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Sunday Worship on December 4, 2022


The Holy Eucharist

The Second Sunday of Advent (Year A)

December 4, 2022 at 9:30 AM

Celebrant: The Rev. Guillermo A. Arboleda

Deacon and Preacher: The Rev. Ella Roundtree-Davis


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The Holy Eucharist: Rite II



Hymn #59: Hark! A Thrilling Voice is Sounding


1 Hark! a thrilling voice is sounding.

"Christ is nigh," it seems to say;

"Cast away the works of darkness,

O ye children of the day."


2 Wakened by the solemn warning,

from earth's bondage let us rise;

Christ, our sun, all sloth dispelling,

shines upon the morning skies.


3 Lo! the Lamb, so long expected,

comes with pardon down from heaven;

let us haste, with tears of sorrow,

one and all to be forgiven;


4 so when next he comes with glory,

and the world is wrapped in fear,

may he with his mercy shield us,

and with words of love draw near.


5 Honor, glory, might, and blessing

to the Father and the Son,

with the everlasting Spirit,

while unending ages run.


[Words: Latin, ca. 6th cent.; tr. Hymns Ancient and Modern, 1861, alt. Music: Merton, William Henry Monk; desc. Alan Gray. Descant used by permission of Cambridge University Press. Public Domain. Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.]



The Penitential Order

[BCP, p. 351]


Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit!

And blessed be God's kingdom, now and forever! Amen!


Since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.



Confession of Sin

[BCP, p. 360]


The Deacon says

Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.


Silence may be kept.


Deacon and People

Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen.


The Bishop, when present, or the Priest, stands and says

Almighty God have mercy on you, forgive you all your sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen you in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in eternal life. Amen.



LEV #235: Lord, Have Mercy

[See also BCP, p. 356]


Lord, have mercy,

Lord, have mercy,

Lord, have mercy!


Christ, have mercy,

Christ, have mercy,

Christ, have mercy!


Lord, have mercy,

Lord, have mercy,

Lord, have mercy!


[Words: Public Domain. Music: Lena McLin, Eucharist of the Soul, Copyright © 1972, General Words and Music Co. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #94576. All rights reserved.]



The Collect of the Day

[BCP, p. 357, 159]

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Let us pray:


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.



A Reading from the Book of Isaiah 11:1-10


A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots.

The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.

His delight shall be in the fear of the Lord.


He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide by what his ears hear;

but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth;

he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked.

Righteousness shall be the belt around his waist, and faithfulness the belt around his loins.


The wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid,

the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them.

The cow and the bear shall graze, their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.

The nursing child shall play over the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put its hand on the adder's den.

They will not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain;

for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.

On that day the root of Jesse shall stand as a signal to the peoples; the nations shall inquire of him, and his dwelling shall be glorious.


The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19

[BCP, p. 685-686]

Read responsively by half-verse (at the asterisk).

1 Give the King your justice, O God, * and your righteousness to the King's Son;


2 That he may rule your people righteously * and the poor with justice;


3 That the mountains may bring prosperity to the people, * and the little hills bring righteousness.


4 He shall defend the needy among the people; * he shall rescue the poor and crush the oppressor.


5 He shall live as long as the sun and moon endure, * from one generation to another.


6 He shall come down like rain upon the mown field, * like showers that water the earth.


7 In his time shall the righteous flourish; * there shall be abundance of peace till the moon shall be no more.


18 Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, * who alone does wondrous deeds!


19 And blessed be his glorious Name for ever! * and may all the earth be filled with his glory. Amen.



A Reading from Paul's Letter to the Romans 15:4-13

Whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, so that by steadfastness and by the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope. May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus, so that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.


Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God. For I tell you that Christ has become a servant of the circumcised on behalf of the truth of God in order that he might confirm the promises given to the patriarchs, and in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written,


"Therefore I will confess you among the Gentiles, and sing praises to your name";

and again he says,


"Rejoice, O Gentiles, with his people";

and again,


"Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles, and let all the peoples praise him";

and again Isaiah says,


"The root of Jesse shall come, the one who rises to rule the Gentiles; in him the Gentiles shall hope."


May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.


The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.



Hymn #67: Comfort, Comfort Ye My People (Verses 1 & 2)


1 Comfort, comfort ye my people,

speak ye peace, thus saith our God;

comfort those who sit in darkness

mourning 'neath their sorrows' load.

Speak ye to Jerusalem

of the peace that waits for them;

tell her that her sins I cover,

and her warfare now is over.


2 Hark, the voice of one that crieth

in the desert far and near,

calling us to new repentance

since the kingdom now is here.

Oh, that warning cry obey!

Now prepare for God a way;

let the valleys rise to meet him,

and the hills bow down to greet him.


[Words: Johann G. Olearius; tr. Catherine Winkworth, alt. Music: Psalm 42, melody Claude Goudimel. Copyright © 1996 Lorenz Publishing Company, a division of The Lorenz Corporation (Admin. by Music Services). Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #1048133. All rights reserved.]



The People stand, as they are able, for the reading of the Gospel.

The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ According to Matthew 3:1-12

Glory to you, Lord Christ.


In those days John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea, proclaiming, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” This is the one of whom the prophet Isaiah spoke when he said,


“The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.’”


Now John wore clothing of camel’s hair with a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey. Then the people of Jerusalem and all Judea were going out to him, and all the region along the Jordan, and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.


But when he saw many Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism, he said to them, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear fruit worthy of repentance. Do not presume 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.


“I baptize you with water for repentance, but one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and will gather his wheat into the granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”


The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, Lord Christ.



Hymn #67: Comfort, Comfort Ye My People (Verse 3)


3 Make ye straight what long was crooked,

make the rougher places plain;

let your hearts be true and humble,

as befits his holy reign.

For the glory of the Lord

now o'er earth is shed abroad;

and all flesh shall see the token

that the word is never broken.


[Words: Johann G. Olearius; tr. Catherine Winkworth, alt. Music: Psalm 42, melody Claude Goudimel. Copyright © 1996 Lorenz Publishing Company, a division of The Lorenz Corporation (Admin. by Music Services). Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #1048133. All rights reserved.]



The Sermon

by The Rev. Ella Rountree-Davis, Deacon




Hymn #68: Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers


1 Rejoice! rejoice, believers,

and let your lights appear!

The evening is advancing,

and darker night is near.

The Bridegroom is arising,

and soon he will draw nigh;

up, watch with expectation!

at the midnight comes the cry.


2 See that your lamps are burning,

replenish them with oil;

look now for your salvation,

the end of sin and toil.

The marriage-feast is waiting,

the gates wide open stand;

rise up, ye heirs of glory,

the Bridegroom is at hand!


3 Our hope and expectation,

O Jesus, now appear;

arise, thou Sun so longed for,

above this darkened sphere!

With hearts and hands uplifted,

we plead, O Lord, to see

the day of earth's redemption,

and ever be with thee!


[Words: Laurentius Laurenti; tr. Sarah B. Findlater, alt. Copyright © 1991 Lorenz Publishing Company, a division of The Lorenz Corporation (Admin. by Music Services) Music: Llangloffan, melody from Hymnau a Thonau er Gwasanaeth yr Egluys yng Nghymru. Copyright © 1991 Lorenz Publishing Company, a division of The Lorenz Corporation (Admin. by Music Services). Printed with permission under ONE LICENSE #1030654. All rights reserved.]


Copyright © 1982, Charles P. Price (now Hope Publishing Company)


The Nicene Creed

[BCP, p. 358]


All standing as they are able, the People pray:


We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.


We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.


We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church

We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

We look for the resurrection of the dead,

and the life of the world to come. Amen.



The Prayers of the People

[Adapted from http://theadventproject.org/Documents/adventpop.pdf, based on the "Great O Antiphons" of Advent, which inspired the lyrics to Hymn #56 - "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel"]


Sisters and Brothers, as we joyfully await the full manifestation of God’s Reign in Christ, let us pray for the needs of the church and the world, saying, “Come, Lord Jesus.”


O Wisdom, you come forth from the mouth of the Most High and reach from beginning to end, mightily and sweetly ordering all things. Behold and bless your church, remembering especially Michael our presiding bishop, Frank our Bishop, Guillermo our priest, Ella our Deacon, Joenelle and Rachael our wardens, our vestry and delegates, Toni our Verger, and all leaders in this parish. Be present in ordering the life of this and every congregation.

Come, Lord Jesus!


O Adonai, God of the Covenant, ruler of the house of Israel, you appeared to Moses in the fire of the burning bush and on Mount Sinai gave your law. Forgive us when we stray from your guidance and will.

Come, Lord Jesus!


O Root of Jesse, you stand as an emblem to humankind; before you rulers will shut their mouths, and nations bow in worship: We pray for your peace and justice in every nation and throughout the world; be present to all whose lives are ravaged by war and strife; especially we hold before you those from among us who serve their country abroad. Guide the leaders of this and every land into the paths of peace and goodwill.

Come, Lord Jesus!


O Key of David, and scepter of the house of Israel, you open and no one can shut, you shut and no one can open: Guide us in opening the doors of opportunity for the unemployed, for the homeless, for prisoners, and for all who are oppressed; and lead us in closing the doors that lead to poverty, bigotry, and injustice.

Come, Lord Jesus!


O King and Desire of the Nations, you are the cornerstone that makes us one: We lift up all who are suffering and in need, especially Anita Arboleda-Silva, Martha Avery, Mary Bonaparte, Jacqueline Bryant, Lazola Cope, Aaron Duplechien Jr., Jordan Jones Green, Loretta Harmond, Marva Harris, Benjamin Jones, Whitney Kennedy, Sada Maxwell, Bette Milledge, Jeffrey Miller, John "Butch" Mitchell, Linda Angela Odom, Jeanette Outing, and Jewel Wheeler: Tend the sick, give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous and help us minister to them in your love.

Come, Lord Jesus!


O Dayspring, radiance of the Light Eternal and Sun of Righteousness: Shine your light on those who have died; especially Carmelita Maynard (11/26/2022), and those we now name…; bring comfort to all those who mourn.

Come, Lord Jesus!


O Emmanuel, God with us, Expected One and Savior, We give thanks for all the blessings of this life; for all who celebrate birthdays: Justin Ward (12/4), Rashaad Jones (12/6), Jade Carrington (12/6), Monica Williams (12/9), LaShon Washington (12/9), and Noel Wheeler (12/10); and for the other blessings we now name silently or aloud… Make each of us ready to receive you into our hearts, to serve you in all whom we meet, and to greet you in the fullness of your glory in the day of your appearing.

Come, Lord Jesus!


The Celebrant concludes with a suitable Collect...

O Father, may your kingdom come soon and very soon; and grant that we, your servants who now live by faith, may with joy behold your Son Jesus Christ at his coming in glorious majesty: who is our only Mediator and Advocate. Amen.



The Peace

[BCP, p. 360]


The peace of the Lord be always with you.

And also with you.



Parish Announcements

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Funeral for Carmelita Maynard on December 5, 2022 at 12 noon. Carmelita S. Maynard (1949-2022) passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, November 26, 2022. The Wake and The Ivy Beyond The Wall Ceremony of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., will be held on Sunday, December 4, 2022 at 3:00 pm at Adams Funeral Home, 510 Stephenson Ave, Savannah, GA 31405. You can view her full obituary at https://www.adamsfuneralservicesinc.com/obituaries/ms-carmelita-suzanne-maynard.


St. Matthew’s will host a funeral service for Ms. Maynard on Monday, December 5, 2022 at 12 noon. Her interment will follow at Laurel Grove South Cemetery, 802 W. Anderson St. Savannah, GA 31415. There will be no public repast due to Covid-19 concerns. Memorial gifts may be offered to St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in lieu of flowers. The funeral service will be live-streamed to our church’s Facebook page.


Remember to Vote on Tuesday, December 6, 2022! Early voting in Chatham County has ended, but Election Day for the Senate Runoff is this Tuesday, December 6, 2022. Voting places will be open from 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM. Check your registration and polling place at https://mvp.sos.ga.gov/s/.


Advent Bible Study on Wednesdays: The Wednesday Bible Study group is pausing its reading of the Gospel of Luke for a special, four-week Advent study. The Advent Bible Study will continue to meet over Zoom at 5:30 PM on Wednesdays after Evening Prayer. The group uses the same Zoom link as Evening Prayer (see e-Newsletter).


Christmas Season Worship Schedule: During the Christmas Season (12/24/2022–01/06/2023), St. Matthew's will hold the following worship services:

  • Sat., 12/24 Christmas Eve: Family Holy Eucharist with Pop-up Pageant at 6:00 PM

  • Sun., 12/25 Christmas Day: Christmas Lessons & Carols at 9:30 AM

  • Sat., 12/31 New Year's Eve: Watch Night Worship at 6:00 PM ONLINE ONLY

  • Sun., 1/1 New Year's Day: Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus Worship at 9:30 AM

  • Fri., 1/6 Feast of the Epiphany: Holy Eucharist at 6:00 PM


COVID-19 Safety Guidelines: On August 24, the Vestry adopted new, simplified COVID-19 Safety Guidelines. Masks will still be required for all who attend in-person worship services and events. To read the new guidelines in full, click here: https://www.stmattsav.org/post/new-covid-19-safety-guidelines-august-2022.


T/W/Th Evening Prayer: On Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, St. Matthew's invites you to pray Evening Prayer over Zoom. The video will continue to stream to Facebook Live at 5:00 PM. Please join the Zoom call by 4:55 PM. Otherwise, watch the prayer service as you have been on Facebook Live.



The Offertory

[BCP, p. 376]


Giving to St. Matthew's: We know that many people are feeling the economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis. The church is feeling it too. We still need your support to pay our staff, pay our bills, and provide for these online live streams. There are several ways to give, but the simplest are these:

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"I appeal to you, sisters and brothers, by the mercies of God, to present yourselves as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship." [Romans 12:1]

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LEV #7: I Want To Be Ready


REFRAIN:

I want to be ready, I want to be ready. I want to be ready To walk in Jerusalem just like John.

1 John said that Jerusalem was four-square, Walk in Jerusalem just like John. I hope, good Lord, I’ll meet you there, Walk in Jerusalem just like John. O [Refrain]

2 When Peter was preaching at Pentecost, Walk in Jerusalem just like John. O he was filled with the Holy Ghost, Walk in Jerusalem just like John. O [Refrain]

[Words: Traditional. Music: Negro Spiritual; arr. R. Nathaniel Dett Arr. Copyright © 1936 Paul A. Schmitt Music Company. Copyright Assigned to Belwin Mills. Made in U.S.A. All Rights Reserved. Used by permission of CPP/Belwin, Inc. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #62698. All rights reserved.]



AAHH #651: Doxology

[See also Hymn # 380, v. 3]


Praise God, Praise God, Praise God!

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;

Praise Him, all creatures here below;

Praise Him above, ye heav'nly host;

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

Amen.


[Words: Thomas Ken, Public Domain. Music: Old 100th, attributed to Louis Bourgeois, Public Domain. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #84260. All rights reserved.]



Eucharistic Prayer D

[BCP, p. 372]



It is truly right to glorify you, Father, and to give you thanks; for you alone are God, living and true, dwelling in light inaccessible from before time and for ever. Fountain of life and source of all goodness, you made all things and fill them with your blessing; you created them to rejoice in the splendor of your radiance. Countless throngs of angels stand before you to serve you night and day; and, beholding the glory of your presence, they offer you unceasing praise. Joining with them, and giving voice to every creature under heaven, we acclaim you, and glorify your Name, as we sing,


Hymn S-125:

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,

Heaven and earth are full of your glory

Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.


[Word: Public Domain. Music: From A Community Mass, Richard Proulx © 1971, 1977 GIA Publications, Inc. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #00216. All rights reserved.]


The people stand or kneel.


We acclaim you, holy Lord, glorious in power. Your mighty works reveal your wisdom and love. You formed us in your own image, giving the whole world into our care, so that, in obedience to you, our Creator, we might rule and serve all your creatures. When our disobedience took us far from you, you did not abandon us to the power of death. In your mercy you came to our help, so that in seeking you we might find you. Again and again you called us into covenant with you, and through the prophets you taught us to hope for salvation.


Father, you loved the world so much that in the fullness of time you sent your only Son to be our Savior. Incarnate by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, he lived as one of us, yet without sin. To the poor he proclaimed the good news of salvation; to prisoners, freedom; to the sorrowful, joy. To fulfill your purpose he gave himself up to death; and, rising from the grave, destroyed death, and made the whole creation new.


And, that we might live no longer for ourselves, but for him who died and rose for us, he sent the Holy Spirit, his own first gift for those who believe, to complete his work in the world, and to bring to fulfillment the sanctification of all.


When the hour had come for him to be glorified by you, his heavenly Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end; at supper with them he took bread, and when he had given thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, and said, "Take, eat: This is my Body, which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me."


After supper he took the cup of wine; and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and said, "Drink this, all of you: This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me."


Father, we now celebrate this memorial of our redemption. Recalling Christ's death and his descent among the dead, proclaiming his resurrection and ascension to your right hand, awaiting his coming in glory; and offering to you, from the gifts you have given us, this bread and this cup, we praise you and we bless you.


Hymn S-139:

We praise you, we bless you,

We give thanks to you,

And we pray to you, Lord our God


[Words: Public Domain. Music: Plainsong, Te Deum Tone; adapt. Mason Martens, Copyright © 1983 Mason Martens. All rights reserved.]


Lord, we pray that in your goodness and mercy your Holy Spirit may descend upon us, and upon these gifts, sanctifying them and showing them to be holy gifts for your holy people, the bread of life and the cup of salvation, the Body and Blood of your Son Jesus Christ.


Grant that all who share this bread and cup may become one body and one spirit, a living sacrifice in Christ, to the praise of your Name.


Remember, Lord, your one holy catholic and apostolic Church, redeemed by the blood of your Christ. Reveal its unity, guard its faith, and preserve it in peace.


And grant that we may find our inheritance with the Blessed Virgin Mary, with patriarchs, prophets, apostles, and martyrs, with Blessed Matthew and all the saints who have found favor with you in ages past. We praise you in union with them and give you glory through your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.


Through Christ, and with Christ, and in Christ, all honor and glory are yours, Almighty God and Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, for ever and ever. AMEN.



The Lord’s Prayer

[BCP, p. 364]


And now, as our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to say,


Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.



The Fraction Anthems

[BCP, p. 364, 407]


Hymn S-152:

Alleluia! Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us!

Therefore let us keep the feast! Alleluia!


[Words: Public Domain. Music: Ambrosian chant; adapt. Mason Martens, Copyright © 1971 Mason Martens.]


LEV #269:

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world:

have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world:

have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world:

grant us peace.


[Words: Public Domain. Music: Lena McLin, Eucharist of the Soul, Copyright © 1972 General Words and Music Co. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #57436. All rights reserved.]


Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.

The Gifts of God for the people of God.



AAHH #190: While We Are Waiting, Come


1 While we are waiting come While we are waiting come Jesus our Lord Emmanuel While we are waiting come


2 With pow'r and glory come With pow'r and glory come Jesus our Lord Emmanuel While we are waiting come


3 Come Savior quickly come Come Savior quickly come Jesus our Lord Emmanuel While we are waiting come


[Words: Claire Cloninger. Tune: Don Cason. Copyright © 1986, Word Music. Reprinted with permission. All Rights Reserved.]



The Post-Communion Prayer

[BCP, p. 365; Enriching our Worship 2 [2000], pp. 56-57]


Let us pray.


For In-Person Worshippers:

Eternal God, heavenly Father,

you have graciously accepted us as living members

of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ,

and you have fed us with spiritual food

in the Sacrament of his Body and Blood.

Send us now into the world in peace,

and grant us strength and courage

to love and serve you

with gladness and singleness of heart;

through Christ our Lord. Amen.


For Online Worshippers and Those Receiving Spiritual Communion:

Faithful God,

in the wonder of your wisdom and love

you fed your people in the wilderness with the bread of angels,

and you sent Jesus to be the bread of life.

Though we cannot consume now these gifts of bread [and wine],

we thank you that we have received the sacrament of Christ’s presence,

the forgiveness of sins, and all other benefits of Christ’s passion.

By the power of the Holy Spirit,

may we embody your desire

and be renewed for your service

through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.



The Blessing of the People

[Adapted from The Book of Occasional Services 2018, p. 9]


May the Sun of Righteousness shine upon you and scatter the darkness from before your path; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you, and remain with you always. Amen.



The Dismissal

[BCP, p. 366]


Let us go forth in the name of Christ!

Thanks be to God!



The Parish Prayer List


PRAYER LIST: Anita Arboleda-Silva, Martha Avery, Mary Bonaparte, Jacqueline Bryant, Lazola Cope, Aaron Duplechien Jr., Jordan Jones Green, Loretta Harmond, Marva Harris, Benjamin Jones, Whitney Kennedy, Sada Maxwell, Bette Milledge, Jeffrey Miller, John "Butch" Mitchell, Linda Angela Odom, Jeanette Outing, and Jewel Wheeler


BIRTHDAYS: Justin Ward (12/4), Rashaad Jones (12/6), Jade Carrington (12/6), Monica Williams (12/9), LaShon Washington (12/9), and Noel Wheeler (12/10)


WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES: N/A


RECENT DEATHS: Carmelita Maynard (11/26/2022)

May the souls of all the departed rest in peace; and may light perpetual shine upon them. Amen.




Permissions and Credits: This service is reproduced from The Book of Common Prayer 1979 (BCP), Enriching Our Worship 1 (EOW1), The Hymnal 1982 (Hymn), Lift Every Voice and Sing II: An African American Hymnal (LEV), and other sources cited. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture readings are from the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) of the Bible.


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