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Advent 3: Joy


Trinity Anglican Church

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 16, 2018

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


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:  Hail to the Lord’s Anointed                                                                                                #101

 Advent 3

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.

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.

God forgives you. Forgive others; forgive yourself. Take hold of this forgiveness and enter into the life of Christ. Lord Jesus, come soon. Original work shared by the Rev Rhonda Waters *the absolution is from the New Zealand Prayer book

The Collect of the Day

God for whom we watch and wait,

You sent John the Baptist

To prepare the way of your Son:

Give us courage to speak the truth,

To hunger for justice,

And to suffer for the cause of right,

With Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Common Worship: Additional Collects (2004).



We Respond to God’s Word

Prayers of the People (Adapted from Susan Sayers)
Our period of preparation shifts from repentance and forgiveness to the freed exhilaration of hope, as the momentous truth of God’s immanence begins to dawn on us.

Leader:  God is here with us now. Let us pray for Cornerstone/Le Pilier, (one of our Diocesan Community Ministries) Susan Garvey, Executive Director. For the residents and staff and Chaplains of the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre Deacon Caroline Ducros, Chaplain. For vocations to the priesthood and religious life. We pray for Fred, our Primate, Anne, our Metropolitan, John, our Bishop, and Michael Bird, our assisting Bishop. For Arran, our priest and for all clergy and people and their ministries in the Diocese of Ottawa.

People: God, we want to be ready to receive you. Take us as we are and cultivate in us a heart that longs for you and worships you above and beyond everything else. (Silence)

Leader: Come, O Come:

People: Emmanuel, God with us.

Leader: We open to your love the spiritual journeys of all who walk your way; protect them from evil and keep them steadfast in faith. (Silence)

Leader: Come, O Come:

People: Emmanuel, God with us.

Leader: We pray for those who give us support and encourage us and listen to us and make us laugh and share our sorrows. Bless their lives and give them joy. (Silence)

Leader: Come, O Come:

People: Emmanuel, God with us.

Leader: We remember in God’s presence those whose memories are painful, and those whose bitter resentment cramps and distorts present relationships. We ask for the healing only God can give.  At this time, we pray for (insert names) and for those who we name silently or aloud.  (Silence)

Leader: Come, O Come:

People: Emmanuel, God with us.

Leader: We call to mind those we know who have died, and any who are close to death at the moment. As they meet the one true God open their hearts to receive his love, mercy and forgiveness.  At this time, we pray for (insert names) and for those who we name silently or aloud. (Silence)

Leader: Come, O Come:

People: Emmanuel, God with us.

Leader: We give God thanks for the way none of us is beyond his saving love and the way he has promised to keep us ultimately safe. Merciful God, Accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.


Confession and Absolution                                                              page 191

The Exchange of the Peace                                                             page 192

We Celebrate the Presence of Jesus

Offertory Hymn: “Your Kingdom Come” – On Bended Knee           #116

Prayer over the Gifts

God of reconciliation and forgiveness,

the saving work of Christ has made our peace with you.

May that work grow toward its perfection

In all we offer you this day.

We ask this in his name. Amen


Eucharistic Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer                                                                             page 211

The Breaking of the Bread                                                               page 287

 Agnus Dei

The Communion

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.

Doxology and Blessing

Announcements/Birthdays and Anniversaries

Recessional Hymn: O Thou Who Camest from Above                     #624



Sharing in the Ministry of our Parish Today

Greeter:  Brenda Cheeseman

Readers: Hildegard Nicols and Doug Small

Intercessions: Judy Richardson

Lay Administration: Heather Maclachlan and Doug Small

Altar Guild: Margo Kenney, Clementine Ukeye and Lindsay Whillans




Preparing for Christmas: Daily Meditations for Advent

This year’s advent study is a personal one.  Advent is a time to focus our expectation and anticipation on “the adult Christ, the Cosmic Christ,” who challenges us to empty ourselves, to lose ourselves, to surrender. Preparing for Christmas offers daily meditations, prayers, Scripture readings, and questions for reflection for each day of Advent. Copies are available and a suggested donation of $12.50 to help cover the cost of the book is appreciated.

MUSIC AT TRINITY: Our next concert will be on January 19th 2019 at 4:30pm featuring tenor Trygve John Ringereide and pianist Parveneh Eshghi in a programme relating to Robbie Burns day. Freewill offering.

CORNERSTONE CHRISTMAS GIFTS:shopping bag has been placed at the back of the church for items needed for women living at Cornerstone. Your small gift can mean a lot for women with so little who are trying to improve their lives. The following items are a constant need during the winter months:  hats, mitts, face and cream, Chapstick, and socks. Special gift items for Christmastime include: $5 or $10 gift cards for: grocery stores, pharmacies, Tim Hortons, Etc., as well as hygiene products, water bottles, and chocolate, candy, cookies and stationery items such as journals writing paper, pens, and markers. Items do not need to be gift-wrapped. Your generosity will be greatly appreciated. Thank you for sharing your blessings with the women of Cornerstone.

POTLUCK: Trinity’s Annual Christmas Pageant and Potluck will be Sunday, December 16th during the 10:00am church service.

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 18th, 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.

OFFICE HOURS: The church office will be closed from Christmas Day through New Year’s. Regular office hours will resume on Wednesday, January 2nd 2019.

ENABLING CONNECTIONS:  We are collecting unused greeting cards (for Christmas or other occasions), notepads and 2019 calendars, such as those sent by various charities, to be shared between Cornerstone and patients at StVincent’s Hospital.  A donation box will be placed at the back of the church. For further information, please speak with Lindsay Whillans.


This Week at Trinity

Tuesday, December 18, 2018                                           

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

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

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 20, 2018                                                                                                                   

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

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

Sunday, December 23, 2018-Fourth Sunday of Advent

Monday, December 24th, 2018 Christmas Eve Services

4:30 p.m.: Pop-up Christmas Pageant For Children and Families

7:00 p.m.-: Candlelight Service with Choir

10:00 p.m.: Candlelight Service “O Magnum Mysterium”

Readings: Micah 5:2-5a, Canticle 18, Hebrews 10:5-10, Luke 1:39-45