DECEMBER 24, 2020 · 325 PARK AVENUE AT 51ST STREET  212-378-0222 · STBARTS.ORG
"The Light has Finally Come"
by the Right Reverend Dean E. Wolfe
Dear Friends,

The author of The Gospel According to John wrote, 
“The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.” 

After a very long darkness, the light has finally come! The darkness of the pandemic, the darkness of a tumbling economy, the darkness of our political fears, and even the darkness of our deepest anxieties is scattered by the brilliant light of Christ. 

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.

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.

Magnificat: Women's Voices in Advent and Christmas Music
Episcopal Church musicians Janet Yieh and Carolyn Craig discuss their platform Amplify Female Composers, its Advent Calendar Project, and the importance of expanding the representation of women in the musical life of the Church. St. Bart's Organist and Choirmaster, Paolo Bordignon, joins them in a presentation that will include recordings of musical performances by St. Bartholomew's Choir. The Forum will be streamed on our website, Facebook Live 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.

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

“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.

On Monday December 14, 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.

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.

Centering Prayer
Centering Prayer will not meet between 12/24 and 1/3. Join us again on Monday, January 4.
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.
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.

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.

We will continue to meet Monday-Friday, including 12/24, 12/25, 12/31 and 1/1.
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.


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