This week we have two opportunities for reflection and prayer in the midst of much busyness – the Celtic Worship, the Anglican Prayer Beads Workshop. Please consider taking the time for one of these, as you make your spiritual preparations for Christmas.
Please look below for the announcements and the Advent Reflection, especially:
- Celtic Worship (Worship)
- Adopt-a-Family (Advent)
- Anglican Prayer Beads Workshop (Advent)
- Flower & Music Envelopes (Worship)
- Pageant of the Nativity (Worship)
- Epiphany Lunch & Bake-off (Christian Formation)
Advent Workshop: Anglican Prayer Beads, Wed., Dec. 13, 7:30 pm in the Parish Hall. Prayer Beads are a way of praying by hand – both beautiful and meditative. Sisters Linda Clare and Victoria Michelle from the Community of St. John Baptist will teach us how to make them and pray with them. Each kit costs $5. Sign up on the sheet in the Narthex, bring a friend, and enjoy an evening of creativity, fellowship and reflection.
Adopt-a-Family – this is our annual program to provide gifts to struggling families, as identified by Union County Social Services. We have been asked to provide gift cards to popular stores for teens and tweens. There is a board in the Narthex with envelopes containing the names of the stores requested. Please take one and return the cards wrapped and labeled by 12/17. Thank you for helping to make Christmas merrier for these young people. Questions? Speak to Jackie Sullivan.
Greening of the Church – Thursday, 12/21 at 6 pm. Come help the Altar Guild decorate the Church for Christmas! We need both men and women to put up the pew candles, hang the garland from the rafters, put candles and greenery in the windows, and set up the table for the Christmas Créche. Kids can help, too! Light refreshments will be provided.
Flower Envelopes & Music Envelopes for Christmas flowers and decorations, or to contribute to Christmas Eve music when we have guest singers and instrumentalists, will be in the pews and on the table in the Narthex on Sunday. Please make sure you include the name(s) of those you would like remembered or for whom you are giving thanks with your gift. We need that information by 12/18. The envelopes can be put in the offering plate, or dropped off at the Parish Office.
THIS SUNDAY - Celtic Worship at 5 pm is a Christian service is based on Celtic liturgy. It includes traditional Irish melodies, sung by a soloist, and with Advent and Christmas music played on traditional Celtic instruments by Jim Hicks & friends. All are welcome for this peaceful, reflective service. Invite your family, friends and neighbors. This service is being held in conjunction with the parishes of St. Bernard's in Bernardsville, and St. Mark's in Mendham. Celtic Worship will be held at the other parishes in the first part of 2018.
Pageant of the Nativity - Sunday, 12/17 at 10 am. All Sunday School children of any age are invited to play a part in our beloved parish tradition: angels, shepherds, readers, Mary, Joseph, Magi/Kings, birds and animals. There is one rehearsal, Saturday, Dec. 16 at 9 am. Please send an e-mail to Mother Vicki to let her know your children will participate: email@example.com.
THIS SUNDAY – Sing Christmas Carols during Coffee Hour at 11:15 am. Pick up a hymnal from the church pew and take it over to the Parish Hall and join in some festive singing!
Bible Study, Wed., Dec. 6 at 10:15 am in the Rath House. In this session we’ll read and discuss 1 Corinthians, chapter 12. You are most welcome to join us!
The Pilgrim study group meets Monday nights at 7 pm in the Rath House. The topic is for this six-week series is the Eucharist. You are welcome to be part of the group whenever you can.
Epiphany Soup and Sandwich Lunch & Fruitcake Bake-off, Sunday, January 7 at 11:15 in the Parish Hall. Come share a relaxed meal with your fellow parishioners, pull a Christmas party “cracker,” and join in a Christmas fruitcake bake-off – either as a baker or as a judge! Recipes and directions for the bake-off are on the table in the Narthex. Sign up sheets for the event are there, also. We’ll need a bit of help: pick up the sandwiches, make a pot of soup, set up the tables, clean up, etc. The cost of the event is $5 per person; $20 maximum per household. Kids under age 3 are free. This is a fun way to close out the holiday season and start the New Year!
AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD
Community Peace Light Ceremony, Dec. 17 at 4:30 pm.
The Peace Light from Bethlehem is an international movement that passes light lit by candle or oil lamp from the eternal flame that burns in the grotto in Bethlehem where Jesus was born. Our Peace Light Ceremony is an opportunity to share a commitment to being peace-makers in ourselves, families, community, and the world, in the way of Jesus, the Prince of Peace.
The Peace Light is intended to be carried into homes and places of worship, and kept burning through Christmas Day as an expression of peace. Our ceremony will include the story of the Peace Light, songs, readings, and prayers. If you want to take the Peace Light home with you please bring a lantern or candle holder, and a safe way to transport the flame. For more information, go to the home page on our website. Tell a friend and plan to come!
FUN & FRIENDSHIP
Mah Jonhgg, Anyone? Mahjongg is a game of skill, strategy, and calculation and involves a degree of chance, akin to rummy, that originated in China. Kathy Pfeil is offering beginning lessons (a series of three) to All Saints’ folk for a small fee. A group would gather at a mutually convenient time: week days, week nights, or weekends – and could grow into monthly or weekly games. You will need to purchase outdated American Mah Jongg cards (2017-2017) to learn on. They can be found at the National Mah Jongg League here: https://www.nationalmahjonggleague.org/store.aspx#
Please e-mail or phone Kathy with comments or questions, including preferred times and days for meeting – 908-350-8012 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Diocesan Website – here’s the link for news and information from our Diocese of Newark: http://dioceseofnewark.org/
4:30 pm, Family Eucharist and the Blessing of the Crèche
Children are invited to carry the Nativity figures to the Crèche
10:15 pm, Candlelight Christmas Concert
Adult Choir will present choral music, for your Christmas meditation.
10:30 pm, Festive Holy Eucharist
The traditional “Midnight Mass” with carols, candlelight, oboe, and handbells
10:00 am, Holy Eucharist with Carols and Blessing of the Christmas Gifts
Bring a gift that you have received to be blessed as a reminder that all the things that delight our hearts are gift from God!
First Sunday after Christmas, December 31st
8:00 am, Holy Eucharist II
10:00 am, Lessons and Carols
12/10 Evening Prayer Church 6:30 pm
Pilgrim Discussion Group Rath House 7:00 pm
12/12 Finance Committee Rath House 7:30 pm
12/13 Bible Study Church 10:00 am
Prayer Beads Workshop Parish Hall, 7:30 pm
12/17 Communion & Healing Prayer Church 7:00 am
Junior Choir Choir Room 5:15 pm
Adult Choir Choir Room 7:30 pm
Altar Guild Dinner Janet Mansfield’s, 6 pm
For a full schedule of our buildings check the website calendar www.allsaintsmillington.org.
Advent Reflection 20 (12/8)
1 Blest be the King whose coming is in the name of God!
For him let doors be opened, no hearts against him barred!
Not robed in royal splendor, in power and pomp, comes he;
but clad as are the poorest, such his humility!
2 Blest be the King whose coming is in the name of God!
By those who truly listen his voice is truly heard;
pity the proud and haughty, who have not learned to heed
the Christ who is the Promise, who has atonement made.
3 Blest be the King whose coming is in the name of God!
He only to the humble reveals the face of God.
All power is his, all glory! All things are in his hand,
all ages and all peoples, till time itself shall end!
4 Blest be the King whose coming is in the name of God!
He offers to the burdened the rest and grace they need.
Gentle is he and humble! And light his yoke shall be,
for he would have us bear it so he can make us free.
~ Hymn #74 was written in Spanish by Federico Pagura (1923-2016) and translated into English by Fred Pratt Green. The tune is “Valet Will Ich Dir Geben” by Melchior Teschner in 1584 in what is now Poland. We also know the tune as it goes with the Palm Sunday hymn, “All glory, laud, and honor.”
Here is a recording of it, the only one I could find on You Tube! Rather than a choral group singing, this is a video “from the pew” of an anonymous Episcopal parish. Is this what hymn singing sounds like in your pew on Sunday mornings? https://youtu.be/B2tnyqljIdU
Where is God asking you to learn greater humility?
Advent blessings, Vicki+