The Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ

The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd

December 24, 2020 at 4:30 & 9:30 p.m.

The Holy Eucharist: Rite Two

Prelude: Hymn #99 – Go Tell It On The Mountain

Procession: Hymn #89 – It Came Upon A Midnight Clear

Blessing of Crèche:      Fr. Galen Snodgrass

The Salutation                                                                                                 BCP 355

Collect for Purity                                                                                             BCP 355

Collect of the Day

O God, you have caused this holy night to shine with the brightness of the true Light: Grant that we, who have known the mystery of that Light on earth, may also enjoy him perfectly in heaven; where with you and the Holy Spirit he lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

THE WORD OF GOD

Old Testament: Isaiah 62:6-12

Upon your walls, O Jerusalem, I have posted sentinels; all day and all night they shall never be silent. You who remind the LORD, take no rest, and give him no rest until he establishes Jerusalem  and makes it renowned throughout the earth. The LORD  has sworn by his right hand and by his mighty arm: I will not again give your grain to be food for your enemies, and foreigners shall not drink the wine for which you have labored; but those who garner it shall eat it and praise the LORD, and those who gather it shall drink it in my holy courts. Go through, go through the gates, prepare the way for the people; build up, build up the highway, clear it of stones, lift up an ensign over the peoples. The LORD has proclaimed to the end of the earth: Say to daughter Zion, “See, your salvation comes; his reward is with him, and his recompense before him.” They shall be called, “The Holy People, The Redeemed of the LORD”; and you shall be called, “Sought Out, A City Not Forsaken.”

The word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

Psalm 97 (in unison)

1 The LORD is King; let the earth rejoice; let the multitude of the isles be glad.

2 Clouds and darkness are round about him, righteousness and justice are the foundations of his throne.

3 A fire goes before him and burns up his enemies on every side.

4 His lightnings light up the world; the earth sees it and is afraid.

5 The mountains melt like wax at the presence of the LORD, at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.

6 The heavens declare his righteousness, and all the peoples see his glory.

7 Confounded be all who worship carved images and delight in false gods! Bow down before him, all you gods.

8 Zion hears and is glad, and the cities of Judah rejoice, because of your judgments, O LORD.

9 For you are the LORD, most high over all the earth; you are exalted far above all gods.

10 The LORD loves those who hate evil; he preserves the lives of his saints and delivers them from the hand of the wicked.

11 Light has sprung up for the righteous, and joyful gladness for those who are truehearted.

12 Rejoice in the LORD, you righteous, and give thanks to his holy Name.

Hymn #105 – God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen

Epistle: Titus 3:4-7

When the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not be- cause of any works of righteousness that we had done, but according to his mercy, through the water of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit. This Spirit he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might be- come heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

The word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

Hymn # 87 – Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

The Holy Gospel: Luke 2:1-20

In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. All went to their own towns to be registered. Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for her to de- liver her child. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see– I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying,

“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!”.

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.” So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, Lord Christ.

Homily                                                                                    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.

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 every where 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.

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 be- fore 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 # 81     Lo, how a Rose e’er blooming

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.

Recessional:

Hymn #100 – Joy To The World

Hymn # 111 – Silent Night, Holy Night


OUR CHURCH FAMILY:

Please pray for mission agencies and their ministry throughout the Anglican Communion, including The Rt. Rev. John Kereboro Zawo, South Sudan and The Rt. Rev. John Samuel, Pakistan and St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Kimberling City.


Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry’s Christmas message for 2020 …

Joy to the world! The Lord is come: let earth receive her King; let every heart prepare him room, and heaven and nature sing.

Perhaps like me, you’ve sung this hymn for years – in church, at home with your family, gathered with friends and neighbors. Perhaps you’ve sung it to yourself – in your car, on a walk, or quietly in the dark of night.

Joy to the world!

While we may not feel joyful this year – as the pandemic of disease continues to bring sickness and death, when fear and mistrust – a darkness – threatens to over- come the light – we, as followers of Jesus Christ must bear joy to this aching world. We must shine light into the darkness.

Joy to the world!

Like much in our lives, proclaiming joy is difficult work – also good and essential work – especially now. Though we mourn that which is lost in our lives, our families, and our communities – Joy to the world!

While we strive to pull up the twisted and thorny vines of hatred and bigotry and anger – Joy to the world!

Through streaming tears and gritted teeth – Joy to the world! – because God is breaking into our lives and into this world anew.

While this is a strange year, the ministry He gives us remains the same. We will prepare him room in our hearts by taking on the ministry Jesus demands of us: feed those who are hungry; welcome the stranger; clothe those who are naked; heal those who are sick; visit the prisoner. Love God. Love your neighbor. Sing joy into this old world. Prepare him room. St. Luke writes of the first Christmas, “[Mary] gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.” There, in the simplest bed, in the cool of the night, in a trough, in bands of cloth, lies the One for whom no room was made. And yet strangely, there lies the One whom not even the uni- verse can contain.

Joy to the world! The Lord is come.

In your hearts, in your homes, in your lives, prepare him room.

God love you; God bless you; and may God hold us all in those almighty hands of love.

The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry

Presiding Bishop and Primate                                    The Episcopal Church


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 Members: 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


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


Staff

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


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