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Peal attempt hype from ON weekly newsletter

I couldn't figure out how to extract just the thing about Sunday's peal 
attempt at Old North, so here (I hope) is the whole newsletter. Scroll 
down. Along with the explanation, there is a nice photo (on a warmer day). 
Laura Dickerson 

Old North Church E-Pistle 
Wednesday, November 22, 2023 
Choral Eucharist for the 
Last Sunday after Pentecost 

Sunday, November 26 ~ 11am 
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From the Vicar-in-Charge 
Dear Friends, 

With Thanksgiving upon us tomorrow, now is a fine time to reflect on the 
many blessings of life. We have all experienced countless changes over the 
past years. Some have been positive, many have been hard. As we reflect 
back, we can appreciate ever more deeply our families, friends, and our 
extraordinary Old North church community. We have been through much 
together, always embraced in the never-failing love of God. 

We are mindful as well that as many of us gather around Thanksgiving 
tables this year, others find themselves in very different 
circumstances—in this country and certainly around the world. Please take 
time over the next several days to pray for those who are 
suffering—whether because of personal illness or loss, or due to war and 
violent conflict. It is not easy to be part of the human family sometimes. 

In my previous parish, there was a long tradition of holding an interfaith 
Thanksgiving service each year organized by the several faith communities 
in town. It was always one of my favorite events of the year, bringing 
together people of diverse backgrounds. Among the traditions for that 
service was reading Abraham Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1863. 
Until the Civil War, the dates for celebrating Thanksgiving varied from 
state to state. President Lincoln invited the nation, as one people 
together on the same day, to give thanks to God for blessings bestowed, 
while also asking “humble penitence for our national perverseness and 

It is extraordinary to think that even in the midst of war people were 
urged to thank God, and pray, in Lincoln’s words, for “all those who have 
become widows, orphans, mourners, or sufferers in the lamentable civil 
strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the 
interposition of the Almighty hand to heal the wounds of the nation, and 
to restore it, as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes, to 
the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility, and union.” We could 
use the same prayers today, for our nation and world, so torn by 
disagreement, division, and hurt. 

Lincoln’s proclamation, even in the midst of war, reminds us that wherever 
we are, whomever we are with, we have the opportunity give thanks. We can 
give thanks for life. We can give thanks for love. We can give thanks for 
the gift of faith, which sustains us when life is hard and makes joy even 
more profound. Happy Thanksgiving. 



Here is a prayer I prepared for one of the Interfaith Thanksgiving 

Most gracious God, by whose knowledge the depths are broken up and the 
clouds drop down the dew: We yield hearty thanks and praise for the gifts 
of seedtime and harvest, for the increase of the ground and the gathering 
in of its fruits, and for all the other blessings of your merciful 
providence bestowed upon this nation and people. We thank you for the 
blessing of family and friends, and for the loving care that surrounds us 
on every side. We thank you also for the faith we have inherited in all 
its rich variety. It sustains our life, though we have been faithless time 
and again. Help us, O Lord, to finish the good work you have begun in us. 
Strengthen our efforts to blot out ignorance and prejudice, and to abolish 
poverty, crime, and war. And finally, hasten the day when we, and all your 
people, with many voices in one united chorus, may glorify your Name and 
humbly and obediently walk before you; in your sacred presence and in 
gratitude for your immeasurable love, we pray. Amen. 
Full Peal This Sunday 
Every year on the last Sunday after Pentecost, our bell ringers attempt a 
"Full Peal." 

As many know, the Old North bells are rung each Sunday after worship using 
English-style "change ringing" which involves ringing bells in predefined 
sequences of "changes" or permutations. A full peal is a non-stop sequence 
of a minimum of 5,000 changes where each sequence is different and cannot 
be repeated on seven or more bells. This takes around three hours to ring 
and is the bell ringers’ equivalent of a marathon, requiring concentration 
and stamina to complete the peal. 

Peals are often rung for special celebrations, such as Royal births or 
weddings or to mark 
local events, or just for pleasure. Ringers enjoy ringing peals for the 
sense of achievement 
provided and for the highest possible standard of ringing that can often 
be achieved during 
such long periods. At Old North, a full peal is rung twice a year. One of 
those attempts is traditionally held the Last Sunday after Pentecost. 

This coming Sunday -- after church and throughout the afternoon, the North 
End will be filled with the sound of bells ringing out from our steeple. 
We send our wonderful bell ringers best wishes for a fun and successful 
bell ringing "marathon!" 
Sunday, December 3 - Advent 1 
Sunday, December 3 is Stewardship Ingathering Sunday. Please bring your 
pledge card or mail it to the church office: 193 Salem Street, Boston, 
02113, attn: Priscilla. Pledges can also be [ mailto:congregation oldnorth 
com | sent to Priscilla via email ] . Knowing what parishioners plan to 
give during 2024 will allow us to create a realistic budget for the year 
ahead. Your generosity enables us to grow into our mission as a beacon of 
love, liberty and justice. 
Silver Polishing! 
As we enter Advent -- the season of preparation -- parishioner Robyn 
Bostrom has kindly offered to spend a bit of time after the 11am service 
on Sunday, December 3 -- the First Sunday of Advent -- to polish the 
silver communion service and other pieces. Since we were unable to hold 
our annual brass polishing event, the group will also polish some of the 
smaller brass items. 

Please plan to join Robyn and others one week from this coming Sunday to 
begin preparing our altar for Advent and Christmas. 
Join Us Saturday, December 9 
Beginning at 8:30am on Saturday, December 9, we will gather for our annual 
outdoor greening of the campus. Many hands make light work ... and also 
holiday F-U-N!!! Please plan to spend a very special morning with us as we 
hang roping and wreaths. All are welcome for the morning ... or for an 
hour or two, depending on availability. We will gather around 8:30am and 
finish when we finish ... hopefully by noon at the latest. 

This will be a great opportunity to meet Brian Vasser, our wonderful new 
sexton!! Please plan to be with us two weeks from this coming Saturday ... 
we need you!! 
Sunday, December 10 ~ A Very Special Sunday! 
On Sunday, December 10, we will have a service of Advent Lessons and 
Carols at 11am. This beautiful service will be followed by a very festive 
coffee hour reception to honor Dr. Libor Dudas and celebrate his 
twenty-five years as Old North's Director of Music. Please plan to join us 
on this special day. 

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Weekly Bible Study 
Our Bible Study of the Book of Michah has concluded. We will resume Bible 
Study next week -- on Wednesday, November 29 when we will consider Advent 
readings we often hear. 
From Old North Illuminated 
Our friends invite us to join them Thursday, December 14, live on Zoom at 
7pm to hear about discoveries made during the recent crypt renovation 

Jane Lyden Rousseau, an osteoarchaeologist and burials specialist who 
worked on this unique project, will speak about the intriguing finds she 
and others found during the recent renovation project, and how this work 
was conducted without disturbance to the burials. 

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