Sunday Bulletin

Christmas Day (Year B)
Sunday, December 25, 2005

In this Bulletin ...

The First Christmas Day
Parish News
Today's Services
This Week at St. Andrew's

My Dear Friends,

Merry Christmas! There are many holidays within the calendar year, and also many celebrations within the Churches year. However, Christmas is unlike any other holiday or festive celebration. Our environment seems to sparkle with the many and varied colours, and our hearts vibrate with the festive sounds. And yet, for me the distinctiveness of Christmas is not in the sights and sounds; there is just a certain magical wonder in the atmosphere. It is at this time that the very air we breathe seem pregnant with enormous possibilities. One begins to feel as if
The Power hidden for countless ages is just about to reveal Himself to us.

As we contemplate that two thousand years ago this very Power unveiled Himself in a manger in Bethlehem, we can only say like Mary, "How can this be?" How can this really happen? We cannot honestly understand or begin to answer how this really happened. We are assured of why it happened, and that is "For Love!" The unceasing and persistent love of God bursts into our everyday experiences and achieves something that we are unable to grasp.

But how do we respond to this steadfast love of God? Are we like the shepherds who listen with interest to the "Good News" and then go to see for themselves the reality of what was told to them? Or are we like Herod who sent others to investigate rather than go himself? In addition he did not have any intention of being touched and transformed by a vision of the Christ-child. Are we like that? Could it be that we are like the numerous persons in Bethlehem at the time who were not even aware that anything special was happening?

My prayer for us is that we actually hear and respond to the Good News. May we seek earnestly for a vision of Christ in our world today; and may we be among those who go and share the news with others.

I am extremely grateful to those who responded to the Gift Day appeal.
It was indeed a heart-warming experience meeting with you and receiving your contributions to this major fund-raising event. The appeal is still open for those who have not yet contributed.

On your behalf, I wish to express our deep appreciation to Mrs. Andrea Chin See who replaced Mrs. Elsie Aarons as Administrative Officer in our church office during October and November of this year. We are delighted to welcome Miss Kirby Clarke who has been appointed to this position with effect from lst December

Today we extend a welcome to all our visitors and to our overseas members who are visiting with us at this time. Special welcome to the Rev. Major Dr. Sirrano Kitson, our Celebrant at the First Mass of Christmas. May the blessings of hope, peace and joy be in our hearts and homes throughout this Christmas Season.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

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The First Christmas Day

Long , long ago in a land far away,
There came the dawn of the first Christmas Day
And each year we see the promise reborn
That God gave the world on that first Christmas morn,
When the angels sang of peace on earth
And told men of the Christ child's birth.
For Christmas is more than a beautiful story -
It's the promise of life and eternal glory.

Helen Steiner Rice.

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Parish News

MEMORIALS and MILESTONES

FLOWERS AT THE FOOT OF THE ALTAR ARE GIVEN IN MEMORY OF HERMAN FRASER BY HIS WIFE PAULINE, FAMILY AND FRIENDS.

During this week, you are invited to join in the following celebrations of Holy Eucharist:

This Week at St. Andrew's

The third issue of NEW DAYLIGHT for the year May 2005 to April 2006 is now available from the church office.

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Today's Services

Christmas Day

11:00 p.m.
Christmas Eve
CAROLS
11:30 p.m.
Christmas Eve
BLESSING OF THE CHRISTMAS MANGER
11:45 p.m.
Christmas Eve
SOLEMN PROCESSION, MASS & SERMON
Music setting by Beryl Donaldson
Anthem O HOLY NIGHT
Processional 593
Old Testament Isaiah 9:2-4, 6-7
[Dr. Paul Wright]
Psalm 96: 1-4, 11-12 [BCP Page 594]
Epistle Titus 2: 11-14
[Mrs. Marion Marshall]
Gradual JOY TO THE WORLD (See insert)
Gospel Luke 2: 1-14
Sermon Rev. Dr. David Kuck
Intercession E [BCP page 112]
Offertory ANGELS FROM THE REALMS
OF GLORY (See insert)
Communion 408, CHILD IN A MANGER,
WHAT CHILD IS THIS, 419
Anthem  
Recessional Go Tell It On The Mountains (See insert)
7:00 a.m. SUNG EUCHARIST & SERMON
Introit Joy to the World (See insert)
Old Testament Isaiah 9:2-4, 6-7
[Mr. Patrick Lynch]
Psalm 97:1-4, 11-12 [BCP Page 595]
Epistle Titus 3: 4-7
[Mrs. Enid Lawrence]
Gradual 59
Gospel Luke 2: 15-20
Sermon Rev. Fr. Robert McLean
Offertory 432
Communion 408, CHILD IN A MANGER,
WHAT CHILD IS THIS, 419
Recessional Go Tell It On The Mountains (See insert)
9:00 a.m. HOLY EUCHARIST & SERMON
Introit 61
Old Testament Isaiah 52: 7-10
[Miss Michelle Bogle]
Psalm 98: 1-6 [BCP Page 596]
Epistle Hebrews 1: 1-12
[Dr. Pamela George]
Gradual 60
Gospel John 1: 1-14
Sermon Rev. Fr. Robert McLean
Offertory 62
Communion WHAT CHILD IS THIS,
CHILD IN A MANGER (See insert)
Recessional Joy To The World (See Insert)
11:30 a.m. SERVICE FOR SHUT-INS
6:00 p.m. HOLY EUCHARIST & SERMON
Introit Joy To The World (See Insert)
Old Testament Isaiah 52: 7-10
Psalm 98: 1-6 [BCP Page 596]
Gradual 59
Gospel John 1: 1-14
Sermon Rev. Fr. Robert McLean
Offertory 65
Communion WHAT CHILD IS THIS,
CHILD IN A MANGER (See insert)
Recessional 60

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This Week at St. Andrew's

Monday
December 26

9:00 a.m.

St. Stephen's Day

Tuesday
December 27

9:00 a.m.
St. John the Evangelist
Wednesday
December 28
6:30 a.m.

The Holy Innocents

Friday
December 30
9:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist
Saturday
December 31
11:00 p.m.
Holy Eucharist and Sermon
(New Year's Eve)

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