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St. Andrew's News: Bible Reading Guides, Holy Name and Epiphany
December 30, 2020, 10:56 AM

Dear Brothers and Sisters of St. Andrew's,

 Guides to reading through the Bible in a year (finally) arrived, and are available to pick up along with calendars and giving envelopes from noon to 6:00 pm on Friday the 1st.

 

On Friday, January 1st, we will celebrate the Feast of the Holy Name at 7:00 pm with Memorial Episcopal Church, Bolton Hill and their Rector, the Rev. Grey Maggiano. The Rev. Brandt Montgomery, Chaplain of St. James' School in Hagerstown, will preach, and the Rev. Derek Miller, seminarian, will serve as Deacon. The service will be streamed via our usual means.

 

On January 6th we will join our friends at St. Martin's-in-the-Field in Severna Park at 1:00 pm to celebrate Epiphany. The service will be streamed on their Facebook page, and I will be preaching. Last year we blessed chalk for the marking of doorposts, which some Christians do on Epiphany; that chalk is available for pickup at the church as well.

 

Information about this house blessing may be found at:

https://www.looktohimandberadiant.com/2020/12/epiphany-home-blessing-kits-update-for.html

 

We live stream our 10:00 am Sunday service via our Facebook page, our YouTube channel and our website. Bulletins for the January 1st and January 3rd, 2021 services are attached. Prayers of the people are integrated into the bulletins

 

We continue to stream our 8:00 service via Zoom. You may use Zoom by visiting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89538636563?pwd=aDZ6SXUxZTMvMklKSi81UkVlaGpIZz09,

and you may access the audio stream by telephoning 301-715-8592 and using meeting ID 8953-863-6563, password 201189.

 

On the third Sunday of each month we take up a special offering to address the needs of hungry people in our community. We collected $438 for our December Healing Sunday offering, which was given to the Baltimore International Seafarers Center. You may make a special gift to the Healing Sunday offering by making a note on the memo line of your check or your electronic gift.

 

The Rector's Discretionary Fund enables me to work on the church's behalf to care for those in need in our community, and to support the needs of worthy ministries, as I am made aware of these needs. I am always glad to receive gifts to this fund (either electronically or by checks made out to St. Andrew's with Rector's Discretionary Fund on the memo line), especially at this time when need is increasing significantly. If you are facing job loss or a reduction in your family's income please don't hesitate to reach out to me personally.

 

Please note that any donations must be either received or postmarked by December 31st to be recorded as given during this calendar year.

 

--Fr. Jason

 

 

From the point of the sunrise

Unto the other boundary of the earth

Let us sing to Christ,

The prince born of the virgin Mary.

 

The blessed founder of the world

Clothed himself in the body of a slave

In order that flesh should free the flesh

So that he would not lose what he had created.

 

Heavenly grace enters

The chaste womb of the mother;

The womb of a girl

Carries mysteries of which she did not know.

 

The dwelling of a modest breast

Suddenly becomes the temple of God.

She who was untouched and never knew a man

Brought forth a son by means of the word.

 

The woman in childbed gave birth

To the one of whom Gabriel had prophesied,

To the one whom John had felt when he,

Still enclosed in his mother's womb, leaped for joy.

 

He endured lying in the hay,

He did not shrink from the manger and

He by whose power not even a bird suffers hunger

Was fed with a little milk.

 

The choir of the celestial beings rejoices

And the angels sing to God

And, to the shepherds, the shepherd,

The creator of all, is revealed.

 

Glory be to you, Lord,

Who were purified in the river.

 

--Coelius Sedulius, Latin, 5th c.

 



Attachments:

  1. Bulletin 01012021
  2. Bulletin 01032021