Though we will not have large gatherings at St. Jude’s for the Season of Advent, we’ll be celebrating online in many ways and will continue to have our regular outdoor service in the Courtyard on Sundays. Please join us for this wonderful season as we await the birth of our Savior.

Advent Week 1:  Wait

Join us on November 29 as we light the first candle of the Advent Season, the time of preparing for the coming of Christ our Savior.

Materials are available to make an Advent Wreath for your home. Come by and pickup what you need in the Farmhouse (office) until Sunday, November 29. There are a variety of wreath bases and candles. 

Join us for our online service on Sunday, November 29 at 9:30am, where we will join one of our St. Jude’s families in their home for lighting of their Advent Wreath, and then in the church to light ours. We will also light an Advent Wreath at St. Jude’s during our outdoor service at 11:15am on November 29.

Consider this week

Consider joining us in our Saturday morning Book Group at 9:30am, where we will be discussing Healing the Heart of Democracy: The Courage to Create a Politics Worthy of the Human Spirit by Parker Palmer. (Link for the book and more is here.) Rev. Aaron will facilitate the discussion. The book explores the five “habits of the heart” that can be used in families, congregations, and workplaces to restore a government “of the people, by the people, for the people.” We will look for ways to respond from our hearts after this difficult election season, and prepare for Advent. Join via this Zoom link or you can call (669) 900 6833 (it’s a local San Jose number) and use Meeting ID: 870 6026 2096. Everyone is always welcome!

At home Wreath Lighting Prayer for Advent 1

Reader #1​: Today is the first Sunday of Advent. Advent is a time of waiting. We wait for God to send love and light into our dark world.
Reader #2:How does this happen?
Reader #1​: God’s light comes through Jesus, who became a human being just like you and me so that he could show us the way back to God’s love and light.
Reader #3: ​A reading from the prophet Isaiah: “Oh, that you would rip open the heavens and descend, make the mountains shudder at your presence— As when a forest catches fire, as when fire makes a pot to boil— To shock your enemies into facing you, make the nations shake in their boots!”

The first candle is lit.

At home Wreath Lighting Prayer 
for Advent 2

Reader #1​: Today is the second Sunday of Advent. Advent is a time of waiting. We wait for God to send love and light into our dark world.
Reader #2:How does this happen?
Reader #1​: God’s light comes through Jesus, who became a human being just like you and me so that he could show us the way back to God’s love and light.
Reader #3:​ A reading from the prophet Isaiah: ​“Comfort, oh comfort my people,” says your God.​ “​ Speak softly and tenderlytoJerusalem,butalsomakeitveryclear​th​ atshe has served her sentence,​ t​ hat her sin is taken care of—forgiven!”

The first and second candles are lit.

Advent Week 2:  Prepare

Join us on December 6 as we light the second candle of the Advent Season, the second week of preparing for the coming of Christ our Savior.

Join us for our online service on Sunday, December 6 at 9:30am, where we will join one of our St. Jude’s families in their home for lighting of their Advent Wreath, and then in the church to light ours.

We will also light an Advent Wreath at St. Jude’s during our outdoor service at 11:15am on December 6.

Consider this week

Consider joining us this week at our 3pm Bible Study, led by our Rector Rev. Aaron. (Visitors and drop-ins are always welcome!) Through Advent, we will be continuing with our regular lectionary bible study readings, found here (track 1).  Join us to gain a deeper understanding of the bible and how it relates to our everyday life especially during this season. The Zoom link is here or call (669) 900 6833 (it’s a local San Jose number) and use Meeting ID: 893 953 73794.

Advent Week 3:  Witness

Join us on December 13 as we light the first three candles of the Advent Season, the time of preparing for the coming of Christ our Savior.

This week we have our special Blue Christmas Service. St. Jude’s understands and acknowledges that not everyone is happy during Christmastime. Join us for this quiet, introspective service to feel comfort during this season.

Join us for our online service on Sunday, December 13 at 9:30am, where we will join one of our St. Jude’s families in their home for lighting of their Advent Wreath, and then in the church sanctuary to light our parish’s wreath.

 

Consider this week

The holidays can make anyone anxious, and this year with the pandemic it can be overwhelming. This is a great time to pray together, and encourage each other as people of God who embody faith, hope, and love. Join us Thursday for our Intercessory Prayer Group from 2-3pm at the Zoom link here (password 1766). All are welcome. Or, you can call (669) 900 6833 (it’s a local San Jose number) and use Meeting ID: 937 134 9428 and password 1766.

At home Wreath Lighting Prayer for Advent 3

Reader #1​Today is the third Sunday of Advent. Advent is a time of waiting. We wait for God to send love and light into our dark world.
Reader #2:​How does this happen?
Reader #1​: God’s light comes through Jesus, who became a human being just like you and me so that he could show us the way back to God’s love and light.
Reader #3:​ A reading from the prophet Isaiah:​ “​ The Spirit of God, the Master, is on me​ ​because God anointed me.​ He sent me to preach good news to the poor, heal the heartbroken, announce freedom to all captives, pardon all prisoners.” 

The first three candles are lit.

At home Wreath Lighting Prayer for Advent 4

Reader #1​Reader #1​: Today is the fourth Sunday of Advent. Advent is a time of waiting. We wait for God to send love and light into our dark world.
Reader #2:How does this happen?
Reader #1​: God’s light comes through Jesus, who became a human being just like you and me so that he could show us the way back to God’s love and light.
Reader #3:​ A reading from the book of 2nd​ Samuel when God spoke to King David: “I​ ’ll raise up your child, your own flesh and blood, to succeed you, and I’ll firmly establish his rule. He will build a house to honor me, and I will guarantee his kingdom’s rule permanently. I’ll be a father to him, and he’ll be a son to me.​”

The first, second, third and fourth candles are lit.

Advent Week 4:  Let it Be

Join us on December 20 as we light the fourth candle of the Advent Season, the time of preparing for the coming of Christ our Savior.

This week we have our special Jazz Vespers Service. Join us online at 5pm on Sunday, December 20 here for an enjoyable and different way to celebrate the season. The bulletin is here.

We will also have our regular online service on Sunday, December 20 at 9:30am, where we will join one of our St. Jude’s families in their home for lighting of their Advent Wreath, and then in the church to light ours. We will also light an Advent Wreath at St. Jude’s during our outdoor service at 11:15am on December 20.

Consider this week

Try something new with St. Jude’s–you may like it! We have our Healing Service on Wednesdays, Taizé recordings released on Tuesdays, or join the special Jazz Vespers Service this Sunday. Consider it a healthy, soothing break from the busyness of just before Christmas! To join the Jazz Vespers service, click here, or for more information on other offerings, click here.

Click below to get information on our Christmas Eve and Day services!

Get in the Christmas spirit by having an in-home singalong! Below are song sheets both printable and in full color (put on your mobile device or stream to your TV) to enjoy with your loved ones.