Sunday, November 30, 2014

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Saint Andrew

Saint Andrew

A new church year begins on the Sunday closest to November 30, which is the Feast of Saint Andrew. We sometimes do not celebrate Saint Andrew on November 30 itself, when that date falls on a Sunday, as it does in 2014, in which November 30 is the First Sunday of Advent and we celebrate Saint Andrew on Monday, December 1 instead.

It is interesting that it is Saint Andrew that corresponds to the start of a new church year. Why Andrew?

Perhaps it is because, according to Saint John, Andrew was one of two disciples who followed Jesus after John the Baptist pointed Jesus out by saying, "Behold the Lamb of God." Andrew went and told his brother and brought him to Jesus. This makes Andrew among the first to recongnize that the man named Jesus was not only the Messiah, but, quite shockingly, a Messiah who would be sacrificed for his people.

Perhaps it is because, according to Saint Matthew, Andrew and his brother Peter, both fisherman, were the first to become disciples of Jesus, when he called them to make them "fishers of men." This makes them the first disciples, as well as the first evangelists.

Perhaps it is because, according to Saint John, Andrew was the one who brought the boy with the loaves and fishes to Jesus for the feelding of the multitude. This act not only marks Andrew as a faithful servant, but also, along with his recognition of Jesus as the Lamb of God, gives Andrew a central role in the development of what would become the Eucharist.

Andrew is very much at the beginning of discipleship and evangelism. And so as we celebrate his feast day, we also celebrate the beginning of a new church year.

Almighty God, who didst give such grace to thine apostle Andrew that he readily obeyed the call of thy Son Jesus Christ, and brought his brother with him: Give unto us, who are called by thy Word, grace to follow him without delay, and to bring those near to us into his gracious presence; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Holy Eucharist ID: 84995; 1 pers.; 3 prog.; [15 words]
8:00 AM

This 25-30 minute service in the Chantry Chapel includes lessons, prayers and a said Mass.

Sung Eucharist ID: 85001; 5 pers.; 3 prog.; [60 words]
9:00 AM

Sung by the Junior Choristers.

Coffee Hour following the 9am Eucharist ID: 85002; [20 words]
9:45 am - 10:30 am

Join us for coffee, tea and cookies in the Parish House Living Room and Dining Room following the 9am Eucharist.

Sunday School and Youth Group ID: 85003; [62 words]
10:00 am - 10:45 am

Join us for classes for all youth and children from 3 years old to high school seniors. Engaging lessons are prepared for the students in keeping with our commitment to the Christian formation of our young members. For more information, or to register, please contact Father Spurlock. Sunday School classes are held on the third...

Theology Class: Ecclesiastes ID: 85004; [43 words]
10:00 am - 10:45 am

This class will cover a much overlooked book of the Bible.

Advent Procession & Choral Eucharist ID: 85005; 5 pers.; 19 prog.; [0 words]
11:00 AM

Sung by the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys.

Coffee Hour following the 11am Eucharist ID: 85007; [41 words]
12:30 pm - 1:15 pm

Please join us in the Parish House Living Room and Dining Room for coffee, tea and cookies following the Eucharist. Meet parishioners and, if you are a guest, please sign our guest book or complete a welcome card. Nametags are available.

Guided Tour of Saint Thomas Church ID: 85006; [58 words]
12:30 pm - 1:15 pm

This free tour (donations are accepted) of the Church begins in the narthex following the 11am Service. If you cannot take the tour at this time, you may take a self-guided tour any day of the week by using the pamphlet "A Walking Tour of Saint Thomas Church" which can be found in the narthex...

Advent Procession ID: 85008; 3 pers.; 13 prog.; [0 words]
4:00 PM

Sung by the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys.

Organ Recital: Stephen Buzard ID: 85009; [56 words]
5:15 PM

The Saint Thomas Organ Recital Series is free and open to the public. Usually starting very close to 5:15pm, it follows the 4pm service on most Sundays from September through May. The use of cameras and recording devices is strictly prohibited during the performance. Today's recital is by Stephen Buzard, Assistant Organist of Saint Thomas...

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