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Starting This Wednesday, We’re Sharing an Advent Study on “God’s Gift of Love” at St. Paul’s

November 23, 2013

This year we’re having an Advent Study from 10:30 to 11:30 on Wednesday mornings, from November 27 to December 18. Using the above Study Book, Simon Evans and the Study participants will be looking at the readings from Holy Scripture for each upcoming Sunday of Advent. All Study participants will receive the 94 page Study Book free of charge. Books will be handed out at the Study, and can also be picked up from the Office.


Here’s the description of the book on

Advent is a busy and sometimes stressful time of year, but in God’s Gift of Love, Donna Schaper reminds us that Advent also gives us an opportunity to slow down, recognize that God’s love has found us, and live in peace. By changing our attitude and our understanding of time, we can prepare for and look forward to the coming of Jesus Christ. We can be ready to conceive God’s love in us and reconceive our lives and our behavior toward others. Schaper’s writing helps us understand that love is not a sentiment but a way of life that emerges from the knowledge that in Jesus Christ, we experience God’s love.

God’s Gift of Love offers the opportunity and challenge to appreciate and live in the amazing gift of God’s love by studying the Revised Common Lectionary readings designated for Advent, Year A. Donna Schaper helps readers experience the blessings of Jesus’ birth and Christ’s second coming in the fullness of time.


donna sThe Rev’d Dr. Donna Schaper has served as Pastor at Coral Gables Congregational Church in Miami; First Congregational Church, Riverhead, New York; First Congregational Church, Amherst, Massachusetts; Tabernacle Church, Philadelphia; and First Congregational Church in Tucson, Arizona. She has also been a Chaplain at Yale University and the Vice Moderator of the United Church of Christ. Since 2005, Dr. Schaper has been the Senior Minister for Judson Memorial Church on the corner of Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village, New York City.  Dr. Schaper is the author of over 40 articles, books, and pamphlets. She will be ordained 40 years in 2014.

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