Archive for December, 2021

2 Jan – 2nd Sunday after Christmas

Posted on: December 29th, 2021 by St. Stephens Downsview

JEREMIAH 31:7-14 OR SIRACH 24:1-12; PSALM 147:13-21 OR CANTICLE 11 (WISDOM OF SOLOMON 10:15-21); EPHESIANS 1:3-14; JOHN 1:(1-9) 10-18


PROCESSIONAL: As With Gladness… – #290

As with gladness men of old
Did the guiding star behold;
As with joy they hailed its light,
Leading onward, beaming bright;
So, most gracious Lord, may we
Evermore be led to Thee.

As with joyful steps they sped
To that lowly manger bed;
There to bend the knee before,
Him whom heav’n and earth adore;
So, may we with willing feet
Ever seek the mercy seat.

As they offered gifts most rare
At that manger rude and bare,
So may we with holy joy,
Pure and free from sin’s alloy,
All our costliest treasures bring,
Christ, to Thee our heavn’ly King.

Holy Jesus, every day
Keep us in the narrow way;
And, when earthly things are past,
Bring our ransomed souls at last
Where they need no star to guide,
Where no clouds Thy glory hide



Collect
God of power and life,
the glory of all who believe in you,
fill the world with your splendour
and show the nations the light of your truth;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

First Reading
A READING FROM THE BOOK OF JEREMIAH
For thus says the Lord: Sing aloud with gladness for Jacob, and raise shouts for the chief of the nations; proclaim, give praise, and say, “Save, O Lord, your people, the remnant of Israel.” See, I am going to bring them from the land of the north, and gather them from the farthest parts of the earth, among them the blind and the lame, those with child and those in labour, together; a great company, they shall return here. With weeping they shall come, and with consolations I will lead them back, I will let them walk by brooks of water, in a straight path in which they shall not stumble; for I have become a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn. Hear the word of the Lord, O nations, and declare it in the coastlands far away; say, “He who scattered Israel will gather him, and will keep him as a shepherd a flock.” For the Lord has ransomed Jacob, and has redeemed him from hands too strong for him. They shall come and sing aloud on the height of Zion, and they shall be radiant over the goodness of the Lord, over the grain, the wine, and the oil, and over the young of the flock and the herd; their life shall become like a watered garden, and they shall never languish again. Then shall the young women rejoice in the dance, and the young men and the old shall be merry. I will turn their mourning into joy, I will comfort them, and give them gladness for sorrow. I will give the priests their fill of fatness, and my people shall be satisfied with my bounty, says the Lord.
JEREMIAH 31:7-14

Or (with Canticle 11)

A READING FROM THE BOOK OF SIRACH
Wisdom praises herself, and tells of her glory in the midst of her people. In the assembly of the Most High she opens her mouth, and in the presence of his hosts she tells of her glory: “I came forth from the mouth of the Most High, and covered the earth like a mist. I dwelt in the highest heavens, and my throne was in a pillar of cloud. Alone I compassed the vault of heaven and traversed the depths of the abyss. Over waves of the sea, over all the earth, and over every people and nation I have held sway. Among all these I sought a resting place; in whose territory should I abide? Then the Creator of all things gave me a command, and my Creator chose the place for my tent. He said, ‘Make your dwelling in Jacob, and in Israel receive your inheritance.’ Before the ages, in the beginning, he created me, and for all the ages I shall not cease to be. In the holy tent I ministered before him, and so I was established in Zion. Thus in the beloved city he gave me a resting place, and in Jerusalem was my domain. I took root in an honoured people, in the portion of the Lord, his heritage.”
SIRACH 24:1-12

Psalm
REFRAIN Praise God, O Zion.

Worship the Lord, O Jerusalem; praise your God, O Zion;

For he has strengthened the bars of your gates; he has blessed your children within you. R

He has established peace on your borders; he satisfies you with the finest wheat.

He sends out his command to the earth, and his word runs very swiftly.

He gives snow like wool; he scatters hoarfrost like ashes. R

He scatters his hail like bread crumbs; who can stand against his cold?

He sends forth his word and melts them; he blows with his wind, and the waters flow.

He declares his word to Jacob, his statutes and his judgements to Israel. R

He has not done so to any other nation;

to them he has not revealed his judgements. Hallelujah! R
PSALM 147:13-21

Or (with the reading from Sirach)

CANTICLE
Wisdom freed from a nation of oppressors a holy people and blameless race. She entered the soul of a servant of the Lord, withstood dread kings with wonders and signs. To the saints she gave the reward of their labours, and led them by a marvellous way; she was their shelter by day and their starlight through the night. She brought them across the Red Sea, led them through mighty waters, but their enemies she swallowed in the waves and spat them out from the depths of the abyss. Lord, the righteous sang hymns to your name, and praised with one voice your protecting hand, for Wisdom opened the mouths of the dumb, and gave speech to the tongues of babes.
CANTICLE 11, BAS (WISDOM OF SOLOMON 10:15-21)

Second Reading
A READING FROM THE LETTER OF PAUL TO THE EPHESIANS
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, just as he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before him in love. He destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace that he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and insight he has made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he set forth in Christ, as a plan for the fullness of time, to gather up all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. In Christ we have also obtained an inheritance, having been destined according to the purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to his counsel and will, so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, might live for the praise of his glory. In him you also, when you had heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and had believed in him, were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit; this is the pledge of our inheritance toward redemption as God’s own people, to the praise of his glory.
EPHESIANS 1:3-14


GRADUAL: Fairest Lord Jesus – #87

Fairest Lord Jesus; Ruler of all nature
O Thou of God and man the Son.
Thee will I cherish; Thee will I honour,
Thou my soul’s glory, joy and crown.

Fairest are the meadows;
Fairer still the woodlands,
Robed in the blooming garb of spring,
Jesus is fairer, Jesus is purer,
Who makes the woeful heart to sing.

Fairest is the sunshine; Fairer still the moonlight
And all the twinkling starry host.
Jesus shines brighter; Jesus shines purer
Than all the angels heav’n can boast.

Beautiful Saviour! Lord of the nations!
Son of God and Son of man!
Glory and honour, praise, adoration,
Now and forever more be Thine!



Gospel
THE HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST
ACCORDING TO JOHN
[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 without 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.
JOHN 1:(1-9) 10-18


OFFERTORY: Standing On The… – #410

Standing on the promises
of Christ my King!
Through eternal ages let His praises ring;
“Glory in the highest!”
I will shout and sing,
Standing on the promises of God.

CHORUS
Standing, standing,
Standing on the promises
of God my Saviour;
Standing, standing,
I’m standing on the
promises of God.

Standing on the promises
that cannot fail,
When the howling storms
of doubt and fear assail,
By the living Word of God
I shall prevail,
Standing on the promises of God.

Standing on the promises,
I now can see
Perfect, present cleansing
In the blood for me;
Standing in the liberty
Where Christ makes free,
Standing on the promises of God.

Standing on the promises
Of Christ the Lord,
Bound to Him eternally
By love’s strong cord,
Overcoming daily
With the Spirit’s Sword,
Standing on the promises of God.

Standing on the promises,
I cannot fall,
Listening every moment
To the Spirit’s call,
Resting in my Saviour
As my All in All,
Standing on the promises of God.



Prayer over the Gifts
Source of love and life,
receive all we offer you this day,
and through the coming of your Son,
help us to see in others
him who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.


COMMUNION: Go, Tell It On The… – #258

(Refrain)
Go, tell it on the mountain,
Over the hills and everywhere;
Go, tell it on the mountain
That Jesus Christ is born!

While shepherds kept their watching
O’er silent flocks by night,
Behold! Thro’out the heavens
There shone a holy light.

The shepherds feared and trembled
When lo! Above the earth
Rang out the angel chorus
That hailed our Saviour’s birth.

The shepherds feared and trembled
When lo! Above the earth
Rang out the angel chorus
That hailed our Saviour’s birth.




ABLUTION: Shine, Jesus, Shine – #431

Lord, the light of Your love is shining,
In the midst of the darkness shining;
Jesus, Light of the world, shine upon us.
Set us free by the truth You now bring us;

CHORUS
Shine on me,
Shine on me.
Shine, Jesus, shine,
Fill this land with the Father’s glory.
Blaze, Spirit, blaze;
Set our hearts on fire.
Flow, river, flow,
Flood the nations with grace and mercy.
Send forth your Word,
Lord,
And let there be light.

Lord, I come to Your awesome presence,
From the shadows into Your radiance;
By the blood I may enter Your brightness;
Search me, try me,
Consume all my darkness;

As we gaze on Your kingly brightness
So our faces display Your likeness,
Ever changing from glory to glory;
Mirrored here, may our lives tell Your story;



Prayer After Communion
Light eternal,
you have nourished us in the mystery
of the body and blood of your Son.
By your grace keep us ever faithful to your word,
in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.


RECESSIONAL: Father Let Me Dedicate

Father, let me dedicate
This new year to Thee,
In whatever worldly state
Thou wilt have me be;
Not from sorrow, pain, or care
Would I ask that Thou shouldst spare;
This alone shall be my prayer:
Glorify Thy name.

Can a child presume to choose
Where or how to live?
Can a Father’s love refuse
All the best to give?
More Thou givest every day
Than the best can claim
Nor withholdest aught that may
Glorify Thy name.

If in mercy Thou wilt spare
Joys that yet are mine,
If on life serene and fair
Brighter rays may shine,
Let my glad heart, while it sings,
Rise by faith’s exultant wings,
And, whate’er the future brings,
Glorify Thy name.

If Thou callest to the cross,
And its shadow come
Turning all my gain to loss,
Shrouding heart and home,
Let me think how Thy dear Son
His eternal glory won,
And in steadfast faith pray on:
Glorify Thy name.



26th Dec – 1st Sunday after Christmas

Posted on: December 23rd, 2021 by St. Stephens Downsview

Readings
1 SAMUEL 2:18-20, 26; PSALM 148; COLOSSIANS 3:12-17; LUKE 2:41-52


PROCESSIONAL: All Creatures of… – #63

All creatures of our God and King,
Lift up your voice and with us sing
Alleluia! Alleluia!

Thou burning sun with golden beam,
Thou silver moon with softer gleam,
O praise Him!
O praise Him!

Thou rushing wind that art so strong,
Ye clouds that sail in heav’n along,
O praise Him!
Alleluia!

Thou rising morn, in praise rejoice;
Ye lights of evening, find a voice,
O praise Him!
O praise Him!

Thou flowing water, pure and clear,
Make music for Thy Lord to hear,
Alleluia!
Alleluia!

Thou fire so masterful and bright,
Thou givest man both warmth and light,
O praise Him!
O praise Him!

And all ye men of tender heart,
Forgiving others, take your part,
O sing ye!
Alleluia!

Ye who long pain and sorrow bear,
Praise God and on Him cast your care,
O praise Him!
O praise Him!

Let all things their Creator bless,
And worship Him in humbleness,
O praise Him!
Alleluia!

Praise, praise the Father, praise the Son,
And praise the Spirit, Three in One,
O praise Him!
O praise Him!



Collect
Almighty God,
you have shed upon us the new light
of your incarnate Word.
May this light, enkindled in our hearts,
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.

First Reading
A READING FROM THE FIRST BOOK OF SAMUEL
Samuel was ministering before the Lord, a boy wearing a linen ephod. His mother used to make for him a little robe and take it to him each year, when she went up with her husband to offer the yearly sacrifice. Then Eli would bless Elkanah and his wife, and say, “May the Lord repay you with children by this woman for the gift that she made to the Lord”; and then they would return to their home. Now the boy Samuel continued to grow both in stature and in favour with the Lord and with the people.
1 SAMUEL 2:18-20, 26

Psalm
REFRAIN Hallelujah!

Hallelujah! Praise the Lord from the heavens; praise him in the heights.

Praise him, all you angels of his; praise him, all his host.

Praise him, sun and moon; praise him, all you shining stars. R

Praise him, heaven of heavens, and you waters above the heavens.

Let them praise the name of the Lord; for he commanded, and they were created. He made them stand fast for ever and ever; he gave them a law which shall not pass away. R

Praise the Lord from the earth, you sea-monsters and all deeps;

Fire and hail, snow and fog, tempestuous wind, doing his will;

Mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars;

Wild beasts and all cattle, creeping things and winged birds; R

Kings of the earth and all peoples, princes and all rulers of the world;

Young men and maidens, old and young together.

Let them praise the name of the Lord, for his name only is exalted, his splendour is over earth and
heaven. R

He has raised up strength for his people and praise for all his loyal servants, the children of Israel, a people who are near him. R
PSALM 148

Second Reading
A READING FROM THE LETTER OF PAUL TO THE COLOSSIANS
As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
COLOSSIANS 3:12-17


GRADUAL: What Child Is This? – #281

What Child is this, who, laid to rest,
On Mary’s lap is sleeping?
Whom angels greet with anthems sweet,
While shepherds watch are keeping?

REFRAIN
This, this is Christ the King,
Whom shepherds guard and angles sing
Haste, haste to bring Him laud,
The Babe, the Son of Mary.

Why lies He in such mean estate
Where ox and ass are feeding?
Good Christian, fear, for sinners here
The silent Word is pleading.

So bring Him incense, gold and myrrh:
Come, peasant, king to own Him
The King of kings salvation brings:
Let loving hearts enthrone Him



Gospel
THE HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST
ACCORDING TO LUKE
Now every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the festival of the Passover. And when he was twelve years old, they went up as usual for the festival. When the festival was ended and they started to return, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it. Assuming that he was in the group of travellers, they went a day’s journey. Then they started to look for him among their relatives and friends. When they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem to search for him. After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. When his parents saw him they were astonished; and his mother said to him, “Child, why have you treated us like this? Look, your father and I have been searching for you in great anxiety.” He said to them, “Why were you searching for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” But they did not understand what he said to them. Then he went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them. His mother treasured all these things in her heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom and in years, and in divine and human favour.
LUKE 2:41-52


OFFERTORY: I Heard The Bells… – #267

I heard the bells on Christmas day
Their old familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet the words repeat
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

I thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along th’ unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

And in despair I bowed my head:
“There is no peace on earth,” I said,
“For hate is strong and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.”

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
“God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail,
With peace on earth, good will to men.”

Till ringing, singing on its way,
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime, a chant sublime
Of peace on earth, good will to men.



Prayer over the Gifts
God of light,
in the birth of your Son we see your glory.
May we who share in this mystery
grow daily in your love.
This we ask in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord.


COMMUNION: O Master Let Me Walk…- #665

O Master, let me walk with Thee
In lowly paths of service free.
Tell me Thy secret; help me bear
The strain of toil, the fret of care.

Help me the slow of heart to move
By some clear, winning word of love.
Teach me the wayward feet to stay,
And guide them in the homeward way.

Teach me Thy patience; still with Thee
In closer, dearer company,
In work that keeps faith sweet and strong,
In trust that triumphs over wrong;

In hope that sends a shining ray
Far down the future’s broad’ning way,
In peace that only Thou cast give,
With Thee, O Master, let me live.



Prayer After Communion
Source of truth and joy,
may we who have received the gift of divine life
always follow the way of your Son.
This we ask in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord.


RECESSIONAL: Angels, from The… – #259

Angels, from the realms of glory,
Wing your flight o’er all the earth;
Ye who sang creation’s story
Now proclaim Messiah’s birth.

(Refrain)
Come and worship,
Come and worship;
Worship Christ,
The newborn King.

Shepherds, in the field abiding,
Watching o’er your flocks by night,
God with man is now residing,
Yonder shines the Infant Light:

Sages, leave your contemplations,
Brighter visions beam afar:
Seek the great Desire of nations:
Ye have seen His natal star:

Saints before the altar bending,
Watching long in hope and fear,
Suddenly the Lord, descending
In His temple shall appear.

Tho’ an infant now we view Him,
He will share His Father’s throne;
Gather all the nations to Him;
Every knee shall then bow down.



19-Dec 4th Sunday of Advent

Posted on: December 14th, 2021 by St. Stephens Downsview

Readings
MICAH 5:2-5A; CANTICLE 18 (LUKE 1:47-55) OR PSALM 80:1-7; HEBREWS 10:5-10; LUKE 1:39-45 (46-55)


PROCESSIONAL: Tell Out My Soul… – #495

Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord!
Unnumbered blessings, give my spirit voice;
Tender to me the promise of his word;
To God my saviour shall my heart rejoice.

Tell out, my soul, the greatness of his name!
Make known his might, the deeds his arm has done;
His mercy sure, from age to age the same;
His holy name – the Lord, the mighty one.

Tell out, my soul, the greatness of his might!
Powers and dominions lay their glory by;
Proud hearts and stubborn wills are put to flight,
The hungry fed, the humble lifted high.

Tell out, my soul, the glories of his word!
Firm is his promise, and his mercy sure.
Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord
To children’s children and for evermore!




Lighting Of The Advent Candle: JOY

Leader: Light and peace, in Jesus Christ our Lord

All: Thanks be to God

Leader: Last Sunday we lit the Candle of Love. We light it and the Candles of Hope and Peace again as we remember that Jesus, born in Bethlehem, will come again to fulfill all of God’s promises and bring us everlasting peace and joy.

Leader: Today we light the Fourth Candle of Advent, the Candle of Joy. When the angel Gabriel told Mary that a special child would be born to her she was filled with joy. She sang a song that began with the words:

Leader:   “My soul magnifies the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour. Just as the birth of Jesus gave great joy to his mother, so his presence in the world gave joy to those who had none before.  

Leader:   He healed them and gave them hope and peace when they believed in him.

From hope, peace, and love grows joy.

Leader:  We light the Candle of Joy to remind us that when Jesus is born in us we have joy and that through him there will be everlasting joy on earth.

Leader:  Joy is like a light shining in a dark place. As we look at this candle we celebrate the joy we find in Jesus Christ.

Leader:  Let us pray.

All: Thank you God for the joy you give us. We ask that as we wait for all your promises to come true, and for Christ to come again, that you would remain present with us. Help us today, and everyday to worship you, to hear your word, and to do your will by sharing your joy with each other. We ask it in the name of the one who was born in Bethlehem.

Amen




Hymn: Light One Candle!

Light one candle for hope, one bright candle for hope,
He brings hope to ev’ry heart, He comes!  He comes!

Light one candle for peace, one bright candle for peace,
He brings peace to ev’ry heart, He Comes! He Comes!
Light one candle for joy, one bright candle for joy,

Ev’ry nation will find salvation in Bethl’em’s baby boy.
Light one candle for love, one bright candle for love,
He brings love to ev’ry heart, He comes!  He Comes!



Collect
Heavenly Father,
who chose the Virgin Mary, full of grace,
to be the mother of our Lord and Saviour,
now fill us with your grace,
that we in all things may embrace your will
and with her rejoice in your salvation;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

First Reading
A READING FROM THE BOOK OF MICAH
You, O Bethlehem of Ephrathah, who are one of the little clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to rule in Israel, whose origin is from of old, from ancient days. Therefore he shall give them up until the time when she who is in labour has brought forth; then the rest of his kindred shall return to the people of Israel. And he shall stand and feed his flock in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God. And they shall live secure, for now he shall be great to the ends of the earth; and he shall be the one of peace.
MICAH 5:2-5A

Psalm
CANTICLE
My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour; for he has looked with favour 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.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.
CANTICLE 18, BAS (LUKE 1:47-55)

Or

PSALM
REFRAIN Show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.

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

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

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

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

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

You have made us the derision of our neighbours, and our enemies laugh us to scorn.

Restore us, O God of hosts; show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved. R
PSALM 80:1-7

Second Reading
A READING FROM THE LETTER TO THE HEBREWS
When Christ came into the world, he said, “Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired, but a body you have prepared for me; in burnt offerings and sin offerings you have taken no pleasure. Then I said, ‘See, God, I have come to do your will, O God’ (in the scroll of the book it is written of me).” When he said above, “You have neither desired nor taken pleasure in sacrifices and offerings and burnt offerings and sin offerings” (these are offered according to the law), then he added, “See, I have come to do your will.” He abolishes the first in order to establish the second. And it is by God’s will that we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. HEBREWS 10:5-10


GRADUAL: People Look East

People look east the time is near
Of the crowning of the year
Make your house fair as you are able
Trim the hearth and set the table
People look east and sing today
Love the guest is on the way

Furrows be glad
Though the earth is bare
One more seed is planted there
Give up your strength
The seed to nourish
That in course the flower may flourish
People look east and sing today
Love the rose is on the way

Stars
Keep watch when the night is dim
One more light the bowl shall brim
Shining beyond the frosty weather
Bright as the sun and moon together
People look east and sing today
Love the star is on the way

Angels announce to men and beast
Him who cometh from the east
Set ev’ry peak and valley
Humming with the word
The Lord is coming
People look east and sing today
Love the Lord the Lord is on the way



Gospel
THE HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST
ACCORDING TO LUKE
In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me? For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfilment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.”

[And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour, for he has looked with favour on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name. His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly; he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, according to the promise he made to our ancestors, to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”]
LUKE 1:39-45 (46-55)


OFFERTORY: Tell Out My Soul… – #495

Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord!
Unnumbered blessings, give my spirit voice;
Tender to me the promise of his word;
To God my saviour shall my heart rejoice.

Tell out, my soul, the greatness of his name!
Make known his might, the deeds his arm has done;
His mercy sure, from age to age the same;
His holy name – the Lord, the mighty one.

Tell out, my soul, the greatness of his might!
Powers and dominions lay their glory by;
Proud hearts and stubborn wills are put to flight,
The hungry fed, the humble lifted high.

Tell out, my soul, the glories of his word!
Firm is his promise, and his mercy sure.
Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord
To children’s children and for evermore!



Prayer over the Gifts
Gracious God,
by the power of the Spirit
who sanctified the mother of your Son,
make holy all we offer you this day.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord.


COMMUNION: #418 In the Bleak Mid-Winter

In the bleak mid-winter, frosty wind made moan,
earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone; snow had fallen,
snow on snow, snow on snow, in the bleak mid-winter, long ago.

Our God, heaven cannot hold him, nor earth sustain;
heaven and earth shall flee away when he comes to reign;
in the bleak mid-winter a stable place sufficed the Lord God almighty,
Jesus Christ.

Angels and archangels may have gathered there;
cherubim and seraphim thronged the air;
but his mother only, in her maiden bliss,
worshipped the beloved with a kiss.

What can I give him, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;
if I were a wise man, I would do my part;
yet what I can, I give him – give my heart.



Prayer After Communion
Faithful God,
in this sacrament we receive the promise of salvation.
May we, like the Virgin Mary,
be obedient to your will.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord.


RECESSIONAL: See Amid the Winter’s – #414

See amid the winter’s snow
Born for us on earth below
See the Lamb of God appears
Promised from eternal years

(Chorus)
Hail thou ever blessed morn
Hail redemption’s happy dawn
Sing through all Jerusalem
Christ is born in Bethlehem

Lo within a manger lies
He who built the starry skies
He who throned in height sublime
Sits amid the cherubim

Say ye holy shepherds say
What your joyful news today
Wherefore have ye left your sheep
On the lonely mountain steep

As we watched at dead of night
Lo we saw a wondrous light
Angels singing peace on earth
Told us of the Saviour’s birth

Sacred Infant all divine
What a tender love was Thine
Thus to come from highest bliss
Down to such a world as this

Teach O teach us holy Child
By Thy face so meek and mild
Teach us to resemble Thee
In Thy sweet humility



12-Dec 3rd Sunday of Advent

Posted on: December 7th, 2021 by St. Stephens Downsview

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11:00AM Sunday

Readings
ZEPHANIAH 3:14-20; CANTICLE 3 (ISAIAH 12:2-6); PHILIPPIANS 4:4-7; LUKE 3:7-18


PROCESSIONAL: Soon & Very Soon – #757

Soon and very soon,
We are going to see the King! (x 3)
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
We are going to see the King!

No more crying there –
We are going to see the King! (x 3)
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
We are going to see the King!

No more dying there –
We are going to see the King! (x 3)
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
We are going to see the King!

Soon and very soon,
We are going to see the King! (x 3)
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
We are going to see the King!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!




Lighting Of The Advent Candle

Leader: Light and peace, in Jesus Christ our Lord

All: Thanks be to God

Leader: Today is the Third Sunday of Advent and we will light the Candle of Love. Last Sunday we lit the Candle of Peace. We light it and the Candle of Hope again as we remember Jesus, born in Bethlehem, our hope and our peace.

Leader: Today we light the Third Candle of Advent, the Candle of Love. In their old age God gave to Zechariah and Elisabeth a son called John. John spoke to the people bravely in the desert denying his own comforts and prepared to die for what he believed. John taught that we should share what we have with others, treat each other kindly and show Gods love.

Leader:    He did this because he cared for people and wanted them to repent and find God’s forgiveness.

Leader:  Love is like a candle shining in a dark place. As we look at the light of this candle we celebrate the love we have in Christ.

Leader:  Let us pray.

All: Lord God, Your witness John the Baptist grew up strong in spirit and prepared people for the coming of the Lord. He loved your people and baptized them in the River Jordan to wash away their sins. Help us to have the same love that we would be witnesses to him and spread the good news of your love.

As Christmas draws closer day by day, help us to be ready to welcome him.

Amen




HYMN: Light One Candle!

Light one candle for hope, one bright candle for hope,
He brings hope to ev’ry heart, He comes!  He comes!

Light one candle for peace, one bright candle for peace,
He brings peace to ev’ry heart, He Comes! He Comes!
Light one candle for joy, one bright candle for joy,

Ev’ry nation will find salvation in Bethl’em’s baby boy.
Light one candle for love, one bright candle for love,
He brings love to ev’ry heart, He comes!  He Comes!



Collect
God of power and mercy,
you call us once again
to celebrate the coming of your Son.
Remove those things which hinder love of you,
that when he comes,
he may find us waiting in awe and wonder
for him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

First Reading
A READING FROM THE BOOK OF ZEPHANIAH
Sing aloud, O daughter Zion; shout, O Israel! Rejoice and exult with all your heart, O daughter Jerusalem! The Lord has taken away the judgements against you, he has turned away your enemies. The king of Israel, the Lord, is in your midst; you shall fear disaster no more. On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem: Do not fear, O Zion; do not let your hands grow weak. The Lord, your God, is in your midst, a warrior who gives victory; he will rejoice over you with gladness, he will renew you in his love; he will exult over you with loud singing as on a day of festival. I will remove disaster from you, so that you will not bear reproach for it. I will deal with all your oppressors at that time. And I will save the lame and gather the outcast, and I will change their shame into praise and renown in all the earth. At that time I will bring you home, at the time when I gather you; for I will make you renowned and praised among all the peoples of the earth, when I restore your fortunes before your eyes, says the Lord.
ZEPHANIAH 3:14-20

Psalm
CANTICLE
REFRAIN Ring out your joy, for the Holy One of Israel is in your midst. Surely, it is God who saves me; I will trust in him and not be afraid. For the Lord is my stronghold and my sure defence, and he will be my Saviour. R
Therefore you shall draw water with rejoicing from the springs of salvation. And on that day you shall say, Give thanks to the Lord and call upon his name; make his deeds known among the peoples; see that they remember that his name is exalted. R
Sing the praises of the Lord, for he has done great things, and this is known in all the world. Cry aloud, inhabitants of Zion, ring out your joy, for the great one in the midst of you is the Holy One of Israel. R
CANTICLE 3, BAS (ISAIAH 12:2-6)

Second Reading
A READING FROM THE LETTER OF PAUL TO THE PHILIPPIANS
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
PHILIPPIANS 4:4-7


GRADUAL: Thy Kingdom Come… – #278

Thy kingdom come – on bended knee
The passing ages pray;
And faithful souls have yearned to see
On earth that kingdom’s day.

But the slow watches of the night
Not less to God belong,
And for the everlasting right
The silent stars are strong.

And lo, already the hills
The flags of dawn appear;
Gird up your loins, ye prophet souls,
Proclaim the day is near:

The day in whose clear-shining light
All wrong shall stand revealed,
When justice shall be clothed with might,
And every hurt be healed;

When knowledge, hand in hand with peace,
Shall walk the earth abroad;
The day of perfect righteousness,
The promised day of God.



Gospel
THE HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST
ACCORDING TO LUKE
John said to the crowds that came out to be baptized by him, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear fruits worthy of repentance. Do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our ancestor’; for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham. Even now the ax is lying at the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.” And the crowds asked him, “What then should we do?” In reply he said to them, “Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise.” Even tax collectors came to be baptized, and they asked him, “Teacher, what should we do?” He said to them, “Collect no more than the amount prescribed for you.” Soldiers also asked him, “And we, what should we do?” He said to them, “Do not extort money from anyone by threats or false accusation, and be satisfied with your wages.” As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah, John answered all of them by saying, “I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.” So, with many other exhortations, he proclaimed the good news to the people.
LUKE 3:7-18


OFFERTORY: O For A Thousand… – #21

O for a thousand tongues to sing
My great Redeemer’s praise,
The glories of my God and King,
The triumphs of His grace.

Jesus! The name that charms our fears,
That bids our sorrows cease,
‘Tis music in the sinner’s ears,
‘Tis life and health and peace.

He breaks the pow’r of cancelled sin,
He sets the prisoner free;
His blood can make the foulest clean;
His blood availed for me.

Hear Him, ye deaf;
His praise, ye dumb,
Your loosened tongues employ;
Ye blind, behold your Saviour come;
And leap, ye lame, for joy.

My gracious Master and my God,
Assist me to proclaim,
To spread thro’ all the earth abroad,
The honours of Thy name.



Prayer over the Gifts
God of hope,
renew in us the joy of your salvation
and make us a living sacrifice to you,
for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord.


COMMUNION: Come, Ye Thankful… – #797

Come, ye thankful people, come;
Raise the song of harvest home;
All is safely gathered in
Ere the winter storms begin.

God, our maker, doth provide
For our wants to be supplied
Come to God’s own temple, come;
Raise the song of harvest home.

All the world is God’s own field,
Fruit unto His praise to yield.
Wheat and tares together sown,
Unto joy or sorrow grown.

First the blade, and then the ear,
Then the full corn shall appear;
Lord of harvest, grant that we
Wholesome grain and pure may be.

For the Lord our God shall come,
And shall take His harvest home;
From His field shall in that day
All offenses purge away.

Give His angels charge at last
In the fire the tares to cast,
But the fruitful ears to store
In His garner evermore.

Even so, Lord, quickly come
To Thy final harvest home;
Gather Thou Thy people in,
Free from sorrow, free from sin.

There forever purified,
In Thy presence to abide.
Come, with all Thine angels come;
Raise the glorious harvest home.



Prayer After Communion
Merciful God,
may this eucharist free us from our sins,
fill us with unending joy,
and prepare us for the birthday of our Saviour.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ,
who is Lord now and for ever.


RECESSIONAL: Rejoice, The Lord Is King – #370

Rejoice, the Lord is King;
Your Lord and King adore!
Rejoice, give thanks and sing
And triumph evermore.

(Refrain)
Lift up your heart;
Lift up your voice!
Rejoice, again I say rejoice!

Jesus, the Saviour, reigns,
The God of truth and love.
When He had purged our stains,
He took His seat above.

His kingdom cannot fail; He rules o’er earth and heav’n.
The keys of death and hell
Are to our Jesus giv’n.

Rejoice in glorious hope!
Our Lord, the Judge, shall come
And take His servants up
To their eternal home.



5-Dec 2nd Sunday of Advent

Posted on: December 7th, 2021 by St. Stephens Downsview

Readings
BARUCH 5:1-9; CANTICLE 19 (LUKE 1:68-79); PHILIPPIANS 1:3-11; LUKE 3:1-6A


PROCESSIONAL: On Jordan’s Bank – #391

On Jordan’s bank, the Baptist’s cry
Announces that the Lord is nigh;
Awake and hearken, for he brings
Glad tidings of the King of kings.

Then cleansed be every breast from sin;
Make straight the way for God within;
Prepare we in our hearts a home,
Where such a mighty guest may come.

For Thou art our salvation, Lord,
Our refuge and our great reward;
Without Thy grace we waste away,
Like flowers that wither and decay.

To heal the sick stretch out Thine hand,
And bid the fallen sinner stand;
Shine forth and let Thy light restore
Earth’s own true loveliness once more.

All praise, eternal Son, to Thee
Whose advent doth Thy people free,
Whom with the Father we adore
And Holy Ghost for evermore.




Lighting Of The Advent Candle (PEACE)

Leader: Light and peace, in Jesus Christ our Lord

All: Thanks be to God

Leader:  Today is the Second Sunday of Advent and we will light the Candle of Peace. Last Sunday we lit the First Candle in our Advent Wreath, and celebrated the patriarchs, this First Candle reminded us of our hope in Christ.

Leader: We light it again as we remember our Saviour, born a king in the line of King David. Jesus was born in Bethlehem, and we believe that he will come again to fulfill all of God’s promises to us, to rule the world wisely and bless all nations.

Leader:   Today we light the Second Candle of Advent, the Candle of Peace. We remember the prophets who spoke of the coming of Christ, of how a Saviour would be born, a king in the line of King David.

Leader:    The prophet Isaiah called Christ “the Prince of Peace”. They told us how he would rule the world wisely and bless all the nations.

Leader:  When Jesus came he taught people the importance of being peace-makers. He said that those who make peace shall be called the children of God. When Christ comes to us he brings us peace and he will

Leader:  bring everlasting peace when he comes again. We light the Candle of Peace to remind us that Jesus is the Prince of Peace and that through him peace is found.

(A person lights Second Candle, the Candle of Peace)

Leader:  Peace is like a light shining in a dark place. As we look at this candle we celebrate the peace we find in Jesus Christ.

Leader:  Let us pray.

All: Lord Jesus, Light of the World, the prophets said you would bring peace and save your people from trouble. Give peace in our hearts at

Christmastide. We ask that as we wait for you to come again, that you would remain present with us. Help us today, and everyday to worship you, to hear your word, and to do your will by sharing

your peace with each other. We ask it in the name of the one who was born in Bethlehem. Amen




HYMN: Light One Candle!

Light one candle for hope, one bright candle for hope,
He brings hope to ev’ry heart, He comes!  He comes!

Light one candle for peace, one bright candle for peace,
He brings peace to ev’ry heart, He Comes! He Comes!
Light one candle for joy, one bright candle for joy,

Ev’ry nation will find salvation in Bethl’em’s baby boy.
Light one candle for love, one bright candle for love,
He brings love to ev’ry heart, He comes!  He Comes!



Collect
Almighty God,
who sent your servant John the Baptist
to prepare your people to welcome the Messiah,
inspire us, the ministers and stewards of your truth,
to turn our disobedient hearts to you,
that when the Christ shall come again to be our judge,
we may stand with confidence before his glory;
who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

First Reading
READING FROM THE BOOK OF BARUCH
Take off the garment of your sorrow and affliction, O Jerusalem, and put on forever the beauty of the glory from God. Put on the robe of the righteousness that comes from God; put on your head the diadem of the glory of the Everlasting; for God will show your splendour everywhere under heaven. For God will give you evermore the name, Righteous Peace, Godly Glory.” Arise, O Jerusalem, stand upon the height; look toward the east, and see your children gathered from west and east at the word of the Holy One, rejoicing that God has remembered them. For they went out from you on foot, led away by their enemies; but God will bring them back to you, carried in glory, as on a royal throne. For God has ordered that every high mountain and the everlasting hills be made low and the valleys filled up, to make level ground, so that Israel may walk safely in the glory of God. The woods and every fragrant tree have shaded Israel at God’s command. For God will lead Israel with joy, in the light of his glory, with the mercy and righteousness that come from him.
BARUCH 5:1-9

Psalm
CANTICLE
REFRAIN The dawn from on high shall break upon us.

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; he has come to his people and set them free.

He has raised up for us a mighty Saviour, born of the house of his servant David.

Through his holy prophets he promised of old, that he would save us from our enemies, from the hands of all who hate us.

He promised to show mercy to our fathers and to remember his holy covenant. R

This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham, to set us free from the hands of our enemies, free to worship him without fear, holy and righteous in his sight all the days of our life. R

You, my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High, for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way, to give his people knowledge of salvation by the forgiveness of their sins. R

In the tender compassion of our God the dawn from on high shall break upon us, to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. R
CANTICLE 19, BAS (LUKE 1:68-79)

Second Reading
A READING FROM THE LETTER OF PAUL TO THE PHILIPPIANS
I thank my God every time I remember you, -constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, -because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now. -I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ. -It is right for me to think this way about all of you, because you hold me in your heart, for all of you share in God’s grace with me, both in my imprisonment and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel. -For God is my witness, how I long for all of you with the compassion of Christ Jesus. And this is my prayer, that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight -to help you to determine what is best, so that in the day of Christ you may be pure and blameless, -having produced the harvest of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God. –
PHILIPPIANS 1:3-11


GRADUAL: Hark a Herald Voice – #392

Hark, a herald voice is sounding:
“Christ is nigh,” it seems to say
‘Cast away the dreams of darkness, O ye children of the day!’

Wakened by the solemn warning let the earth-bound soul arise;
Christ her sun, all sloth dispelling, shines upon the morning skies.

Lo, the Lamb, so long expected, comes with pardon down from heaven;
let us all, with tears of sorrow, pray that we may be forgiven,

That when next he comes with glory, and the world is wrapped in fear,
with his mercy he may shield us, and with words of love draw near.

Honour, glory, might and blessing to the Father and the Son,
with the everlasting Spirit, while eternal ages run.



Gospel
THE HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST ACCORDING TO LUKE
In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was ruler of Galilee, and his brother Philip ruler of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias ruler of Abilene, during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. He went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, -as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah, “The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth; -and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.'”
LUKE 3:1-6


OFFERTORY: There’s a voice in the wilderness #153R

There’s a voice in the wilderness crying,
a call from the ways untrod:
Prepare in the desert a highway,
a highway for our God!
The valleys shall be exalted,
the lofty hills brought low;
make straight all the crooked places
where the Lord, our God, may go!

O Christians, you bring good tidings;
get up to the heights and sing!
Proclaim to a desolate people
the coming of their King.
Like the flow’rs of the field they perish;
like grass our works decay.
The pow’r and pomp of nations
shall pass like a dream away.

But the Word of our God is eternal;
the arm of our God is strong.
He stands in the midst of the nations,
and he shall right the wrong.
He shall feed his flock like a shepherd,
the lambs shall gently hold,
to pastures of peace shall lead them,
and bring them to his fold.



Prayer over the Gifts
God our strength,
we are nothing without you.
Receive all we offer you this day
as you sustain us with your mercy;
in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.


COMMUNION: More Love to Thee – #634

More love to Thee, O Christ,
More love to Thee!
Hear Thou the prayer I make On bended knee.
This is my earnest plea:

Chorus:
More love, O Christ, to Thee,
More love to Thee,
More love to Thee!

Once earthly joy I craved, Sought peace and rest;
Now Thee alone I seek;
Give what is best.
This all my prayer shall be:

Then shall my latest breath whisper Thy praise;
This be the parting cry my heart shall raise;
This still its prayer shall be:




ABLUTION:



Prayer After Communion
Faithful God,
we thank you for feeding us with this heavenly banquet.
Help us always to hear the prophet’s call
to turn our hearts to you;
in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord.


RECESSIONAL: Soon & Very Soon – #757

Soon and very soon,
We are going to see the King! (x 3)
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
We are going to see the King!

No more crying there –
We are going to see the King! (x 3)
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
We are going to see the King!

No more dying there –
We are going to see the King! (x 3)
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
We are going to see the King!

Soon and very soon,
We are going to see the King! (x 3)
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
We are going to see the King!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!