January 4, 2011
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Lessons and Carols was a fabulous service, thanks in no little measure to Michael's work and that of the musicians - singers, ringers, and instrumentalists.  Our gratitude to them for all they did for the rest of us.  And to Dawn for organizing the Wassail.  It all looked so good, made more so, perhaps, by the fact that not a single item on the tables fit my diet.  I did sample the wassail, though, and it was the real stuff.


Next Sunday at the 10:30 service we will baptize Emmalyn Anne, daughter of Jason and Elizabeth Isaac.


In the 1928 Book of Common Prayer, as the newly baptized was signed with the cross, they were charged " to continue Christ's faithful soldier and servant unto his/her life's end" (pg. 280).  I wish these words were still part of the liturgy, but I suppose they were deemed too militant.


In ancient Roman armies, the military oath, the act of becoming a soldier was called the sacramentum.  The Christian Church adopted this word for the decisive act of becoming a soldier of Christ.  By becoming a Christian through the sacramentum, we cease to be civilians as it were, and we become soldiers actively engaged in Christ's battle for the world, and for our souls.  Sometimes I think the Church at its best could be well served by being more militant.  


Denis Baum, Interim Rector   

Wednesday - January 5, 2011
12:00 noon   Healing Eucharist in Chapel
6:30 PM  Chancel Bells
7:30 PM  Chancel Choir 

Thursday - January 6, 2011

 9:00 AM  Respite Care

10:00 AM  TGIT 

7:00 PM  Community Group - Adult Classroom


Saturday - January 8, 2011
9:00AM  Churchmen's Breakfast

I Epiphany  - January 9, 2011
8:00 AM  Holy Eucharist Rite I
9:20 AM   Christian Formation
10:30 AM  Holy Eucharist Rite II & Baptism
12:30 PM  DOK

Monday, January 10, 2011
7:00 PM  Community Group - Hodge's House 

Christi Blain, Kay Gay, Annette Gerace, Teddy Brehm, Penny Jenkins, Louis Jenkins, David, Maynard Gonterman, Anne Gonterman, Carolyn Ford, Fr. Lawson Anderson,  Lance Lockridge,  Austin Edwards, Corey Moses, Antoinette & Quincy Mims, Ella Edwards, 
Suzi Martinka and family, Mindy Wertz, Naedean Mayland, Sophie Papi, Mildred Ford, Jim Howell, Tabitha Murphy, Katherine & Rhonda Herring, Joseph & Marion Murphy, Cynthia, Search Committee.  

Special Concerns:  for all the men and women of our Armed Forces, especially Lance, Jake, Bret, Brian, Parker, Justin, Morgan, Matt, Joshua, Mark.

Expectant Mother:  Kelsey


Before I get into the article this week, I want to say thank you to a few people that helped make this Christmas very special.  The members of our choir give tirelessly of their time and talent.  Other than a few weeks in the summer, they help us to raise our voices in worship and rehearse throughout the year.  Bravi!  The Bell Choir is an amazing group of individuals who put up with me every week, again, Kudos.  The instrumentalists, Travis Heard and Kate Fricks who really played beautifully this Christmas, if you see any of these people please give them a big thanks.

In 1951, the NBC network commissioned an opera to be written by Gian Carlo Menotti.  It was the first opera to be especially written for television and was to be broadcast that year on Christmas Eve.  Maestro Menotti struggled with the task.  Upon looking at the painting of "The Adoration of the Magi" by Hieronymous Bosch he was struck with an idea.

The story is about a poor mother and son who are visited by the "Three Kings" on their way to visit the Christ Child.  The boy, whose name is Amahl, is unable to walk without his crutches.  They spend the night with the family and the very poor mother is taken by the riches that these three men have brought with them.  She sings a wonderful aria in which she talks about what she could do with the gold to help her son.  She is caught by the page and she realizes the error of her ways.

Amahl decides that maybe what the child really needs is his crutch.  Through his selfless act a miracle occurs and he is able to walk without his crutch.  His mother lets him go with the three wise men to offer his crutch to this child who will bring us a kingdom of love.

The composer said the following about this new medium of television:

The spectator who takes no journey and has no appointed time or seat, but, carelessly clad, sits casually on the first available chair in his/her living room, and who, knitting or perhaps playing with the kitten, "turns on" what he takes to be a theatrical performance, will never know the emotion of a real theatrical experience.....(the artist)  addresses you in utter dignity - whether his message be comic or tragic - and to partake in his experience, you must share this seriousness and receive his message wearing your "Sunday clothes."


The same might be said for worship.  Menotti's words remind us that while we can project and receive our experiences of anything through any medium, there is a lot to be said for really partaking - for getting involved, being there, rather than simply being observers, judges, or spectators.  Worship, like art, is a two-way engagement.  It is not a show, like a television program.  Worship, like art, requires a bit of effort, and is not a spectator's exercise in observation.  It is about relationship, with God and with those who partake.


Happy New Year!


CONVOCATIONAL EPIPHANY SERVICE - On Thursday, January 6, at 7 p.m. St. Mark's will host the Central Convocational Epiphany service.  The preacher will be the Very Rev. Jonathon Jensen, and the service will feature the traditional procession of the three kings and choir members and lectors from churches of the Convocation.  A dessert reception in the Parish Hall will follow the service.

Shepherd Center's winter schedule starts January 12th and runs through March 2nd.  We have exciting programs planned for this eight week session.  One of our newest and, hopefully, well received by our participants, is an exercise class for ZUMBA GOLD WHICH WILL BE HELD AT 9:15 A.M. EACH WEDNESDAY of the winter session.  This is a class that is a Latin-inspired dance fitness program, easy to follow and geared for the older adult.  For only $20 for each 8 week session, Shepherd Center is a wonderful way to spend your Wednesdays and make new friends.  For further information on enrollment call  Sheila Whitfield at 771-0774.  As usual, all classes will be held at Park Hill Christian Church on JFK. 

The Annual Meeting will be January 16, 2011.  All reports need to be in to the office no later than January 12. 

STEWARDSHIP UPDATE: - All the Ponies are out of the gate and moving about in Pulaski County. If you have not seen yours yet , it probably will arrive anytime. We would like to have these all back so we can give a better financial picture at the annual meeting . If you plan to leave town and would rather have a pledge card mailed please let one of the committee members know and we will take care of it. We appreciate everyone's help on this .
Daniel and Gary

ChurchMen's breakfast in this weeks Evangelist?  It's on the 8th of Jan. @ 9AM in Wilder Hall. 

Congratulations - Sara Garrett was the first to register. 




WHO:                Ladies of St. Luke's


WHEN:              February 4 - 5, 2011


WHERE:            Camp Mitchell


 WHY:               Spiritual renewal, fun and fellowship


Our speaker for this retreat is our own Judith Baum and she will be speaking on Chaos.  A brief summary of her topic is as follows:


First we will refresh ourselves and each other on the foundations of our faith. Then we will consider our Christian lives through the words of James 1:2 : "Consider it wholly joyful, my brethen, whenever you are enveloped in or encounter trials of any sort..."  We will draw from the strength of those recent scientific discoveries called "chaos" which show that in the midst of what seems totally disorderly, there is order.  Such is bringing science and religion (the seen and the unseen) closer together.


Complete and Return to

Wanda Dunwoody, 3803 No Hill Blvd, NLR, AR 72116. Phone:  771-5058

Make check payable to St. Luke's and on memo line state that it is for DOK Retreat



Name _______________________________________________


_____ Friday and Saturday $60, includes lodging and lunch on Saturday


_____ Saturday only         $20, includes lunch on Saturday


If staying Friday night, please show name of person with whom you want to share:___________________________________________________________



GUILD OF THE CHRIST CHILD is in need of members of the church who enjoy knitting and crocheting!  We would like to begin giving blessed blankets to the babies of our congregation and need assistance.  If you are interested in contributing to the wonderful cause, please contact Gwynne Collins at (501) 339-4866 or sigma3@msn.com

DOK Prayer Cards

St. Luke's Daughters of the King realize so many are in need of daily prayer for healing, guidance, strength, comfort, or protection.  Please write any prayer requests you may have on prayer cards found in the pew racks.  Then drop the card in the white box on the shelf inside the church entrance.  All prayer requests are held in confidence and offered to our Lord for one month, or longer as the need exists.  Psalm 55:17 Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.
Episcopal Children's Curriculum.  The program consists of three areas, Shell, Cross and Chalice as the theme.  We will be using the "Chalice".  The classes are as follows:

3 and 4 year olds (Teachers Brouke Reynolds & a parent)

K through Grade 2  (Teachers: Becky Rice & Jenny Heard) 

Tweeners - (Teachers: Ginna Simmons & Ellen Moses)

Young Adults Forum - Ages 25+ (Teachers: Wanda & Gary Dunwoody) The Return of the Prodigal SonHenri Nouwen

Seizing the inspiration that came to him through a reproduction of Rembrandt's The Return of the Prodigal Son, the author probes in this book the several movements of this powerful Gospel story:  the younger son's return, the father's restoration to sonship, the elder son's vengefulness and the father's compassion.  The themes of homecoming, affirmation and reconciliation will be newly discovered and this study will lead to the answer of  "Where has my struggle led me?"