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Second Sunday of Advent, December 4, 2011

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Second Sunday of Advent, December 4, 2011


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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: David Hemings


Worshiping God as disciples of Jesus;

showing love to our neighbours near and far.

Second Sunday of Advent

December 4, 2011

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.  Also, there are many occasions during the service where we stand for lengthy periods.  If you are more comfortable sitting or kneeling, please feel free to do so.

Organ prelude

We Gather As God’s People

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

Children’s Talk

Advent Candle Lighting

Celebrant:  The whole world waits for Christmas (lights the first blue candle.)  Today we light the second candle to show us the way (lights the second blue candle). 

People:      It will shine on our faces, so that we can see each other, and each other’s needs.

Celebrant:   Some of us have hard lives as we wait for Jesus to come and bring a world of love and justice.

People:      A bowl of water is like our tears.  Perhaps we could be friends of Jesus and help one another now. 

Celebrant:   O God, we hear the crying of all who suffer,

People:      and we will try to be your people and care for one another as we move towards your coming.  Amen

           (The children are then 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: Almighty God,

People:    who sent your servant, John the Baptist, to prepare your people to welcome the Messiah, inspire us, the ministers and stewards of your truth, to turn our disobedient hearts to you, that when the Christ shall come again to be our judge, we may stand with confidence before his glory; who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen

We Listen To God’s Word

The First Reading: Isaiah 40:1-11                                  (O.T. pg. 667)

Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13         (sung by choir)                       page 818

The Second Reading: 2 Peter 3:8-15a                 (N.T. page 238)

Gradual Hymn: There’s a Voice in the Wilderness  (vs.1-2)    #106

Celebrant: The Lord be with you

People:   And also with you.

Celebrant: The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ,

               according to Mark 1:1-8                         (N.T. page 34)

People:   Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ…

Celebrant: …The Gospel of Christ.

People:   Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ,

Gradual Hymn     (cont’d, vs. 3-4)


We Respond to God’s Word


The Nicene Creed                                                       page 188

The Prayers of the People:

Leader:       In joy at the nearness of the Christ, may the power of God’s holy presence clear a path through the rubble of broken lives and hearts to make our world and all of us a new creation.  For this, let us pray to the Lord.

People:      May our gracious God be always for us a shepherd to console and comfort us, to nourish all our deep hungers, and to make us live in peace forever.  For this, let us pray to the Lord.

Leader:       May we come to finding in the desert of our lives the gift of forgiveness and the waters of a new Jordan that brings cleansing refreshment.  For this let us pray to the Lord.

People:      May the God of John the Baptist and our God continue to raise up holy prophets in our midst who will tell the good news for all people.  For this, let us pray to the Lord.

Leader:       May the God who is our comfort hear the cries of all in need.  Within our Parish let us pray for the sick and the suffering, especially (insert names), and for those we name silently or aloud (silence). Let us remember those who have died, especially (insert names), and for those we name silently or aloud (silence).  For this, let us pray to the Lord.

People:      May the God who is our future in the gift of Jesus Christ hold us always in the embrace of faithful love and bring us to new heavens and a new earth. For this, let us pray to the Lord.

Leader:       In the diocese of Ottawa, we pray today for St. Thomas the Apostle, Ottawa, for all the Church Musicians serving in the parishes of the Diocese of Ottawa, and for the staff and volunteers of Librairie Saint-Paul & Canterbury House Bookstore.  We pray for Ottawa Hospital Chaplancies – Ottawa Civic and Ottawa General Campuses.  For the needs of the whole Church that we name silently or aloud (silence). For John our bishop, for all bishops, for Andrea, our Priest, for all the clergy and people.  For this, let us pray to the Lord.

People:      Recall us to our baptism, O Lord, and hear our cries for ourselves and for the whole world, for we pray in the name of the one who came, Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Confession and Absolution                                          page 191

The Exchange of the Peace                                         page 192

We Celebrate The Presence Of Jesus

Offertory Hymn: Down By the Jordan


Down by the Jordon, a prophet named John was baptizing,

Preaching a message the people found bold and surprising:

“God will forgive! Show that you’ll change how you live!

Surely God’s new day is rising!”


There by the river, the crowd came with great expectation:

“Are you God’s Chosen One, sent here to rescue our nation?”

“No!” John replied. “He who is mightier than I

Judges and offers salvation.”


Jesus, you went to be baptized with all of the others,

Taking your place among sinners, God’s lost sons and daughters.

Then with great love, God’s spirit came as a dove!

Your work began in those waters.


Here in the Church, we are baptized and filled with God’s Spirit.

Freed and forgiven, we’re welcomed with joy! Can you here it?

This is God’s sign! This is how God says “You’re mine!”

Let’s take the good news and share it!

Copyright Carolyn Winfrey Gillette 2000 (From her book “Songs of Grace” Discipleship Resources 2009)

Prayer Over The Gifts                                             page 270

Eucharistic  Prayer 3                                                     page 198

Sanctus/Benedictus                                                                     #722       

The Lord’s Prayer                                                         page 211

The Breaking of the Bread, sentence #5                       page 212

Agnus Dei                                                                           #745

The Communion

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

Anthem: O Come, O Come, Immanuel – Sleeth

Prayer After Communion                                                      page 270


Announcements/Birthdays and Anniversaries

Recessional Hymn: O Love, How Deep, How Broad…                 #628


Organ Postlude


Sharing In The Ministry of Our Parish Today

Greeter:                  Susan Cherry

Readers:                  Robert Taylor and Janet Hemings

Intercessions:         Victoria Scott

Lay Administrators: Carmen Christian and Michelle Adkins

Coffee Hour:           Brenda and Chris

Altar Guild:             Margo Kenney, Susan Cherry and Carmen Christian  



CHRISTMAS MEMORIAL FLOWER LIST:  Anyone wishing to give a donation or memorial gift towards the Christmas flowers in the church is asked to do so BEFORE Tuesday, December 20th, so that the names of those to be remembered will appear in the Christmas bulletins. Please look through the list at the back of the church of names of those to be remembered.  Indicate whether 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.

The Sunday school has once again decided to ADOPT A FAMILY FOR CHRISTMAS and we need your help. We are looking for donations of food or money to help bring Christmas dinner to a family in need. There is a box at the back of the church for donations and you can speak to Sarah Connor Gorber if you would like to donate any food.

2012 CHURCH ENVELOPE BOXES: Please pick up yours from the back of the church.

There will be a MINI FROSTY’S FAIR in Bender Hall following the 10 a.m. service today.


COFFEE SIGN UP: There are still some available spots to serve coffee on Sundays. The sign-up sheet is in Bender Hall.

THE CENTRETOWN EMERGENCY FOOD CENTRE (CEFC) is looking for food donations such as canned soup, canned fruit and canned tuna.  Unusual items such as Ensure and pet food are also very helpful.  Donation envelopes for the CEFC are available at the back of the church. 


CAROL SING, December 10th at 4:00 p.m.: Join us for this fun and festive gathering geared toward all ages. You’ll be sure to hear some of your favourite carols. Hot chocolate and treats will be served. Bring your family and friends and be ready to give your vocal chords a workout!

“WORDS AND MUSIC” will take place on Sunday, December 11th, 2011 at 4 p.m., featuring Judith Richardson, reader, and Victoria Scott, piano and organ. Please join us in the beautiful space Trinity offers, to listen and reflect, letting your mind take you where it will. As you gear up for the busy holiday season, why not spend an hour in a relaxing and refreshing atmosphere?


The Carleton Ecumenical Chaplaincy is again offering “THE PAUSE TABLE” during December exams.  Last year, we served up to 300 students daily, providing healthy snacks, comfort food, juice, coffee and pastoral support at a time when most students are running low on funds and energy.  You can support this in two ways: by donating goodies; or by volunteering to take a turn at the table between 10 am and 2 pm on Wednesday, December 14th.  For more information please speak to Yvonne Silverman.

CHANGE FOR CHANGE.  Don’t forget to drop all your spare change into the World Vision bucket for Sheila.  Check the scrap book for the latest updates on her progress.

If you have any announcements that didn’t make this week’s

bulletin, please let Rev. Andrea know prior to the service and she will ensure that it is read.

This Week at Trinity



Monday, December 5th

10:00 a.m.                     Pastoral Care at the General Hospital

Tuesday, December 6th        

10:00 a.m. – 2.00 p.m.    CHURCH OFFICE OPEN

3:30 p.m.                       Jackman Fund meeting in Canterbury Room

7:00 p.m.                       Corporation meets in Canterbury Room

Wednesday, December 7th            

10:00 a.m. – 2.00 p.m.    CHURCH OFFICE OPEN

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.   ACW Quilting in Bender Hall

Thursday, December 8th         

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

10:00 a.m.                     Holy Eucharist at Clementine Towers

7:00 p.m.                       Budget meeting in Canterbury Room

Saturday, December 10th

4:00 p.m.                        Carol Sing

Sunday, December 11th  Third Sunday of Advent

8:00 a.m.                       Holy Eucharist

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

4:00 p.m.                       Words and Music

Readings:                      Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11; Psalm 126; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24; John 1:6, 19-28