Why does the celebration of the birth of Jesus affect us the way it does?
Is it because this reminds us of ‘simpler’ times? Actually, there was nothing
at all simple about that birth: a not-normal pregnancy; forced travel for census-taking; crowded conditions with no place to stay; birth in very rustic setting; strangers suddenly arriving… I’m not sure that even a choir of angels could turn this into a simple, calm event; only nostalgia can do that.
Increasingly, I believe that what appeals to us about Christmas is the sense that even when life is too complicated and sometimes terrifying, God does
something so wonderfully amazing that we cannot explain it away.
Sometimes we just need to pause and revel in the possibility and behind the
scenes God is working on a great surprise that we will not have to understand, just accept.
Our Piano has Arrived!
Thanks to the generosity of many donors, St James now owns a Yamaha GC1 piano. The piano will be played publicly for the first time during the
Service of Lessons and Carols on Sunday, December 20that 4 p.m.
This is a wonderful service of seasonal music and will provide a beautiful context in which to hear the new instrument. Plan to join us then.
In a few weeks we will officially dedicate the piano during aSundaymorning
Sun. Dec 13–
Meet & Greet for the Alsalman Family from Iraq
after the10 amservice.
Pot luck lunch
Mon. Dec 14–
Faith & Practice Meeting7:30 – 9 pm
Fri. Dec 16–
Jr. Youth Group in Tomkins Hall6:30 – 8 pm
Sat. Dec. 19–
Men’s Group Breakfast 9 amin Tomkins Hall
Sun. Dec 20–
Confirmation Class following the10 amservice
Mon. Dec 21–
Altar Guild Church Decorating9 am
Mon. Jan 4–
Women’s Prayer Time7 pm
Christmas Gifts to the
Members of the ACW gathered small items which a woman would like to receive to make up 37 wonderful little packages for Christmas. The gift
bags will be donated to residents of a couple of local women’s shelters.
Thanks to many generous parishioners, 18 gift bags were delivered to Centre 454 for their Annual Christmas Celebration. In addition, donations of gifts and two large food hampers were received for two families we support.
Don’t forget we are still collecting items of warmth for our Christmas Tree of
Hope inside the front door. New or gently used hats, mittens, scarves and socks will be delivered to the refugees coming to Canada in the next month.
the St. James’ Wardens
Brophy, Lynda Turner, Susan
Dowler, Cheryl Sevigny
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closed Dec. 24thto Jan.
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handed in on or before the
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P. O. Box 220, Manotick,
Ontario, K4M 1A3