A not-so-idle thought at Christmas

What an amazing belief is central to our faith. God loves us! God loves us so much that He shared His life with us—intimately, joyfully, painfully. God wants us to know that the most precious gift we have to give and to receive is life.

I believe our life as viewed by God is far more important, lovable and valuable than we can imagine. Why else would God have gone to such an extreme as to assume the life of Jesus and to show us in both His life and death, and especially in resurrection, just how vital we are to God and to one another?

Your life is the most precious gift you have to share with us this Christmas. Thank you! And we thank God for you.

—Rev. Dave Else

P.S.: Our being sent here to be with you is a very special gift this Christmas. —Pat and Dave Else

Advent and Christmas services 2014

CHRISTMAS_0010We look forward to seeing you at St. Stephen’s this Christmas season! If you’re a Christian who’s looking for a church home, and you’re curious about the Episcopal/Anglican tradition, we hope you’ll visit with us.

If you’re not a Christian, but you’re drawn to the faith, this would be a wonderful time to experience one of the most joyful celebrations on the liturgical calendar.

And if you are a former parishioner of St. Stephen’s or any other Episcopal church, living inside or outside the Pittsburgh area, please drop by! You are always welcome!

Services will be held on the four Sundays of Advent at 8 a.m. (traditional, Holy Eucharist Rite II, no music) and 10 a.m. (Holy Eucharist Rite II, with choir and music).

Advent potluck suppers and Bible study will be held Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. in the church undercroft on Dec. 2, Dec. 9 and Dec. 16.

A Holy Eucharist service (Rite II) will be held on Christmas Eve, Wednesday, Dec. 24, at 7 p.m., with music and choir.

There will be no Christmas Day service, and the office will be closed Friday, Dec. 26.

Merry Christmas to you from St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in McKeesport!