Grace and peace. This Sunday begins the season of Advent and marks the beginning of a new church year. The church calendar is a circle with seasons that help us build our faith. Advent’s theme is expectation. Beginning this Sunday, we will, for four Sundays, explore this theme through the writings of prophets, and characters like John the Baptist and Mary. It is traditional to mark the Advent season with a special daily calendar and with a wreath of four candles. We will have materials to make Advent wreaths this Sunday after both the 9am and 10:30am service.
Also, this Sunday, we have two special opportunities. Beginning at 12:15, we will host the Voices from the Holy Land movie series. The goal of the series is to explore the complex, difficult, and emotional issues preventing peace in the Holy Land. The documentary on December 3 is titled, The Occupation of the American Mind.
At 4pm, a performance titled Sounds of Strings will be offered in the nave with proceeds supporting our partners at So Others Might Eat (see more below).
Looking ahead, parishioner and candidate for the diaconate Lesley Krauland has been working with CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) in Maryland. She and some of her CASA friends will be here at 11:45 on Sunday, December 10 to share about CASA’s work and how we can be more involved.
I hope that you will join St. Patrick’s as we prepare for the celebration of Jesus’ birth.