On all three Sundays in Advent (12/3, 10, & 17) @ 9:15 a.m. Dr. Phillip Cary, Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Eastern University, will close out this calendar year’s quincentennial celebration of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses and begin our liturgical year with an exploration of why Martin Luther loved, quite literally, Christmas and the Christmas Gospel. “In this Adult Forum Advent series,” writes Dr. Cary, “we shall see how Luther’s conviction that the Gospel gives us Christ became the basis for the Reformation that began 500 years ago. Luther loved Christmas because he loved what the Christmas Gospel gave us: God in the flesh in a baby in his young mother’s arms, given for us.”
TOMORROW, DECEMBER 10 - ADVENT PARISH NIGHT Parishioners of every age are invited to the parish hall on Sunday, December 10 from 4:30 p.m. on to celebrate the season of Advent. This is a fabulous intergenerational event. The hall will be decorated for the season, and there will be supper with hams, salads, and mac 'n' cheese for the young and young at heart! The youth of our parish will be helping the younger children of our parish to fill breakfast bags. Spread the word. Invite friends. It is a great way to anticipate the joy of Christmas, which is what Advent is all about. ... See MoreSee Less
ONE WEEK AWAY! LESSONS AND CAROLS DECEMBER 17 @ 5 P.M. A candlelight service of Nine Lessons and Carols will be sung by the Choristers and Adult Choir of Saint Paul’s. 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.
Early seating is advised. A reception follows in the Parish Hall. All are welcome. ... See MoreSee Less
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 Ch...
Saint Paul’s offers “Rosemary for Remembrance: A Service When Christmas is a Difficult Time” on Friday, December 15 at 7 p.m. Music this year will be provided by Ensemble Galilei. 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. stpaulschestnuthill.org/rosemary-for-remembrance-worship/... See MoreSee Less
Music this year will be provided by Ensemble Galilei. The Ensemble takes their name and inspiration from the life of composer Vincenzo Galilei, and the group has toured and performed globally. Individuals and families who live with painful memories of loss may join in this meditative and soothing se...
Have you gotten yet your Advent Calendars and wreaths? An Advent calendar is a special calendar used to count down or celebrate the days in anticipation of Christmas. The Advent calendar was first used by German Lutherans in the 19th and 20th centuries, but is now used by all Christians. Consecutive doors are opened every day leading up to Christmas. Advent wreaths have four candles that may be lit each week at home to parallel the lighting of the large Advent wreath at church. ... See MoreSee Less
ONE WEEK FROM TODAY is the deadline for THE GIVING TREE As you celebrate the season of advent, please consider taking an ornament (specifying a gift item) from the tree at the back of the Church and making Christmas merrier for those in need in our community. This year, Saint Paul’s is partnering with three organizations who help those with compromised living situations. Face to Face in Germantown, the Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network, and Episcopal Community Services, who offer programs for public school children and the elderly, will all benefit from gifts and toiletries purchased from the giving tree. Thank you so much. Items are due UNWRAPPED, at Saint Paul’s by Wednesday, December 13. Any questions? Please contact Charlotte Biddle at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-247-0837 ... See MoreSee Less
Dear Saint Paul's Family: To raise funds for the Standing Rock mission trip next summer, the high school/confirmation class youth took photos of the church, then creating artwork to accompany the pictures. I think the results are AMAZING and show the interesting perspective of these youth! I love the subjects they chose to focus on, imagery around music, the steeple, and the columbarium.
I'm printing 20 each of 14 different designs. We'll bunch the cards/envelopes into packets of 8 and 12, and I'm hoping they'll sell them to parishioners for $25 and $30 respectively. (I know it seems like a lot but they are really cool. They were a little over $2 each to produce). I'm hoping we might be able to sell them at Advent Night as well, if Kyler and/or Xavier can be there. I can have more printed if we run low.
Thank you for spreading the word about this fundraiser, and thanks in advance for purchasing a pack or two on Sunday! A few thumbnail images are below so you can see what some of them look like. (These images are low quality; the cards are much better image quality of course.) Virginia, let me know if you need a higher-quality image for any reason. I'm also happy to purchase more at cost for the church office, if that would be useful.
Feel free to call me at 484-574-0480 if you have any questions. So proud of our young people!"