The Second Sunday of Advent
December 4, 2016
8:00 AM Rite II BCP 355
10:00 AM Rite II BCP 355
Prelude From Heaven above to Earth I come C.F.W. Walther
Hymn 66 Come, thou long expected Jesus
The Opening Acclamation
Celebrant: Blessed be God: Father, Son and the Holy Spirit.
People: And blessed be his Kingdom, now and forever. Amen.
Collect for Purity
Trisagion (Sung three times) Archangel sky
The Collect of the Day
Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins,that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
The First Reading Isaiah 11:1-10
A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. His delight shall be in the fear of the Lord. He shall not
judge by what his eyes see, or decide by what his ears hear; but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked. Righteousness shall be the belt around his waist, and faithfulness the belt around his loins. The wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall graze, their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The nursing child shall play over the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put its hand on the adder’s den. They will not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain; for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea. On that day the root of Jesse shall stand as a signal to the peoples; the nations shall inquire of him, and his dwelling shall be glorious.
Reader: The Word of the Lord.
All: Thanks be to God.
Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19 (Read responsively by verse)
1 Give the King your justice, O God, and your righteousness to the King’s Son;
2 That he may rule your people righteously and the poor with justice;
3 That the mountains may bring prosperity to the people, and the little hills bring righteousness.
4 He shall defend the needy among the people; he shall rescue the poor and crush the oppressor.
5 He shall live as long as the sun and moon endure, from one generation to another.
6 He shall come down like rain upon the mown field, like showers that water the earth.
7 In his time shall the righteous flourish; there shall be abundance of peace till the moon shall
be no more.
18 Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, who alone does wondrous deeds!
19 And blessed be his glorious Name for ever! and may all the earth be filled with his glory.
The Epistle Romans 15: 4-13
Whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, so that by steadfastness and by the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope. May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus, so that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Welcome one another, therefore, just
as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God. For I tell you that Christ has become a servant of the circumcised on behalf of the truth of God in order that he might confirm the promises given to the patriarchs, and in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written, “Therefore
I will confess you among the Gentiles, and sing praises to your name”; and again he says, “Rejoice, O Gentiles, with his people”; and again, “Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles, and let all the peoples praise him”; and again Isaiah says, “The root of Jesse shall come, the one who rises to rule the Gentiles; in him the Gentiles shall hope.” May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Reader: The Word of the Lord.
All: Thanks be to God.
Hymn 65 Prepare the way
The Holy Gospel
Deacon: The Holy Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ According to Matthew
All: Glory to You Lord Christ.
The Gospel Matthew 3:1-12
In those days John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea, proclaiming, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” This is the one of whom the prophet Isaiah spoke when he said, “The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.’” Now John wore clothing of camel’s hair with a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey. Then the people of Jerusalem and all Judea were going out to him, and all the region along the Jordan, and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. But when he saw many Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism, he said to them, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear fruit worthy of repentance. Do not presume to say to yourselves, We have Abraham as our ancestor’; for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham. Even now the ax is lying at the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. I baptize you with water for repentance, but one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and will gather his wheat into the granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”
Deacon: The Gospel of the Lord.
All: Praise to You, Lord Christ.
The Sermon The Rev. Richard A. Kunz
The Prayers of the People – Form VI BCP 392
Anthem Laudate Dominum Mozart
Hymn 76 On Jordan’s bank
THE HOLY COMMUNION
Eucharistic Prayer B BCP 367
Sanctus S124 David Hurd
The Lord’s Prayer
At The Breaking of the Bread
Celebrant: Alleluia. Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us;
All: Therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia.
Anthem The heavens are telling Haydn
Hymn 68 Rejoice! rejoice
Post Communion Prayer BCP 365
The Advent Blessing
Hymn 616 Hail to the Lord’s
Deacon: Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
All: Thanks be to God.
Postlude In Dulci Jubilo Johann Sebastian Bach
The altar flowers are given by Carlos Muñoz in memory of family members no longer with us and also
by Cecilia Peagler in loving memory of her mother Joyce Newland de Haughton. It is Mother’s Day in the Republic of Panama today.
________________________________________We welcome all newcomers and thank you for joining us today in worship.
Please be sure to ask an usher for a Visitor Card before you leave.
Acolytes 8:00 AM: Oscar Bunche
10:00 AM: Andrea Spencer, Ray Williams, Lauren Reid, Mirna Sanchez,
James Heffner, Priya Kumar, Rohan Kumar, Waverly Magnum,
Lectors 8:00 AM: Ella Fitzgerald, Ben Florer
10:00 AM: Andrea Spencer, Arlene R. Grant Intercessor: Carolyn Roberson
Ushers 8:00 AM: Stuart Madden
10:00 AM: Carmen Greenidge, James Henderson, Maria Lewis, Camille Worrell
Coffee Hour Hosts: Ronak Kumar Assistants: Cecilia Peagler, Judy Hutton
Coffee Hour Update
Good News, All Sundays for the second quarter now have hosts. Thanks again to all parishioners who volunteered. Those who have not hosted this year, please consider volunteering for the last quarter. The signup sheet is posted on the bulletin board.
Book Club Update
Please note that the book club will NOT be meeting on Tuesday, Dec 13. Instead, our discussion of Terrible Virtue by Ellen Feldman has been moved to Tuesday, Jan 10, at 7:00 pm in the church library. Interested in joining the Book Club? Contact Karen Odom (email@example.com).
Human Rights Day
We should never take our freedoms for granted. As we worship today, all over the world, people are languishing in prisons because they dared to exercise their freedom of speech, of religion, or to protest peacefully. Next Sunday, Human Rights Day, as you are having your coffee, exercise your freedom on behalf of 12 people who have no “justice, freedom, or peace.” Sign letters on their behalf. Last year, 5 of the 12 people who were selected had their lives seriously improved because of the letters written. YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
Holiday Gift Card Drive –There’s Still Time!
As part of our generosity to our brothers and sisters in Christ who may not have material wealth, Lifting Up Westchester is asking for our support. To date, Grace Church has donated a total of $475 which translates to 19 gifts cards. As we know, 180 families would be grateful to receive a grocery bag filled with non-perishable items for Christmas. Your donation of any amount to purchase a $25 gift card (from Stop & Shop, Shop-Rite, Target, Walmart) for non-perishable items will go a long way to allow families to celebrate their traditions at Christmas. Can't get out to purchase a gift card? You can either give cash (any amount, dollars do add up!) or a check made out to "Lifting Up Westchester." Be sure to mark the notation line with the purpose. Our collection will end December 11th. A collection box will be in the Parish Hall after the 10 AM service. Don't attend that service? Then feel free to speak with Linda Gallo THANKS!
ECW Holiday Raffle
ECW is holding their annual Holiday Raffle with proceeds going to the Samaritan House Holiday Party. They are raffling dinner for (2) at P.F. Chang's and a basket of movie treats. The drawing will be held on Sunday, December 18 during the Coffee Hour. Tickets are 6 for $5.
Remember those you love by signing up for flowers to adorn the Altar for our worship. The signup sheet is posted on bulletin board near parish hall.
In order to economize, most of our parish communications are done electronically, whether through email or by being posted on our website. Some folks, however, do not use email. If you are one of them, or if you know of someone who is, please get in touch with the office to let us know, and make sure we have your name and current mailing address. That way when we send out information we can have a special list of those who need regular mail. As a general reminder to everyone, please keep the office informed of changes in address, email, or phone number. Our desire is to communicate effectively, and lack of the proper information makes that more difficult. Thank you!
Join Our Volunteer Choir
Please consider joining our volunteer choir. We have inspiring, soulful and uplifting music for you to enjoy in the warm company of our dedicated, long time members. This invitation also extends to the younger members of our church community. We are delighted to have our kids sing in the10am service every third Sunday of the month. The children's choir will be practicing every Sunday right after service in the choir room. All are welcome! Dr. Anna Vinnitsky
Nursery Care is available during the 10:00 AM service. We want our congregation to be as welcoming as possible to parents of young children! Although we have two wonderful nursery workers, we are always looking for volunteers to help out. Please talk to Father Rich if you would be willing to be one of our helpers.
The ALS website features an article on Joe and Verna Brown this month.
The link is http://als-ny.org/blog/
HELD IN PRAYER
Please note: Unless we are informed otherwise, after one month an individual’s name will be removed from our ill at home or in any need. However, if you want them to continue please inform us the Tuesday before the Sunday bulletin. Thank you.
Ill, at Home, or in any need:
Jo-Ann B. Boylan, Alice Bray, Corine Bradley, Canon Percy Braithwaite, Bernice Burton, Gina Corselli, Inez Dale, Don Davet, Kaleigh Delaney, Bill Dunphy, Cathy Dunphy, Lee Engel, Sandra Esannason, Joseph Goldman, Stephen Gyetko, Clara Harmon, Louise Holsapple, Marie Huckabry, Ivy John, Julie McGuinness, Richard McMahon, JoJo Moore, John Noone, Ethel Quinlan, Gladstone Reid, Gail Rosen, Erroll Sorrel, Norman Stanton, Louis Vitale, Barbara Vigliotti, Marthe Watkins, Willa Webb, Anthony Wright
Skilled Care Facility/Nursing Homes:
Croton on Hudson: Verna Brown
Cedar Manor, Ossining: Robert Auld
Schnurmacher, White Plains: Elizabeth W. Carson
Sarah Neuman Center, Mamaroneck: Lucille Breach
Serving in the Armed Forces: Remembering especially Mark Culbert, Kenny Duffy, Denny J. Edmondson, Lt. Col. Rick Erickson, Melissa Lawrance, David Moran, David Packer, Sgt. Christopher Vigliotti, Gunnery Sgt. Les Yearwood
THIS WEEK AT GRACE
8:00 AM The Holy Eucharist – Church
9:00 AM Adult Choir Rehearsal
9:45 AM Nursery meets on 1st Floor
10:00 AM The Holy Eucharist – Church
10:00 AM Sunday School Classes – Pre K to Grade 6- Upstairs Class rooms
11:30 PM Caribbean Ministries – Library
11:30 PM Rite 13 Classes
12:00 PM Adult Choir Rehearsal – Music Room
12:30 PM La Gracia Eucharist (Spanish) – Church
10:00 AM Santo Rosario (Spanish) – In the Chapel
12:05 PM Mass in the Chapel
12:10 PM Downtown Music – Church
7:30 PM Bible Study - Library
12:05 PM Mass in the Chapel
2:00 PM Santo Rosario (Spanish) – In the Chapel
4:00 PM Informal Caroling in front of Grace Church
11AM-3:30PM Ada’s Outreach – Parish hall
3:30PM-6PM Youth Christian Ed. Xmas Pageant Rehearsal – Parish hall & Church
Wednesday Gwendolyn Hutchins
Thursday Carlos R. Muñoz
Friday Cynthia R. Cole, Cynthia Sangurima, Camille Worrell
Saturday Maria L. Lewis, Lipton & Yvonne Bethea Scarborough, Ronak Kumar
Sunday Donna Marie Graves
Saturday, Dec. 10th – 4:00 PM - Informal Carol singing in front of Grace Church
Sunday, Dec. 11th 12:00 PM – Celebration of the Virgin of Guadalupe
5:00 PM – Lessons and Carols
Wednesday, Dec. 14th – 12:30 PM – SAGE Party at the Rectory
Saturday, Christmas Eve, Dec. 24th 4:00 PM Children’s Service with Pageant
Christmas Eve, Dec. 24th 7:00 PM La Gracia Misa
Christmas Eve, Dec. 24th 10:00 PM Candlelight Service
Sunday, Christmas Day, Dec. 25th – 9:00 AM – Holy Eucharist
Saturday, Dec. 31st – Church open in the evening for prayer until 12:30 AM
Sunday, Jan. 1st – 9:00 AM – Holy Eucharist
If you are visiting with us for the first time, we welcome you to Grace Church! Our liturgy is found in the blue Book of Common Prayer. Our communion is open to all baptized Christians. Please take the time to fill out one of our visitor cards which the ushers have available. After the service there is coffee in the parish hall, and you would be welcome to join us. Thanks for being here with us!
As we continue to be good stewards and respond to God’s generosity in our lives, the prayer below can be a source of inspiration as you decide individually how you will respond to God’s generosity.
“Almighty and everliving God, source of all wisdom and understanding, be present with us as we consider the renewal and mission of our congregation. Teach us in all things to seek first your honor and glory. Guide us by your Holy Spirit to perceive what is right, and grant us both the courage to pursue it, and the grace to accomplish it; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
If you have not already done so, please submit your 2017 commitment sheet. Don’t forget to identify and sign up for a new volunteer opportunity. Thank you for your faithfulness and generosity.
“Grace Church is a diverse congregation committed to a common life sustained by Worship.
We bear witness to God’s love in Christ through our life together and our service to the wider community.
All are welcome! “