Weekly Update This Sunday - Christ the King Sunday Some things that you might be interested to know about this Sunday (November 20): ▪ This is the


Weekly Update


This Sunday - Christ the King Sunday


Some things that you might be interested to know about this Sunday (November 20):

This is the last Sunday of the Church year (the Church year begins again on the First Sunday of Advent – Novemer 27th. Advent is the approximately 40 day period leading up to Christmas).
This Sunday is sometimes called "Stir Up Sunday" because the collect reads "Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people; that they, plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works, may by thee be plenteously rewarded; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."
The celebration of the Feast of Christ the King is relatively recent, being officially added to the Church calendar only in 1925. Some churches celebrate Christ the King on the last Sunday in October, others on the last Sunday before Advent.
The collect for Christ the King is: Almighty and everlasting God, who has exalted your beloved Son to be King over all, and has willed in him to make all things new: mercifully grant that all the people of the earth who are wounded and dispersed by sin, may speedily be knit together under his gracious sovereignty.
The Lessons are: Jeremiah 23:5-8 and St. John 6:5-14
The image above has some wonderful symbolism: Jesus is reigning from the Cross (which is budding, symbolizing the life giving power of Christ's death and resurrection) and he is dressed in priestly garments (He is the great High Priest who lives to make intercession for us). On His head He wears a crown, for He is seated upon the throne in Heaven, from which He reigns at the Father's right hand. His feet and hands bear the nail marks - for He lives as the Incarnate One, having truly died He now lives in glory.


Advent Wreath Making & Potluck - November 27th

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All are invited to join us for Advent Wreath making and a Potluck Lunch next Sunday (Nov 27th).

Please sign up for the Potluck in the Library.

We will provide all the supplies needed for making an Advent Wreath - but if you have greens that you can bring, that would be helpful.


Please join us on Thanksgiving Day (Nov 24)


All are invited to a service of Holy Communion on Thanksgiving Day (Nov 24) at 10 am.


Ministry, Bowling and Pizza

What: A Youth Ministry event - in the morning we will help sort a shipment of food for the food pantry, then we will have a bowling party with pizza.
When: Saturday, December 3rd (9:30am-3pm)
Why: To serve God, serve others & have fun!
Where: Grace RE Church, Collingdale & Area Bowling Alley

All Middle School and High School students are invited to attend this event.

RSVP to Fr. Patterson (jsspatterson@gmail.com) or 215-884-7660. Students are invited to bring a friend(s)!


Special Event planned for December 10th

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We may know worship's essential elements, but how can we find balance concerning truth and beauty, routine and creativity, historical heritage and cultural relevance, personal devotion and public communication? Most importantly, what does God want?

On Saturday, December 10th please join us for a day long Retreat led by Dr. Margaret Petty (Ph.D.). We will explore such questions as:

What is true worship and what makes worship "good?"
How does God's revelation affect our worship?
Should worship reflect a "theology of glory" or a "theology of the Cross?"
How can the message of the Reformers instruction instruct our worship?

Brochures are available in the narthex.

For more information, please click here.


On the Calendar


Junior Choir Rehearsal - 9:30 am Sundays.
Men's Prayer - Saturdays at 8:30 am
Pipe Organ Project workdays- Wednesdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 9:30 am

November & Beyond:

November 24 - Thanksgiving Day. Holy Communion at 10 am.
November 27 - Advent Wreath Making & Potluck (& Vestry Meeting). Click here to read more.
November 30 - The Feast of Saint Andrew - Holy Communion 6 pm.
December 3 - Youth Event at Grace Church food bank (followed by Bowling and Pizza party!)
December 10 - Advent Retreat at St. Marks, 10am-4.30pm. Please mark your calendar and plan to attend!
December 17 - Live Nativity followed by a Visit from Saint Nicholas and a Christmas Caroling Party at St. Marks