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Advent I: Hope for the Holidays

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Advent I: Hope for the Holidays


Trinity Anglican Church

1230 Bank Street

Ottawa, Ontario   K1S 3Y3


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Priest: The Reverend Arran Thorpe

Director of Music: Victoria Scott

Duty Warden: Yvonne Silverman

Worshiping God as disciples of Jesus;

showing love to our neighbours near and far.

Advent I: Hope for the Holidays

December 1st, 2013

8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist

10:00 a.m. Morning Prayer Service with Choir, and Church School


Welcome to Trinity!  If this is your first visit, please note that we do not take a collection during the service, but your offering may be placed on the plate at the back of the church as you enter or leave. 


Organ prelude: Es is ein Ros’ entsprungen – Brahms

We Gather As God’s People

Opening Hymn:  O Come, O Come, Emmanuel                   #89

Welcome (Rev. Arran Thorpe)

Opening Prayer

Rev. Arran Thorpe: Source of all light, send your Son Jesus Christ to shine in our dark world. Help us to prepare our hearts to receive him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever.

People: Amen

Rev. Arran Thorpe: We say together…

People: God of mercy, hear our prayer in this Advent Season, for ourselves, our families, our friends, who are struggling with illness, loneliness, separation or loss of a loved one .We gather to praise God for the gifts of life, hope and love. We gather remembering the loss of our loved ones. We gather in joy for the gift of love. We ask for strength for today, courage for tomorrow and peace for the past. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen


Lighting of the Advent Candle for the First Sunday of Advent: Hope

(Please see insert)


Hymn: (Please see pink insert)


We Listen To God’s Word

Collect: Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness and put on the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your son Jesus Christ came to us in great humility, that on 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 forever.


The First Reading: Isaiah 2:1-5                               (O.T. page 631)

Psalm 122                                                                       page 882

The Second Reading: Romans 13:11-4                  (N.T. page 162)

Gradual Hymn:     (Please see pink insert)

Gospel Acclamation       (Rev. Arran Thorpe)                                  #715

Celebrant: The Lord be with you

People:   And also with you.

Celebrant: The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ,

according to Matthew 24:36-44.                    (N.T. page 27)

People:   Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ…

Celebrant: The Gospel of Christ.

People:   Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

We Respond to God’s Word


Music: Come, My Light – A.K. Organ

Hymn: You Who Dwell in the Shelter of the Lord               #531

The Prayers of the People

Leader: In the life of Jesus Christ in our midst, we have known God’s judg­ment and mercy, and in the glory of Jesus we acclaim the image of God invisible. With the whole church we turn to Christ this day, acknowl­edging that he alone rules in truth.  For the Church throughout the world; in our Diocesan Prayer Calendar we pray for St. Thomas the Apostle, the Venerable Peter Crosby, and the Rev. Patrick Stephens.  We pray for Ottawa Hospital Chaplaincies—Ottawa Civic and Ottawa General Campuses, The Rev. Di Jaggassar, Chaplain, Sheila Grainger, Volunteer Coordinator.  For John our bishop, for all bishops, for Arran our Priest and for all clergy and people.

Leader: Let us pray to the Lord saying

People: Lord hear our prayer

Leader: Let us pray for peace in the world: The Lord grant that we may live together in justice and faith.

People: Lord hear our prayer

Leader: Let us pray for our country, Canada,   the Lord will help us contribute to its true growth and well-being.

People: Lord hear our prayer

Leader: Let us pray for our families and friends that the Lord will give them joy and satisfaction in all that they do.

People: Lord hear our prayer

Leader: Let us pray for those who are in need, for the sick and the lonely, for the hurt and the frightened, and for those who live without hope, that the Lord will comfort and sustain them.  We especially pray for (insert names).

People: Lord hear our prayer

Leader: Let us pray for those we love who have died, those whose memories we treasure today, that the Lord will surround them with his love and care.

People: Lord hear our prayer

Leader: Let us pray for our Military personnel and their families, especially those deployed away from home. May the Lord keep them safe. People: Lord hear our prayer

Leader: Let us pray for the whole People of God, that each one may be a true and faithful servant of Christ .

People: Lord hear our prayer

Confession and Absolution                                               page 191

The Exchange of the Peace                                                      page 192

We Celebrate The Presence Of Jesus

Offertory Hymn: What a Friend We Have in Jesus                #532

Prayer over the Gifts (Rev. Arran Thorpe)

Meditation on “Veni Emmanuel” – Mark Hayes (Victoria Scott, piano)

Memory Tree: Everyone is welcome to place an ornament on the Christmas tree in memory of a loved one.

Blessing of the Memory Tree (Rev. Arran Thorpe)

Moment of Silence: To remember those who are not with us today but remain in our hearts.

Hymn: (Please see pink insert)

Lord’s Prayer


Closing Prayer

All: Blessed are you, O Lord our God, ruler of the universe,

Creator of light and darkness.  In this holy season,

when the sun’s light is swallowed up

by the growing darkness of the night ,

you renew your promise to reveal among us

the splendor of your glory,

Enfleshed and visible to us in Jesus Christ your son.

Through the prophets you teach us to hope for his reign of peace.

Through the outpouring of his Spirit,

You open our blindness to the glory of his presence.

Strengthen us in our weakness.

Support us in our stumbling efforts to do your will

and free our tongues to sing your praise.

For to you all honour and blessing are due,

now and for ever. Amen


Thank You/Announcements/Birthdays and Anniversaries

Recessional Hymn: Lo, He Comes with Clouds Descending #114


Organ Postlude


Sharing in the Ministry of our Parish Today


Greeter:                   Dick and Jackie Johnston

Readers:                Doug and Brenda Small

Intercessions:         Sue Cherry

Coffee Hour:           Brenda and DougSmall

Altar Guild:             Mary Wilson, Belma Hull, Beulah Rumbolt, and Simon McInnes.





FLOURISH IN FAITH PLEDGE CARDS: Please ensure that your pledge cards are in the offering plate or at the office by December 1st so that we may pray over them during the offering time.  For your convenience, there are small envelopes marked “Treasurer: Confidential” at the back of the church beside the church mailings.


HOPE FOR THE HOLIDAYS 2013:  Our first annual Hope for the Holidays service will be held Sunday December 1st at 10 a.m.  Recognizing that the Christmas season is a difficult time for many, the service will be a time for prayer, music, hope, remembrance, and reflection.  There will be an opportunity to place a stocking in memory of a loved one on our Memory Tree.  Be sure to mark Sunday December 1st on your calendar, and feel free to invite a friend or neighbour to this special service.


WORDS AND MUSIC: Sunday, December 1st, 2013 at 4 p.m., Trinity Anglican. Join us for a meditative hour of music, readings and reflection to mark the beginning of the Advent season.


WHILE WE WAIT ADVENT STUDY: Starting today!  How we wait affects our experience of God in our daily lives. This year’s Advent Reflection series will guide us in our Advent waiting through Biblical reflections, journaling, activities and prayer.  Each week we will have an Advent Bible study that starts after church with a light lunch and then short reflections. Week one is Be Watchful!  Week two is Watch for the Messiah! Week three is The Light has Come! Week for is God is With Us!  You can come to one or all four Bible Studies.  It is free to join, no Bible knowledge necessary. There is a sign-up sheet in the back for participants and for volunteers to provide food and set-up/clean-up.


BAKE SALE: Today following the 10 a.m. service.  Funds raised will go to the Red Cross in of the Phillipines disaster relief efforts.

CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS EVE CHOIR:  **Today**  We will have a children’s ad hoc choir half-hour practice every Sunday in December directly following the 10 a.m. service for those children who would like to sing in the Christmas Eve 4 p.m. service.  For children who have parents in the Advent study, we will provide lunch and supervision following the practice.  For more information, please speak to Victoria or Kiersten.

YOUTH CHRISTMAS PARTY: Our 1st Annual Ottawa Centre Deanery Youth Christmas Party will take place on Friday, December 13th, 7-9 p.m., at Church of the Ascension.  RSVP at by Dec. 3rd.


COMMUNITY CAROL SING: Sunday, December 15th, 2013 at 4 p.m., Trinity Anglican. Advent and Christmas carols for everyone! Tell all your friends, and join us for what promises to be a wonderful time. Do you have a favourite carol? Submit your request in the box at the back of the church and we’ll do our best to include it in the program.


CHRISTMAS MEMORIAL FLOWER LIST: Anyone wishing togive a donation or memorial gift towards the Christmas flowers in the church is as ked to do so BEFORE Tuesday, December 18th so that the names of those to be remembered will appear in the back of the Christmas bulletins.  Please look through the list at the back of the church of names of those to be remembered.  Indicate whether you are adding new names, repeating/changing last year’s names as printed or deleting names from the list.  Envelopes are available at the back of the church for your donation, and may be placed on the offering plate.

This Week at Trinity

Monday, December 2nd                 

Morning                         Pastoral care at the General Hospital

Tuesday, December 3rd              

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.   Church Office Open

Wednesday, December 4th  

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.   Church Office Open

Thursday, December 5th            

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.   Church Office Open

Friday, December 6th   

11:00 a.m. – 1 p.m.        Seniors’ Lunch

7 p.m.                            Choir

Sunday, December 8th  

8:00 a.m.                        Holy Eucharist

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

Readings:                      Advent 2 Isaiah 11:1-10; Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19; Romans 15:4-13; Matthew 3:1-12.