Sunday Bulletin

Fourth Sunday of Advent (Year A)
Sunday, December 23, 2007

In this Bulletin ...

Growing through Faith, Commitment and Action
Parish News
Prayers of Intercession
Sick and Shut-In Members
Hymn: O Lord, How Shall I Meet You
Hymn: The Servant King
Hymn: Sing we of the Blessed Mother
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.

Fourth Candle - The Candle of Joy (Pink candle)

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

Last Sunday we lit the Candle of Love.
Today we light the Fourth Candle of Advent, the Candle of Joy. When the angel Gabriel told Mary that a special child would be born to her she was filled with joy. She sang a song that began with the words: "My soul magnifies the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour. Just as the birth of Jesus gave great joy to his mother, so his presence in the world gave joy to those who had none before. He healed them and gave them hope and peace when they believed in him.

From hope, peace, and love grows joy.

We light the Candle of Joy to remind us that when Jesus is born in us we have joy and that through him there will be everlasting joy on earth.

O come, Thou Day-spring, come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here;
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night,
And death’s dark shadows put to flight
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

Leader: Joy is like a light shining in a dark place.
People: As we look at this candle we celebrate the joy we find in Jesus Christ.

Leader: Let us pray:
All: Thank you God for the joy you give us. We ask that as we wait for all your promises to come true, and for Christ to come again, that you would remain present with us. Help us today, and everyday to worship you, to hear your word, and to do your will by sharing your joy with each other. We ask it in the name of the one who was born in Bethlehem. Amen.


Kyrie, Kyrie eleison
Christie, Christe eleison
Kyrie, Kyrie eleison

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

December 24

Christmas Eve Service

11:00 p.m. Carols– Youth Choir
11:30 The Great Procession, The
Blessing of the Manager and
First Mass of Christmas

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 - 11:30 p.m. Sung Eucharist & Sermon
January 1 Holy Name - 7:30 a.m. Sung Eucharist & Sermon
January 6

The Epiphany of our Lord

6: 30 a.m.
8:00 a.m. Sung Eucharist & Sermon
5:00 p.m. Solemn Evensong & Organ Recital
Guest Organist: Dr. Richard Beckford
Assoc. Prof. of Music-South Carolina University USA.

Quote for Reflection

At the first coming he was wrapped in swaddling clothes in a manger. At his second coming he will be clothed in light as in a garment. In the first coming he endured the cross, despising the shame; in the second coming he will be in glory, escorted by an army of angels. We look then beyond the first coming and await the second.

Cyril of Jerusalem

Did you know?

The Chalice is a sacred vessel and is usually paired with a Paten. The Paten is a small shallow plate on which the priest’s host is placed. To the right of the Chalice a cruet or Flagon is placed with wine for consecration and to the left of the Chalice the Ciborium is placed with wafers for consecration.

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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

  • Lucille Barrett
  • Isolyn Petgrave
  • Lauraine McKenzie
  • Norma Urquhart
  • Joy Dean

Sick Members

  • Roslyn Flash
  • Lois Bayliss
  • Ricardo Lee
  • Ronald Towsend
  • Marjorie Dennis
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Prayers of Intercession

Fourth Sunday of Advent


In the church that looks for you, among the people who proclaim you, with all who seek to serve you, with all who seek to serve you, among all who proclaim that they love you, now with us as we worship you, with the Anglican church in Jamaica, and the church throughout the world,


God, you are with us.


Leader: With the nations striving towards the light, with the seekers for freedom and justice, among those who enrich and extend our lives, with all who bring peace on earth, with the peoples lost in darkness, with the nations caught up in war,

God, you are with us.


Leader: In our homes as we prepare for your coming, in our relationships and in our loving, in our sharing and in our caring, in our actions and our interactions, now, within our community,

God, you are with us.


Leader: With the outcasts and the poor, with the unemployed and the homeless, among the scorned and rejected, with the refugees and the stateless, with the persecuted and those who suffer injustice,

God, you are with us.


Leader: With all who are in pain or sorrow, with… in their illness, with … in their anxiety, with all who fear the future, with those whose life on earth is coming to an end,

God, you are with us.


Leader: With the whole church on earth, with our loved ones at rest, with the saints in glory…,

God, you are with us.

(Silence may be kept)


All: King of kings yet born of Mary, you come to dwell among us in great humility, you reveal the great love of God towards us and that we are called to be his own people. Come now among us and give us your peace, that we may live to your praise and glory, Christ our Saviour, who is alive and lives and reigns with the Father and the Spirit for ever and ever. Amen.

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My soul doth / magnify the / Lord,*
And my spirit hath re / joiced in / God my / Savior.
For / he hath re / garded *
The / lowliness / of his handmaiden.
For be / hold from / henceforth *
All gener / ations shall / call me / blessed.
For he that is mighty hath / magnified / me, *
And / holy / is his / Name.
And his mercy is on / them that / fear him *
Throughout / all / gener / ations.
He hath showed / strength with his / arm; *
He hath scattered the proud in the imagi / nation / of their hearts.
He hath put down the / mighty from their / seat, *
And hath ex / alted the / humble and / meek.
He hath filled the / hungry with / good things, *
And the rich he hath / sent / empty a / way.
He remembering his mercy hath holpen his / servant / Israel, *
As he promised to our forefathers, /
Abraham and his / seed for / ever.

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: O Lord, How Shall I Meet You

  1. O Lord, how shall I meet you, how welcome you aright?
    Your people long to greet you, my hope, my heart’s delight!
    O kindle, then, most holy, a lamp within my breast,
    To do in spirit lowly all that may please you best.

  2. Love caused your incarnation, love brought you here to me;
    Your thirst for my salvation procured my liberty.
    O love beyond all telling, that led you to embrace
    In love all loves excelling our lost and fallen race.

  3. A glorious crown you give me, a treasure safe on high,
    That will not fail nor leave me as earthly riches fly.
    My heart shall bloom forever for you with praises new,
    And from your name shall never with hold the honour due.

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Hymn: The Servant King

  1. From heaven You came, helpless babe,
    entered our world, Your glory veiled,
    not to be served but to serve,
    And give Your life that we might live.

    This is our God, the Servant King,
    He calls us now to follow Him,
    to bring our lives as a daily offering
    of worship to the Servant King

  2. There in the garden of tears
    my heavenly load He chose to bear:
    His heart with sorrow was torn,
    ‘Yet not my will but yours,’ He said.

  3. Come see His hands and His feet,
    the scars that speak of sacrifice,
    hands that flung stars into space
    to cruel nails surrendered.

  4. So let us learn how to serve
    and in our lives enthrone Him,
    each other’s needs to prefer,
    for it is Christ we’re serving.

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Hymn: Sing we of the Blessed Mother

  1. Sing we of the blessed Mother,
    Who received the angel’s word,
    and obedient to the summons,
    bore in love the infant Lord.

  2. Sing we of the joys of Mary,
    at whose breast the child was fed.
    Who is Son of God eternal,
    and the everlasting Bread.

  3. Sing we, too, of Mary;s sorrows,
    Of the sword that pierced her through,
    when beneath the cross of Jesus,
    she his weight of suffering knew.

  4. Looked upon her Son and Saviour
    reigning from the awful tree,
    saw the price of our redeption
    paid to set the sinner free.

  5. Sing the chiefest joy of Mary,
    when on earth her work was done;
    and the Lord of all creation,
    brought her to his heavenly home.

  6. Where, raised high with saints and angels,
    in Jerusalem above,
    She beholds her Son and Saviour,
    reigning as the Lord of love.

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Today's Services

Fourth Sunday of Advent

6:30 a.m.
7:30 a.m.
Processional O Lord How Shall I Meet You
Old Testament Isaiah 7:10-17
[Daryan Pallas]
Epistle Romans 1:1-7
[Camille Isaacs-Borell]
Gradual 48
Gospel Matthew 1:18-25
Sermon Rev. Major Sirrano Kitson
The Prayers of Intercession  
The Offertory Hymn Sing We of the Blessed Mother
Hymns During Communion

408, 263,
The Servant King



9:45 a.m.
Processional 377
Old Testament Isaiah 7:10-17
[Mickelle Hughes]

Refrain: Open the gates
for the Lord to enter,
He is the King of glory.

[BCP page 496]

Epistle Romans 1:1-7
[Amanda Hutchinson]
Gradual 53
Gospel Matthew 1:18-25
Drama THE GOOD NEWS FLASH - We have combined the past and the present. Use your imagination...for although the times have changed, Jesus Christ is present and is the same ’Yesterday, today, and forever’.
Offertory Hymn 363
During Communion 390, 54,
The Servant King


6:00 p.m.
Introit 49
Old Testament Isaiah 7:10-17
Psalm 24
Refrain: Lift up your heads,
O Gates; and the King of glory
shall come in.

[BCP page 496]
Gradual 54
Gospel Matthew 1:18-25
Sermon Rev. Major Sirrano Kitson
Offertory 53
Recessional 47

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Activities This Week

December 27

5:30 p.m.

Senior Choir Rehearsal

December 28

9:00 a.m.

Holy Eucharist

December 29

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

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