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Volume 8, Issue #48 - December 6, 2018 
In the name of Christ, we embrace all people to be nourished and empowered by the Holy Spirit to love and serve the world.

The Great O's service previously scheduled for Sunday, December 9, at 5:00 p.m., has been cancelled due to illness and unforeseen circumstances.

Our apologies!

The second Sunday of Advent is approaching. As you worship during this season, you will note that things are not ordinary in the church. Among the several obvious changes are that the hangings are blue, and the Advent wreath is in the center of the chancel. Last week we said and chanted the Great Litany. For the remainder of the season, the introit music will shift from congregational hymnody to that of a cantor and choir chanting the traditional psalms for the season.

Advent marks a dramatic shift from the ordinary time of the season after Pentecost into one that is introspective and quieter. It is a season wherein the first two weeks we contemplate the second coming of Christ; then on the third Sunday, we dramatically shift to one of great anticipation for the celebration of the birth of Christ.

To help us become more focused, we shifted the liturgy to reflect the season with the Kyrie eleison in lieu of the Gloria in excelsis. The Eucharistic prayers shifted to Prayer I at the first service and beginning on Advent II Prayer C at the second.

In addition to these seasonal shifts, our priests will celebrate at the high altar, facing the east (ad orientem), as was done throughout medieval times up through the latter part of the 20th Century. Celebrating ad orientem emphasizes the transcendent mystery of God, with all facing eastward in anticipation of the Nativity of our Lord.


Tuesdays and Thursdays
December 4 through December 20
5:00-5:15 p.m.

The group will meet in the chancel area, led by members of Ascension’s Benedictine Cell; all are welcome. If you want a short break from the hectic pace of December days and to be reminded of what Advent is for, stop in and join us. You are welcome to come a few minutes early for individual silent prayer – and/or to stay on Tuesdays for “Welcome Silence” meditation, immediately following Evening Prayer.

Invite… Welcome… Connect!

Join a worldwide Candle Lighting Service on Sunday, December 9, at 6:30 p.m., at the First Baptist Church on St. Clair Street (park and enter from the back, to the social hall). This service offers hope to those parents (and grandparents and siblings) who have lost a child of any age, who are struggling to embrace holiday cheer. Nationally known Mitch Carmody will speak at the local ceremony. For details, contact Debbie Kimbrough ( jtky1019@bellsouth.net ) or see http://www.tcffrankfortky.org

Gifts are now being collected to support the families of Simon House. Please pick your angel(s) from the tree in the parish hall, and return the suggested gift no later than TODAY - Sunday, December 9. Return food for the Christmas party to the church kitchen by noon on Friday, December 14.

The Christmas dinner and party for Simon House families and staff will be held in Ascension’s parish hall on Saturday, December 15, starting at 3:00 p.m. Please check with Jan Stevens or Deacon Rebecca for details ( curate@ascensionfrankfort.org ). Thank you!!
It is time to purchase poinsettias for this year’s Christmas celebration at Ascension. You may designate your flowers to be in honor of, in memory of, or in thanksgiving for, any person(s) you choose.

Please use the Poinsettia Order Form (located on tables in church and hallway). Many thanks for your kind gift as Ascension prepares for the season of our Lord’s nativity. Put completed forms in the collection plate or return them to the church office no later than Wednesday, December 19.

After the Christmas Lessons & Carols services on December 30, you are welcome to claim your poinsettia(s) to take home or share with others. Thank you for helping to decorate the church for Christmas!
CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PROGRAM: Practice for the children’s Christmas Nativity is currently being held during Godly Play, from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. The pageant will be held on Christmas Eve, Sunday, December 24, during the 5:00 p.m. service in the main church. Please plan to arrive at 4:15 p.m. to suit up! For more information, please contact Godly Play instructor Laura Buffenmyer ( lalasunflower@yahoo.com ).  
CENTERING PRAYER , every Saturday morning, 10:00 - 10:30. All are invited and welcome to come and explore this ancient technique, meeting
in the main church. For more information, contact Scott Kimbel, kskimbel@yahoo.com for more information.
THE BROTHERHOOD OF ST. ANDREW will meet on Saturday, December 8 (every other Saturday), at 8:00 a.m. Contact William Legg ( williamlesterlegg@msn.com ) for details.
THE DAUGHTERS OF THE KING will meet on Sunday, January 6 (FIRST Sunday of each month), in the library after the 10:30 service. Contact Judith Spencer for details ( jspencer254@yahoo.com ) . Note: This is a new, updated schedule that supersedes the bulletins for Sunday, 10/7, that were already printed.
Check out all service and activity schedules on the online church calendar at

Find the Diocese of Lexington online at
Financial Update, December:   
  • 12/02/18: $4,490
ABOUT THE INCOME SPIKES: Income and expense numbers in the chart above do include ALL donations and pass-thru amounts, such as those designated for Capital Campaign, Music Fund, Reading Camp, Food Pantry, etc., which accounts for large spikes on the graphs. The income spike shown in August 2018 is due to a Line of Credit Loan for $20,000 which was incurred on 8/17/18 to carry us through the coming months. This precaution is mainly due to very high maintenance costs this year. Monthly expenses are recorded only at the end of each month, calculated as a weekly average. In November 2018, the mortgage loan was completely paid off and $10,000 was returned to the bank from the Line of Credit Loan.
As the end of the calendar year approaches, please be aware that all donations you wish to deduct for tax year 2018 MUST BE RECEIVED no later than Sunday, December 30, for deposit on December 31. You will receive an itemized statement January listing all of your 2018 giving. Thank you!
Schedules & Teams:
December 2 - January 20 as of 11/29/18
December 9, 2018
Daily Office Lectionary
Week of 2 Advent, Year One - BCP 936
OR go to www.lectionarypage.net and choose by calendar date
  • BREAKFAST begins at 8:50 a.m. - free of charge to those in need; others may pay a small amount as able.
  • ADULTS gather at 9:15 a.m. in the library for "The Preacher's Forum." 
  • CHILDREN & YOUTH: Christian Formation/Sunday School: Godly Play classes for age 2 through fourth grade will resume on September 9. Please gather in the parish hall to go upstairs together as a group. Latecomers must be escorted by a parent to the upstairs classroom.. Children of all ages are welcome and encouraged to attend all church services; a nursery is available for younger children starting at 9:15 a.m.
8:00 a.m. - Rite I
  • Subdeacon: Sue Kurtz
  • Chalice Bearer: Scott Mello
  • Lector & Prayers of the People: Michal Smith-Mello
  • Acolyte: Peggy Stoner

10:30 a.m. - Rite II   
  • Subdeacon: Sue Kurtz
  • Chalice Bearer & Lector: Shannon Lancaster
  • Acolytes:  
  • C: Tori Word
  • T: Ava Marie Allison & Pauline Van Horn
  • Ushers: Jim King & Joyce Taylor
  • Altar Guild: T4 - Sue/Rick Kurtz, Deb/Jim Kimbrough, Jim King
  • Men's Club: T1: Geoff Pinkerton, William Legg, Pauline Van Horn, Skip Hunt

COUNTERS:   TWO needed

VESTRY LOCKUP DUTY: Shannon Lancaster

COFFEE HOUR:      Hosted by the Benedictine Cell - Thank You!
  • Jan Stevens is our Hospitality Coordinator - contact her by email at jstevens5@aol.com to discuss Coffee Hour questions, needs and procedures. If you can bring treats but need a helper, or vice versa, Jan can help you team up!
Intercessions for the Church: St. Paul’s Church, Newport – The Rev. S. Matthew Young, Rector, The Rev. Deacon Tom Runge.

Recently in need of prayers: Angela; Anna; Barbara; Bob; David; Erika; Faye & Steve; Geoff; Harry; Holly; Janet; Jim & Fonda; Jim & Nancy; John; Kevin; Kim; Leia; Leslie; Mary; Melissa; Mildred; Penny; Philip; Polly; Rebecca; Rose; Sherri; Sister Judy; Theresa; Vic; and Vivian.

Continuing concern: Betty; Carolina; Carrie Beth; Collin; Darlene; David; Dillard; Doris & Charlie; Elena; Ellie; Isaiah; James; Jean; Jim & Debbie; Jinks; Julia; Lara; Lee; Linda; Mac; Marilyn; Marsaela; Natalie; Scott & Kathy; Susie; Shelia; and Willie. We also pray for those on active duty in the military: Daniel, Houston, Nick, and Seth; and for Susan Kurtz, Candidate for Holy Orders.

Birthdays: 12/9 – Ava-Marie Allison, Jessee Neat, Sally Prince; 12/11 – Matt Miller; 12/12 – Nancy Royden; 12/13 – Laura Buffenmyer; 12/15 – Elena Kinnett. 
  • Prelude - Nun komm der heiden Heiland - Gregory Phillip Teleman
  • Introit Psalm - Psalm 80 (choir sings)
  • Kyrie: S 98
  • Gradual Canticle: Canticle 16: The Song of Zechariah (Luke 1:68-79) Benedictus Dominus Deus
  • Gospel Acclamation
  • Offertory
  • Sanctus: S 124
  • Agnus Dei: S 161
  • Communion Hymn: Hymn 76 - On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry - Winchester New
  • Closing Hymn: Hymn 59 - Hark! a thrilling voice is singing - Merton
  • There will be no Postlude during Advent.
Clergy and Staff

  • The Rev. William Jessee Neat, Rector
  • The Rev. Dr. William G. Brown, Assisting Priest (Retired) 
  • The Rev. Nancy S. Farley, Assisting Priest (Retired) 
  • The Rev. Deacon Rebecca A. Saager, Curate
  • Mr. John B. Martin, Director of Music & Organist
  • Ms. Mona Landrum Proctor, Parish & Financial Administrator 
  • Mr. David Gierlach, Sexton

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