DECEMBER 18, 2020 · 325 PARK AVENUE AT 51ST STREET  212-378-0222 · STBARTS.ORG
"O Holy Night"
by the Reverend Susan Anderson-Smith
“O Holy Night” is a timeless Christmas carol, and, actually, my favorite one. I imagine if you’re like me, you know by heart all the words of the first verse, and have probably joyfully belted them out, singing along with Mariah Carey or Shania Twain or even Weezer while decorating the tree or wrapping gifts. For me, though, it is the less well-known second and third verses that pack the punch. .
We continue to evaluate the shifting COVID-19 landscape and regularly consult with medical professionals affiliated with the parish. At this time, due to rising rates of infections, our 5 pm in-person worship service has been suspended through the month of December. Please join us online during this festive season.

JOIN US THIS SUNDAY
DECEMBER 20, 2020
Download our service leaflet to follow along with us as we livestream Sunday morning worship from the church on our website, Facebook and YouTube. Read our tips and tricks for worship online.

Healing and Hope: Technology and the Future of Healthcare 
Clay Williams, St. Bart’s parishioner and founder of healthtech startup Medaptive Health, reflects on how technology can positively impact the healthcare system. The Forum will be streamed on our website, Facebook Live and YouTube.

Sunday, December 20 at 5 pm
The great story of Christmas is told through a majestic sequence of readings and music, featuring St. Bartholomew's Choir, St. Bart’s Singers and St. Bartholomew's Choristers. Join in singing the most beautiful music of the season on our website, Facebook and YouTube.
During this time of great anxiety and uncertainty, we are in the process of building a stronger faith community—and a place grounded in the possibility of hope and meaning for our lives. We are most grateful for your validation of our efforts through your financial support. The annual Stewardship Campaign funds more than 60% of the Church’s operating budget and enables us to offer accessible worship and programmatic opportunities online. If you would like to make a gift to help support these efforts, convert to online giving, or learn how to declare your 2021 pledge, please click here.
MEET US AFTER CHURCH

for a list of groups meeting after church each week.
Newcomers welcome to all groups!

ONGOING AND UPCOMING
“Joy to the world! The Lord is come. In your hearts, in your homes, in your lives, prepare him room,” Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry said in his Christmas 2020 Message.

Monday, December 21 at 6 pm
The days leading up to Christmas can be some of the most joyous ones in the year. But they can also be especially difficult for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one, those who are struggling with illness, those who are dismayed by the rancor of our politics, or those who simply find the pain of the world too much to bear. On this longest night of the year, join us to celebrate the Light that shines through every kind of darkness in this quiet, contemplative, and hopeful service. This service will be available on our website, Facebook and YouTube.

Tuesdays, December 1-22, 7-8 pm
The spirituals composed by the enslaved people of North America in the years before the Civil War often anticipated an apocalyptic reckoning in which the high would be brought low and the low would be lifted high. Their unique ability to give voice to hope and to imagine a future filled with justice make them the perfect music for Advent. Join The Reverend Peter Thompson on four December Tuesdays for an hour of meditation on the spirituals. Sessions, based largely on Luke Powery’s book Rise Up Shepherd!: Advent Reflections on the Spirituals, will also incorporate audio recordings.

Wednesday, December 23 from 6:30 pm - 8 pm
There's no potluck to prepare, just join the merriment via Zoom and share a Christmas memory. Festive attire suggested, ugly sweaters optional.

Thursday, December 24 and Friday December 25
Worship with us this Christmas! This year, St. Bart’s has been asked by The Episcopal Church to broadcast our Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services to the wider church. Join us on our website, Facebook and YouTube.

On Monday, Jeff Morrisey and Bill Trafka offered their much-beloved annual concert virtually. Inspired by the 1919 Ethel Parsons Paullin and Telford Paullin mural in the Children's Chapel of St. Bart's, the performance recounts the story of the Nativity. If you missed the premiere, you can still watch on YouTube and Facebook. Enjoy traditional carols, carols from around the world, spirituals, and popular Christmas favorites.

WEEKLY ADULT FORMATION
Centering Prayer
Mondays at 7 pm, Wednesdays at 5 pm, and Fridays at 9 am. Experience a few moments of peace and comfort through the contemplative practice of centering prayer. Newcomers welcome! To join our email list to receive updates on centering prayer, contact Manny Rodriguez.

Wednesdays at 1 pm
Thoughtful reflection and lively discussion of the upcoming Sunday readings, hosted by the Right Reverend Dean E. Wolfe. To join our Weekly Bible Study online, please contact Liz Gillespie.
 
JUSTICE AND RECONCILIATION
Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry and the leaders of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), the Anglican Church of Canada and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada have joined together to offer an Advent message.

Sunday, January 10, 2021, 1:30-3 pm
In Holy Chaos, interfaith leader, activist, and pastor Amanda Henderson shares personal stories and practices from her work at the intersection of faith and politics to help us find connections in the midst of the religious and political divides in our country, our communities, and our families and friendships. Please join us in this timely discussion of core principles of radical loving in chaotic times. Before our meeting, please read Chapters 1-4.

On November 27, Crossroads hosted a Fare Share Friday like no other! Over 350 guests received a delicious holiday meal, served out of the Narthex. At the same time, over 100 live viewers tuned in for a virtual celebration. If you missed the event, you can watch the 30-minute recording here. Also, be sure to follow Crossroads on Instagram and Facebook.

DAILY PRAYER
Do you need a few moments of peace to embark upon your daily rounds? Watch the Reverend Deborah Lee's one- to three-minute scripture-inspired video meditations, released at 7 am weekdays on YouTube and Facebook.

Do you desire a few moments of peace at the end of each day? Join the St. Bart's community for Night Prayer each weekday evening at 8:30 pm. Clergy and lay officiants will lead brief services based on or inspired by the ancient office of Compline.

LAST SUNDAY
Missed Last Sunday?

Watch last Sunday's Forum with Psychologist Peter Coleman, a professor at Columbia, as he discussed the deep divides in our national life—and how we can transcend them.

Watch or listen to the sermon preached by the Right Reverend Dean E. Wolfe.

Listen to our choir sing Gibbons: This is the record of John.
We also have a YouTube playlist of all of our recorded choir and organ videos.
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