DECEMBER 19-26, 2010
The Nativity by:Domenico Ghirlandaio, c. 1492
The first Sunday after Christmas, we hear the Prologue of John’s Gospel in which the mystery of the Incarnation is articulated: “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.”
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.
He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.
And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth. (John testified to him and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks ahead of me because he was before me.’”) From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father’s heart, who has made him known.
THIS WEEK AT INCARNATION
Tuesday, December 21
8:00 am. Morning Prayer in the Chapel of the Nativity. All are welcome. Coffee and pastries are served after the prayer service. Enter at 25 East 35 Street.
Wednesday, December 22
12:15 pm. Holy Eucharist.
Friday, December 24
12:15 pm. Holy Eucharist with Prayers for Healing
10:30 pm. Service of Preparatory Music for choir and organ, featuring soloists from the choir.
11:00 pm. Festival Eucharist. Haydn: Missa Brevis St. Joannis de Deo (Kleine Orgelmesse). Adame: O Holy Night. Widor: Toccata (from Symphony V).
Saturday, December 25
11:00 am. Holy Eucharist with soloists from the Choir. Visit to the Crèche for children.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 26
FIRST SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS
8:30 am: Holy Eucharist Homily: the Rector
10:00 am: Adult Forum will not meet again until January 9.
11:00 am: Holy Eucharist Sermon: the Rector, “Spiritual Location”
Nursery Care and our Sunday School program, Godly Play, are available for children during the 11 o’clock service.
Godly Play, a Montessori-based method of Biblical Storytelling, invites children to respond to the stories of the people of God and express themselves through art and imaginative play. For children ages 3 to 9. Contact the Associate Rector, firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information and/or to register your child.
5:00 pm: Candlelight Communion Meditation: the Associate Rector
The Scripture Readings for Sunday: Isaiah 61:10-62:3; Galatians 3:23-25;4:4-7; Psalm 147; and John 1:1-18.
COMING UP AT INCARNATION
Monday, December 27
Church and Parish House closed.
Friday, December 31
Church and Parish House closed.
Sunday, January 9
12:30 pm. Annual Meeting of the Parish will be held in the Assembly Hall. The Treasurer and Rector will report on the state of the parish and elections will be held for parish offices for 2011. Candidates for office include: Junior Warden: Mark Lulka; Vestry: John Chadwick, Stephen Ju, and John Ubieta; Convention Delegates: Charles Beardsley and Robert Torretti; Alternative Delegate: Susan Ridgeway. All are welcome to attend; to vote, one must be a member of the parish over 18 years of age, a communicant, and a recorded contributor. Leaders of parish organizations are asked to bring copies of their annual reports or to email the reports to the rector prior to the meeting.
Supper/Brunch Groups: You can sign up for the Brunch and Supper groups at Coffee Hour or by calling the Parish office, 212-689-6350. Eight to ten parishioners share monthly dinners or brunches in each other’s homes. These gatherings offer members of the church opportunities to meet new people and enjoy one another’s company in a casual social setting. The first of four meals is planned for sometime in January. For further information, speak with the clergy.
Wishing you and your loved ones much joy this Christmas season.
~the Rev. Amanda Kucik: email@example.com
More details available online: www.churchoftheincarnation.org
The featured image can be found at http://www.domenico-ghirlandaio.org/The-Nativity-c.-1492.jpg.