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Advent 1
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Sunday, November 28, 2021
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  Advent 1  

As we gather, we recognize that we live, work and play in the traditional lands of the Cowichan Tribes and Coast Salish People. 
We continue to commit ourselves to the work of reconciliation and relationship-building with our First Nations neighbours. 
 

 

Welcome.  

 

Look up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.

Luke 21.28

 

O come, let us worship.  

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Almighty God, 

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.

 

 

Opening Hymn:  

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

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O come, O come, Emmanuel,

and ransom captive Israel

that mourns in lonely exile here

until the Sone of God appear.  

 

Refrain:

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel

shall come to you, O Israel.  

 

O come, O Wisdom from on high,

who orders all things mightily;

to us the path of knowledge show,

and teach us in her ways to go.

(Refrain…)  

 

O Come, O come, great Lord of might,

who to your tribes on Sinai’s height

in ancient times once gave the law,

in cloud and majesty and awe.

(Refrain…)  

 

O come, O Rod of Jesse’s stem,

from every foe deliver them

that trust your mighty power to save,

and give them victory o’er the grave.

(Refrain…)  

 

O Come, O Key of David, come,

and open wide our heavenly home;

make safe the way that leads on high,

and close the path to misery.

(Refrain…)  

 

O come, O Dayspring from on high

and cheer us by your drawing nigh;

disperse the gloomy clouds of night,

and death’s dark shadow put to flight.

(Refrain…)  

 

O come, Desire of nations, bind

in one the hearts of humankind;

O bid our bitter conflict cease,

and be for us our Prince of Peace.

(Refrain…) 

 

 

All:    We light this candle to bring into a dark world,

the light of Hope.  

 

All: (Tune:  Away in a Manger)  

A candle is burning,                     

a flame warm and bright;

A candle of Hope                     

in December’s dark night.

While angels sing blessings                     

from heaven’s starry sky

our hearts we prepare now,                     

for Jesus is nigh.                       

 

Trisagion (said):          

Holy God,          

holy and mighty,          

holy immortal one,          

have mercy upon us.  

 

 

Collect of the Day:

 

Almighty God,  

Give us grace to cast away the works of darkness

and put on the armour of light,

now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son,

Jesus Christ came to us in great humility;

that on 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 forever.     Amen 

 

The Proclamation of the Word

 

1st Reading: Jeremiah 33. 14-16  

 

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.  

 

 

Psalm 25

 

To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul; my God, I put my trust in you;  

let me not be humiliated, nor let my enemies triumph over me.  

 

Let none who look to you be put to shame;

let the treacherous be disappointed in their schemes.  

 

Show me your ways, O Lord,

and teach me your paths.  

 

Lead me in your truth and teach me,          

for you are the God of my salvation;

in you have I trusted all the day long.  

 

Remember, O Lord, your compassion and love,

for they are from everlasting.  

 

Remember not the sins of my youth and my transgressions;

remember me according to your love,

and for the sake of your goodness, O Lord.  

 

Gracious and upright is the Lord,          

Therefore, he teaches sinners in his way.  

 

He guides the humble in doing right

and teaches his way to the lowly.  

 

All the paths of the Lord are love and faithfulness

to those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.    

 

God of compassion and love,

forgive our sins, relieve our misery, satisfy our longing,

and fulfil all our hopes for peace;

through your Son Jesus Christ, our Redeemer. 

 

 

2nd Reading:  1 Thessalonians 3. 9-13

 

The word of the Lord.  

Thanks be to God.  

 

Gradual Hymn:

Come Down, O Love Divine

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Come down, O love divine,

seek Thou this soul of mine,

and visit it with thine own ardour glowing;

O Comforter, draw near,

within my heart appear,

and kindle it, thy holy flame bestowing.  

 

O let it freely burn,

till earthly passions turn

to dust and ashes in its heat consuming;

and let Thy glorious light

shine ever on my sight,

and clothe me round, the while my path illuming.  

 

Let holy charity

mine outward vesture be,

and lowliness become mine inner clothing;

true lowliness of heart,

which takes the humbler part,

and o'er its own shortcomings weeps with loathing.  

 

And so, the yearning strong,

with which the soul will long,

shall far out pass the power of human telling;

for none can guess its grace,

till they become the place

wherein the Holy Spirit finds a dwelling.    

 

 

The Lord be with you.  

And also with you.

The Good News of Jesus

according To:  Luke 21: 25-36  

 

Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.  

 

The Gospel of Christ,

Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ. 

 

 

Sermon:  The Venerable Brian Evans

May the words of my mouth and the meditations of our hearts be ever acceptable to you O Lord.  Amen.  

HOPE IN THANKSGIVING  

Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians opens with these words today: How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy we feel before our God because of you?”                     

Then Paul explains how he wishes to thank God: ·       

  • He want s to visit them again, face to face to hear from them personally. ·       
  • He wants to share with them in the abundance of love they have shown towards each other. ·       
  • That their hearts may be blameless before God. That last verse is like a short prayer: “And may you so strengthen your hearts in holiness that you may be blameless before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.”  

On Sunday we will have shared, in this province, one of—possibly—the worst—disaster in our history.

Along side of the real heartache, sorrow, despair, and anguish, we have heard of the many stories of hope. ·       

  • There are the fishing and hunting guiders assoc. who are transporting people, animals, and supplies up and down the Fraser River. ·       
  • The group in Lower Mainland who could put together 3000 meals along with other essential goods in just over 24 hours. ·       
  • The first horse rescue with helicopter in the history of the province. ·
  • Listening to the Mayors of Princeton and Spences Bridge speak of the heroic efforts of friends and strangers. ·       

These heroic actions examples valor, fearlessness, courage, and in some cases daring, action against all the odds.   We hear stories of people being like nearly superhuman.  All of these stories, are set before us as we listen to the music, scriptures, and prayers to begin Advent.  

FIRST, Paul tells us something beyond the simple gathering with friends at Thanksgiving. Paul challenges us to go further—to welcome within ourselves, those outside of our comfort zone.   To be “thanksgiving people”, God requires more of us—our need to move beyond simply those for whom we like.                     

Advent is a clear call for us to look forward to that encompassing message in the Nativity of Christ—to be prepared, to be pleased, to be present, with those we know AND those we do not know.                     

At various times in our lives, we find ourselves in those positions.  

In my vocation as a parish priest, the simple move to a new community can be daunting. To say little of the synonyms like; overwhelming, intimidating, frightening, outright scary. Then I stop and consider what it must be like for folk in the pew.

When I want to see faith, all I have to do is look out at the pews every day. Even the empty pews speak to me of a people who at one time trusted God, and God’s call, to the work of thanksgiving.                     

When we offer ourselves to this level, then we discover the peace and beauty of the world because of our actions of thanksgiving.

SECOND, Paul calls us to share in a concept of mutual love: “May the Lord make you increase, and abound, in love for one another and for all, just as we abound in love for you.”                     

Advent is a time for new beginnings—an opportunity to give consideration afresh to demonstrating mutual love. Advent is like Lent: a time for us to be more intentional.  

One of the key words in all of this is “more”. This is not to say we are not already living out this mutual love.

At the same time, it is a gentle reminder.                 

Jesus continually crossed borders, literally and figuratively. Jesus never strayed away from the lepers, cripples, the blind, the physically handicapped, the widow—the list is nearly endless.  

THIRD, Paul calls us to actions of proper conduct. “May he so strengthen your hearts in holiness that you may be blameless before our God and Father, in the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.  

The Advent challenge to transform our lives of faith, and make them more conforming with Christ. It’s a time to cast out hatred, pride, jealousy, arrogance, and things that create violence.                       

To be able to sing with great gusto that wonderful, what I call campfire praise song, ‘If I Had a Hammer’. Hammering out justice, peace, hope and joy.  

A PONDERING THOUGHT. Maybe one year, we could use those words and tune for our Advent Candle lighting.                     

 

TWO illustrations for this week:  

The first is of a young lad who, on weekly shopping trips for groceries with his mother, assisted her in getting the groceries for a neighbour who was a shut-in. Each week, he would carry the groceries to the neighbour’s house. ………When wanting to play with his friends, he was wanting to just leave the groceries and not assist in putting them away. Instead, he stayed.

That day the lady gave him a dollar rather than the customary 25 cent piece. Now what should he do with the money. Treats for himself? Then noticing the Christmas Cards, he thought to give it to the lady who he knew had no family and spent Christmas alone.  

A few weeks later, upon her death, on the bedside table stood one lone Christmas card.  

 

Second story (Illustration):

One day, a young man answered a want-ad for a farm hand. He told the owner about his previous experience, which was abundant, and his references were impeccable. He ended the interview in a rather odd way, however, by telling the owner that he could count on him, because he could sleep during the wind. The owner was confused but he could not argue with the man’s credentials, so he was given the job.  

Late one night, a fierce Midwest storm arose. It was two in the morning but the farmer arose, got dressed, and went outside to see what needed to be secured. First, he checked the barn, but the doors were closed, shutters were locked tight, and the animals were tethered and safe. He next checked the springhouse, the pump-room, and storage shed, and all the trucks.

Everything was secured. He ran from place to place, thinking most assuredly, that something must be out of order. Finally, the owner stuck his head in the bunkhouse, and saw the farmhand fast asleep.

He remembered the curious statement of the farmhand when he was interviewed, “I can sleep during the wind.” The farmer smiled and thought to himself, “Yes, he is at peace and has done all things well. He can sleep during the wind.”  

 

Today, we light the first candle in our Advent Wreath. May this candle be a demonstration of our thanksgiving for our life, while at the same time an outward and visible symbol of our mutual love, and right conduct with others, as a people with concern for all that is happening in our midst at this time.  

 

Saint Ignatius of Loyola offers these words of advice: “May all we do, and say, give greater glory and honour to God.

So, as we pray our prayer over the gifts, may the God of love will be stirred within us. .                         ….. 

….. Thanks be to God.  Amen.    

 

 

The Apostles Creed:

Let us confess the faith of our baptism, as we say:  

 

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

 

Let us pray to conduct ourselves in ways that are pleasing to God.

Our common prayer response is

“Christ, our Justice, hear our prayer”.  

 

Through the grace and peace of your Holy Spirit, strengthen us in our commitment to live peaceably with one another.

We pray:

Christ, our Justice, hear our prayer.    

 

Through the word of your prophets and apostles, open our hearts to receive the teachings of the church calling us to greater justice.

We pray:

Christ, our Justice, hear our prayer.  

 

Through the example of our blameless conduct, may we raise up our youth to be Christian adults overflowing with love for God and neighbor.

We pray:

Christ, our Justice, hear our prayer.  

 

Through our dedication to honorable and respectful living, help us to build cities where all dwell securely, particularly the economically poor.

We pray:

Christ, our Justice, hear our prayer.   

 

Through the signs of our times, teach us to discern your presence calling us to live more reverently.

We pray:

Christ, our Justice, hear our prayer.  

 

Through the gift of the eucharist, may we draw hope in your abiding kindness when we fail in the requirements of justice and compassion.

We pray:

Christ, our Justice, hear our prayer.  

 

Through the constancy of your love, receive with tenderness, the dead who appear before you in the humility of their lives (especially those in our hearts and minds) ….

We pray:

Christ, our Justice, hear our prayer.  

 

Remembering that Christ is the faithful witness of God’s enduring love, may we be faithful witnesses of God’s compassion for the poor, sick, and needy of our time, and for those in our Parish:

Roy & Gail; John; Steve; Maureen; Michelle; Sheila & Family; Joseph; & Mark. 

We pray:

Christ, our Justice, hear our prayer.  

 

Praying for our province, we pray with Archbishop MacDonald:  

“People are stranded and cut off from food, medication, and emergency services.

This is a catastrophe for communities, including the folks from Lytton,

that have suffered so much in the past year.

 

Our Indigenous Anglican churches are severely threatened.

People are terrified.

Please pray.”

 

We pray:

Christ, our Justice, hear our prayer.  Amen. 

 

 

 

Confession and Absolution

 

Dear friends in Christ,

God is steadfast in love and infinite in mercy;

God welcomes sinners and invites them to the table.

Let us confess our sins, confident in God’s forgiveness.  

 

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 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.    Amen.

 

Distance-Sharing of The Peace 

 

 

The Celebration of the Eucharist.    

 

Offertory Hymn:  

When the King Shall Come Again

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When the King shall come again,

all his power revealing,

splendour shall announce his reign,

life and joy and healing;

earth no longer in decay,

hope no more frustrated,

this is God’s redemption day

longingly awaited.  

 

In the desert, trees take root,

fresh from God’s creation;

plants and flowers and sweetest fruit

join the celebration;

rivers spring up from the earth,

barren lands adorning.

Valleys, this is your new birth;

mountains, greet the morning!  

 

 

Strengthen feeble hands and knees;

fainting hearts, be cheerful!

God, who comes for such as these,

seeks and saves the fearful.

Deaf ears, hear the silent tongues

sing away their weeping;

blind eyes, see the lifeless ones

walking, running, leaping!  

 

 

There God’s highway shall be seen

where no roaring lion,

nothing evil or unclean,

walks the road to Zion:

ransomed people homeward bound

all your praises voicing,

see your Lord with glory crowned,

share in his rejoicing. 

 

 

Prayer over the Gifts

 

God of love and power,

your word stirs within us the expectation of the coming of your Son.

Accept all we offer you this day, and sustain us with your promise of eternal life.

We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.   Amen.    

 

 

Eucharistic Prayer #3    

 

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 our God.                     

It is right to give our thanks and praise.  

 

Blessed are you, gracious God,

creator of heaven and earth;

you are the source of light and life for all your creation,

you made us in your own image,

and call us to new life in Jesus Christ our Saviour.

 

Therefore, we praise you,

joining our voices 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.  

 

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 in 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 in remembrance of me.” 

 

 

Therefore, Father, according to his command,

we remember his death,

we proclaim his resurrection,

we await his coming in glory;  

 

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 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 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.   Amen. 

 

 

The Lord’s Prayer  

As our Saviour taught us,

let us pray,

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 that trespass against us;

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  

For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever and ever.   Amen.  

 

The Breaking of the Bread

 

“I am the bread of life,” says the Lord.

“Whoever comes to me will never be hungry;

whoever believes in me will never thirst.”

 

Taste and see that the Lord is good;

happy are they who trust in him! 

 

The gifts of God for the People of God.  

Thanks be to God! 

 

The Administration of Communion  

 

Communion Music Interlude  

 

 

Prayer After Communion

 

God for whom we wait,

you have fed us with the bread of eternal life.

Keep us ever watchful, that we may be ready to stand before the Son of man.

We ask this in the name of Christ the Lord.   Amen  

 

Glory to God,

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, forever and ever.     Amen

 

The Blessing

 

Announcements  

 

Closing Hymn:

 

Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus

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Come, Thou long expected Jesus

Born to set Thy people free;

From our fears and sins release us,

Let us find our rest in Thee.

 

Israel’s Strength and Consolation,

Hope of all the earth Thou art;

Dear Desire of every nation,

Joy of every longing heart.  

 

Born Thy people to deliver,

Born a child and yet a King,

Born to reign in us forever,

Now Thy gracious kingdom bring.  

 

By Thine own eternal Spirit

Rule in all our hearts alone;

By Thine all sufficient merit,

Raise us to Thy glorious throne.    

 

 

Dismissal  

 

Go forth into the world, rejoicing in the power of the Spirit.

 

Thanks be to God.  Alleluia!  

 

The recording ends.