December E-news

St. Matthias E-news for December, please share with your friends.  We hope to see you during this festive season at one of the many wonderful events.

A note from our Rector

The rainy days of November have dissolved into the crisp sunshine of December and we are busy preparing our hearts and church for the arrival of Christmas. John the Baptist has made an appearance and on Sunday we will hear again the song of Mary. In the call to do more this season, may you hear the quieter call to take moments of stillness, moments of reflection and moments of peace. May you gather close with family and friends and also remember those who walk or eat or suffer alone. May you live in the heady expectation of Christs coming while planting your feet firmly on the ground and walking in Gods footsteps here and now. We hope you will join us in this sacred season, as we step deeper into the wilderness of waiting and together call, Oh come oh come Emmanuel.

– The Reverend Meagan Crosby-Shearer

A poem for Advent

O Emmanuel – Malcolm Guite

O come, O come, and be our God-with-us
O long-sought With-ness for a world without,
O secret seed, O hidden spring of light.
Come to us Wisdom, come unspoken Name
Come Root, and Key, and King, and holy Flame,
O quickened little wick so tightly curled,
Be folded with us into time and place,
Unfold for us the mystery of grace
And make a womb of all this wounded world.
O heart of heaven beating in the earth,
O tiny hope within our hopelessness
Come to be born, to bear us to our birth,
To touch a dying world with new-made hands
And make these rags of time our swaddling bands.

December at St. Matthias Advent and Christmas in Victoria

Upcoming Events

Friday, December 8th at 7:30 p.m. The Arion Male Voice Choir Christmas Concert.  Tickets available in advance for $20 by calling  250 220-5414 or lording on-line  http://www.arionchoir.ca/.  Tickets at the door are $25.  Accompanied children under 12 are free.

Saturday, December 9th  – 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Reel Conversations “It’s a Wonderful Life” movie.  Join us for festive goodies and conversation!

Sunday, December 10th – 10:00 a.m. Eucharist service and commissioning John Jordan before his mission to Rwanda.

Sunday, December 17th at 10:00 a.m. Traditional Nine Lessons & Carols service in the church, followed by Wassail (Christmas drinks and edibles) in the church hall.

Wednesday, December 20th at 7:00 p.m. Blue Christmas, a joint service with The Abbey Church.  A simple service of song and reflection for those who struggle with the Christmas season.

Saturday, December 23 from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. recycling on the parking lot in support of Threshold Housing. Please bring your bottles, cans, clean plastic containers, bags, plus Styrofoam food containers and packing material.  All sizes are accepted.  There is no sale in the church this month.

Sunday, December 24th at 10:30 a.m. Christmas Eve Pageant Service, a joint service with The Abbey Church.

Those wishing to participate in the Nativity Play, arrive at 10:00 a.m. (or earlier) to get a costume.  Lots of child-size sheep, and angel costumes.  Adult costumes too!  We encourage children of all ages to come and join the pageant, as we celebrate the birth of Christ!  For the true Christmas spirit, join the congregation and sing familiar carols.

Sunday, December 24th at 8:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Candle Light Service, captures all the joy of Christmas with beautiful music, candles and the sacred stillness of anticipation.

Monday, December 25th at 10:00 a.m. Christmas Day Service is a quieter celebration, where we share bread and wine, sing carols and pray for our neighbourhood and the world.

Sunday, December 31st at 10:00 a.m. Eucharist service with time to reflect on the year that has past and set your intentions for the year to come.

Wishing you hope, peace, joy and love this Advent season!

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