SERVE THE WORLD.
SUNDAYS AT 7:45 AM & 10:15 AM
"Together." We used to think we knew just what that word meant, didn't we? We never used to wonder, how the definition might be stretched, how important togetherness might become or how clever we'd need to become in order to make it happen.
2020 changed and challenged things, didn't it? Amid a sea of confusion, fear, and discord, we suddenly became desperate for some kind of joy, precisely when it became impossible to get together for joy in most of the ways we knew (Sunday morning worship, coffee hour, Sunday brunch, choir rehearsal, and Supper Clubs.) So, we stretched, hard. Flexed more than we thought we could.
And in the end, we were together, weren't we? When we logged on for Zoom prayer meetings, streamed worship services, organized online support groups to ward off loneliness, gathered our youth together for an online spiritual formation, and through it all, we were together with God, whose love covers every distance and heals every heart.
As we move forward in 2021, we are in the planning process of being together again "physically" in ways that are safe and fun and that allow us to connect as a family. I look forward to sharing our plans soon!
And as every organization you're a part of has already said to you, your financial support means more now than ever to keep this flexibility, creativity, and faithfulness alive and thriving in 2021.
I hope you will join me and Katrena in giving to St. Michael's mission and ministry entrusted to us by Jesus Christ. Katrena and I have committed $12,000 for 2021 to this holy and sacred work. Will you prayerfully consider what God is asking of you and your family for 2021 and make a pledge? You can do so online HERE or email Joan at firstname.lastname@example.org
Because of you, St. Michael's is making a difference in these challenging times. When all of us take this opportunity to trust God with our finances and give generously to our mission and ministry-TOGETHER-- we will be able to do even more in 2021.
Thank you for your faithful giving!
In Christ's love,
EYC WINTER NIGHTS: 2021 KICKS OFF THIS SUNDAY, JANUARY 10
RSVP FOR SERVICES THIS SUNDAY
SAVE THE DATE: ST. MICHAEL'S ANNUAL MEETING: SUNDAY, JANUARY 31
St. Michael's Annual Meeting will take place Sunday, January 31, following the 10:15 service, online and in-person. Look for more information in the coming days and weeks as we look toward this important time in the life of the St. Michael's community.
Happy New Year fellow Sojourners! One of several goals I have in 2021 is to present the stories of our partners in some very important work going on here in Orlando.2021 is here and there is so much to look forward to!
Samaritan Village is a safe home and therapeutic program for adult survivors of sex trafficking. Samaritan Village offers one of the only long term residential programs for survivors in Central Florida. Our holistic, trauma-informed care model combines a variety of therapies to help women heal and move towards healthy, empowered, independent lives.
We will be partnering with them to screen a 20 minute version of their film "One Village" as a way to raise awareness of the issue of human trafficking here in Orlando and what St. Michael's can do in partnership with Samaritan Village to promote hope and help women heal.
The virtual screening will take place during the last week in January. We are hoping to confirm the date this week.
Peace And Justice Institute At Valencia College
Some of you may not know that I serve on the Faith Community Advisory Team for the Peace and Justice Institute at Valencia College. Last year I attended a screening of the film "Resilience" and it changed the way I view our Outreach programs and how important they are to our community.
The institute is offering a free virtual screening of the film and discussion on February 11th at 6:30 pm.
Description: THE CHILD MAY NOT REMEMBER, BUT THE BODY REMEMBERS.
Researchers have recently discovered a dangerous biological syndrome caused by abuse and neglect during childhood. As the new documentary Resilience reveals, toxic stress can trigger hormones that wreak havoc on the brains and bodies of children, putting them at a greater risk for disease, homelessness, prison time, and early death. While the broader impacts of poverty worsen the risk, no segment of society is immune. Resilience, however, also chronicles the dawn of a movement that is determined to fight back. Trailblazers in pediatrics, education, and social welfare are using cutting-edge science and field-tested therapies to protect children from the insidious effects of toxic stress-and the dark legacy of a childhood that no child would choose.
To learn more about the work of the Institute: CLICK HERE
I pray that you will join me in these two events. As always, if you have any questions about any of our outreach efforts, you can contact me via email at email@example.com or via phone at 407-900-1785
HOLY COMMUNION AT HOME
We have "pre-consecrated" bread and wine available for those who will continue to join us in worship through YouTube available for pick-up at the church office.
WHEN TO PICK- UP COMMUNION:
- THURSDAY JANUARY 7 & FRIDAY JANUARY 8
- 9AM to 5PM
- CHURCH OFFICE
HOW TO STORE COMMUNION PRIOR TO SUNDAY:
You should store the sacrament in a respectful place in your home, perhaps placing it in a vessel and then putting it in protected place. Prior to participating in the online worship service Sunday, place the sacrament on a table. Be sure to create a reverent environment perhaps lighting a candle. During the service at the appropriate time during the Great Thanksgiving, you can receive the sacrament and share it with those in your home who are participating with you. Please consume all the elements.
* Please note: Gluten free elements for those with allergies and/or intolerances are available by request. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org by end of day Wednesday to ensure the elements will be available for pick-up Thursday and Friday.
SUBSCRIBE TO ST. MICHAEL'S PODCAST
What's a Podcast you ask? Podcasts are a way to listen to audio shows (in St Michael's case, sermons) via a website or Podcast app on your phone. Need some inspiration during the day? Missed a Sunday? Want to hear a message again? Want to share a sermon with someone else? Head to your favorite Podcast app; such as Apple Podcasts, Castbox, Podcast Addict, Stitcher, etc. and search for
"St Michael's Orlando".
We've got 40 episodes (sermons) so far, starting with Palm Sunday 2020. Going forward, the goal will be to upload a new episode of Sunday's sermon by Tuesday. If you subscribe within your Podcast app, you can set it to download the episode automatically, ensuring that you can listen whenever you like. Take a listen and let the A/V Ministry team know what you think at SaintMichaelsOrlando@gmail.com.
"GOODNIGHT WITH MR. ANDREW" Sunday, January 10, 6:30 PM
"Songs & Prayers Time" - 15-20 mins for our young ones beginning at 6:30.
- WE'RE BACK AFTER THE BREAK!
- The Lord's Prayer
- A selection from our repertoire of Angel's Choir songs
- Individual prayers and thanksgivings
- A sung version of "Good Night Moon" that includes a closing prayer.
JANUARY 10: Epiphany 1
The Baptism of Christ by John.
From Mark's Gospel passage for this Sunday: "And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. And a voice came from heaven, 'You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.'"
PRELUDE MUSIC AT 10 AM
1 On "Lamb of God, pure and holy" J. Pachelbel (1653-1706)
2 On "Lord Jesus Christ, our Lord most Dear" (a Baptism hymn) Flor Peeters (1903-1986)
3 "This is God's world" - our Gospel Song: demonstrated by the choir before being sung in the service.
SERVICE - with Baptism
Opening: 371 Thou, whose almighty word
Gospel: This is God's world
Note: this Iona song, drawing our attention to God's creation of the world, will be used each Sunday in Epiphany, as we follow the showing forth of God's new creative force in the person of His Son, Jesus.
Offertory: Jesus Christ the Apple Tree E. Poston (1905-1987)
The tree of life my soul hath seen, laden with fruit and always green: the tree of life my soul hath seen, laden with fruit and always green: the trees of nature fruitless be compared with Christ the apple tree.
His beauty doth all things excell: by faith I know and ne'er can tell, His beauty doth all things excell: by faith I know and ne'er can tell the glory which I now can see in Jesus Christ the apple tree.
For happiness I long have sought, and pleasure dearly I have bought: For happiness I long have sought, and pleasure dearly I have bought: I missed of all; but now I see 'tis found in Christ the apple tree.
I'm weary with my former toil, here I will sit and rest awhile: I'm weary with my former toil, here I will sit and rest awhile: under the shadow I will be, of Jesus Christ the apple tree.
This fruit doth make my soul to thrive, it keeps my dying faith alive; This fruit doth make my soul to thrive, it keeps my dying faith alive; which makes my soul in haste to be with Jesus Christ the apple tree.
S-170 Whoever eats this bread
Closing: O love, how deep, how broad, how high (vs.1-3, 6)
Played by our Assistant Director of Music
CONTACT ANDREW AT ANY TIME - if interested in becoming a part of the Music Ministry at St. Michael's. Email: email@example.com or call the church 407-843-8448 x.246.
Alice, Amy, Ann K., Ann R., Arel, Barbara, Becky, Benny, Bill C., Bill H., Bill T., Brayden, Carter, Craig, Chris, Colin, Craig, Dan, David, Deirdre, Ellen, Emilie, Gail, George, James, Jamie, Jasper, John, Jonathan, Kathy, Kezia, Kim, Kristina, Levi, Lindsey, Lisa, Lucy, Martin, Mike F., Mike S., Nate, Nayim, Patty, Peter G., Peter J., Susan, Trish, Walter, Wik
REST IN PEACE
Samuel Clein, friend of Emilie Vick
Alice Harmon, aunt of Yvonne Traylor
7: Peyton Crannick 8: Frank Bedell, Bill James 9: Lindsey Demetree, Kole Piercy, Michael Smith, Donny Stieger, Joseph Zink 10: Allison Barksdale, Steven Bissinger, Kate Smith-McGehee, Beckett Stieger Jr, Drew Summerell 11: John Boone, Lynwood Watkins 12: Mary Faith Daniel, Diane Halpin, Tim White 13: Matthew Doolittle, Jim Galbraith
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