Archive for January, 2010

Youth Group

The Youth Group, under the direction of Mme. Gina Farnell, will meet in the Manse on January 31st during the regular Sunday School time.

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100th Birthday – Isabel MacCartney

On Saturday, January 30th, we will be celebrating Isabel’s 100th birthday in the Kildare Lounge at St. Brigid’s. This will start at 11:30 and run until 13:30. If you are coming, we would like you to being one or two flowers, which will be assembled into a community bouquet to be presented to Isabel at an appropriate time. The family asked that we do not bring presents, but a card would be appreciated.
See you there!

January 24

A few weeks ago, many members of Facebook had the following as their status lines: Please put this on your status if you know someone (or are related to someone) who has AUTISM. My wish for 2010 is that people will understand that autism is not a disease; people with autism are not looking for for a cure but for ACCEPTANCE …… 93% won’t Copy and Paste this; will YOU make this your status for at least one hour? The idea was to make people aware of autism as a permanent condition, and to let people know that this cannot be cured, but must be accepted by those of us who are not autistic. Most of us, by now, do know people who are autistic, or who have autistic children, and we have come to some understanding of the condition, even though nobody seems to know why some people are affected by it and others aren’t. Continue reading ‘January 24’

January 10, Baptism of Jesus

It seems that there was once a Sunday School class, and the teacher decided to have the children learn the Apostle’s Creed, which we read whenever we celebrate the Eucharist. She decided that it was too long for them to memorize the whole thing, so she assigned parts to different children. The big day came, when the children were going to present the entire prayer for the congregation to hear. All was going well. The first child said, “I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.” The second child said, “I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.” The third child said, “He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven.” The fourth child said, “He is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead.” Then there was silence. The children looked at each other, but no one seemed willing to speak. Finally one little girl said, “The boy who believes in the Holy Spirit isn’t here today.” Continue reading ‘January 10, Baptism of Jesus’

Sermon January 3, 2010

When I sat down to begin work on today’s sermon, I thought that this was one time I did not have to search for something to talk about. In fact, you could say that I had almost too much to choose from. Today, in our church, is recognized as Epiphany Sunday, which is actually the Sunday before the feast of the Epiphany. The feast of the Epiphany is actually on January 6th, which, like Christmas, is not a movable feast. As you probably know, in Eastern Orthodox Churches, this is the day on which Jesus’ birth is observed, gifts are exchanged, and children are told that the Magi, rather than Santa Claus, are the ones who bring gifts magically in the night. But January 6th is recognized in other cultures as well as being a special day. In Spain, Cuba, and some Latin American countries, this it is known as King’s Day, and, as in the Eastern tradition, the Three Kings are the bearers of gifts. We all know the carol The Twelve Days of Christmas, and, traditionally, January 6th was the 12th day, coming 12 days after December 25th. Each of the twelve days was marked by some special festivity, religious in early days, but more secular later. Shakespeare’s play Twelfth Night takes place on the twelfth night of Christmas – January 6th. In my childhood, January 6th was known as Old Christmas Day, and it was considered bad luck to undecorate the house before that date. As if all this information were not enough to lead to a long sermon, today is also close enough to the start of the New Year that I could speak about resolutions made and broken, or I could use this as a time to look back on 2009 and ahead to the new year, and the new decade, and to speculate on what may happen in the future. Continue reading ‘Sermon January 3, 2010’

January 24, 2010

On this date, we will receive two new members, and we will celebrate the Eucharist.

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