THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD
“How deep I find your thought, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I were to count them, they would be more in number than the sand; to count them all, my life span would need to be like yours.” Psalm 139:16-17
Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 10:15 am, on Facebook Live
Come… See… Discover… the joy of connecting with God at Church of the Good Shepherd.
Our purpose is to worship God in his church and to minister the love of Jesus Christ to those within our parish family and to those outside the church.
The Holy Eucharist: Rite II
Prelude: Hymn #82 Of the Father’s love begotten
Processional: Hymn #497 How bright appears the morning star
Celebrant: Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
People: And blessed be his 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 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,
you take away the sin 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,
with the Holy Spirit,
in the glory of God the Father. Amen.
Celebrant: The Lord be with you.
People: And also with you.
Celebrant: Let us pray.
Almighty God, you have poured upon us the new light of your incarnate Word: Grant that this light, enkindled in our hearts, may shine forth in our lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
THE WORD OF GOD
I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my whole being shall exult in my God;
for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation, he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. For as the earth brings forth its shoots, and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring up, so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring up before all the nations.
For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest,
until her vindication shines out like the dawn, and her salvation like a burning torch. The nations shall see your vindication, and all the kings your glory; and you shall be called by a new name that the mouth of the LORD will give. You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.
Reader: The word of the Lord.
People: Thanks be to God.
Psalm 147 or 147:13-21
13 Worship the LORD, O Jerusalem; praise your God, O Zion;
14 For he has strengthened the bars of your gates; he has blessed your children within you.
15 He has established peace on your borders; he satisfies you with the finest wheat.
16 He sends out his command to the earth, and his word runs very swiftly.
17 He gives snow like wool; he scatters hoarfrost like ashes.
18 He scatters his hail like bread crumbs; who can stand against his cold?
19 He sends forth his word and melts them; he blows with his wind, and the waters flow.
20 He declares his word to Jacob, his statutes and his judgments to Israel.
21 He has not done so to any other nation; to them he has not revealed his judgments. Hallelujah!
He has mercy on those who fear him in every generation.
He has shown the strength of his arm, he has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of his servant Israel, for he has remembered his promise of mercy,
The promise he made to our fathers, to Abraham and his children for ever.
Hymn #421 All glory be to God on high
Epistle Galatians 3:23-25; 4:4-7
Now before faith came, we were imprisoned and guarded under the law until faith would be revealed. Therefore the law was our disciplinarian until Christ came, so that we might be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer subject to a disciplinarian. But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, in order to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as children. And because you are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God.
Reader: The Word of the Lord
People: Thanks be to God!
Hymn #632 O Christ, the Word Incarnate
The Gospel: John 1:1-18
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 came into being through him, and with-out him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.
He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.
And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth. (John testified to him and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks ahead of me because he was before me.'”) From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father’s heart, who has made him known.
Celebrant: The Gospel of the Lord.
People: Praise to you, Lord Christ
Someone Knows How to Turn on the Light – The Rev. Galen Snodgrass
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.
The Prayers of the People
Confession of Sin
Celebrant: Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.
Minister and People
Most merciful God,
we confess that we have sinned against you
in thought, word, and deed,
by what we have done,
and by what we have left undone.
We have not loved you with our whole heart;
we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.
We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.
For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,
have mercy on us and forgive us;
that we may delight in your will,
and walk in your ways,
to the glory of your Name. Amen.
Celebrant: 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.
Celebrant: The peace of the Lord be always with you.
People: And also with you.
YOUTH BISHOP LOGON WILLIAMS PROCLAMATION
The Great Thanksgiving
Eucharistic Prayer B
Celebrant: The Lord be with you.
People: And also with you.
C: Lift up your hearts.
P: We lift them to the Lord.
C:Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
P: It is right to give him thanks and praise.
C: 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 gave Jesus Christ, your only Son, to be born for us; who, by the mighty power of the Holy Spirit, was made perfect Man of the flesh of the Virgin Mary his mother; so that we might be delivered from the bondage of sin, and receive power to become your children.
C: 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 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.
The people stand or kneel
C: 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.
C: 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.”
C: 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.
C: Therefor according to his command, O Father,
Celebrant and People
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 say,
The Lord’s Prayer
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.
Hymn #324 Let all mortal flesh Keep silent
Let us pray.
Eternal God, heavenly Father,
you have graciously accepted us as living members
of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ,
and you have fed us with spiritual food
in the Sacrament of his Body and Blood.
Send us now into the world in peace,
and grant us strength and courage
to love and serve you
with gladness and singleness of heart;
through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia.
Hymn #100 Joy to the world! The Lord is come
OUR CHURCH FAMILY:
Please pray for mission agencies and their ministry throughout the Anglican Communion, including the Christians in other denominations and the work of the ecumenical movement, His Holiness Pope Francis, Bishop Ivan M. Abrahams, The Rev Chris Ferguson and St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Kimberling City.
12-27 Lilah Hale, John Zaiger
12-29 Ron Ham, David Talbot
12-30 Paula Palmer
1/2 Carrie Correll
12-30 Bill & Mary Dodson
We pray for these expectant parents: Natalie & Nathan Kincaid.
HEALING OF BODY, MIND & SPIRIT
Isabel Deibler, Cameron Ham, Geddes Paulsen, Hazel Shippee.
SERVING IN OUR ARMED FORCES
Vincent Armato, Gary Cram, Craig Elliott, Lucas Kahn, Cole Sherry, Doug Snodgrass, Korinne Takeyama, Kellan Travis and Christopher Willey.
Nicholas Youth Bishops
Selecting Nicholas or Youth Bishops was once a popular tradition throughout Western Europe — especially in England, Germany, France, and Spain. Reaching its height in the 16th century, the practice continued in some places until the 19th. The motive is partly to impart religious values, but is a lesson in humility and recognition of the wisdom of youthful innocence. It is a way of understanding the upside down nature of Advent as expressed in the words of the Magnificat, “He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly.” The Youth Bishop is typically installed on St. Nicholas Day, December 6th, and serves through Holy Innocents Day, December 28th.
Please note the time of the Annual Meeting! It will be January 24, 2021 @ 9:00 AM.
Good Shepherd Book Club Meets January 12th
We will meet on a 7 p.m. Zoom call Tuesday, January 12th to discuss Virgil Wander by Leif Enger. “When Midwestern movie house owner Virgil Wander’s car flies off the road into icy Lake Superior he survives, but his language and memory are altered and he emerges into a world no longer familiar to him. Virgil begins to piece together his personal history and the lore of his broken town, with the help of a cast of affable and curious locals. Into this community returns a prodigal son, Adam Leer, who may hold the key to reviving their town. ” All are welcome to join us – contact a member for the Zoom invite.
This week’s Bible readings:
- Monday: Jer 31:15-17
- Tuesday: Isa 12:1-6
- Wednesday: Isa 25:1-9
- Thursday: Isa 26:1-9
- Friday: Gen 17:1-12a
- Saturday: Gen 12:1-7
“One learns about Christian character and the moral life — through common practices like the liturgy. Practices and rituals help the story of one’s life take shape. One learns that as a Christian one is here to be a glorifier of God: one’s whole life depends upon that.” —Stanley Hauerwas
THOSE SERVING THIS WEEK
Sunday, Dec 27
Readers – 10:15 Carye Williams R1
Gary Gee R2
Mary Wilkens POP
Altar Guild Vicki Nelson—Team IV
THOSE SERVING NEXT WEEK
Sunday, Jan 3
Readers – 10:15 Ron Ham R1
Judy Lane R2
Kathy Potter POP
Altar Guild Sue Wilkinson —Team I
Special thanks to those who assisted in the greening of the church. It looks especially festive given the times we are in.
Thanks to Altar Guild Member: Kathy Potter & Katy Clapp; Readers: Kathy Potter, Marcus Hale, Claire Hamilton, Cate Hamilton and Marie Ebert for their dedication and service.
Thank you to Steve & Vicki Nelson, Analee & Tom Lanio, Jacquie Wood,
David Talbot and Father Galen who all helped green our church for the Nativity of our Lord. It looks beautiful!
Thank you to those who decorated our church with door wreaths and poinsettias. They are:
Mark Armato & Laura Sawin-Armato, Sandy Boustead, Ian & Marie Ebert, Nina Edwards, Susan Eveland, Brad & Mona Hale, Jon & Carol Herbig, Bob & Judy Kile, Judy Lane, Steve & Vicki Nelson, Tim & Janet Smith, Fr. Galen & Kim Snodgrass, Mike & Sue Wilkinson.
WORSHIP SERVICES & EDUCATION
7:00 p.m. – Wednesday, Episcopal 4 U, via Zoom
9:00 a.m. – Christian Formation, Sunday, via Zoom
10:15 a.m. Sunday morning via Facebook Live
Marie Ebert, Senior Warden
Steve Nelson, Junior Warden
Mary Dodson, Phil Graham, Brad Hale, Jill Hedge, Chris Kirby, Marilyn Lane, Pam Lipari, Nancy Marcy (Clerk), John Starns and Susan Stensrud
The Rt. Rev. Martin Field, Bishop of West Missouri
The Rev. Galen Snodgrass, Rector
Laura Sawin-Armato, Parish Administrator
Laura Williams, Youth Director
David Talbot, Sexton
Tiffany Olsson, Nursery Attendant
Nina Edwards, Treasurer
Gary Gee, Pledge Secretary
Pat Muldoon, Editor, The Shepherd’s Voice
Brad Hale, Website Administrator/Communications
The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd
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