First Sunday of Advent – November 30, 2014
Mass at 11:00 AM. Readings: Isaiah 64:1-9; Psalm 80; 1 Corinthians 1:3-9; Mark 13:24-37. Pastor Heisley will preside and preach.
Stir up your power, and come! The psalmist’s plea in Psalm 80:2 has become familiar to us in the Advent prayers. Isaiah wants God to rip the heavens open. Both cry out for an apparently distant, angry God to show up, to save, to restore. When we hear Jesus describing the coming of the Son of Man with stars falling from heaven, it can sound dire and horrible, not like anything we would ever hope for. But when we really look at the suffering of people God loves, we can share the hope that God would tear open the heavens and come.
The 47th Season of Bach Vespers
Advent Sunday, the First Sunday of the New Church Year, is a day of quiet rejoicing. At Bach Vespers this week we will sing some of the most beloved hymns of the season. The Bach Singers will render Cantata 36, Schwingt firedog such and empor, and Paul Manz’s iconic American anthem, E’en So, Lord Jesus, Quickly Come. Of course, a reception will follow in the Community Room!
MUSIC FOR THIS SUNDAY
Offering: I Look from Afar – Anthony Piccolo
Communion Motet: E’en So, Lord Jesus, Come Quickly – Paul Manz
Postlude: Rhapsody on HELMSLEY – Lloyd Webber
#246 Hark! A Thrilling Voice Is Sounding!
#259 Fling Wide the Door
#260 The King Shall Come
#252 Each Winter As the Year Grows Older
#435 Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending
Afterwords This Sunday!
Director of Music Donald Meineke will lead the next in his series “Voices for Life.” Downstairs in the Community Room.
Afterwords Field Trip
Pastor David Burke gave a presentation on Sunday September 27 about ancient Egyptian, Palestinian, and Syrian artifacts and many who heard him expressed interest in seeing the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s special exhibition of Syrian and Mediterranean pre-Christian and early Christian artifacts.
Lawrence Lever has graciously put together a docent led tour of the exhibit for Holy Trinity members and friends on Sunday December 14 at 2:15 PM. Pastor Burke will give a short lecture at the church at 1 PM and then the group will journey across town to the Met for the tour. Lawrence will have a sign up sheet available on Sundays. The cost of the tour is simply the cost of museum admission, a voluntary contribution, plus the cost of the guide, which will be less as more people share it. You may also sign up by calling Holy Trinity and letting Bonnie know of your interest.
Thanksgiving Worship Tomorrow!
Our Wednesday evening mass at 6:15 PM on November 26, Thanksgiving Eve, will feature readings and hymns for the day. Come and give thanks for the great blessings that we receive over and over. God and God’s creation are good!
Annual Congregation Meeting
On Sunday, December 7, we will hold our annual Congregation Meeting immediately after the liturgy. At this meeting we will vote on the budget for 2015 and the nominees for Congregation Council.
The New Church Year
This Sunday, November 30, will be the First Sunday of Advent and will mark the beginning of a new year. We will use Lectionary Year B, the Year of Mark. The color of the season is a rich, hope-filled blue. The skies darken, the air cools, and the rich beauty of the Church becomes ever more a refuge for our spirits as we long for fulfillment. Worship every Sunday in Advent!
Hanging of the Greens
An early notice: 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 on Friday, December 19, beginning at 5 PM. Wine and light supper snacks will be available. Come and help/celebrate Advent whenever you can. And bring your friends!