St. Chris Weekly 

The Third Sunday of Advent

December 11, 2022

Holy Eucharist, Rite II

10:00 AM 





The  Advent Wreath

                           Watch, for you know not when the master of the house
                          will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or
                          in the morning; lest he come suddenly and find you asleep.

Opening Hymn

The Hymnal 1982 # 518     “Christ is Made the Sure Foundation”

1 Christ is made the sure foundation,
   Christ the head and cornerstone,
   chosen of the Lord, and precious,
   binding all the Church in one;
   holy Zion's help forever,
   and her confidence alone.  

2 All that dedicated city,
   dearly loved of God on high,
   in exultant jubilation
   pours perpetual melody;
   God the One in Three adoring
   in glad hymns eternally.  

3 To this temple, where we call thee,
   come, O Lord of Hosts, today;
   with thy wonted loving-kindness
   hear thy servants as they pray;
   and thy fullest benediction
   shed within its walls alway.  

4 Here vouchsafe to all thy servants
   what they ask of thee to gain;
   what they gain from thee forever
   with the blessed to retain,
   and hereafter in thy glory  
   evermore with thee to reign.  

Celebrant     Blessed be God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.                                 
All                 And blessed be God’s kingdom, now and forever, Amen.  

Celebrant     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.

Glory to God          “Mass for Grace”   Carl Haywood                  LEVAS #243      


Refrain       Glory, glory, halleluiah, Lord we praise your Holy Name.

                   Glory, glory, halleluiah, Lord we praise your Holy Name.

                   Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth.

                   Lord God, heavenly King, Almighty God and Father:

                   We worship you, we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory

                   Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,

                   Lord God Lamb of God.    Refrain 

                   You take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

                   You are seated at the right hand of the Father,

                   Receive our prayer.

                   For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord.

                   You alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ

                   with the Holy Spirit, in the Glory of God the Father.

                   Glory, glory, halleluiah, Lord we praise your Holy Name.

                   Glory, glory, halleluiah, Lord we praise your Holy Name.  Amen.    


The Collect of the Day  
Celebrant    The Lord be with you.
Response   And also with you.  
Celebrant    Let us pray.  
                    Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorely hindered                          by our sins, let your bountiful grace and mercy   speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our                            Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever.   Amen.  

First Reading:   Isaiah 35:1-6, 8, 10  
     The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom; They shall see the glory of the Lord, the majesty of our God. Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. Say to those who are of a fearful heart, Be strong, do not fear! Here is your God. He will come with vengeance, with terrible recompense. He will come and save you.’ Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped; then the lame shall leap like a deer,  and the tongue of the speechless sing for joy. For waters shall break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert; A highway shall be there, and it shall be called the Holy Way; the unclean shall not travel on it, but it shall be for God’s people; And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.  

Lector    The Word of the Lord

People    Thanks be to God 


Psalm 146:4-9           Read responsively by half verse  

4 Happy are they who have the God of Jacob for their help! *
   whose hope is in the Lord their God;
5 Who made heaven and earth, the seas, and all that is in them; *
   who keeps his promise for ever;
6 Who gives justice to those who are oppressed, *
   and food to those who hunger.  
7 The Lord sets the prisoners free; the Lord opens the eyes of the blind; *
   the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down;
8 The Lord loves the righteous; the Lord cares for the stranger; *
          he sustains the orphan and widow, but frustrates the way of the wicked.
9 The Lord shall reign for ever, *
    your God, O Zion, throughout all generations.  Hallelujah!


Praise Hymn Before the Gospel 

The Hymnal 1982  # 66               “Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus”


1 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.


2 Israel's strength and consolation,

   hope of all the earth thou art:

   dear desire of every nation,

   joy of every longing heart.


3 Born thy people to deliver,

   born a child, and yet a king,

   born to reign in us forever,

   now thy gracious kingdom bring.


4 By thine own eternal Spirit

   rule in all our hearts alone;

   by thine all sufficient merit,

   raise us to thy glorious throne. 

The Gospel:  Matthew  11:2-11

Leader      The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ According to Matthew
All                   Glory to you, Lord Christ. 

              When John heard in prison what the Messiah was doing, he sent word by his disciples and said to him, “Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?” Jesus answered them, “Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have good news brought to them. And blessed is anyone who takes no offense at me.”  As they went away, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to look at? A reed shaken by the wind? What then did you go out to see? Someone dressed in soft robes? Look, those who wear soft robes are in royal palaces. What then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. This is the one about whom it is written, ‘See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.’

“Truly I tell you, among those born of women no one has arisen greater than John the Baptist; yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.” 

Leader  The Gospel of the Lord. 
All        Praise to you, Lord Christ. 

Gospel Acclamation 
LEVAS #11                  “Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord”


Refrain  Prepare ye the way of the Lord.

              Prepare  ye the way of the Lord.


Declaring Our Faith: The Nicene Creed       

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. 

Admitting Our Wrongdoing                              Enriching Our Worship

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.


God of all mercy, we confess that we have sinned against you, opposing your will in our lives. We have denied your goodness in each other, in ourselves, and in the world you have created. We repent of the evil that enslaves us, the evil we have done, and the evil done on our behalf. Forgive, restore, and strengthen us through our Savior Jesus Christ, that we may abide in your love and serve only your will.  Amen.


Receiving Forgiveness

May God who loved the world so much that he sent his Son to be our Savior,

forgive you your sins and make you holy to serve him in the world, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Congregational Ministry Project           

              With Praise Choruses

              and Prayers for the Doctors’ Community Hospital Staff

The Prayers of the People for Advent            (from Common Worship © 2000 Church of England)

The person appointed leads the prayers. The People respond.

Watchful at all times,

let us pray for grace to stand with confidence

before our Maker and Redeemer.


That God may bring in his kingdom with justice and mercy,

let us pray to the Lord:

Bring good news to the oppressed, O God.


That God may establish among the nations

his scepter of righteousness,

let us pray to the Lord: 

Cause righteousness and praise to spring up before the nations. 


That we may seek Christ in the Scriptures

and recognize him in the breaking of the bread,

let us pray to the Lord:

Be our everlasting light, O Lord.


That God may bind up the brokenhearted,

restore the sick and raise up all who have fallen,

let us pray to the Lord:

Comfort all who mourn, O God.


That the light of God’s coming may dawn

on all who live in darkness and the shadow of death,

let us pray to the Lord:

Proclaim liberty to the captives, O God.


That, with all the saints in light,

we may shine forth as lights for the world,

let us pray to the Lord:

Plant us to display your splendor, O God.

Let us pray for our own needs and those of others.

We commend ourselves and all for whom we pray
to the mercy and protection of our heavenly Father:

We long for a year of your favor, O God.

We pray for the concerns of our parish and give God thanks and praise for the Church of God: for Michael our Presiding Bishop and Mariann our own bishop; for all bishops, priests and deacons in the Anglican Communion. We pray for the people of God in every place, especially those who are persecuted. We pray for the Diocesan Staff; for Pastor Melana, Fr. Elliott, and Deacon Melissa; for Pauline, Robert, and Emilia; for James and Howard; for Rachelle, and Carmen; for the Vestry. We pray for all members of our congregation and our diocese. We pray for Pastor Rudy and the members of Cristo Viene Ya.

Give your Church mantles of praise to replace faint spirits.

Concluding Collect         Celebrant                                         

Almighty God, as your blessed Son Jesus Christ first came to seek and to save the lost; so may he come again to find in us the completion of his redeeming work; for he is now alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever.   Amen.


Extending God’s Peace

Celebrant    May the peace of Christ be always with you.                                            

People         And also with you.

We greet one another.

Welcome and Blessing of Visitors

                                                                              THE HOLY COMMUNION 

Offertory Invitation  Celebrant    
Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in my house, and thus put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts; see if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you an overflowing blessing.  Malachi 3:10 
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Thanking God with Our Offerings

The Doxology                   
                      Praise God from whom all blessings flow. 
                      Praise him all creatures here below. 
                      Praise him above ye heavenly host: 
                      Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.  Amen.  

Celebrant     God of all life, Savior of the poor, receive with our offering 
                     gratitude for your goodness, penitence for our pride, and 
                     dedication to your service, through  Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

The Great Thanksgiving:     The Book of Common 1979, Prayer B


Celebrant          The Lord be with you.           

Response         And also with you.

Celebrant          Lift up your hearts.

Response        We lift them to the Lord.

Celebrant          Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

Response        It is right to give our 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. Because you sent your beloved Son to redeem us from sin and death,                                and to make us heirs in him of everlasting life; that when he shall come again in power and great                                    triumph to judge the world, we may without shame or fear 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:  

Celebrant          Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, God of power and might,

and  People      heaven and earth are full of your glory.
sanna in the highest.
                          Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
                          Hosanna in the highest.


Celebrant         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.


                        At the following words concerning the bread, the Celebrant is to hold it, or to lay a  hand upon it; and at                          the words concerning the cup, to hold or place a hand upon it and any other vessel containing wine to                            be consecrated.


                       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, 

Celebrant      We remember his death,

and People   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 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 Christopher 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.  AMEN.


                      And now, as our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to say,

The Lord’s Prayer    sung                        LEVAS #264    


 Our Father, which 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 debts,
as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,
forever.  Amen.


The Breaking of the Bread

The Celebrant breaks the consecrated Bread. A period of silence is kept.


Celebrant           Alleluia. Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us;
                          Therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia.                           

                           Some among us are not able to receive Holy Eucharist today,

                           but all of us have come to worship you.

                           Feed the hunger of their hearts, we pray, with a special blessing.

                           The gifts of God for the people of God.

                           Take them in remembrance that Christ died for you,

                           and feed on him in your hearts by faith, with thanksgiving.

The Celebrant breaks the consecrated Bread. A period of silence is kept. 

Communion Hymn 

The Hymnal 1982   # 318 “Here, O my Lord, I See Thee Face to Face”  

1. Here, O my Lord, I see thee face to face;
    here would I touch and handle things unseen;
    here grasp with firmer hand eternal grace,
    and all my weariness upon thee lean. 

2. Here would I feed upon the Bread of God; 
    here drink with thee the royal Wine of heaven;
    here would I lay aside each earthly load,
    here taste afresh the calm of sin forgiven. 

3. I have no help but thine; nor do I need
    another arm save thine to lean upon;
    it is enough, my Lord, enough indeed;
    my strength is in thy might, thy might alone. 

4. Mine is the sin, but thine the righteousness;
    mine is the guilt, but thine the cleansing Blood.
    Here is my robe, my refuge, and my peace;
    thy Blood, thy righteousness, O Lord, my God!  

Postcommunion Prayer       (altered from Common Worship © 2000 Church of England)

              Father in heaven, who sent your Son to redeem the world and will send him again to be our judge:                      give us grace so to imitate him in the   humility and purity of his first coming that, when he comes                      again, we may be ready to greet him with joyful love and firm faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord.                      Amen.


Blessing and Dismissal            (from Common Worship © 2000 Church of England)


             May Christ the Sun of Righteousness shine upon you, scatter the darkness from before your path, and make                 you ready to meet him when he comes in glory; and the blessing of God Almighty, Father, Son and Holy Spirit               be with you now and forever. Amen.


Deacon   As we await our coming Saviour,

                go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

                In the name of Christ. Amen. 

Closing Hymn 

The Hymnal 1982 # 535  “Ye Servants of God, Your Master Proclaim”


1 Ye servants of God, your Master proclaim,

   and publish abroad his wonderful Name;

   the Name all-victorious of Jesus extol:

   his kingdom is glorious; he rules over all.


2 God ruleth on high, almighty to save;

   and still he is nigh: his presence we have.

   The great congregation his triumph shall sing,

   ascribing salvation to Jesus our King.


3 Salvation to God who sits on the throne!

   Let all cry aloud, and honor the Son.

   The praises of Jesus the angels proclaim,

   fall down on their faces, and worship the Lamb.


4 Then let us adore, and give him his right:

   All glory and power, all wisdom and might,

   all honor and blessing, with angels above,

   and thanks never ceasing and infinite love.  

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