Can you believe that Christmas is next Monday? I had the panicky realization that I was yet to find Christmas gifts for my parents, and of course, it has been a busy week here as the bulletins and booklets were prepared for all of the services we'll have this weekend and with the writing of sermons.
Thank you to everyone who participated in, and read for our Festival of Nine Lesson and Carols as well as those who came out for our Christmas party. It seemed like everyone had a great time, I know I did.
12/24 - Advent IV - Morning Prayer - 10 am
12/24 - Christmas Eve - Holy Communion and Vigil - 6 pm
12/25 - Christmas Day - Holy Communion - 10 am
I am looking forward to celebrating Christmas with all of you. I think that all three of the services will be beautiful and will help us remember the glory of God and draw near to Him in this time of remembering his coming into the world.
Holiday Office Schedule
Sadly, I've canceled my new years trip so; I am yet again changing my Christmas days off:
12/26 - St. Stephen's Day, the office will be closed an; there will be no morning Prayer
1/1 - The office will be closed, however, we will have Holy Communion at 6 pm in observance of the Circumcision of Christ.
All other days around the holiday will be normal.
Exciting things in the new year
This coming year we will be making a couple of exciting changes.
Starting on the first Sunday after Epiphany we will be adding Christian Education to Sunday mornings. We will meet in the parish hall at 9 am, and it'll run until about 9:45. Our first topic will be an overview of the Anglican Faith.
In 2018 we will also be observing the Prayer Book Holy Days for the life of Christ. There are about 25 Holy days prescribed in the Book of Common Prayer. It used to be the practice of the parish to observe these, but often in the busy-ness of life, we forget about them.
This coming year, I'll be offering Holy Communion on just the days that have to do with the life of Christ. I think, even if people can't make it, it'll help us all be more aware of both the life of Christ and the pattern of liturgical life. I do encourage everyone who can to try and attend.
A Call for Pictures
In looking at the church website, I think it'd be good to replace some of the stock photos that we are using with pictures from the life of the church. If you have any that you'd be willing to share, I'd like to pick a few and use them. Please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for everything you all do. I am looking forward to celebrating the incarnation of our Lord this weekend with all of you.
Fr. Ian Emile Dunn
All Saints Anglican Church