Dear Friends,

It is definitely the season to be busy.  I check my calendar several times a day to make sure I am not forgetting somebody or something!  All Saints’ is preparing the way for the Christ Mass, for the celebration of Christ’s coming into our lives, not just 2,000 years ago but today, right now.

Instead of my normal letter on some subject or another, I am going to highlight what is happening at All Saints’ this month.

Advent Quiet Day:  Tomorrow, beginning in the chapel at 10:00, we are offering an opportunity to begin this season of Advent by observing a time of quiet, allowing ourselves to hear that inner voice.   We will have four periods of meditation based on the Advent lectionary and a quiet lunch while we listen to the words of Thos. Merton read by Bob Nielsen. For our periods of meditation we will be using various ancient practices such as lectio divina and centering prayer. Come for all or part of the day.  We end at 2.  Bring a bag lunch.

Sunday, 6 December 5:30:  Candlelit Advent Lessons and Carols with Canon Jesus Reyes. Instead of our regular monthly Evensong service, the Evensong choir will offer a lovely selection of Advent carols and lessons.  Come sing Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming and O Come, O Come, Emmanuel and other beautiful Advent hymns.  Light supper, as always, afterwards in Seccombe Hall.

Next Saturday, 12 December, 5:30:  The Dickensian Dinner is back.  We take a little hiatus from Advent in order to enjoy an All Saints’ tradition.  Chef Gwynn will be preparing a sumptuous Victorian dinner.  The Wassail bowl will be full.  A small old-fashioned church bazaar will offer home-made items to help with your Christmas list.  We will have music, poetry and Nancy Bernhard will read a selection of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol to round out the evening.  RSVP with your check for $10.00 a person by this Wednesday, 9 December.  A vegetarian entree is available if you let us know in advance.

Our two Christmas services will be at 5:30 and 9:00 on the 24th.  Holly Hudson-Louis will be the celebrant at the early service and Bishop Mary at the later.  Come and celebrate the birth of our Lord.  We especially want to make Bishop Mary welcome and to show our appreciation for all her efforts on our behalf in our search for a priest-in-charge.

A blessed Advent to you.

In Christ,

Claudia Ward, Senior Warden
All Saints’ Episcopal Church