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Clergy Epistle

God Turns the Page

Luke 1:26-38

“The angel of the Lord announced unto Mary, and she conceived by the Holy Ghost.”

So begins the Angelus, an ancient Christian prayer born of Sunday’s gospel. It reminds us that 2,000 years ago, in the town of Nazareth in Galilee, God stepped into the ever-flowing stream of humanity and changed the course of history.

Gabriel’s encounter with Mary gave us the greatest possible news: God was coming to be with us. Not merely in a spiritual sense, but in flesh and blood. The Divine and the Human would find their nesting place in a young woman’s womb. She was among the most powerless people in her society. Yet, she became and avatar of trust. Her inspired “yes” opened the way for God to turn the page.

Of course, God is always at work. The Annunciation; the Incarnation; the Resurrection are moments that give us pause. Then there are those that occur during the everyday course of life. Our apocalyptic year of revelation is coming to an end with all of our faults, challenges and blessings on display for all to see. Yet, as always, there is hope.

“This is a moment to dream big,” says Pope Francis. “God asks us to dare to create something new.”

God dares us to do what He has done and continues to do: Turn the page.

Today, as our Christmas celebration draws near, the question may be: What has God announced to you? What new thing has God conceived in you to bring forth for His glory and the healing of the world? Advent prepares us for the wonderful mystery of Emmanuel’s birth in Bethlehem and in ourselves. The angel of the Lord announced unto Mary, and in that moment a page was turned.

Amen.

Fr. Dion

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Advent and Christmas at St. Anne’s

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Stewardship 2021 – Together, We Thrive

Our 2021 Stewardship Campaign has begun: Together, We Thrive.
As you prayerfully consider your commitment to St. Anne’s during this campaign, please remember that a personal pledge of support for 2021 is a meaningful reflection of your shared belief in and hope for our future during these trying times when Christ’s message is needed most!
Please click here to pledge. Every gift ensures that Together, We Thrive. We cannot fully succeed without you.
Worship Services

Even in the year of the pandemic, when all has changed, the historic St. Anne’s Parish will still mark Christmas with celebrations of joy and love. Whether you are already a long-time member of our parish family or are visiting us “virtually” for the first time, St. Anne’s warmly welcomes you to join us virtually in traditional worship services on Christmas Eve at 7PM and Christmas Day at 10AM. There are worship options for all ages. A full schedule of our online services is available here.  Our services are streamed here.

Office Closed for the Holidays

The Parish House and Church buildings will be closed from December 24 through January 3. However, during this time members of staff are continually monitoring voicemail/emails through normal parish house hours. We are always available for pastoral emergencies through our on-call priest line. You can reach this line by calling our main office number 410-267-9333.

Women’s Retreat

ENGAGE

St. Anne’s Choir Christmas Music

Christmas Carols, December 24 at 6:00 PM

Live and in-person! Christmas carols sung from our church steps! Swing by Church Circle on Christmas Eve to hear some beloved Christmas carols, to enjoy the festive décor, and to see friends on this holy night. This is an outdoor offering, so be sure to dress for the weather as you make your way to St. Anne’s for some Christmas cheer. Remember your masks, too, please.

Note: This event is “weather-permitting”.

 
 
Winter Relief

As with just about everything in life these days the Winter Relief program, managed by Arundel House of Hope (AHoH), is different but the need for support is still great. Since the Maryland Health Department determined that it is unsafe to house Winter Relief guests at churches this year, guests are staying at the Annapolis Red Roof Inn and their meals are being prepared and delivered by the Light House Bistro. CARES Act Grant is paying for this until the end of the year and then the county will provide funds to continue to run it through the end of March.
There are many special AHoH programs, e.g., locating permanent housing, providing transportation, etc., that require extra funds and that’s where the St. Anne’s community can still help. We previously raised funds for AHoH by selling Christmas Cards in the back of church after services. This year we’re selling “Virtual Christmas Cards” between now and Christmas as an alternative. We can also make arrangements to have hard copies of the Christmas Cards available for those who wish to have them. Each “card” purchased provides the equivalent of doctor’s visit ($75), a night’s stay ($50) or transportation ($25) for those who AHoH serves.
To make a donation, please:
– Click here and choose option “Winter Relief” to make a donation on-line.** OR **
– Send a check to St. Anne’s Parish House at 199 Duke of Gloucester St., Annapolis, MD 21401 and indicate “Winter Relief” in the memo line.
We will send you a “Virtual Christmas Card” or make arrangements to get the hard copy card(s) to you.
We’ll also be making bag lunches for Winter Relief guests for 3 days in February. More information will be provided on that later.
Thank you in advance for supporting this vital ministry.
Women’s Retreat

EVANGELIZE

Lessons and Carols

St. Anne’s is delighted to offer a Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, based on the beloved tradition presented by King’s College, Cambridge. Through music and scripture, you will hear the story of our faith, from Adam and Eve’s disobedience in the Garden of Eden to the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Please join us online at 5:30 PM, Sunday, January 3, 2021, for this beautiful worship experience.

Prayer for the Week

O God, the maker and Father of us all, during this holy Advent season, we bring into the light of Your presence those who need Your care and help, especially those whom we love; make them sure of Your presence and power, and so open their minds and hearts to You that You can give them the things which You have prepared for those who love You; take away their fears and renew their spirits day by day.  We ask in Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Women’s Retreat

FORM

Children’s Christmas Pageant

Your family is invited to our virtual Christ Child Christmas Pageant called “Do Not Be Afraid.” Centered on the narratives surrounding Jesus’ birth from the gospels of Matthew and Luke, this is like our traditional Christmas pageant but designed for your viewing online December 24 at 3:00 PM.

Advent Evenings

Join us via Zoom December 23 from 7:00 – 8:00 PM for “The Canticles.”  The Canticles are prayers in the Book of Common Prayer, and are used to prepare to receive the incarnate Lord on Christmas. It is our prayer that you will find these Advent Evenings meaningful. This class is on A Song to the Lamb – Dignus Es, and will be led by our rector, The Rev. Dr. Manoj Mathew Zacharia.

Need some fellowship? Beginning at 6:30 PM, just prior to the forum, there will be time for socializing. Use the Zoom link above to join.

Please visit our website here for more information on this special night.

Mid-Week Wednesday Morning Prayer and Scripture Study
Have you ever wanted to dig deeper into the Sunday lessons? Perhaps, after reading the lessons, you have asked yourself, “what about the text” is the preacher not saying? Maybe you have wanted to be part of a group that studies and reflects upon scripture at a deeper level. Please join us over ZOOM for Morning Prayer and Scripture Study based on Sunday’s lectionary propers. The sessions will be led by a member of the ministerial team at St. Anne’s. We will begin with Morning Prayer at 8:00 AM  and then head into the study of scripture using the lessons for the upcoming Sunday. The lessons can be found here. We will be using Track 1.