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    ReadEnews: Sunday Forum
    Join us after the 10:00 a.m. service in the Parish Hall

    Art and the Artists’ views of God

    [pictured above: God Separating the Earth from the Waters, found on Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel ceiling]

    On Sunday December 4, Patricia Emison, Professor of Art History at UNH, will be presenting some wonderful images of Renaissance art, including Michelangelo and others. We will use this presentation as a jumping off point to continue our exploration of how our images and beliefs about God’s creation have expanded throughout the course of human history.

    Join us the following Sunday December 11: The Star of Bethlehem and other stars that help us feel closer to God


    On December 11, Christ Church’s John Hodsdon and Kathryn Ringrose will present scientific and historical information on the Star of Bethlehem and other stars that the faithful have seen as signs by God to help direct us. Following the presentation, using a table discussion format, we will explore a series of questions about what stars we use to have a more personal relationship with God.

    1. From today’s edition of “Devotionals Daily:” Advent means: He is coming, and He has come. Both. What an exciting and comforting way to view the Advent season
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        ReadEnews: Advent Begins

        The season of Advent is not to be confused with Lent.

        This short period is not primarily a time of penitence but rather a time to prepare joyfully for Christ's return and his reign. The Lord's return does indeed have a relationship to penitence, but primarily as it leads to repentance, which is an action rather than a feeling-an action of turning around and being turned around by the work of God in us. By reflecting on our lives in the light of God's Word, we recognize the direction in which our present values and habits are leading us. Then we see that those values and ways of living must

        be changed. We further recognize that only the action of God can make that change in us. In the words of the Collect for the First Sunday of Advent, it is God who enables us "to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light" (The Book of Common Prayer, page 211).

        In Advent the liturgy deals with contrasts: light and dark; joy and sorrow; beginning and end; and, especially, chronological time and God's time. We discover in Advent that God's time is of the kind described not by clocks and calendars but in terms like "the time is ripe," or "in the fullness of time."

        From The Rite Light: Reflections on the Sunday Readings and Seasons of the Church Year. Copyright (c) 1998 by Michael W. Merriman. Church Publishing Incorporated, New York.

        1. A cowardly act of violence on Saturday night in Colorado against the L.G.B.T.Q. community. 5 dead and countless injured. The scene evokes the memory and horror of the Pulse nightclub mass shooting in Orlando in 2016. Yes, "thoughts and prayers" have become a throwaway line to some, but may we remember and pray for all those impacted. May we consider the culture around us . I rediscovered this prayer: Your children are crying, “How long, O Lord?”  We are wailing, “Not again, O Lord.” In these moments when we don’t have words, send your Spirit to intercede. In these moments when we don’t know how to react, open our hearts to feel the hurt. In these moments when we don’t know how to respond, guide our hands and our voices to work and speak for justice. Call us to pain, to action, to love so that your children can stop repeating “How long, O Lord. Not again, O Lord.” Grant us wisdom, grant us courage…for the pain and loss. Grant us wisdom, grant us courage…for the actions we must take. Grant us wisdom, grant us courage…for the words we have to speak. Grant us wisdom, grant us courage…for the works our hands and feet will do. Grant us wisdom, grant us courage…for the facing of this hour. Grant us wisdom, grant us courage…for the living of these days. Amen.
          1. How many times must we say, “not again”?
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          ReadEnews: Harvest Sunday
          A Day to Give Thanks for Blessings

          Our men's group will be cooking up a parish breakfast between our two services on Sunday, November 20 from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. in the Parish Hall. It is a day to gather and give thanks. Do make plans to join us!

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            ReadEnews: Veterans Day
            We honor all who have served

            Sunday Worship November 13

            Holy Eucharist at 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.

            Download the Sunday bulletin HERE

            Preaching this Sunday: The Rev. Melissa Remington

            The Rector is on vacation this week through Wednesday November 16, If you have a pastoral emergency, please contact the Rev. Melissa Remington at (304) 961-0845. 

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