January 7, 2019

Article by: Thomas Ramsay

Happy New Year to all! Sunday morning began overcast, but turned into a beautiful balmy and sunny day! There were 12 people in attendance at the 8:00 am service and 48 people at the 10:00 am service. It was The Epiphany. The Processional Hymn was, “We Three Kings”, the Gloria was, “Angels We Have Heard On High” and the Sequence Hymn was, “As With Gladness Men Of Old.” The Gospel Reading was from Matthew 2:1-12.

In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, "Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage." When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him; and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. They told him, "In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet:

`And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,

are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;

for from you shall come a ruler

who is to shepherd my people Israel.'"

Then Herod secretly called for the wise men and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared. Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, "Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage." When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road.

We learn from this passage, the birth of Jesus, the fear of King Herod of the birth and journey of the Three Wise Men with their gifts to the child and their return to their country and not letting King Herod know where the child was. The Offertory Anthem was, “Star Of Bethlehem.” The Communion Hymns were, “The First Nowell” and “What Star Is This With Beams So Bright.” The Recessional Hymn was, “Brightest And Best Of The Stars Of The Morning.” A big thank you to Tom Espenshade, Teddy Byrne and Alyson Wang for playing all the music for the service while Arkady Leytush was away on vacation.

The bread and wine of the Eucharist were given by Claudia Hajian to the glory of God and in loving memory of Lois Pagliaro.

The Coffee Hour was, as always, filled with laughter and chatter, as our parishioners greeted one another in the New Year. The Coffee Hour was hosted by “Amana.” There were cakes, candy and cookies for all to enjoy with their coffee and tea.

Sunday afternoon was the Annual Epiphany Open House at the Rectory. It was wonderful way to end the weekend with great food and drink, fellowship and fun! This event always starts off our New Year at All Saints’ on a positive note.

New Year... New Sign Up Sheets- Please check the bulletin board outside the Common Room for opportunities and help where you can! The Altar Flower Book has been updated. You may reserve important dates for flower or other donations.

2019 Annual Meeting - The Annual Parish Meeting will be held on Sunday, January 27th 2019 following the 10:30 am service.

Irma Sommer is recovering from being hit by a car. She is at Little Neck Care Center 260-19 Nassau Blvd Little Neck NY. She would welcome calls (646) 573-4288 or visits.

Finally, good luck to Carol Walker on her move to Pittsfield Massachusetts. She will be missed by all of us at All Saints’!

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Have a great week and hope to see all of you next Sunday!

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