Fourth Sunday of Advent – December 21, 2014
Mass at 11:00 AM. Readings: 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 15; Psalmody: Luke 1:46b-55; Romans 16:22-27; Luke 1:26-38. Pastor Heisley will preside and preach.
God keeps the promise made to David, to give him an everlasting throne. The angel tells Mary that God will give David’s throne to her son, Jesus. She is perplexed by Gabriel’s greeting and by the news of her coming pregnancy, but she is able to say, “Count me in.” We who know that Jesus is called king only as he is executed still find it a mystery hard to fathom, but with Mary today we hear the news of what God is up to and say, “Count us in.”
Bach Vespers Sunday at 5:00 PM
We gather at 5 PM for our annual celebration of Lessons and Carols in Advent. This year’s theme is From Age to Age: Seeking the Light of Christ Throughout Time and Space. After the joy and beauty of the evening’s service, we gather again, this time in the Community Room to meet friends old and new.
MUSIC FOR THIS SUNDAY
Prelude: Benedictus – Alec Rowley
Canticle: Magnificat – setting by Larry King
Offering: A Hymn to the Virgin – Benjamin Britten
Communion Motet: I Sing of a Maiden – Patrick Hadley
Postlude: Nun komm der Heiden Heiland – J.S. Bach
#257 O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
#258 Unexpected and Mysterious
#272 Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming
#265 The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came
#263 Savior of the Nations, Come
AfterWords this Sunday
Director of Music Donald Meineke presents another edition of Voice for Life
Hanging of the Greens
Our annual gathering to make the beautiful wreathes that decorate our nave, to hang them and to enjoy an evening of relaxing, playful work together will be tomorrow evening, Friday, December 19, beginning at 5 PM. Wine and light supper snacks will be available. So, if you can, bring food to share. Come and help/celebrate Advent whenever you can. And bring your friends!
65th Street Fence Will Finally Be Refurbished!
As we have been reminding you, work is about to begin on the refurbishment of our 110-year-old 65th Street fence, a part of the history of Holy Trinity and of the Upper West Side. It is in severely deteriorated condition, as you can see any time you walk by.
We have a need to raise $40,000 for fence repair and renewal. Please consider this goal beyond your normal giving to Holy Trinity and its several programs, including Bach Vespers. This is a SPECIAL APPEAL. Make checks payable to “Holy Trinity Lutheran Church” and note on the memo line “Fence.” You may give your gifts in the Sunday offering or you may send it to the church office. As an alternative, you can go to www.HolyTrinityNYC.org, click “Donate” near the top of the home page, click “Give Now” and specify your gift for “Building.”
So far we have received $7237.84 towards our goal. A long way to go, but we can do it with your help!
We praise God for the gift of our beautiful facilities and we furthermore praise God for the generous ability to care for them! God is good and generous. Let us be the same!