In this Sunday's reading from the Gospel according to Luke, John the Baptist is asked, "What then should we do?" He replies they need to "bear good fruit" -- that those who have coats and food need to share them with those who don't. His words remind me of two Advent traditions at Christ Church; both traditions seek to keep our neighbors warm during the coming winter:
Our Bishops, +Ian Douglas and +Laura Ahrens, have invited us to use a Litany written for this year's Sabbath by the Bishop of Maine, +Stephen Lee. It will serve as our Prayers of the People at both services on Sunday, and as a devotion following the tolling of the Tower bell at noon on Monday. If you would care to join in tolling on Monday, please gather in the Tower at noon; we will toll the bell 28 times to remember all who were killed by gun violence in Newtown on December 14 three years ago.
Other Advent traditions continue this Sunday:
In faith and hope,
P.S. A December/January issue of "Glad Tidings Online," is now available. In it you'll find information about our Daytime and Evening ECWs, Reports on our diocesan convention from our delegates Jean Valentine and Caroline Herrick, and terrific photos of acolytes at "work."
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