Founded in 1886, we are an Anglo-Catholic congregation in Woodfin, within the Diocese of Western North Carolina. Our purpose is to worship God in the beauty of holiness, to teach the faith in such a way that we may be empowered to serve our Lord in this world, and bring others into the fellowship of the Body of Christ. We are dedicated to maintaining the Anglican traditions that have formed our worship over the ages.
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Notes on the Service...
...for December 15, 2013, the Third Sunday of Advent, Rose Sunday
RCL Isa 35:1-10; Ps 146:4-9; Jas 5:7-10; Mt t 11:2-11
On Advent's third Sunday, called Gaudete because the Latin introit and epistle began with that word, "Rejoice," (epistles in years B and C still do), the purple gloom of vestments and hangings is in some churches relieved by a rose color. Notice that the first reading speaks of rejoicing, (the King James Version says "the desert will rejoice and blossom as a rose.")
Today's collect, like many other ancient Advent collects, and like the collect for "Stir-up Sunday" 1549-1928, begins, Excita, "Stir up." God will, we pray during Advent, excite his power and come to save us, and God will excite us, our wills and works. That is where our excitement comes from.
Isaiah 35 is thought to have been written in the 6th century B.C., near the end of Israel's exile in Babylon. When God frees the exiles, the wild crea-tures will rejoice with Israel, and all impediments to speech, sight, sound, and step will be taken away. A route will be cleared through the desert, and water supplied. Jesus will quote this passage in today's Gospel.
Psalm 146 sounds like an individualized devotional adaptation of Isaiah 35, repeating that God's characteristic acts are to free prisoners and to open the eyes of the blind. Stanzas 2 & 3 of Wesley's hymn, "I'll praise my Maker" (#429) are a metric paraphrase of this Hallel psalm. Magnificat, Mary's song which may be used instead of the psalm, exults in the raising of the lowly.
Those who have grown tired of waiting are addressed by James, who counsels patience in view of the apparent delay of Christ's second coming.
In contrast with Paul's over-zealous Thessalonians whom the epistle for November 17th was exhorting not to abandon their daily work to wait for Christ, James' readers seem to have been doubting that Christ would ever return at all. To reassure them, James holds up the examples of long-suffering prophets and patient farmers. "Early rains" in Mediterranean climates means autumn rains; "latter rains" means those of springtime.
Today's Gospel excerpt takes place months following last Sunday's report of John the Baptist's preaching. Having been jailed by King Herod Antipas, the prophet inquires whether or not Jesus really is the One he had been waiting for. Instead of a direct answer, Jesus quotes the Isaiah passage which is today's first reading, suggesting that the Kingdom is arriving. Jesus then endorses John as the culmination of the Jewish prophets. Although the Kingdom may have arrived, that prisoner, John, would not be set free, but would instead be executed while still in jail.
Contributions for the month of November were $6,005.50, which is more than the monthly minimum needs. Thanks be to God.
Christian Education Group, which meets at 9:30 in the Parish Hall, is discussing the theology and practical aspects of the new trial liturgy which Redeemer has been selected to use for a trial period. Please join in the discussion to learn more about it. We will be using the trial liturgy during Epiphany.
Bread for the World, an ecumenical organization, has seconded Pope Francis' proposal that on December 10th at Noon, Christians around the world pray for the relief of hunger. Let's join in that prayer.
Redeemer's Christmas Outreach project this year will be to purchase at least one (1) yard of good quality fleece for each of Patty Long's 22 students. This will be cut into squares and hemmed to make a small blanket/snuggle cloth for the students. You may choose to buy the fleece or to make a cash donation. Please contact Patty or Diane Jackson if you want to help cut and hem. Let's take this opportunity to share our blessings with these children.
December 14, Saturday – ECW Meeting in the parish hall from 10:30-Noon.
December 14, Saturday – ECW/DOK Soup and Salad Luncheon from Noon-12:45 PM
December 14, Saturday – Daughters of the King Quiet Day from 1:00-4:00. If interested in attending, contact Becky Smith.
December 15, Sunday – Bake Sale to be held in the parish hall after both services. Mincemeat pies, candies, and all types of goodies available for your holiday enjoyment. This will be our last fundraiser for 2013. Please plan to contribute in any way possible.
December 22, Sunday – Red and Green Covered Dish Meal after the 10:30 service. Bring pastas (the red) and salads (the green) to enjoy. Greening of the church will follow the meal.
December 24, Tuesday – Christmas Carols will begin at 10:45 PM.
December 24, Tuesday – Midnight Mass will begin at 11:30 PM.
December 31, Tuesday – New Year's Eve Party and Games will be held in the parish hall beginning at 6:00 PM.
please call Diane Jackson at 768-0044 to add your prayers to our Prayer Chain.
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This Week's Schedule:
- Sunday - 8:15 AM - Holy Eucharist
- Sunday - 9:30 AM - Choir Practice in the Church
- Sunday - 9:30 AM - Christian Education
- Sunday - 10:30 AM - Holy Eucharist