Dec
13
6:15 PM18:15

Evening Prayer II

Daily Evening Prayer, the Evening Office, is offered each Wednesday.

We include the observances of the Episcopal Church Calendar, complete with the histories of those whose lives are commemorated.

Please join us for this respite from the weekly grind.

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Dec
17
10:00 AM10:00

The Third Sunday of Advent

Gaudete Sunday

The 3rd Sunday of Advent is one of two celebrations in the Christian that has both a name (Gaudete -- Latin for "Rejoice!" as a 2nd person command) and suggests the use of rose colored hangings and vestments.  St. Elizabeth's does not own a rose set, but there is a rose candle for the Advent wreath; it will be lit this week along with two purple candles.

This 3rd Sunday of Advent invites us to "lighten up" in the midst of the season of Advent, which is more of a season of expectancy as compared to the penitential season of Lent.  Today's Collect (appointed prayer) begins "Stir up thy power, O Lord," which is why this day is often referred to as "Stir up Sunday."


Holy Eucharist, Rite I (Traditional)
Sunday School
Christmas Pageant

Our first reading is again from (3rd) Isaiah.  It is the portion of scripture that was read by Jesus when He visited his home synagogue in Nazareth.  Upon completing the reading, he rolled up the scroll, returned it to the attendant, and announced, "today this scripture has been fulfilled in your presence."

The Epistle reading is from 1st Thessalonians.  It begins with "Rejoice always," which is fitting with the lighter sense of this Sunday.

Our Gospel is taken from John, since Mark does not contain any direct references to the event or the reason for the coming of the Messiah in his time.  John speaks to who Jesus is and why He came, rather than to the events surrounding His coming.

Readings for the 3rd Sunday of Advent, Year B
Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11
Psalm 126 or Canticle 3
1 Thessalonians 5:16-24
John 1-6:8, 19-28

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Dec
20
6:15 PM18:15

Evening Prayer II

Daily Evening Prayer, the Evening Office, is offered each Wednesday.

We include the observances of the Episcopal Church Calendar, complete with the histories of those whose lives are commemorated.

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Dec
24
10:00 AM10:00

The Fourth Sunday of Advent

Holy Eucharist, Rite II
Sunday School

The 4th Sunday of Advent falls on the morning of Christmas Eve this year.  Since the Gospel reading is the Annunciation, this is often referred to as "Mary Sunday."

Readings for the 4th Sunday of Advent, Year B
2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16
Psalm 89:1-4, 19-26 | Canticle 15
Romans 16:25-27
Luke 1:26-38

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Dec
24
7:00 PM19:00

Christmas Eve

The Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ

7:00 pm:  Christmas Carols

We begin our evening with a half hour of Christmas Carols by request, avoiding those that are already planned for the Festival Eucharist that follows.

7:30 pm:  Festival Holy Eucharist, Rite II

The main event begins at 7:30 pm.  All the candles will be lit, and the service will open with Hymn 83, "O Come, All Ye Faithful."  The Advent Wreath will be entirely white, with the larger Christ Candle lit to announce the birth of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

Please join us as we celebrate God's love in the form of the "Word made flesh," Jesus Christ.  As we proclaim each week,

"Wherever you are on your journey of faith, you are welcome at the Lord's Table."

Readings for Christmas, Proper I:
Isaiah 9:2-7
Psalm 96
Titus 2:11-14
Luke 2:1-20

After the service: Christmas Eve Coffee Hour

You are also invited to stay for our special Christmas Eve Coffee Hour.  We'll have coffee (both "high test" and decaf, depending upon your plans after heading out) and Christmas goodies.

Let us be the first to wish you a very Merry Christmas!

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Dec
25
10:00 AM10:00

Christmas Day

The Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ

Holy Eucharist, Rite II (spoken)

We will celebrate a simple Holy Eucharist on Christmas morning for those who prefer this hour.  Like our Wednesday Evening Prayer services, this smaller service provides an opportunity for those who wish to worship in a safe and sacred space, easing into our form of worship instead of being dropped into Sunday morning.

Wherever you are in your journey of faith, you are welcome at the Lord's Table.

Readings for Christmas, Proper I:
Isaiah 9:2-7
Psalm 96
Titus 2:11-14
Luke 2:1-20

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Dec
27
6:15 PM18:15

Evening Prayer II

Daily Evening Prayer, the Evening Office, is offered each Wednesday.

We include the observances of the Episcopal Church Calendar, complete with the histories of those whose lives are commemorated.

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Laundry Love
Dec
30
9:00 AM09:00

Laundry Love

On the final Saturday morning of each month, St. Elizabeth's ministers to our neighbors by paying for and providing supplies for them to do their laundry.

As each month comes to an end, many families are simply "tapped out."  Laundry can be a significant expense when one must choose among paying the rent and/or utilities, buying food, and all the other necessities of life.

This is a ministry that even a small church like St. Elizabeth's can perform with a few people and a modest budget.  

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St. Clare's Ministries
Jan
30
5:00 PM17:00

St. Clare's Ministries

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St. Clare's Ministries is a Jubilee Ministry of the Diocese of Colorado that serves the homeless and working poor from the Episcopal Church of St. Peter & St. Mary in Denver's Baker neighborhood.

A hot meal is served at 6pm on Tuesday evenings, serving between 75 and 200 guests each week (holidays included).  An optional Holy Eucharist takes place at 5pm, and this growing "emergant church" demonstrates how St. Clare's has evolved from a "soup kitchen" to a caring community. 

St. Clare's clothing closet opens at 6:30 to provide toiletries, new underwear, clean clothing, and other essentials.  During the winter months, we provide hats, gloves, coats, heavy socks, blankets, and a limited number of sleeping bags to meet the needs of our guests.

Teams from St. Elizabeth's help with both the Supper and the Clothing Closet on 5th Tuesdays of the month (four times each year).  You are invited to join us.

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Dec
10
10:00 AM10:00

The Second Sunday of Advent

Holy Eucharist, Rite II
Sunday School

Continuing the tradition of the Advent wreath, we will light two purple candles at the beginning of the service.

Today's 1st lesson continues our trip through Isaiah, as we prepare for the coming of the Messiah, Jesus Christ.  This week (1st) Isaiah speaks words of comfort to Jerusalem all of the Children of Israel.  As you hear or read this passage, you may be reminded of Handel's "Messiah"; if you have a chance to attend a Messiah Sing, please do so.

The second lesson is from St. Peter's 2nd Epistle (to all Christians).  It reminds us that God's time ("kairos" in Greek) is not the same as human time ("chronos" in Greek).  The (2nd) coming of Christ will be "in the fullness of time," so it is foolishness to attempt to predict it.  Peter instructs them, "... while you are waiting for [the Coming], strive to be found by him at peace, without spot or blemish, and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation."

Our Gospel reading is the opening of the Gospel according to Mark.  It describes the coming of John the Baptist as the precursor to the coming of the Messiah.

Readings for the 2nd Sunday of Advent, Year B
Isaiah 40:1-11
Psalm 85:1-2, 8-15a
2 Peter 3:8-15a
Mark 1:1-8

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Dec
6
6:15 PM18:15

Evening Prayer II

Daily Evening Prayer, the Evening Office, is offered each Wednesday.

We include the observances of the Episcopal Church Calendar, complete with the histories of those whose lives are commemorated.

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Dec
3
10:00 AM10:00

The First Sunday of Advent

Holy Eucharist, Rite II
Sunday School

The Church Year begins on the 1st Sunday of Advent (4 Sundays prior to Christmas).  Our three year Revised Common Lectionary moves from "Year A" to "Year B" on this day.  Where the Year A Gospel readings were mostly from Matthew, Year B draws primarily from Mark. 

Smatterings of the other Gospels appear at various points, as appropriate.  The Birth narrative at Christmas only appears in the Gospel of Luke, so it is used at that time.  The Gospel of John provides insights that are not present in the "Synoptic Gospels" (Matthew, Mark, and Luke), and it is also selected when appropriate.

First readings during Advent are from Isaiah, which is commonly identified as an amalgam of three voices.  In today's case, "3rd Isaiah" prays to the Lord GOD to have mercy on His sinful and faithless people.  As we reflect on this, Jesus' coming will provide exactly that mercy and even offer salvation to us all.

Epistles during Advent are chosen to support the Gospel readings, rather than following their own tracks. Today we hear from the 1st Epistle of Paul to the Church at Corinth.  As is the custom of that time, the letter begins with a formal greeting; Paul's true message will be revealed later.

The Gospel from Mark records Jesus' prediction of the (2nd) Coming of the Son of Man "with great power and glory."  It closes by urging us to "keep awake -- for you do not know when" this will come to pass.

Readings for the 1st Sunday of Advent, Year B:
Isaiah 64:1-9
Psalm 80:1-7, 16-28
1 Corinthians 1:3-9
Mark 13:4-37

Liturgically, the vestments and hangings change to purple for the balance of Advent.  The green of the Season after Pentecost is put away and we wait expectantly for the coming of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. 

The Advent Wreath will assist with our countdown.  Each Sunday in Advent, we will light an additional candle, starting with one on this day.

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