We pray for an end to violence in the Holy Land, and for our Outreach Partner, the American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem, which raises funds for humanitarian work of the Diocese of Jerusalem and its institutions so it may better serve the needs of all people in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Palestine and Israel. For more information, visit http://www.afedj.org.
The true story of Santa Claus begins with Nicholas, who was born during the Third century in the village of Patara which is now the southern coast of Turkey. He was raised by wealthy, Christian parents, who died when Nicholas was quite young. Obeying Jesus’ words to “sell what you own and give the money to the poor,” Nicholas used his whole inheritance to assist the needy, sick and suffering. He was made Bishop of Myra, while quite young and became known throughout the land for his generosity to those in need, his love for children, and his concern for sailors. Through the centuries, Nicholas has been revered as protector and helper of those in need.
How would God have us best celebrate the Incarnation of Jesus of Nazareth during Advent and Christmas? One particularly vibrant and fun way is our celebration which will include prayers during our liturgy, a Giving Tree, St. Nicholas cookies, a Giving Calendar, and mite boxes for the children, and other activities. All of the above will help to give the Palestinian children, women, and men of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem the medical care, education and training that they sorely need as they live with the realities of occupation.
Make a Christmas gift to a child in the Holy Land
See the suggestions on the “Christmas Balls” or make up one of your own.
Please sign your name on the ornament when you hang it on this parish Giving Tree
sponsored by American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem
make checks payable to AFEDJ
8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist
9:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist with music
10:00 a.m. Parish Forum & Kairos
10:15 a.m. worship.together
Holy Eucharist for families with young children
11:15 a.m. Choral Eucharist
Silent morning meditation is offered at 8:15 a.m. weekdays, in the Mary Chapel.
We would love to have you join us.
This Episcopal church is located in the heart of the historic neighborhood of Chestnut Hill, five blocks west of Germantown Avenue at the corner of St. Martin’s Lane and West Willow Grove Avenue.