St James Manotick

Sunday, November 29, 2020 10 a.m.

First Sunday of Advent

Prelude: Prelude on “Veni, Veni Emmanuel” – J. Callahan

Territorial Land Acknowledgement
As we begin this service, we acknowledge that we are gathered on the unceded territory of the Algonquin people, the traditional territory of the Wendat and Haudenosaunee Confederacy.
May we honour the Indigenous stewards of this land, and grow in right relationship with all Indigenous peoples.
We recognize that Creator God moves us forward together in healing, respect, and unity for future generations.


Lighting of the Advent Wreath

Our world is filled with trouble
But we remember
that God is with us.
And we remember
that Jesus is coming.
And we remember
that the kingdom is near.
So we light one candle for hope, lost and found.

Gathering Sentences

Celebrant:  The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God,
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
People:  And also with you.

Celebrant:  Almighty God,
All:                  to 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

Kyrie Eleison

Celebrant:  Kyrie eleison.
All:           Christe eleison.
Celebrant:  Kyrie eleison

Collect of the Day

God of unveiled truth, in times of darkened sun and waning moon, lift up our hearts and waken our love to announce the coming dawn of unexpected peace; through Jesus Christ, the one who is to come. Amen.


1st Reading – Isaiah 64.1-9

O that you would tear open the heavens and come down, so that the mountains would quake at your presence – as when fire kindles brushwood and the fire causes water to boil – to make your name known to your adversaries, so that the nations might tremble at your presence! When you did awesome deeds that we did not expect, you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence. From ages past no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who works for those who wait for him. You meet those who gladly do right, those who remember you in your ways. But you were angry, and we sinned; because you hid yourself we transgressed. We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a filthy cloth. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. There is no one who calls on your name, or attempts to take hold of you; for you have hidden your face from us, and have delivered us into the hand of our iniquity. Yet, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand. Do not be exceedingly angry, O Lord, and do not remember iniquity forever. Now consider, we are all your people.

Psalm 80.1-7, 16-18
Response: Show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved. (sung by soloist)

Hear, O Shepherd of Israel, leading Joseph like a flock;*
shine forth, you that are enthroned upon the cherubim.
In the presence of Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh, *
stir up your strength and come to help us.
Restore us, O God of hosts; *
show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.
O Lord God of hosts, *
how long will you be angered despite the prayers of your people?
You have fed them with the bread of tears; *
you have given them bowls of tears to drink.
You have made us the derision of our neighbours, *
and our enemies laugh us to scorn.
Restore us, O God of hosts; *
show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.
Let your hand be upon the man of your right hand, *
the son of man you have made so strong for yourself.
And so will we never turn away from you; *
give us life, that we may call upon your name.
Restore us, O Lord God of hosts; *
show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.

Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ, our good shepherd; you have led us to the kingdom of your Father’s love.  Forgive our careless indifference to your loving care for all your creatures, and remake us in the likeness of your new and risen life.  We ask this in your name.

Gradual: O Come, O Come Emmanuel – Arr. Patrick M. Liebergen

                 The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to . . .
                  Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

The Gospel – Mark 13.24-37 

Jesus said, “In those days, after that suffering, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in clouds’ with great power and glory. Then he will send out the angels, and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven. From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates. Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. But about that day or hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Beware, keep alert; for you do not know when the time will come. It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his slaves in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to be on the watch. Therefore, keep awake _ for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or at dawn, or else he may find you asleep when he comes suddenly. And what I say to you I say to all: Keep awake.”

The Gospel of Christ.
                  Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Sermon – The Reverend Kerri Brennan

The Apostles’ Creed

Celebrant: Let us confess the faith of our baptism, as we say,
All:           I believe in God, the Father almighty,
                 Creator of heaven and earth.

                 I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
                 He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.
                 He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.
                 He descended to the dead.
                 On the third day he rose again.
                 He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

                 I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church,
                 The communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,
                 The resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

Prayers of the People

At the beginning of this Advent season, let us offer our prayers to God, saying: Lord, have mercy. 

That our gracious Savior may rouse us from sleep and make us attentive to the nearness of his presence, let us pray to the Lord, Lord, have mercy.

That we may discover God’s word in every sound of this world, God’s touch in every human embrace, and God’s love in every gesture of self-sacrifice among us, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.

That divine energy and holy grace may bring our hearts to vigilance and make us see with uncovered eyes the Christ who suffers in his people’s agonies, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.

That we may come to recognize in our holy assembly gathered for prayer that Jesus the Christ is with us here to make our songs of praise and pleading his own, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.

That God’s coming into the days and years of our human history may be always new, always brimming with light to drive all darkness away, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.

For all who are sick and in need of our prayers, especially: 

Judy, Randy, John,
Clifton, David, Kevin, Rob, Janice,
Maryanne, Lynn, Terry

… and for those we hold in our hearts individually….
Grant them healing and hope and life. Let us pray to the Lord, Lord, have mercy.

We pray for and welcome the Noah and Hayden, who will receive the sacrament of Baptism and be received into the household of God today. Let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.

We thank you for the life of Wayne O’Connor. Rest eternal grant to him O Lord, And let light perpetual shine upon him. Give your comfort to all who mourn, especially his family.
Let us pray to the Lord, Lord, have mercy.

For Anglican Social Services – Centre 454, (one of our Diocesan Community Ministries), and for their Acting Executive Director Rachel Robinson.
In our Companion Diocese, The Diocese of Jerusalem and the Middle East, we pray for The Virgin Mary Episcopal Church, Irbid, Jordan.
For the Lusitanian Church and their clergy, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.

Make ready our hearts for your coming, O Lord, and receive our prayers in the name of the one who comes, our gracious Savior, Jesus, the Christ. Amen.

Confession and Absolution
Celebrant: Most merciful God,
All:            we confess that we have sinned against you
                 in thought, word, and deed,
                 and what we have done,
                 and by what we have left undone.
                 We have not loved you with our whole heart;
                 We have not loved our neighbours as ourselves.
                 We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.
                 For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,
                 Have mercy on us and forgive us,
                 That we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways,
                 To the glory of your name. Amen.

Celebrant: The peace of the Lord be always with you.
                  And also with you.


The Preparation of the Gifts

Prayer over the Gifts

The Great Thanksgiving – Eucharistic Prayer #3

Celebrant    The Lord be with you.
People        And also with you.

Celebrant    Lift up your hearts.
People        We lift them to the Lord.

Celebrant    Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
People        It is right to give our thanks and praise.

Celebrant   Blessed are you, gracious God, creator of heaven and earth; we give you thanks and praise through Jesus Christ our Lord, who in the fullness of time came among us in our flesh, and opened to us the way of salvation. Now we watch for the day when he will come again in power and great triumph to judge this world, that we, without shame or fear, may rejoice to behold his appearing. Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with angels and archangels and with all the company of heaven, who for ever sing this hymn to proclaim the glory of your name.

All              Holy Holy Holy, Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of
your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is the One who comes in the
name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.


Celebrant     We give thanks to you, Lord our God, for the goodness and love you have made known to us in creation; in calling Israel to be your people; in your Word spoken through the prophets; and above all in the Word made flesh, Jesus your Son. For in these last days you sent him to be incarnate from the Virgin Mary, to be the Saviour and Redeemer of the world.  In him, you have delivered us from evil, and made us worthy to stand before you.  In him, you have brought us out of error into truth, out of sin into righteousness, out of death into life

On the night he was handed over to suffering and death, a death he freely accepted, our Lord Jesus Christ took bread; and when he had given thanks to you, he broke it , and gave it to his disciples, and said, “Take, eat: this is my body which is given for you.  Do this for the remembrance of me.”

After supper he took the cup of wine; and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and said, “Drink this, all of you: this is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.  Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.”

Therefore according to his command,

     All          we remember his death,
                   we proclaim his resurrection,
                   we await his coming in glory;

Celebrant     and we offer our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving to you, Lord of all; presenting to you, from your creation, this bread and this wine. We pray you, gracious God, to send your Holy Spirit upon these gifts, that they may be the sacrament of the body of Christ and his blood of the new covenant. Unite us to your Son in his sacrifice, that we, made acceptable in him, may be sanctified by the Holy Spirit.

In the fullness of time, reconcile all things in Christ, and make them new, and bring us to that city of light where you dwell with all your sons and daughters; through Jesus Christ our Lord, the firstborn of all creation, the head of the Church, and the author of our salvation; by whom, and with whom, and in whom, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all honour and glory are yours, almighty God, now and for ever.
People         Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer 

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.

The Breaking of the Bread

Celebrant    God of promise, you prepare a banquet for us in your kingdom.
All               Happy are those who are called to the supper of the lamb.                   

The Communion

This is the Lord’s Table, not just an Anglican table.

  • The bread/wafer is received in the open palm. Gluten-free wafers are available – just ask the priest. (Wine is not offered at this time.)
  • If you do not wish to receive the bread, but would like a blessing, please indicate this preference by crossing your arms across your chest.

Communion Music

Prayer after Communion

God for whom we wait, you have fed us with the bread of eternal life. Keep us ever watchful, that we may be ready to stand before the Son of man. We ask this in the name of Christ the Lord. Amen.


Glory to God,
     whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine.
     Glory to God from generation to generation, in the Church and in Christ Jesus,
for ever and ever.  Amen.


The Blessing


Closing Reflection: O Come, O Come Emmanuel – Arr. J. Koerts


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Hymn is from the hymnal, The Hymn Book of The Anglican Church of Canada and The United Church of Canada