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St. Martin's Episcopal Church

Hudson, Florida

December 20, 2020

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Readings for the Fourth Sunday of Advent
2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16
When the king was settled in his house, and the Lord had given him rest from all his enemies around him, the king said to the prophet Nathan, "See now, I am living in a house of cedar, but the ark of God stays in a tent." Nathan said to the king, "Go, do all that you have in mind; for the Lord is with you."

But that same night the word of the Lord came to Nathan: Go and tell my servant David: Thus says the Lord: Are you the one to build me a house to live in? I have not lived in a house since the day I brought up the people of Israel from Egypt to this day, but I have been moving about in a tent and a tabernacle. Wherever I have moved about among all the people of Israel, did I ever speak a word with any of the tribal leaders of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, saying, "Why have you not built me a house of cedar?" Now therefore thus you shall say to my servant David: Thus says the Lord of hosts: I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep to be prince over my people Israel; and I have been with you wherever you went, and have cut off all your enemies from before you; and I will make for you a great name, like the name of the great ones of the earth. And I will appoint a place for my people Israel and will plant them, so that they may live in their own place, and be disturbed no more; and evildoers shall afflict them no more, as formerly, from the time that I appointed judges over my people Israel; and I will give you rest from all your enemies. Moreover the Lord declares to you that the Lord will make you a house. Your house and your kingdom shall be made sure forever before me; your throne shall be established forever.

Canticle 15 - The Song of Mary Magnificat

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior; *
        for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed: *
        the Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his Name.
He has mercy on those who fear him *
        in every generation.
He has shown the strength of his arm, *
        he has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, *
        and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things, *
        and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of his servant Israel, *
        for he has remembered his promise of mercy,
The promise he made to our fathers, *
        to Abraham and his children for ever.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *
        as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Romans 16:25-27

Now to God who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages but is now disclosed, and through the prophetic writings is made known to all the Gentiles, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith-- to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever! Amen.


The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke

In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.” But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?” The angel said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God. And now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month for her who was said to be barren. For nothing will be impossible with God.” Then Mary said, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her.

Luke 1:26-38

Please pray for the restoration of St. Martin’s financial health, long term sustainability and growth. 

We pray for all in our church who are sick and suffering.  We pray for our families and friends.

Jesus Pacheo Arrias
Elizabeth (Sheila) Bennett
Lynn Bigel
Jean Brown
Rowan Cote
Phyliss Dombrowski
Anita Gilligan
Jane Guinn
Father Ron Kowalski
Rich Lehing
Randy Mahurin
Holly Montgomery & Family
Jack  and Sandy Mooney
Maya Newel
John Pipas
Marilyn Radosevich & family
Betsy Reynolds
Larry and Bette Ruby
Luis Santana
Tony Saparito
Mary Stanley
Bianca Wright

Our Beloved Dead,
Stephen Kane
Milt Bigel
Walter Brown


Pray for mission agencies and their ministry throughout the Anglican Communion, including the Mothers’ Union around the world

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer
  • St. Michael and All Angels, Sanibel
  • St. Monica's, Naples
  • St. Nathaniel's, North Port
  • St. Paul's, Naples
  • St. Peter's Cathedral, St. Petersburg
  • St. Peter's, Plant City
Click here to send a PRAYER REQUEST

December 20, 2020 - 4th Sunday of Advent

In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.”  Luke 1:26-38

Everything is a gift from God. Mary’s gift to humankind certainly embodies the stewardship way of life as she surrenders the totality of her gifts to God as the Mother of God.  God offers each of us unique gifts and roles. How can you offer time, talent and treasure, gifted to us by God, to mirror Mary’s response?

Do you enjoy getting to know people?  Are you warm and friendly?  If so, we could use you in our Welcome Ministry, where you will be tasked with welcoming new parishioners and being available to them for any questions.  You will also follow up and make sure that we are providing everything that they need.
Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.
Hebrews 13:2

Other areas St. Martin's can use YOU!
  • Social Media Ministry
  • A/V Ministry 
  • Grounds Ministry
  • Handyperson
  • Bible Study Fellowship
  • ????? - What speaks to YOU
Please pray on what you can do to attract new parishioners to ensure that St. Martin's remains  a beacon of light in the community.  We plan on coming back strong from COVID next year!

We truly Thank you for your continued financial support during this time.  St. Martin's parishioners can be very proud of their church and its wonderful members!


Checks    $ 1405.00
 Cash           314.00
PayPal          33.68
 TOTAL     $1752.68
Expenses - 1273.07
$ 479.61
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Throughout the Holiday season, we are still collection food for the Weekend BackPack Food Program!

There is plenty of fruit to get through January but we are in need of all other food for the 5 children we help.

Again, we wish to thank you for all your donations for these children!!

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