St. Paul's Episcopal Church   Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

"Making friends while serving God"

The Week of December 2-8, 2019
The Message of John the Baptist  
Despite his odd appearance and violent and graphic language, people flocked to John the Baptist. He was the advance man for Jesus. He would baptize for repentance with water, but he warned the people who came to him that those who sought  out Jesus would find themselves at the hand of one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit and fire. As an advance man for Jesus, John the Baptist lacked skills to attract people to Jesus. But he certainly got their attention.
This week's readings.
John didn't mince words when the religious authorities came around to see what he was up to. He called them a brood of vipers and warned them that the traditions of their faith were insufficient.
What John lacked in finesse he made up for in intensity. So much so that he was executed for criticizing the king. But we remember him as the faithful cousin of Jesus who pointed to the one " who is more powerful than I (who) is coming after me." 
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The meditation booklet for this year's
Advent Supper Series.

Advent Supper Series starts Dec. 4
The Advent Supper Series for this year has been set with a new publication of meditations for the participants.
Over the years St. Paul's parishioners have gathered on Wednesdays during Advent (and Lent) to share soup and bread, read meditations of the season, and conclude with Compline. The supper series takes place from 5:30-7 pm on the three Wednesdays in Advent prior to Christmas: Dec. 4, 11 and 18.
The new meditation booklet is titled Messages of Hope for Advent and Christmas 2019. It contains three minute devotions for each of the days in the season of Advent and Christmas. It is published by the Ave Maria press in Notre Dame Indiana.
A sign-up sheet for participants is in the Narthex. Participants are asked to bring soup or bread or drinks in order that all may partake.
We are all familiar with the Christmas hymn,"Away in a manger." The manger is a food trough for animals. Jesus was put in the food trough by his mother after he was born. It was the only place to put him, as they were lodged in a stable.
The Companions of Mary the Apostle are conducting a retreat for the Advent season on December 7 in which participants will be invited to imagine the creation within themselves of a manger, a place to hold and to welcome Jesus.
The Companions will hold the retreat Dec. 7 from 10 am-4 pm at 9 Huntington Lane, 1607 Route 9W just north of Holy Cross Monastery in West Park NY. Lunch is provided. Suggested donation is $30. To register email by Dec. 3. Pay on the day of the retreat or by Paypal. 
Upcoming events
Wed., Dec. 4: DCIC Story Circle, 7pm Kagyu Thubten Choling: Buddhist Monastery, 245 Sheafe Rd., Wappingers Falls
Weekend, Dec. 7-8: DCIC Fair Trade and Handmade Bazaar, 11:00am - 5:00pm, The Hellenic Center, 54 Park ave., Poughkeepsie

The change of seasons is upon us once again, and the cooler temperatures of autumn call for soups and stews. Our Food Pantry clients will appreciate going home with beef stew, chicken noodle soup, and vegetable soup, all items on our "menu" of choices. Please contribute generously! Thank you.

3 Andre Clarke                 8 Brendan Foley     15 Jasmin Bryant                       Bruce Petito              
6 Jeremiah Jordon            9 Lillian Goldson     17 Felicia Santos Patterson    26 Maria Bell      
7 Casey Lynn Parisella   10 Lisa Koen            20 Ruby Smith                       29 Imina Sade Santos-  
   Jeanne Henderson       11 Marian Perkins     23 Carol Anderson                 30 George Thomas

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St. Paul's Episcopal Church-Poughkeepsie

'In Service to God & You'
Lectors:          Rose Marie Proctor
                      Cora Keith       

Litanist:           Pete Bedrossian

Server:             Maria Bell

Organist:         Maris Kristapsons
Acolytes:         Shawn Prater-Lee                 
Lectors:           Brooke Plain
                       Alexis Plain
Litanist:           Mark Debald
Ushers:            Dewy Clarke
                       Aleen Clarke
Altar Guild:      Hyacinth Curtis & Daphne (Alice)

1982        616     Hail to Lord's anointed (Es flog ein kleins Waldwogelein)
1982          66     Come, thou long expected Jesus (Stuttgart)
1982           56     O come, O come, Emanuel (Veni, veni, Emanuel) [v.1-4]     
1982          65     Prepare the way, O Zion (Bereden vag for Herran)
HYMN COMMENTARY: Scottish-born James Montgomery (1771-1854) was the son of Moravian missionaries. Among his eleven volumes of original poetry are 400 hymn texts that are considered among the very best from his time. Hail to the Lord's anointed is perhaps his best psalm rendering, based on Psalm 72 and first heard as part of a Christmas Ode in 1821. Its most common musical pairing is with a German folk tune, "Es flog ein kleins Waldvogelein," which was first published in the early Seventeenth Century in Germany.

December 2-8, 2019

MON     2
  7:30am    AA Meeting
  5:00pm     Stewardship
  6:00pm    Evening Prayer
  6:30pm    NA Meeting - Journey to Recovery

TUE      3
10:00am    Office, Food Pantry, Thrift Store
  6:00pm    Evening Prayer; Spiritual Life

WED     4
  7:30am    AA Meeting
10:00am    Office, Food Pantry, Thrift Shop 
12:15pm    Healing Service & Eucharist
  5:30pm    Advent Bible Study

THU      5
10:00am    Office, Food Pantry, Thrift Shop

FRI       6
  7:30am    AA Meeting
  6:30pm    NA Meeting 

SAT      7
10:00am    NA Meeting
  3:00pm    NA Meeting - Men Do Recover  

SUN     8
  8:00am    Rite I
  8:45am    Lessons' Discussion
  9:30am    Choir practice
10:00am    RITE II; Sunday School 
11:15am    Special Coffee Hour
11:30am    Youth Connect


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