Dates to Remember:

Dec. 19th 9a-12n
Clean-up for Christmas

Dec. 24th 5pm Family Service with Pageant 

Dec. 24th 8:00 pm Christmas Service

Dec. 25th 9:00 am Christmas Day Service 

Sunday Services
8:30 am
Rite I
In the Chapel
(no music)

10:30 am
Rite II
(with music)
In the Nave

Church Office
Monday - Thursday
Hours: 10:00 am to 
2:00 pm
512-459-0027
 
Church Ministers And Staff

All the People, Ministers of the Gospel 

The Most Rev. Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop

The Rt. Rev. C. Andrew Doyle, Bishop Ordinary

The Rt. Rev. Dena H. Harrison, Bishop Suffragan

The Rt. Rev. Jeff Fisher, Bishop Suffragan

The Rev. Billy Tweedie, Vicar

Brian McElligott, Bishop's Warden

Michael Paulsen, 
People's Warden

Sara Burden-McClure, Director of Music

The Rev. Kelly Jennings, Director, Children's Ministry

The Rev. Nathan Jennings, Theologian in Residence

Linda Bryant, 
Treasurer

Marty Newkirk, 
Church Secretary
 
The Midweek Connection
December 17th 2015


Inside this Midweek Connection:
  • The Fourth Sunday of Advent 
  • Advent Evening Prayer - Highly Recommended
  • News from the Atrium - Caroling
  • Family Christmas Eve Service with Pageant
The Fourth Sunday of Advent
 
The Fourth Sunday of Advent 

The following Christmas monologue comes from "The Birth", one of Frederick Buechner's sermons at the Philip Exeter School and published in "Secrets in the Dark."


  THE INNKEEPER

And she gave birth to her first-born son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.
-LUKE 2:7 

"That was a long, long time ago," said the Innkeeper, "and a long, long way away. But the memories of men are also long, and nobody has forgotten anything about my own sad, queer part in it all unless maybe they have forgotten the truth about it. But you can never blame people for forgetting the truth because it is, after all, such a subtle and evasive commodity. In fact, all that distinguishes a truth from a lie may finally be no more than just the flutter of an eyelid or the tone of a voice. If I were to say, 'I BELIEVE!' that would be a lie, but if I were to say, 'I believe ...,' that might be the truth. So I do not blame posterity for forgetting the subtleties and making me out to be the black villain of the piece - the heartless one who said, 'No room! No room!' I'll even grant you that a kind of villainy may be part of the truth. But if you want to speak the whole truth, then you will have to call me a villain with a catch in your voice, at least a tremor, a hesitation maybe, with even the glitter of almost a tear in your eye. Because nothing is entirely black, you know. Not even the human heart.

"I speak to you as men of the world," said the Innkeeper. "Not as idealists, but as realists. Do you know what it is like to run an inn - to run a business, a family, to run anything in this world for that matter, even your own life? It is like being lost in a forest of a million trees," said the Innkeeper, "and each tree is a thing to be done. Is there fresh linen on all the beds? Did the children put on their coats before they went out? Has the letter been written, the book read? Is there money enough left in the bank? Today we have food in our bellies and clothes on our backs, but what can we do to make sure that we will have them still tomorrow? A million trees. A million things.

"Until finally we have eyes for nothing else, and whatever we see turns into a thing. The sparrow lying in the dust at your feet - just a thing to be kicked out of the way, not the mystery of death. The calling of children outside your window - just a distraction, an irrelevance, not life, not the wildest miracle of them all. That whispering in the air that comes sudden and soft from nowhere - only the wind, the wind ...

"Of course I remember very well the evening they arrived. I was working on my accounts and looked up just in time to see the woman coming through the door. She walked in that slow, heavy-footed way that women have in the last months, as though they are walking in a dream or at the bottom of the sea. Her husband stood a little behind her - a tongue-tied, helpless kind of man, I thought. I cannot remember either of them saying anything, although I suppose some words must have passed. But at least it was mostly silence. The clumsy silence of the poor. You know what I mean. It was clear enough what they wanted.

"The stars had come out. I remember the stars perfectly though I don't know why I should, sitting inside as I was. And my wife's cat jumped up onto the table where I was sitting. I had not stood up, of course. There was mainly just silence. Then it happened much in the way that you have heard. I did not lie about there being no room left - there really was none - though perhaps if there had been a room, I might have lied. As much for their sakes as for the sake of the inn. Their kind would have felt more at home in a stable, that's all, and I do not mean that unkindly either. God knows.

"Later that night, when the baby came, I was not there," the Innkeeper said. "I was lost in the forest somewhere, the unenchanted forest of a million trees. Fifteen steps to the cellar, and watch out for your head going down. Firewood to the left. If the fire goes out, the heart freezes. Only the wind, the wind. I speak to you as men of the world. So when the baby came, I was not around, and I saw none of it. As for what I heard - just at that moment itself of birth when nobody turns into somebody - I do not rightly know what I heard.
"But this I do know. My own true love. All your life long, you wait for your own true love to come-we all of us do-our destiny, our joy, our heart's desire. So how am I to say it, gentlemen? When he came, I missed him.

"Pray for me, brothers and sisters. Pray for the Innkeeper. Pray for me, and for us all, my own true love."
Fr. Billy Tweedie
Advent Evening Prayer

Advent Evening Prayer, which starts in the chapel at 6:30 pm each Wednesday evening during Advent, is a highly recommended, deeply spiritual service. It is the second of the two Daily Offices created by Archbishop Cranmer in the original Book of Common Prayer in 1549.

Led by Father Nathan Jennings and Father Billy Tweedie, it consists of opening sentences, hymns, canticles, a Psalm, and The Apostles Creed. It is a wonderful way to come away from worldly tasks for a few minutes to contemplate this time of waiting and preparation, and consider our own place in The Story. 
 


Saturday, December19th
4:00 p.m.
Austin Girls' Choir
invites you to a
Concert of Christmas Classics
Episcopal Church of the Resurrection,
2200 Justin Lane
 
Candlelight procession, Victorian costumes, and
beloved carols and holiday songs in four-part harmony.
 
Donations gratefully accepted at the door; 
$10 suggested
 
News from the Atrium












Dear All,
 
Just like last year, following this Sunday's 10:30am Eucharist, we will be heading over to sing carols at the neighboring Retirement and Nursing Center.  Father Billy will bring his guitar, you bring the good cheer!
 
We need to be there at noon, since that is their lunch time.  So we will head over at that time, noon.

Peace,
Kelly  
Family Service with Pageant

Calling all prophets, shepherds camels, donkeys, and sheep (or children who would like to dress up and be part of the pageant). This year we have more costumes and new accessories. Children may choose any of our costumes or come dressed in their own costume. We hope you will join us for this beautiful service to celebrate the birth of our Savior in story, song and communion
Christmas Clean-up Day Coming Dec. 19th

Please join the Altar Guild on Saturday, December 19 from 9 AM to 12 Noon.  We will be doing our semi-annual cleaning. We want the church to sparkle for Christmas.  We will provide all cleaning materials necessary as well as some donuts and coffee.  

Then on Sunday after the 10:30 service, we will decorate the Christmas trees so all are asked to come join us especially the children.  If you have questions, call Ann at 512-423-3911 or email barb.ann07@yahoo.com

Thrift  Shop Holiday Hours Announced

Lana Beyer, Thrift Shop Manager, has announced that the thrift shop will close for the holidays at the end of the day on December 23rd and re-open on January 4th.

When the shop re-opens, all Christmas merchandise will be 1/2 price from January 4th through the 9th -- a great time to stock up for next year. 
Dine Out Announcement

Mr.Joe Page has revealed that rascal Dine Out is going to be trying to recover from all the Christmas celebrations this month, so Dine Out will be cancelled. Dine out will return in January, though, so watch for the announcement here for the next one.                             
 
Wednesday Bible Study Continues

Wednesday morning Bible Study continues from 8:30 am to 9:30 am at Genuine Joe's Coffee House at 2001 W. Anderson Lane.  The Bible students have studied a lot of the scripture so far, and will continue on. They have worked their way through both books of The Maccabees now. The Bible study is ongoing, and there is always space for more interested folks.
The group will take a holiday break for Dec. 23rd and 30th, resuming on Jan. 6th.
Hospitality Team for Sunday Dec. 20th

Team Leader:  Jeri Wines
Pat Mills
George Legate
Music for Sunday, Dec. 20th

Anthem: Mary's Song, Michael Joncas
Processional: 266, Nova, Nova, Ave Fit ex Eva
Gospel: 438, Tell Out My Soul
Communion: 324, Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence
82, Of The Father's Love Begotten
Missional: 56, V 1-3, 7&8, O Come, O Come Emmanuel

If you are unable to fulfill your lay ministry, arrange for a substitute and let Marty in the office know of the change by noon on Thursday before. 

Readings 
First Reading: Micah 5:2-5a
Psalm: Canticle 3 or 15
Hebrews 10:5-10
Luke 1:39-45

8:30 am Service 
Lector: Reba Ott
Psalmist: Steffen Pilotek
Intercessor: Pat Mills
Chalicist:  Granville Ott
Usher: Jim Ryan

10:30 am Service
Old Testament: Sara Burden-McClure
Psalm:  Sung S-188, Canticle 3
Epistle: Ben Garza
Prayers of the People: Noreen McMahan
Chalicists: (GC) Robert Beyer (C)  Lana Beyer
Acolytes: Holly & Charles Davis
Ushers:  Jim Ryan, Leonard Oliver, Christopher Segrets, 
Jeri Wines
Altar Guild: Ginger Kirchhof, Reba Ott, Liz Haltom, Jeri Wines
Flower Guild: Reba Ott
Lay Eucharistic Minister:  To be announced
Bishop's Committee Host: Ben Garza