Welcome to the 2nd Sunday of Advent. I am sure many of you are excited to see St. Nicholas this Sunday! It will be such a wonderful day!
Please remember that next Sunday, Dec. 17, is Pageant Sunday! Please email me if you would like your child to join our 94 thespians in sharing “The Story of Christmas.”
This Sunday is the last Sunday of Sunday School for 2017. Please be sure to thank your Sunday School teachers for a wonderful fall semester. Sunday School will resume on January 7, 2018.
Children’s Ministries News
- The Children’s Little Brown Stewardship Basket is working toward our 2018 Note in the Pocket Sort Day, scheduled for June 3, 2018. So far we have collected $910.62 toward our goal of $3000.00.
- Children’s Chapel for children age 3 through 2nd grade will be held Sunday at the 9am service. Immediately following the Collect children may follow the cross processional to the Youth Wing.
- Pre-EYC meets Sunday in the YOUTH Wing at 11:15am. All 4th and 5th graders are welcome!
Sunday School this Week: The Lesson is Jesus Is Born.
Summary: Joseph and Mary travel to Bethlehem to take part in a Roman census. While there, Mary gives birth to Jesus and places him in a manger, “because there was no place for them in the inn.”
Shepherds hear of the birth from angels and go to visit the holy baby for whom the angels give praise to God.
Episcopal Thread: priest said once that Anglicans— including Episcopalians—sometimes focus more on Christmas than on Easter because we are an incarnational faith. He said, “The importance of God-with-us is in God’s incarnation, Jesus’ birth among us, more than in Jesus’ death.” Although he may have been exaggerating to make a point, it is true that Anglican theology is highly incarnational and therefore takes the birth, the incarnation, of God in Jesus Christ as the epitome of the presence of God in this world. God has been born to us, the divine born human. And so, humanity now becomes “worthy to stand before [God],” as Eucharistic Prayer B says (BCP, p. 367), since God has deemed himself worthy to stand among us. Familiar Christmas carols are not distinctive to Episcopalians. One Christmas tradition that has become beloved in many Anglican and Episcopal churches, from services in the Church of England, is the annual Festival of Lessons and Carols. This service, often recorded and shown worldwide from King’s College or St. Paul’s Cathedral and other renowned churches, tells the story beginning with the fall of humanity and culminating in our redemption by God through the birth of Jesus Christ. As the lessons and music move from Advent and preparation to Christmas and celebration, the thought dawns: Christmas is now here!
Things to wonder with your children:
■■ What was this story about today?
■■ Who is part of the family of God in today’s story? Who came to see Jesus? Who was there with him?
■■ Who does Luke say Jesus is?
Please let me know if you have any questions or comments about Children’s Ministries.
See you on Sunday!
Christine Owens Ingram, SPHR
Parish Administrator and Director of Children’s Ministries