Welcome to the December email newsletter of Old Saint Paul's Episcopal Church, Edinburgh. With a few very short items each month it will keep you up-to-date with news and developments. Comments and suggestions are always welcome using the link below.

Fr Ian 

We Three Kings

Image © Louis Raemaekers Foundation

One of the images the Christian tradition has of political power meeting God’s kingdom is that of the three kings. We sometimes compare political leaders to Herod or Caesar. That reflects our distrust, our disillusion, and our fear of political power. But try to imagine Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, and Theresa May kneeling at the manger, bringing their gifts and tools of power to the birthplace of justice, mercy, peace and love. To imagine such a symbol would be looking for something optimistic, even miraculous, but we are in faith called to pray for miracles and to hope for them.
Imagine, too, that you and I are called to kneel with them at that birthplace of justice, mercy, peace and love, bringing the gifts of ourselves, our hopes, fears and faith, and ready to return to our own work and community and put them into practice.
Read more in the latest edition of the Church's magazine White Rose, available this Sunday, 4 December.

Advent and Christmas at Old Saint Paul's

This year's programme of services for Advent and Christmas, including details of Nine Lessons and Carols, the all-age Crib service and Midnight Mass, is now available to collect and distribute to those who might be interested in coming along. 

Full details of services are at the end of this email.

Advent Journey

Our Advent Group will meet on Monday nights in Advent from 7.30pm (to finish by 9pm). This group will be taking a close look at the bible readings for the coming Sunday, exploring what they mean for us as we journey towards Bethlehem. We will be using the NRSV translation of the Bible - if you are coming, please bring a copy with you if you have one.

Annual General Meeting

The Annual Meeting of the Congregation will take place after High Mass on 11 December.

The Vestry will present its Report and Accounts on the activities of the year, and there will be elections to the Vestry, the Church’s management council. Elections will be held for Lay Representative, Alternate Lay Representative, People's Churchwarden, and two other vacancies on the Vestry require to be filled. Nomination forms, and the Report and Accounts are now available.

Costed options for development of the church hall and lower level will also be presented by the Restoration and Renewal Committee, who will additionally report on the way forward for this challenging and exciting development. 

All members of the congregation are urged to come along on 11 December to take part in these important discussions on facilities at Old Saint Paul's.

Homeless Jesus

At the Annual General Meeting, the congregation will also be consulted about "Homeless Jesus", a life-size figure shrouded in a blanket lying on a bench. The visible wounds on the feet show that it is an image of Jesus, as a homeless person. The sculpture was installed in the Vatican and blessed by Pope Francis. Copies will be placed in other cities around the world.

Timothy Schmalz is a Canadian artist whose award-winning bronze sculptures have become well-known. Tim approached Old Saint Paul’s to ask if we would receive a “Homeless Jesus” which a donor wishes to place here in Edinburgh. The congregation is being consulted about it at its AGM, but already many people have said what a privilege it is to receive a work of art that represents so clearly the meaning of the Gospel - “When you did this to the least of these, you did it to me.”

A light for Aleppo

Old Saint Paul's joined communities across Scotland lighting "A light for Aleppo" on Sunday 20 November. Those who face daily conflict and starvation were remembered as lights were lit to offer a beacon of hope for those in Aleppo.

"A light for Aleppo" was initiated by Edinburgh University Chaplaincy. Further information on the project, including how to donate to charities working in the region, can be viewed here:
Diary Dates

Saturday 10 December
10.00am Walking Group, Roseburn to Canonmills
For further information, email Paul Lugton 

Sunday 11 December
Annual General Meeting after High Mass

Sunday 18 December
Christmas Fair after High Mass

6.30pm Nine Lessons and Carols by candlelight

Saturday 24 December
4.00pm All-age Crib Service
with mince pies and mulled wine

11.30pm Midnight Mass by candlelight

Sunday 25 December
10.30am Christmas Day High Mass

Sunday 8 January
10.30am The Baptism of the Lord: High Mass and Baptism
Services this Month

   Mass 8am (not on 25 December)
   High Mass 10:30am
   Blessing of the Light, Evensong and Benediction 6:30pm 
   (not on 25 December or 1 January)

   Morning Prayer 8am

   Mass: 12:20pm

   Mass: 8am

   Mass: 12:20pm 
It costs about £185,000 a year to run Old Saint Paul's, or about £3,600 every week. See Supporting OSP for more details, and information on how to make donations.
If you are a regular giver, please consider giving by standing order
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