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Across the Presbytery December 11, 2019

12/11/2019

First Presbyterian Church of Watertown will have their 2019 Christmas Pageant/Cantata on December 22, during Worship Service. Come and seek the Light of Christ anew with narrators, actors and the choir.

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Christmas Eve a Candlelight Service will beheld  at 7:30 pm at Watertown FPC. Lessons, Carols, with Choir, Organ, Brass and Handbells.

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Madrid Scotch Presbyterian Church  Candlelight Christmas Eve Service  Dec. 24 at 7:00 pm. Reception following service. Please bring cookies or finger foods to share.

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December 21, 2019 at 4 pm at Frist Presbyterian Church, 34 Brinkerhoff Street, Plattsburgh join First Presbyterian, Lutheran Church of the Redeemer and Plattsburgh United Methodist church in this special worship opportunity.

Christmas is a painful time for some. The first without a loved family member. A reminder of broken relationships.  Or just always tough. The constant refrain in the media, in shopping malls, and churches about the season’s joy reminds many of what they’ve lost or have never had.  Some feel very alone in the midst of celebration.  Some need the space and time to acknowledge sadness and concern.  Worship with us on Saturday, December 21, at 4 pm on the longest night of the year. We’ll share prayers, hear the comfort of God’s word in scripture, and lift our voices in song- acknowledging that God’s presence is for those who mourn and struggle—and that God’s Word comes to shine light into our darkness.  Everyone welcome. A Worship Service of Hope, Strength & Community.

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Theresa Presbyterian Church is presenting “ A Child’s A King” Christmas Cantata during worship on 12/15 at 9:30 am.  It will also be shared a second time at Summit Village in Watertown on Dec. 21 at 10:00 am. Christmas Eve service will be at 7:00 pm.

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Hammond Presbyterian Church will be doing Christmas Carolers on Dec. 15 at 2:00 pm. Following caroling around the village, there will be refreshments ready back at the church. Come join us for a fun, meaningful time together. They also have a Mitten Tree waiting for your gifts of mittens. Contact Joan Hadlock for more information.

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Brick Chapel Candlelight Service will be on Friday Dec. 20, at 7 pm. Bring a wrapped gift if your child would like a visit with Santa Claus.

(Winter Storm date is Saturday, Dec. 21st.)

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Canton FPC is having a Potluck in Fellowship Hall immediately after worship service on Sunday Dec. 15, this is the day the children present their Christmas Pageant during the worship service.  Please bring a dish to pass. Eating dishes will be provided.

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Urban Mission in Watertown needs Winter apparel, please only new or nearly new coats, hats, gloves, snow pants, boots, scarves, mittens.  Please leave them at Watertown Stone PC in Fellowship Hall. Help someone stay warm and they will be taken to Urban Mission.

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Rhoda Hall is in the Good Samaritan –Keep Home in Watertown. She had a hip replacement done December 4, 2019. She was the former administrator for Presbytery office in Potsdam. Please send cards if you remember her. Address: 830 Washington Street, Watertown ,NY 13601

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 Good News from Malawi, Africa, Tyler Holm has been released from hospital as an outpatient at a hotel 200 yards from hospital. He still needs follow-up  at hospital with physical therapy , and healing of ribs and lung damage.  Please keep praying for his healing strength and persevering faith for all three of them. It is summer weather in Malawi  now. They are sharing joy with a community which includes our support and prayers for the family and many hands around the world.  An extra complication Dec 10 is Human rights Day in Malawi, and in some cases over the past few months demonstrations have resulted in devastating destruction so not sure they can fly back to Malawi. Tyler plans to restart teaching at the end of January during the new term at the University of Livingstonia Faculty of Theology, he misses both his students and colleagues. Please keep them in your prayers at this time.

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Peru Community Church kicks off Sunday Dec. 15th from 4 pm to 6 pm Messy Church is an all age worship experience that explores God’s love in an accessible way. Everyone is welcomed as they are…. Single, partnered, young, old, tidy or messy.

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Blue Christmas a Service of Hope and Remembrance, Tuesday Dec. 17, at 7 pm in the chapel at Peru Community Church fellowship Center, 13 Elm St, Peru, NY

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Sackets Harbor UPC hosting Annual Choir &  Community Concert on Sat. Dec 14, 3:00 pm. A reception follows in Fellowship Hall. Everyone invited to come and enjoy the Christmas Spirit.

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Orchestra of Northern New York will be performing on Sunday December 15th at 3:00 pm in Sanctuary, in Watertown First Presbyterian Church.

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Jerusalem Syndrome 

    Psalm 122

1. Home is a place

 A fabled city just so, just so

 Circled in fragments now compressed by time

 Dancing kings and priestly women

Walls like nothing but themselves an Ozymandian destiny

Except for its factual existence as a home

Its contested palace, meaningful gardens and tines

Streets that tip wildly down to additional walls

And up again to dolorous heights vaults arching translucent as sweet melon, they come so close to God. foundations thick as the failure to keep blood inside every sacred body Twinkling hands and lights stitched in the Needle Gate.

II. That home is not mine

Enough, enough speech for someone else.

What you do not know beyond screens and pages thin as cathedral gold would be serried ranks of privilege to speak. Glory mine eyes have not seen.  I cannot love what I have never known the fights I did not weigh listen to Respighi or Ravel until you know your place and the sunstroke fades

I cannot speak for you, only for myselves for loose sandals on slipping feet. Can only hold by fingers to the lip many of us climb in search of a jewel set in the dark to which we can add the light of our untrimmed candles And for this I love you in my understanding.

III. Home is a person

This I love, a sense of person and defiance our human style. Sing until your voice gives out on the stairs say something for God’s sake say something before you go build cities as your tear down walls  leave pictures and words that do not fail between us

Out of this need out of the book and the music out of understanding I am apart of all this I keep time with the rest.

Enough then, enough, of the minuscule words

Tucked like a plea below Juliet’s balcony, stuck like a sorrow in the wailing wall.  Find me a chisel and I shall teach my thinning hands to hammer an epitaph on the walls of a pale city to be seen when you run by Epitaph long as a lifetime all I’ve ever spoken even the words I regret since I lived long enough to take them back and say myself better all that remained inside, hoping for someone to ask me.

It’s fine sand will sweep into the serifs I take part in the traces because I love what we do our human endeavor to live by another these invested moving peaces  Say our names knowing mostly they will fade Say it with your life. With stone when necessary if someone tried hard to erase you.  We pass this way and we love so hard We passed this way and we loved so hard unfailing For your sake we speak and we live

  For your sake, friends and lovers.

 By Lucas Walker, Pastoral Care Associate, San Francisco Theological Seminary

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Theresa Presbyterian Church is presenting “ A Child’s A King” Christmas Cantata during worship on 12/15 at 9:30 am.  It will also be shared a second time at Summit Village in Watertown on Dec. 21 at 10:00 am. Christmas Eve service will be at 7:00 pm.

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Hammond Presbyterian Church will be doing Christmas Carolers on Dec. 15 at 2:00 pm. Following caroling around the village, there will be refreshments ready back at the church. Come join us for a fun, meaningful time together. They also have a Mitten Tree waiting for your gifts of mittens. Contact Joan Hadlock for more information.

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Brick Chapel Candlelight Service will be on Friday Dec. 20, at 7 pm. Bring a wrapped gift if your child would like a visit with Santa Claus.

(Winter Storm date is Saturday, Dec. 21st.)

*****************************************

Canton FPC is having a Potluck in Fellowship Hall immediately after worship service on Sunday Dec. 15, this is the day the children present their Christmas Pageant during the worship service.  Please bring a dish to pass.

Eating dishes will be provided.

******************************************

Urban Mission in Watertown needs Winter apparel, please only new or nearly new coats, hats, gloves, snow pants, boots, scarves, mittens.  Please leave them at Watertown Stone PC in Fellowship Hall. Help someone stay warm and they will be taken to Urban Mission.

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Rhoda Hall is in the Good Samaritan –Keep Home in Watertown. She had a hip replacement done December 4, 2019. She was the former administrator for Presbytery office in Potsdam.

Please send cards if you remember her. Address: 830 Washington Street, Watertown ,NY 13601

 Good News from Malawi, Africa, Tyler Holm has been released from hospital as an outpatient at a hotel 200 yards from hospital. He still needs follow-up  at hospital with physical therapy , and healing of ribs and lung damage.  Please keep praying for his healing strength and persevering faith for all three of them. It is summer weather in Malawi  now. They are sharing joy with a community which includes our support and prayers for the family and many hands around the world.  An extra complication Dec 10 is Human rights Day in Malawi, and in some cases over the past few months demonstrations have resulted in devastating destruction so not sure they can fly back to Malawi. Tyler plans to restart teaching at the end of January during the new term at the University of Livingstonia Faculty of Theology, he misses both his students and colleagues. Please keep them in your prayers at this time.

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Peru Community Church kicks off Sunday Dec. 15th from 4 pm to 6 pm Messy Church is an all age worship experience that explores God’s love in an accessible way. Everyone is welcomed as they are…. Single, partnered, young, old, tidy or messy.

****************************************

Blue Christmas a Service of Hope and Remembrance, Tuesday Dec. 17, at 7 pm in the chapel at Peru Community Church fellowship Center, 13 Elm St, Peru, NY

****************************************

Sackets Harbor UPC hosting Annual Choir &  Community Concert on Sat. Dec 14, 3:00 pm. A reception follows in Fellowship Hall. Everyone invited to come and enjoy the Christmas Spirit.

*************************************

Orchestra of Northern New York will be performing on Sunday December 15th at 3:00 pm in Sanctuary, in Watertown First Presbyterian Church.

**************************************

 

Jerusalem Syndrome 

    Psalm 122

1. Home is a place

 A fabled city just so, just so

 Circled in fragments now compressed by time

 Dancing kings and priestly women

Walls like nothing but themselves an Ozymandian destiny

Except for its factual existence as a home

Its contested palace, meaningful gardens and tines

Streets that tip wildly down to additional walls

And up again to dolorous heights vaults arching translucent as sweet melon, they come so close to God. foundations thick as the failure to keep blood inside every sacred body Twinkling hands and lights stitched in the Needle Gate.

II. That home is not mine

Enough, enough speech for someone else.

What you do not know beyond screens and pages thin as cathedral gold would be serried ranks of privilege to speak. Glory mine eyes have not seen.  I cannot love what I have never known the fights I did not weigh listen to Respighi or Ravel until you know your place and the sunstroke fades

I cannot speak for you, only for myselves for loose sandals on slipping feet. Can only hold by fingers to the lip many of us climb in search of a jewel set in the dark to which we can add the light of our untrimmed candles And for this I love you in my understanding.

III. Home is a person

This I love, a sense of person and defiance our human style. Sing until your voice gives out on the stairs say something for God’s sake say something before you go build cities as your tear down walls  leave pictures and words that do not fail between us

Out of this need out of the book and the music out of understanding I am apart of all this I keep time with the rest.

Enough then, enough, of the minuscule words

Tucked like a plea below Juliet’s balcony, stuck like a sorrow in the wailing wall.  Find me a chisel and I shall teach my thinning hands to hammer an epitaph on the walls of a pale city to be seen when you run by Epitaph long as a lifetime all I’ve ever spoken even the words I regret since I lived long enough to take them back and say myself better all that remained inside, hoping for someone to ask me.

It’s fine sand will sweep into the serifs I take part in the traces because I love what we do our human endeavor to live by another these invested moving peaces  Say our names knowing mostly they will fade Say it with your life. With stone when necessary if someone tried hard to erase you.  We pass this way and we love so hard We passed this way and we loved so hard unfailing For your sake we speak and we live

  For your sake, friends and lovers.

 By Lucas Walker, Pastoral Care Associate, San Francisco Theological Semina