St. Nicholas Episcopal Church

The Episcopal Church in Scarborough, Maine

Sunday, December 16, 2018 Third Sunday of Advent


Sunday, December 16 – Giving Sunday

Once a month, we encourage members to bring food items for donation to the Scarborough Food Pantry.

Sunday, December 16 – Ministers

Guest Celebrant: Rev. Sara D’Angio White

Coffee Hour Hosts: Marci Pobgee and Kelly Martino

Eucharistic Ministers: John Sutton(P) and Dick Hamilton

Greeters:  Rod Dixon and Marci Pobgee

Lectors: Becky Buyers and Rod Dixon

Offering Teller: John Nye


Opening:  #481:  “Rejoice, the Lord Is King!”

Gospel:  #76 – “On Jordan’s Bank, the Baptist’s Cry”

Closing:  #68 – “Rejoice! Rejoice, Believers”


The prelude for the third Sunday of Advent is “Now with Singing and Praise” which is based on the tune “Middlebury” from an 1815 collection.  The arrangement is by American composer Dale Wood (1934-2003 A.D.).

The offertory is “Adoramus Te, Christe” (“We Adore Thee”) by French composer Theodore Dubois (1837-1924 A.D.).  It is played by St. Nicholas Chimers.

The postlude is the traditional Advent carol “Jacob’s Ladder”.  We don’t know who wrote this song, but the words of two verses express our longing for the coming of Jesus and the hope for heaven He brings:

“As Jacob with travel was weary one day, at night on a stone for a pillow he lay.  He saw in a vision a ladder so high that its foot was on earth and its top in the sky.”  CHORUS:  “Hallelujah to Jesus who died on the tree and hath raised up a ladder of mercy for me, and hath raised up a ladder of mercy for me.”  “And when we arrive at the haven of rest we shall hear the glad words ‘Come up hither, ye blest; here are regions of light, here are mansions of bliss.’ O, who wouldn’t climb such a ladder as this?”  CHORUS.

Special guest Shannon Allen, cellist, will play for our Christmas Eve service as well as our chimers who will rehearse today after Coffee Hour.

Terry Foster, Church Musician

Thursday, December 20 – 9:00am – Holy Eucharist

Join us for a quiet start to your busy day.


Sunday, December 23 – Ministers

Coffee Hour Hosts: Volunteers needed, please.

Eucharistic Ministers: Bill Nixon(P) and Mark Bennett

Greeters:  Anna Hamilton and Kelly Martino

Lectors: Jane Ducott and Vicki LaQuerre

Offering Teller: Anna Hamilton

Christmas Eve Service

We will celebrate Christmas on Monday, December 24 at 4:30pm. Our chimers will play, and we will have a guest cellist!  Join us for this festive Eucharist.

Christmas Eve Ministers

  • Eucharistic Ministers: Jane Ducott(P) and Bill Sproull
  • Greeter: Kelly Martino
  • Lectors: Kelly Martino

  • Sunday, December 30 – Ministers
  • Coffee Hour Hosts: Erik and Dana Jensen
  • Eucharistic Ministers: Schedule coming soon.
  • Greeters: Erik and Dana Jensen
  • Lectors: Jane Erik and Dana Jensen
  • Offering Teller: Kelly Martino

Christmas Flowers

Now accepting donations for Christmas Eve flowers. Please include names of loved ones being remembered and or gratitude offerings. Checks can be made out to Jane Ducott or cash is greatly appreciated.   Thank you.

Chocolate to Benefit Konbit Sante

Chocolate bars, hot cocoa mix and baking cocoa will be for sale after church today and next week. Proceeds after cost benefit Konbit Sante’s work to improve healthcare in northern Haiti.  A percentage of all we purchase from Equal Exchange is also donated to Episcopal Relief & Development.  FMI—Nancy Nickerson

Candidates for the Next Bishop of Maine

Candidates for Bishop have been presented. Please thoughtfully review the information on the bulletin board and online at and present your choices to Kelly & Jane. We will be representing St Nick’s at the election in February.  On Sunday, January 20 we will host candidate Rev. Kenneth Brannon and his wife as part of the selection process.

Sandpiper Children’s Center Fundraiser

Again this year, Sandpiper has gift cards for sale.  These gift cards can be used at dozens of different businesses – great for gifts or for your own use.  Lorna Kerbel will have a sign-up sheet and can answer any questions you may have.

Volunteer Opportunity – Church Office

Cathy Bennett is retiring from her office duties as of the end of January. We are looking for someone who would like to make up the church bulletin each week, as well as keep up the church website and social media sites.  Please see Cathy, Kelly or Cynthia if you are interested.

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