Sunday at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Sedona marks the beginning of the season of Advent, in which a four part sermon series will help parishioners prepare not only for the upcoming Christmas event, but also for the subsequent return of Jesus at the end of time as King, Lord, Judge and Savior of all mankind.
Sunday’s sermon will be based upon the collect, or prayer, for Advent, and the readings from the eighth chapter of Paul’s letter to the Romans, in which he says, “the night is far spent, the day is at hand, let us therefore cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light.”
Also included in the sermon will be an examination of the 21st chapter of the gospel according to Saint Matthew, and specifically the cleansing of the temple by Jesus after his arrival in Jerusalem.
The rector of the parish will celebrate Sunday’s Mass and preach.
St. Luke’s is a traditional Episcopal Church and a member of the Anglican Diocese of Arizona.
Its Bishop and Rector is the Right Reverend David Gregory McMannes. The Rev. Mr. Kenneth V. Schwartz is the Deacon Emeritus, and John Loveland, David DuBois, and Mike Andrews are the assisting ministers at the Sunday celebrations.
St. Luke’s is open weekdays for private prayer and meditation, and is located at the corner of Highway 179 and Meadowlark Drive in the Chapel area of Sedona.
It uses the 1928 Book of Common Prayer and serves orthodox Episcopalians throughout Northern Arizona.
For more information, telephone 282-7366. Information can also be obtained at the parish web domain, episcopalnet.org