Schedule Changes, Special Services & Updates
Our 2017 Advent / Christmas Worship Schedule
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given . . .and of His kingdom there will be no end!”
Sunday, December 17 (3rd Sunday of Advent)
7:45 a.m. Rite I, Holy Eucharist
9:00 a.m. Traditional Christmas Pageant (followed by the Happy Birthday, Jesus Party in Miller Hall)
11:15 a.m. Rite II, Holy Eucharist
Sunday, December 24 (4th Advent)
10:00 a.m. Morning Prayer (Spoken)
Sunday, December 24 (Christmas Eve)
3:00 p.m. Crèche Service (for children/families, with Eucharist and carols)
8:00 p.m.* Rite II, Festival Holy Eucharist (Brass Quintet and Chancel Choir)
11:00 p.m.* Rite II, Festival Holy Eucharist (Brass Quintet and Chancel Choir)
* The 8:00 and 11:00 p.m. services will be preceded by special pre-service music. Early seating is recommended for this reason.
Monday, December 25 (Christmas Day)
10:00 a.m. Rite II, Holy Eucharist with Carols and Homily
Sunday, December 31, 2017 (1st Sunday after Christmas)
10:00 a.m. Christmas Lessons & Carols with Rite II, Holy Eucharist
EPIPHANY SERVICE/DINNER JANUARY 6
Join us in celebrating Epiphany on Saturday, January 6th at 5:00 p.m. Epiphany, which falls twelve days after Christmas, celebrates the Wise Men's visit to see the Christ Child. Our service will start at 5:00 p.m. in the church. Following the light-filled service, we'll enjoy a celebratory dinner in Miller Hall (with the Wombles cooking), beginning at 6:00 p.m. Volunteers are needed to help set up/clean up as well as those who wish to serve on the committee and/or those who wish to help with an event, but not serve on the committee. To sign up (by December 31), look for the sign-up sheet in the Miller Hall foyer; e-mail/call the parish office (828-884-3666, email@example.com); or use Access ACS or the Church Life app. All are welcome!
A new Rector is called to St. Philip's
December 3, 2017
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
It is with great joy and excitement that I announce to you that our vestry has unanimously called the Rev. Thomas Murphy to be our pastor and rector. The process has been filled with joy every step of the way, and I cannot be more excited for you to meet this remarkable man and his family.
Thomas comes to us from the Cathedral of All Souls in Asheville, where he joined the staff in the fall of 2006. Previously he worked as the assistant director of the Tennessee Justice Project and spent a year working at an orphanage in Honduras with the Young Adult Service Corps, a program run through the national church office. He also worked five summers as a counselor at Camp Henry. Thomas graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a degree in religion, received his Master’s degree from Harvard Divinity School, and did work in Anglican Studies at Virginia Theological Seminary and Episcopal Divinity School before being ordained as a priest in 2010. Thomas is active on numerous diocesan committees and has been elected twice to the General Convention of the Episcopal Church as a clergy delegate from the Diocese of Western North Carolina. He and his wife Amanda currently live in South Asheville with their three children Tav, Charlie, and Eloise (ages 9, 7, and 5) and spend every moment they can outdoors.
Thomas will not immediately come to St. Philip's; he needs to say goodbye to his church family at the cathedral just as we have so recently said goodbye to Bill Walker. More information about his arrival will be forthcoming as plans are made.
Please read his letter to St. Philip's below, and add Thomas and his family to your prayers as we begin our journey together.
Dear St. Philip’s,
One of my touchstone scriptures is from the Gospel of John. It reads, “I came that you might have life, and have it more abundantly.” That is what I sensed in meeting with the St. Philip’s Rector Discernment Committee and the Vestry, a worshiping community bursting with life. Driving around Brevard, it seemed every building we passed housed a non-profit that a member of the congregation either ran or volunteered regularly.
Touring the church, I heard about group after group and ministry after ministry that met there. Importantly, I also heard about celebration after celebration that occurred within those sacred walls. Church should at times be joyful and a place where fun is expected. St. Philip’s is a church that has so much life, and a desire to have it more abundantly because there seems an authentic yearning to allow God to work through its members to minister to a world sorely in need. I feel so deeply privileged to accept a leadership position among people that so seriously honor the promises made in baptism.
During times of transition to new leadership, there is some natural anxiety. Long time parishioners may want to know what will change. Newer members may wonder what can change. The staff will hope that I am at least an affable person, who does not microwave trout sandwiches for lunch in the break room. During this time, long held disagreements may suddenly reemerge and my hope is that these can be discussed and dealt with openly.
I can promise you that without a doubt over the course of being in ministry together, I will disappoint some of you, anger others, and, doubtlessly, frustrate a few. I want you to know from the start that this is always expected within vibrant communities. These type communities are filled with passion. Passion often leads to conflict, which inevitably leads to a clearer common understanding of each other and the paths we have walked along the way. I only ask that we grow to love and trust each other enough to at least sit down and talk directly. Then, no matter how deeply we disagree, always agree to gather together each Sunday, month after month, year after year, and share a meal that transforms us into the plebs sancta Dei—the holy common people of God.
As far as I am concerned, the most important job I will have this first year is simply to get to know you. It will be to listen to your life story; your hopes, heartaches, and understanding of how God has worked through your life. I will want the chance to meet with you, your families, and learn about your favorite coffee shop. I will want to share meals with you, laugh with you, and show up when you are in crisis. The totality of God’s dream for humanity can only occur through the intricate webs that tie us together through ever-strengthening relationships.
Finally, to the Rector Discernment Committee and Vestry: I simply thank you for all of your hard and faithful work. They have spent countless hours reading resumes, calling multiple references, and Skyping with candidates. They have hosted prospective rectors with the precision of a covert agency, secretly shuttling them around town, taking the back roads, and eating in clandestine establishments. They have asked thoughtful questions, prayed for guidance, and, most importantly, trusted in the Holy Spirit. I am humbled beyond words to be asked to accept their call to do ministry together and become the next rector at St. Philip’s.
Yours in Christ,
The Reverend Thomas Murphy
If you want to help financially, which is definitely needed, please give to Episcopal Relief & Development [episcopalrelief.org (preferred) or make your check out to St. Philip’s with HARVEY/IRMA in the memo line]. This organization will make certain that your funds are distributed and converted in the most needed way to those who need help.
Our Inclement Weather Policy
For Sunday worship and other events, check the phone message at (828) 884-3666, St. Philip’s website, Facebook, and look for an e-mail blast. If there will be any change in the regular schedule due to inclement weather, the media will reflect those changes by 7:00 a.m. on Sunday. If the policy is put into effect, Sunday worship services and other events will be canceled EXCEPT for an 11:15 a.m. spoken liturgy, which will always take place.
On weekdays, our inclement weather policy will follow the Transylvania County Schools. If school is closed or there is an early dismissal due to severe weather, all church events will be canceled. (If in doubt, check with the leader of the group or event in question.)
For future updates on worship and other events, please check Facebook. If there are any additional changes in the regular schedule due to inclement weather, we will reflect those changes by 7:00 AM on Sunday.