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On Christmas Eve we gathered at St. Francis for the traditional midnight mass or communion service, as is traditional in Episcopal churches, except we did ours at 7:00 p.m. since most of us would not make it until midnight. The church was beautifully decorated by the altar guild and all the candles on the advent wreath were lit including the white Christ candle. We began by singing Christmas carols led by organist, Kip Smith with special music by violinist Tom Berthold, then continued with Holy Communion.
Sunday, December 30 was the first Sunday after Christmas Day. The gospel for the day, Matthew 1:18 is the Christmas story and Bishop Hartley explained that in the Episcopal tradition Christmas is not just one day but a season of the twelve days of Christmas through epiphany. In his sermon Bishop Hartley explained the doctrine of the incarnation which makes us heirs of God through Jesus’ birth into the world, God sent Jesus into the world so that all could be sons of God.
We continue to have evening prayer and Bible study Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. and morning prayer/ Holy Communion Sundays at 10:30 a.m. led by Bishop Glen Hartley. Visit or website at stfrancisavamo.org.