Schedule of Services:
8:00 a.m. Sunday, Holy Eucharist, Rite I
9:00 a.m. Sunday, The Rite Place Liturgy (Contemporary Eucharist in the Chapel)
10:30 a.m. Sunday, Holy Eucharist, Rite II
5:00 p.m. Sundays in Lent, "Dinner Church" Eucharist in Parish Hall
5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Holy Eucharist and Healing

Small Groups & Studies

Sundays, 9:15 a.m. Adult Forum
Tuesdays 8:30 a.m. Bible Study
Second Tuesdays 7:00 p.m. Theology on Tap
First Wednesdays 6:15 p.m. Calvary Dreams dinner discussion
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Archive for 2016

Blue Christmas Service December 20

 

Once again this year, Calvary will offer a worship service especially for those who may find the holidays difficult due to grief or other loss. The Blue Christmas service will take place Tuesday, December 20 at 6:00pm in the sanctuary at Calvary. We have been hearing from many that they are struggling to be in “the holiday spirit” this year – please join us for this special service.

The Blue Christmas service, also sometimes called “Longest Night,” is usually held near the Winter Solstice, and is meant especially for those who desire a quiet, reflective, yet hopeful time of prayer in the midst of a sometimes overwhelming holiday season. We will light the four candles on the Advent wreath as we seek to experience the peace and comfort of Christ, recognizing those griefs or other losses that might be weighing on our hearts. An individual time of prayer for all those who desire will also be offered. All are invited and welcome to this service of comfort and hope.

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Special Weather Notice for December 18

Due to weather and road conditions, we have decided to cancel the 8:00 & 9:00am worship services and Sunday School for Sunday,  December 18.

Our ONLY worship service will the Holy Eucharist at 10:30am, with decorating of the church afterwards. All who can stay for the hanging of the greenery will be treated to a pizza lunch and cookies!

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Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

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Our Christmas worship schedule will be as follows:

Saturday, December 24, Christmas Eve:

4:00 pm: Children’s Pageant Worship Service with birthday party for Jesus after

7:00 pm: Holy Eucharist, Rite 2, and Family Worship Service

10:30 pm: Christmas choral prelude by Cambridge Choir

11:00 pm: Holy Eucharist, Rite 2, and Cambridge Choir

Sunday, December 25, Christmas Day:

10:30 am: Christ-Mass Holy Eucharist, Rite 2

(The Christmas morning service at 10:30 will be the only service on Sunday, December 25.)

 

 

 

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God is With Us

 

Immanuel.  Hebrew names often had meaning.  The name Immanuel is formed of three shorter Hebrew words, run together: imma; nu; el.  “With”; “us”; “God”.  God with us.  Immanuel.  Sometimes translated into English as Emanuel.

The name was given originally in a prophecy by the great Hebrew prophet, Isaiah.  Isaiah gave the prophecy to King Ahaz.  The prophecy was meant to help strengthen Ahaz’s weak faith.

The writer of Matthew’s Gospel saw the name Immanuel as a prophecy of Jesus, delivered centuries before the birth of Christ.  According to Matthew, the birth of Jesus was part of a grand divine plan.

It is interesting how the writers of the New Testament believed that God had been working for centuries to prepare for the birth of Jesus.  They were convinced that God is constantly at work in the world around us, and can be revealed and known in the warp and woof of daily life.

The idea that the Messiah wants to be known as Immanuel suggests that God seeks to be part of our daily existence, in a very personal way.  God with us.  To help us.  Guide us.  Heal us.  Save us.

It’s a wonderful thought.  O come, o come, Immanuel.

Collect for the Third Sunday in Advent

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Third Sunday of Advent

Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.

Advent, a Time to Reflect

 

The Season of Advent reminds us of two crucial reference points: the first advent, or coming, of Jesus, as a child in Bethlehem; and the second advent of Jesus, on the clouds, in the future.  But it also focuses on life between these poles–the here and now, which we are called to live in light of Christ’s first advent, and in the hope of his second.

As we live thankfully, and expectantly, between these poles, St. Paul tells us we should look to the Scriptures, which are intended to help sustain our faith: “Whatever was written…was written for our instruction, so that by steadfastness and by the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.”

One of the challenges for faithful Christians has always been to look beyond the present.  To quote St. Paul, again: “We look, not to what can be seen, but to what is unseen.  For what is seen passes away.  The unseen is eternal.”

The genius of the Bible is to reveal how, over the course of a long history, God has been ever at work in the warp and woof of human life, among all the “changes and chances of mortal life”.  When we are enabled to look below the surface, more deeply, we find that God is still at work today.  Part of the purpose of prayer and Bible reading is to help us discern how. 

Courage!  We have it on high authority:
Faith, hope, and love abide, these three. 
The greatest of these is love.

St. Nicholas Bazaar December 3

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Come one, come all to the annual
St. Nicholas Advent Bazaar:

A Colonial Christmas

Saturday, December 3
8:00 am – 1:00 pm

Gifts and treats to enhance your holidays

All proceeds go to local charities

Old Fashioned Country Ham Breakfast

Church Mice: Come early, they go fast

Sweet Shoppe: Candy, breads, cookies and cakes

Handmades: Gifts for others or your home, knits, felts. home decor, Doll Clothes, Wearable Art, Christmas ornaments, and more

Hand-rolled Candles: Advent and Christmas sets

The Market Place: Recycled items for your use at remarkable prices

Kid’s Corner: Gently used children’s books, toys and clothing

The Children’s Shop: Gift items priced for children to buy for others

The Treasures Room: Contemporary and vintage jewelry, silver, china, crystal and more

The Library: Used fiction and non-fiction books

and… the Raffle

Parking is free in city garages the day of the bazaar

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A Song and a Prayer

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O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America! America! God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

O beautiful for pilgrim feet,
Whose stern impassion’d stress
A thoroughfare for freedom beat
Across the wilderness!
America! America! God mend thine ev’ry flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law!

O beautiful for heroes proved In liberating strife,
Who more than self their country loved,
And mercy more than life!
America! America! May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness,
And ev’ry gain divine!

O Beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam,
Undimmed by human tears!
America! America! God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

Thanksgiving Eve Service

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Wednesday, November 23

5:30 pm

Holy Eucharist with Healing Prayers

Join us on November 23 when, as every Wednesday, Calvary will offer a service of Holy Eucharist with prayers and anointing for healing at 5:30pm. All are welcome at the table of God’s grace in Christ, as together we find strength, peace, and hope. On Thanksgiving Eve we will hear the readings appointed for Thanksgiving and give special thanks for all of God’s blessings. All are welcome!

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