Advent Worship Opportunities: December 2017

There will be several meditative worship services offered during the days of Advent. Many times, this season jangles the nerves, wears on the body, and stresses the spirit. A brief time to pull back from the busy word into a holy hush may be just what will restore you to the calm yet expectant mind that is one of the purposes of Advent.

On Thursday, December 7 and December 14, there will be an Anglican Prayer Bead Meditation service. This simple service of quiet prayer is done using the Episcopal version of the rosary. Many of our members have made their own prayer bead sets; please bring them when you come to the service. For those who don’t have Anglican prayer beads, there will be some sets available for your use. We will be praying some particularly Advent-focused prayers.

The Prayer Bead services will begin at 6:00 p.m. and will likely last under one half-hour.

The other worship opportunities come in the last week before Christmas. Beginning on Sunday, December 17 and running every evening through December 23, special services of Evening Prayer will be offered. What makes these Advent services special is the focus of them all: the coming of our savior. A set of seven prayers, known as the “O Antiphons” will be offered, one each evening. The Antiphons have been prayed by the Church for centuries, and are best known to modern Christians as the verses of the hymn “O come, o come, Emmanuel.” They are beautiful as they are prayed in words, in music, and in meditation.

The O Antiphon services will begin at 6:00 pm each evening, and will likely run around one half-hour.

Please consider attending as many of these calm and bright spots in December. Join your brothers and sisters in prayerful anticipation of the birth of our Lord.

St Barnabas Church Library

Christians have always been "people of the book." This love and encouragement of reading is extended beyond Scripture to include many books that inspire, challenge, expand and comfort people. The Library of St Barnabas Church is building a set of resources that will do these things for our congregation.

The collection is currently made up of around 350 titles- books, and the occasional video or audio material. Housed in an updated, cozy section of the lower level, we have books of prayers and books about how to pray, books on theology and spirituality, books about the Episcopal Church, and books about living a Christian life in the world. Readers involved in Bible studies, or in exploration of their personal lives and ministries, will find material to support their efforts. Those searching for an interesting story can discover novels whose authors write with a "sanctified imagination,” and many past selections of the St Barnabas Book Club.

The Library is growing, and will be the better for donations of relevant items, and suggestions for titles that could be added to the collection. Please let Marion know if you have thoughts on this.

Each month, a “Readings from St. B’s Library” blog will be posted on the church’s web site. They feature materials on segments of the collections, i.e. saints’ days that fall during a month, material focused on a season or upcoming event, or just interesting things that St B readers may not have yet discovered.

Contact the Librarian for more information.

Looking Ahead: Ashes-to-Go in 2018

Ashes to go

Ash Wednesday- February 14, 2018- will mark the beginning of the season of Lent. This quiet season helps to prepare Christians for the celebration of Easter later in the Spring.

St. Barnabas will once again provide ashes to anyone who wishes to receive them at the Park-n-Ride at I94 and M52(MainSt).

People will be invited to reflect and renew their faith, and receive ashes as a sign of their commitment to do so. Ashes will be available from 7am to 9am at the Park-n-Ride and also at 7pm at St Barnabas Episcopal Church 20500 Old US 12 in Chelsea.