12/5/22 - Inspiration to Help you GROW in Faith
Because Inspiration isn't just for Sundays...
This week we offer the following resources
to help you build spiritual strength and live a more fulfilling life.
We offer lots of resources for you this week. You can either scroll through and select the videos you'd like to watch or click on this link to see a playlist with all of them:
Get inspired while exploring the wonder of Holy Scripture...
Scripture Readings for Coming Sundays:
Second Sunday of Advent, 12/4
Third Sunday of Advent, 12/11
Help make a difference by putting your Faith in Action
Faith in Action Suggestion for the Month of December:
We are called to pray, AND we are called to put our faith into action. We are called to follow Jesus which means we need to love and serve our neighbors in the name of Christ. It’s also our job to stand up to injustice and respect the dignity of every human being.
Ask Congress to support immigrant Farm Workers - The agriculture industry relies heavily on immigrant workers, many of whom are undocumented. These hard-working individuals can be found in every corner of the country, harvesting crops, working the fields, and doing intense work up and down the agricultural supply chain. These workers lack vital protections, despite performing essential services, and Congressional action is needed to support the workers as well as a vital sector of the U.S. economy. You can find more information at https://www.episcopalchurch.org/ministries/office-government-relations/.
Help serve the world in the name of Christ...
This Month's Outreach Projects
Want to help needy families feel the love of Christ this Christmas?
COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS SHOPPE TOY COLLECTION – through December 11
We are collecting new, unwrapped toys to help make Christmas a little brighter for some families who are finding things challenging. Take an ornament off the Christmas Tree in the Narthex. Shop for the child described on the ornament, and bring your new, unwrapped gift(s) to add to our toy box. You can make a difference! Thanks for helping us share the love of Christ this season. Last day for giving: Sunday, Dec. 11th.
Want to help our warm the hearts and bodies of our neighbors in need?
COATS FOR ALL and REACH for Socks
We are collecting new or gently used coats and jackets of all sizes now through the end of the year! The drive is sponsored by the Downtown Chapter of the Rotary Club. The donation box is located in the church lobby
Socks are also in high demand at this time of year for the men and women served by the Family to Family ministry. Drop of your sock donations in the basket on the REACH table. We’ll distribute them throughout the winter season. (Please no dress socks or children’s sizes.)
Here's what you can Look Forward to Next Sunday:
This Sunday, December 11th at 10:15am
This Sunday we gather to worship and praise God on the Third Sunday of Advent. In the gospel lesson John the Baptist sends a messenger to ask if Jesus is, “the one.” Jesus responds, "Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have good news brought to them..." Jesus explains that John the Baptist is a great prophet who has come to prepare the way.
Be with us as we light the first, second, and third candles on our Advent wreath. Each has a special meaning. The first candle is HOPE. The second candle is PEACE. The third candle is JOY. Let’s come together as we worship and wait, holding on to the HOPE that Christ has instilled in us, enjoying the PEACE that is beyond understanding and delighting in the JOY that comes as we lift our thanks and praise.
Join us as, once again, we prepare the way of the Lord, lifting our prayers and singing our praises. Online, we offer Spiritual Communion. In-person, we offer Eucharist, the body of Christ, the bread of heaven. Come to church and get inspired!
Lots of great things are happening!
Keeping Up with Everything Offered at St. Paul's:
This is an overview of this week's resources to help you GROW in faith. To learn about everything going on at St. Paul’s, please see our E-newsletter. If you don’t receive it, please let us know. We’d be happy to add you to the list!
Finally, I welcome you to reach out to share your spiritual journey. Next week, we’ll have new ideas and resources for you. And week after week we’ll get stronger, go deeper and offer ourselves to be transformed more and more into the people God is calling us to be.
God bless you this week and always,
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