Sunday, November 29
The First Sunday of Advent
A new liturgical church year begins this Sunday. The name, Advent, is derived from the Latin word "coming." It is viewed as a time of preparation and expectation of the Nativity and for the final coming of Christ.

Masks and social distancing required for all services.
Holy Eucharist Rite I, 8 a.m.
In-person attendance for up to 10 worshippers
Please register in advance here.
Holy Eucharist Rite II, 10 a.m.
In-person attendance for up to 10 worshippers
Please register in advance here.
Also live-streamed at 10 a.m.
Worship Notes, Sunday, November 29, 10 a.m.

Fr. Ben Hankinson, officiating
Drake Depew, Jim Gillentine, Eucharistic Ministers
Henry H. Evans, Organist

  • Coffee Hour via Zoom, following the 10 a.m. service.
  • Communion station at 12 p.m. on the church lawn near rear parking area.
Readings for November 29
  • Old Testament - Isaiah 64:1-9
  • Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18
  • The Epistle - 1 Corinthians 1:3-9
  • The Holy Gospel - Mark 13:24-37
The Holy Gospel | Mark 13:24-37

Jesus said, “In those days, after that suffering,
  • the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.

Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in clouds’ with great power and glory. Then he will send out the angels, and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.

“From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates. Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

“But about that day or hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Beware, keep alert; for you do not know when the time will come. It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his slaves in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to be on the watch. Therefore, keep awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or at dawn, or else he may find you asleep when he comes suddenly. And what I say to you I say to all: Keep awake.
Make Your Offering

Schedule for the Week of November 29

  • Evening Prayer, Sunday, 7 p.m.
  • Holy Eucharist, Feast of St. Andrew, Monday, 7 p.m.
  • Noonday Prayer, Tuesday, 12:05 p.m.
  • Advent Discussion Series via Zoom, 6 p.m. (Watch for further information.)
  • Noonday Prayer, Wednesday, 12:05 p.m.
  • Noonday Prayer, Thursday, 12:05 p.m.
  • Morning Prayer, Friday, 9 a.m.
  • Compline, Saturday, 7 p.m.

Looking Ahead
  • Advent Discussion Series via Zoom, December 1, 8, 15, 22
  • Christmas Eve Service, 7 p.m., Thursday, December 24 (one service)
  • Christmas Day Service, 10 a.m., Friday, December 25
The Feast of St. Andrew:
Monday, December 30, 7 p.m.

St. Andrew, as we know, is the patron saint of our parish. We will celebrate St. Andrew this Monday with Holy Eucharist at 7 p.m. Who was St. Andrew? The following information comes from Britannica online.

"St. Andrew, also known as Andrew the Apostle, was a Christian Apostle and the older brother to St. Peter.
According to the New Testament, Andrew was born in the village of Bethsaida on the Sea of Galilee during the early first century. Much like his younger brother, Simon Peter, Andrew was also a fisherman. Andrew's very name means strong and he was known for having good social skills.

In the Gospel of Matthew, it is said Jesus was walking along the shore of the Sea of Galilee and saw Andrew and Simon Peter fishing. It is then he asked the two to become disciples and "fishers of men."

However, the Gospel of John tells a separate story, stating Andrew was a disciple of John the Baptist. When Jesus walked by one day, John the Baptist stated, "Behold, the Lamb of God!" It is then that Andrew and another made the decision to follow Jesus.

Little else is said about Andrew in the Gospels, but it is believed Andrew was one of the closer disciples to Jesus. It was he who told Jesus about the boy with the loaves and fishes, according to John 6:8. When Philip wanted to speak to Jesus about Greeks seeking him, he spoke to Andrew first. Andrew was also present at the last supper.

Per Christian tradition, Andrew went on to preach the Good News around the shores of the Black Sea and throughout what is now Greece and Turkey. Andrew was martyred by crucifixion in Patras. He was bound, rather than nailed, to a cross, as is described in the Acts of Andrew. He was crucified on a cross form known as "crux decussata," which is an X-shaped cross or a "saltire." Today this is commonly referred to as "St. Andrew's Cross." It is believed Andrew requested to be crucified this way, because he deemed himself "unworthy to be crucified on the same type of cross as Jesus."

St. Andrew is venerated in Georgia as the first preacher of Christianity in that territory and in Cyprus for having struck the rocks creating a gush of healing waters upon landing on the shore.

His saltire cross is featured on the flag of Scotland and is represented in much of his iconography. He is commonly portrayed as an old man with long white hair and a beard, often holding the Gospel book or a scroll."
Advent Series:
Becoming a Beloved Community

Advent is a season of preparation: shopping for gifts, decorating our homes and sanctuaries. Advent is also a time to prepare our hearts and communities for the coming of Christ, the Almighty God who came among us poor and homeless, a stranger and a child. There may be no better time to reflect on how we as the Episcopal Church embrace the Holy One who continues to draw near in the neighbor, the stranger, the refugee, or the one who seems most “other” to you. It is the ideal season to commit to becoming Beloved Community and growing loving, liberating, life-giving relationships across the human family of God.

The excerpt above comes from the welcome and introduction to the Becoming Beloved Community series which we will be utilizing for the season of Advent. In a four-week set of conversations, we will consider together some facets of what racial healing and reconciliation looks like.

I invite you to join Liz McKenney and myself as we journey through these topics together, scheduled for Tuesday evenings at 6 p.m. We will engage with scripture, reflect together, and undertake activities meant to prick the mind and heart as we consider ways in which we may grow in the knowledge and love of God and our neighbor, particularly those from differing racial, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds.

All that we ask is that you come with a willingness to speak from your own experience, to listen with genuine curiosity about what others share, and to seek Christ in others even as we seek to embody him and his love. 

-Fr. Ben

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