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Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Senior Warden, Scott Ricker
Junior Warden,
Ralph Darville

David Ashcraft
Irene Burgess
Catherine Davey
Gloria Grant
Debora Lisle
George Madill
Joe Small

Susan Burley
Terri Sims

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John the baptizer proclaimed, “The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” (Mark 1:7-8)
Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Mark begins his gospel narrative drawing on several Old Testament passages to remind us that the "good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God" is a significant part of Israel's story. John the baptizer's work is to "prepare the way of the Lord," the visitation of Yahweh among his people. This is a long-awaited moment: the advent of Israel's God who will bring salvation to his people! But the way this God appears will take people by surprise.

John's humility is on display when he ensures his hearers that he is only a forerunner, a herald, of "one who is more powerful than I" (Mark 1:7). The distinction John sets up between himself and Jesus leads to another distinction he makes--a distinction between John's water baptism of repentance and Jesus' baptism "with the Holy Spirit." John's water baptism was a preliminary ritual act in which one confessed sins and committed themselves to a new way of life. Jesus' baptism with the Holy Spirit is his act of making God present among his people in an unprecedented way. This "baptism" enables people to personally experience and receive the Spirit of God who will enable them to live in a new way, embodying the righteous character of God, enjoying intimate fellowship with the Heavenly Father.

There's a relevant lesson for us in this distinction. Ritual baptisms take courage, and they are incredibly important in the order of salvation (1 Peter 3:21), but the baptism of God's Holy Spirit takes vulnerability. It means opening ourselves up to Jesus, allowing him into every area of our hearts, even when it's uncomfortable.

Friends, I encourage you to join me in seeing this Advent as an opportunity to be refreshed by the Spirit of Jesus. To offer him the parts of you you've maybe been holding back; to seek him with renewed devotion to his word; to confess those things you know have been a stumbling block in your walk with God. The One who baptizes with the Holy Spirit knows every detail of our lives (Luke 12:7), and desires to be intimately involved with every part of who we are.

In the Name of King Jesus,

Fr. Cameron+
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! to so many who helped prepare and participate in the Bishop's Visitation, Confirmations, and our Live Nativity. Despite the cold people came out and expressed their heartfelt thanks for such a gift to the community. There was so much fellowship, so much love and joy on the campus. One couple who were visiting kept saying "there is so much life here, it is so alive!" Alive with the love of Christ!
Thank you SO MUCH to all who have filled out a pledge card for 2018. Just a reminder that we cannot allocate your gifts as "pledge" unless you have completed a pledge card for 2018. If we do not have a pledge on file for 2018 any monies received will be posted to "non pledge income" and will show accordingly on your statements. Pledge cards can be downloaded from the Resources page on the website, or picked up in the narthex of church or chapel, or from the office. THANK YOU!
The Rt. Rev’d Gregory O. Brewer, Bishop of Central Florida
The Rt. Rev’d William Folwell, The Rt. Rev’d John Howe, and the Rt. Rev’d Hugo Pina-Lopez, retired Bishops
The Rev’d Sarah L. Bronos, Rector
The Rev’d Cameron MacMillan, Curate
The Rev’d Dick Costin, Deacon
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The Reverend Stephen and Mary Dass, and the street children of Brazil
Allen Thatcher, Irene Burgess

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