Dear Sisters and Brothers in the Risen Jesus Christ,
Monday is the shortest day of the year in the northern hemisphere. The church assigned this day to St. Thomas the Apostle, so let’s begin with the Collect in his honor: Everliving God, who strengthened your apostle Thomas with firm and certain faith in your Son’s resurrection: Grant us so perfectly and without doubt to believe in Jesus Christ, our Lord and our God, that our faith may never be found wanting in your sight; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Habakkuk 2:1-4 I will stand at my watchpost, and station myself on the rampart; I will keep watch to see what he will say to me, and what he will answer concerning my complaint. Then the Lord answered me and said: Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so that a runner may read it. For there is still a vision for the appointed time; it speaks of the end, and does not lie. If it seems to tarry, wait for it; it will surely come, it will not delay. Look at the proud! Their spirit is not right in them, but the righteous live by their faith.
Habakkuk addresses God with his struggle, wondering where God is when there’s so much evil in the world. He laments about what he sees to draws God’s attention to evil and corruption.
One way to let God know you see what this Old Testament prophet sees comes from Bonhoeffer, “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”
Ladies and Gentlemen of Good Shepherd, thank you for being the kind of people who speak up and out when facing evil. For speaking in truth with love when you see and encounter brokenness.
In these last four days of Advent 2020 let’s continue to prepare ourselves for the baby Jesus coming into the world. The light in the darkness, which causes our hearts to grow in size and warmth as we raise our voices in joy and excitement found in the words of the many Christmas hymns that have become our favorites.
“During this Advent, let us practice transforming our hearts from busy inns where there is no room, into quiet welcoming mangers.” Br. Nicholas Bartoli SSJE.
Educational Connections and Zoom Links
Weekday Services, Events, and Education
Noonday Prayer at Noon via Facebook Live Monday through Wednesday.
Compline at 8 pm via Facebook Live Monday through Wednesday.
Wednesday Noonday Bible Study via Zoom each Wednesday at 12:30 pm. Advent Reflection on Peace. Meeting ID is https://zoom.us/j/91477770100
Wednesday Episcopal 4 U at 7:00 PM via Zoom. Email Judy Kile at firstname.lastname@example.org for an invitation.
Christmas Eve Services: Thursday, December 24th:
Virtual Children’s Service: Christmas Music beginning at 4:00 PM. Service begins at 4:30 PM via Facebook Live
Virtual Midnight Mass: Christmas Music begins at 9:30 PM. Service begins at 10:00 PM via Facebook Live
Facebook Live this Sunday.
Holy Eucharist Rite II-First Sunday after Christmas, Year B, Sunday, December 27 at 10:15 AM.
Isaiah 61:10-62:3, Galatians 3:23-25; 4:4-7, Psalm 147:13-21, John 1:1-18. Join us on Facebook Live
Sunday Christian Formation Classes
Zoom Lectionary Study for all. Sunday, December 27 at 9:00 AM:First Sunday after Christmas, Year B. Isaiah 61:10-62:3, Galatians 3:23-25; 4:4-7, Psalm 147:13-21, John 1:1-18. FYI: This Zoom link will remain the same till February 14, 2021. God willing and the technology works.! https://zoom.us/j/93045831122
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