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St. Martin's Episcopal Church

Hudson, Florida

December 13, 2020

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Readings for the Third Sunday of Advent
Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11
The spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
     because the Lord has anointed me;
he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed,
     to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
     and release to the prisoners;
to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor,
     and the day of vengeance of our God;
     to comfort all who mourn;
to provide for those who mourn in Zion—
     to give them a garland instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
     the mantle of praise instead of a faint spirit.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
     the planting of the Lord, to display his glory.
They shall build up the ancient ruins,
     they shall raise up the former devastations;
they shall repair the ruined cities,
     the devastations of many generations.
For I the Lord love justice,
     I hate robbery and wrongdoing;
I will faithfully give them their recompense,
     and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.
Their descendants shall be known among the nations,
     and their offspring among the peoples;
all who see them shall acknowledge
     that they are a people whom the Lord has blessed.
I will greatly rejoice in the LORD,
     my whole being shall exult in my God;
for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation,
     he has covered me with the robe of righteousness,
as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland,
     and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
For as the earth brings forth its shoots,
     and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring up,
so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise
     to spring up before all the nations.

Canticle 15
The Song of Mary 
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.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-24
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise the words of prophets, but test everything; hold fast to what is good; abstain from every form of evil.

May the God of peace himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be kept sound and blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do this.


The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light.

This is the testimony given by John when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” He confessed and did not deny it, but confessed, “I am not the Messiah.” And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the prophet?” He answered, “No.” Then they said to him, “Who are you? Let us have an answer for those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?” He said, “I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’” as the prophet Isaiah said. Now they had been sent from the Pharisees. They asked him, “Why then are you baptizing if you are neither the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the prophet?” John answered them, “I baptize with water. Among you stands one whom you do not know, the one who is coming after me; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandal.” This took place in Bethany across the Jordan where John was baptizing.

John 1:6-8,19-28

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
Tony Saparito
Mary Stanley
Bianca Wright

Our Beloved Dead,
Stephen Kane
Milt Bigel
Walter Brown


Pray for the Falkland Islands (Extra-Provincial to Canterbury) The Rt Revd Timothy Thornton - Bishop to the Forces and Bishop to the Falkland Islands

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer
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  • St. Mary's, Palmetto
  • St. Mary's, Tampa
  • St. Matthew's, St. Petersburg
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December 13, 2020 - 3rd Sunday of Advent
The spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me; he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed, to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and release to the prisoners; to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.      Isaiah 61:1-2a

These familiar words of the prophet are welcome during Advent… really, at any time.  For God’s spirit has fallen upon each of us, and in our own way, each of us has been anointed to bring good news, to bind up, to proclaim liberty and release.  Think of those who will experience the Lord’s favor through our faith and our actions.


Help is still needed in the following areas:
  • Social Media Ministry
  • Welcome 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!

Thank you, Carol Paybins, who is our new "Sunshine" person to send Birthday
and Get-Well cards.

We wish to thank you for your continued good stewardship!
Your financial support is critical at this time! 

Checks    $ 2605.00
 Cash           235.00
PayPal          33.68
 TOTAL     $2873.68
 Expenses - 1389.46
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Envelopes & slips are available in the narthex for those wishing to make a donation for Poinsettias.  If you would like to mail one in, please indicate who you are honoring.  Thank you!


Please join us!

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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