Dear Sisters and Brothers in the Risen Jesus,
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to one and all. The first three days of Christmas have been filled with family, friends, and the sounds of Christmas Carols that bring light and joy to our hearts and minds. And like every Yuletide Season the days come fast and the work week is short. I want to Thank You for taking a few moments to read this week’s Mailchimp as we close out 2020 and welcome 2021.
Let us pray: Almighty God, you have poured upon us the new light of your incarnate Word: Grant that this light, enkindled in our hearts, may shine forth in our lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Connection: As John’s Gospel (1:5) reminded us yesterday, God has ‘turned on the light’ in the darkness. God is reminding us once again that the ‘reset’ button on our spiritual lives has been reset. During Advent we were awaiting the precious baby Jesus wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manager to touch us. He did! We celebrated it.
Now that the light has been enkindled in our hearts, we are charged to let his light shine in our lives as heirs of God’s Kingdom. As heirs we have a responsibility to pass our light on to those around us, so darkness can be cast out. To cast out is to be put away from us. For the record, this never means darkness and evil is not around. Human beings sometimes listen to darkness and carry out acts of violence (Christmas Day Nashville Bombing). John goes on to remind us (1:9) that all humanity has been touched by the light, which means darkness will never prevail.
As we say farewell to 2020 and embrace 2021 let us recall the beacons of light we’ve been via our virtual and in-person worship services, continuation of ministries to those in our neighborhood and around the globe, cards, letters, and phone calls to those we love, and continuing prayers.
I say to each of you, Thanks be to God for being sisters and brothers in the Risen Jesus from Church of the Good Shepherd.
Pray for our vestry candidates: Phyllis Cameron, Kathy Potter, Susan Eveland, and Mike Wilkinson.
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
Episcopal 4U has been moved to Wednesday’s.
Episcopal 4 U at 7:00 PM via Zoom. Email Judy Kile at email@example.com for an invitation.
New Year’s Day Eucharist: January 1, 2021 at Noon via Facebook Live
We all want 2021 to be different and one of the best ways is to celebrate The Holy Name Day with Holy Eucharist Rite II from our Lady of Walsingham Chapel. Thank you for joining us for a great start for the new year.
Facebook Live this Sunday.
Holy Eucharist Rite II-Second Sunday after Christmas, Year B, Sunday, January 3 at 10:15 AM.
Jeremiah 31:7-14, Psalms 84, Ephesians 1:3-6, 15-19a, Matthew 2:1-12. Join us on Facebook Live
Sunday Christian Formation Classes
Zoom Lectionary Study for all. Sunday, January 3 at 9:00 AM: Second Sunday after Christmas, Year B. Jeremiah 31:7-14, Psalms 84, Ephesians 1:3-6, 15-19a, Matthew 2:1-12. FYI: This Zoom link will remain the same till February 14, 2021. God willing and the technology works.! https://zoom.us/j/93045831122
It’s all about Zoom!
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