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Third Sunday of Advent (Year B)
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My Dear Friends,
Through the prophet Isaiah God spoke to his people, Israel: "I am about to create new heavens and a new earth; the former things shall not be remembered or come to mind." These words must sound quite refreshing to a people who find the present situation hard to endure. However, this chapter of Isaiah depicts God rejecting the community because of their idolatrous practices. The section from verse 8 to verse 16 suggests that there are some who remain faithful to God, but many were idolaters and their fate was sealed.
The section (v.17 -25) which forms today's first reading proclaims a song of hope. We see a whole reordering of nature, as if the heavens and the earth were recreated. Jerusalem will be created "as a joy and its people as a delight." (V.18) This is good news, remarkable news, but for whom? Jerusalem is not in reference to a great city that is recognized by great buildings of architectural or historical significance. Jerusalem refers to a city recognized by its people and its ruler, 'Almighty God'. Notice a stark contrast between today's text and where the chapter begins: "I said 'here I am, here I am' to a nation that did not call on my name. I held out my hands all day long to a rebellious people, who walk in a way that is not good" (v.1-2). This is where the chapter began, but now Jerusalem is where God rejoices and delights in his people. Jerusalem is the place where those faithful to God dwells in the delight of their King.
Can we celebrate God's creation of new heavens and a new earth?
A new creation means we have to relinquish old, destructive habits,
things we have come to delight in. We have to allow God to rule,
we have to live in his delight.
You are reminded of our annual CAROL SERVICE next Sunday at 6:00 p.m. Our Christmas celebration continues on Christmas Eve at 11:00 p.m. with Carols followed by the blessing of the Christmas Manger and the First Mass of Christmas. On Christmas Day the Holy Eucharist will be celebrated at 7:00 a.m. and at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Service for our shut-in members and their families at 11:30 a.m. We end the Day with Holy Eucharist at 6:00 p.m.
Our annual GIFT DAY will be on Tuesday, December 20. I will be in office from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. to receive your gifts, and I urge you to make this a special in-giving and an expression of our commitment to the work and mission of the Church. WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT and while I appreciate the personal challenges which we all face at this time, let us affirm that God's gifts to us are ongoing and undiminished and let us respond accordingly.
Today we distribute nomination forms for election of a Church Committee for 2006. I trust that you have been giving this serious thought and prayer and have consulted the persons you wish to nominate. Registered members of the Church are each required to nominate not more than eight (8) members and I will nominate a further eight (8)
The SUPPER COMMITTEE is anxious to finalize returns for the Supper and is urging those who have not yet paid for their tickets to do so now. There are nearly500 tickets due for payment.
We extend a warm welcome to all our visitors. The peace of God
be with you.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Lord, open my heart to your love
Lord open my ears to your call,
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Members of FRIENDS OF THE SUNDAY SCHOOL are reminded of their Christmas Quarterly Meeting this morning in the Conference Room, immediately following the 7:30 Eucharist. Refreshments will be served.Back to Top
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