God’s ability to implement those promises. It is here that we let our relationship fall into disuse – in the implementation arena of our lives. And it is essential that we allow God the ability to implement God’s promises if we are to live into the full power and joy and contentment of relationship with God. If we believe that God can see that we live in harmony with one another, then we must allow God to implement that harmony; if we believe that God can heal us, we must allow God to implement that healing; if we believe that God can forgive the sins we have committed, then we must allow God to forgive those sins; if we believe that God can baptize us with the Holy Spirit and with fire, then we need to allow God to baptize us with the Holy Spirit and with fire. Thy kingdom come, we pray; but too often we are deaf to God’s response: my kingdom is come, rejoice, enjoy, and be glad.

What better new year’s resolution to make than to allow God to implement the promises made to us in the scriptures for this Sunday? Bringing this down to the personal, what better new year’s resolution for me than for me to allow God to implement in me these promises. To implement them in me, I do have to show up for the relationship, for the work God needs to have happen in me in order for the promises to be implemented in me and in my life. If I am poor and in distress in myself, then I need to show up for God to deliver me from that poverty and distress. If I am oppressed in any way or victimized by violence, then I need to show up for God to redeem me from those circumstances. If God wants to fill me with an abundance of grain from the earth, then I need to show up to be nurtured and fed. If God wants the lamb and the wolf in me lie down together, then I need to show up for God to make that happen. If I want the child in me to be safe in the midst of poison and paralyzing situations within and without, then I must show up for God to implement God’s promise to do so. If God wants me to abound in hope, then I must show up for God to implement that hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Easy? Yes. Fearful? Occasionally, but that’s okay. We fear because we have not developed that long-term dialog and relationship with God that allows us to fear less and less and trust more and more. There is part of us that thinks if we show up for relationship with God that nothing is going to happen; and a part that says, “Better to not show up than to have that disaster happen.” There’s another part of us that thinks that if we show up, we will be struck dead for all the wretchedness we feel or have committed; and yet another part of us that says it’s better not to show up than be struck dead. It is here that we need to go with Isaiah again and let the little child lead us. Little children are not afraid of God. Let the little child in you show up for relationship with God and let God take it from there. If the little child is too scared anyway, let the infant show up and be held in God’s arms. God is pastoral; God loves this relationship and has every desire for it to be glorious. John the Baptist called sinners to repent, and they were glad to do so. If repenting means turning so our face faces Christ, then we are glad to do so also.

You will grow slowly and transform slowly, or so it will seem. But it will also seem like an instant. Some of it will seem painful as the chaff burns up, the branches get pruned and the wheat gets cut and gathered into the granary. You will meet those who are happy at your new life and those who resent it or think it’s wrong. Live it anyway; the trip to the beach is worth the sand in your shoes, and the water of redemption will wash away tears and bring joy to the heart of humankind.

Happy New Year. Amen.

This sermon was written by Jane Wolfe for Advent 2 (A) in 1995.

Word – Advent 2 (A) SermonDownload

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BIBLE STUDY

Bible Study:
Advent II (A)
See Above
by Jane Wolfe

During Advent, we will be using study prompts and other activities tied to the sermon for the week. Read the sermon aloud and follow-up with spoken responses to the two questions at the end. Find our full sermon compilation for individual, small group, or congregational use, Sermons for Advent and Christmas 2022 at www.sermonsthatwork.org.

1. What, if anything, scares you about a closer relationship with God? What is to be gained?

2. This week, commit to saying the Lord’s Prayer at least daily. Pause on the phrase, “thy kingdom come, thy will be done,” and consider what that entails.

Did you know there are RCL (Revised Common Lectionary) Readings for each day ? 
While there is a little overlap each day, they are posted on-line as a service of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library:
 
Daily Readings


Daily Readings for this week

Monday, December 5, 2022Psalm 21; Isaiah 24:1-16a; 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12

Tuesday, December 6, 2022Psalm 21; Isaiah 41:14-20; Romans 15:14-21

Wednesday, December 7, 2022Psalm 21; Genesis 15:1-18; Matthew 12:33-37

Thursday, December 8, 2022Psalm 146:5-10; Ruth 1:6-18; 2 Peter 3:1-10

Friday, December 9, 2022Psalm 146:5-10; Ruth 4:13-17; 2 Peter 3:11-18

Saturday, December 10, 2022Psalm 146:5-10; 1 Samuel 2:1-8; Luke 3:1-18

Sunday, December 11, 2022Third Sunday of Advent

Monday, December 12, 2022Psalm 42; Isaiah 29:17-24; Acts 5:12-16

O God, our heavenly Father, whose glory fills the whole creation, and whose presence we find wherever we go:
preserve those who travel; surround them with your loving care; protect them from every danger;
and bring them in safety to their journey’s end; through Jesus Christ our Lord. 
Amen.

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