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Sunday, December 1st

First Sunday in Advent


         OLD TESTAMENT: Isaiah 2: 1-5
         PSALM 122: Pray for the peace of Jerusalem
         NEW TESTAMENT: Romans 13: 11-14
         GOSPEL: Matthew 24: 36-44

Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

This Sunday is the first Sunday in the church calendar as we begin Advent and inaugurate a new church year. We celebrate Holy Eucharist at 8:00 and 10:00 am, and our choir leads a a sung service at the 10:00 Eucharist.

Stewardship Season is upon us. Good Shepherd 20/20: "Where there is no vision, the people perish." We have begun looking to the new year and the new decade, and we ask you to commit to the work of Christ at Good Shepherd. We also ask the whole parish to join in the communal work of discernment, to understand prayerfully what God is calling us to do in the coming years. This Sunday at 10:00, we will hear from our music ministry about the important ministry they do, and how it connects to the larger life of the parish. 

Adult Forum this week will begin studying Advent texts from a Jewish perspective, based on the book Light of the World by Dr. Amy-Jill Levine, a self-described "unorthodox Orthodox Jew" and New Testament professor.     

See you Sunday!

peace, Jay+

Join us  in praying for the future of our parish, discerning together the work God is calling us to do in the new year and new decade. You should have received your stewardship package in the mail over the weekend, and additional packages are available at the church. Additionally, Kate Scott will speak this Sunday about her work with our music ministry at Good Shepherd. 
Advent and Christmas at Good Shepherd:
Sunday, December 1--Advent I*—Advent wreath-making at coffee hour
Sunday, December 8--Advent II— Advent Lessons and Carols with Holy 
Eucharist at 10:00 am
Sunday, December 15--Advent III—Christmas Pageant during the 10 am service
Sunday, December 22—Advent IV, Carol-sing and festive reception, 5:00 pm
Tuesday, December 24 **
            Christmas Eve Family Service (Rite II) at 4:30 pm
            Sung Eucharist (Rite I) at 10:00 pm
Sunday, December 29--Christmas I-- Holy Eucharist at 10:00 am (no 8:00)
Sunday, January 5, Eve of Epiphany--8:00 am Holy Eucharist; 10:00 am Holy Eucharist with festive Epiphany coffee hour and presentation by the Outreach Committee
*In addition to special opportunities enumerated here, there will be services of Holy Eucharist at 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. each Sunday in Advent.
**There will be no nursery on Christmas Eve, and parents are encouraged to bring young children at 4:30 p.m.
On Sunday, November 24th, an excited group from Good Shepherd delivered food items to the Newton Food Pantry. Thank you to Outreach, Christian Ed, those who donated, and those who went to deliver the food.
Advent Retreat for Children’s Formation Leaders and Adults 
Saturday, December 7th, 9:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. We are hosting a retreat sponsored by the Guild of the Good Shepherd and led by Carol Godfrey, a Catechesis of the Good Shepherd teacher and trainerThe retreat is designed to offer a time of spiritual refreshment and renewal of joy in this ministry for those who work with children. It is also a time of reflection for any adult to prepare for Christmas. Participants will read a scripture verse, work with art materials, contemplate meaningful questions, or simply pray in response to scripture, particularly the Messianic prophecies and Infancy Narratives of Advent and Christmas. The day will also include communal prayer, a discussion of hopes and prayers for your ministry, and a luncheon. Cost (including lunch):  $25 by November 25th, $35 after November 25th. Please see Fr. Dan if you are interested; scholarships available. 
Good Shepherd is happy to announce Thomas Dawkins as our Interim Director of Music Ministry. 

Thomas will join us in January and continue his work during our search for a permanent Music Director. 

Tom is the Music Director and Organist in the Tufts University Chaplaincy. His main duties are to provide music for the Protestant Evening Worship that takes place weekly in Goddard Chapel, various university events including Matriculation, Baccalaureate, and Commencement, as well as performing and organizing concerts in the chapel such as the Halloween Midnight Organ Recital and Winter Holiday Concert. He also curates instruments and records the monthly tune played by the carillon in the bell tower. 

He graduated with a B.A. magna cum laude  from Brandeis University, with Highest Honors in Music, and was the first recipient of the Ira Gershwin Prize for excellence in music performance.

From 2007-2018,  he was Music Director at the Congregational Church of Harvard, Massachusetts (United Church of Christ) where he also conducted major choral works like the Fauré Requiem, Handel’s Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day, the Vivaldi Gloria, and Stainer’s The Crucifixion. He has also served as organist at St. Peter’s Church of Weston, the Follen Community Church of Lexington (Unitarian Universalist), as well as Temple B’nai Torah of Sudbury and Boston Jewish Spirit.

Hark! A thrilling voice is sounding
Christ is nigh, it seems to say
Cast away the works of darkness
O you children of the day.
So when next he comes in glory
And the world is wrapped in fear
May he with his mercy shield us
And with words of love draw near.

-- the Hymnal 1982, #59
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