This Sunday St. Philip’s will be celebrating Palm-Passion Sunday. This is the opening of Holy Week. Much like the Gospel writers place the bulk of their focus on the last days of Jesus’s life, so too do we as a church.
It may seem odd to celebrate both Palm Sunday, and the Crucifixion at the same time. Especially since we set aside Good Friday to mark the death of Jesus. Some of the more cynical may think this is simply to save people from showing up on Good Friday. Certainly there does seem to be more than a few people who feel this way.
However, Holy Week is also called Passion Week. Passion means suffering. If Palm Sunday is a reminder of Jesus as the conquering Messiah, Passion Sunday reminds us that the coronation will involve a crown of thrones. Not only that, but Jesus will be exalted not to a throne but to a cross.
These are powerful stories. As such, at St. Philip’s Palm/Passion Sunday will not feature a sermon. Instead we will take these longer readings and allow them along with the rest of the liturgy to speak directly to us. At the end of the service we will leave in silence. Passion Sunday isn’t over, it carries on into the whole of Passion Week.
This Sunday marks the beginning of Advent. During the four weeks before Christmas there will be a variety of opportunities to celebrate Advent at St. Philip’s. All of the Sunday services start at 11:00 am.
Advent 1 – November 30:
Our service will be at 11:00 am, with Rev. Donald preaching.
Advent 2 – December 7:
Sean Carlson, a parishioner of St. Margaret’s, will be making a presentation on the Ugandan Orphans Fund. This will take place during our 11 am Eucharist (BAS). After the service there will be a hot & cold potluck in the memorial hall. We invite you to stay for that. Hopefully Mr. Carlson will be able to speak more at that time, but if not, we can still share our thoughts, dreams and visions on how we can work with this fund.
Advent 3 – December 14:
St. Philip’s will be holding a service of Advent Lessons and Carols. Deacon Tanis and the choir have already been making their preparations for this morning.
Advent 4 – December 21:
Rev. Tanis will be preaching at this service. As part of the sermon she will be sharing some stories that will give us a glimpse into her work with Open Circle. As a deacon, Tanis helps the parish to take it’s place in the outside community. It will be exciting to listen to what has happened to Tanis, and where she has encountered God already at work in the lives of the people she meets.
Christmas Eve – December 24:
Our Christmas eve service begins at 7:30 pm. However, we invite people to arrive at 7:00 pm and join with us in a time of carol singing.
Christmas Day – December 25:
As with our Sunday services, our Christmas Day service will be held at 11:00 am. If for some reason you were able to make any of the Christmas Eve services available, we would be most happy to have you join us for Christmas morning.
As usual, we will have our Wednesday 1pm Eucharist each week during Advent. For any questions, please call 204-237-3650 line 2, or email the church at email@example.com