December 23, 2014

Special Tuesday Edition

Two days ago (to quote our entry hymn), we "made our house fair as we were able, trimmed the hearth and set the table.” And now we are ready. “Love, the guest, is on the way!”  (WLP 724)
Thank you to everyone who made our preparations so joyful!

 Don't miss the album of photos at the bottom from the Greening of the Church last Sunday
Worth tuning in to on Christmas Eve morning: Every December 24th from 10 to 11 AM (our time) King’s College Chapel in Cambridge, England, broadcasts their Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols around the world. It is carried by New Hampshire Public Radio (FM 99.5) or Tune in for a rich and wonderful beginning to Christmas.
The program booklet is available now on line and can be downloaded. Click here. 
Christmas Eve Services at Saint Andrew’s…
Our inter-generational candlelight service, with the setting and blessing of the crèche, choir, organ, trumpet, hymns, and eucharist begins at 5:00, but plan of coming early … to get a seat and enjoy the carol sing and prelude music that begins at 4:45.
Choir call: 3:45
Acolytes: by 4:15

Our “midnight” festival Eucharist begins at 11:00 PM – with trumpet, organ, choir, homily, eucharist. Carol singing begins at 10:45.      Choir call: 10:00 PM    Acolytes: 10:15

Christmas Day Service…
11:30 AM Holy Eucharist with three hymns and a homily
Followed by the Christmas Feast…
at 12:30 in the Parish Hall.
There is no charge for the meal – appetizers, ham, turkey, gravy, stuffing, potato casserole, veggies, salad, sparkling cider, desserts  and wonderful fellowship! Contributions of appetizers, dessert, or cash are welcome.

Sunday, the 28th, the First Sunday after Christmas, we will have our own Service of Lessons and Carols, with Holy Eucharist at 10 o’clock. (No 8 o’clock service.) You are warmly invited to the reception immediately following the service at which we will honor George and June Donovan on the occasion of their 70 Wedding Anniversary with a reception!

A Christmas Prayer from O Come, Emmanuel: a Musical Tour of Daily Readings for Advent and Christmas, by Gordon Giles:
Glory to you, heavenly Father, for in Christ you have cast away our fear and, by your angels, have brought to us a hope of goodwill among all nations. Keep watch over us, the sheep of you pasture, and lead us into all peace until that day when, with angers and archangels, we will sing your praises in the highest heaven, where you reign, with the Spirit and the Son, Jesus Chris our Lord. Amen.

See you in church!
Christmas Blessings and Love,

4th Advent, December 21, 2014:
The Greening of the Church for Christmas