Advent is the season in which the Christian Church waits and watches for the coming of Jesus Christ. Through scripture, song and silence we hear again the story of God’s people who longed for a Savior. Living in the reality that Jesus Christ has indeed come, that he has died and that he has risen, we await for his coming again in glory. Blue vestments are worn at Christ Church throughout Advent, and the Advent Wreath, which is hung above the sanctuary, marks each passing week with an additional lighted candle. Throughout the Sundays of Advent Gloria in excelsis, “Glory to God in the highest,” is suppressed as the opening song of praise, in its place is Kyrie eleison, “Lord, have mercy.” The Episcopal Church offers four blessings for the season of Advent, one for each Sunday; these blessings are from the Book of Occasional Services. The new liturgical year begins on the First Sunday of Advent: we are now in Year C; the gospel reading appointed most Sundays in Year C is from the Gospel according to Luke.
Our Celebrant and Preacher today is: The Rev. Matthew H. Mead
Today’s In Person Worship
- Every Sunday at 8am the Eucharist (Rite 1) is celebrated in the Church. The service is from the red Book of Common Prayer, beginning on page 323, and includes 2 pre-recorded hymns, and lasts about 45 minutes. Weather permitting coffee and tea are available in Garden afterwards.
- Every Sunday at 10am the Eucharist (Rite 2) is celebrated in the Church. The service is from the red Book of Common Prayer, beginning on page 355. See below for detailed music information. The service lasts about an hour. Weather permitting coffee and tea are available in Garden afterwards.
- Healing Prayers are offered at the Bolton Altar following both services.
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Today’s Propers (Collect & Lections from Holy Scripture)
Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.
Sing aloud, O daughter Zion; shout, O Israel! Rejoice and exult with all your heart, O daughter Jerusalem! The LORD has taken away the judgments against you, he has turned away your enemies. The king of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst; you shall fear disaster no more. On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem: Do not fear, O Zion; do not let your hands grow weak. The LORD, your God, is in your midst, a warrior who gives victory; he will rejoice over you with gladness, he will renew you in his love; he will exult over you with loud singing as on a day of festival. I will remove disaster from you, so that you will not bear reproach for it. I will deal with all your oppressors at that time. And I will save the lame and gather the outcast, and I will change their shame into praise and renown in all the earth. At that time I will bring you home, at the time when I gather you; for I will make you renowned and praised among all the peoples of the earth, when I restore your fortunes before your eyes, says the LORD.
The First Song of Isaiah Ecce Deus
Surely, it is God who saves me; *
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.The New Testament
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
John said to the crowds that came out to be baptized by him, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear fruits worthy of repentance. Do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our ancestor’; for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham. Even now the ax is lying at the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.” And the crowds asked him, “What then should we do?” In reply he said to them, “Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise.” Even tax collectors came to be baptized, and they asked him, “Teacher, what should we do?” He said to them, “Collect no more than the amount prescribed for you.” Soldiers also asked him, “And we, what should we do?” He said to them, “Do not extort money from anyone by threats or false accusation, and be satisfied with your wages.” As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah, John answered all of them by saying, “I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.” So, with many other exhortations, he proclaimed the good news to the people.
Parish Prayer List
Please note that names are listed alphabetically by last name of the person being prayed for (if it is known). We do not list last names for privacy reasons. For pastoral emergencies call or text one of the clergy: Father Matt (914.471.0260), Deacon Chisara Alimole (914.338.5194), or call the parish office (914.738.5515). If you have any updates (birthdays, prayers additions, etc., please let us know.) Please submit names you wish to be included by Tuesday morning, to Marie at: email@example.com.
Our prayers are asked especially for: Marion, Shane, Rosemary, Rob, Marcia, Elizabeth, Mike, Anne, Alexander, Ginny, Russell, Barbara, Mary, Ralph, Everton, Jed, Marcia, Sammy, Monica, Rebecca, Janet, Amina, Alexia Grace, Alison, John, Emma, Peilin, Hildy, Martin, Jason, Yen, Terry, Erica, Susan, Ariana, Sue, Xandra, Sigi, Joyce, Julie, Scott, Sherrie, Michelle, Karen, Lisa, Laurelyn, Rob, Drue, Rob, Bill, Andrea, Sue, Lael, M & D, Sandy, the Salvatore family, Joe, Dean, Danielle, Morris, and Katie.
We give thanks for those celebrating birthdays this week and in the coming week Jim Young (December 5), Anne Cooper (December 6), Lavinia Scroggins (December 6), Evan Felicetti (December 7), Hildy Munch (December 9), Julie Pena (December 14), Zoe Pena (December 16) and Morgan Nakatani (December 17).
And we also give thanks for the wedding anniversary of Carol and Erik Ipsen (December 9) and Danielle and Chris Ganpat (December 12).
We pray for those in our Armed Services especially: Joseph, Kevin, Jack, Leopold, Philip, Jake, Matthew, Robert, Philip-Jason, Nicholas, Sam, Helen, Mitchel, Alec, Tia, Tyrese, and Terrence.
We pray that all elected and appointed officials may be led to wise decisions and right actions for the welfare and peace of the world, especially Joseph our President, and Kathy our Governor.
We pray for those who have died, especially (__________and) for those who have died from COVID-19.
Rest eternal grant to them, O Lord
And let light perpetual shine upon them.
May their souls and the souls of the departed, through the mercy of God,
rest in peace. Amen
Chorale-Prelude “Nun freut euch, lieben Christen g’mein” (“Now rejoice, dear Christians, together”), BWV 734, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
8. Chorale-prelude on “Es ist ein Ros’ entsprungen,” from 11 Chorale-Preludes, Op. 122, Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Entrance Hymn: 68 Rejoice, rejoice, believers Llangloffan
Kyrie eleison: S96 Lord, have mercy upon us Franz Peter Schubert (1797-1828), arr. Richard Proulx (1937-2010)
The Response: The First Song of Isaiah, Ecce, Deus Anglican chant, Henry Edward Dibdin (1813-1866)
Sequence Hymn: 53 Once he came in blessing Gottes Sohn ist kommen
Anthem at the Offertory: Rejoice in the Lord alway anonymous, formerly attributed to John Redford(c. 1500-1547)
Rejoice in the Lord alway,
and again I say, rejoice.
Let your softness be known unto all men:
the Lord is at hand.
Be careful for nothing:
but in all prayer and supplication,
let your petitions be manifest unto God with giving of thanks.
And the peace of God,
which passeth all understanding,
shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesu. Amen.
– Philipians 4: 4-7, Introit for the Third Sunday of Advent, BCP (1549)
Hymn at the Offertory: 56, v. 5-6 = O Come, O Come, Emmanuel Veni, veni, Emmanuel
Sanctus et benedictus: S130 Holy, holy, holy Lord God of power and might Franz Peter Schubert, arr. Richard Proulx
Agnus Dei: S164 Jesus, Lamb of God, have mercy on us Franz Peter Schubert, arr. Richard Proulx
Motet during Communion: Fuit homo missus a Deo Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (c. 1525-1594)
Fuit homo missus a Deo, cui nomen erat Joannes.
Hic venit in testimonium, ut testimonium perhiberet de lumine,
et pararet Domino plebem perfectam.
– John 1: 6-7, Latin Vulgate, altered
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
This man came as a witness, to give testimony about the light,
and to prepare for the Lord a perfect people.
– John 1: 6-7, altered; translated by Edward Tambling (b. 1988)
Hymn: 59 Hark, a thrilling voice is sounding Merton
Organ Voluntary: V. Toccata (on “Conditor alme siderum,”) from Cycle de Noël, No. 1 [Dominica III Advent] from L’Orgue mystique (V. Toccata on the plainchant “Creator of the Stars of Night” for the Third Sunday of Advent from The Mystical Organ), Charles Tournemire (1870-1939)
Today’s choir is Jeff Bodenmann, Curtis Chase, Simon Cram, Jann Degnan, Linda Gerra, John Hastings, Melody Joy Rubin, José Ruiz, and Margaret Young
Jeffrey Hoffman, organist & director of music
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