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Third Sunday of Advent, December 11, 2011

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Third Sunday of Advent, December 11, 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: Paul Merriam


Worshiping God as disciples of Jesus;

showing love to our neighbours near and far.

Third Sunday of Advent

December 11th , 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: Love Divine, All Loves Excelling               #486

Children’s Talk

Advent Candle Lighting

Celebrant:  In this Advent season we wait in hope.  We remember our longing for God to be with us and to give us peace.

People:      Today we light a third candle for joy (lights three candles).

Celebrant:   This candle reminds us that God wants us to rejoice, even when that feels hard to do.

People:      This candle is a symbol of the joy that comes when God is with us.

Celebrant:   Let us pray,

People:      O God, come, travel with us through Advent.  Give us courage to spread joy in the world.  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: 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: Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11                           (O.T. pg. 691)

Psalm 126       (sung by choir)                                     page 885

The Second Reading: 1Thessalonians 5:16-24    (N.T. page 205)

Gradual Hymn: Prepare the Way, O Zion (vs. 1-2)                       #102

People:   And also with you.

Celebrant: The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ,

               according to John 1:6-8, 19-28              (N.T. page 91)

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)


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 for St.John the Evangelist, Smiths Falls and St. Thomas’, Stittsville. We pray for all Custodial Staff serving the parishes and Diocese of Ottawa.  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: People, look East! The Time Is Near        #91

Prayer Over The Gifts                                             page 271

Eucharistic  Prayer 3 (Preface of Advent)                      page 198

Sanctus/Benedictus                                                                     #722       

The Lord’s Prayer                                                         page 211

The Breaking of the Bread, sentence #5                       page 212

Fraction Anthem                                                                  #746

The Communion

Communion Hymn:  Wait for the Lord, Whose Day Is Near          #94

Anthem: Lift Up Your Heads – Niedmann

Prayer After Communion                                                      page 271


Announcements/Birthdays and Anniversaries

Recessional Hymn: Lord, the Light of Your Love…           #460


Organ Postlude: Musette – Handel


Sharing In The Ministry of Our Parish Today

Greeters:                Margo and Pat Kenney

Readers:                  David Hemings and Tara Dentry

Intercessions:         Darcy Demarsico

Lay Administrators: Robert Taylor and Art Brimley

Coffee Hour:           Brenda, Judy and Beulah

Altar Guild:             Mary Wilson, Belma Hull and

Beulah Rumbolt




A reminder that next Sunday is the CHRISTMAS PAGEANT AND FAMILY POT-LUCK LUNCH.  Please bring your family’s favourite dish to share.  Help putting up tables and chairs in Bender Hall before the service would be much appreciated.


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 your box at the back of the church. If you would like to start using monthly or weekly church envelopes, please give your name to David Wilson or notify the office.

If you wish to start monthly preauthorized donations, there are application forms at back of church or in the office or contact David.

Reminder: January 1 is on a Sunday this year. Therefore for donations to count for 2011 tax receipt they must be received BEFORE Sunday January 1st.


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. 


“WORDS AND MUSIC” will take place TODAY 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 (613-733-5901).

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 12th

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

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


Tuesday, December 13th 

                                      No Hydro in Church Office       


Wednesday, December 14th            

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

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.   “Pause Table” at Carleton

5:00 p.m.                       Christmas Dinner at Clementine Towers


Thursday, December 15th         

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


Sunday, December 18th  Fourth Sunday of Advent

8:00 a.m.                       Holy Eucharist

10:00 a.m.                     Holy Eucharist with Christmas Pageant

                                      Followed by pot-luck luck in Bender Hall

Readings:                      2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16; Psalm 89; 1-4, 19-26; Romans 16:25-27; Luke 1:26-38