Sunday worship live stream – Because we are in the Parish Hall chapel for worship, there will be a live stream of worship. We will be live at 10:30 am at this link The order of worship is available here.

St. Luke’s Music Program – Smithfield High School’s Select Choraliers Ensemble will present a cappella carols for the Christmas Season at St. Luke’s December 2 and 3. More details are available on the flyer in the narthex.

Advent soup lunch and Study – We will continue our Advent soup lunch and study December 7. The sessions will run from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm. More information is forthcoming.

Worship Service Video – A post-production video of worship will be on our YouTube channel on Sunday afternoon. A link to the video will be provided separately. Our channel URL is at this link.
December 4, 2022, 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite II
Lessons for the Second Sunday of Advent
First Lesson:  Isaiah 11:1-10
Response:  Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19
Second Lesson:  Romans 15:4-13
Gospel:  Matthew 3:1-12

Lay Participants
Chalicist/Prayers of the People:  Marcella
Lector:  Anne
Usher:  Bert

Video of worship from Nov. 27
Sermon from Nov. 27:
Christmas Caroling – Lake Prince Woods is hosting A Night of Christmas Caroling Dec. 8 beginning at 6:30 pm in the Portsmouth Center. There will be hot cocoa and cookies after the caroling. RSVP to Resident Services Department at 757-923-5514/5514 by Dec. 2.

Pledge Cards – Pledge Card ingathering is scheduled for the First Sunday of Advent, November 30. Please turn your cards in on or before the 30th so they can be offered during our Advent celebration.

Vestry Member – Marcella will rotate off the Vestry at the end of December. We need a volunteer to serve as her successor.

Formation opportunity – The Rector is forming a group to go through the Sacred Ground curriculum from the Episcopal Church. The class is an 11-session conversation about Race and Faith. More information can be found at this link.

Ukrainian Relief – The Episcopal Relief and Development is gathering and sending relief assistance to the Ukraine. Donations to the Ukraine Crisis Response Fund will help the organization and its partners assist where needed.

Thought for the weekEncounter: Jesus is prepared to meet us exactly where we are. All we have to do is come forward, put our hands together and receive the sustenance we most need and desire – and in turn find our place and purpose in this world.

– Br. Jim Woodrum, SSJE
Society of St. John the Evangelist
Upcoming Events:
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Wed. Dec. 7th          * Advent Study and soup luncheon 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Thu. Dec. 8th            * Christmas Caroling at Lake Prince Woods – 6:30 pm
Wed. Dec. 14th        * Advent Study and soup luncheon 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Thu. Dec. 15th          * Vestry meeting – 1:00 – 3:00 pm (Parlor)
Sat. Dec. 17th           * Safe Church Training – 9:30 am – 3: 00 pm (Parish Hall)
                                    * Preparing the Sanctuary
Wed. Dec. 21st        * Advent Study and soup luncheon 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Sat. Dec. 24th           * Christmas Eve Service – 3:30 pm
For Michael, our presiding bishop; Susan our bishop; and for Les, our priest.

Meriwether; Allen; Lon; Jimmye; Carroll; Cynthia; Richard and family; Linda; Vicky-Ann; Cathy; Dotty; George; David; Spencer and Veronique; Margaret; Charles; and Tia.

Serving in the Armed Forces and Overseas: Alexander; Alan; Sheldon & Elizabeth; Bryan; and Brendan.

Parish Cycle of Prayer: Spencer
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Christ Church, Eastville; Johns Memorial, Farmville; St. James’, Emporia.
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Pray for the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem & The Middle East.

Birthdays in December
Marcella 02              Fr. Les 08
Burr 18                      Jim 19
Will 28                       Susan 30
Don 30

Anniversaries in December
Don & Marcella 17             John & Beth 28
Steven & Susan 30

If you are in need of Pastoral Care
Please call Father Ferguson.
Home:  757-484-8409

Minister of Music: Roger Peyton

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