Praising God Together
*Wherever We Are*
Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit
Dec 5, 2021
11 AM Morning Prayer
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CALL TO WORSHIP
Presider Blessed by God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
People And blessed be God’s 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 Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Service of Lighting the Advent Wreath
O God of peace, you have taught us that in returning and rest we shall be saved, in quietness and in confidence shall be our strength: By the might of your Spirit lift us, we pray to you now, into your presence, where we may be still and know that you are God; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
In this season of yearning, of waiting, of expecting Emmanuel, God who is with us,
We light TWO candles and guard the flames of HOPE and LOVE.
Encendemos DOS velas y guardamos las llamas de LA ESPERANZA y EL AMOR.
The candle is lit in silence, then the following is prayed.
Come, All of You
Come, you who are forgotten, for today your Lord has remembered you.
Hoy tu Dios te ha recordado.
God bids you come today; your name is on the lips of the Almighty.
Come, you who labor, you who are breathless, come and be refreshed.
Come and find rest from your labors. Vengan y encuentran descanso de tus labores.
Come, you who are frightened, there is peace enough.
Come, for God has grafted you into the palm of God’s Holy hands.
Come, you who are oppressed, oprimidos, depressed, deprimidos, homeless, sin techo, hungry, hambrientos, and you who feel no one understands you.
You who can’t voice your sickness, for your tears are invisible.
Come to the God who sees you. Venga al Dios que te ve.
Come to the God who will go with you into the deep dark night.
Come, for you are loved. Venga, porque eres amado.
Come, for you are valued. Venga, porque eres valorada.
Come and be cared for. Ven a recibir atención.
Come, let us worship. Ven, adoremos.
(Liturgies from Below, 41)
Collect (Prayer) of the Day
Presider The Lord be with you. | El Señor sea con ustedes.
People And also with you. | Y con tu espíritu.
Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
A Reading from the Prophet Malachi 3:1-4
See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple. The messenger of the covenant in whom you delight– indeed, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts. But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap; he will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the descendants of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, until they present offerings to the Lord in righteousness. Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing.
Hear what the Holy Spirit is saying to God’s People. Thanks be to God.
Response: The Song of Zechariah Luke 1: 68-79
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 savior, *
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Reading from Philippians 1:3-11
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 defense 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.
The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
Gospel hymn – Prepare ye the way LEVAS #11 4vv
PREPARE YE THE WAY OF THE LORD (2 times)
1. Make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
2. Fill ev’ry valley, bring all mountains low.
3. Go up to a mountain, and shout with a loud voice,
4. Say to all people: Here is your God.
The Holy Gospel of our Lord, Jesus Christ, according to Luke 3:1-6
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.'”
The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, Lord Christ!
Message – Anna Cox, Senior Warden
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 (s)he is worshiped and glorified,
And 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 GOD’S PEOPLE
In peace, we pray to you, Lord God. (Silence)
For all people in their daily life and work;
For our families, friends, and neighbors, and for those who are alone.
For this community, the nation, and the world;
For all who work for justice, freedom, and peace.
For the just and proper use of your creation;
For the victims of hunger, fear, injustice, and oppression.
For all who are in danger, sorrow, or any kind of trouble;
For those who minister to the sick, the friendless, and the needy.
For the peace and unity of the Church of God;
For all who proclaim the Gospel, and all who seek the Truth.
For Michael, our Presiding Bishop, and Sam and Anne our Bishops; and for all bishops and other ministers;
For all who serve God in the Church.
A Prayer for the Power of the Spirit Among the People of God
God of all power and love, we give thanks for your unfailing presence
and the hope you provide in times of uncertainty and loss.
Send your Holy Spirit to enkindle in us your holy fire.
Revive us to live as Christ’s body in the world:
a people who pray, worship, learn, break bread, share life, heal neighbors,
bear good news, seek justice, rest and grow in the Spirit.
Wherever and however we gather,
unite us in common prayer and send us in common mission,
that we and the whole creation might be restored and renewed,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For the special needs and concerns of this congregation. (Pause for prayers)
Hear us, Lord;
For your mercy is great.
We thank you, Lord, for all the blessings of this life. (Pause for prayers)
We will exalt you, O God our King;
And praise your Name for ever and ever.
We pray for all who have died, that they may have a place in your eternal kingdom. (Pause for prayers)
Lord, let your loving-kindness be upon them;
Who put their trust in you.
THE CONFESSION OF SIN
Deacon Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.
All: 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.
Presider 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.
Presider The Peace and Love of our Risen Lord by always with you.
People And also with you.
Birthdays, Anniversaries, and Blessing our Lives
Birthday Prayer: O God, our times are in your hands. Look with favor, we pray, on your servant(s)________, as they begin another year. Grant that they may grow in wisdom and grace, and strengthen their trust in your goodness all the days of their life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Offertory Hymn- VEN, VEN SEÑOR
VEN, VEN SEÑOR, NO TARDES
VEN, VEN QUE TE ESPERAMOS
VEN, VEN SEÑOR, NO TARDES
VEN PRONTO SEÑOR
1. El mundo muere de frío,
El alma perdió el calor,
Los hombres no son hermanos,
El mundo no tiene amor.
2. Envuelto en sombría noche,
El mundo sin paz no ve,
Buscando va una esperanza,
Buscando, Señor, tu fe.
3. Al mundo le falta la vida,
Al mundo le falta luz,
Al mundo le falta el cielo,
Al mundo le faltas Tú.
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 God 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…
…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:
Sanctus (Holy, Holy, Holy) LEVAS 255
HOLY HOLY, HOLY HOLY,
HOLY LORD GOD OF HOSTS
HEAVEN AND EARTH ARE
FILLED WITH YOUR GLORY.
HOSANNA IN THE HIGHEST!
BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES
IN THE NAME OF THE LORD, OF THE LORD.
HOSANNA IN THE HIGHEST!
HOSANNA IN THE HIGHEST!
Holy and gracious Father: In your infinite love you made us for yourself, and, when we had fallen into sin and become subject to evil and death, you, in your mercy, sent Jesus Christ, your only and eternal Son, to share our human nature, to live and die as one of us, to reconcile us to you, the God and Father of all.
He stretched out his arms upon the cross, and offered himself, in obedience to your will, a perfect sacrifice for thewhole world.
On the night he was handed over to suffering and death, 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.” “Tomen y coman. Este es mi Cuerpo, entregado por ustedes. Hagan esto como memorial mío”.
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.” “Beban todos de él. Esta es mi Sangre del nuevo Pacto, sangre derramada por ustedes y por muchos para el perdón de los pecados. Siempre que lo beban, háganlo como memorial mío
Therefore we proclaim the mystery of faith:
Christ has died.
Christ is risen.
Christ will come again.
We celebrate the memorial of our redemption, O Father, in this sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving. Recalling his death, resurrection, and ascension, we offer you these gifts.
Sanctify them by your Holy Spirit to be for your people the Body and Blood of your Son, the holy food and drink of new and unending life in him. Sanctify us also that we may faithfully receive this holy Sacrament, and serve you in unity, constancy, and peace; and at the last day bring us with all your saints into the joy of your eternal kingdom.
All this we ask through your Son Jesus Christ: 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.
As our Savior Christ has taught us, we boldly pray,
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name,
thy kingdom come, thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.
THE BREAKING OF THE BREAD
Alleluia. Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us;
Therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia.
The Fraction Anthem LEVAS 269
LAMB OF GOD,
YOU TAKE AWAY THE SINS OF THE WORLD:
HAVE MERCY ON US. (repeat)
LAMB OF GOD,
YOU TAKE AWAY THE SINS OF THE WORLD:
GRANT US PEACE.
The Gifts of God for the People of God. Los dones de Dios para el Pueblo de Dios. Take them in remembrance that Christ died for you, and feed on him in your hearts by faith, with thanksgiving.
Prayer After Communion
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.
Closing hymn – God will take care of you LEVAS #183 vv 1,3-4
1. Be not dismayed whate’er betide – God will take care of you
Beneath His wings of love abide – God will take care of you
GOD WILL TAKE CARE OF YOU
THROUGH EVERY DAY, ALL OF THE WAY
HE WILL TAKE CARE OF YOU
GOD WILL TAKE CARE OF YOU!
3. All you may need He will provide – God will take care of you
Nothing you ask will be denied – God will take care of you
4. No matter what may be the test – God will take care of you
Lean, weary one, upon His breast – God will take care of you
Deacon Go in peace, rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit. [Alleluia! Alleluia!]
People Thanks be to God. [Alleluia! Alleluia!]
Our worship has ended, now our service begins.