Weekly Parish Life Notes

News for the Week of NOVEMBER 18, 2018

MUCH-NEEDED WORK AT THE RECTORY: The rectory needs mold remediation and related renovations.  If anyone has a recommendation, please contact Graham Messier at 781-913-4653 or grahambo1021@gmail.com.


CANCER—NOW WHAT? is a book to give to those with cancer and their loved ones, a comprehensive guide for navigating the medical, emotional, relational, and spiritual challenges of cancer. Please contact Mother Susan (440-781-1614) or Father Patrick (617-840-5562) if you would benefit from a copy of this book.


MISSION OF THE MONTH for November is Young Life.


PLAN YOUR FUNERAL: Christ Church keeps a file of your preferences for your funeral or memorial service.  It is a gift to your family and close friends if you record the scripture readings, music, speakers you would like to have included in a celebration of your life. Ask Father Patrick or Mother Susan to help you fill out the Christ Church form for Funeral Plans.


THIS WEEK’S CALENDAR


NEWS FROM RIM: The North Shore Cluster of RIM (Refugee Immigration Ministry) is holding its 32nd Anniversary International Dinner on Nov. 18, 2018, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Armenian Cultural and Education Center, 47 Nichols Ave., Watertown, MA.  Tickets are $40 and will support the work of RIM.  They can be purchased from Orlando Lopez at this email address: olopez@burnslev.com  

The North Shore Cluster is now seeking housing for a single man who will be supported by the cluster.  Stay tuned for further information about what help is needed and the ways you may become involved in the vital work of RIM.

-Mother Susan for Sarah Nickerson and Orlando Lopez.



THE CHOIR OF CHRIST CHURCH: The Choir will begin rehearses on Thursday evenings, at 7:30 p.m. in the Choir Room. All who enjoy singing are welcome to be part of this ministry at Christ Church. If you have not sung with the choir here in the past, this is a great time to "try us out." If you have sung with the choir before but have been "on leave," please consider returning. Speak with the Organist-Choirmaster, Jack Russell, following the service, or contact him at jrussell@wooster.edu or by telephone at 440-781-7116 to learn more about the choir and its ministry.


AA MEETINGS: In the Parish Hall, Sunday 3:30 p.m., Monday and Wednesday 7:30 p.m.



UPCOMING EVENTS

ADVENT WREATH MAKING: Again this year on Sunday, December 2nd, the Bible and Breakfast class at 9:00 a.m. and the Sunday School classes with the Adult Education class at 10:15 a.m. will meet in the Parish Hall to make advent wreaths for use at a home table. Please RSVP by text or call to Kathy Farnham at 603-203-3734 so that we have enough supplies. Kathy is looking for volunteers on Saturday morning, December 1st 10:00 a.m. – noon, to prep the greens and soak the oasis rings, as well as on Sunday after the wreath making to help with clean up.  Donations from your yard such as Holly, Boxwood, Juniper, and Ivy will be welcomed by 10:00 a.m. on Saturday morning. To cover costs, there is a suggested donation of $20/wreath. Please bring your own clippers or old scissors to the event if you have them.


CHRISTMAS PAGEANT: The Christmas Pageant will take place at the Christmas Eve service at 4:00 p.m. If you would like to volunteer or have your child(ren) participate, please fill out a Participation Form which will be emailed to parents of Sunday School students.  Save the Dates!  Rehearsals will take place 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays, December 15th & 22nd.  More details to follow. Contact Naomi for more information at 978-626-1311 or naomiRgray@yahoo.com.


THE WOMEN’S L.I.F.E. (LIVING IN FAITH EVERYDAY ) GROUP is a group of women comprised primarily of young professionals, young mothers, and young professional mothers. If time is sparse and family/work commitment is high, this is the group for you! The group meets once a month and focuses on the upcoming reading that you’ll hear during the next week’s Sunday service. No advanced prep-work is required: reading & discussion takes place during the meeting. The group is hosted by Laurie Groff, administrated by Abigail Butt, and facilitated by Caroline McDonnell. It meets the 2nd Monday of each month from at 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.. For more information, please contact Abigail Butt by email (abigail.st-hilaire@gordon.edu) or call/text (978-979-4582).


VESTRY MEETING Wednesday, November 28th at 7:00 p.m. in the Preston Cutler Room.


GATHERING FOR HOPE NORTH SHORE meets the first Monday of each month (December 3rd) in the Preston Cutler Room from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. All Christ Church women & their women friends are invited to discuss ways to improve social justice, fair trade, and eliminating human trafficking. Please contact Robin Davis for more information at RedRobinDavis@gmail.com.


READERS & WRITERS GUILD: Friday, January 18th at 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the Preston Cutler Room. Open mic to follow the Feature Reader, read two poems or two pages of prose/essay/short story.  There will be pot luck goodies and the opportunity to buy & sell published works.  For further information, please contact Betsy Retallack at betsyretallack@hotmail.com.


NEXT WEEK’S READINGS


Sunday, November 18, 2018


1 Samuel 1:1-28

There was a certain man of Ramathaim, a Zuphite from the hill country of Ephraim, whose name was Elkanah son of Jeroham son of Elihu son of Tohu son of Zuph, an Ephraimite. 2 He had two wives; the name of the one was Hannah, and the name of the other Peninnah. Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children. 3 Now this man used to go up year by year from his town to worship and to sacrifice to the Lord of hosts at Shiloh, where the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were priests of the Lord. On the day when Elkanah sacrificed, he would give portions to his wife Peninnah and to all her sons and daughters; 5 but to Hannah he gave a double portion, because he loved her, though the Lord had closed her womb. 6 Her rival used to provoke her severely, to irritate her, because the Lord had closed her womb. 7 So it went on year by year; as often as she went up to the house of the Lord, she used to provoke her. Therefore Hannah wept and would not eat. 8 Her husband Elkanah said to her, “Hannah, why do you weep? Why do you not eat? Why is your heart sad? Am I not more to you than ten sons?” 9 After they had eaten and drunk at Shiloh, Hannah rose and presented herself before the Lord. Now Eli the priest was sitting on the seat beside the doorpost of the temple of the Lord. 10 She was deeply distressed and prayed to the Lord, and wept bitterly. 11 She made this vow: “O Lord of hosts, if only you will look on the misery of your servant, and remember me, and not forget your servant, but will give to your servant a male child, then I will set him before you as a nazirite until the day of his death. He shall drink neither wine nor intoxicants, and no razor shall touch his head.” 12 As she continued praying before the Lord, Eli observed her mouth. 13 Hannah was praying silently; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard; therefore Eli thought she was drunk. 14 So Eli said to her, “How long will you make a drunken spectacle of yourself? Put away your wine.” 15 But Hannah answered, “No, my lord, I am a woman deeply troubled; I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but I have been pouring out my soul before the Lord. 16 Do not regard your servant as a worthless woman, for I have been speaking out of my great anxiety and vexation all this time.” 17 Then Eli answered, “Go in peace; the God of Israel grant the petition you have made to him.” 18 And she said, “Let your servant find favor in your sight.” Then the woman went to her quarters, ate and drank with her husband, and her countenance was sad no longer.19 They rose early in the morning and worshiped before the Lord; then they went back to their house at Ramah. Elkanah knew his wife Hannah, and the Lord remembered her. 20 In due time Hannah conceived and bore a son. She named him Samuel, for she said, “I have asked him of the Lord.” The man Elkanah and all his household went up to offer to the Lord the yearly sacrifice, and to pay his vow. 22 But Hannah did not go up, for she said to her husband, “As soon as the child is weaned, I will bring him, that he may appear in the presence of the Lord, and remain there forever; I will offer him as a nazirite for all time.” 23 Her husband Elkanah said to her, “Do what seems best to you, wait until you have weaned him; only—may the Lord establish his word.” So the woman remained and nursed her son, until she weaned him. 24 When she had weaned him, she took him up with her, along with a three-year-old bull, an ephah of flour, and a skin of wine. She brought him to the house of the Lord at Shiloh; and the child was young. 25 Then they slaughtered the bull, and they brought the child to Eli. 26 And she said, “Oh, my lord! As you live, my lord, I am the woman who was standing here in your presence, praying to the Lord. 27 For this child I prayed; and the Lord has granted me the petition that I made to him. 28 Therefore I have lent him to the Lord; as long as he lives, he is given to the Lord.” She left him there for the Lord.


Hebrews 10:11-25

11 And every priest stands day after day at his service, offering again and again the same sacrifices that can never take away sins. 12 But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, “he sat down at the right hand of God,” 13 and since then has been waiting “until his enemies would be made a footstool for his feet.” 14 For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are sanctified. 15 And the Holy Spirit also testifies to us, for after saying,

16 “This is the covenant that I will make with them
    after those days, says the Lord:
I will put my laws in their hearts,
    and I will write them on their minds,”

17 he also adds,

“I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.”

18 Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin.

19 Therefore, my friends, since we have confidence to enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus, 20 by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain (that is, through his flesh), 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us approach with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

 

Mark 13:1-8

As he came out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher, what large stones and what large buildings!” 2 Then Jesus asked him, “Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone will be left here upon another; all will be thrown down.”  When he was sitting on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter, James, John, and Andrew asked him privately, 4 “Tell us, when will this be, and what will be the sign that all these things are about to be accomplished?” 5 Then Jesus began to say to them, “Beware that no one leads you astray. 6 Many will come in my name and say, ‘I am he!’ and they will lead many astray. 7 When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed; this must take place, but the end is still to come. 8 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. This is but the beginning of the birth pangs.


Sunday, November 18, 2018


2 Samuel 23:1-7

Now these are the last words of David:

The oracle of David, son of Jesse,
    the oracle of the man whom God exalted,
the anointed of the God of Jacob,
    the favorite of the Strong One of Israel:

2 The spirit of the Lord speaks through me,
    his word is upon my tongue.
3 The God of Israel has spoken,
    the Rock of Israel has said to me:
One who rules over people justly,
    ruling in the fear of God,
4 is like the light of morning,
    like the sun rising on a cloudless morning,
    gleaming from the rain on the grassy land.

5 Is not my house like this with God?
    For he has made with me an everlasting covenant,
    ordered in all things and secure.
Will he not cause to prosper
    all my help and my desire?
6 But the godless are all like thorns that are thrown away;
    for they cannot be picked up with the hand;
7 to touch them one uses an iron bar
    or the shaft of a spear.
    And they are entirely consumed in fire on the spot.


Revelation 1:4b-8

Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, 5 and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.

To him who loves us and freed] us from our sins by his blood, 6 and made us to be a kingdom, priests serving his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

7 Look! He is coming with the clouds;
    every eye will see him,
even those who pierced him;
    and on his account all the tribes of the earth will wail.

So it is to be. Amen.

8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.


John 18:33-37

Then Pilate entered the headquarters again, summoned Jesus, and asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” 34 Jesus answered, “Do you ask this on your own, or did others tell you about me?” 35 Pilate replied, “I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests have handed you over to me. What have you done?” 36 Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not from this world. If my kingdom were from this world, my followers would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom is not from here.” 37 Pilate asked him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.”