Advent at St. Paul’s

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Announcements for Advent

Tuesday Night Bible Study will not be meeting in Advent.  Our weekly study will resume in Epiphany on January 7th.

StoryCircles will be held on December 4 & 11 from 6:00-6:45.  During this time, all are welcome to come.  Participants will be working through the “Telling your story” worksheets.

Evening Prayer will be offered at 7pm on Wednesday evenings (Dec 4, 11, & 18).  Join this event.

St. Paul’s Annual Meeting will be held following worship on Sunday, December 8th.  Join this event.

The final meeting of the 2013 Church Council will be on December 18, from 5:30-6:45.  Dinner will be provided.

Christmas Caroling is scheduled for Sunday, December 22nd.

Christmas Eve Candlelight service will be held at 11pm on Tuesday, December 24.  Join this event.

 

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Creating Art in Advent

Advent is a time of watching & waiting – of preparation and devotion.  But more often than not, the days leading up to the Christmas holiday are quickly filled with tasks, errands, and obligations.  Expectations – both those placed on us by others and those we place on ourselves – replace moments of anticipation.  Written devotionals, while helpful for some, only fill our minds with more words and worries.  What we desire – what we need – is a call to quietude and permission to enter Advent with imagination, creativity, and wonder.

What if creating art could be a way to enter Advent?  This weekly challenge is a way to allow yourself the space to create, share & inspire.  Each week in Advent, you are invited to create space for yourself to enter Advent by creating art.  Here’s how:

1. Log into Facebook and look up the theme for each week in Advent on the Art of the Passion fanpage.  The current post is a bit late, but future posts will be up on the preceding Saturday.

2. Watch for a word or phrase, image or experience that speaks to you about a weekly theme on Advent.  If you go attend a church, you may have heard or seen something.  Maybe you use a devotional or peruse the appointed Scripture.  Maybe it comes from somewhere else.  Don’t be overwhelmed – choose something you already do, and watch for the Advent theme.

2. Starting from that focus point (or general idea)- sketch, draw, paint, sew, photograph, weave, or otherwise visually explore the theme.  Limit yourself to no more than one hour.  Of course, we won’t know you if you spend more than an hour, but don’t let it be a stressful experience – it’s OK to allow it to be incomplete if the time runs out.

3. Log back into Facebook and share your creative exploration on the Art of the Passion fanpage.  Don’t worry about it being incomplete or imperfect – the whole season of Advent is a kind of “work in progress.”

Our hope is that by participating, you will find a space for your own creativity to be drawn into preparation and devotion; and that we all will be encouraged in our own watching & waiting.

 

Faith Steps December

NEW START TIME:  In December, Faith Steps will start at 5:30pm on the following Thursdays:

December 6th
No Class

December 13th 
Grades 5-8     Continuing to explore the stories of the Bible

December 20th 
Grades 1-4     Learning the Lord’s Prayer

December 27th 
No Class 

Faith Steps is an faith formation program for children of all ages, focused on teaching the basics of the Christian faith as the child grows.  Children from any faith background are welcome to attend.  Participants who are active at St. Paul’s are eligible for confirmation following the completion of their 8th grade year.

Advent at St. Paul’s

Advent, worship, Christmas

Sundays in December

The season of Advent marks the beginning of the church year and comprises the four weeks before Christmas.  Advent highlights the themes of hope & preparation, nurtures within us repentance & watchfulness, and the contrast of darkness/light, the fullness of Christ and anticipation of his second coming.

These themes are marked in the liturgy by the lighting of the Advent candles and voice of the prophets in the lectionary.

Crunched between Thanksgiving dinner and Christmas morning, Advent tends to be a busy time for many people.  Worship provides a space of escape and a call to remember the things that are easily cast aside.  As Advent approaches, make plans to participate as fully as you are able – and celebrate the moment of anticipation with the community of faith.

Looking for a way to express a bit of creativity this Advent?  Check out the Art of the Passion‘s Creating Art devotional.

Events in Advent

Thursday, November 29: Everyone is invited to pitch in as we make preparations for Advent.  We’ll gather from 5p-6p for a Faith Steps program in which young and old will start placing the decorations around the church. Special activities will be provided for younger children.  At about 6:15p, anyone who would like to be an assisting minister in worship is invited to join a walk-through the Advent liturgy.  The evening will conclude by 7pm.

Sunday, December 2:  On the First Sunday in Advent, the sunday school classes will create chrismons to hang on the Christmas tree.  Their creations will be incorporated into the service during the Childrens’ sermon.

Sunday, December 9:  After service on the Second Sunday in Advent, our congregation will host the 2012-2013 Congregational Meeting, including some discussion about the current grant objectives and a look into next year.

Sunday, December 16:  Bring a poinsettia!  Everyone is invited to bring a poinsettia to worship.

Sunday, December 23:  Building the Nativity together.  Do you have an extra nativity at home?  Perhaps a gift or something that rarely comes out of the box?  Choose a card located outside of the sanctuary and bring a figurine from one of your nativities to contribute to the Nativity that will be displayed through January 8th.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service will be held on Monday, December 24th at 11:15pm.  Come early and enjoy some Christmas goodies and hot chocolate!

Christmas Service of Caroling will be held on the Sunday, December 30th.  Let us know what your favorite Christmas hymn/song is by sending us an email at office@stpauls39.org.