Advent at Saint Michael’s

Intergenerational Progressive Practice of Advent Preparation

Advent is a time of hope and anticipation for the mystery coming at Christmas- the wonderful mystery that God loved us so much that God came as one of us- as a human baby born to Mary in Bethlehem.  We make space in Advent to notice our longing and hope for God’s coming into our lives in fresh ways.  You are invited to do that this year by joining us in a progressive practice of preparation. 

Each Sunday, we will sing a verse of the Advent hymn “People look East,” and share a recording of the verse, a prayer for evening meals, and something special to add to your Advent wreath or table place setting. We hope this practice at home around your table brings joy and hope to your preparations for Christmas this year. If you have questions, please reach out to us.

Advent 4 (beginning December 19)

Angels announce with shouts of mirth Christ who brings new life to earth. 
Set every peak and valley humming  with the word, the Lord is coming.
People, look East, and sing today – Love, the Lord, is on the way.

This Sunday we will add an empty manger to our advent wreaths! It is said that angels have six wings—two to cover their faces, two to cover their feet, and two to fly. Saint Michael and All Angels has long identified with the ministry of angels, and this week we join with all Christians, past, present, and future to welcome the coming of God among us, made known through the frightening presence of mysterious and unexpected guests in our midst.  We will do that by creating space- a literal space for the newborn King to be laid.  

At mealtime this week, light four advent candles and pray together:

Give us grace and courage, O God, to welcome the messengers of your kingdom.  May we join them in ushering in the good news that you are coming!  May we greet you with joy and hope through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, One God, now and forever. Amen. (I wrote this one)

To consider this week:

  1. Whenever an angel shows up in scripture, people are afraid!  So the first thing angels say is “do not be afraid.”  Have you ever encountered something good and wonderful that frightened you at first?
  2. This last week, as we make our final preparations for the mystery of Christmas, how can you steady your heart and mind to welcome the unexpected?

You may access prior weeks here.

Advent Vespers: Candlelit Contemplative Prayer
Wed., Dec. 15 at 7:00 PM
In Advent, our Wednesday evening prayer service takes on seasonal vesture as we interweave the Great O Antiphons with poignant scripture foretelling Christ’s coming, simple plainchant, healing prayers, and Holy Communion. If you have questions about these services, contact Jason Anderson.

Christmas Flower & Music Donations
Make your donation by Dec. 15.
Christmas flower & music donations help enhance the beauty of our liturgy and sacred space in the holy season to come. Give in honor or memory of a special thanksgiving or loved one. For your donation to appear in the printed bulletin, submit it by Dec. 15 on our website, by sending a check to the church office, or by placing it in the specially marked pew envelope.

Greening of the Church
Sat., Dec. 18, 9:30 AM – Noon
Join with fellow parishioners as we make arrangements of greens, hang wreaths on doors, and make two large swags. Bring clippers, work gloves, and greens from your yard—holly with berries, variegated holly, spruce, cedar, and juniper are needed. Continental breakfast and coffee and tea provided. Contact Jason Anderson for information or to volunteer.

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Events already completed

Advent Wreath and Array Installation
Sat., Nov. 27, 9:30 AM – Noon
Help make and hang our large Advent wreath and clad the Nave in brilliant Advent blue. Bring evergreen cuttings of fir, true pine, or spruce with you. No holly, please—we save it for Christmas. Bring garden gloves and clippers. If you’re more the brawny type, plan to come at 11:30 AM to help with the raising of the wreath. Continental breakfast and coffee and tea provided. Contact Jason Anderson for information or to volunteer.

Home Advent Wreath Making
Sunday, Nov. 28, 8:45-9:15 AM and 11:45-12:15 PM
Make a small, tabletop Advent wreath for use in your home! Just $10 for candles, wreath form, and candle holders. Contact Carolyn Lukens with any questions.

Giving Tree
Make Christmas brighter for local families through La Iglesia Episcopal de la Resurrección in Mount Vernon, where our teens and adult chaperones have offered a week long Summer Camp for several years. Gift tag ornaments will be available on Nov. 28. Wrapped gifts must be returned to church by Sunday, Dec. 12.

Photo of the 2019 Sing & Play Along Messiah Chorus

Sing & Play-Along Messiah
Sun., Dec. 12 at 2:30 PM
Come and sing, play, or hear the Christmas portion of G. F. Handel’s Messiah! All donations received support Issaquah Community Services. As this is not a church service, we must adhere to King County’s requirement that all participants provide proof of vaccination prior to entry. Please be prepared at the door to show your vaccine card or digital proof of vaccination. For more information, please contact Jason Anderson. As of Nov. 3, 2021, the orchestra is full! Instrumentalists may contact Morven Balmidiano to be wait listed. Instrumentalists are required to attend a rehearsal on Monday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 PM in the church basement.