The Second Sunday in Advent


Blessed Lord, who hast caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning; Grant that we may in such wise hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that by patience and comfort of they holy Word, we may embrace, and ever hold fast, the blessed hope of everlasting life, which thou hast given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen

The Collect for the Second Sunday in Advent.

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Fr. Scott's sermon for the Second Sunday in Advent focused on the The Collect for the Second Sunday in Advent found on page 92 of the Book of Common Prayer. He reminded us at the beginning of his sermon that the words of this Collect led to this Sunday also being known as Bible Sunday. Please find his complete sermon at the 26:35 mark at the following link:




https://www.facebook.com/121741377904800/videos/430566242120380


Thank you Fr. Scott for the very informative sermon tying together the Bible, the Reformation and our Anglican Heritage.

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In Christian Education this Sunday, Fr. Scott discussed the history of British Christianity. He reviewed the early Saints including Alban, Patrick, and George. Also, the fall of Rome, the rise of the Celtic church, King Ethelbert of Kent, St. Augustine of Cantebury, the Council of Whitby, and the rising tensions between the English and Rome. Thank you, Fr. Scott for a very informative lesson!



After services, we had snacks provided by Teresa, Diane, and Carol - thank you all so much for the wonderful food! Unfortunately, I got distracted and forgot to take pictures!

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The Symphony of the Mountains had their 'By The Fireside' Christmas Concert on this past Saturday at the Meadowview Marriott Resort in Kingsport. Several people from St. Peter's attended:





Looks like everyone had a wonderful time! Thank you Claudia and Scott for sending all the pictures!












Before the concert, Earl and Rose Marie hosted an appetizer party at their house!


The food was very good and the company even better.




Thank you Earl and Rose Marie for opening your beautiful home to us!

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Brandon shared this beautiful picture of his Advent Wreath.
















Ambler shared this picture of her beautiful Advent Wreath and . . .















. . . this picture of her Advent door wreath!













Thank you both so much for sharing your pictures! If you have an Advent wreath you would like to share, please send me a picture!

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Please keep Carole in your prayers as she fractured her pelvis this week and is currently in rehab. Among many other tasks, she keeps our altar linens clean, ironed, and ready to use! Carole, thank you so much for all you do and we hope to see you back in church soon!

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This Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021, is the 80th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese.



Almighty God, our heavenly Father, in whose hands are the living and the dead; We give thee thanks for all those thy servants who have laid down their lives in the service of our country. Grant to them thy mercy and the light of thy presence, that the good work which thou hast begun in them may be perfected; through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord. Amen Book of Common Prayer, p. 42

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Each Christmas we decorate the church with poinsettias donated in memory of a loved one. Each poinsettia and dedication is $5. Please put your donation and dedication either in the offertory or give to Rose Marie no later than Sunday, December 19. We will publish a list of the dedications.

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Sunday, December 19


St. Peter the Apostle Anglican Church

Presents

The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols


The Festival tells the story of the birth of Jesus Christ through nine scripture readings interspersed with traditional hymns and carols of the Christmas Season. First used in England to start the healing process after the horrors of WWI, the Festival is Anglican in origin but now used by many churches. The service at St. Peter the Apostle Anglican Church features a string quartet from the Symphony of the Mountains and traditional Christmas Hymns. We are asking everyone to bring a tray of appetizers to be shared.


Please join us on Sunday, December 19 at 11 am for this beautiful service! Please note there will not be a Christian Education class before this service.

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Sue continues to lead our weekly online prayer group on Tuesday at 11:30. Thank you so much Sue for taking the time each week to lead our prayers! If you have a special prayer request but cannot join us, please send your request to Sue. Please contact me (Rosalind) if you would like to join us on Discord.



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Many of us do our holiday shopping at Amazon. Please remember to go to:

smile.amazon.com

and select Saint Peter the Apostle Anglican Catholic Church as your charity to generate donations for Saint Peter's. (Please note the church location will be listed as Blountville as that is where St. Peter's was incorporated.)


There is no additional cost to you but we receive a small percentage of each purchase when we are selected!


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THE 2021 APA DEANERY OF APPALACHIA

Advent Devotional

With Meditations by Clergy, Deaconess, and Seminarian Contributors from the Deanery


The Advent Devotional created by our local Deanery is available at the Deanery website:


www.TheDeaneryofAppalachia.com


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December Activities


Tues., Dec. 7 11:30 Online Prayer Group


Sun., Dec. 12 10 am Christian Education, Fr. Scott

11 am Holy Communion, Fr. Scott

noon - Mission Committee Meeting


Tues., Dec 14 11:30 Online Prayer Group


Sun., Dec. 19 11 am - Lessons and Carols Service, Fr. Scott

Symphony of the Mountains String Quartet

Refreshment & Appetizers

(cash plate to Fr. Scott's Discretionary Fund)

Tues., Dec21 11:30 Online Prayer Group


Fri., Dec 24 3 pm Christmas Eve Service, Fr. Scott


Sun., Dec. 26 10 am Christian Education, Fr. Scott

11 am Holy Communion, Fr. Scott


Tue., Dec. 31 11:30 Online Prayer Group