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Advent 2018

Updated on December 4, 2018

What is Advent?

A Work of the Table visual benediction. Watch A Joyful Noise

Advent is the period of four Sundays and weeks before Christmas (or sometimes from the 1st December to Christmas Day!). Advent means ‘Coming’ in Latin. This is the coming of Jesus into the world. Christians use the four Sundays and weeks of Advent to prepare and remember the real meaning of Christmas.

First Sunday in Advent

Second Sunday in Advent

Invitation from the Altar Guild-During, Advent families will be setting the table for Communion. They will be bringing in their own table cloth, wine glass or goblet, and candles.  The communion bread and wine are provided. 

Lisa Chambers and her father set table for Communion during Advent 2017-

In addition, Lisa Chambers invites members to join the Altar Guild in decorating for Christmas after the December 23 service. 

CrossWords by The Rev. Myrick Cross, priest in charge 

Deacon Ponderings by The Rev. Peggy Day, deacon

Thank you to Ruth, Vicki and Diana for joining Paula and Pat on Saturday, December 1 for the Advent retreat. We enjoyed one another’s company, expressed ourselves creatively through individual vision boards, and good food.

Outreach kicks off its Advent 2018 Blessing Bags project. As the Magi brought gifts to Jesus, Outreach will be collecting items for the blessing bags for the area’s homeless people. Let’s fill the camel basket. Learn more


Thursday, December 6, 2018. Taizé Service at 6:30 p.m. as we prepare for a Holy Advent with meditative prayer, scripture, and Songs of Taizé and Iona in a relaxed atmosphere where you will easily become comfortable with the music, scripture, prayers, quiet reflection, and community. Read more

Mark your calendars for Sunday, December 16, at 4 pm for Caroling in the Neighborhood. Caroling has become annual event for St. Patrick’s. Dress warmly, meet us at church by 4 pm. As a group we sing carols up and down Holyoke Street then return to church by 5 pm for a delicious soup supper. To learn more, chat with Mary Ann Perry.

A Christmas service will be held on Monday, December 24 (Christmas Eve). Please join us at 5 pm for the Carol Sing. The service itself starts at 5:30 pm. The evening will conclude with a Christmas Eve potluck supper. Soups will be provided. We invite you to join us and bring a dish to share. Peg Olson and Kate Petrie will be coordinating the potluck. 

Resources to Guide You Through Your Advent Journey

Journeying the Way of Love (Advent)-Episcopal Church USA

Liturgical Calendar

Advent Resources


Advent Thoughts from Henri Nouwen
Waiting is essential to the spiritual life. But waiting as a disciple of Jesus is not an empty waiting. It is a waiting with a promise in our hearts that makes already present what we are waiting for. We wait during Advent for the birth of Jesus. We wait after Easter for the coming of the Spirit, and after the ascension of Jesus we wait for his coming again in glory. We are always waiting, but it is a waiting in the conviction that we have already seen God’s footsteps.
Waiting for God is an active, alert – yes, joyful – waiting. As we wait we remember him for whom we are waiting, and as we remember him we create a community ready to welcome him when he comes.