THOUGHTS FROM THE CHURCH FATHERS ON CHRISTMAS
CHRYSOSTOM: A feast day is about to arrive, and it is the most holy and awesome of all feasts. It would be no mistake to call it the chief and mother of all holy days. What feast is that? It is the day of Christ’s birth in the flesh.
It is from this day that the feasts of the theophany, the sacred Pasch [Passover], the ascension and Pentecost had their source and foundation. Had Christ not been born in the flesh, He would not have been baptized, which is the theophany or manifestation. Nor would He have been crucified, which is the Pasch. Nor would He have sent down the Spirit, which is Pentecost. Therefore, just as different rivers arise from a single source, these other feasts have their beginnings in the birth of Christ. From ON THE INCOMPREHENSIBLE NATURE OF GOD.
JEROME: He found no room in the Holy of Holies that shone with gold, precious stones, pure silk and silver. He is not born in the midst of gold and riches, but in the midst of dung, in a stable where our sins were filthier than the dung. He is born on a dunghill in order to lift up those who come from it: “From the dunghill He lifts up the poor.” From ON THE NATIVITY OF THE LORD.
BEDE: It is good that the angel said “has been born today” and did not say “this night.” He appeared with heavenly light to those who were conducting the watch by night and brought the good news that day was born… He who appeared temporally in the city of David as a human being from a virgin mother was, in truth, Himself born before all time and without spatial limitation, light from light, true God from true God. Because, therefore, the light of life rose for those of us dwelling in the region of the shadow of death, the herald of this rising says, “A Savior has been born to you today.” So that being always advised by this word we may remember that the night of ancient blindness is past and the day of eternal salvation has arrived. Let us cast off the works of darkness. And let us walk as children of light, “for the fruit of the light is in all justice and holiness.” From HOMILIES OF THE GOSPELS.
CYRIL OF ALEXANDRIA: Look not upon Him who was laid in the manger as a babe merely, but in our poverty see Him who as God is rich, and in the measure of our humanity Him who prospers those in heaven, and who therefore is glorified even by the angels. And how noble was the hymn, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, and among men good will!” The angels and archangels, thrones and lordships, and the seraphim are at peace with God. Never in any way do they oppose His good pleasure but are firmly established in righteousness and holiness. But we wretched beings, having set up our own lusts in opposition to the will of our Lord, had put ourselves into the position of His enemies. Christ has abolished this. “For He is our peace” and has united us by Himself to God the Father. He has taken away from the middle the cause of the enmity and so justifies us by faith, makes us holy and without blame, and calls near to Him those who were far off.
Besides this, He has created the two people into one new man, so making peace and reconciling both in one body to the Father. For it pleased God the Father to form into one new whole all things in Him, and to bind together things below and things above, and to make those in heaven and those on earth into one flock. Christ therefore has been made for us both peace and goodwill. From COMMENTARY ON LUKE, HOMILY 2.
The ladies of the Woman’s Guild held there annual Spaghetti Dinner, Saturday evening, Nov. 6, 2010. The proceeds from this annual event go to support missions. We thank the ladies for their dedicated work for God’s Kingdom.
St. Andrew’s Preschool Thanksgiving Program and Feast took place on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010. It was a joy seeing the children dressed up as pilgrims and Indians and to hear them sing their little Thanksgiving songs.
The annual Community Thanksgiving Service sponsored by the Tinley Park Ministerial Association was held at the 1st Baptist Church on Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010. The offering went to help community organizations such as the Food Pantry and Crisis Center.
The Feast of St. Andrew was celebrated on Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010 with a pot luck meal in the parish hall, followed by the Service of Holy Communion in the chapel.
DECORATING FOR CHRISTMAS
Saturday, December 4th, 2010 at 10:00 a.m.
BAKE SALE & MINI CHRISTMAS BAZAAR
2nd Sunday, December 12th during Coffee Hour
CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE
Friday, December 24th, 2010 Service of Holy Communion at 10:00 p.m.
Reception in the Parish Hall following at 11:00 p.m.
MISSIONARY OF THE MONTH
Please pray for Lay Canon Cris Fouse of the Cathedral of the Diocese of Bloemfontein, South Africa. Cris helped found the CFM, Christian Formation Ministries, whose mission is to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ to the ends of the earth.
6 - Jamal Sellers
7 - Sunny Stiklius
10 - Renee Hassert
11 - Loretta Sellers
16 - Barney Reagan
17 - Robyn Poole
17 - William O'Brien
19 - Kathy Kelly
18 - Thomas Bowman
20 - Leah Andricopolus
27 - Tom Kelly
WE ARE GOD’S SHEPHERDS
Oh, Christmas night of long ago,
When angels sang in heavenly choirs;
When by the stars’ eternal glow
The shepherds watched their flickering fires.
Oh, hallowed night, of all sublime,
When Christ appeared in light and glory!
Proclaimed by angels’ song and chime,
The shepherds heralded the story.
Oh, blessed day, immortal span,
That links a race of sisters, brothers!
Made one in Christ and in God’s plan,
We are His shepherds to tell others.
- Lydia Regehr
We can bring good tidings,
Like the heralds long ago,
We can tell to others
All the happy truths we know.
Tell about the manger,
And the angels, and the star,
Tell about the shepherds,
And the Wise Men from afar.
We can share good tidings
That we know and dearly love;
Tell the story of the King
Sent down from heaven above.
How He came to Bethlehem
His mission to fulfill,
Welcomed by the herald choir
Who sang of peace, goodwill.
We can send good tidings
Everywhere, to everyone;
We can tell of Jesus
As so many folks have done.
Not in books or sermons,
Nor in speeches made by rule,
But by loving service
In our church and Sunday School.
- Edith Sanford Tillotson