Today is the feast day of St. Lucia, a third century martyr who, legend has it, brought food in the dark of night to persecuted Christians. She is said to have worn a crown of candles to light her way. This feast day was once celebrated on the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year, signifying the increasing light leading up to the celebration of Christmas. This day is a commemoration for Lutherans around the world, particularly in Scandinavian countries, where people live in deep darkness during these long winter days and nights. Today we pray for the light of Christ to shine ever more brightly in our lives and our world.
This evening's meal and Holden Evening Prayer will be held at the Presbyterian Church of Floyd, beginning at 5:30 pm. The Presbyterians are providing the meal tonight. Come in out of the dark and cold and sing of the One whose light banishes our darkness.
On Sunday, December 17, from 2:30-4:30 pm, the Women of Zion (and any friends who want to come!) will be meeting at Plenty! to fill Christmas bags with ornaments and goodies to go with the Christmas trees Plenty! will deliver to area families next week. Thank you to all who have contributed to this project!
Because of the inclement weather, we were not able to have the Hanging of the Greens service at St. Mark last Sunday and will celebrate it this coming Sunday. Zion will follow the lectionary readings for the Third Sunday in Advent.
Luke 1: 48-55:
And Mary said,
‘My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant.
Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
for the Mighty One has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
His mercy is for those who fear him
from generation to generation.
He has shown strength with his arm;
he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.
He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,
and lifted up the lowly;
he has filled the hungry with good things,
and sent the rich away empty.
He has helped his servant Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy,
according to the promise he made to our ancestors,
to Abraham and to his descendants for ever.’