On Saturday, Nov. 28, parishioners inside 79 cars participated in our Advent Kick off. More than 100 wreaths kits and Advent program packets were given out. It was wonderful to see everyone!
Please share your Advent Wreaths with us on social media!
I so appreciated coming by and seeing all the welcoming group standing in the rain to greet me.XX Carolyn Cornell
- 11/29/20 – Liturgy of the Word (First Sunday of Advent)
- 12/6/20 – Advent Lessons & Carols (Second Sunday of Advent)
- 12/12/20 – Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
- 12/13/20 – Liturgy of the Word (Third Sunday of Advent)
- 12/20/20 – Liturgy of the Word (Fourth Sunday of Advent)
Compline in Advent
The Office of Compline will continue to be prayed and sung in the upcoming Advent season, which begins on Nov. 29. The chamber choir, made up of wonderful singers from throughout the community, will offer chant, Renaissance motets and Tudor anthems, proper to the season. Composers will include Lassus, Palestrina, and Tallis. Please, join us online each Sunday evening at 8 p.m. for a 30-minute chanted service.
Compline for the Twenty-third Sunday of Pentecost
Nov. 8, 2020
Blue Advent Prayer Services
Mondays, Nov. 30-Dec. 21
A virtual service of prayer, music, and conversation for those for whom grief is present.
Sunday Morning Advent Walks
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.,
Nov. 29, Dec. 6, 13, & 20
Safety: We will social distance (only two people will walk at the same time) and everyone must wear a mask over nose and mouth. We will limit registrations.
Register each Wednesdays before the Sunday walk. Registration opens on Wednesday, Nov. 25.
Clergy-led Advent Bible Study
Sundays in Advent, Nov. 29-Dec. 20, at 10 a.m. Clergy-led Sunday morning bible study will focus on a new topic: “The Angels, The Ladies, The Fellows, & The Babies”.Register for one, or all four classes in the series.
One Church, One Book: Advent 2020
Wednesday evenings, 7-8 p.m., Dec. 2, 9, 16, & 23
Join Dr. Steve Bishop, Assistant Professor of Old Testament, Seminary of the Southwest discussing Names for the Messiah.
Christians have claimed from the beginning that Jesus was the Messiah foretold in the Old Testament. In this study, best-selling author Walter Brueggemann tackles the questions: “What were these expectations?” and “Did Jesus fulfill them?”. In Isaiah 9:6, a divine utterance is given to us using four royal titles—Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace. Names for the Messiah ponders each title and how the people understood it then, how Jesus did or did not fulfill the title, and how Christians interpret Jesus as representative of that title.
Outreach in Advent
Foundation Communities’ Holiday Assistance program
Foundation Communities is seeking monetary donations rather than physical gifts. These funds would help their clients with expenses such as rent and groceries while also providing extra for gifts. Our starting goal is $2,500, which would be enough to cover 5 families total. Additional funds help even more families!
Family helped by Foundation Communities, Austin 2020
Looking for the perfect gift? Consider giving a Simple Gift for local charities to your coworkers, friends, or family!
Young Adult (20s/30s) Ministry in Advent
Virtual Young Adult Advent Retreat
Saturday, Dec. 12, 9 a.m. Join your fellow young adults for this restful and refreshing online retreat! Register on Zoom.
Virtual Young Adult Advent Party
Saturday, Dec. 19, 7 p.m. Let’s come together virtually to spread the holiday cheer! There will be games, contests, prizes, and general fun! Register on Zoom.
Youth (6th-12th grade) Ministry in Advent
Youth Formation explores Living Compass’s Living Well in Advent
Nov. 29, Dec. 6, 13, and 20, 10-11:15 a.m.
- Dec. 10, 5-7 p.m.: All Austin EYC Minecraft Christmas Pageant. Join other churches in Austin for a Christmas pageant hosted on the Austin EYC Minecraft server!
- Dec. 15, 6-8 p.m.: High School EYC Christmas party
- Dec. 16, 5:30-7 p.m.: Middle School EYC Christmas party
- Dec. 20, 10 a.m.: Last youth gathering before 2021!
Children’s Ministry (Pre-K-5th grade) in Advent
- Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22: Advent Bedtime Stories and Prayers, 7 p.m.
- Dec. 24: Family Christmas Eve Service, 4:30 p.m.
- Dec. 27: Christmas Pageant (First Sunday of Christmas), 9 a.m.
Advent Children’s Formation Classes
Sundays, 10:15-11:10 a.m. Advent Junior Journey classes (on Zoom) begin Sunday, Nov. 29 after Children’s Chapel
- The Jesse Tree (Ages 3-Kindergarten)
- Advent with the Animals (1st-3rd grades)
- The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd: Ecclesiola
- (Level I: Ages 3-6, Level II: Ages 6-9)
FAMILY PRAYERS AROUND THE ADVENT WREATH
Each week, a family member lights the candle(s), saying, “I light this candle (these candles) to remind us to prepare our hearts for the coming of the Christ Child.”
The family then prays together one of the following:
God of Love, Your son, Jesus, is your greatest gift to us. He is a sign of your love. Help us walk in that love during the weeks of Advent, as we wait and prepare for his coming. Amen.
Lord Jesus, you light the way. Come into our hearts, and dwell in them forever. Grant that your peace may shine forth in our lives. Amen.
Dear God, please bless our family. Help us make our home a joyful place for you. Be with us in all we do together that we may please You. Amen.
Dear Christ, the light of all who love you, help us to make ready for Your birthday by preparing room for you in our hearts. Give us grace to seek peace in our lives, peace in this community, and peace in the world. Draw us closer by showing us how to truly love and serve you. Amen.
Alice Weber, Advent Wreath Party, 2019