The Third Sunday of Advent
December 15, 2019
8 AM & 10 AM Rite II BCP 355
Prelude: Once He Came in Blessing Bach
Hymn: 59 Hark! A thrilling voice is sounding
The Opening Acclamation
Celebrant: Blessed be God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit
People: And blessed be his kingdom, now and
for ever. Amen.
Collect for Purity
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.
Kyrie (Hymnal S-91) H. Willan
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.
THE WORD OF GOD
Please be seated
The First Lesson Isaiah 35:1-10
The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom; like the crocus it shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice with joy and singing. The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, the majesty of Carmel and Sharon. 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; the burning sand shall become a pool, and the thirsty ground springs of water; the haunt of jackals shall become a swamp, the grass shall become reeds and rushes.
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; no traveler, not even fools, shall go astray. No lion shall be there, nor shall any ravenous beast come up on it, they shall not be found there but the redeemed shall walk there. 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.
The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
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.
The Epistle James 5:7-10
Be patient, therefore, beloved, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious crop from the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. You also must be patient. Strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near. Beloved, do not grumble against one another, so that you may not be judged. See, the Judge is standing at the doors! As an example of suffering and patience, beloved, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.
The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
Sequence Hymn: LEV&S 11 Prepare ye the way of the Lord
The Holy Gospel
The Holy Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ According to Matthew 11:2-11
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.”
The Gospel of the Lord
Praise to You Lord Christ.
Sermon Rev. Dr. Chip Graves
Father in heaven, we thank you for allowing us to wait. We thank you for reminding us of the importance of waiting. We thank you for reminding us that waiting can make us better and more patient; and help us better prepare. In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
The Nicene Creed BCP 358
J2A Prayers of the People
Please join us as we pray for the Church and the world. For the love and kindness from God, let our sins be washed away. Let us pray to the Lord.
Lord give us strength.
For our priests, Father Chip and Father Adolfo, and for our past priests that brought Grace to where it is today. Let us pray to the Lord.
Lord give them guidance.
For all the leaders of the world. Let us pray to the Lord.
Lord help them make the world a better place.
For the Westchester community we pray for a safe environment where people can be their true selves. Let us pray to the Lord.
Lord give us protection.
For the people with the skill set to grow and provide us with food. Let us pray to the Lord.
Lord give them good weather.
For the good Earth, God has given us, give us the ability to prevent climate change. Let us pray to the Lord.
Lord give us wisdom to change.
For those who are traveling, let them learn new things and have new experiences. Let us pray to the Lord.
Lord grant them curiosity.
For those who can no longer take care of themselves and for those struggling to get by day to day. Let us pray to the Lord.
Lord give them peace and comfort.
For Donna and Paxton as they continue in their recovery, and any other members of the congregation who are in recovery from any illness or surgery or suffering for any reason. Especially those we now name silently or aloud (please name those in your prayers currently).
Let us pray to the Lord.
Lord place your healing hands upon them.
For those who now live with God in his eternal kingdom, especially those we now name either silently or aloud (please name those in your prayers at this time) and for all the saints who’ve gone before us. Let us pray to the Lord.
Lord thank you for their presence on earth and in heaven.
The Confession BCP 360
The Absolution BCP 360
Almighty God have mercy on you, forgive you all your sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen you in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in eternal life. Amen.
The Peace BCP 360
Please be seated
Walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself for us, an offering and sacrifice to God.
Anthem: Kyrie Betsi Slagle Mayo
Hymn: 67 Comfort, comfort ye my people
THE HOLY COMMUNION
Eucharistic Prayer B BCP 367
Celebrant: The Lord be with you
People: And also with you.
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.
Sanctus and Benedictus H. Willan Missa de Santa Maria Magdalena
The Lord’s Prayer BCP 364
At the Breaking of the Bread
Alleluia, Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us.
Therefore let us keep the feast, Alleluia.
Agnus Dei (Hymnal S- 158) H. Willan
The Invitation BCP 364
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. Everyone who seeks a closer relationship with God through Christ is invited to receive communion.
Anthem: All on a silent night Betsi Slagle Mayo
Hymn: 13 LEV&S My Lord, what a morning
The Prayer of Thanksgiving BCP 365
Sending forth of the Eucharistic Visitors:
In the name of this congregation I send you forth bearing these holy gifts, that those to whom you go may share with us in the communion of Christ’s body and blood. We who are many are one body because we share one bread, one cup. Amen.
The Advent Blessing
May the Sun of Righteousness shine upon you and scatter the darkness from before your path; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you, and remain with you always. Amen.
Hymn: 14 LEV&S Soon and very soon
Postlude: O thou of God the Father Bach
Ministers of the Liturgy
Celebrant & Preacher: Rev. Dr. Chip Graves
Assisting Priest: Rev. Adolfo Moronta
Organist: Peter Roberts
St Nicholas Choir
Eucharistic Visitors: Eileen Mc Clean,
Ray Williams, Lisa Daley
Lector 8AM: Linda Heusser
10AM: John Mitchell, Andrea Hamilton
Intercessor: Vika O’Hanlon
Altar Minister 8AM: Brinda Bradley
10AM: Melanie Jackson, Lauren Reid
Acolytes 10AM: Anna Kristina O’Hanlon,
Nikolas O’ Hanlon, Vika O’ Hanlon,
Ushers 10AM: Mary Bloomfield, Delroy Chang,
Bob Soso, Shirley Spencer, Jean Wilson
Coffee Hour Host: Carmen & Peter Roberts Assistants: Team 3
Nursery Care: available during 10AM Service
Grace Church Prayer List: Grace Church Prayer List: We hold the following people in prayer:
Lee Aldrich, Bernice Burton, Gloria Chang,
Cynthia Cole, Lydia Coleondro, Inez Dale,
Jimmy Delaney, Carol DiGilio, Vincent Doria,
Bill Dunphy, Cathy Dunphy, Sandra Esannason, Laura Fields, Lynda Gravenese, Lydia Green,
Sylvia Howard, Jackie Jansky, Ivy John, Paul Nair,
Evgeniy Kaufman, Nellie King, Peshotan Kotval,
Tim Lewis, Manoris Long, Donna Louis,
Paxton Louis, Dorothy Lynch, Janice Moore,
Selena Perry, Gladstone Reid, Leroy Reid,
Renee Reid, Uriel Reid, Charlotte Roberson,
Al Sargent, Marilyn Seimia, Sonia P. Smith,
Norman Stanton, Susan Stanton, Dominick Vita, Marthe Watkins, Ray Williams
Calvary Hospital: Verna Brown
Cedar Manor, Ossining: Robert Auld
The Grove Rehabilitation Center, Valhalla:
Serving in the Armed Forces: Kenny Duffy,
Denny J. Edmondson, Christopher P. Halstead, David Packer, Sgt. Christopher Vigliotti, Gunnery Sgt. Les Yearwood
Please contact Sandy McAllister if you would like to place someone's name on our prayer list
Dec. 15th Ramona Williams
Dec. 16th Andrea Spencer
Dec. 9th Gloria Chang
The advent greens on the altar are given in loving memory of Cecilia Peagler
by Walter and Sylvia Simon.
To the Parishioners of Grace La Gracia,
Thank you for your support during our time of sorrow. We appreciate your kindness.
Cecilia Peagler Family
Any person or group of parishioners interested in underwriting a worship service at Grace Church, please contact Fr. Chip for more information.
I want to request our church parishioners to please welcome our visitors and let us share the love of God together. Fr. Chip
If you are visiting with us for the first time,
we welcome you to Grace Church!
Our liturgy is found in the 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.
Your presence is a blessing to us; may our worship together be a blessing to you.
The Right Reverend Andrew ML. Dietsche, Bishop
The Right Reverend Allen Kunho Shin, Bishop Suffragan
The Right Reverend Mary Glasspool, Assistant Bishop
The Reverend Dr. Chip Graves, Rector
The Reverend Adolfo Moronta, Associate Priest
Peter Roberts, Director of Music of Grace Church
Juan Carlos Abreu, Director of Music of La Gracia
Donna Louis, Youth Ministry Coordinator
Maria Campos, Administrator
Taurino Juárez, Sexton
The Third Sunday of Advent
December 15, 2019
33 Church Street
White Plains, New York 10601
Joseph C. Gallo, Senior Warden
Michael Heffner, Junior Warden
Hillary Fleming, Treasurer
Sorraya Sampson Elliott, Clerk
Class of 2019: Trisha McGuinness, Charlotte Roberson
Class of 2020: Daisy Calderon, Hillary Fleming,
Class of 2021: Irene Alves, Sorraya Sampson Elliott,
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.