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1230 Bank St. Ottawa  ON  K1S 3Y3

613-733-7536   |   |    @OttawaTrinity

The Rev. Arran Thorpe

Director of Music: Fabien Tousignant

Worshipping God as disciples of Jesus;

showing love to our neighbours near and far.

Advent III Joy


December 15th, 2019

10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist with Church School

Prelude: Meine Seele erhebt den Herren BWV 648 by J.S. Bach

Kommst du nun, Jesu, vom Himmel herunter BWV 650 by J.S. Bach

We Gather As God’s People

The churches of our Diocese stand on the traditional territories of the Algonquin and Mohawk Nations. May we dwell on these lands always with respect and peace.

Opening Hymn: On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist Cry                          #103

Advent 3

Celebrant: Holy God, you promise that love is stronger than hate and that hope is stronger than fear; that joy is stronger than sorrow.

Light three candles.

People: God of joy, help us to trust your promise. Forgive us when we forget that you are the source of all true happiness. Forgive us when we choose fleeting pleasure over the deep joy of all creation. Heal our selfishness and prepare us to live in Christ’s kingdom.

Celebrant: God forgives you. Forgive others; forgive yourself. Take hold of this forgiveness and enter into the life of Christ.

People: Lord Jesus, come soon.

Collect of the Day

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.


We Respond to God’s Word                    

Prayers of the People (Adapted from Susan Sayers)
Great Expectations. Jesus fulfils the great statements of prophecy.

Leader:  Knowing that our God loves us and listens, let us pray to him now for Cornerstone/Le Pilier, (one of our Diocesan Community Ministries), Kia Rainbow, Executive Director. For the residents and staff and Chaplains of the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre. The Reverend Deacon Caroline Ducros, Chaplain. For vocations to the priesthood and religious life. We pray for Linda, our Primate, Anne, our Metropolitan, John, our Bishop, and Michael, our assisting Bishop. For Arran, our priest and for all clergy and people and their ministries in the Diocese of Ottawa.

People: Lord, your Church is so full of possibility and yet so vulnerable; it is so urgently needed by our world and yet often so weak; strengthen each member of the body and increase our sense of expectation so that we live with your life. (Silence)

Leader: Faithful God:

People: you are the rock we stand on.

Leader: Lord in our constantly changing world, with its shifting values and fragile ecological balance, root us deeply in your unchanging nature of mercy, goodness, faithfulness and love. (Silence)

Leader: Faithful God:

People: you are the rock we stand on.

Leader: Lord, we welcome you into our homes, our streets, and our communities; where we are blind to your presence, give us sight; in the ordinary and the remarkable, help us to recognise our true and living God. (Silence)

Leader: Faithful God:

People: you are the rock we stand on.

Leader: Lord, all the needs of your children are known to you; with God-given love we bring to mind those who are suffering physically, spiritually or emotionally, that they may find you there beside them in these dark and painful times. At this time, we pray for (insert names) and for those who we name silently or aloud.   (Silence)

Leader: Faithful God:

People: you are the rock we stand on.

Leader: Lord, to whom eternity is natural, help us to realise that time is not the whole story, and welcome into your kingdom those who have lived this life in your company and have now passed through death; comfort those of us here whose hearts are heavy with grieving. At this time, we pray for (insert names) and for those who we name silently or aloud.   (Silence)

Leader: Faithful God:

People: you are the rock we stand on.

Leader:Lord awaken us to expect you with joy; we give you thanks for your tender parenting and your unfailing patience with us.

        Merciful God,
Accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

We Celebrate the Presence of Jesus

Offertory Hymn:  Deck yourself, My Soul, with Gladness                    #78

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.

Eucharistic Prayer                                                                                        


Great Amen                   

The Lord’s Prayer                                                                            page 211

The Breaking of the Bread                                                               page 287

Agnus Dei from Communion Service in E by Harold Darke                                                                                                             

The Communion

Anthem: The Record of John by Orlando Gibbons

This is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art thou? And he confessed, and denied not, and said plainly, I am not the Christ. And they asked him, What art thou then? Art thou Elias? And he said, I am not. Art thou that Prophet? And he answered, No. Then said they unto him, What art thou? that we may give an answer unto them that sent us. What say’st thou of thyself? And he said, I am the voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord.

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. Amen.

Doxology and Blessing                                                  page 214

Announcements/Birthdays and Anniversaries

Recessional Hymn: “Your Kingdom Come”- on Bended Knee                                                                                                       #116


Postlude: Magnificat a primi toni BuxWV 203 by Dietrich Buxtehude

Sharing in the Ministry of our Parish Today

Greeter: Bob and Sue Taylor

Readers: Mary Sean Burgham and Chris Beall

Intercessions: Sue Taylor

Hospitality: Brenda Small & Lyse Irakoze and Max Karikera 

Lay Administration: Doug Small and Yvonne Silverman

Altar Guild: Brenda Small, Joanne McCracken, Yvonne Silverman

and Sue Taylor   


ADVENT STUDY POSTPONED: The Advent book study has been postponed as the books order at the start of November are still on back order.  A six-week study will begin in January hopefully the books will have arrived by then.  The proposed format will be evening sessions as well as daytime sessions as to allow the most amount of people to attend.  The book for discussion will be Rowan Williams:  Being Disciples: Essentials of the Christian Life. 


Advent and Christmas Wisdom from Henri J.M. Nouwen: Daily Scripture and Prayers together with Nouwen’s Own Words is available to purchase for 17.50 a copy please speak to Reverend Arran if interested.

A MESSAGE ABOUT YOUR DONATIONS: Thank you for your generosity both in the Advent special appeal and throughout the year.  We know that many of you traditionally give an additional donation to the church act the year’s end and of course such donations are welcomed and put to good use. We remind you that to receive a tax receipt for 2019 donations must be received by December 31. Several methods of donating are now in use. In the New Year we will be looking at a simpler method for you and for our treasurers.  If you use envelopes now please see Sue Taylor so we can update our list and explain some changes.

CHURCH CALENDARS are available for sale. The Calendars are $5.00 each. Please contact Mary Wilson at 613-521-7788 if you are interested in purchasing a calendar.

CHRISTMAS WITH CAELIS: On December 22nd at 4 pm join Caelis Academy Ensemble and Matthew Larkin for Christmas with Caelis.  Freewill offering.

FLOWERS: Anyone wishing to give a donation or memorial gift towards the Christmas flowers in the church is asked to do so BEFORE Tuesday, December 17th, so that the names of those to be remembered will appear in the Christmas bulletins. Please see the Flower List at the back of the church.

MABEL GORDON HOUSE: Trinity’s Mabel Gordan House is a co-ed student residence, at 5 Harvard Ave.We now have an immediate vacancy, one room on the main floor.  If you know of student-aged person who might be interested in moving in, please have them contact Simon McInnes at 613-523-1747 (  for further information.  The vacancy is also listed on

SUBMIT TO CROSSTALK : By Communication Request Form or by emailing the Crosstalk editor Leigh Anne Williams at The next diocesan newsletter will be emailed to parishes and subscribers on January 10, 2020. Please ensure all requests are submitted 2-days prior using the electronic form.

This Week at Trinity

Wednesday, December 18th, 2019 

10:00 a.m. – 2 p.m.   CHURCH OFFICE OPEN  

10:00 a.m. – 2 p.m.   ACW 

12:00 p.m. – 1 p.m.    Brown Bag Lunch and Bible Study 

Thursday, December 19th, 2019

7:30p.m. 9 p.m.    Trinity Choir practice 

Friday, December 20th, 2019 

10:00 a.m. – 2 p.m.   CHURCH OFFICE OPEN  

Sunday, December 22nd, 2019 – Fourth Sunday of Advent

Readings: Isaiah 7:10-16; Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18; Romans 1:1-7; Matthew 1:18-25