February 4, 2019

Article by: Thomas Ramsay

Sunday morning felt like a spring day! There were 12 people at the 8:00 am service and 50 in attendance at the 10:00 am service. It was The Presentation Of Our Lord In The Temple and Candlemas. The service began at the font with the opening sentences and the choir singing the “Nunc Dimittis.” The Processional Hymn was, “I Want To Walk Like A Child Of The Light” and the Sequence Hymn was, “We Are Marching In The Light Of God”, led by the Church School students. The Gospel Reading was from Luke 2:22-40.

In the synagogue at Nazareth, Jesus read from the book of the prophet Isaiah, and began to say, "Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing." All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth. They said, "Is not this Joseph's son?" He said to them, "Doubtless you will quote to me this proverb, 'Doctor, cure yourself!' And you will say, 'Do here also in your hometown the things that we have heard you did at Capernaum.'" And he said, "Truly I tell you, no prophet is accepted in the prophet's hometown. But the truth is, there were many widows in Israel in the time of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, and there was a severe famine over all the land; yet Elijah was sent to none of them except to a widow at Zarephath in Sidon. There were also many lepers in Israel in the time of the prophet Elisha, and none of them was cleansed except Naaman the Syrian." When they heard this, all in the synagogue were filled with rage. They got up, drove him out of the town, and led him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they might hurl him off the cliff. But he passed through the midst of them and went on his way.

We learn from this passage the purification of Jesus at the temple and the revelation by Simeon, a devout and righteous man, and Anna, a prophet, of what was to come about of the life of Jesus and how he would change the world. The Offertory Anthem was, “Candlemas Carol.” The Communion Hymns were, “Hail To The Lord Who Comes” and “How Lovely Is Thy Dwelling Place.” The Recessional Hymn was, “Christ Is The World’s True Light.”

The Sanctuary flowers were given by Sally Bergmeyer to the glory of God and in loving memory of her brother, Bill Johnson.

The Coffee Hour was full of chatter and laughter as our parishioners greeted one another. There was a Bake Sale to benefit the Church School and our volunteer bakers outdid themselves! There were brownies, cakes, cookies, muffins and other sweet treats for everyone to purchase. The sale raised $228.00, which will be used for a Church School outing in the spring. A big thank you to Carole King for organizing the sale and to all our bakers for their donations!

Meanwhile, in the choir room, there was a Holly Bazaar wrap-up meeting. Present were Tom Ramsay, Father and Susan Byrne, Kem Rutledge, Nina Selvaggio, Stella Elder, Carol Crowe, Pat and Paul Walton, Stephanie Hornback, Nancy Benedict, Pam Dobuler, Diane Obiol, Diana Schillizzi and April Schnabel. The consensus was that being we were in an entirely new space for the first time, that it went well. It was suggested to start planning earlier this year and send out the raffle tickets earlier. Having signage directing people to the various locations and someone at the door to tell people where things are was also discussed. The tents that were donated were not used this year, but need to be looked at and used for future bazaars, possibly as Santa’s Workshop. Advertising and request for donations also need to be done earlier. There was also discussion of decorating the rooms and hallways better as well as a need for music. There was a discussion about the raffle baskets and that instead of putting up lists for donations, that people decide to volunteer and donate all the items for a particular basket and then we pick a date and make and wrap the baskets in early November. Overall, everyone agreed that the Holly Bazaar went well. The “Shrove Tuesday Sunday” pancake breakfast will be Sunday, March 3rd and the St. Patrick’s Day luncheon will be Sunday, March 17th.

It was another great Sunday at All Saints’!

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