December 10, 2018

Article by: Thomas Ramsay

Sunday morning was cool and overcast. There were 11 people at the 8:00 am service and 73 in attendance at the 10:00 am service. It was the Second Sunday Of Advent. The Processional Hymn was, “On Jordan’s Bank” and the Sequence Hymn was, “Prepare The Way, O Zion.” The Gospel Reading was from Luke 3:1-6.

In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was ruler of Galilee, and his brother Philip ruler of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias ruler of Abilene, during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. He went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah,

The voice of one crying out in the wilderness:

'Prepare the way of the Lord,
make his paths straight.
Every valley shall be filled,
and every mountain and hill shall be made low,
and the crooked shall be made straight,
and the rough ways made smooth;
and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.'"

We learn from this passage of God sending the word to John son Zechariah to tell of a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. It is the preparation of the coming of Christ and all is to be made straight and smooth. The Offertory Anthem was, “Every Valley.” The Communion Hymns were, “Comfort, Comfort Ye My People” and “Blessed Be The God Of Israel.” The Recessional Hymn was, “Rejoice, Rejoice Believers.”

The altar greenery was given to the glory of God and in loving memory of Jane Sandrowsky by her family. The Sanctuary Lamp was given by Melissa Madden to the glory of God and in lovin memory of Jane Sandrowsky. The Vigil Lamp was given by Kem and Peter Rutledge to the glory of God and in celebration of Anna Catherine’s birthday.

The Coffee Hour was, as always, filled with chatter and laughter. The Coffee Hour was hosted by Melissa Madden and Ronnie Scanlon. There were bagels, cakes and rolls for all to enjoy with their favorite beverage.

Meanwhile, in church, our Church School staff and students, continued their pageant rehearsals. It was another wonderful Sunday at All Saints’!

R.I.P. Lois Pagliaro-The Rev. Lois Pagliaro entered into eternal life early in the morning of December 8th after a valiant struggle with more than one type of cancer. She was surrounded by her family. Arrangements can be found by clicking here.

Where's St. Francis when we heed him? - St. Francis is purported to have created the Christmas crèche. If ours is to go up this year, Father Byrne needs a helping hand (or better, several). Thank you to Hervey Monfiston and Paul Walton for bringing up the crèche and figures from the basement. If you can help Father Byrne this week, please call him.

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