St. Andrew's Episcopal Church
Ayer, Massachusetts

Faith, Community, and Love

St. Andrew's Calendar

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Rev. Joyce L. Scherer-Hoock

The Third Sunday after the Ephiphany

Holy Eucharist, Rite I (spoken service)
8:00 a.m., The Rev. Joyce L. Scherer-Hoock officiating.

Join us for Breakfast and Annual Meeting of the Parish

Breakfast and Annual Meeting of the Parish
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary.
Please come and participate in the approval of the 2014 parish budget, as well as the election of new Vestry members, delegates to the annual Diocesan Convention, and representatives to the Concord River Deanery. Annual reports of parish commissions and organizations will be available for discussion and questions. All parish members are encouraged to attend.
Coffee, juices, and a light breakfast will be served by the Parish Life Commission.

Choir Practice
10:00 a.m. - 10:20 a.m. in the Sanctuary.

Holy Eucharist, Rite II (traditional service with hymns and anthems)
10:30 a.m., The Rev. Joyce L. Scherer-Hoock officiating.
                        Daesik Cha, Organist
                        St. Andrew's Choir

Bethel Evangelical Free Church
Kwangchul Kim, Senior Pastor
1:00 p.m. Worship Service
2:30 p.m. Bible Study
St. Andrew's is pleased to host this new Korean-speaking congregation.
We wish them every success.


Monday, January 26, 2015

La Conversion de saint Paul sur le chemin de Damas, oil on canvas executed circa 1570-77 by the Flemish painter Hans Speckaert (c.1540-1577).  Now in the collection of the Musèe du Louvre in Paris.

Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul the Apostle
Today, we remember how Saul (or Paul) of Tarsus was lead by God's grace to become one of the Church's chief spokesman. Click here to read more about the life of Saint Paul the Apostle.

Rev. Tim Keller

Bible Study
We are studying the Book of Genesis using materials written by Rev. Tim Keller, founder and Senior Pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City.
All are welcome to join us.
John Ferrillo, Moderator
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall


Thursday, January 29, 2015

Holy Eucharist Rite II
A quiet contemplative service, with an informal discussion of this week's Gospel readings.
12:00 p.m., The Rev. Joyce L. Scherer-Hoock officiating.

Rev. Dr. Martha Giltinan

Evensong in Memory of the Rev. Dr. Martha H. Giltinan
4:00 p.m., The Rev. Joyce L. Scherer-Hoock officiating.
                     Daesik Cha, Organist
                     St. Andrew's Choir
There will be a light supper and a time for informal fellowship afterward in the Peabody Room.
All are welcome.

Weekly Choir Practice
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary
Daesik Cha, Choir Director

Alcoholics Anonymous - Ayer Group
Open Meeting with a Speaker, Non-Smoking
7:45 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall


Sunday, February 1, 2015

Rev. Joyce L. Scherer-Hoock

The Fourth Sunday after the Ephiphany

Holy Eucharist, Rite I (spoken service)
8:00 a.m., The Rev. Joyce L. Scherer-Hoock officiating.

Choir Practice
9:15 a.m. - 9:50 a.m. in the Sanctuary

Sunday School
9:45 a.m. upstairs in the Parish Hall.
After Sunday School, students will be accompanied by their teachers to the Sanctuary for Holy Communion.

Holy Eucharist, Rite II (traditional service with hymns and anthems)
10:00 a.m., The Rev. Joyce L. Scherer-Hoock officiating.
                        Daesik Cha, Organist
                        St. Andrew's Choir

Bethel Evangelical Free Church
Kwangchul Kim, Senior Pastor
1:00 p.m. Worship Service
2:30 p.m. Bible Study
St. Andrew's is pleased to host this new Korean-speaking congregation.
We wish them every success.


Monday, February 2, 2015

Presentation in the Temple, a tempera painting on wood panel signed and dated 1342 by the Sienese painter Ambrogio Lorenzetti (1285-1348).  Originally commissioned for the altar of San Crescenzo in Siena Cathedral, it is now in the collection of the Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence, Italy.

The Presentation of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Temple,
also called the Purification of Saint Mary the Virgin
(also called Candlemas)

Today, we commemorate day that Mary and Joseph took the baby Jesus to the Temple in Jerusalem forty days after his birth to complete Mary's ritual purification after childbirth, and to perform the redemption of the firstborn, in obedience to the Law of Moses. Click here to read more about this early episode in the life of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Rev. Tim Keller

Bible Study
We are studying the Book of Genesis using materials written by Rev. Tim Keller, founder and Senior Pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City.
All are welcome to join us.
John Ferrillo, Moderator
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall


Thursday, February 5, 2015

Holy Eucharist Rite II
A quiet contemplative service, with an informal discussion of this week's Gospel readings.
12:00 p.m., The Rev. Joyce L. Scherer-Hoock officiating.

Weekly Choir Practice
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary
Daesik Cha, Choir Director

Alcoholics Anonymous - Ayer Group
Open Meeting with a Speaker, Non-Smoking
7:45 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall


Sunday, February 8, 2015

Cub Scout LogoBoy Scout Logo

Boy Scout Sunday
The Boy Scouts of America designates the Sunday that falls before February 8 (Scouting Anniversary Day) as Scout Sunday. Today, St. Andrew's welcomes all Scouts, Scout Leaders, and their families to attend services with us. Scouts and Scout Leaders: Please wear your uniform.

Rev. Joyce L. Scherer-Hoock

The Fifth Sunday after the Ephiphany

Holy Eucharist, Rite I (spoken service)
8:00 a.m., The Rev. Joyce L. Scherer-Hoock officiating.

Choir Practice
9:15 a.m. - 9:50 a.m. in the Sanctuary

Sunday School
9:45 a.m. upstairs in the Parish Hall.
After Sunday School, students will be accompanied by their teachers to the Sanctuary for Holy Communion.

Holy Eucharist, Rite II (traditional service with hymns and anthems)
10:00 a.m., The Rev. Joyce L. Scherer-Hoock officiating.
                        Daesik Cha, Organist
                        St. Andrew's Choir

Bethel Evangelical Free Church
Kwangchul Kim, Senior Pastor
1:00 p.m. Worship Service
2:30 p.m. Bible Study
St. Andrew's is pleased to host this new Korean-speaking congregation.
We wish them every success.


Monday, February 9, 2015

Rev. Tim Keller

Bible Study
We are studying the Book of Genesis using materials written by Rev. Tim Keller, founder and Senior Pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City.
All are welcome to join us.
John Ferrillo, Moderator
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall


Thursday, February 12, 2015

Holy Eucharist Rite II
A quiet contemplative service, with an informal discussion of this week's Gospel readings.
12:00 p.m., The Rev. Joyce L. Scherer-Hoock officiating.

Weekly Choir Practice
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary
Daesik Cha, Choir Director

Alcoholics Anonymous - Ayer Group
Open Meeting with a Speaker, Non-Smoking
7:45 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall


Sunday, February 15, 2015

World Mission Sunday Logo

World Mission Sunday
In 1997, the General Convention of the Episcopal Church designated the last Sunday in Epiphany as World Mission Sunday to increase awareness of and participation in the wider global mission of the the Church. Read: 45 Ways to Encourage Global Mission

Rev. Joyce L. Scherer-Hoock

The Last Sunday after the Epiphany, or Quinquagesima Sunday

Holy Eucharist, Rite I (spoken service)
8:00 a.m., The Rev. Joyce L. Scherer-Hoock officiating.

Choir Practice
9:15 a.m. - 9:50 a.m. in the Sanctuary

Sunday School
9:45 a.m. upstairs in the Parish Hall.
After Sunday School, students will be accompanied by their teachers to the Sanctuary for Holy Communion.

Holy Eucharist, Rite II (traditional service with hymns and anthems)
10:00 a.m., The Rev. Joyce L. Scherer-Hoock officiating.
                        Daesik Cha, Organist
                        St. Andrew's Choir

Bethel Evangelical Free Church
Kwangchul Kim, Senior Pastor
1:00 p.m. Worship Service
2:30 p.m. Bible Study
St. Andrew's is pleased to host this new Korean-speaking congregation.
We wish them every success.


Monday, February 16, 2015

George Washington

Washington's Birthday

Rev. Tim Keller

Bible Study
We are studying the Book of Genesis using materials written by Rev. Tim Keller, founder and Senior Pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City.
All are welcome to join us.
John Ferrillo, Moderator
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Today is Shrove Tuesday

Shrove Tuesday, or Mardi Gras
Today is the last day before Lent begins. The word "shrove" is the past tense of the old English word "shrive", which means to obtain absolution for sins. In many countries, it is also known as "Pancake Tuesday, as it is traditional to eat pancakes - which use up milk and eggs, commonly given up for Lent - on this day.

Mardi Gras literally means "Fat Tuesday" in French. The name comes from the tradition of slaughtering and feasting upon a fattened calf on the last day of Carnival.

Monthly Vestry Meeting
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall
Members of the parish are cordially invited to attend.


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

All are invited to attend Ash Wednesday services today.

The First Day of Lent, or Ash Wednesday
Lent is a time when Christians remember the 40 days and nights Jesus spent alone in the desert without food being tempted by the Devil.

Today is the first day of Lent, a period of fasting that lasts 46 days and culminates in Easter. In Christian tradition it is a day of repentance, and the practice of marking parishioners with ashes (sometimes mixed with a little water or oil) in the shape of a cross, usually on the forehead, probably has its origins in the ancient use of ashes in mourning. In this way, the participant expresses sorrow for their sins.

Holy Eucharist Rite II with Imposition of Ashes
12:00 p.m., The Rev. Joyce L. Scherer-Hoock officiating.

Holy Eucharist Rite II with Imposition of Ashes
7:00 p.m., The Rev. Joyce L. Scherer-Hoock officiating.


Thursday, February 19, 2015

Holy Eucharist Rite II
A quiet contemplative service, with an informal discussion of this week's Gospel readings.
12:00 p.m., The Rev. Joyce L. Scherer-Hoock officiating.

Weekly Choir Practice
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary
Daesik Cha, Choir Director

Alcoholics Anonymous - Ayer Group
Open Meeting with a Speaker, Non-Smoking
7:45 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall


Sunday, February 22, 2015

Rev. Joyce L. Scherer-Hoock

The First Sunday in Lent

Holy Eucharist, Rite I (spoken service)
8:00 a.m., The Rev. Joyce L. Scherer-Hoock officiating.

Choir Practice
9:15 a.m. - 9:50 a.m. in the Sanctuary

Sunday School
9:45 a.m. upstairs in the Parish Hall.
After Sunday School, students will be accompanied by their teachers to the Sanctuary for Holy Communion.

Holy Eucharist, Rite II (traditional service with hymns and anthems)
10:00 a.m., The Rev. Joyce L. Scherer-Hoock officiating.
                        Daesik Cha, Organist
                        St. Andrew's Choir

Bethel Evangelical Free Church
Kwangchul Kim, Senior Pastor
1:00 p.m. Worship Service
2:30 p.m. Bible Study
St. Andrew's is pleased to host this new Korean-speaking congregation.
We wish them every success.


Monday, February 23, 2015

Rev. Tim Keller

Bible Study
We are studying the Book of Genesis using materials written by Rev. Tim Keller, founder and Senior Pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City.
All are welcome to join us.
John Ferrillo, Moderator
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Sculpture of St. Matthias holding an axe and an open book with a reference to John 15:14: "You are my friends if you do what I command.", which is located at the St. Matthias Abbey Church in Trier, Germany, where relics of the Apostle have kept since as early the 5th century.

The Feast of Saint Matthias the Apostle
Today, we remember the life of Saint Mattias, who was chosen to replace Judas Iscariot as an Apostle. Click here to read more about the life of Saint Matthias.


Thursday, February 26, 2015

Holy Eucharist Rite II
A quiet contemplative service, with an informal discussion of this week's Gospel readings.
12:00 p.m., The Rev. Joyce L. Scherer-Hoock officiating.

Weekly Choir Practice
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary
Daesik Cha, Choir Director

Alcoholics Anonymous - Ayer Group
Open Meeting with a Speaker, Non-Smoking
7:45 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall


Sunday, March 1, 2015

Rev. Joyce L. Scherer-Hoock

The Second Sunday in Lent

Holy Eucharist, Rite I (spoken service)
8:00 a.m., The Rev. Joyce L. Scherer-Hoock officiating.

Choir Practice
9:15 a.m. - 9:50 a.m. in the Sanctuary

Sunday School
9:45 a.m. upstairs in the Parish Hall.
After Sunday School, students will be accompanied by their teachers to the Sanctuary for Holy Communion.

Holy Eucharist, Rite II (traditional service with hymns and anthems)
10:00 a.m., The Rev. Joyce L. Scherer-Hoock officiating.
                        Daesik Cha, Organist
                        St. Andrew's Choir

Bethel Evangelical Free Church
Kwangchul Kim, Senior Pastor
1:00 p.m. Worship Service
2:30 p.m. Bible Study
St. Andrew's is pleased to host this new Korean-speaking congregation.
We wish them every success.


Monday, March 2, 2015

Rev. Tim Keller

Bible Study
We are studying the Book of Genesis using materials written by Rev. Tim Keller, founder and Senior Pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City.
All are welcome to join us.
John Ferrillo, Moderator
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall


Thursday, March 5, 2015

Holy Eucharist Rite II
A quiet contemplative service, with an informal discussion of this week's Gospel readings.
12:00 p.m., The Rev. Joyce L. Scherer-Hoock officiating.

Weekly Choir Practice
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary
Daesik Cha, Choir Director

Alcoholics Anonymous - Ayer Group
Open Meeting with a Speaker, Non-Smoking
7:45 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall


Sunday, March 8, 2015

Rev. Joyce L. Scherer-Hoock

The Third Sunday in Lent

Holy Eucharist, Rite I (spoken service)
8:00 a.m., The Rev. Joyce L. Scherer-Hoock officiating.

Choir Practice
9:15 a.m. - 9:50 a.m. in the Sanctuary

Sunday School
9:45 a.m. upstairs in the Parish Hall.
After Sunday School, students will be accompanied by their teachers to the Sanctuary for Holy Communion.

Holy Eucharist, Rite II (traditional service with hymns and anthems)
10:00 a.m., The Rev. Joyce L. Scherer-Hoock officiating.
                        Daesik Cha, Organist
                        St. Andrew's Choir

Bethel Evangelical Free Church
Kwangchul Kim, Senior Pastor
1:00 p.m. Worship Service
2:30 p.m. Bible Study
St. Andrew's is pleased to host this new Korean-speaking congregation.
We wish them every success.


Monday, March 9, 2015

Rev. Tim Keller

Bible Study
We are studying the Book of Genesis using materials written by Rev. Tim Keller, founder and Senior Pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City.
All are welcome to join us.
John Ferrillo, Moderator
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall


Thursday, March 12, 2015

Holy Eucharist Rite II
A quiet contemplative service, with an informal discussion of this week's Gospel readings.
12:00 p.m., The Rev. Joyce L. Scherer-Hoock officiating.

Weekly Choir Practice
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary
Daesik Cha, Choir Director

Alcoholics Anonymous - Ayer Group
Open Meeting with a Speaker, Non-Smoking
7:45 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall


Sunday, March 15, 2015

Rev. Joyce L. Scherer-Hoock

The Fourth Sunday in Lent

Holy Eucharist, Rite I (spoken service)
8:00 a.m., The Rev. Joyce L. Scherer-Hoock officiating.

Choir Practice
9:15 a.m. - 9:50 a.m. in the Sanctuary

Sunday School
9:45 a.m. upstairs in the Parish Hall.
After Sunday School, students will be accompanied by their teachers to the Sanctuary for Holy Communion.

Holy Eucharist, Rite II (traditional service with hymns and anthems)
10:00 a.m., The Rev. Joyce L. Scherer-Hoock officiating.
                        Daesik Cha, Organist
                        St. Andrew's Choir

Bethel Evangelical Free Church
Kwangchul Kim, Senior Pastor
1:00 p.m. Worship Service
2:30 p.m. Bible Study
St. Andrew's is pleased to host this new Korean-speaking congregation.
We wish them every success.


Monday, March 16, 2015

Rev. Tim Keller

Bible Study
We are studying the Book of Genesis using materials written by Rev. Tim Keller, founder and Senior Pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City.
All are welcome to join us.
John Ferrillo, Moderator
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall


Thursday, March 19, 2015

St. Joseph with the Infant Jesus

Feast of Saint Joseph
Today, we remember the life of Saint Joseph, the guardian of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Click here to read more about the life of Saint Joseph.

Holy Eucharist Rite II
A quiet contemplative service, with an informal discussion of this week's Gospel readings.
12:00 p.m., The Rev. Joyce L. Scherer-Hoock officiating.

Weekly Choir Practice
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary
Daesik Cha, Choir Director

Alcoholics Anonymous - Ayer Group
Open Meeting with a Speaker, Non-Smoking
7:45 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall


Sunday, March 22, 2015

Rev. Joyce L. Scherer-Hoock

The Fifth Sunday in Lent

Holy Eucharist, Rite I (spoken service)
8:00 a.m., The Rev. Joyce L. Scherer-Hoock officiating.

Choir Practice
9:15 a.m. - 9:50 a.m. in the Sanctuary

Sunday School
9:45 a.m. upstairs in the Parish Hall.
After Sunday School, students will be accompanied by their teachers to the Sanctuary for Holy Communion.

Holy Eucharist, Rite II (traditional service with hymns and anthems)
10:00 a.m., The Rev. Joyce L. Scherer-Hoock officiating.
                        Daesik Cha, Organist
                        St. Andrew's Choir

Bethel Evangelical Free Church
Kwangchul Kim, Senior Pastor
1:00 p.m. Worship Service
2:30 p.m. Bible Study
St. Andrew's is pleased to host this new Korean-speaking congregation.
We wish them every success.


Monday, March 23, 2015

Rev. Tim Keller

Bible Study
We are studying the Book of Genesis using materials written by Rev. Tim Keller, founder and Senior Pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City.
All are welcome to join us.
John Ferrillo, Moderator
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Annunciation, a tempera painting on wood executed about 1430-1432 by the Early Italian Renaissance painter Fra Angelico (c. 1395 - 1455) as an altarpiece for the Convent of Santo Domenico in Fiesole, near Florence, Italy. Now in the collection of Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain.

Feast of the Annunciation of Our Lord Jesus Christ to the Blessed Virgin Mary
Today, we remember the revelation to Mary, the mother of Jesus, by the angel Gabriel that she would conceive a child to be born the Son of God. We celebrate the Feast of the Annunciation on March 25, nine months following Christmas Day.
Click here to read more about the Annunciation.


Thursday, March 26, 2015

Holy Eucharist Rite II
A quiet contemplative service, with an informal discussion of this week's Gospel readings.
12:00 p.m., The Rev. Joyce L. Scherer-Hoock officiating.

Weekly Choir Practice
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary
Daesik Cha, Choir Director

Alcoholics Anonymous - Ayer Group
Open Meeting with a Speaker, Non-Smoking
7:45 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall


Sunday, March 29, 2015

Entry into Jerusalem, a fresco on plaster executed circa 1305 by the Italian painter Giotto de Bondone (c. 1267-1337) for the Cappella degli Scrovegni in Padua, Italy, where it can still be seen.

Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday
Today, we commemorate an event reported by all four Canonical Gospels-Mark 11:1-11; Matthew 21:1-11; Luke 19:28-44: and John 12:12-10--the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem in the days before his Passion.

Rev. Joyce L. Scherer-Hoock

Holy Eucharist, Rite I (spoken service)
8:00 a.m., The Rev. Joyce L. Scherer-Hoock officiating.

Choir Practice
9:15 a.m. - 9:50 a.m. in the Sanctuary

Sunday School
9:45 a.m. upstairs in the Parish Hall.
After Sunday School, students will be accompanied by their teachers to the Sanctuary for Holy Communion.

Holy Eucharist, Rite II (traditional service with hymns and anthems)
10:00 a.m., The Rev. Joyce L. Scherer-Hoock officiating.
                        Daesik Cha, Organist
                        St. Andrew's Choir

Bethel Evangelical Free Church
Kwangchul Kim, Senior Pastor
1:00 p.m. Worship Service
2:30 p.m. Bible Study
St. Andrew's is pleased to host this new Korean-speaking congregation.
We wish them every success.


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Monthly Vestry Meeting
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall
Members of the parish are cordially invited to attend.


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Monthly Vestry Meeting
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall
Members of the parish are cordially invited to attend.