The Advent Season And so the year turns as we welcome the season of hope and expectancy on this First Sunday of the liturgical year. We are grateful to our own Fr. John Bliss, whom we welcome as the presider and preacher at the Eucharist today. The beginning of the liturgical year is also marked by a turn in the three-year cycle of the lectionary and Year B opens up to us the Gospel of Mark for the coming year. The earliest of the gospels to be written, it is noted for its somewhat brief and rather urgent account of Jesus’ ministry. The change of liturgical color from green to purple indicates the penitential nature of the season as we prepare ourselves to celebrate the feast of the Word made flesh at Christmas.
Angel Tree The tree is festooned with pink (for a girl) and blue (for a boy) angels and we invite you to take one and buy a toy(s) for a child living with or affected by HIV/AIDS. Walgreens, Target, Dollar Stores, etc. are sources. Please bring toy(s) unwrapped to church. Your gift will be distributed through our AIDS Ministry to Care Resource, Children’s Diagnostic Center & other agencies for their “Santa” rooms where families select for their children. More toys will be collected at the annual Everglades Bike Ride in South Miami next Sunday, December 10th, when about 60 riders bring toys & gift cards. This ride is jointly sponsored by our AIDS Ministry and St. Stephen’s, Coconut Grove, matching Angel Tree. Deacon Charles has officiated at their send off for the past six years. Please be generous … and, thank you!
Christmas Flowers & Greens We invite you to make a contribution towards the cost of decorating the church for Christmas, either in memory of a loved one or in thanksgiving for blessings received, using the form and return envelope found in your bulletin on Sunday or on the welcome table. Your gift may be placed either in the offertory or mailed to the Parish Office. Checks please to All Souls’ Episcopal Church and marked ‘Christmas Flowers’ in the memo. And again we thank you in anticipation of your generosity.
Rector Search Corner The Search Committee will meet this Sunday, December 3rd, to review the status of the Parish Profile. The profile is almost completed, awaiting the very important financial component before sending it off for review.
We ask that you hold each member in your prayers as they discern suitable candidates to become the next rector of All Souls’:
Sheila Collins and Freddy Tovar (Co-Chairs), Aracelis Mullings (Vestry), Kathi Armbrister, Laura Keith, Rafael Padilla, Glen Velker and Jim Carlton (Chaplin).
Gracious and loving God, prosper with your blessing the mission of All Souls’ Episcopal Church. Deepen, we pray, our love for Christ Jesus and for one another. As we lift the members of the Search Committee to you, we ask that your guidance and light may be upon them. Fill them with wisdom, and grant them courage and boldness as together they discern your will for a new priest and pastor for this congregation. Surround them with your unconditional and abiding love and illumine them with the glorious light of your salvation. We ask these things in the holy and sacred name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
Post Irma …. The Bishop’s Appeal for hurricane relief remains open and you are invited to leave a gift in the offertory on any Sunday. Checks should be made payable to All Souls’ Episcopal Church and marked “Hurricane Relief” in the memo.
A Seraphic Fire Christmas There are a limited number of tickets still available for this concert of Christmas music performed by Seraphic Fire in All Souls’ next Saturday, 9th December, at 7.30pm. For more information and to buy tickets the website is www.seraphicfire.org
RUAH is grounded in the Anglican tradition, a centuries-old liturgy that reveals the presence of God in our midst. We call this reality “sacramental.” RUAH brings forth the richness of the mysteries of the Christian faith, practiced through the centuries by monks, nuns, mystics, saints, and ordinary people. RUAH will engage the musical community in Miami and surrounding areas by bringing in guest musicians for each season who play instruments from around the world. Classical hymns and prayers are arranged with modern and ancient instrumentation, rhythms, and sounds. We will cross centuries and continents as we worship together in the liturgy the roots of which are in the earliest Christian community that was gathered after Jesus was raised from the dead.
RUAH, which means “spirit” or “breath” in Hebrew, invites all people, no matter your faith background, or no faith background at all, to breathe in God’s living Spirit, and to rest in the beauty and wonder of the spoken word and the real presence of Christ among us with a backdrop of sound, light, shadow, and form.
Hospitality If your surname falls in the range of F-L, you are reminded that you are asked to kindly provide for our hospitality next week. Please check with Joyce Foreman this morning and let her know what you are able to bring to the table.
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CALENDAR Sunday 3rd : First Sunday of Advent Holy Eucharist 8.00am Choir Rehearsal 9.30am Sung Eucharist 10.30am AA Meeting, Conference Room, 7.00pm Tuesday 5th Choir Rehearsal 7.30pm Saturday 9th Centering Prayer, All Souls’, 10.30am A Seraphic Fire Christmas, All Souls’, 7.30pm Sunday 10th : Second Sunday of Advent Holy Eucharist 8.00am Choir Rehearsal 9.30am Sung Eucharist 10.30am AA Meeting, Conference Room, 7.00pm Tuesday 12th
Choir Rehearsal 7.00pm Saturday 16th Centering Prayer, All Souls’, 10.30am Sunday 17th : Third Sunday of Advent ‘Eggs-to-Go’ Sunday Holy Eucharist 8.00am Choir Rehearsal 9.30am Sung Eucharist 10.30am AA Meeting, Conference Room, 7.00pm Tuesday 19th Choir Rehearsal 7.00pm Saturday 23rd Centering Prayer, All Souls’, 10.30am
O Lord, you have set before us the great hope that your kingdom shall come on earth, and have taught us to pray for its coming; give us grace to discern the signs of its dawning, and to work for the perfect day when your will shall be done on earth as it is in heaven; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
– Percy Dearmer (1867-1936)
We Hold in Prayer: The peace of the world. Our military men and women serving at home and overseas. Veterans and their families. Wounded warriors and the work of the VA. The Wardens, Vestry Members and Deacon Charles. The work of the Search Committee. The strengthening of our congregational life in this time of transition. The work of recovery and restoration after Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate. Relief and aid agencies at work throughout the region, especially in the Keys and Puerto Rico. Episcopal Relief and Development Developing our vision for ministry and mission. Those living with HIV/AIDS and their families. Those living with addiction & those in recovery. The AA Meeting at All Souls’. Bishop Peter and Kate Eaton. The Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry. Refugees and asylum seekers. Our visitors today and new members. Our Companion Dioceses: Bishop Laish Boyd and the clergy and people of the Diocese of the
Bahamas and Turks & Caicos Islands; Bishop Julio Holguin and the clergy and people of the Diocese of the Dominican Republic; Bishop Todd McGregor and the clergy and people of the Diocese of Toliara; Bishop Jean Zache Duracin and the clergy and people of the Diocese of Haiti. Congregation members living in Aventura, North Miami Beach and Sunny Isles Beach. Those celebrating birthdays & anniversaries. Mount Sinai Medical Center: staff and patients. Hospital Chaplains – Fr. David Collins and Deacon Charles For Healing: Carolyn Gentry, Pastor Hans, Bronwen, Danielle Gladd, Robert, Melania, Manjoi Siu, Darryl Ellis, Linda Fennel, Nellie Mahfood, Sheila Foster, Elaine Francis, Lydia Laygo, Jeff, Robert Horton, Stephanie, Ken, Deacon Charles, Gary, Juliet, and Residents of Bay Oaks Home. We pray for the soul of Helen Healy The dying and those who watch with them. Those who mourn for their lost and dead. The Departed: may they rest in peace.
Almighty God, you have given us this good land for our heritage: We humbly beseech you that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of your favor and glad to do your will. Bless our land with honorable industry, sound learning, and pure manners. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion; from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way. Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people the multitudes brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues. Endue with the spirit of wisdom those to whom in your Name we entrust the authority of government, that there may be justice and peace at home, and that, through obedience to your law, we may show forth your praise among the nations of the earth. In the time of prosperity, fill our hearts with thankfulness, and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in you to fail; all which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Book of Common Prayer, page 820