A Note from Fr. Michael

20 December 2018
 Dear Folks:

No matter what I do, it seems that I am always caught a bit off-guard by how close Christmas is.  In spite of the fact that I have kept Advent with you with a faithful discipline, in spite of the fact that the “waiting” for Christmas now is no calendar abstraction but a matter of days, I look up and am surprised: The Day is almost here!  I still have more to do to prepare.  Some presents need procuring; the house needs cleaning and setting up for our family’s reunion.  Oh yeah, sermons need writing, too.  This Sunday is the last in Advent; the next day is Christmas Eve, and the dam breaks – ready or not.  So, in this letter to you, I want to risk being the little Dutch boy with his finger in the dike and make a plea amidst this Christmas tide for this last Advent Sunday.

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This Sunday, December 23rd, 2018
The Fourth Sunday of Advent 
9 am Study of the Scriptures
Micah 5:2-5a
Canticle 15
Hebrews 10:5-10
Luke 1:39-55

10 am Holy Communion,
Nursery, Sunday School,
Fellowship

CHRISTMAS EVE MUSIC PREVIEW

The  joy of Christmas Eve is magnified by music!  Please arrive at 5:00 PM for the Prelude and Carols, followed by the Festal Choral Eucharist at 5:30 PM.  The following is what you’ll hear and/or sing:

* 8 (yes, that’s 8) Christmas carols you know and love
* organ settings, by Bach and beyond, of even more Christmas melodies
*  a rare organ/drum Nigerian hymn

*  organ and bells on the Italian song “Gesu Bambino” 
*  all children present singing “Away in a Manger” 
*  our choir women, including our “young women,” singing the Irish traditional song
    “The Seven Rejoices of Mary,” with solos
*  our entire choir singing John Rutter’s sweet “Nativity Carol”
*  alto recorder, acoustic guitar, bar chimes, and more

Come and worship, and invite someone, too.
KAREN BANTA, Minister of Music

Christmas Eve Service
5:00 pm Prelude and Carols
5:30 pm Festal Choral Holy Eucharist

Christmas Day Service
11:00 am Holy Eucharist

A SPECIAL THANK YOU
Many thanks to Joe Bianca and David Haines for cutting the tree limbs for the Cemetery Boxes.  We made $450.00 for St. Philip’s.  God’s blessings and Thank you again.  From Chris Sanborn.  (And thanks to Chris Sanborn for arranging).

CHURCH OFFICE CLOSED
The church office will be closed from
December 24th through January 1st.
Please send your Announcements for January to office@stphilipseasthampton.org

Our Annual Meeting of the Church will be on Sunday, February 3rd
 following the service and beginning with a Brunch.  Please let Bonnie Pelland know what you can bring to share.  It is very important that everyone attend this Annual Meeting.

ACTIVITIES CALENDAR
 
Sunday, December 23rd    9:00 am          Scripture Study (Parish Hall)
                                            10:00 am         The Fourth Sunday of Advent
                                                                  Holy Eucharist, Sunday School,
Nursery, Coffee Hour
 
Monday, December 24th  5:00 pm          Prelude and Carols
                                          5:30 pm           Festal Holy Eucharist
                                          7:00 pm            AA Meeting (Parish Hall)

Tuesday, December 25th 11:00 am        Christmas Day Holy Eucharist
 
Church Office Closed from Dec. 25th through Jan. 1st
 
Wednesday, December 26th        
Thursday, December 27th           NO Choir Rehearsal
Friday, December 28th                  
Saturday, December 29th               
 
Sunday, December 30th      9:00 am          Scripture Study (Parish Hall)
                                              10:00 am         The First Sunday after Christmas
                                                                        Holy Eucharist, Sunday School,
                                                            Nursery, Coffee Hour