Looking for a Short Term Mission Opportunity to grow your faith and serve in Ireland?  Want to support New Wine (see description below) as it seeks to enthuse, equip and resource the local church across Ireland for radical mission that will change their nation.  Consider joining the 2020 Albany Mission Trip Supporting New Wine in Sligo, Ireland.  Here is some brief information:

Eligibility—You must be 18 years of age or older, have a passport and be willing to serve in one of the following rolescategories from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm at New Wine: Child care (under 5), 5-7 year olds, 8-10 year olds, 11-13 year olds, or 14-18 year olds.  In addition, members will help with the set up, additional duties as assigned and close out operations.  Applicants must be in good health and provide references.  Note:  This is a great initial mission opportunity for folks that are ideally 18-40 years of age to experience a short term, international mission trip

Dates— The tentative dates for the trip are July 8th – July 19th 2020.  The proposed schedule is:
Travel date depart on July 8th and arrive on July 9th
In Belfast July 9-10 resting, sightseeing and helping at Willowfield Parish Church
In service July 11.
Work at the Conference July 12-17
Clean Up activities July 18 and possible afternoon site seeing
Fly back on July 19
Note:  Members will have the option of returning home on a later date.

Application Process—Please contact Karen Love at karenlove12846@yahoo.com by February 19th.  There will be an informational meeting on Saturday, February 29th.

Preparation Requirements—the team will meet 3 or 4 times from February to June to prepare for the trip. Meetings will be in different locations.

Cost—approximately $2000 per person

Additional information—All applicants will have limited access to electronic devices during the mission trip.

What is Sligo 20? (From their website)

We are called to live lives that count. Lives that count for the Kingdom and for the King. As we call out to Him together – God’s Kingdom presence breaks into this world. New Wine Ireland exists to enthuse, equip and resource the local church across Ireland for radical mission that will change this nation.


Sligo 20 provides a space for this. It is a key event for the church in Ireland to join together for a week of worship, ministry and teaching.  We believe this call is for everyone and that we can all play a part in it.  Whoever you are, wherever you are from and whatever age you are, Sligo 20 is for you. Whether you come on your own, with your family and friends or with a group from your church there is something for you.
Encountering Gods presence is for everyone! Relevant and fun filled programs keep those aged 0-18 happy while the adults can enjoy the main sessions, seminars and workshops throughout the week. Our key values of worship, teaching and ministry are held firmly in all our programs.
Sligo 20 provides a space and a place where churches and Christians from all over Ireland, can come together to hear God, so that local churches can be empowered and equipped to change their community and Ireland.

Psalm 29

Afferte Domino

Ascribe to the Lord, you gods, *
ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.

2 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his Name; *
worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.

3 The voice of the Lord is upon the waters;
the God of glory thunders; *
the Lord is upon the mighty waters.

4 The voice of the Lord is a powerful voice; *
the voice of the Lord is a voice of splendor.

5 The voice of the Lord breaks the cedar trees; *
the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon;

6 He makes Lebanon skip like a calf, *
and Mount Hermon like a young wild ox.

7 The voice of the Lord splits the flames of fire;
the voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness; *
the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.

8 The voice of the Lord makes the oak trees writhe *
and strips the forests bare.

9 And in the temple of the Lord *
all are crying, “Glory!”

10 The Lord sits enthroned above the flood; *
the Lord sits enthroned as King for evermore.

11 The Lord shall give strength to his people; *
the Lord shall give his people the blessing of peace.

RIP – Fr. Michael Shank

The Rev. Michael Shank, retired priest in the Diocese of Albany, died on Sunday, January 5, 2020. Fr. Shank was serving as Vicar of St. Mary’s, Downsville and St. Margaret’s, Margaretville.
Funeral services will be celebrated on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 240 Main St. Unadilla, NY 13849. A Funeral Mass will be begin at 11:00 am with Bishop William Love officiating. Burial will take place in the spring in Prospect Hill Cemetery, Sidney.
Clergy wishing to vest should wear white stoles.
For the full obituary please click here.

You’re Invited!

The Diocese of Albany invites you to join us for worship this Christmas. Below are a listing of service times for churches around the diocese. New listings are being added daily. The services are listed alphabetically by the town/city where the church is located. Click on the name of the church to find out more information and location.

Cathedral of All Saints, Albany
Christmas Eve: Family mass 4pm, Midnight Mass 11pm
Christmas Day: Mass at 9am

St. Andrew’s, Albany
Christmas Eve 4:30pm Family Eucharist and Pageant;
8pm Carols, 8:30 pm Festive Eucharist
Christmas Day: 10am Eucharist

St. Peter’s, Albany
Christmas Eve: 4:30pm Family Service with Creche
9:30pm Carols by the Choir
10:00pm Christmas Eve Choral Holy Communion Service

Christmas Day:  Holy Communion Service 9am

St. Anne’s, Amsterdam
Christmas Eve: 4pm and 8pm

St. Paul’s, Bloomville
Christmas Eve: Candlelight service at 4:00pm featuring our Children’s Pageant

Church of the Holy Name, Boyntonville
Christmas Eve: 5pm

St. Luke’s, Cambridge
Christmas Eve 9am Early Christmas Eve Service and  a Traditional Christmas Eve service, at 5:30pm.
Christmas Day: Service at 10am  

Calvary Church, Cairo
Christmas Eve: 9:30pm

Church of the Good Shepherd, Canajoharie
Christmas Eve: 6pm

St. Luke’s, Catskill
Christmas Eve: 5pm Said Mass with carols
10:30pm Carol sing
11pm Traditional Midnight Mass

Christmas Day: 9am Said Mass

Christ & St. John’s Church, Champlain
Christmas Eve: Candlelight Mass at 7pm
Christmas Day: Mass at 11am

St. George’s, Clifton Park
Christmas Eve:
4:30pm Family Service (Children’s Pageant and Holy Communion)
7:30pm Holy Communion with carols
10:00pm Service of Christmas carols
10:30pm Solemn Eucharist (Incense) with choir

Christmas Day:
10:30 Holy Communion with carols

St. Michael’s, Colonie
Christmas Eve: 5:00pm and 10:00pm
Christmas Day: 10:00 am

St. John’s, Cohoes
Christmas Eve: Christmas Carols 6:45pm and Holy Eucharist 7:00pm

St. Stephen’s, Delmar
Christmas Eve: Family Service with Holy Eucharist Rite II at 4pm
Traditional Christmas Service with Holy Eucharist Rite II at 8:00pm
Carol Service begins at 7:30pm
Christmas Day: Holy Eucharist Rite I at 9:30am

Church of the Messiah, Glens Falls
Christmas Eve: Services at 4 pm (with incense), 8 pm (no incense)
Christmas Day: 10 am (no incense)

Christ Church, Gilbertsville
Christmas Eve: Christmas Carols begin at 7:40 pm Holy Eucharist Candlelight Service begins at 8pm
Christmas Day: Holy Eucharist at 10am

Trinity Church, Gouverneur
Christmas Eve: Service at 7pm

Trinity Church, Granville
Christmas Eve: 6:00pm
Christmas Day: 10:00pm

St. Paul’s, Greenwich
Christmas Eve: Holy Eucharist Candlelight Service  6pm

Christ Church, Hudson
Christmas Eve: 4 pm Family Service with Eucharist (children’s sermon)
10:30 pm Festal Eucharist (carol singing at 10:30 pm, service begins at 11 pm)
Christmas Day: 9 am Service with Eucharist (no choir or organ)

Zion Church, Hudson Falls
Christmas Eve:  4:00pm & 7:00pm  (carol singing 30 minutes prior to each service)
Christmas Day: 10:00am (spoken service)

St. Augustine’s, Ilion
Christmas Eve: Mass 7pm
Christmas Day: Mass 9:30am

St. John’s, Johnstown
Christmas Eve: 6:00 pm Family Candlelight Service 10:30 pm Music with the Caroga Arts Collective Musicians 11:00 pm Candlelight Service
Christmas Day: 10:00 am Holy Eucharist Service

St. James’, Lake Delaware
Christmas Eve: 10:30pm Mass of the Nativity of Our Lord.
Christmas Day: 10am Mass

Trinity Church, Lansingburgh/Troy
Christmas Eve: Family Festival Service 5:30pm
Christmas Eve: Festival Service at 11pm, beginning with Carol Singing at 10.45pm

Church of Our Saviour, Lebanon Springs
Christmas Eve: 7:30pm

Christ Church, Morristown
Christmas Eve: 7pm

St,. John’s, Ogdensburg
Christmas Eve: Choral Eucharist 7:00pm with Christmas Carols starting at 6:00pm
Christmas Day: Eucharist 9am

St. James’, Oneonta
Christmas Eve: 5pm Family Service, 10:30pm Festival of Carols
11:00pm Festive Choral Christmas Eucharist
Christmas Day: 10:00am Holy Eucharist

Gloria Dei Church, Palenville
Christmas Eve: 7:30pm

Trinity Church, Plattsburgh
Christmas Eve: Family Worship Service  4pm and Candle Light Eucharist at 9pm

All Saints, Round Lake
Christmas Eve: 7pm
Christmas Day: 11am

Bethesda, Saratoga Springs
Christmas Eve:  4:00pm Family Eucharist with the Blessing of the Creche
10:00pm Music of the nativity
10:30pm Solemn Eucharist

Christmas Day: 8:30am Morning Prayer 9am Eucharist with Hymns

Christ Church, Schenectady
Christmas Eve: Service at 7pm

St. George’s, Schenectady
Christmas Eve: Family Mass & Pageant at 3pm, Christmas Eve Solemn High Mass 10pm with a Carol concert beginning at 9:30pm
Christmas Day:  Mass 11am

St. Paul’s, Troy
Christmas Eve: 5pm Reading of “The NIght Before Christmas” followed by a service of Lessons and Carols
5:30pm Christmas Eve Service, Choral Holy Communion Service
Christmas Day: 10am Holy Eucharist

St. Thomas’, Tupper Lake
Christmas Eve: Holy Eucharist at 5:00pm

St. Paul’s, Waddington
Christmas Eve: 7pm Holy Eucharist with Festive Carols.

Grace Church, Waterford
Christmas Eve – 7pm & 10pm
Christmas Day – 9:30am

Trinity Church, Watervliet
Christmas Eve: 5:30pm Carols followed by Mass of Christmas at 6pm

Trinity Church, Whitehall
Christmas Eve: 9pm

I hope you enjoy the December issue of The Albany Episcopalian available in electronic format. To view you can use the following options:
This issue features stories and updates on the ministries and programs happening around our Diocese, including a Christmas message from Bishop Bill.
We hope you enjoy this eIssue of The Albany Episcopalian. As always we thank Cn. George Marshall for his faithful service in putting together the Episcopalian.
Please note that on the Bishop’s visitation Schedule it says May where it should say January.

In those days John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea, proclaiming, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” This is the one of whom the prophet Isaiah spoke when he said,

“The voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the Lord,
make his paths straight.’”

Now John wore clothing of camel’s hair with a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey. Then the people of Jerusalem and all Judea were going out to him, and all the region along the Jordan, and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.

But when he saw many Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism, he said to them, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear fruit worthy of repentance. Do not presume to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our ancestor’; for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham. Even now the ax is lying at the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

“I baptize you with water for repentance, but one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and will gather his wheat into the granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”

Psalm 122

Laetatus sum

I was glad when they said to me,
“Let us go to the house of the Lord.”

2 Now our feet are standing
within your gates, O Jerusalem.

3 Jerusalem is built as a city
that is at unity with itself;

4 To which the tribes go up,
the tribes of the Lord,
the assembly of Israel,
to praise the Name of the Lord.

5 For there are the thrones of judgment,
the thrones of the house of David.

6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: *
“May they prosper who love you.

7 Peace be within your walls
and quietness within your towers.

8 For my brethren and companions’ sake,
I pray for your prosperity.

9 Because of the house of the Lord our God,
I will seek to do you good.”

Psalm 9

I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart;
    I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.
 I will be glad and exult in you;
    I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.

 When my enemies turn back,
    they stumble and perish before[c] your presence.
 For you have maintained my just cause;
    you have sat on the throne, giving righteous judgment.

 You have rebuked the nations; you have made the wicked perish;
    you have blotted out their name forever and ever.
 The enemy came to an end in everlasting ruins;
    their cities you rooted out;
    the very memory of them has perished.

 But the Lord sits enthroned forever;
    he has established his throne for justice,
8and he judges the world with righteousness;
    he judges the peoples with uprightness.

 The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed,
    a stronghold in times of trouble.
 And those who know your name put their trust in you,
    for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.

 Sing praises to the Lord, who sits enthroned in Zion!
    Tell among the peoples his deeds!
 For he who avenges blood is mindful of them;
    he does not forget the cry of the afflicted.

 Be gracious to me, O Lord!
    See my affliction from those who hate me,
    O you who lift me up from the gates of death,
 that I may recount all your praises,
    that in the gates of the daughter of Zion
    I may rejoice in your salvation.

 The nations have sunk in the pit that they made;
    in the net that they hid, their own foot has been caught.
 The Lord has made himself known; he has executed judgment;
    the wicked are snared in the work of their own hands.Higgaion.[d] Selah

 The wicked shall return to Sheol,
    all the nations that forget God.

 For the needy shall not always be forgotten,
    and the hope of the poor shall not perish forever.

 Arise, O Lord! Let not man prevail;
    let the nations be judged before you!
 Put them in fear, O Lord!
    Let the nations know that they are but men! Selah

Since 2007 Libros Para Los Niños has worked to provide the best possible education for children in the poorest areas of the Dominican Republic and to furnish the educational tools to make this possible. It is our belief that an education is the most important gift that can be given a child and the one gift that can never be taken away. Libros Para Los Niños has worked with over twenty schools in the Dominican Republic and in 2017 began working with six schools in Haiti.
Each yearEpiscopal schools submit requests to Libros for scholastic materials, equipment and supplies. Libros evaluates these requests as to their need, and what Libros can provide. Virtually any materials that help teachers educate their students are purchased by Libros. To date the Libros team has taken approximately two tons of Spanish language books and school supplies to the Dominican Republic. In addition the Libros team has supplied computers, printers, copy machines, student desks and chairs, chalk boards, audiovisual equipment and scholarships. One hundred percent of all funds raised, including grants, donations and sales, go directly to the support of Episcopal schools and their students.
Over the past twelve years Libros Para Los Niños has developed several areas of concentration, one of which is to supply food staples for breakfast and lunch programs in albergues. An albergue is basically a protected place — a refuge, or shelter. In the Dominican Republic an albergue is located in a poverty-stricken area. It serves as a preschool, kindergarten and an early primary grade school. Albergues not only provide an academic education but a moral one as well. Many of the children, who attend an albergue, come from homes rife with drug and alcohol abuse and sadly some are physically abused. Family values must be taught to children who may otherwise be lost to an undesirable cycle of life. The albergues Infantil Cristo Salvador in Santiago, Buen Samaritano in San Francisco de Marocís, Jesús Peregrino in Barahona, and San Pablo Apóstol in Jimaní have become a focus as the needs and poverty in these areas are extreme.
Another area of Libros specialization is the funding and equipping of science laboratories.  For a high school to be accredited in the Dominican Republic it must have a science lab. It generally takes 3 years to complete a science lab project. The first year we go to the school to evaluate what is needed for the project. Do they have a room that can be allocated for a laboratory, does the school have a teacher that can teach science classes, and what preparatory work needs to be done. Year two, we purchase equipment and supplies needed to get the laboratory in operating order. Year three, we return to the school to inspect the laboratory to make sure that it is up and running properly and purchase any extra equipment needed. The Libros team has funded science labs in Colegio La Transfiguración inBaní, Colegio Monte de la Transfiguración in Jarabacoa, Colegio San Pablo Apóstol in Jimaní, and Colegio La Anunciación in Santiago as well as École Saint Esprit in Lascohobas, Haiti.
It is said in the Book of Common Prayer,  “Hear what our Lord Jesus Christ saith: Thou shall love the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it: Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” The children and the schools that we serve are our neighbors and we do love them as we do ourselves. Libros Para Los Niños wants the best possible education for these children and we want them to know that there are people in the world that love them enough to provide opportunities for them to succeed. This is done for the children in the Dominican Republic and Haiti in the name and love of God.
The Libros Para Los Niños Traveling Team: Julie Wever, Sandy Trombley, Bobbi Perez, Wendy Susi, Sue Armstrong and Jan Bedoukian

An Advent Preaching Conference
Wednesday, November 6 – Friday, November 8, 2019

A preparation for preaching the themes and texts of Advent
Curated by The Ven. Dr. Christopher A. Brown, Canon Theologian

(REGISTER HERE for printable form   –OR–   HERE for on-line registration)

Join Fr. Brown for a two-day retreat on preaching the Lectionary texts of Advent with an emphasis on exegesis of the Sunday lectionary readings and the exposition of the great themes of Advent:

  • Isaiah’s prophetic announcement of the coming Messiah
  • The Second Coming
  • The Role of John the Forerunner
  • The Virgin Birth as marker of the Incarnation


REGISTER HERE (For printable form) –or–   HERE (For On-Line Registration)