At our 10:30 services during Advent, we will decorate a Jesse Tree. The first Jesse Trees were large carvings, tapestries, or stained glass windows in churches that helped illiterate people learn about the Bible, from creation to the Christmas story. Jesse Trees are now used as a kind of Advent calendar. Each week, children will place ornaments for the coming weeks symbols upon the Jesse Tree in church. Below are those that will be placed today, the first Sunday of Advent, representing the whole week.
Sunday- The Jesse Tree-1 Samuel 16:1-13
Tuesday- Adam and Eve- Genesis 3:1-24
Wednesday- Noah and the Flood Genesis 6:11-22, 8:6-12
Monday- The Birth of Life – Genesis- 1:24-28
Thursday -Father Abraham- Genesis 12:1-7, 13:2-18
Friday- Isaac and the Ram- Genesis 22:1-14
Saturday- Jacob and his Dream- Genesis 27:41-28:22
Tuesday, December 24
St. Clare’s will again offer a festive holiday luncheon and a Christmas Eve service to reach out to clients of the local shelters and the Back Door Food Pantry. The luncheon will be at noon in the social hall, with the worship service to follow in the sanctuary at 1 p.m.
At the luncheon, we will present each guest with a small Christmas gift. To sponsor a gift package and the meal, please indicate “Christmas Eve Lunch” on your check or envelope and put it in the offering plate on Sunday. A donation of $20 will cover the cost of the meal and the gift for one guest.
To volunteer (host, usher, drive, decorate, provide or prepare food, clean up), sign up at www.saintclareschurch.org/HolidayLunch. For more information, contact Rachid Hatem (email@example.com), Wendy Hatem (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Christine Modey (email@example.com). Families are welcome to volunteer with their children!
Christmas Eve, December 24
Noon, Community Lunch
1 p.m., Community Service with Holy Communion
4 p.m., Christmas Pageant with Holy Communion
9:30 p.m., Carols & Anthems
10 p.m., Festive Traditional Holy Communion
Christmas Day, December 25
11 a.m., Holy Communion