December 19, 2013

Services for this coming Sunday, December 22nd, Advent IV: Come join us all of us as we prepare and celebrate together. We will have only ONE service – at 10 o’clock (No 8:00 liturgy.) This will be our Greening of the Church, at which the participatory decorating of the church for Christmas will be accomplished liturgically by all of us together over the course of the liturgy, such that we begin amidst the deep blue of Advent, and depart leaving our sanctuary rich with laurel roping, poinsettias, and the white and gold of Christmas. 
Last Sunday’s snow storm was a reminder about winter weather. The minuses: we cancelled both morning services and the temps really were minuses. The pluses: A shimmering evening eucharist with a capella singing and lots of candle light.  
If the weather is doubtful and you wonder weather services will be cancelled or postponed, call the church for message. An email will also be sent out by 6:30 AM on Sundays or by two hours in advance of any Christmas service.

Don’t miss the Kings College Service of Lessons and Carols broadcast at 10 AM on Christmas Eve. Click here for a downloadable service booklet with text and information about the carols:
To listen, tune in to NHPR radio (99.5 or 89.1) at 10 AM on Christmas Eve morning, with a Christmas Day rebroadcast at 8 PM.

It’s that time of year…that is YEAR END!  Help our bookkeeper and our treasurer by submitting expenses and completing pledges.

And mark your calendars: Our Annual Meeting is scheduled for Sunday, February 2nd, following our ONE service at 9:00 AM. Debra will be looking for your Annual Reports as soon as you can get them to her, final due date being January 15th.  Please don’t wait until the last minute. Send them via email to the office or drop off a hard copy to her in-box.
If you need a copy of last year’s report, please send your request to her and she can either email it to you or provide a hard copy.

Food for thought in these last days before Christmas. The  words and music of this carol are what the scholars call “English traditional,” meaning many centuries old, probably dating back to medieval times. It is not in our Hymnal, though you may know it from the opening section of the Fantasia on Christmas Carols, by Vaughan Williams…
To listen click here
This is the truth sent from above
The truth of God, the God of love:
Therefore don’t turn me from your door
But hearken all, both rich and poor.
The first thing that I do relate
Is that God did man create,
The next thing which to you I’ll tell
Woman was made with man to dwell.

And after that, ‘twas God’s own choice
To place them both in Paradise,
There to remain of evil free,
Except they ate of such a tree.
But they did eat, which was a sin,
And so their ruin did begin,
Ruined themselves, both you and me,
And all of their posterity.

Thus we were heirs of endless woes
Till God our Lord did interpose,
And so a promise soon did run
That He would redeem us by a Son.
And at that season of the year
Our blessed redeemer did appear,
He here did live and here did preach,
And many thousands he did teach.

Thus he in love to us behaved
To show us how we must be saved;
And if you want to know the way,
Be pleased to hear what He did say.
See you in church!
Christmas Blessings to all!

Celebrate Christmas at
Saint Andrew’s-in-the-valley
All are Welcome!

December 22    Fourth Sunday of Advent
10 am Service of Holy Eucharist and the Greening of the
Church for Christmas
(No 8 am service)

December 24, Christmas Eve Candlelight Services:

Family Service with Organ and Choir
4:45 pm   Carol Sing
5:00 pm   Blessing of the Créche & Holy Eucharist

Midnight” Service with Organ and Choir
10:45 pm   Carol Sing
11:00 pm   Festival Eucharist

 December 25, Christmas Day  11:30 am  Holy Eucharist

December 29, The First Sunday after Christmas
  8:00 am   Service of Morning Prayer
10:00 am   A Service of Lessons & Carols

January 5, The Second Sunday after Christmas
        and Celebration of the Epiphany
9 am   Service of Holy Eucharist
 Free Traditional Christmas Dinner
Christmas Day, Wednesday, Dec 25,
Gather at 12:30 - Dinner served at 1:00 pm
For reservations:  call the church at 323-8515