|Welcome to St. Margaret’s
Wherever you are in your faith journey, you’ll find a warm welcome at St. Margaret’s. Whether you are an intentional seeker or merely passing through … whether you’re a cradle Episcopalian or someone just wondering about faith, we invite you to come and find a supportive and safe place to grow and explore.
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Advent means “coming” – we await the coming of Christ. We’re encouraged to listen for God and to wait with anticipation. During worship, we’ll mark this season not only with the lighting of the Advent candles and the change of liturgical color to purple, but also with an increase in silence between readings and after the sermon.
Through most of the year, our gospel reading will be from Matthew’s telling of the Good News. Watch for themes in this gospel: Emmanuel “God with us” is in the abiding presence of God with Jesus and his disciples; Jesus is like a new Moses, leading people into a new way of being free; the Sermon on the Mount and other teachings of Jesus outline the ethics of Christian living.
Adult Education in Advent On Sunday, December 8, 15, and 22, at 10:10 am in Bristol Hall, the Rev. Dr. Frank Spina will lead a series about the world into which Jesus was born.
In popular thinking this time of the year is when Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus, who in effect left the Synagogue and founded the Church. Is this right? What difference would it make if we realized that in the ancient world there was no such thing as Judaism, and no such thing as Christianity? Would it matter to find out that the manner in which Jesus thought about religion was completely different than how we think of religion today? During this Advent we will address these provocative questions.
Dec. 8: “Jesus’ Manger: The Religious World”
The Contemplative Prayer Ministry is sponsoring an Advent Day of Quiet, on Saturday, December 21. Open to beginners as well as those experienced in Centering Prayer practice, the day begins at 9:30 am and concludes at 3:00 pm, at St. Mary’s on the Lake Peace & Spirituality Center, 1663 Killarney Way, Bellevue. A donation of $30 will cover the costs of the day, including lunch. Please contact email@example.com with questions. Register by clicking here.