Presiding Bishop Curry’s
Joy to the world! The Lord is come: let earth receive her King; let every heart prepare him room, and heaven and nature sing.
December 7, 2020 - In his weekly Monday message, Bishop Robert Fitzpatrick shares a reflection on the "missing" Psalm verses from this past Sunday's Liturgy.
A message from the Rector
December 8, 2020

Happy second week of Advent! Advent’s four customary themes are Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love. We use the term peace in many ways, especially in the life of the church. 
Blessed are the peacemakers… (Matthew 5:9)
Peace be with you… (John 20:19)
The Lord look with favor on you and give you peace…(Numbers 6:26)
Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. (Pslam 34:13)

What does it mean to make, seek, have, and give peace? How might you practice peace in your body, mind, spirit? In you home, work, and world?

The season of Advent is a rich one for possibility. Take it as a gift.

In addition to partaking in Advent worship services, I’m offering a ZOOM group on Thursdays at 10am for one hour to reflect and share stories on the weekly themes of Advent: Hope, Peace, Joy, Love. I hope to see you there! 

May the peace of God which passes all understanding abide with you. 

Pastor Katlin
Christmas Mass Schedule
December 24th:
Kūpuna Mass IN PERSON only@ 2PM
Family Mass IN PERSON And ONLINE @ 4PM;
Sunday School ZOOM @ 6:30PM
Lessons in Carols ONLINE Only @ 7PM
December 25th:
Christmas Day Service - ONLINE And IN PERSON @ 9AM
Stewardship Campaign 2021-Thank you for your pledges!
Stewardship Season 2021 kicked off with the mailing of a pledge packet. So far 51 people have turned in their pledges. With God’s Help you are invited to take a moment to reflect on our individual and collective callings as members of the Body of Christ, and how we each are blessed by our Lord with gifts to seek and serve Christ in those around us.

Do not neglect to do good and who share what you have for such sacrifices are pleasing to God. Hebrews 13:16.
Our last story of stewardship and thanksgiving is brought to you from Jane Torricer. Thank you, Jane for a very moving testimony.

Thank you also to Dora Kraul, Deb Lewis and Laurie Zieglar for sharing of their stories, as well.
Sunday School December 13th on Zoom!
The Third Sunday in Advent
Advent means “coming.”
  • The coming of the baby Jesus, God among us in human flesh.
  • The coming of Christ again: "the Son of man coming in clouds with great power and glory." 

In between those two great comings is God’s constant longing for each of us to come to God, to love God, and to let God love us. "Be alert." Notice. Listen. Watch. For what?
  • For the ways God will choose to get our attention this season.
  • For those moments when we notice that our ways are not in alignment with God’s ways.
  • For those shimmering glimpses of the Kingdom of God.
Sunday School Schedule
*please notice a change in scheduling
Sunday Dec 13 Zoom 10:30am
3rd Sunday in Advent
Thursday Dec 24 Zoom 6:30pm
Christmas Eve Family Gathering 
Sunday Dec 27 no class
*Sunday Jan 3 class rescheduled to Jan 10
Sunday Jan 10 Zoom 10:30am
Resume regular class
Sunday Jan 31 Zoom 10:30am
 *CHA Annual Meeting
Sunday Feb 7 Zoom 10:30am Sunday School class
New Podcast this Advent Season:
Start each day of Advent with a splash of joy! 
Open a door to a photo or a brief video for a glimpse into the lives of Holy Land Christians and the humanitarian ministries of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem. 
The calendar may take several seconds to arrive. As the herald angels said to the shepherds, “fear not!”
Centering Prayer - Prayer as Relationship
"Be still and know that I am God."
Psalm 46:10

This simple wisdom saying is an invitation given to you by God. It is a call to set aside all activity, rest in silence, and come into an intimate relationship with the Beloved.  

Throughout the ages, most cultures and religions have practiced some form of prayer as a way of relating to God or spirit. In the modern Western world, we tend to think of prayer as thoughts or feelings expressed through words. Often these prayers become supplications to a God "out there"--a God that we perceive to be somewhere else. Although these prayers are those most commonly practiced, they are not the only expressions of prayer.

In Aramaic, the language Jesus spoke, the word for prayer is shela. Shela can be interpreted to mean "to open oneself and listen to the Divine Presence." In this sense, prayer is not necessarily words being spoken; rather, it is closer to what, in the Christian tradition, is called contemplation. It is important for you to be open to a new understanding of prayer in the context of the contemplative Christian.

In the contemplative sense, prayer is not something you do, but is instead a relationship between you and the Divine Indwelling. To pray is to accept God's invitation to turn your mind and heart inward and open to the realization that you are not separate from God. God is always with you, whether you know it or not. This understanding of prayer as a relationship with God is a primary foundation of the practice of Centering Prayer. The more you practice silent prayer in the contemplative Christian tradition, the more you come to understand this new paradigm of prayer.

I invite you to spend ten minutes in silence. Sit comfortably, close your eyes, and be still so God can use this time. It doesn't matter that odd thoughts will come to mind. When they do just let them go away. At the end of ten minutes, you are done.  

Closing prayer: Thank you, God, that you are right here with me as I wait. Amen. 

from Fr. Thomas Keating,"Centering Prayer"
What is Contemplative Prayer and Why Is It So Needed?
"A Long, loving, look at the Real" – If you have not yet discovered contemplative prayer for yourself get ready. Soon you'll want to be doing nothing else! In this video Fr. Rohr dives into the essence of a contemplative inner life, what it is, how to start and its historical context in the Christian story.... 
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