Rosemary for Remembrance: Worship for when Christmas is a Difficult Time – Dec. 11

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Saint Paul’s offers “Rosemary for Remembrance: A Service When Christmas is a Difficult Time” on Sunday, December 11 at 5 p.m. Individuals and families who live with painful memories of loss may join in this meditative and soothing service of prayer. In candlelight, sprigs of rosemary will be given as remembrances of those who are missed at this season of Jesus’ birth. It is a meaningful time to walk the labyrinth.

The season leading up to Christmas can be a pressured time which frazzles nerves. Rosemary for Remembrance is a quiet worship that helps us to slow down and come back to ourselves. The title for worship, “Rosemary for Remembrance” comes from Shakespeare’s play Hamlet, Act IV, scene V: “There’s rosemary;  that’s for remembrance./ Pray, love, remember.” The herb rosemary has, for centuries, held great meaning as the symbol of remembrance. Legend says that the Virgin Mary, while resting, spread her cloak over a white flowering rosemary bush.  The flowers turned the pale blue of her cloak, and from then on the bush was referred to as the “Rose of Mary.” The service is intended to help worshipers “pray, love, and remember.” All are invited to participate.

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Giving Tree – items due Dec. 14

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As you celebrate the season of advent, please consider taking an ornament and making Christmas merrier for those in our community in need. This year Saint Paul’s is partnering with three organizations that help those with compromised living situations. Face to Face in Germantown, IHN Interfaith Hospitality Network, and Episcopal Community Services (programs for Public School children and the elderly) will all benefit from gifts and toiletries purchased from the giving tree.

 

Items are due UNWRAPPED at Saint Paul’s by Wednesday, December 14th

Any questions?  Please contact Charlotte Biddle at biddlesea@gmail.com or 215-247-0837

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Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols – Dec. 18 @ 5 p.m.

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A candlelight service of Nine Lessons and Carols sung by the Choristers and Adult Choir. Consisting of readings that recount the Christmas story, choral anthems, and favorite carols sung by the congregation, this service is one of Saint Paul’s most popular offerings of the year and has become a Chestnut Hill tradition.

4:40pm Organ prelude music for the season: Joe Russell, Organ Scholar

Adam Lay Ybounden – David Ashley White
Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day – John Gardner
Angelus ad Virginem – Andrew Carter
In the Bleak Midwinter – Harold Darke
God is With Us – John Tavener
Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head – Paul Halley
Christmas Cantata – Daniel Pinkham

Early seating advised. A reception follows in the Parish Hall. All are welcome.

Parish Advent Night – Dec. 4

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Our annual parish Advent Night will take place on Sunday, December 4 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Supper is served for young and old and everyone in between. There will be ham, salads, and mac ‘n’ cheese, and a craft table for the children. December 4 is the second Sunday of Advent, and as the evening shadows fall, we will light our second candle. We will sing hymns and carols and gather as a community to eagerly anticipate the coming of Christ our Savior.

If you would like to help out, please use our online sign up form

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Thanksgiving Day Worship – Nov. 24

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The Eucharist, our Great Thanksgiving, will be celebrated at Saint Paul’s at 10 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24. We will sing those great Thanksgiving hymns and celebrate the Great Thanksgiving that is our Eucharistic Prayer. Come early and walk the labyrinth. Bring a can of food and carry it into the center. Remember, and walk out resolved to care for, those in need.  At our 10 a.m. worship, there will be special prayers for Thanksgiving and an opportunity to reflect on all that we have to be thankful for. Spiritually, thanksgiving is our response to being loved. God loves us continuously, and so we are continuously thanksgiving.