Sunday Bulletin

Third Sunday of Advent (Year A)
Sunday, December 16, 2007

In this Bulletin ...

Growing through Faith, Commitment and Action
Parish News
Prayers of Intercession
Sick and Shut-In Members
Benedictus (Traditional)
Hymn: Bless the Lord, O My Soul
Hymn: We’ve a Story To Tell The Nations
Today's Services
Activities This Week

Order for the Lighting of the Advent Wreath


(+) Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

People: And also with you.

Third Candle - The Candle of Peace

Leader: Light and peace, in Jesus Christ our Lord
All: Thanks be to God

Leader: Today is the Third Sunday of Advent and we will light the
Candle of Love.

Last Sunday we lit the Candle of Peace.
Today we light the Third Candle of Advent, the Candle of Love. In their old age God gave to Zechariah and Elisabeth a son called John. John spoke to the people bravely in the desert denying his own comforts and prepared to die for what he believed. John taught that we should share what we have with others, treat each other kindly and show Gods love. He did this because he cared for people and wanted them to repent and find God's forgiveness.

O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free
Thine own from Satan’s tyranny;
From depths of hell Thy people save,
And give them victory over the grave.
Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

(Third Candle, the Candle of Love is lit)

Leader: Love is like a candle shining in a dark place.
People: As we look at the light of this candle we celebrate the love we have in Christ.

Leader: Let us pray:
All: Lord God, Your witness John the Baptist grew up strong in spirit and prepared people for the coming of the Lord. He loved your people and baptized them in the River Jordan to wash away their sins. Help us to have the same love that we would be witnesses to him and spread the good news of your love. As Christmas draws closer day by day, help us to be ready to welcome him. Amen


The Collect of the Day
Third Sunday of Advent [BCP page 157]

The Eucharist continues as set forth in the Book of Common Prayer

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"Growing through Faith, Commitment and Action"

Almighty God, by your grace you have given us new life in
Jesus Christ and by your Spirit you have called us to
proclaim Him as Saviour by word and action. Teach
us to walk in your way more trustfully, to accept
your truth more faithfully and to share your life
more lovingly. By the power of the Holy Spirit guide
us in our work for the church, so that we may come
as one family to the Kingdom of the Father, where
you live and reign forever. Amen.

(A Prayer for Renewal and Mission)

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Parish News

We express condolence to the Shirley Thomas, Alice Dilworth & Joey James on the passing of their Aunt Myrtle Tullis.

December 19 Gift Day
December 22 Advent Devotions - 9:30 a.m.
December 24 Christmas Eve Service – 11:00 p.m.
December 25 Christmas Day - 7:30 a.m. Sung Eucharist and Sermon
December 26 St. Stephen’s Day - 6:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist
December 27 St. John the Evangelist - 9:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist
December 28 The Holy Innocents - 9:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist
December 30 First Sunday after Christmas Day
December 31 New Year’s Eve - 11:00 p.m. Sung Eucharist & Sermon
January 1 Holy Name - 8:00 a.m. Sung Eucharist & Sermon
January 6 The Epiphany of our Lord - 8:00 a.m.
Sung Eucharist & Sermon

Quote for Reflection

To be prepared for the divine union the intellect must be cleansed and emptied of everything relating to sense, divested and liberated of everything clearly apprehensible, inwardly pacified and silenced, and supported by faith alone, which is the only proximate and proportionate means to union with God. St. John of the Cross

- The Dark Night of the Soul

Did you know?

The corporal was in ancient times called ‘corporas cloth’ symbolizing one of the linen cloths wrapped around our Lord’s body in the tomb. This is the square linen on which the chalice and paten are placed. It is rarely embroidered and, if so, usually only a simple cross. It is folded in order to make a square so that all particles of the Blessed Sacrament may be gathered unto it.

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Activities this week ...

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Please remember to pray for and visit with our sick and shut-in members.

Shut-In Members

  • Ethel Morrison
  • Lucille Campbell
  • Inez Powell
  • Eric Aarons

Sick Members

  • Lois Bayliss
  • Hope Patricia
  • Mary Sorum
  • Altimont Ramsay
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Prayers of Intercession

Third Sunday of Advent


Come, Lord God, give strength to the hands that are tired and to the knees that tremble with weakness. You are the God who cares for all who are down, you come down to where we are to uplift us. You are the God who gives us hope.
You come to rescue us.


Come, Lord our Saviour.


Leader: Lord, may your church travel the road of holiness, may we grow in faith, grow in love, and grow in number. We pray for the church to which we belong and for the church in ………… May the good news be preached to the poor, may the gospel be proclaimed in all places. Lord, we need your help and your strength.
You come to rescue us.

Come, Lord our Saviour.


Leader: We remember before you the discouraged and fearful, all whose freedom is limited by tyranny, all whose lives are restricted by poverty, all who are abused by those in power, all whose dreams are destroyed by mockery. You are the God who gives us hope.
You come to rescue us.

Come, Lord our Saviour.


Leader: We pray for the time when the lame will leap for joy, when the deaf will hear, when the blind will be able to see, when the dumb will shout your praise, when the handicapped will find freedom, when sorrow and grief are done away and all will sing and jump for joy. We remember all who long for this time. We pray for friends and loved ones in sickness, we remember those who are terminally ill. You are the God who gives us hope…
You come to rescue us.

Come, Lord our Saviour.


Leader: You are the Lord and giver of life, you give life which is eternal. We give you thanks for the saints of glory. We remember before you all who have served this community in the past. We remember loved ones who departed this life.
You come to rescue us.

Come, Lord our Saviour.

(Silence may be kept)


All: Almighty God, who through the prophets promised that light would conquer the darkness, shine in our hearts and in our mind, and so use us that we may lead others to your splendour and the greatness of your power which is revealed in your Son Jesus Christ, who lives with you and the Holy Spirit, One God, now and for ever. Amen

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Benedictus (Traditional)

(+) Blessed be the Lord / God of/ Israel,*
for he hath visited / and re- / -deemed his / people;
And hath raised up a mighty sal- / - vation / for us*
in the house / of his / servant / David;
As he spake by the mouth of his / holy / Prophets,*
which have been / since the / world be- / -gan;
That we should be saved / from our / enemies,*
and from the / hands of / all that / hate us;
To perform the mercy promised / to our / forefathers,*
and to re- / -member his / holy / Covenant;
To perform the oath which he sware to our / forefather / Abraham,*
that / he would / give / us;
That we being delivered out of the hand / of our / enemies*
might serve / him with- / out / fear.
In holiness and righteous- / -ness be- / -fore him,*
all the / days / of our / life.
And thou Child shalt be called the Prophet / of the / Highest,*
for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord / to pre- / -pare his / ways;
To give knowledge of salvation / unto his / people*
for the re- / -mission / of their / sins,
Through the tender mercy / of our / God,*
whereby the day-spring from on / high hath / visited / us;
To give light to them that sit in darkness *
and in the / shadow of / death,*P
and to guide our feet / into the / way of / peace.
Glory be to the Father, / and to the / Son,*
and / to the / Holy / Ghost;
As it was in the beginning* is now,*
and / ever / shall be: world without/ end/ A- / -men.

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Hymn: Bless the Lord, O My Soul

Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and all that is within me
bless His holy name.

He has done great things,
He has done great things,
He has done great things,
bless His holy name.

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Hymn: We’ve a Story To Tell The Nations

  1. We’ve a story to tell to the nations,
    that shall turn their hearts to the right;
    a story of truth and sweetness,
    a story of peace and light,
    a story of peace and light:

    For the darkness shall turn to dawning,
    and the dawning to noon-day bright,
    and Christ’s great kingdom shall come on earth,
    the kingdom of love and light.

  2. We’ve a song to be sung to the nations,
    that shall lift their hearts to the Lord;
    a song that shall conquer evil,
    and shatter the spear and sword,
    and shatter the spear and sword:

  3. We’ve a message to give to the nations,
    that the Lord who reigneth above
    hath sent us His Son to save us,
    and show us that God is love,
    and show us that God is love:

  4. We’ve a Saviour to show to the nations,
    who the path of sorrow hath trod,
    that all of the world’s great peoples,
    might come to the truth of God,
    might come to the truth of God:

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Today's Services

Third Sunday of Advent

6:30 a.m.
7:30 a.m.
Processional 47
Old Testament Isaiah 35:1-10
[Canute Brown]
Epistle James 5:7-10
[Daphne Grant]
Gradual 54 [Children leave for Sunday school]
Gospel Matthew 11:2-11
Sermon Rev. Dr. David Kuck
The Prayers of Intercession  
The Offertory Hymn 373
Hymns During Communion

412, 204,
Bless the Lord O my soul


We’ve a Story to Tell the Nations

9:45 a.m.
Processional 54
Venite [BCP page 36]

146 [BCP page 662]

First Reading Isaiah 35:1-10
Benedictus [BCP page 40]
Second Reading Matthew 11:2-11
Hymn 337
Sermon Rev. Dr. David Kuck
Hymn 373


6:00 p.m.

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Activities This Week

December 18

9:00 a.m.
5:30 p.m.

Holy Eucharist
Senior Choir Rehearsal

December 19

6:30 a.m.

Holy Eucharist

December 20

5:30 p.m.

Senior Choir Rehearsal

December 21

9:00 a.m.

Holy Eucharist

December 22

9:30 a.m.
11:00 a.m.
2:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m.
Advent Devotions
Little Brothers of St. Andrew
Youth Choir Rehearsal
Youth Fellowship

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