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Sunday Service
The Revd Philip Cochrane
The Revd Philip Cochrane
Sunday, December 5, 2021
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We welcome all and especially newcomers and visitors, whoever you are and wherever you find yourself on the journey of faith. Whenever you see this sign, + before a word or text, you are invited to make the sign of the cross. 


The clergy will enter and kneel to pray. At this point, please move to your seats and conclude conversations quietly. The celebrant then welcomes the gathering informally. 

Celebrant    We acknowledge with respect that we worship on the traditional and unceded     territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. 

A moment of silence is kept.

HYMN    “On Jordan’s Bank”                                                                               CP 103

    On Jordan's bank the Baptist's cry
    announces that the Lord is nigh.
    awake and hearken, for he brings
    glad tidings of the King of kings!

    Then cleansed be every breast from sin:
    make straight the way for God within.
    Prepare we in our hearts a home.
    where such a mighty guest may come.

    For thou art our salvation, Lord,
    our refuge and our great reward.
    Without thy grace we waste away
    like flowers that wither and decay.

    To heal the sick stretch out thine hand.
    and bid the fallen sinner stand;
    shine forth, and let thy light restore
    earth’s own true loveliness once more.

    All praise, eternal Son, to thee
    whose advent doth thy people free,
    whom with the Father we adore,
    and Holy Ghost, for evermore. 

The celebrant greets the community.
Celebrant        The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God,
    and the communion of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.
All               And also with you. 

The Celebrant introduces the Season of Advent and then continues with...

Deacon     Almighty God,
All     to you all hearts are open, all desires known,
    and from you no secrets are hidden.
    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.

The second candle is lit.
Celebrant    We wait in hope for the Lord; 
All     Who is our help and our shield. 

Celebrant     Let us pray. 
    Eternal God, as we await the coming of our saviour, 
    give us the courage to hope. 
    Give us grace to see your plans of redemption for our lives, 
    for this community, and for the world. 
    Through Jesus Christ, the source of our redemption and hope. 
All    Amen.


Celebrant    Let us pray.

The community prays in silence.

Celebrant        Almighty God,
    who sent your servant John the Baptist
    to prepare your people to welcome the Messiah,
    inspire us, the ministers and stewards of your truth,
    to turn our disobedient hearts to you,
    that when the Christ shall come again to be our judge,
    we may stand with confidence before his glory;
    who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and for ever. 
All    Amen.


Celebrant        Let us prepare ourselves for the Word of God
    as it comes to us in the reading of Holy Scriptures.
All    Our hearts and minds are open.

FIRST READING                                                                                        

See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple. The messenger of the covenant in whom you delight indeed, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts. But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner's fire and like fullers' soap; he will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the descendants of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, until they present offerings to the Lord in righteousness. Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the Lord as in the days of old and as in former years.                                                                           MALACHI 3:1-4 

Reader            Hear what the Spirit is saying to God’s people. 
All     Thanks be to God.

Musical Interlude.

SECOND READING                                                                                    

I thank my God every time I remember you, -constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, -because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now. -I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ. -It is right for me to think this way about all of you, because you hold me in your heart, for all of you share in God's grace with me, both in my imprisonment and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel. -For God is my  witness, how I long for all of you with the compassion of Christ Jesus. And this is my                   prayer, that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight -to help you to determine what is best, so that in the day of Christ you may be pure and blameless, -having produced the harvest of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God.                                                         PHILIPPIANS 1:3-11 

Reader            Hear what the Spirit is saying to God’s people. 
All     Thanks be to God.

Musical Interlude. At the conclusion, please stand as you are able for….

THE GOSPEL                                                                                          
Reader    The Lord be with you. 
All        And also with you.

Reader    +The Holy Gospel of Jesus the Christ according to Luke.
All        Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ. 

In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was ruler of Galilee, and his brother Philip ruler of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias ruler of Abilene, during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. He went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, -as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah, "The voice of one  crying out in the wilderness: 'Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth; -and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.'"              LUKE 3:1-6 

Reader    The Gospel of Christ.
All    Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ

THE SERMON                                                                                                                                

AFFIRMING OUR FAITH (The Apostles’ Creed)
Celebrant    Let us give voice to our convictions and substance to our hopes.
All    I believe in God, 
    the Father almighty,
    creator of heaven and earth.

    I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. 
    He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit 
    and born of the Virgin Mary.
    He suffered under Pontius Pilate, 
    was crucified, died, and was buried. 
    He descended to the dead.
    On the third day he rose again.
    He ascended into heaven,
    and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
    He will come again  to judge the living and the dead.

    I believe in the Holy Spirit, 
    the holy catholic Church, 
    the communion of saints, 
    the forgiveness of sins,
    the resurrection of the body, 
    and the life everlasting. Amen.

THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE                                 
Deacon        When the Lord comes, he will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness,     and will disclose the purposes of the heart. 

    Therefore in the light of Christ let us confess our sins. 

Deacon       Most merciful God,
All         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 neighbours 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.

Celebrant    Almighty God have mercy upon you, 
        +pardon and deliver you from all your sins, 
        confirm and strengthen you in all goodness, 
            and keep you in eternal life; 
        through Jesus Christ our Lord.
All        Amen.

Celebrant     May the God of peace make you completely holy, 
    ready for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

    The peace of Christ be always with you.
All        And also with you.

The deacon will informally give directions.


The deacon prepares the table.

Celebrant            Let us pray

The community prays in silence.

Celebrant    God our strength,
    we are nothing without you.
    Receive all we offer you this day
    as you sustain us with your mercy;
    in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. 
All    Amen.


Celebrant    The Lord be with you.
All    And also with you.

Celebrant    Lift up your hearts.
All    We lift them to the Lord.

Celebrant    Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. 
All    It is right to give our thanks and praise.

Celebrant        Blessed are you, gracious God,
    creator of heaven and earth;
    we give you thanks and praise
    through Jesus Christ our Lord,
    who in the fullness of time came among us in our flesh,
    and opened to us the way of salvation.
    Now we watch for the day when he will come again
    in power and great triumph to judge this world,
    that we, without shame or fear,
    may rejoice to behold his appearing.
    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.

    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.
    Hosanna in the highest.

Celebrant     We give thanks to you, Lord our God,
    for the goodness and love
    you have made known to us in creation;
    in calling 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 Saviour 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 he was handed over
    to suffering and death,
    a death he freely accepted,
    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, Father, according to his command,
All     we remember his death,
    we proclaim his resurrection,
    we await his coming in glory;

Celebrant     and we offer our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving to you, 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, made acceptable in him,
    may be sanctified by the Holy Spirit.

    In the fullness of time, reconcile all things in Christ,
    and make them new,
    and bring us to that city of light
    where you dwell with all your children;
    through Jesus Christ our Lord,
    the firstborn of all creation,
    the head of the Church,
    and the author of our salvation;    

    by whom, and with whom, and in whom,
    in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
    all honour and glory are yours, almighty Father,
    now and for ever.
All     Amen.


Celebrant            Now, as our Saviour Christ has taught us, 
    and each in the language in which you pray, we are bold to say, 

All    Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
    your kingdom come, your will be done,     
    on earth as in heaven.
    Give us today our daily bread.
    Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
    Save us from the time of trial,    
    and deliver us from evil.
    For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours,
    now and forever. 

The celebrant breaks the consecrated bread. 

Celebrant     Be present, be present, Lord Jesus Christ, crucified and risen;
All               make yourself known in the breaking of bread.

Celebrant    This is the table, not of the righteous,
    but of the poor in spirit.
    It is made ready for those who love God
    and who want to love God more.
    So come, you who have much faith and you who have little,
    You who have been here often
    and you who have not been for a long time or ever before,
    You who have tried to follow and all of us who have failed.
    Come, not because the Church invites you;
    It is Christ who invites you to be known and fed here.
    The gifts of God for the people of God 
All    Thanks be to God.

Everyone is invited to share in the communion through receiving the bread or, if preferred,  a prayer of blessing.  Communion is shared according to local COVID-19 protocols.


Celebrant    Let us pray. 

The community prays in silence. 

Celebrant     Faithful God,
All    we thank you for feeding us with this heavenly banquet.
    Help us always to hear the prophet's call
    to turn our hearts to you;
    in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.

Celebrant    Glory to God,
All        whose power, working in us, 
    can do infinitely more 
    than we can ask or imagine. 
    Glory to God from generation to generation, 
    in the Church and in Christ Jesus 
    for ever and ever.   Amen.


Celebrant    May the Sun of Righteousness shine upon you 
    and scatter the darkness from before your path; 
    and the blessing of God, Creator, Sustainer and Giver of Life     
    be with you always.
All        Amen.

HYMN    “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling”                                                            CP 486    

    Love divine, all loves excelling, 
    Joy of Heaven to earth come down;
    Fix in us thy humble dwelling;
    All thy faithful mercies crown.

    Jesus, Thou art all compassion,
    Pure unbounded love Thou art;
    Visit us with Thy salvation,
    Enter every trembling heart.

    Come, Almighty to deliver,
    Let us all Thy grace receive;
    Suddenly return, and never,
    Nevermore Thy temples leave.

    Thee we would be always blessing,
    Serve Thee as Thy hosts above,
    Pray and praise Thee without ceasing,
    Glory in Thy perfect love.

    Finish, then, Thy new creation;
    Pure and spotless let us be;
    Let us see Thy great salvation
    Perfectly restored in Thee;

    Changed from glory into glory,
    Till in Heav’n we take our place,
    Till we cast our crowns before Thee,
    Lost in wonder, love, and praise.
Deacon         Go in peace to love and serve the Lord! 
All    Thanks be to God!


Thank you for joining us today if you are here in person, please do stay for
refreshments afterwards.

If you are new and would like to meet a warden or member of the clergy, please do reach out