The First Sunday of Advent

The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd

“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.” John 1: 6-8


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.

Prelude: Hymn #74 Blest be the King whose coming

Processional: Hymn 423 Immortal, invisible, God only wise

(C) Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

(P) And blessed be his kingdom, now and forever. Amen

(C) 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,
     Jesus Christ,
     with the Holy Spirit,
     in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Let us pray. 

The Collect

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 Word Of God

Old Testament Isaiah 64:1-9

O that you would tear open the heavens and come down,
    so that the mountains would quake at your presence—
as when fire kindles brushwood
    and the fire causes water to boil—
to make your name known to your adversaries,
    so that the nations might tremble at your presence!
When you did awesome deeds that we did not expect,
    you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence.
From ages past no one has heard,
    no ear has perceived,
no eye has seen any God besides you,
    who works for those who wait for him.
You meet those who gladly do right,
    those who remember you in your ways.
But you were angry, and we sinned;
    because you hid yourself we transgressed.
We have all become like one who is unclean,
    and all our righteous deeds are like a filthy cloth.
We all fade like a leaf,
    and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.
There is no one who calls on your name,
    or attempts to take hold of you;
for you have hidden your face from us,
    and have delivered us into the hand of our iniquity.
Yet, O Lord, you are our Father;
    we are the clay, and you are our potter;
    we are all the work of your hand.
Do not be exceedingly angry, O Lord,
    and do not remember iniquity forever.
    Now consider, we are all your people.

The word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18

Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel,
    you who lead Joseph like a flock!
You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth
    before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh.
Stir up your might,
    and come to save us!

Restore us, O God;
    let your face shine, that we may be saved.

O Lord God of hosts,
    how long will you be angry with your people’s prayers?
You have fed them with the bread of tears,
    and given them tears to drink in full measure.
You make us the scorn of our neighbors;
    our enemies laugh among themselves.

Restore us, O God of hosts;
    let your face shine, that we may be saved.

They have burned it with fire, they have cut it down;
    may they perish at the rebuke of your countenance.
But let your hand be upon the one at your right hand,
    the one whom you made strong for yourself.
Then we will never turn back from you;
    give us life, and we will call on your name.

Hymn #59 Hark! A thrilling voice is sounding

The Epistle

1 Corinthians 1:3-9

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus, for in every way you have been enriched in him, in speech and knowledge of every kind— just as the testimony of Christ has been strengthened among you— so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ. He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you may be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful; by him you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Hymn WLP #721  Signs of ending all around us

The Gospel 

Mark 13:24-37

“But in those days, after that suffering,

the sun will be darkened,
    and the moon will not give its light,
and the stars will be falling from heaven,
    and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.

Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in clouds’ with great power and glory. 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.

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

“But about that day or hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Beware, keep alert; for you do not know when the time will come. It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his slaves in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to be on the watch. Therefore, keep awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or at dawn, or else he may find you asleep when he comes suddenly. And what I say to you I say to all: Keep awake.”

The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, Lord Christ

Homily – The Rev. Galen Snodgrass

The Great Litany

Jesse Tree Ornaments – (Armato & Williams)

The Peace

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

And also with you.

Holy Communion

The Great Thanksgiving – Eucharistic Prayer B

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

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:

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

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.

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 St. Andrew the Apostle, 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

Alleluia. Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us:

Therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia.

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  #73 The Kings shall come when morning dawns

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.


The Blessing/Dismissal

Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia.

Hymn  #61 “Sleepers, wake!” A voice astounds us

Prayer List


Please pray for the Lusitanian Church, The Rt Rev Jorge Pina Cabral and for Trinity Episcopal Church, Independence.


  • 11-28 Shilah Boule, Ian Ebert, John Jones  
  • 11-29 Donna Zaiger  
  • 12-2 Luke Rollins  
  • 12-4 Zach Elliott  
  • 12-5 Gianna Lipari


  • 12-5 Jeff and Liz Janney


We pray for these expectant parents: Natalie & Nathan Kincaid.


Isabel Deibler, Helen Debniak, Cameron Ham, Geddes Paulsen, Hazel Shippee.


Vincent Armato, Chase Ballard, Gary Cram, Craig Elliott, Cole Sherry, Doug Snodgrass, Korinne Takeyama, Kellan Travis and Christopher Willey.


2021 Altar Flower Donation List

It is the time of the year to post our donation sign-up list. There are still a number of available dates, especially in January. For those now attending in-person services, the list will be on the bulletin board in the usual location. For those attending services online, the list can be found on the church website under the “We Serve” tab. If neither of these methods works for you, send an email to or call the office at 452-0745 with your date preference. Lists will be checked regularly and in the case of anyone signing up on the same date, you will be contacted to select an alternate date. Cost remains the same $43.00.

Advent 2020

The short season of Advent, beginning November 29 and ending Christmas Day, is a time of reflection. Make plans now for ways to focus on the gift of the Incarnation in our lives. Copies of Living Well Through Advent will be available in the church foyer. It is also available as a daily email. You can subscribe to it at Other pamphlets and meditations will be available on our tract rack.

Poinsettia Sign-up

Sign up for poinsettias ($20 – each pot has 3 plants) and wreaths ($20) are on the sign up board left of the elevator. For those attending services online, the list can be found on the church website under the “We Serve” tab. If neither of these methods works for you, send an email to or call the office at 452-0745.

Altar Guild MeetingSaturday, December 5 at 10:00 a.m. via Zoom.

The Search is over!

Pat Muldoon has graciously accepted the position as editor of the Shepherd’s Voice starting January 1, 2021. Thank you for stepping up to challenge.

Prayerfully yours, Fr. Galen+

Nominations for Vestry Members

Thank you for prayerfully considering and accepting a nomination as an incoming Good Shepherd Vestry Member. Our congregation has been blessed for many years with those who answer the call to serve in this leadership positions. The canonical requirements are being baptized and confirmed, having received Holy Communion three times in a year, and being known to the treasurer. The time commitment includes preparing for and attending one vestry meeting a month on the third Tuesday. The vital part is being a prayerful and compassionate servant of Jesus Christ our Lord. 

Living Well Through Advent 2020

Practicing Peace With All Your Heart, Soul, Strength And Mind – Pick up your copy of this insightful devotional in the church foyer. Living Compass, the company printing this booklet, also offers a daily Advent devotional delivered into your email box. Emails will begin on December 1. If at any point you no longer want to receive the emails, you can unsubscribe at any time. Go to to sign up.

There’s been a change!

Good Shepherd Movie Night DiscussionFriday, December 4 at 6:30 PM, Via ZoomThe Man Who Invented Christmas

Due to the recent COVID mandates issued by Kansas City, we will not meet  in the Parish Hall for this movie. Instead we are asking members to watch it at home and join us for a Zoom discussion at the time listed above. You can watch the movie anytime by getting a copy at your local library, or Hulu Premium subscription-FREE, or YouTube, Google Pay Movies & TV, Vudu, Amazon Prime Video for $3.99. This is an opportunity for members of all ages to participate. Zoom Meeting ID  984 7682 2324

This week’s Bible readings:
  • Monday: Isaiah 1:10-20
  • Tuesday: Isaiah1:21-31
  • Wednesday: Isaiah2:1-11
  • Thursday: Isaiah2:12-22
  • Friday: Isaiah3:8-15
  • Saturday: Isaiah4:2-6
E-Giving Now Available

Forgot your checkbook?  You can now do all your giving electronically! Here’s how:

1. Go to and look for ‘Electronic Giving’ on the right margin. Read ‘Learn more about how it works’ then ‘Begin Online Giving’. 

2. Text giving is also available. Text to 816-759-0775  and follow the prompts.

3. Still another way is to go to the App Store or Google Play and download the GIVE+ app, which takes you to our third party processor’s secure site.

Information On Our Website

You may now receive information shown on our website ( via Text/SMS messaging on your smart phone. Text the word “List” to +1-816-466-4882 to receive a list of topics about which you can inquire.

Those Serving This Week & Next

Sunday, Nov 29


              10:15                   Rusty Suhr R1

                                         Gary Gee R2                            

              Altar Guild        Sue Wilkinson—Team I

                                         Cynthia Takeyama—Team II             

Those Serving Next Week

Sunday, Dec 6


10:15 Tom Kincaid R1

Judy Lane R2

Nancy Marcy POP

Altar Guild Sue Wilkinson—Team I


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

The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd

4947 N.E. Chouteau Drive, Kansas City, MO  64119-4815 phone: 816-452-0745

Business office hours: Monday, Wednesday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.



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