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Nightwatch Advent 2017 6:00 pm
Nightwatch Advent 2017 @ DuBose Conference Center
Dec 1 @ 6:00 pm – Dec 2 @ 2:00 pm
Nightwatch Advent 2017 @ DuBose Conference Center | Monteagle | Tennessee | United States
A chance to experience the mystery… Join other young people from around the Diocese for a night of fun and creativity. This program provides youth with an opportunity to meet other Episcopal young people and explore their spiritual side during Advent. The program includes contemplative and creative worship, reflection, games, snacks, breakfast and more. Additional details here.
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Advent I
Advent I
Dec 3 all-day
Advent I. Readings. Diocesan Prayers and Bishop Bauerschmidt’s Visitation for Church of the Advent, Nashville.
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Church Employee Christmas Luncheon and Cookie Swap 12:00 pm
Church Employee Christmas Luncheon and Cookie Swap @ Diocesan House
Dec 7 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Church Employee Christmas Luncheon and Cookie Swap @ Diocesan House | Nashville | Tennessee | United States
Church Employee Luncheon Are you a church employee within the Diocese?  You are invited to a Christmas Lunch & Cookie Swap at the Diocesan Office on Thursday, December 7 at 12:00 p.m. Lunch is provided free of charge.  RSVP online HERE
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Advent II
Advent II
Dec 10 all-day
Advent II.  Readings. Diocesan Prayers and Bishop Bauerschmidt’s Visitation for Christ Church Cathedral.
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Ministry, Leadership and Mission 10:00 am
Ministry, Leadership and Mission @ Diocesan House
Dec 12 @ 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
Ministry, Leadership and Mission Group (Fresh Start) at Diocesan House
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Standing Committee 10:00 am
Standing Committee @ Diocesan House
Dec 14 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Standing Committee at Diocesan House 10:00 am
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Advent III
Advent III
Dec 17 all-day
Advent III.  Readings. Diocesan Prayers and Bishop Bauerschmidt’s Visitation for St. David’s Church, Nashville.
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Clericus 11:00 am
Clericus @ St. James' Church
Dec 20 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Clericus – St. James’ Church, Sewanee
Laymen’s Advent Eucharist 6:00 pm
Laymen’s Advent Eucharist @ Church of the Advent
Dec 20 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Laymen’s Advent Eucharist Church of the Advent, Nashville Wednesday, December 20, 2017 6:00 p.m. RSVP to Sean Root s17root@aol.com
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St. Thomas
St. Thomas
Dec 21 all-day
St. Thomas, Apostle.  Readings. From James Kiefer: “The Apostle Thomas (Hebrew or Aramaic for “twin”) was also called “Didymus” (Greek for “twin”). He was absent when the Risen Lord appeared to the other apostles on the evening of Easter Day, and refused to believe that Christ had indeed risen until he had seen him for himself, but when he had seen Him, he said to Him, “My Lord and My God.” (John 20:19-29) Because of ... Read more
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Advent IV
Advent IV
Dec 24 all-day
Advent IV.  Readings.
Advent IV / Christmas Eve
Advent IV / Christmas Eve
Dec 24 all-day
Christmas Eve.  Christmas Day I Readings.
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Christmas Day
Christmas Day
Dec 25 all-day
Christmas Day. Christmas Day II Readings.  Christmas Day III Readings.
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St. Stephen
St. Stephen
Dec 26 all-day
St. Stephen, Deacon and Martyr.  Readings. From James Kiefer: “All that we know about Stephen the Protomartyr (that is, the first martyr of the Christian Church) is found in chapters 6 and 7 of the Book of Acts. The early Christian congregations, like the Jewish synagogues, had a program of assistance for needy widows, and some of the Greek-speaking Jews in the Jerusalem congregation complained that their widows were being neglected. The apostles replied: “We ... Read more
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St. John
St. John
Dec 27 all-day
St. John, Apostle and Evangelist.  Readings. From James Kiefer: “John, son of Zebedee, was one of the twelve apostles of Our Lord. Together with his brother James and with Simon Peter, he formed a kind of inner circle of Three among the Twelve, in that those three were privileged to behold the miracle of the Great Catch of Fish (L 5:10), the healing of Peter’s mother-in-law (P 1:29), the raising of the daughter of Jairus ... Read more
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Winterfest 2017 12:00 pm
Winterfest 2017 @ DuBose Conference Center
Dec 28 2017 @ 12:00 pm – Jan 1 2018 @ 12:00 pm
Winterfest 2017 @ DuBose Conference Center | Monteagle | Tennessee | United States
More information here.
The Holy Innocents.
The Holy Innocents.
Dec 28 all-day
The Holy Innocents.  Readings. From James Kiefer: “We read in Matthew 2 that when Jesus was born in Bethlehem, King Herod, fearing for his throne, ordered that all the male infants of Bethlehem be killed. These children are regarded as martyrs for the Gospel — “martyrs in fact though not in will.” Augustine called them “buds, killed by the frost of persecution the moment they showed themselves.” For a discussion of the historical background of ... Read more
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Christmas I
Christmas I
Dec 31 all-day
The First Sunday after Christmas.  Readings.
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Ministry, Leadership and Mission @ Diocesan House
Dec 12 @ 10:00 am – 2:30 pm

Ministry, Leadership and Mission Group (Fresh Start) at Diocesan House

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Standing Committee @ Diocesan House
Dec 14 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Standing Committee at Diocesan House 10:00 am

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Ordination to the Priesthood – Naomi Tutu @ Christ Church Cathedral
Dec 16 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
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Advent III
Dec 17 all-day

Advent III.  Readings.

Diocesan Prayers and Bishop Bauerschmidt's Visitation for St. David's Church, Nashville.

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Clericus @ St. James' Church
Dec 20 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Clericus - St. James' Church, Sewanee

Laymen’s Advent Eucharist @ Church of the Advent
Dec 20 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Laymen's Advent Eucharist
Church of the Advent, Nashville

Wednesday, December 20, 2017
6:00 p.m.
RSVP to Sean Root
s17root@aol.com
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St. Thomas
Dec 21 all-day

St. Thomas, Apostle.  Readings.

From James Kiefer:

"The Apostle Thomas (Hebrew or Aramaic for "twin") was also called "Didymus" (Greek for "twin"). He was absent when the Risen Lord appeared to the other apostles on the evening of Easter Day, and refused to believe that Christ had indeed risen until he had seen him for himself, but when he had seen Him, he said to Him, "My Lord and My God." (John 20:19-29)

Because of this episode, he has been known ever since as "Doubting Thomas." But we ought also to remember his earlier words, when Jesus announced His intention of going to the Jerusalem area, brushing aside the protests of His disciples that His life was in danger there, at which Thomas said to the others: "Let us also go, that we may die with him." (John 11:7,8,16) If Thomas was pessimistic, he was also sturdily loyal.

At the Last Supper, Jesus said: "I go to prepare a place for you.... And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know." Thomas replied: "Lord, we know not whither thou goest, and how can we know the way?" To this Jesus answered: "I am the way, the truth and the life." (John 14:1-6)

Thomas is mentioned again (John 21) as one of the seven disciples who were fishing on the Sea of Galilee (Sea of Tiberias) when the Risen Lord appeared to them. Aside from this he appears in the New Testament only as a name on lists of the Apostles. A couple of centuries later a story was circulating in the Mediterranean world that he had gone to preach in India; and there is a Christian community in India (the Kerala district) that claims descent from Christians converted by the the preaching of Thomas.

The tradition among Christians in India is that Thomas was speared to death near Madras, and accordingly he is often pictured holding a spear. Paintings of martyrs often show them holding or accompanied by the instruments with which they were put to death.

A recently discovered work called the Gospel of Thomas is a collection of sayings attributed to Jesus. I know of no scholarly support for the notion that it is the work of the Apostle Thomas, but some scholars think that some of the sayings in it may be authentic sayings of Jesus.

Poem

These things did Thomas hold for real:
the warmth of blood, the chill of steel,
the grain of wood, the heft of stone,
the last frail twitch of blood and bone.
His brittle certainties denied
that one could live when one had died,
until his fingers read like Braille
the markings of the spear and nail.
May we, O God, by grace believe
and, in believing, still receive
the Christ who held His raw palms out
and beckoned Thomas from his doubt.

(Thomas Troeger, 1984, Psalter/Hymnal of the Christian Reformed Church)"

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Advent IV
Dec 24 all-day

Advent IV.  Readings.

Advent IV / Christmas Eve
Dec 24 all-day

Christmas Eve.  Christmas Day I Readings.