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THE FEAST OF THE NATIVITY December 24, 2018 MINI-CONCERT and HOLY EUCHARIST 10:30 P.M.
WE WELCOME YOU! We are delighted to worship with you, wherever you are on your spiritual journey. Hymns are found in THE HYMNAL 1982; service music is in the front section of THE HYMNAL, where the number is preceded by an “S”. Go to www.stjamespewee.org for upcoming events and information about community ministries.
Daniel D. Martin, Organist-Choirmaster
Puer natus est nobis (A child is born to us) Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence
Frank Campbell-Watson arr. Gustav Holst
soloists: Rainbow Wills, James Butterfield Please stand and sing.
Hymn 96 Ave Maria
Angels we have heard on high Franz Schubert
Marsha Webb, violin
Still, still, still
arr. Mack Wilberg
Please stand and sing.
Hymn 115 Spirituals for Keyboard: Behold That Star Go Tell It On The Mountain
What child is this Charles Callahan
THE WORD OF GOD GREETING
H. Elizabeth Back
HYMN 83: 1, 2, 3, 6 (Please stand.)
O come, all ye faithful
THE OPENING SALUTATION Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. And blessed be his kingdom, now and for ever. Amen. THE COLLECT FOR PURITY Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy Name; through Christ our Lord. Amen. BENEDICTUS ES, DOMINE (all sing): S 236 A COLLECT FOR CHRISTMAS EVE The Lord be with you. And also with you. Let us pray. (All kneel or stand as you are able.) O God, you have caused this holy night to shine with the brightness of the true Light: Grant that we, who have known the mystery of that Light on earth, may also enjoy him perfectly in heaven; where with you and the Holy Spirit he lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen. Please be seated.
THE FIRST LESSON Isaiah 9:2-7 The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness-on them light has shined. You have multiplied the nation, you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest, as people exult when dividing plunder. For the yoke of their burden, and the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor, you have broken as on the day of Midian. For all the boots of the tramping warriors and all the garments rolled in blood shall be burned as fuel for the fire. For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace for the throne of David and his kingdom. He will establish and uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time onward and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this. The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God. PSALM 96 (choir and congregation)
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Sing to the LORD a / new song; * sing to the LORD, all the / whole earth. Sing to the LORD and bless his / Name; * proclaim the good news of his salvation from day / to day. Declare his glory among / the nations * and his wonders among / all peoples. For great is the LORD and greatly to be / praised; * he is more to be feared than / all gods. As for all the gods of the nations, they are / but idols; * but it is the LORD who made / the heavens.
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Oh, the majesty and magnificence of his / presence! * Oh, the power and the splendor of / his sanctuary! Ascribe to the LORD, you families of / the peoples; * ascribe to the LORD honor / and power. Ascribe to the LORD the honor due his / Name; * bring offerings and come into / his courts. Worship the LORD in the beauty / of holiness; * let the whole earth tremble / before him. Tell it out among the nations: "The LORD is / King! * he has made the world so firm that it cannot be moved; he will judge the peoples / with equity." Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; let the sea thunder and all that / is in it; * let the field be joyful and all that is / therein. Then shall all the trees of the wood shout for joy before the LORD when he / comes, * when he comes to judge / the earth. || He will judge the world with / righteousness * and the peoples with / his truth.
THE SECOND LESSON Titus 2:11-14 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all, training us to renounce impiety and worldly passions, and in the present age to live lives that are self-controlled, upright, and godly, while we wait for the blessed hope and the manifestation of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ. He it is who gave himself for us that he might redeem us from all iniquity and purify for himself a people of his own who are zealous for good deeds. The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God. GOSPEL PROCESSION – HYMN 107: 1 (all sing) Good Christian friends, rejoice with heart and soul and voice; give ye heed to what we say: Jesus Christ is born today; ox and ass before him bow, and he is in the manger now. Christ is born today! Christ is born today!
THE GOSPEL Luke 2:1-20 The Holy Gospel ... Glory to you, Lord Christ. In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. All went to their own towns to be registered. Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for see-- I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger." And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!" When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us." So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them. The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, Lord Christ. THE SERMON The Rev. H. Elizabeth Back THE NICENE CREED (Please stand.) BCP 358 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 (All kneel or stand as you are able.) Lector: On this holy night, in which God joins heaven and earth, let us offer our prayers for the church, the world, and all those in need. The Child, the Child, sleeping in the night, he will bring us goodness and light. Let us pray for the Church around the world as it celebrates the birth of Christ. Bless all those who are entrusted with Christian ministry that your Word might be proclaimed with truth and courage across our world. We pray for ++Michael our Presiding Bishop, +Terry our Bishop, Elizabeth+ our Rector, and Mary+ our Deacon. In the Anglican and Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, we pray for all congregations throughout the world. In the Parish Cycle of prayer, we pray for our congregation, family, friends, and neighbors. Bless the leadership of this parish, especially for Angel our Administrator, Daniel our 4
Organist and Choirmaster, Nazz our Preschool Director, the preschool staff, and our Vestry. O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord. Bestow your wisdom on all who govern, that in honoring the earth and its diverse races, cultures, and religions, we may celebrate the light of this holy night. We pray for Donald, our President and Matthew our Governor. Joy to the world! the Lord is come; let earth receive her King. Grant reconciliation to those surrounded with conflict and violence, that they may live in the peace of this holy night. We remember before thy throne of grace our enemies, our armed forces, and those on active duty: Brad, David, Jack, Matt, Teddy, and William. Hark! the herald angels sing, "Glory to the newborn King! Let us pray for all who are cold, hungry, or alone this night, and we pray for all who are anxious, depressed, or ill. Draw near to those who find this season a source of pain or grief, and to all who are suffering or sick, especially for those on the parish prayer list: Allen P., Bobby, Caley, Christine, “Crazy Eddie”, Indi, Jean, Karina, Martha, Ray, Toby, Tom, Tracy, for those who have received our healing blankets and for those we name either silently or aloud. Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia, Christ the Savior is born! Let us pray for parents, families, and newborn infants. Strengthen families in the bonds of love and commitment, that they may delight in the joy of this holy night. Noel, Noel, Born is the King of Israel. Let us pray for ourselves and for the blessings of Christmas. Open our hearts to your presence, that we may be transformed by the new birth of this holy night. The world in solemn stillness lay, to hear the angels sing. Let us give thanks for all the faithful departed, especially those we name either silently or aloud. Give us grace to follow your holy ones in lives of faith and commitment, that we may we join with the hosts of heaven in singing the praises of this holy night. Holy infant so tender and mild, sleep in heavenly peace. Celebrant: Good and gracious God, on this holy night you gave us your Son, the Lord of the universe, wrapped in swaddling clothes, the Savior of all, lying in a manger. Give us a place among the shepherds, that we may find the one for whom we have waited, Jesus Christ, your Word made flesh, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, in the splendor of eternal light, God forever and ever. Amen. THE CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTION 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 PEACE (Please stand.) The peace of the Lord be always with you. And also with you.
THE HOLY COMMUNION MUSIC AT THE OFFERTORY
Unto us is born a Son
Text: Latin carol, translated by G. R. Woodward. Music: from Piae Cantiones, 1582, arranged by David Willcocks.
Unto us is born a Son, King of quires supernal: See on earth his life begun, of lords the Lord eternal. 5
Christ, from heav’n descending low, comes on earth a stranger; ox and ass their owner know, be-cradled in the manger. This did Herod sore affray, and grievously bewilder, so he gave the word to slay, and slew the little childer. Of his love and mercy mild this the Christmas story; and O that Mary’s gentle Child might lead us up to glory! O and A, and A and O, “Cum cantibus in choro,” let our merry organ go, “benedicamus Domino.”
THE PRESENTATION – HYMN 112: 4 (Please stand.) What can I give him, poor as I am? If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb; if I were a wise man, I would do my part; yet what I can I give him – give my heart.
THE GREAT THANKSGIVING The Lord be with you. And also with you. Lift up your hearts. We lift them to the Lord. Let us give thanks to the Lord out God. It is right to give him thanks and praise. It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth. Here a Proper Preface is said.
Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with Angels and Archangels and with all the company of heaven, who for ever sing this hymn to proclaim the glory of your Name: SANCTUS (Holy, holy, holy Lord):
All kneel or remain standing. The Celebrant continues.
We give thanks to you, O God, for the goodness and love which you have made known to us in creation; in the calling of Israel to be your people; in your Word spoken through the prophets; and above all in the Word made flesh, Jesus, your Son. For in these last days you sent him to be incarnate from the Virgin Mary, to be the Savior and Redeemer of the world. In him, you have delivered us from evil, and made us worthy to stand before you. In him, you have brought us out of error into truth, out of sin into righteousness, out of death into life. On the night before he died for us, our Lord Jesus Christ 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." Therefore, according to his command, O Father, MEMORIAL ACCLAMATION:
The Celebrant continues.
And we offer our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving to you, O Lord of all; presenting to you, from your creation, this bread and this wine. We pray you, gracious God, to send your Holy Spirit upon these gifts that they may be the Sacrament of the Body of Christ and his Blood of the new Covenant. Unite us to your Son in his sacrifice, that we may be acceptable through him, being sanctified by the Holy Spirit. In the fullness of time, put all things in subjection under your Christ, and bring us to that heavenly country where, with James, Mary, and all your saints, we may enter the everlasting heritage of your sons and daughters; through Jesus Christ our Lord, the firstborn of all creation, the head of the Church, and the author of our salvation. By him, and with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit all honor and glory is yours, Almighty Father, now and for ever. THE GREAT AMEN:
THE LORD’S PRAYER Celebrant: And now, as our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to say, All: 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 BREAKING OF THE BREAD (Silence is kept.) FRACTION ANTHEM – Cantor sings, then all repeat.
Setting: Gary James
During the sharing of Holy Communion, ministers will be available under the west window to offer prayers for healing. Please advise clergy if you desire a gluten free wafer.
HYMN AT COMMUNION: 81 (All are invited to sing.)
Lo, how a Rose e'er blooming
POST-COMMUNION PRAYER (All kneel or stand as you are able.) BCP 365 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. HYMN 111 (Remain kneeling or seated as the candles are lit and all sing.) 1. Silent night, holy night, all is calm, all is bright round yon virgin mother and child! Holy infant, so tender and mild, sleep in heavenly peace. Sleep in heavenly peace.
2. Silent night, holy night, shepherds quake at the sight, glories stream from heaven afar, heavenly hosts sing alleluia; Christ, the Savior, is born! Christ, the Savior, is born! 3. Silent night, holy night, Son of God, love’s pure light radiant beams from thy holy face with the dawn of redeeming grace, Jesus, Lord, at thy birth. Jesus, Lord, at thy birth. BLESSING May Almighty God, who sent his Son to take our nature upon him, bless you in this holy season, scatter the darkness of sin, and brighten your heart with the light of his holiness. Amen. May God, who sent his angels to proclaim the glad news of the Savior’s birth, fill you with joy, and make you heralds of the Gospel. Amen. May God, who in the Word made flesh joined heaven to earth and earth to heaven, give you his peace and favor. Amen. And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be upon you and remain with you for ever. Amen. HYMN 100 (Please stand.)
Joy to the world!
THE DISMISSAL (Response: Thanks be to God.) VOLUNTARY: In dulci jubilo (Good Christian friends, rejoice)
Johann Sebastian Bach (BWV 729)
Altar Flowers are given to the glory of God and in thanksgiving for the gift of The Christ Child, from Mary Palmer-Ball and Family.
Violin Marsha Webb
Trumpet Aidan Blewett
THIS WEEK AT ST. JAMES’ CHURCH
SAVE THE DATE!
The parish office will be closed until January 7th. Tuesday, December 25 – Christmas Day There will be no service at St. James’ Church; however, you may wish to attend St. Thomas’ at 8:00 a.m., or St. Luke's at 10:00 a.m.
Sunday 1/6 – The Feast of the Epiphany Parish breakfast at 9:15 a.m., provided by the Episcopal Church Women.
Saturday, December 29 8:00 p.m. AA and Al-Anon meetings (UNDERCROFT) Sunday, December 30 – First Sunday after Christmas 8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite One (spoken) 10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite Two (hymns, no choir)
VESTRY Eric Martin, Senior Warden Debbie Hanna, Junior Warden Lucy Dosker, Secretary Beth Karweick, Treasurer Teresa Cheatham
Alan Lodge Tom Sabin Tina Walsh Jeff Webb
The Rev. H. Elizabeth Back, Rector The Rev. Dr. Mary Abrams, Deacon Daniel D. Martin, Organist-Choirmaster Angel Morrow, Parish Administrator Connie Coartney, Sunday School Director Nazanin Casebier, Preschool Director
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