The Rt. Rev. Daniel H. Martins, Eleventh Bishop of Springfield
St. John's Episcopal & Redeemer Lutheran--joint worshiping congregations--invite you to worship this Sunday, the Third Sunday of Advent, in the historic church building located on the corner of Broadway and Pine Streets since 1924. Bishop Daniel H. Martins, the Eleventh Bishop of Springfield, will co-celebrate the Mass and bring the message. The Rev. Canon David M. Baumann is priest-in-charge. The Rev. Sylvia L. Howard serves as assisting deacon. Musicians will be Barbara Crain and Douglas Tucker on organ and piano, and cantrix is Elizabeth Baumann. The combined choir will also sing at this pontifical Mass. Lector and assisting minister is Lee Gross; Acolytes are Carol McCrary and Patricia Patterson; Greeter is Angela Gross; Tom Walsh is usher.
A reception and meet-and-greet with the bishop will follow in the undercroft immediately following this service.
Father Baumann writes:
The Third Sunday of Advent (December 16)
"The first lesson is from the book of the Prophet Zephaniah, in which the Lord is described as rejoicing over his people, and providing blessings to them of many kinds. Following up that theme, the canticle is from Isaiah, in which God is shown to be in the midst of his people. The second lesson is from the letter to the Philippians, in which Saint Paul urges believers to rejoice always, and so find lasting peace. Finally, the Gospel lesson is from Luke, in which John the Baptist exhorts people to godly living in preparation for the coming of the Messiah."
Ladies' Prayer Group meets at the church on Wednesdays at 1:00 P.M.
Mass at 5:30 p.m. at St. Thomas’, Salem, on Wednesday, December 19 will celebrate St. Thomas the Apostle, the patron saint of that church.
Mass at 4:00 p.m. at St. John’s on Thursday, December 20 will celebrate Alexander Heriot Mackonochie, an influential priest of the Church of England who died in 1887. This Mass will be preceded by Bible study, to begin at 3:00 P.M.
A Candlelight Christmas Eve Service will be celebrated on December 24.
The deadline for turning in your Christmas floral memorials is this Sunday. There will be a live poinsettia garden decorating the chancel for the Christmas Eve Mass.
Rev 12/10/2018 - dlb