Upcoming at Faith This Week
“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” Matthew 3: 1-12
I recently heard Advent referred to as the season of history, mystery, and majesty. This small, concise, definition resonates and points to what this time, this season, is about. In Advent we celebrate the historic inbreaking of God into this world through the body of a newborn human. We affirm the mystery of Christ’s continued presence in our lives and in our communities thousands of years later; finally, we look to the fulfillment of all things in Christ-- the promised majestic return. This is Advent. This season of waiting and watching; of being in the dark figuratively and literally. Demands on our time may be ramping up with celebrations and shopping but do set aside some time to sit in wonder at the season. Remember the baby, look for the Christ in the world around you, and imagine what the promised return might entail.
Confirmation, Reception, and Affirmation…Oh my! In anticipation of Bishop Rickel’s May visit to Faith, here’s a review of confirmation, reception, and affirmation. A weekly preparatory class will be held leading up to Bishop Rickel’s visit and if you are interested in being confirmed, received, or affirmed, please let Laura know.
Did you know . . .
- Confirmation is the sacramental rite in which we “express a mature commitment to Christ, and receive strength from the Holy Spirit through prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop.” Confirmation is like the Church’s rite of passage, particularly for those who were baptized as infants. In Confirmation, we affirm our own commitment to Christ through our own voice.
- Reception is designed for folks who have made a commitment to Christ in another denomination and wish to be received into the fellowship of the Episcopal Church.
- Affirmation is for people who, perhaps have recently returned to the church, or who have experienced a renewal of faith. It is an opportunity to publicly re-affirm the vows they took at their baptism.
Spend some time “Learning to Walk in the Dark” with Barbara Brown Taylor’s book of the same name. There are still a few copies available in the parish hall for $10. Get a copy and join Gary and Laurie James at their home on Wednesdays to share your insights. Gary and Laurie live at: 21692 Windmill Loop NW here in Poulsbo.
Other Items of Interest
Have you turned in your pledge card yet? It’s not too late! If you need one, there are some available on the table in the narthex—the foyer—of the church. You may mail it in or drop it in the offering plate on Sunday.
We are still in need of a hospitality coordinator! Please see Deb Hurd, or Vicar Laura if you are interested.
Sunday, December 15th at 2:00 Christmas concert with Rupert Kettles’s music students! Mark your calendars and plan to come support these young musicians. A cookie and cocoa reception will follow
Preparing for Sunday: