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The Reverend John Allison, Celebrant

The First Sunday of Advent

November 29, 2020

9 AM

Today’s service is also aired live on Facebook and will be available for viewing after the service.


Prelude:  Come Thou Long Expected Jesus, Matthews                          

Processional Hymn: Helmsley, Hymnal 57  

Lighting of the Advent Candle

Stuttgart: Hymnal 66, vs-1

    Celebrant: Our King and Savior now draws near;

    People: Come, let us adore him!

Salutation: Book of Common Prayer, Page 355 

Trisagion: BCP Page 359                                  

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.

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 Response: Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18

1 Hear, O Shepherd of Israel, leading Joseph like a flock; *
shine forth, you that are enthroned upon the cherubim.

2 In the presence of Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh, *
stir up your strength and come to help us.

3 Restore us, O God of hosts; *
show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.

4 O Lord God of hosts, *
how long will you be angered
despite the prayers of your people?

5 You have fed them with the bread of tears;
you have given them bowls of tears to drink.

6 You have made us the derision of our neighbors, *
and our enemies laugh us to scorn.

7 Restore us, O God of hosts; *
show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.

16 Let your hand be upon the man of your right hand, *
the son of man you have made so strong for yourself.

17 And so will we never turn away from you; *
give us life, that we may call upon your Name.

18 Restore us, O Lord God of hosts; *
show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved. 

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.

Gradual: Verbum supernum prodiens, Hymnal 63

The Gospel: Mark 13, 24-37


Jesus said, “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 Sermon: The Reverend John Allison

The Nicene Creed: BCP Page 358                                                          

Prayers of the People: Form I, BCP Page 389

The Confession and Absolution: BCP Page 360

The Peace


Offertory Hymn: Komm, o komm, du Geist des Lebens, Hymnal 596  

The Great Thanksgiving: Prayer B, BCP Page 369

Sanctus: BCP Page 371                                                                              

The Lord’s Prayer: BCP Page 364                                                                              

Agnus Dei: BCP Page 337

Communion Hymn: Werde munter, Hymnal 336                    

Post Communion Prayer: BCP Page 365

The Blessing 

Recessional Hymn: Es flog ein kleins Waldvögelein, Hymnal 616

Postlude: Nun Komm Der Heiden Heiland, Zachau

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The altar flowers are given to the Glory of God in honor of the Living Members of Christ Church. 

Please warmly welcome The Reverend John Allison as Celebrant and Preacher for Christ Church.

Hymns:  We will not be singing hymns. They will be played on the organ, and we can follow the words in the hymnals. We are following the latest guidance for church services to protect everyone’s health.

Pastoral Emergencies:  The Rev. Kathleen Killian 718-775-6069

Prayer: We pray for an end to Covid-19, for safety, healing, and good health for all people.  We also pray for all who have lost employment and in need; and for the safety of health care workers, first responders, and essential service personnel.  We thank God for you and for your compassion, commitment and courage.

The Prayer List: Any names of loved ones to be placed on the Prayer List should be given to Claire Behr by calling her at: 518.672.7349.

The ‘Day by Day’ Booklets for November, December, and January are in the back of the church.

The Christ Church Emergency Food Shelf: This week the most urgent need is toiletries. toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, shampoo, etc.

Thank you for your generosity!

Quote of the Week

The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in the Lord. (Psalm 28:7)

“Never give your heart to anything that can’t love you back.”  Daily Meds, Jim Burns


Lay Eucharistic Minister: Jamison Teale

Greeters:  Jamie Parry and Wayne Weber

Lector:  Sara Kahn-Gearity

Attendance Last Sunday:  35 


Happy Birthday to: Linda Drahushuk 12/1, Aaron Jennings 12/1, Holly Race 12/2, Maryna Bilak Haughton 12/3, Mimi Brauch 12/4, and Leonard Behr 12/5.

Please remember those whose Anniversary of Death is this week: John Race, Alene D. Everts, Henry Groves, Mabel Zechman, Marie Miller, Ruby K. Allen, Clifford Hallenbeck, Edith Briggs, Fanny Jefferies, and Nora Hackett.  

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