A ,message from Rev. Bruce
THE CROSS, DECEMBER 2020
Dear Family and Friends of St Andrew's,
As you are aware, we have had to make adjustments to our Service schedule. The wardens, the vestry and myself have met and have decided that we will for the time being cut back our services to Sunday which will be streamed on our Facebook page and other social media platforms. The 9:30 service will continue as planned but online via StAndrews Church Facebook page. Individuals will be at church to see that this will happen. The service will be live at 9:30 and may be viewed at that time or any other time for that matter. Please share this information with anyone who might be interested in a worship experience.
As you know this Sunday is the First Sunday of Advent and the tradition is that each Sunday, we light a candle on the Advent wreath which marks the approach of God to us in his son Jesus. The tradition is ancient as in times past as the darkness outside increases we counter it with increased light on the inside. People did this so that the light would not fade away but would return at the winter Solstice and increase throughout the dark winter.
In the prelude to John's Gospel Jesus the eternal word is referred to as the "true light that enlightens everyone." So, we light a candle each Sunday on the wreath to welcome the light of God who is Jesus our Lord. We will do this in Church each Sunday before we begin and I encourage each of you to follow suit at home by lighting a candle each Sunday as well. In this way mark the approach of the true light into your hearts with joy and thanksgiving.
Wishing all joy and peace at this time.
David A Bruce, Priest-in-Charge