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Sunday Worship on November 27, 2022


The Holy Eucharist

The First Sunday of Advent (Year A)

November 27, 2022 at 9:30 AM

Celebrant: The Rev. Guillermo A. Arboleda

Deacon: The Rev. Ella Roundtree-Davis

Preacher: Ms. M. Idella Jones, Licensed Lay Preacher


Watch the Livestream at www.Facebook.com/StMattSav/Live/





The Holy Eucharist: Rite II



Hymn #58: Lo! He Comes, With Clouds Descending


1 Lo! he comes with clouds descending, once for our salvation slain; thousand, thousand saints attending swell the triumph of his train: Alleluia! Alleluia! Christ the Lord returns to reign.

2 Every eye shall now behold him, robed in dreadful majesty; those who set at nought and sold him, pierced, and nailed him to the tree, deeply wailing, deeply wailing, shall the true Messiah see.

3 Those dear tokens of his passion still his dazzling body bears, cause of endless exultation to his ransomed worshipers; with what rapture, with what rapture, gaze we on those glorious scars!

4 Yea, amen! let all adore thee, high on thine eternal throne; Savior, take the power and glory; claim the kingdom for thine own: Alleluia! Alleluia! Thou shalt reign, and thou alone.


[Words: Charles Wesley. Music: St. Thomas, melody att. John Francis Wade; harm. att. Vincent Francis Novello. 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, 211]

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Let us pray:


Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.



A Reading from the Book of Isaiah 2:1-5


The word that Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.


In days to come the mountain of the Lord’s house

shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be raised above the hills;

all the nations shall stream to it. Many peoples shall come and say,

‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob;

that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.’

For out of Zion shall go forth instruction, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.

He shall judge between the nations, and shall arbitrate for many peoples;

they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks;

nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.


O house of Jacob, come, let us walk in the light of the Lord!


The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


Psalm 122

[BCP, p. 779-780]

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

1 I was glad when they said to me, * "Let us go to the house of the Lord."


2 Now our feet are standing * within your gates, O Jerusalem.


3 Jerusalem is built as a city * that is at unity with itself;


4 To which the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord, * the assembly of Israel, to praise the Name of the Lord.


5 For there are the thrones of judgment, * the thrones of the house of David.


6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: * "May they prosper who love you.


7 Peace be within your walls * and quietness within your towers.


8 For my brethren and companions' sake, * I pray for your prosperity.


9 Because of the house of the Lord our God, * I will seek to do you good."



A Reading from Paul's Letter to the Romans 13:11-14

You know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we became believers; the night is far gone, the day is near. Let us then lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armor of light; let us live honorably as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarreling and jealousy. Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.


The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.



Hymn #542: Christ is the World's True Light (Verses 1 & 2)


1. Christ is the world’s true light, its Captain of salvation, the Day-star clear and bright of every race and nation; new life, new hope awakes, for all who own his sway; freedom her bondage breaks, and night is turned to day.


2. In Christ all races meet, their ancient feuds forgetting, the whole round world complete, from sunrise to its setting: when Christ is throned as Lord, all shall forsake their fear, to ploughshare bear the sword, to pruning-hook the spear.


[Words: George Wallace Briggs, alt., by permission of Oxford University Press. Music: St. Joan, Percy E.B. Coller, Copyright © 1942, The Church Publishing Inc. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #09252. 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 24:36-44

Glory to you, Lord Christ.


Jesus said to the disciples, “But about that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. For as the days of Noah were, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark, and they knew nothing until the flood came and swept them all away, so too will be the coming of the Son of Man. Then two will be in the field; one will be taken and one will be left. Two women will be grinding meal together; one will be taken and one will be left. Keep awake therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. But understand this: if the owner of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.”


The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, Lord Christ.



Hymn #542: Christ is the World's True Light (Verse 3)


3. One Lord, in one great Name unite us all who own thee; cast out our pride and shame that hinder to enthrone thee; the world has waited long, has travailed long in pain; to heal its ancient wrong, come, Prince of Peace, and reign.


[Words: George Wallace Briggs, alt., by permission of Oxford University Press. Music: St. Joan, Percy E.B. Coller, Copyright © 1942, The Church Publishing Inc. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #09252. All rights reserved.]



The Sermon

by Ms. M. Idella Jones, Licensed Lay Preacher




Hymn #65: Prepare The Way, O Zion


1 Prepare the way, O Zion,

your Christ is drawing near!

Let every hill and valley

a level way appear.

Greet One who comes in glory,

foretold in sacred story.


REFRAIN:

O blest is Christ that came

in God’s most holy name.


2 He brings God’s rule, O Zion;

he comes from heaven above.

His rule is peace and freedom,

and justice, truth, and love.

Lift high your praise resounding,

for grace and joy abounding. [Refrain]


3 Fling wide your gates, O Zion;

your Savior’s rule embrace.

His tidings of salvation

proclaim in every place.

All lands will bow before Him,

their voices will adore Him. [Refrain]


[Words: Frans Mikael Franzen; tr. composite; adapt. Charles P. Price, Copyright © 1982, Charles P. Price (now Hope Publishing Company). Music: Bereden vag for Herran, melody from Then Swenska Psalmboken. Printed with permission under ONE LICENSE #48994. All rights reserved.]



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.



Blessing for a New Verger - GAA+


Friends in Christ, we are all baptized by the one Spirit into one Body, and given gifts for a variety of ministries for the common good.


Toni has been called to the ministry of Verger.

Praise be to God, who has called you to this service.


Let us pray.

Look with favor upon those whom you have called, O God, especially Toni in her ministry as Verger. Grant that they may be so filled with your Holy Spirit, that they may minister in their chosen task with joy and steadfast devotion; through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.


In the Name of God, we recognize you, Toni, as a Verger and give you this Virge as a token of your ministry.

Amen. Thanks be to God!



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 new 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, 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: Harriet McKinney (11/29), Alice Dailey (11/30), Nolan Jones (12/1), and Dr. Enrique Davis (12/3); and anniversaries: Joe & Shirley Bonaparte (11/27); 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


ECW Silver Tea Quilt Raffle until 11/30: The ECW thanks the 80+ women who attended this year's Harvest Silver Tea. It was a huge success. Ann Hudson, long time ECW member, donated a handmade full size bed quilt that is being raffled as part of the tea fundraiser. All proceeds from the tea and raffle will benefit the EYCS College Scholarship Fund. To date more than 19 St. Matthew's youth have received scholarships from the EYCS. Next year, three St. Matthew's youth will be eligible for scholarships.


There is still time to donate to the ECYS College Scholarship Fund. You can either purchase a raffle ticket ($15 each or 2 for $25) or by check for any amount made out to St. Matthew's; in the memo put EYCS. We will announce the total amount raised after the raffle ends on November 30, 2022. Thank you St. Matthew's women for making this event a great success!


Advent Bible Study Beginning on 11/30: The Wednesday Bible Study group is going to pause 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).


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]



LEV #5: Great Day!


REFRAIN:

Great day! Great day, the righteous marching.

Great day. God’s going to build up Zion’s walls.


1 Chariot rode on the mountaintop,

God’s going to build up Zion’s walls!

My God spoke and the chariot did stop,

God’s going to build up Zion’s walls! [Refrain]


2 This is the day of jubilee,

God’s going to build up Zion’s walls!

The Lord has set His people free,

God’s going to build up Zion’s walls! [Refrain]


3 We want no cowards in our band,

God’s going to build up Zion’s walls!

We call for valiant hearted men,

God’s going to build up Zion’s walls! [Refrain]


4 Going to take my breast plate, sword, and shield,

God’s going to build up Zion’s walls!

And march out boldly in the field,

God’s going to build up Zion’s walls! [Refrain]

[Words: Traditional. Music: Negro Spiritual; harm. J. Jefferson Cleveland, Copyright © 1981 Abingdon, reprinted from Songs of Zion by permission. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #72591. 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.



Hymn #61: Sleepers, Wake! A Voice Astounds Us


1 "Sleepers, wake!" A voice astounds us,

the shout of rampart-guards surrounds us:

"Awake, Jerusalem, arise!"

Midnight's peace their cry has broken,

their urgent summons clearly spoken:

"The time has come, O maidens wise!

Rise up, and give us light;

the Bridegroom is in sight. Alleluia!

Your lamps prepare and hasten there,

that you the wedding feast may share."


2 Zion hears the watchmen singing;

her heart with joyful hope is springing,

she wakes and hurries through the night.

Forth he comes, her Bridegroom glorious

in strength of grace, in truth victorious:

her star is risen, her light grows bright.

Now come, most worthy Lord,

God's Son, Incarnate Word, Alleluia!

We follow all and heed your call

to come into the banquet hall.


3 Lamb of God, the heavens adore you;

let saints and angels sing before you,

as harps and cymbals swell the sound.

Twelve great pearls, the city's portals:

through them we stream to join the immortals

as we with joy your throne surround.

No eye has known the sight,

no ear heard such delight: Alleluia!

Therefore we sing to greet our King;

for ever let our praises ring.


[Words: Philipp Nicolai; tr. Carl P. Daw, Jr., Copyright © 1982 Hope Publishing Company. Music: Wachet auf, melody Hans Sach; adapt. Philipp Nicolai; arr. and harm. Johann Sebastian Bach, Public Domain. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #07746. 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, Jeanette Outing, and Jewel Wheeler


BIRTHDAYS: Harriet McKinney (11/29), Alice Dailey (11/30), Nolan Jones (12/1), and Dr. Enrique Davis (12/3)


WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES: Joe & Shirley Bonaparte (11/27)


RECENT DEATHS: N/A

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. The Scripture readings are from the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) of the Bible.


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