December 17, 18 Renaissance Voices Christmas Concert
December 24 10:00 am Advent IV Service in the Chapel
5:00 pm Christmas Eve Family Service and Christmas Pageant
10:00 pm Candlelight Christmas Eve Service (music begins at 9:30)
December 25 10:00 am Christmas Day Service
January 7 Epiphany Lessons and Carols 4 pm
The Flowers on the altar today are given by Peter and Linda Carleton to the Glory of God and in loving memory of their parents Richard and Marcia Carleton and Fox and Ricky Trowbridge.
About Today’s Music: Today’s offertory anthem, This is the record of John, is probably the best known of the many ‘verse anthems’ of the seventeenth-century English composer, Orlando Gibbons. The story is that of John the Baptist and his encounter with the priests and Levites sent from Jerusalem to find out just exactly who John was. The narrative is sung by a solo voice with certain key statements emphasized by the chorus. The contrast between the solo and choral sections make for a very effective musical setting of a well-known story very closely associated with the season of Advent.
Twilight in the Chapel: We welcome musician Kate Beever to tonight’s 5:15 service. Please join us in the Chapel for an intimate and welcoming Rite II Eucharist with Dean Shambaugh.
Advent Quiet Morning Led by Jon Radtke: Join us Saturday, December 23 from 8:30-11:30 in the Chapel for some centering calm before the celebration of Christmas.
Stewardship Update: As of December 13, we have received 149 pledges for $340,704.16. Thank you for your generosity. Pledge forms and additional information are available in the Nave and on our website at www.stlukesportland.org
Polishing Day was a shining success! Thank you, Vergers, Flower Guilders, Choir, Ushers, Greeters and the tall guy whose trip was canceled! Every piece of silver and brass was gleaming. A good time was had by all as we polished off the champagne and cucumber sandwiches. Altar Guild members are so grateful for the help. – Joan Dow
Mitten Collection: This year the Kneeler’s and Knitters have combined with the mitten tree to collect warm hats, mittens, gloves, scarves and adult socks for clients of St Elizabeth’s Pantry as well as children at the Riche and East End Schools. We need both adult and children’s sizes, with socks specifically for adults only, men’s sizes. Thank you!
This year’s Christmas Pageant will be part of the 5 pm Christmas Eve service. Rehearsals continue this morning after church, with a final dress rehearsal at 4 pm on Christmas eve just before the service. On Christmas eve please be dressed and in the Nave at 4 pm. For more info, contact Sarah at email@example.com or 865-9768.