December 9: Sunday Scriptures and Sermon Questions

Sermon Questions

Malachi 3:1-5; Philippians 1:3-11; Luke 3:1-6
Preparing the way

  1. John the Baptist came to “Prepare the way of the Lord.” St. Luke reminds us of the words of Isaiah about John that foretold his message of repentance and the call to “Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.” (Luke 3:4) On Sunday, Canon Jonathan outlined three ways that Sunday’s Scriptures call us to prepare for the coming again of Jesus. The first was, Repent.
    1. What do you understand repentance to be about?
    2. Can you share a time when you were convicted of the need to repent?
  2. The image St. Luke quotes from Isaiah concerning St. John’s proclamation of repentance is of making rough spaces smooth (Luke 3:5) and the prophet Malachi speaks of God being like a refiner’s fire (Mal. 3:2). On Sunday, Jonathan said, “We would do well not to get in the way of God’s refining work.”
    1. How do you think we are tempted to get in the way of what God is doing in our lives?
    2. Have you experienced the “refiner’s fire” in your life?
  3. The second way Sunday’s Scriptures call us to prepare for Christ’s coming again is through Growing in love. Read the prayer Paul prays in Philippians 1:9.
    1. Can you think of an example of someone you have encountered who has exhibited this kind of overflowing love?
    2. What can we do so that our hearts overflow with love?
  4. The third way Sunday’s Scriptures call us to prepare for Christ’s coming again is through Joy (Phil 1:3). St. Paul goes on to say, “I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Christ.” (1:6)
    1. What brings you joy as you think about your brothers and sisters in Christ at Ascension?
    2. Do you pray for the other members of your Community Group, and if so, share some of the ways that you do that?

6pm Dinner Party for International Ministry

All are invited to a Christmas Dinner Party with internationals on Wednesday, December 19th at 6pm in the Parish Hall. If you would like to come or help, please contact Luann at PittsburghEnglish4U@gmail.com. Plan on bringing a dish for yourself and a few others! All welcome!!

12:30pm Senior’s Lunch Club: Christmas Party

Join us Thursday, December 13th from 12:30 – 2:30pm. There will be a delicious catered lunch prepared by Denise Bozich, a wonderful presentation by John Bailey and we will end with carol singing led by Peg Anderson!

We thought we knew the Christmas story until Dr. Kenneth E. Bailey turned our ideas inside out. From his experience in the Middle East, Dr. Bailey took the Christmas story from Luke Chapter 2, identified some traditionally held myths surrounding the story, and brought some new cultural insights into our celebration of God’s greatest gift to us. As he once said to his cousin John Bailey, “there was no inn.” What? No Inn? John will bring Kenneth’s teaching to the senior’s group– so we can gain a richer understanding of what truly happened. Don’t miss this exciting chapter in the birth of our Lord!

RSVP to Ann Tefft at tefft.ann@gmail.com.  Parking restrictions will be lifted for people to park on the streets, and the Neville Street lot will be reserved for seniors. We will meet in the Hunt Rooms.

6:30pm Young Adult Dinner and Compline!

Church Offices Closed

Church Offices Closed

10am Christmas Day Service

CHRISTMAS SERVICES

Family Christmas Eve Service at 6:30pm
All are invited to this warm service that is designed with children in mind. We will celebrate the nativity of Jesus with a children’s tableau and sing the great carols of Christmas. Childcare for children aged PreK and under will be provided. Children aged 5 (Kindergarten) and older are with us for the service. Please remember to bring your bells to this service! It is a great joy to sing the great hymns of Christmas with congregational bells ringing out!

Festival Christmas Eve Eucharist at 10pm
Our late Christmas Eve service will feature a Festival Procession, incense, candles and the great music of the season in celebration of the birth of the Christ child. Childcare is not provided. Please remember to bring bells to this service also!

Christmas Day Eucharist at 10am
The lessons are different from Christmas Eve so that those who wish to make this their second service of Christmas may join those who prefer this quiet one to the festival celebrations on Christmas Eve. Child care is not provided.

6:30pm and 10pm Christmas Eve Services

CHRISTMAS SERVICES

Family Christmas Eve Service at 6:30pm
All are invited to this warm service that is designed with children in mind. We will celebrate the nativity of Jesus with a children’s tableau and sing the great carols of Christmas. Childcare for children aged PreK and under will be provided. Children aged 5 (Kindergarten) and older are with us for the service. Please remember to bring your bells to this service! It is a great joy to sing the great hymns of Christmas with congregational bells ringing out!

Festival Christmas Eve Eucharist at 10pm
Our late Christmas Eve service will feature a Festival Procession, incense, candles and the great music of the season in celebration of the birth of the Christ child. Childcare is not provided. Please remember to bring bells to this service also!

Christmas Day Eucharist at 10am
The lessons are different from Christmas Eve so that those who wish to make this their second service of Christmas may join those who prefer this quiet one to the festival celebrations on Christmas Eve. Child care is not provided.

11am Service of Lessons and Carols

Advent 4: Service of Lessons & Carols at the 11am service

This Sunday is the mirror image of last Sunday – On Sunday, December 23rd we will have a Service of Lessons & Carols at our 11am service while we have a regular 9am service of Holy Communion with readings from Advent 4. For the service of Lessons & Carols, childcare is provided for those aged PreK and younger. They should go directly to their classrooms when they get to church as there is no Children’s Talk at this service. Children age 5 (Kindergarten) and older with be with us for the service.

9am Service of Lessons and Carols

Advent 3: Service of Lessons & Carols at the 9am service

We will celebrate a Service of Lessons & Carols at our 9am service on Sunday, December 16th. The Service of Lessons & Carols weaves together a progression of scripture readings along with carols sung by the congregation and choirs that carry us from Old Testament prophecy to fulfillment in the Christ child. Childcare is provided for those aged PreK and younger. They should go directly to their classrooms when they get to church as there is no Children’s Talk at this service. Children age 5 (Kindergarten) and older with be with us for the service. This is a great seasonal service to invite guests to attend. We will have a regular 11am service of Holy Communion with readings from Advent 3 on December 16th


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