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Join us for Worship at our Franciscan Chapel, 1004 N. College Avenue in Columbia, Missouri.
Saturday mass is at 5pm, followed by fellowship (about 90 minutes.) Tuesday and Thursday mass at Noon (about thirty minutes)
All baptized Christians are welcome to receive Holy Communion
WEEK OF December 14, 2014 to December 21, 2014
"If you haven't got a penny, a hay-penny will do, and if you haven't got a hay-penny, then God bless you". I hope you can hear the melody in your head as you read that line from one of the old carols. GOD BLESS YOU!
Well, here we are in the third week of Advent, moving right along. Here are the readings for the Fourth weekend: 2 Samuel 7: 4, 8-16; psalm 132; Romans 16: 25-27; and Luke 1: 26-38.
The first reading is the Old Testament promise to David that God was going to make him a "house"--that is, a lineage that would bring forward the Messiah at a date in the future. David had been wanting to make God a house and now God says "no, I will make you a house" and it will be a royal lineage that will be a blessing to all people.
The second reading is the conclusion of Romans. It glorifies God for the prophetic revelation of His plan to redeem us by sending us the Messiah.
The gospel for the fourth Sunday tells the story of the Annunciation to Mary, that she was to receive Jesus as a baby and bring Him to us for our life and salvation. What a wonderful and highly perplexing Word for this woman to receive!
Plenty of news.
Next weekend we will have our weekend Eucharist at 10:30 am on Sunday, December 21 (NOT our usual 5 pm Saturday). We decided this at our business meeting because the Prengers were caught with too many commitments on Saturday and others suggested to just do our liturgy on Sunday this one weekend. It was noted that this Sunday Eucharist would then would give us a perfect opportunity to clean and decorate to be ready for our Christmas celebration in just a few days. So, plan to stay after. It should be a Christmas party atmosphere. (And hopefully, a bit of chapel preparation will be done.)
Also, on this Tuesday December 16, we WILL NOT HAVE noon Eucharist. I will be presiding at a funeral of a cousin's mother-in law in early afternoon in Jefferson City.
Wednesday Evening Prayer will be at 5 pm. And we will have the noon Eucharist on Thursday December 18, as well as at noon on December 23.
We have suspended the Thursday 10 am Scripture Study till January 8.
Note that our Christmas Eucharist will be at 7 pm at the chapel on Christmas Evening.
That is all that occurs to me. Have a blessed Advent preparation these next few days. Love to all.
FOR TO US A CHILD IS BORN,
Surely he has borne our griefs,
UNTO US A SON IS GIVEN,
and carried our sorrows;
AND THE GOVERNMENT
yet we did esteem him stricken,
SHALL BE UPON HIS SHOULDERS:
smitten of God, and afflicted.
AND HIS NAME SHALL BE CALLED
But He was wounded
for our transgressions,
THE MIGHTY GOD,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
THE EVERLASTING FATHER,
the chastisement of
THE PRINCE OF PEACE (OUR PEACE!)
was upon Him, and with His stripes we are healed.
Fr. John OFP
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