Worship at Christ Church

Sunday Services

Whether you join us from home or in our sanctuary we are one body, united in the Spirit, celebrating our risen Christ every week!  Join us at 10:00am each Sunday morning in Word and Sacrament.  

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Sanctuary Service

Sundays @ 10:00am

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Space is limited due to social distancing requirements; all those who plan to attend in person will need to sign up in advance to reserve their seat.  Every Sunday is open to all as long as space is available.

Live Stream Service

Sundays @ 10:00am

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Holy Eucharist

First Sunday of Advent

November 29th, 2020

We invite you to, as much as possible, kneel, sit, stand, and participate with your body and voice just as you would in our physical assembly.

Opening Hymn  

The People Stand

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
12th Century Latin hymn, translation to English by John Mason Neale in 1851

O come, O come, Emmanuel
And ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, thou Wisdom from on high,
who orderest all things mightily;
to us the path of knowledge show,
and teach us in her ways to go.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

Candle Lighting


READER 1: 
Hear these words from the Gospel of John: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it…

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

READER 2: 
Jesus, you are Immanuel, God-with-us. We rejoice over you today as the Word become flesh, come to ransom those in exile and to restore all things. We light this candle as a reminder that your light still shines in the darkness and that one day soon, your light will shine over all.

READERS & PEOPLE:
O Christ, Lord and Ruler, Root of Jesse, Key of David, Rising Sun, King of the Nations, Emmanuel… Come, Lord Jesus. Amen.

Trisagion
Music by Ryan Flanigan

Holy God,
Holy and Mighty,
Holy Immortal One,
Have mercy, mercy, mercy upon us

Gloria

God with Us

Words & music by Leslie Jordan & Jason Ingram, 2012

You’ve come, to bring peace
To be love, to be nearer to us
You’ve come, to bring life
To be light, to shine brighter in us
Oh, Emmanuel, God with us

Our Deliverer, you are Savior
In your presence we find our strength
Over everything, our redemption
God with us, you are God with us

You’ve come, to be hope
To this world, for your honor and Name
You’ve come, to take sin
To bear shame, and to conquer the grave
Oh, Emmanuel, God with us

You are here, and you are holy
We are standing, in your glory

Opening Sentences

CELEBRANT       Surely the Lord is coming soon.

PEOPLE               Amen. Come Lord Jesus!

from Revelation 22:20

The Collect of the Day 

The People Stand

LEADER     The Lord is here.

PEOPLE     And his Spirit is with us.

LEADER     Let us pray.

LEADER & PEOPLE
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.

The people sit.

welcome

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children’s sermon

Let the Flame Burn Brighter

Let the flame burn brighter
In the heart of the darkness
Turning night to glorious day
Let the song grow louder
As our love grows stronger
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine

Terrice’s video

First Reading 

The People Sit

Romans 8:18–23

18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. 19 For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. 23 And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.

LECTOR    The Word of the Lord.
PEOPLE    Thanks be to God.

Psalter 

The People Stand

LECTOR    Let us pray Psalm 148 responsively by half verse.

1 Hallelujah!
   Praise the Lord from the heavens; *
  praise him in the heights.

2 Praise him, all you angels of his; *
  praise him, all his host.

3 Praise him, sun and moon; *
  praise him, all you shining stars.

4 Praise him, heaven of heavens, *
  and you waters above the heavens.

5 Let them praise the Name of the Lord; *
  for he commanded, and they were created.

6 He made them stand fast for ever and ever; *
  he gave them a law which shall not pass away.

7 Praise the Lord from the earth, *
  you seamonsters and all deeps;

8 Fire and hail, snow and fog, *
  tempestuous wind, doing his will;

9 Mountains and all hills, *
  fruit trees and all cedars;

10 Wild beasts and all cattle, *
  creeping things and wingèd birds;

11 Kings of the earth and all peoples, *
  princes and all rulers of the world;

12 Young men and maidens, *
  old and young together.

13 Let them praise the Name of the Lord, *
  for his Name only is exalted,
  his splendor is over earth and heaven.

14 He has raised up strength for his people
      and praise for all his loyal servants, *
  the children of Israel, a people who are near him.

  Hallelujah!

Psalm 148

ALL
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

The Gospel 

Mark 13:24–37

DEACON   The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to St. Mark.
PEOPLE    Glory to you, Lord Christ

24 “But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, 25 and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. 26 And then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. 27 And then he will send out the angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.

28 “From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near. 29 So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates. 30 Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. 31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

32 “But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33 Be on guard, keep awake. For you do not know when the time will come. 34 It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his servants in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to stay awake. 35 Therefore stay awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning— 36 lest he come suddenly and find you asleep. 37 And what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake.”

DEACON    The Gospel of the Lord
PEOPLE     Praise to you, Lord Christ

The Sermon 

The People Sit

The Prayers of the People

LECTOR Let us pray for the church and for the world.

Almighty God, in giving us dominion over things on earth, you made us fellow workers in your creation: Give us wisdom and reverence so to use the resources of nature, that no one may suffer from our abuse of them, and that generations yet to come may continue to praise you for your bounty; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Take a moment to pray for our care for the earth. Pray that the Spirit would lead us to see the direct and indirect actions we might need to take to better care for our world.

.  .  .

LECTOR     God of beauty and of justice, we pray for the earth—

PEOPLE     for restoration of soil, air, and water.

LECTOR     We pray for all people you have created—

PEOPLE      for restoration of dignity and hope.

LECTOR     We pray for our nation and community—

PEOPLE      for restoration of our sense of responsibility in service.

LECTOR     We pray even for ourselves—

PEOPLE     for restoration of our resolve to love you and the world you made.

LECTOR     Through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

The people sit.

the passing of the peace

On a typical Sunday when we are physically together, we pass the peace of the Lord to each other simply by turning to those around us and saying, “The peace of Christ to you,” or “God’s peace.” We would like to invite you now to pass the peace not only to those who may be sitting with you at home, but also to friends and loved ones who are in other locations, perhaps through a text or other messaging app.

CELEBRANT    The peace of the Lord be always with you.
PEOPLE             And also with you.

Birthday names are read.

prayer for birthdays

Watch over thy children, O Lord, as their days increase; bless and guide them wherever they may be. Strengthen them when they stand; comfort them when discouraged or sorrowful; raise them up if they fall; and in their hearts may thy peace which passes all understanding abide all the days of their lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Anniversary names are read.

prayer for anniversaries

O God, you have so blessed the covenant of marriage that in it is represented the spiritual unity between Christ and his Church: Send your blessing upon these your children, that their lives together may continue to reflect your love and forgiveness and that their home may be a haven of blessing and peace; we pray in Christ’s name. Amen.

offering & congregational song

CELEBRANT    Walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself for us, an offering and sacrifice to God.

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Prayer to the Trinity
Marty Reardon, N.T. Wright

Father almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth,
Set up your kingdom in our midst

Lord Jesus Christ,
Son of the living God,
Have mercy on me, a sinner

O Holy Spirit,
Breath of the living God,
Will you renew me and all the world?

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

Holy Communion

The People Stand

CELEBRANT     The Lord is here.
PEOPLE              And his Spirit is with us.
CELEBRANT     Lift up your hearts.
PEOPLE             We lift them up to the Lord.
CELEBRANT     Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
PEOPLE             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; 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:

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
Heaven and earth are full, O Lord, of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest. Hosanna in the highest. Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest. Hosanna in the highest. Hosanna in the highest.
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
Heaven and earth are full, O Lord, of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest. Hosanna in the highest. Hosanna in the highest.

The People Kneel or Stand

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,

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, 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 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 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 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 
Forever and ever. Amen.

The Breaking of the Bread 


CELEBRANT    Alleluia! Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us.

PEOPLE            Therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia!

CELEBRANT   
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.

If you have consecrated elements in your home, please take communion now and enter into a time or worship. You may administer the sacrament with these words:

“The body of Christ, the bread of heaven,”

“The blood of Christ, the cup of salvation.”

If you do not have consecrated elements, we invite you to pray this prayer for spiritual communion:

Dear Jesus, I believe that you are truly present in the Holy Sacrament. I love you above all things, and I desire to possess you within my soul. And since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, I beseech you to come spiritually into my heart. I unite myself to you, together with all your faithful people, and I embrace you with all the affections of my soul. Never permit me to be separated from you. Amen.

Communion Music 

We Do Not Presume
Music by Andy Piercy & David Clifton

We do not presume to come to your table
Trusting in our own righteousness
For we are not worthy so much as to gather
The crumbs from under your table
But trusting, O Lord, in your great and manifold mercies
For you are the same Lord, whose nature is always to have mercy
So cleanse us and feed us with the body and blood of your Son
That we may live in him and that he may live in us
For ever and ever. Amen.

All Things Rise
Sam Yoder

God, how beautiful your Holy Word
That formed the worlds in such goodness
O, the shame that we would spurn it all
To turn and fall into darkness

God, we’ll sing how through your Son you turned
This loss and hurt into glory
How when scorned in death you raised him up
His gain’s become the whole world’s story

Let all things rise and bless your name
All things made right and new again
O Lord our God, your goodness is free and boundless
Is reaching endless through it all

And on this road with every step we take
Your faithfulness is our portion
You’ve prepared a city bright and fair
Whose gates forever stay open

Son of God, in you we’ve taken up
The way of love’s occupation
O, the joy to share in your reward
The stunning turn of new creation

Let all things rise and bless your name
All things made right and new again
Let all things rise and bless your name
All things made right and new again
O Lord our God, your goodness is free and boundless
Is reaching endless through it all

Just as you promised, God, your Son was raised up
In him, we’ll follow, in him we’ll all be raised up

O Lord, you’ve made yourself a home
Heaven and earth forever one
All things once sown in weakness you raise in promise
Your beauty arches above it all

All things once sown in weakness you raise in promise
Your beauty arches above it all

Prayer for Mission

ALL 
Almighty and everliving God, we thank you for feeding us with the spiritual food of the most precious Body and Blood of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; and for assuring us in these holy mysteries that we are living members of the body of your Son, and heirs of your eternal Kingdom. And now, Father, send us out to do the work you have given us to do, to love and serve you as faithful witnesses of Christ our Lord. To him, to you, and to the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.

The Blessing

CELEBRANT
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, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you, and remain with you always. Amen.

The Dismissal

DEACON Go in peace to love and serve the Lord. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
PEOPLE  Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Creator of the Stars of Night
Words: Latin, 5th–10th cent.; tr. John Mason Neale (1818–1866); Music: Sarum plainsong, c. 9th cent.

Creator of the stars of night
Your people’s everlasting light
O Christ, Redeemer of us all
We pray you hear us when we call

In sorrow that the ancient curse
Should doom to death a universe
You came, O Savior, to set free
Your own in glorious liberty

At your great Name, O Jesus, now
All knees must bend, all hearts must bow
All things on earth with one accord
Like those in heaven, shall call you Lord

Come in your holy might, we pray
Redeem us for eternal day
Defend us while we dwell below
From all assaults of our dread foe

To God the Father, God the Son
And God the Spirit, Three in One
Praise, honor, might, and glory be
From age to age, eternally

Digital Courtyard – Join us HERE!

We invite each of you to join us in the “courtyard!”  Connect and visit with one another for a few minutes in this online gathering.

Receive Prayer

Receive Prayer Today

At the end of the service today, you can receive prayer from the prayer team by calling in or by video conference: Click the button below –OR- Voice-only call +1-346-248-7799 and when prompted, enter Meeting ID: 837 8223 5699

Visitors

If you are visiting with us today, we would love to know about your visit!

If you have prayer requests, please submit them here. The staff prays each week for each prayer request.