This December find your place of peace and comfort in the quiet of the advent season by joining in a special three-week evening class focusing on the meaning of the Christian year, and the role that advent plays in the start of the liturgical calendar. This three-part series will be held on Tuesday evenings, December 4, 11 & 18 , offered by Anglican Benedictine art historian Dr. Catherine Clover, will offer an introduction to the poetic works of Anglican priest and poet John Keble (1792-1866), for whom Keble College in Oxford was founded, as published in his companion to The Book of Common Prayer called The Christian Year. Keble was noted for his love of nature found in the bountiful English countryside, and his poems are a testament to a quieter time with prose composed in thoughtful spiritual reflection as they follow the change in seasons, both in nature and in liturgy. They have provided many Christians with a starting point for meditation and self-examination, and can be used as a foundation of contemplative introspection throughout the calendar year.
In addition to the poems we will examine, where appropriate, how European painters have captured the spirit of advent in their narrative paintings, bridging the spiritual with the visual, while offering intimate scenes of the Holy family at the time of Christ’s birth. Artistic themes to be examined include The Visitation, The Nativity, Adoration of the Shepherds, Adoration of the Magi, Rest on the Flight Into Egypt and Massacre of the Innocents.
For those who wish to stay and end their day in prayer, the evening will close with a short service of Compline. Please join us for a simple communal meal of soup and bread beginning at 6:30pm in the Conference Room, followed by the class in the Chapel at 7pm For more information and to rsvp contact Catherine Clover .
We are pleased to be offering Advent Taizé services this December. These services will be held at 6pm on Wednesday evenings , December 5, 12, and 19 . The Taizé services will last for forty minutes and consist of short chants that are sung repeatedly, two scriptural readings, and a short meditation. The mood of Taizé is very peaceful and reflective, held in the beautiful candlelight of the church sanctuary. Harpist, Lara Garner, will play on December 5, and she will be joined by Palo Alto violinist, Virginia Smedberg,on December 12 and 19. The Taizé services will be followed by a simple soup supper in the conference room of the office building. Please bring a pot of soup to share and enjoy some fellowship time after Taizé!
Join us for a joyous, traditional and family friendly Christmas Eve Worship Service on Monday evening, December 24th, at 5pm. There will be lessons (ancient and modern) and carols, a time for the child in us all, and promptings that will lead us into the spirit of joy and hope with the birth of the Christ child. Following the outdoor candlelight singing of Silent Night, we will adjourn to the Fellowship Hall for Christmas treats and greetings. Bring your visiting family, friends and neighbors! This is what church is all about.
One important note about the Christmas Eve Reception: Please bring a “table ready” food offering to the kitchen before the Christmas Eve Worship Service. That means to bring it in your own dish, with everything cut up and/or arranged. Then remember to take your dish with you when you leave. Elves are in short supply this season, so we need your cooperation!