Wye Parish: Word to the Wyes

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A Festival Service of Nine Lessons & Carols

A Festival of Nine Lesssons and Carols was first held on Christmas Eve 1918. A revision of the Order of Service was made in 1919, involving the rearrangement of the lessons, and from that date the service has always begun with the humn ‘Once in royal David’s city’. The original service was, in fact, adapted from an Order drawn up by E.W. Benson, later Archbishop of Canterbury, for use in the wooden shed, which then served as his cathedral in Truro, at 10 pm on Christmas Eve 1880. Wherever the service is heard and however it is adapted, whether the music is provided by choir or congregation, the pattern and strength of the service, as Dean Milner-White pointed out, derive from the lessons and not the music. The centre of the service is still found by those who ‘go in heart and mind’ and who consent to follow where the story leads.

New this year for our service at Old Wye Church will be Emmanuel, Expected Jesus, Hear the Prophet Callin’, A Spotless Rose, Almost There, and Beautiful Star of Bethelehem, plus many of the anthems you have enjoyed in the past. Our amazing choir is hard at work to make this the most moving and memorable part of your Christmas season! Please plan to attend and invite a friend to join you!

December Schedule

Advent Services at Wye Parish

Sunday, Dec. 17 – 3rd Sunday of Advent, Holy Communion
8 AM St. Luke’s Chapel

Sunday, Dec. 17 – A Festival Service of Nine Lessons & Carols
10 AM Old Wye Church

Sunday, Dec. 24 – 4th Sunday of Advent, Holy Communion
8 AM St. Luke’s Chapel

Celebrating Christmas at Wye Parish

Sunday, Dec. 24 - Family Christmas Carols Service with Holy Communion
5 PM St. Luke’s Chapel

Sunday, Dec. 24 - Candlelight Christmas Eve with Holy Communion
10 PM Old Wye Church

Monday, Dec. 25 – Christmas Day Holy Communion
9 AM St. Luke’s Chapel

Sunday, Dec. 31 – First Sunday of Christmas, Holy Communion
9 AM St. Luke’s Chapel

Kerygma Study Fellowship

You are invited to join a seasonal reading prepared for Advent and Christmas and entitled The Redemption of Scrooge, a reading of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. We began on Monday, Nov. 27th continuing through Monday, Dec. 18th.

Camp Wright

The registration for Camp Wright's summer 2018, will open on December 1st. Dates and session rates are available on our web site, www.campwright.com

Join us for Christmas Nights at Camp Wright. Saturday Dec. 16th, 5:30 pm. Visit with Santa, ride in the wagon, sit by the bonfire, listen to carolers, see the live nativity, enjoy cookies and hot chocolate, and surround your self with thousands of Christmas lights. Create a new tradition for your family this winter at Camp Wright! $5/person

Haven Ministries

The Haven Ministries Homeless Shelter is open at the designated space/ KI United Methodist Church, Chester. Sign in time is 6-7pm nightly. Please call the Haven Ministries' Case Manager, Sandi Wiscott, 410-739-7859 with requests for shelter. This phone number can be give to clients, too.

Hi, Everyone!
We now have our service dates for dinners and night watch at Our Haven Shelter, at KIUMC.
Note: Night watch team must include one man and one woman per shift; 6:00 pm- midnight.
Note: Two or three person team is sufficient for dinner service with one person serving as the leader.

Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 – Dinner servers; night watch, breakfast/lunch providers Sunday, Jan. 28. 2018 – Dinner servers; night watch, breakfast/lunch providers Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 – Dinner servers; night watch, breakfast/lunch providers Friday, Mar. 9, 2018 - Dinner servers; night watch, breakfast/lunch providers

Please see me any Sunday, or email to let me know when you would like to help (OK to serve on more than one occasion).

Jean Peterson - reener1@comcast.net

Rev. Charles Osberger

Rector
info@wyeparish.org

Ellen Smith

Parish Administrator

Bonnie Forgacs

Director of Choral Scholars Program

Wye Parish is a congregation within the Diocese of Easton. For more information on the Episcopal Church and for additional information visit dioceseofeaston.org or episcopalchurch.org.