ADVENT

The liturgical colour blue is the colour of waiting, the night before the dawn, gestation.

Reflection for Advent 2: In Luke 3:1-6 John cries “Make ready the way of the Lord.” As we struggle amid the chaos and overload of this season, his words challenge us to a pointed question: “Whose way am I making?” Too many voices in your life? Make ready the way of the Lord? Find a quiet spot, hush the noise, and listen for that Voice which matters more than all others. Ponder: How and when and where will I spend time in quiet with the Lord today? Pray: Dear Jesus, silence the clamor. Slow me down. Help me sort through the clattering demands and hear Your still, small voice. Show me how to make ready Your way.

 

 

It Takes a Knitwork

It Takes a Knitwork  Drop off knitted or crocheted squares at  The Church of the Apostles,  Tuesday-Thursday, 9:00 am to Noon by January 18 and we’ll deliver them for you.

Wishing a Blessed & Peaceful Christmas to All From The Church of the Apostles!

Christmas Tree Sale
We're Sold Out!

Our 2018 Christmas Tree Project came to an end this past Sunday afternoon with the sale of the last of the 375 trees! Many hands contributed to this successful fundraising event. It also “raised” a lot of fun and camaraderie! Gratitude is extended to all who:
– offered to help unload trees.
– actually got to help unload with all the delivery time. changes
– endured booking on the Google calendar!
– sold trees.
– bought a tree.
– promoted our trees to family and friends through word of mouth.
– facebooked us, followed us, and friended us.
 
And let’s not forget to say a hearty thank you to Jenn Craig and Laurie Douglas for the untold hours spent organizing and running such a successful project.

 

Announcements

December 2 – 23  – Sunday Services: 8:00 am Said Holy Eucharist (BCP); 9:15 am Contemporary Family Eucharist; 11:00 am Choral Eucharist.
Incense will be used at the 11:00 am service on December 23.

December 24 – 7:00 pm Family Service; 9:30 pm Carols by Candlelight; 10:00 pm Choral Eucharist
December 25 -10:00 Holy Eucharist
December 30 – 10:30 am Holy Eucharist (BP)

With the exception of December 26 there will be a Said Holy Eucharist (BCP) on Wednesdays at  9:30 am

As part of our reconciliation work, consider emailing or writing to your council councilors with this message:” I encourage you and all city councilors and mayor to hold the Kairos Blanket Exercise as part of your beginning work as a new council. This exercise will enable you to better understand why and how to engage with our local Indigenous community.”

To see last week’s announcements click on December 9, 2018.

Christmas Bag Campaign – Many thanks to everyone who supported the campaign, both parishioners (and their friends, colleagues & families) and the wider community. We received 44 bags. Thanks also to Mary Ann Robinson for transporting them to CCSC.

The Prayer as Sacred Resistance group meets on Wednesday, December 19 at 10:30 am.

Bible Study in Advent: The Nativity Stories as Resistance. Thursdays at 11:00 am for Munch and Lunch. December 6, 13, and 20. The background text for this study is The First Christmas: What the Gospels Really Teach About Jesus’s  Birth. Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan. Available at Amazon-The First Christmas.

Mary Kamar, mother of our refugee family,  has emailed Christmas wishes to us on behalf of the family and we would like to send a message back from as many of you as possible! If you would like to have your message included, please email it to Laurie Douglas at new_gardensong@hotmail.com, who will then collate and forward them. It could be a Christmas greeting, a prayer, or a message of hope, You are encouraged to sign your message with just your first names. Please forward your message by December 18th. Thank you.

179.2 pounds of food were donated in November bringing us to a year-to-date total of 1771, just shy of our goal of 1800 pounds in 2018. Let’s pull out all the stops for Christmas food donations and push this over top in December! The special items for the Apostles in December are canned vegetables and peanut or soy butter.

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