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                 The First Sunday of Advent                 

       November 28, 2021           

                          Holy Eucharist, Rite II    

 10:00 AM In Person with Zoom

10:00 a.m.  Service Bulletin 

Opening Hymn       

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  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.                                                                                                                      

Celebrant  Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

All             And blessed be God’s kingdom, now and forever.  Amen.


Celebrant  Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known and from whom 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                         

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


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

Leader     Let us pray.

                 Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put    

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

                 Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in 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 for ever.  Amen.


First Reading:  Jeremiah 33:14-16
     The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David; and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will live in safety. And this is the name by which it will be called: "The Lord is our righteousness."

Lector            The Word of the Lord
All                 Thanks be to God 

Psalm 25:1-9         Read responsively by half verse 

1 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.


2 Let none who look to you be put to shame; *
  let the treacherous be disappointed in their schemes.


3 Show me your ways, O Lord, *
   and teach me your paths.


4 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.


5 Remember, O Lord, your compassion and love, *
   for they are from everlasting.


6 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.


7 Gracious and upright is the Lord; *
   therefore he teaches sinners in his way.


8 He guides the humble in doing right *
   and teaches his way to the lowly.


9 All the paths of the Lord are love and faithfulness *
   to those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.

Second Reading:  1 Thessalonians 3:9-13      
     How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy that we feel before our God because of you? Night and day we pray most earnestly that we may see you face to face and restore whatever is lacking in your faith.  Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus direct our way to you. And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, just as we abound in love for you. And may he so strengthen your hearts in holiness that you may be blameless before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints. 

Lector             The Word of the Lord 

Response     Thanks be to God 

Praise Before the Gospel

Hymnal 1982 #616                   “Hail to the Lord’s Anointed”


1 Hail to the Lord's Anointed,

   great David's greater Son!

   Hail, in the time appointed,

   his reign on earth begun!

   He comes to break oppression,

   to set the captive free;

   to take away transgression,

   and rule in equity.


2 He comes with succor speedy

   to those who suffer wrong,

   to help the poor and needy,

   and bid the weak be strong;

   to give them songs for sighing,

   their darkness turn to light,

   whose souls, condemned and dying,

   were precious in his sight.


3 He shall come down like showers

   upon the fruitful earth,

   and love, joy, hope, like flowers,

   spring in his path to birth;

   before him on the mountains

   shall peace, the herald, go;

   and righteousness in fountains

   from hill to valley flow. 


4 Kings shall bow down before him,

   and gold and incense bring;

   all nations shall adore him,

   his praise all people sing;

   to him shall prayer unceasing

   and daily vows ascend;

   his kingdom still increasing,

   a kingdom without end.

5 O'er every foe victorious,

   he on his throne shall rest,

   from age to age more glorious,

   all blessing and all blest:

   the tide of time shall never

   his covenant remove;

   his Name shall stand for ever,

   his changeless Name of Love. 

The Holy Gospel:  Luke 21:25-36
Deacon   The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke
People   Glory to you, Lord Christ.  

              Jesus said, "There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves. People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see 'the Son of Man coming in a cloud' with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near."  Then he told them a parable: "Look at the fig tree and all the trees; as soon as they sprout leaves you can see for yourselves and know that summer is already near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near. Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.  "Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that day catch you unexpectedly, like a trap. For it will come upon all who live on the face of the whole earth. Be alert at all times,

praying that you may have the strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of Man." 

Deacon      The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

People      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.


1 Make straight in the desert a highway for our God.  Refrain

2 Fill ev’ry valley, bring all mountains low.  Refrain

3 Go up to a mountain and shout with a loud voice.   Refrain

4 Say to all people, here is your God.  Refrain 


Sermon                                                                  The Rev. Melana Nelson-Amaker

What We Believe: 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

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

The Prayers of the People
The person appointed leads the prayers. The People's responses are in bold type.

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.


Grant wisdom, grace and strength to Presiding Bishop Michael, to our Bishops, Mariann and Chilton; to the leaders of our Diocese, to the Diocesan staff; to Pastor Melana and Father Elliott, our clergy, to Chaplain Rachelle; to our Vestry, to Pauline, Mike, Robert, James, Emilia, Howard, Rachelle and Carmen; to Pastor Rudy and the people of Cristo Viene Ya.

Give your Church mantles of praise to replace faint spirits.


We pray for all the clergy and people of the Princes George’s County churches,

The Episcopal Diocese of Washington, and the Anglican Communion.

Make us oaks of righteousness, O God.


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.

Silence is kept.

A Prayer For Our Nation                                                  Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924)

Almighty God, ruler of all the peoples of the earth,

forgive, we pray, our shortcomings as a nation;

purify our hearts to see and love truth;

give wisdom to our leaders

and steadfastness to our people;

and bring us at last to the fair city of peace,

whose foundations are mercy, justice and goodwill,

and whose builder and maker you are;

through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

A Prayer for Doctors, Nurses and other Medical Personnel                          

Sanctify, O Great Physician, all those whom you have called to the study and practice of medicine, to battling disease and pain. Strengthen them each day by your life-giving Spirit; shoulder their burdens; protect them and their families by the power of your Name.  Return to them thirty, sixty, one hundred fold what they are sacrificially giving.  By their ministries may the sick be made well, the health of the community be promoted and your creation be blessed; through the might of Jesus Christ.  Amen.


A Prayer for Essential Personnel

Almighty God, we give thanks for all those who serve the needs of our community, sometimes at great risk to themselves.  We remember our government officials; police officers; firefighters; military; morticians; counselors; grocery store workers; pharmacy staff; delivery people; sanitation workers; postal employees; and those who care for the homeless, the abused and the neglected.  Protect them and their families under the shadow of your wings.  Refresh them when they are weary; strengthen them when they are anxious or afraid.  Remind us to value, thank and support them.  Grant that what they give out be returned to them abundantly, good measure, pressed down and running over into their laps, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.


For the Unemployed and the Poor

Gracious Lord, we hold before you those who have lost their jobs or are otherwise unable to supply their basic needs.  Guide individuals, organizations, businesses and governments to value these our people and to care for them while we are caring for ourselves.  Remind us that to serve the least is to serve you, and bend our practices towards love and justice.  Fulfill you word that the poor are blessed because the

kingdom of heaven is theirs.  Through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

For the Bereaved     
Gracious God, surround us and all who mourning with your continuing compassion.  Do not let grief overwhelm your children, fracture their families, or turn them against you.  When grief seems never-ending, take them one step at a time along your road of death and resurrection in Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.


For the Church 
Gracious Father, we pray for thy holy catholic Church. Fill it with all truth,

in all truth with all peace. Where it is corrupt, purify it; where it is in error,

direct it; where in any thing it is amiss, reform it. Where it is right, strengthen it;

where it is in want, provide for it; where it is divided, reunite it; for the sake
of Jesus Christ thy Son our Savior.  Amen.

Individuals may name those for whom they are praying ending with “Lord in your mercy
To which the people respond “
Hear our prayer.
Thanksgiving may be offered ending with “
Most Gracious God
To which the people respond “
We give you thanks.

Concluding Collect                            Anglican Church of Southern Africa, altered

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 


Thanking God with and for Our Gifts
Celebrant     God of life, Savior of the poor, receive with this money                                

                     gratitude for your goodness, penitence for our pride, and              

                     dedication to your service, through Jesus Christ Our Lord.  Amen.
                     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 up to the Lord.
Celebrant          Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
Response        It is right to give God thanks and praise. 

Celebrant         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:



and People   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.


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 the cup 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, 


and People     We remember his death,

                          We proclaim his resurrection,
                          as we await the day of his coming.


                     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 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  10 AM   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     We break this bread to share in the Body of Christ. 
                     Though we are many, we are one Body, 
                     because we all share in one Bread.

                     Some among us are not able to receive Holy Eucharist today, 
                     but all of us have come to worship you….
                     The gifts of God for the people of God.
                     Our souls will feast and be satisfied,                                                 
                     and we will sing glad songs of praise to God.
                     Let us together receive heavenly food.  


This is the time to consume Holy Communion from your reserves at home.  

Communion Hymns      

LEVAS # 74                 “Jesu, Jesu” 


Refrain:  Jesu, Jesu, fill us with your love,

              show us how to serve the neighbors

              we have from you.


1 Kneels at the feet of his friends,

   silently washes their feet,

   Master who acts as a slave to them.  Refrain


2 Neighbors are rich and poor,

   neighbors are black and white,

   neighbors are near and far away. Refrain


3 These are the ones we should serve,

   these are the ones we should love;

   all these are neighbors to us and you. Refrain


4 Loving puts us on our knees,

   serving as though we are slaves,

   this is the way we should live with you. Refrain


5 Kneel at the feet of our friends,

   silently washing their feet,

   this is the way we should live with you. Refrain 

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


Gracious God, lover of all,

in the Eucharist we are one family in Christ your Son,

one in the sharing of his Body and Blood

and one in the communion of his Spirit:

help us to grow in love for one another

and come to the full maturity of the Body of Christ.

We make our prayer through your Son our Savior.  Amen. 


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


                          May God the God of wholeness and peace

                           make you holy and keep you safe and blameless

                           in spirit, soul and body, for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ;

                           and the blessing of God ,Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer be with you now and always.  Amen.        


Deacon             As we await our coming Saviour,

                          in peace to love and serve the Lord.

                          In the name of Christ. Amen. 

Closing Hymn     

The Hymnal 1982 #637               “How Firm a Foundation, Ye Saints of the Lord”


1 How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,

   is laid for your faith in his excellent word!

   What more can he say than to you he hath said,

   to you that for refuge to Jesus have fled? 


2 "Fear not, I am with thee; O be not dismayed!

   For I am thy God, and will still give thee aid;

   I'll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand,

   upheld by my righteous, omnipotent hand. 


3 "When through the deep waters I call thee to go,

   the rivers of woe shall not thee overflow;

   for I will be with thee, thy troubles to bless,

   and sanctify to thee thy deepest distress. 


4 "When through fiery trials thy pathway shall lie,

   my grace, all sufficient, shall be thy supply;

   the flame shall not hurt thee; I only design

   thy dross to consume, and thy gold to refine. 


5 "The soul that on Jesus hath leaned for repose,

    I will not, I will not desert to its foes;

    that soul, though all hell shall endeavor to shake,

    I'll never, no, never, no, never forsake."


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