KneeMail: 13 December AD 2016

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www.stjamestxk.org | Fifth & Olive Streets at Stateline, Texarkana, TX | 903.794.9224
The Rev’d Fr Douglas Anderson, Rector | The Rev’d David Thompson, Curate

13 December, AD 2016

FROM THE RECTOR

As Elijah and Elisha were going along and talking, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire and horses of fire which separated the two of them. And Elijah went up by a whirlwind to heaven. Elisha saw it and cried out, “My father, my father, the chariots of Israel and its horsemen!” And he saw Elijah no more. –2 Kings 2:11-12

The Prophet Elijah, like all the prophets, called people back to God. He told them not to worship false idols, but to serve and worship the only true God.

As we near the end of Advent, ask, What are some of the idols that interfere with your relationship with God and others? It is easy during these busy days to mix up our priorities. Advent is a time of reflection. What is most important in your preparations for Christmas?

This is a good prayer to help make the main thing the main thing:

Most loving Father, whose will it is for us to give thanks for all things, to fear nothing but the loss of you, and to cast all our care on you who care for us: Preserve us from faithless fears and worldly anxieties, and grant that no clouds of this mortal life may hide from us the light of that love which is immortal, and which thou have manifested to us in your Son Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. [BCP, p. 216]

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Yours with every blessing,
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Fr Douglas Anderson

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SUNDAY
Masses are at 8:00am and 10am (sung).  We provide a staffed nursery.  Christian Education classes at 9am.

SUNDAY CHRISTIAN EDUCATION
FOR CHILDREN
Students will be practicing for their lessons and carols at the 5:30pm Christmas Eve family service.  I hope that all of your children and youth will be able to participate. Nothing is sweeter than listening to children sing. We will depend on our older youth to read and to assist with the younger ones. –MNS

TUESDAY
DAUGHTERS OF THE KING will meet Tuesday for a Holiday Luncheon (Pot Luck) in the parish hall at 12:30 PM.  We’d like you to join us – get acquainted, get your questions answered, etc. We will be stuffing Christmas bags for the ladies & children of Domestic Violence.

TUESDAY & THURSDAY
St James’ Day School Advent Candlelight Services at 6pm. You are most welcome to attend.

WEDNESDAY
Low Mass 5:30pm, Supper (hamburgers) at 6pm, Classes and activities for all ages 6:30pm to 7:30pm.  THIS WEDNESDAY IN THE ADULT CLASS:  Ultimate Things, part II of II.

St. LucyST LUCY BLESSING OF EYES.  The feast of St Lucy, whose name means ‘light’, falls this week.  Martyred in Sicily in 304, she is the patroness of the blind and those who have eye troubles.  At the conclusion of Mass this Wednesday, we will offer prayer and laying on of hands for those afflicted with maladies of the eyes.

 

THE ST JAMES’ PRAYER GROUP Thursday at 10am in the Cornerstone chapel.  You are welcome to join us as we pray over the list of our sick and shut-in.

GRANT THEM REST ETERNAL. Anniversaries of death (within the last 20 years) falling this week: Robert Wind Sr, 2002; John Rogers Jr, 1997.

CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK:  Jane Pappas, Chuck Firmin (11), Dennis Smith, David Warrick, Claire Wade, William Soyars, Jon Chatelain (12), Jessica Plant (14), Keith Maynard (15), Blake Maynard (16).
WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES:  Michael+ & Diana Woods.
HOUSEHOLD WEEK:  Richard & Charlotte Conkey

THE ROSARY GROUP meets on Tuesdays at 10am to pray the “Bible on a String.” Come join us.  For more information, contact Lova at lova@cableone.net

GREENING OF THE CHURCH: Wednesday, December 21st at 5:30pm
Join us as we decorate the church for Christmas—all ages and abilities welcome.  A social time will follow: adult egg nog will be provided, and drinks, snacks and a showing of Charlie Brown’s Christmas in the Great Hall for the children.

CHRISTMAS FLOWER ENVELOPES are in the pews.  This special collection helps to pay for the decoration of the church at Christmas, an expense that is not in our operating budget.  This coming Sunday will be the final time of asking.

YEAR END GIVING. The Parish Books will close on December 31st.  We must receive your gift in person by Noon on December 30th, when the office closes, or postmarked no later than December 31st, in order for us to credit it to your 2016 charitable giving.  The IRS allows us to make no exception to this rule.