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Good Word 12/17/2021

DECEMBER 17, 2021

The Fourth Sunday of Advent: Peace

On this fourth and last Sunday of Advent, we light the fourth candle symbolizing peace. We are invited to embrace peace in exchange for the fear and uncertainty that has enveloped us since the COVID-19 pandemic. Let us raise our voices to proclaim the greatness of God and giving over the sadness in our hearts as we celebrate this holiday season differently again this year. Jesus, the Prince of Peace came to bring peace, joy, love, and hope to our hearts and through us to our world. With God, nothing is impossible!

The Rev. Fatima Yakubu-Madus

TONIGHT: Caroling at CCC

FRIDAY, DEC. 17, AT 6:30PM

Looking for a chance to sing your favorite Christmas carols? All are invited to come and sing joyful carols with members of the Cathedral choir on our lawn on Dec. 17 at 6:30 p.m.  We will meet at 6 p.m. to rehearse. Please join us for a fun time of fellowship and hospitality for our downtown neighbors.

For more information or to confirm your attendance, email Canon Mariann Scott.


New Shared Office Space in 2022

Bishop Jennifer and Dean Gray announced this week that The Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis and Christ Church Cathedral have signed a five-year lease to share office space at 54 Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis. While our pastoral care and congregational activities will continue to fill the Cathedral with warmth and community, our staff will also have dedicated space to support our collective work. We look forward to sharing this space with the Diocese beginning in early 2022!


SAVE THE DATE | CCC Concerts: Walk In Light


Indianapolis-based Baroque ensemble Echoing Air will present “Walk in Light,” a concert for the season of Epiphany showcasing music from the Baroque period for voices and instruments. Selections will include works by Telemann, Legrenzi, and Buxtehude. The ensemble features two countertenors, two recorders, Baroque flute, harpsichord/organ, and viola da gamba.


Vestry Meets This Week


Christ Church Cathedral’s Vestry (governing board) usually meets at 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month. Because of the holiday schedule, the Vestry will meet one week earlier this month. Our meetings are open to the congregation and all are welcome to attend.


Children’s Pageant Rehearsal This Sunday

SUNDAY, DEC. 19, AT 11:30AM

CCC’s annual Children’s Pageant of the Nativity will be presented Dec. 24 at 3 p.m. We will have one required rehearsal this Sunday, Dec. 19, at 11:30 a.m. Anyone who can’t attend the rehearsal will be warmly welcomed as “stars” on day of the service. Questions? Email Anne Tordai.


Songs of Surprise

SUNDAY, DEC. 19, AT 11:30AM

Looking for a way to escape the hustle and bustle of the season and to ground yourself in hope and expectation? Dan Hoffman will continue his Advent Spiritual Refresher this Sunday at 11:30 a.m. Dan will guide us in exploring the Canticles of Zechariah and Mary that we sing during our liturgies in Advent. In the story of Jesus’ birth, the main actor is God.

God upends the natural order of human existence through the birth of John the Baptizer to aged Elizabeth and Zechariah and through the birth of Jesus to a young virgin, Mary. The “Good News” of Luke indicates from its first verses that the in-breaking of God’s reign will be accompanied by divine actions of all kinds. Zechariah offers a song of praise in Luke 1:68-79 (the Benedictus), and Mary offers her song in Luke 1:46-55 (the Magnificat).

We’ll take a deep look at these treasures of Scripture and liturgy through contemplative individual activities including music, journaling, art, meditation and prayer.

Las Posadas

DEC. 16-23 AT 6PM

Christ Church’s annual Posadas celebration will run nightly from Dec. 16 through Dec. 23 at 6 p.m. During the Posadas we re-enact Joseph and Mary’s journey seeking shelter for them and the New Born King. We will meet at different homes, where everybody is invited to join in, but on Wednesday, Dec. 22, we will gather in the Parish Hall at CCC. If you are interested in participating, please email Verónica Godinez, and she will email you the full Posadas schedule. ALL ARE WELCOME!


Green the Cathedral!


Just before Christmas Eve each year, CCC is beautifully transformed with greenery and decorations to celebrate the Christmas season. Helpers are needed for this fun tradition! Contact Anne Tordai for more information.


Celebrate Christmas at CCC!

DEC. 24, 2021-JAN. 5, 2022

In the flurry and celebration of the season leading up to Dec. 25, it’s easy to forget that Christmas Day, in fact, marks the beginning of the church’s Christmas season. At CCC we will kick off the season on Christmas Eve with our children’s pageant at 3 p.m.; Lessons & Carols at 5 p.m.; Santa Misa y Villancicos at 7:30 p.m.; and a celebratory Eucharist at 11 p.m. with a sermon by Bishop Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows. All services at 3, 5, 7:30, and 11 p.m. will be livestreamed.

On Christmas Day, we’ll ring in the season in joyous worship at 10 a.m., and we’ll close out the season on Wednesday, Jan. 5, with our traditional Twelfth Night service on the eve of the Epiphany.


Holiday Building Hours, Service and Programming Changes

DEC. 27, 2021- JAN. 1, 2022

In the final week of 2021, many of our staff members will be taking time to rest and refresh before the new year. During that time, daily services will pause and resume on Jan. 3, and the building will be closed to the public. Sung weekday service will resume with evensong on January 11.

CCC Emails and Devotions Winter Schedule

Please note the changes to our holiday communications schedule as we prepare for Christmas and briefly pause after. Good Word emails will be on hiatus beginning Dec. 24 and resume on Jan. 7. Weekly devotionals will pause beginning Jan. 5 and resume for Lent. We are excited to refresh our communications and allow our staff to rest after Christmas.

Save The Date: CCC Annual Meeting

SUNDAY, JAN. 30, AT 11:30AM

All members are invited to attend the Annual Parish Meeting, where – among other items of business – we will elect new Vestry members and delegates to the Diocesan Convention that will take place in November 2022. We are particularly looking forward to this annual meeting because, after a year of listening and processing, our Discernment Team will present focus areas for our upcoming ministry as determined by all of the input they received from our members and our neighbors.

Candidates for Vestry: Liliana Guzman, Andrea Hunley, Conner McNeely, Perry Mihalakos, Steve Whaley

Candidates for Diocesan Convention: Jeffry Guerrero, Elaine Klemesrud, Ewan McDuffee, Brent Leubcke (alternate 1), Milicent Wright (alternate 2)

Additional information about candidates will be released in January.

CCC Is Hiring!

As we look forward to 2022 in hopes of expanding our current ministries and opportunities, we will need additional staff help to realize our dreams. That’s why we’re seeking an experienced priest to help oversee day-to-day programming as well as a new sexton/hospitality ministry coordinator to assist in overseeing on-site activities and taking care of the building.


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