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December 13, 2019
St. Lucy of Syracuse



Friday & Saturday, Dec. 13 & 14, 6-9 PM

Come watch Doug and Fr. Ben stand outside freezing. Also, it's a good time to see a great display of the lights and sounds of the season as we prepare for the celebration of our Lord's birth.

Saturday, Dec. 14, 8:30 AM

At the coming of Christ, we learned that he came not to be served but to serve, and the Christmas Food Basket program is one way in which we honor that message. Saturday morning, December 14, some will gather to fill boxes with food for those in need in our community and then we will send others out with that food as a witness to love and service which we see in our Lord. If you have the time, please join us at the Rolland Lewis Building beginning around 8:30 a.m.

Sunday, Dec. 15

Wear your favorite/ugliest Christmas sweater to church this Sunday, December 15, and bring a favorite holiday treat to share, and we'll have a good time of fun, food, and fellowship.


Sunday, Dec. 22, following the service

After church on December 22, we'll deck the halls, walls, windows, rails, and anything else to which we can attach greens. At the same time, we'll invite the kids to decorate the Christmas tree in the Parish Hall.

Tuesday, Dec. 24
7:30 PM - Carols
8:00 PM - Mass
Refreshments Following

Wednesday, Dec. 25,
10:30 AM - Mass

Refreshments Following

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Stewardship Pledge Cards:  Please prayerfully consider and return pledge cards as soon as possible, so that budget preparations for 2020 may begin.

Christmas Poinsettias:  Envelopes are available for those who would like to make a donation towards our Christmas Poinsettias this year. Please be sure to submit any memorial or thanksgiving notices by December 22 so that they can be included in the Christmas bulletins.

2020 Calendars:  Calendars for 2020 are printed and ready for pickup at the back of the church.

Parish Prayer List:  Please take a look so we can pray intentionally for each name on the list. Can someone be moved off our prayer list? Do you know someone we should add?

Altar Flowers and Coffee Hour:  Signups for 2019 are drawing to a close and 2020 signups are ready. Take a moment to check them out here: 2020 Altar Flowers; 2020 Coffee Hour
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Friday, 12/13
6-9 PM - Christmas in the Park

Saturday, 12/14
8:30 AM - 12 PM - Christmas Food Baskets
6-9 PM - Christmas in the Park

Sunday, 12/15 - Advent III
9:15 AM -  Rosary
9:30 AM - Sunday School
10:30 AM - Mass
11:45 AM - Advent-Christmas Sweaters & Sweets

Wednesday, 12/18
5:30 PM - Mass
6:15 PM - Revelation Study

Thursday, 12/19
7:15 AM - Morning Prayer

Saturday, 12/21 - St. Thomas
9:30 AM - Mass

Office Hours This Week
Wednesday, 3 to 5 pm, King City Books
Thursday, 8 to 10 am, Farmhouse Bakery




Altar Guild
12/15 - Jo Williams
12/22 - Tracy Adams, Joyce Bruce
12/29 - Tracy Adams, Joyce Bruce
1/5 - Tami Cralley, Kathy Lewis

Coffee Hour
12/15 - Bring a Treat to Share
12/22 - TBD (Open)
12/29 - TBD (Open)
1/5 - TBD (Open)

Eucharistic Minister
12/15 - Tracy Adams
12/22 - Jacob Bruce
12/29 - Jim Adams
1/5 - Jim Adams

Eucharistic Visitor
12/15 - Esther Schelosky

12/15 - Advent Greens
12/22 - Advent Greens
12/29 - Christmas Poinsettias
1/5 - Christmas Poinsettias

12/15 - Doug Williams
12/22 - Tracy Adams
12/29 - Tracy Adams
1/5 - Tami Cralley

12/15 - Tracy Adams
12/22 - Esther Schelosky
12/29 - Anne Campbell
1/5 - Jim Adams

12/15 - Will Adams
12/22 - Anne Campbell
12/29 - Esther Schelosky
1/5 - TBD (Open)
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Hear, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest

December 15, 2019 - Advent 3, Year A

The Collect:  Third Sunday of Advent

Stir up thy power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let thy bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with thee and the Holy Ghost, be honor and glory, world without end. Amen.

The Lesson:  Isaiah 35:1-10

The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom; like the crocus it shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice with joy and singing. The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, the majesty of Carmel and Sharon. They shall see the glory of the Lord, the majesty of our God. Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. Say to those who are of a fearful heart,  “Be strong, fear not! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and save you.” Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped; then shall the lame man leap like a hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing for joy. For waters shall break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert; the burning sand shall become a pool, and the thirsty ground springs of water; the haunt of jackals shall become a swamp, the grass shall become reeds and rushes. And a highway shall be there, and it shall be called the Holy Way; the unclean shall not pass over it, and fools shall not err therein. No lion shall be there, nor shall any ravenous beast come up on it; they shall not be found there, but the redeemed shall walk there. And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.    

The Psalm:  146:4-9

4   Happy are they who have the God of Jacob for their help! *  whose hope is in the LORD their God;
5   Who made heaven and earth, the seas, and all that is in them; *  who keeps his promise for ever;
6   Who gives justice to those who are oppressed, *  and food to those who hunger.
7   The LORD sets the prisoners free; the LORD opens the eyes of the blind; *  the LORD lifts up those who are bowed down;
8   The LORD loves the righteous; the LORD cares for the stranger; *  he sustains the orphan and widow, but frustrates the way of the wicked.
9   The LORD shall reign for ever, *  your God, O Zion, throughout all generations. Hallelujah!

The Epistle:  James 5:7-10

Be patient, therefore, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. Behold, the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient over it until it receives the early and the late rain. You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. Do not grumble, brethren, against one another, that you may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing at the doors. As an example of suffering and patience, brethren, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.

The Gospel:  Matthew 11:2-11

Now when John heard in prison about the deeds of the Christ, he sent word by his disciples and said to him, “Are you he who is to come, or shall we look for another?” And Jesus answered them, “Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them. And blessed is he who takes no offense at me.” As they went away, Jesus began to speak to the crowds concerning John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to behold? A reed shaken by the wind? Why then did you go out? To see a man clothed in soft raiment? Behold, those who wear soft raiment are in kings’ houses. Why then did you go out? To see a prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. This is he of whom it is written, ‘Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, who shall prepare thy way before thee.’ Truly, I say to you, among those born of women there has risen no one greater than John the Baptist; yet he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.”
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