December 12, 2021, The Third Sunday of Advent

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.
  • Please review these Guidelines before attending worship at Christ Church.

Today’s Live-Stream Worship & Sermon Archives


Sunday Offerings & Financial Donations to Christ Church

Christ Church is supported by the generosity of members and friends who donate time, talent, and money to the church to ensure that it is open, staffed, safe, and active. God has given each of us many gifts and we are called to use them to build up the church and to show the spread the love of God to our community. Click on the Donate Button for a variety of ways to support Christ Church, including one-time donations, annual pledges, and raising funds through FaceBook or Amazon.


Today’s Propers (Collect & Lections from Holy Scripture)

The Collect

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. 

Old Testament

Zephaniah 3:14-20
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 Response

The First Song of Isaiah    Ecce Deus

Surely, it is God who saves me; *

   I will trust in him and not be afraid.
For the Lord is my stronghold and my sure defense, *
   and he will be my Savior.
Therefore you shall draw water with rejoicing *
   from the springs of salvation.
And on that day you shall say, *
   Give thanks to the Lord and call upon his Name;
Make his deeds known among the peoples; *
   see that they remember that his Name is exalted.
Sing the praises of the Lord, for he has done great things, *
   and this is known in all the world.
Cry aloud, inhabitants of Zion, ring out your joy, *
   for the great one in the midst of you is the Holy One of Israel.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *

   as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.The New Testament

Philippians 4:4-7
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.

The Gospel

Luke 3:7-18
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: marie@christchurchpelham.org.

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

 

 


Today’s Music

Prelude:
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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December 5, 2021, The Second Sunday of Advent

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.
  • Please review these Guidelines before attending worship at Christ Church.

Today’s Live-Stream Worship & Sermon Archives


Sunday Offerings & Financial Donations to Christ Church

Christ Church is supported by the generosity of members and friends who donate time, talent, and money to the church to ensure that it is open, staffed, safe, and active. God has given each of us many gifts and we are called to use them to build up the church and to show the spread the love of God to our community. Click on the Donate Button for a variety of ways to support Christ Church, including one-time donations, annual pledges, and raising funds through FaceBook or Amazon.


Today’s Propers (Collect & Lections from Holy Scripture)

The Collect

Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. 

The First Reading

Malachi 3:1-4

See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple. The messenger of the covenant in whom you delight– indeed, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts. But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap; he will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the descendants of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, until they present offerings to the Lord in righteousness. Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the Lord as in the days of old and as in former years.

The Response

The Song of Zechariah Benedictus Dominus Deus

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; *
he has come to his people and set them free.

He has raised up for us a mighty savior, *
born of the house of his servant David.

Through his holy prophets he promised of old,

that he would save us from our enemies, *
from the hands of all who hate us.

He promised to show mercy to our fathers *
and to remember his holy covenant.

This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham, *
to set us free from the hands of our enemies,

Free to worship him without fear, *
holy and righteous in his sight
all the days of our life.

You, my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High, *
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,

To give his people knowledge of salvation *
by the forgiveness of their sins.

In the tender compassion of our God *
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,

To shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, *
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

The New Testament

Philippians 1:3-11

I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now. I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ. It is right for me to think this way about all of you, because you hold me in your heart, for all of you share in God’s grace with me, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel. For God is my witness, how I long for all of you with the compassion of Christ Jesus. And this is my prayer, that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight to help you to determine what is best, so that in the day of Christ you may be pure and blameless, having produced the harvest of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God.

The Gospel

Luke 3:1-6

In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was ruler of Galilee, and his brother Philip ruler of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias ruler of Abilene, during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. He went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah, “The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth; and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.'”


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: marie@christchurchpelham.org.

Our prayers are asked especially for: Marion, Shane, Rosemary, Rob, Marcia, Elizabeth, Mike, Anne, Alexander, Ginny, 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), and Hildy Munch (December 9).

And we also give thanks for the wedding anniversary of Carol and Erik Ipsen.

We pray for those in our Armed Services especially: Joseph, Kevin, Jack, Leopold, Philip, Jake, Matthew, Robert, Philip-Jason, Nicholas, Sam, Jack, 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

 


Today’s Music

Prelude: Chorale-prelude “Nun komm der Heiden Heiland,” (“Savior of the nations, come”), BWV 659 Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Entrance Hymn: 76 On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry

Kyrie eleison: S96 Lord, have mercy upon us     Franz Peter Schubert (1797-1828), arr. Richard Proulx (1937-2010)

The Response: The Song of Zechariah, Benedictus Dominus Deus        Anglican chant, anonymous & William Morley (1680-1731)

Sequence Hymn: 65 Prepare the Way O Zion

Anthem at the Offertory: This is the record of John Grayston Ives (b. 1948)

This is the record of John,
when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him,
Who art thou?
And he confessed and denied not, and said plainly,
I am not the Christ.

And they asked him, What art thou then? Art thou Elias?
And he said, I am not.
And they asked him
Art thou the prophet?
And he answered, No.

Then said they unto him,
What art thou? that we may give an answer unto them that sent us.
What sayest thou of thyself?
And he said, I am the voice of him that crieth in the wilderness,
Make straight the way of the Lord.

– John 1: 19-23

Hymn at the Offertory: 56, v. 3-4 = 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: Jerusalem surge Heinrich Isaac (c. 1450-1517)

Hymn: 73 The King Shall come when Morning Dawns

Organ Voluntary:   

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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