Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Blue Advent...

Yes, I know it isn't even Advent yet. Yes, I know it is a long way till Christmas. The point is... We will have a BLUE Advent at St. Alban's!

Come join us this Sunday, The First Sunday of Advent, for the blessing and first use of our beautiful new Blue Advent Frontal, Pulpit and Lectern Hangings, Advent Wreath Candles, Veil, Burse, and Vestments.

Kinda makes my lip quiver...

Monday, November 24, 2014

Litany of Thanks!



Sharing this "Litany of Thanks" from a long-time friend. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! With prayers if you are traveling.

Bayou-Diversity (24 November 2014) SENSES OF THANKSGIVING

Thank you, O Lord, in this bountiful season for the five senses to relish your world.
Thank you for the succulent smells of the fruits of the earth in the kitchens of our mothers and wives. Thank you for the odor of rich delta dirt on a warm, foggy winter morning. Thank you for the smell of wood smoke, especially that tinted with lightered pine. Thank you for the stew of odors distinct to our rivers and bayous— cypress needles, primal water, mud and decay, life and life to be.
Thank you for the sound of voices of those who came before us and those who will carry our legacies into the future— our parents, grandparents and our children. Thanks for the muffled wings of waterfowl above an overflow swamp and the belligerent snort of a doe at dusk. Thank you for haunting sounds of great horned owls and distant thunder.
Thank you for the taste of spring mayhaws and autumn muscadines in the jellies of a late November Thursday. Thank you for the abundance of other native flavors, subtle and brash— breast of teal, pecans, filet of bass. Thank you for the taste of contentment.
Thank you for the feel of a driving north wind as an Arctic front races for the gulf. Thanks for the textures of sweet gum balls, feathers, gumbo clay, and beech bark. Thank you for the heat of an open fire and the warmth of an open heart. 
Thank you for the sight of falling leaves, fattening squirrels, and rising waters that foretell the change of seasons. As the sun approaches the solstice, thank you for lengthy shadows and longer sunsets. Thanks also for fleeting glimpses— of a bobcat at dawn, of a shooting star on a rawboned night, of curiosity on the face of a young grandson.
I pray also, O Lord, for a sixth sense. Grant us common sense to be good stewards of these treasures. Amen.

Thanksgiving Eve Eucharist

Just a reminder that this Wednesday evening, Thanksgiving Eve, the Episcopal Churches in our area will join together for Holy Eucharist - 7:00 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church in Monroe. Please join us!


Sunday, November 23, 2014

Christ the King

Join us for church on this rainy, but beautiful, Christ the King, fall Sunday!


Friday, November 14, 2014

Using Your "Talents"

What will you do with your "talents?" Come this Sunday and we will talk about it...Join us for Holy Eucharist at 8:30, 10:30 a.m. Christian Education begins at 9:30 a.m. Our Spanish Holy Eucharist begins at 5:00 p.m.

Clip art is from Clip Art for Year A by Steve Erspamer, SM from Liturgy Training Publications.