The Fourth Sunday of Advent

“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
Sunday, December 20, 2020 at 10:15 a.m.

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The Holy Eucharist: Rite II

Prelude: Hymn #278 Sing we of the blessed mother

Processional: Hymn #66 Come, thou long expected Jesus


Advent Candle Lighting

Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
And blessed be his kingdom, now and forever. Amen

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

Purify our conscience, Almighty God, by your daily visitation, that your Son Jesus Christ, at his coming, may find in us a mansion prepared for himself; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

THE WORD OF GOD

2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16

When the king was settled in his house, and the LORD had given him rest from all his enemies around him, the king said to the prophet Nathan, “See now, I am living in a house of cedar, but the ark of God stays in a tent.” Nathan said to the king, “Go, do all that you have in mind; for the LORD is with you.”

But that same night the word of the LORD came to Nathan: Go and tell my servant David: Thus says the LORD: Are you the one to build me a house to live in? I have not lived in a house since the day I brought up the people of Israel from Egypt to this day, but I have been moving about in a tent and a tabernacle. Wherever I have moved about among all the people of Israel, did I ever speak a word with any of the tribal leaders of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, saying, “Why have you not built me a house of cedar?” Now therefore thus you shall say to my servant David: Thus says the LORD of hosts: I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep to be prince over my people Israel; and I have been with you wherever you went, and have cut off all your enemies from before you; and I will make for you a great name, like the name of the great ones of the earth. And I will appoint a place for my people Israel and will plant them, so that they may live in their own place, and be disturbed no more; and evildoers shall afflict them no more, as formerly, from the time that I appointed judges over my people Israel; and I will give you rest from all your enemies. Moreover the LORD declares to you that the LORD will make you a house. Your house and your kingdom shall be made sure forever before me; your throne shall be established forever.

The word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Luke 1:46-55 The Song of Mary

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,

my spirit rejoices in God my Savior; for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.

From this day all generations will call me blessed: the Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his Name.

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 #475 God himself is with us


Epistle Romans 16:25-27


Now to God who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages but is now disclosed, and through the prophetic writings is made known to all the Gentiles, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith — to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever! Amen.

The word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Hymn #265 The angel Gabriel from heaven came

The Gospel: Luke 1:26-38

In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.” But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?” The angel said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God. And now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month for her who was said to be barren. For nothing will be impossible with God.” Then Mary said, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” Then the angel de-parted from her.

The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, Lord Christ

Homily – 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


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.

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

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

Jesse Tree Ornaments – (Lipari & Chalmers)

Youth Bishop Logon Williams Proclamation


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 re-deem 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 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 #56 O come, O come Emmanuel

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.

Announcements

The Blessing/Dismissal

Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia.

Hymn #264 The Word whom earth and sea and sky


Prayers of the People

OUR CHURCH FAMILY:
Please pray for mission agencies and their ministry throughout the Anglican Communion, including the Mothers’ Union around the world and St. Peter and All Saints Episcopal Church, Kansas City.

BIRTHDAYS:

12-21 Zoe Williams, 12-22 Judith Kost, 12-25 Casey Moore

ANNIVERSARIES:

12-23 Mark Armato & Laura Sawin-Armato

EXPECTANT PARENTS:

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, Cole Sherry, Doug Snodgrass, Korinne Takeyama, Kellan Travis and Christopher Willey.




Announcements

Advent Quiet Walk

If you find yourself looking for a safe, quiet, meditative experience during the weeks of Advent, the Good Shepherd Walk around our grounds may fit the bill! We have developed special prayers and reflections just for the season. The journey begins at the fountain (now turned off for winter) and proceeds around our grounds using the benches provided by The Daughters of the King. There will be signage to direct you and the walk will be available any time you wish to use it. Come, experience the peace and joy available out of the hustle/bustle of the commercial side of the season!

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.

Jesse Tree

Each Sunday children will hang symbols of people who walked with God in the days be-fore Jesus came. These symbols help to remind us to live faithfully as we prepare for the coming of our Savior. Jesse was the father of King David who was revered by the people of Israel as their greatest ruler. The tree gets its name from a beautiful passage in Isaiah in which the prophet foretells the coming of a savior descended from David. The passage begins:

Then a shoot shall grow from the stock of Jesse
And a branch shall spring from his roots.

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 www.livingcompass.org. Other pamphlets and meditations will be available on our tract rack.

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 at-tending one vestry meeting a month on the third Tuesday. The vital part is being a prayerful and compassionate servant of Jesus Christ our Lord.

This week’s Bible readings:

  • Monday: Isa 11:1-9
  • Tuesday: Isa 11:10-16
  • Wednesday: Isa 28:9-22
  • Thursday: Isa 59:15b-23
  • Friday: Zech. 2:10-13
  • Saturday: Jer. 26:1-9, 12-15


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

VESTRY MEMBERS

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


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