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Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 23, 2012

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Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 23, 2012


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Trinity Anglican Church

1230 Bank Street

Ottawa, Ontario   K1S 3Y3


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Priest: The Reverend Andrea Thomas

Director of Music: Victoria Scott

Organ Scholar: Kilby Baron

Duty Warden: Evan Baker


Worshiping God as disciples of Jesus;

showing love to our neighbours near and far.


Fourth Sunday of Advent

December 23rd, 2012

8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist

10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist 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

We Gather As God’s People

Opening Hymn: Come, Thou Long-expected Jesus             #88                     

Children’s Talk

Advent Candle Lighting

Celebrant:  These lights have been our friends on the way.  Now we will light the last Advent candle (lights four candles).

People:      Mary, the mother of Jesus, laughed with happiness when she knew her baby was soon to be born. 

Celebrant:  Elizabethwas with her, sharing her joy and telling her that she was a special person. 

People:      We see good things in each other while we wait to celebrate her baby being born. 

Celebrant:   O God,

People:      as we begin to feel the joy of Christ’s coming, we pray that we will look, and find in wonder, the beauty of Christ’s life in each other which is your gift to us.  Amen


(The children are invited to proceed downstairs for Church School)

Celebrant: Almighty God,

People:    unto you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden.  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 Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Celebrant: God of power and mercy,

People:    you call us once again to celebrate the coming of your Son.  Remove those things that 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 forever. Amen

We Listen To God’s Word

The First Reading: Micah 5:2-5a                           (O.T. pg. 865)

Canticle 18                                                                    page 86

The Second Reading: Hebrews 10:5-10              (N.T. page 224)

Gradual Hymn: Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming                #117

Gospel Acclamation

People:   And also with you.

Celebrant: The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ,

               according to Luke 1:39-45 (46-55)                (N.T. page 57)

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


The Nicene Creed                                                       page 188

The Prayers of the People:

Leader:       Pleading for God’s gift of a renewing Spirit, let us offer our prayers to God, saying, Lord, hear our prayer.

                   That our lives may be songs of praise and thanksgiving rising from joyful hearts and proclaiming in every word we speak that God fills us with holy presence, let us pray to the Lord:

People:      Lord, hear our prayer.

Leader:       That all those in our world held in captivity or any form of slavery may find liberation from the chains that bind them and new freedom for their hearts, let us pray to the Lord:

People:      Lord, hear our prayer.

Leader:       That we may accept with courage God’s anointing of our lives to share in the divine mission of rescue for the world, bringing justice and joy to all peoples, let us pray to the Lord:

People:      Lord, hear our prayer.

Leader:       That we may reverently offer in service to the world, the ministry of light which we hold in fragile human hands, this sharing in the saving work of Christ the Light, let us pray to the Lord:

People:      Lord, hear our prayer.

Leader:       That the mercy of God which lasts from age to age may wash over us and bless us and stir up in us the bold courage to be its faithful prophets in our world, let us pray to the Lord:

People:      Lord, hear our prayer.

Leader:       We pray today for the Church throughout the world, and in our own Diocese we pray for the members of the Governance and Communications Committee and its subcommittees, and for all church musicians serving in parishes.  For John our bishop, for all bishops, for Andrea, our Priest and for all the clergy and people, let us pray to the Lord:

People:      Lord, hear our prayer.

Leader:       Within our Parish we pray for the sick and the suffering, especially (insert names), and for those we name silently or aloud (silence).  We remember those who have died, especially (insert names), and for those we name silently or aloud (silence). Grant us the grace to accept suffering with patience and to be strength­ened by our common life in the body of Christ.

People:      Lord, hear our prayer.

Leader:       Send the Spirit of Jesus upon us O God, that we may be your songs of peace and joy in this world.  We pray in the name of the one who is our peace and joy, Christ the Lord.

People:      Amen.

Confession and Absolution                                          page 191

The Exchange of the Peace                                        page 192

We Celebrate The Presence Of Jesus

Offertory Hymn: Prepare the Way, O Zion                             #102                                                                                                                                                                                     

Prayer Over The Gifts                                                  page 272

Eucharistic  Prayer 3                                                    page 198

Sanctus                                                                      see insert

Amen                                                                          see insert

The Lord’s Prayer                                                        page 211

The Breaking of the Bread, sentence 5                                  page 212

Agnus Dei                                                                           #701

The Communion

Music During Communion: Calypso Lullaby – Raney

Communion Hymn: To A Maid Whose Name Was Mary

1 To a maid engaged to Joseph, the angel Gabriel came.

 “Fear not,” the angel told her, “I come to bring good news,

 Good news I come to tell you, good news, I say, good news.

2 “For you are highly favored by the God, the Lord of all,

 Who even now is with you. You are on earth most blest,

 You are most blest, most blessèd, God chose you, you are blest!”

 3 But Mary was most troubled to hear the angel’s word.

 What was the angel saying? It troubled her to hear,

 To hear the angel’s message, it troubled her to hear.


Prayer After Communion                                                     page 272

Doxology and Blessing

Announcements/Birthdays and Anniversaries

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


Organ Postlude


Sharing In The Ministry of Our Parish Today

Greeters:                 Dick and Jackie Johnston

Readers:                Joanne McCracken and Doug Small

Intercessions:         Brenda Small

Lay Administrators: Susan Taylor and Evan Baker

Coffee Hour:           Alyson and Katie

Altar Guild:              Mary Wilson, Belma Hull,

                                      Beulah Rumbolt and Simon McInnes


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO ASSIST WITH HOSTING AN OUT OF THE COLD DINNER ON SATURDAY, JANUARY 19th, 2013 at Southminster United Church. Volunteers will be needed between 2:00 and 7:00 p.m. to: set -up, serve, host, register and clean-up.  A sign-up sheet listing all volunteer opportunities is  posted in Bender Hall.  Please consider joining us again or for the first time. Judy Richardson (613-730-7482).


This Week at Trinity

Monday, December 24th

4:30 p.m.                              Children’s Service

10:00 p.m.                    Candlelight Holy Eucharist

Tuesday, December 25th       

10:00 a.m.                     Holy Eucharist

Readings:                      Isaiah 52:7-10; Psalm 98; Hebrews 1:1-12; John 1:1-14

Wednesday, December 26th             

10:00 a.m.                     Rev. Andrea at Colonel By

Sunday, December 30th First Sunday after Christmas

10:00 a.m.                     Holy Eucharist with Carol Sing

Readings:                      1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26; Psalm 148; Colossians 3:12-17; Luke 2:41-52

Church office closed until January 8th