Pews News Weekly
It's been a gray couple of days here in Prescott, which always seems to subdue one's mood and make you want to stay inside with a warm beverage and a good book. It seems to be a harbinger for the coming winter. Having never experienced a Prescott winter, I am both eager to find out what it is like and trying to keep my expectations in check. I will confess that I am looking forward to snow, even if it evaporates quickly.
As the winter becomes colder, please remember the less fortunate and any of your neighbors that may live alone; this can be a hard time of year for them. Take some time to make sure that they are okay and continue to bring supplies and goods to church for the woman's shelter.
December is always a busy month in the life of the church; this coming month is no exception for us. I trust that everyone has taken home a copy of the upcoming schedule.
If you are signed up for the cookie exchange, please don't forget it's tomorrow at 11 am at the Lizak's. Some of the men of the parish are going to go to lunch at this time. If you would like to join us, please let Ben or myself know to get the details.
Institution and Episcopal Visit
We are excited to welcome Bishop Giffin, as well as Canon Hawkins, and Fr. Yossi to All Saints next weekend. The 9th will be my Institution as rector, and the 10th will be our Episcopal Visit. Following the Institution, we will have a reception luncheon, on Sunday we will enjoy fellowship with the Bishop. Please try to make both of these services. They should be truly joyful times of worship and fellowship.
Wednesdays in December
We will have soup supers following Evening Prayer on December 6, 13, and 20 as well as a short lesson on preparing our hearts for Christ. This should be both an edifying and enjoyable time of learning and fellowship.
A brief meditation on the season of Advent
Advent is a season of preparation. A time in which we prepare our hearts for Christ. In times past it was a 40-day fast season much like Lent. Our Eastern Orthodox brothers and sisters have been in this fast season for a few weeks now.
So, what should we do for our Advent season? We are called to be preparing for the coming of Christ. We use the imagery of Christ coming into the world to live amongst us and save sinners, to remind us that he will come again, to judge the quick and the dead. We are, therefore, called to repentance, and to turn our hearts and minds back to the truth and knowledge of Him.
On Wednesday nights in Advent, we will look at this call to preparation, and then ask what it means to prepare our minds and our hearts that Christ may dwell richly in us and that we may be a city on a hill, a shining light for Christ's goodness to the world around us.
There are Advent bookmarks, which will be in your Sunday bulletin. They have the verse for Advent, as well as daily readings. If you are looking to jumpstart your devotional life, I think this will be very helpful. If you want to go deeper, a woman I went to college with and has since become Anglican posted this fairly exhaustive list of resources, you may find some of it to be helpful.
With prayers that the love of Christ would fill our Advent season, and our hearts and minds would continuously be turning back to Him, I look forward to seeing you on Sunday.
Fr. Ian Emile Dunn
All Saints Anglican Church