St. Martin's Weekly E-Newsletter
December 26, 2019
To seek God, and be Christ’s body in the world
Preparing for Sunday
The First Sunday after Christmas
REFLECT: “In today's Gospel episode [Matthew 2:13-23], the Holy Family is in big trouble. Mary, Joseph and the Child Jesus are homeless. They are refugees. Fearful that it could be the last day for the child, they are naturally, on the run. Matthew tells us that an angel of the Lord had appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, "Get up. Take the Child and His mother with you and escape into Egypt ... because Herod intends to search for the Child and do away with Him" (Mt. 2:13). Loyal to both God and family, Joseph gets up, follows the angel's instructions, journeys to that distant land and keeps the Child Jesus out of harm's way."

"Today’s gospel will not let us deny Herod’s existence. That doesn’t, however, mean that all is lost. It means that the world of Herod is the world into which Jesus is born. The world of Herod is the world in which Jesus puts our lives back together. The world of Herod is the world in which Jesus reveals God is with us and for us...Just like Joseph we stand in the middle between Jesus and Herod, between life and death, between the life-giver and the life-taker."

"Life after Christmas is almost never easy; not for us now, not for that family driving home, and it certainly wasn’t easy for Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. As we continue to step forward into this uncertain time let us not hold fast to the decorations, and the pomp and circumstance, and the presents, and the meals, and all the other elements that make Christmas what it appears to be, but instead let us hold fast to the hymns we sang together as a church, let us hold fast to the fact that Christ is the light of the world that shines in the darkness, let us hold fast to the faith that we have in Jesus Christ as the Lord of all."

PRAY: "God of glory, your splendor shines from a manger in Bethlehem, where the Light of the world is humbly born into the darkness of human night. Open our eyes to Christ's presence in the shadows of our world, so that we, like him, may become beacons of your justice, and defenders of all for whom there is no room. Amen."
This Week's Schedule

Sunday, December 29
Fr. Chris' last day of service at St. Martin's
8:00am Holy Eucharist
9:00am Choir Rehearsal
9:30am No Sunday School
10:00am Nursery opens with Megan
10:00am Lessons & Carols/Holy Eucharist

Wednesday, January 1
7:00pm AA Meeting

Sunday, January 5
Fr. David Laquintano, Celebrant
8:00am Holy Eucharist
8:30am Parish Breakfast
9:00am Choir Rehearsal
9:30am Sunday School for all ages
10:00am Holy Eucharist
Christmas Schedule
Come Let Us Adore Him!

Sunday, December 29th
8:00 AM Holy Eucharist
10:00 AM Lessons & Carols
Parish Breakfast
Food and Fellowship!

Save up your appetite for the first Parish Breakfast of the new decade! Food will be served on Sunday, January 5th, starting at 8:30 a.m. in Bolingbroke. Enjoy some great food and fun fellowship!
Feeding Ministry
Christmas Dinner Thank You!

Thank you to all who participated in our annual Christmas Dinner collection for the residents & neighbors at St. Barnabas Mission. We delivered 10 turkeys, 10 hams and 25 bags of dinner fixings. They were so appreciative and sent good wishes and thanks to all the parishioners at St. Martin's. Special thanks also to Gale Muir who braved the cold to stand in the parking lot and accept your donations and then helped deliver them.
Offering Envelopes
Ready for Pick-up

Please remember to pick up your 2020 offering envelopes in The Gurley Room. If envelopes were inadvertently not assigned to you, please contact the office at 610-688-4830, or Thank you!
Bible Study
Upcoming Sessions

The Bible Study group is taking a break for the holidays from now until January 8th.

We expect to finish the three synoptic Gospels in January and are now collecting ideas on what we will study next. Please contact Deb Parker if you have suggestions (740.272.6901). Have a joyful Christmas and Happy New Year!
Clothing Ministry
Coat Drive

The HIAS PA organization that provides supportive services to those settling in the US has requested winter wear for all sizes and ages. To honor this request St. Martin’s and Christ Church (CCI) are holding a winter gear clothing drive now through January 5 th , 2020. It’s a good time to clean and donate new/gently used winter coats, hats and gloves. Items may be dropped off in the small Sunday School room for transport to CCI. Thank you!
The Lectionary
Sunday's Readings can be found on the Worship page at St. Martin's website .

Isaiah 61:10-62:3
Psalm 147:13-21
Galatians 3:23-25; 4:4-7
John 1:1-18