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December 7, 2016, 7:14 AM

A word at mid-week, 12/7

Good mid-week morning to you all!

I hope you are all enjoying the beautiful sanctuary art as it grows ever more full each week this Advent! Thank you to Nancy McFarland and members of the Worship Committee for making this possible! It is such a joy to work with a creative group of people to help enhance our worship and worship space!

Last week, we continued with Isaiah's vision of transforming the world - not only the physical changes, but the transformation in our relationships with God and one another. Isaiah's vision is nothing other than God's vision, God's original intention for his creation. Through our brokenness, through rebellion and defiance, our visions can begin to die and decay to the point that growth seems no longer possible. But, with God, sometimes new beginnings sprout forth when all hope seems lost. What small, green shoots is God showing us at St. Matthew's? From where might our vision come? In what ways is God bringing about new life in our homes, in our places of work, in our volunteer activities, in our relationships, and in our faith? Please see my sermon, below.

The spirit of the Liturgy all through Advent is one of expectation and preparation for the feast of Christmas as well as for the second coming of Christ. It is traditional that on the 3rd Sunday of Advent (Rose Sunday or Gaudete Sunday) a more festive spirit is observed to symbolize that joy and gladness in the promised Redemption. So we are doing some special things this Sunday.

  1. I was asked last week, are we still wearing blue on Rose Sunday? No! Let's "Go Rose" on Rose Sunday!!!! I invite all of us to observe Rose Sundayby wearing something rose - this can be shades of violet, shades of red, shades of pink, or whatever comes closest in your wardrobe to rose! Let's do something unique in the diocese and all wear rose on Sunday and post a picture on Facebook other social media! 
  2. This coming Sunday, we will gather for only ONE service at 10:00am for Advent Lessons and Carols. There will be Holy Communion at this service.
  3. Amanda Fox Lloyd-Jones and Flour-De-Lis have prepared some traditional cakes and cookies for Coffee Hour.

It is with a mixture of feelings that I share with you Robert Bolyard will end his interim at St. Matthew's at the end of December. Robert came to us at the perfect time, just after the Centennial Celebration and has done a great job in leading the choir and supplying music and direction these past few months. Robert will be the Director of Music for St. Francis-in-the-Fields, Zionsville. It was a hard decision for Robert to decide to leave St. Matthew's, but believes it is the right thing for him and his family. Please take the opportunity to thank Robert and to wish him well in his new call.

On a positive note, I have already received an application for the position of Music Director. I am working with the Choir and the Candidate to hopefully complete an interview by January 5. I will share more details as they become available.

Our Christmas Decorations are provided through your generous donations. Each Christmas beautiful flowers and decorations in our church are provided by our parishioners. These can be offered in memory of departed loved ones, to celebrate blessings, or simply to rejoice in the Glory of God! Your donation will help provide beautiful Christmas decorations within the parish. Please complete the form that is in this month's Smatterings including your donation and place in the offertory plate or mail to the parish office. Your memorial contribution will be listed in the weekly bulletin

God's love to you all! Fr. Frank

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