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Welcome
We are pleased to have you worship with us this morning! Please
join us for coffee and refreshments in the church hall following
worship.
Feeding you, body, mind and soul
THE FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT: DECEMBER 21, 2014
Nursery care and Sunday School
up to age 12 is available in the parish hall. Children will rejoin their
parents after the Peace.
Contact Us
Address
30 Eastman Street
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 224-2252
Phone
Email [email protected]
Web www.graceeastconcord.org
facebook.com/graceeastconcord
Staff
Rector
Fr. Jason Wells
Pastoral Asst. Fr. Alan Mackillop
Deacon Intern Shawn LaFrance
Music Minister
Justine Paul
Sexton
Jane Lavin
Leadership
Senior Warden
Randy Makee
Junior Warden
Gerry Monroe
Clerk
Scott Cumming
Treasurer
Stephen Wheeler
Beth Lavoie
Audrey Rose
Brittany Wheeler
Marily Wilson
This Sunday’s Servers
Reader
Barbara Geissinger
Eucharistic Minister
Mara Clark
Celebrant
Fr. Jason Wells
Eucharistic Minister Shawn LaFrance
Acolyte
Christian Smith
Novice
Shane Ess
Reader
Dan Wilson
Reader
Joe Rose
Usher
Bill Carr
Usher
Becky Carr
Counter
Janet Cumming
Counter
Joel Smith
Coffee Hour
Joe and Audrey Rose
Prelude, Welcome and Announcements
Hymn 54
Opening Acclamation and Prayer
Savior of the nations, come!
p. 351
Blessed be God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
And blessed be his kingdom, now and for ever. Amen.
Confession of Sin
p. 352
Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.
Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned
against you in thought, word, and deed, by 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 neighbors
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.
Kyrie eleison
Hymnal S-95
Collect of the Day
p. 212
Response: And also with you.
2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16
Response: Thanks be to God.
Psalm 89:1-4, 19-26
Your love, O LORD, for ever will I sing; *
from age to age my mouth will proclaim your
faithfulness.
For I am persuaded that your love
is established for ever; *
you have set your faithfulness
firmly in the heavens.
"I have made a covenant with my chosen one; *
I have sworn an oath to David my servant:
'I will establish your line for ever, *
and preserve your throne for all generations.'"
You spoke once in a vision
and said to your faithful people: *
"I have set the crown upon a warrior
and have exalted one chosen out of the people.
I have found David my servant; *
with my holy oil have I anointed him.
My hand will hold him fast *
and my arm will make him strong.
No enemy shall deceive him, *
nor any wicked man bring him down.
I will crush his foes before him *
and strike down those who hate him.
My faithfulness and love shall be with him, *
and he shall be victorious through my Name.
I shall make his dominion extend *
from the Great Sea to the River.
He will say to me, 'You are my Father, *
my God, and the rock of my salvation.'"
Romans 16: 25-27
First response: Glory to you, Lord Christ.
Second response: Praise to you, Lord Christ.
Sermon
Nicene Creed
The Rev. Jason Wells
p. 358
We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all
that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the
only Son of God, eternally begotten of the
Father, God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God, begotten, not
made, of one Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made. For us
and for our salvation he came down from
heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he
became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
and was made man. For our sake he was
crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered
death and was buried. On the third day he
rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is
seated at the right hand of the Father. He
will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will
have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord,
the giver of life, who proceeds from the
Father and the Son. With the Father and
the Son he is worshiped and glorified. He
has spoken through the Prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic
Church. We acknowledge one baptism for
the forgiveness of sins. We look for the
resurrection of the dead, and the life of
the world to come. Amen.
Prayers of the People
Response: Thanks be to God.
Hymn 56
Luke 1:s26-38
O come, O come Emmanuel
…, we pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.
Peace
The peace of the Lord be always with you.
And also with you.
Offertory
Altar Flowers are given by Kate Ess
in memory of her mother Sue Hansen
and in honor of Father Harold Beliveau’s
59th Ordination Anniversary
Hymn 81
Lo, how a Rose e’er blooming
Eucharistic Prayer A
Holy, holy, holy
p. 361
Hymnal S-122
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, and the power,
and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.
Breaking of the Bread
Hymnal S-160
Communion
All baptized Christians are welcome to receive Holy
Communion at the Altar. If you come to the rail and
cross your arms over your chest, you may receive a
blessing instead of Communion.
Hymn
Wait for the Lord
Wait for the Lord, whose day is near.
Wait for the Lord: keep watch, take heart!
Closing Prayer & Blessing
Memorial Acclamation
Therefore, we proclaim the mystery of faith,
Christ has died.
Christ is risen.
Christ will come again.
Lord’s Prayer
And now, as our Savior Christ has taught us,
we are bold to say,
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy Name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Let us pray.
God of abundance, you have fed us with
the bread of life and cup of salvation; you
have united us with Christ and one another; and you have made us one with all
your people in heaven and on earth. Now
send us forth in the power of your Spirit,
that we may proclaim your redeeming
love to the world and continue for ever in
the risen life of Christ our Savior. Amen.
Hymn 265
The angel Gabriel from heaven came
Dismissal
Response: Thanks be to God.
Postlude
CHRISTMAS EVE WORSHIP: 4PM AND 7PM
The 4pm service includes Holy Communion but replaces the
sermon with the Children’s Pageant. This year we have 15 children participating! We also feature solo music by Brooke
Wheeler and Olivia Dodd.
The 7pm service includes Holy Communion and sermon. The
service begins with a choral prelude and solo violin performance by Naomi Durand. The service concludes with the singing of Silent Night by candlelight and solo singing by Jane Pauley.
ANNOUNCEMENTS
Choir Rehearsals All are welcome to join music minister Justine Paul in preparing music for our 7pm Christmas Eve worship. Rehearsals begin at 11:30am.
From the Pledge Clerk Any donations for 2014 must be received by 11am on Dec. 28. Donations received later will be
recorded for 2015.
Photo Directory We will be taking pictures for our new Directory on January 4 and February 15 after the 10am service. Sign
up in the parish hall for a time that works for your family. This
is also a time to have that great family portrait taken.
BOOK GROUP
Tues., Jan. 20, 6pm at Gibson’s to discuss Sara Miles’s Take This
Bread. For a discounted copy, contact Beth Lavoie
(225-4107, be[email protected])
Raised atheist, Miles didn’t discover a Christianity that
was about angels or good behavior or piety; her faith centered on real hunger, real food, and real bodies. Before
long, she turned the bread she ate at communion into tons
of groceries, piled on the church’s altar to be given away.
BY THE NUMBERS
Date Att. Pledge
11/16
11/23
11/30
12/7
12/14
72
67
72
70
78
Plate
$1,356.50
$1,302
$3,057.50
$1,736
$1,159
$56
$22.12
$77
$19
$37.50
COMING UP
12/21
12/21
1/4
1/9
1/18
11am Decorating
11:30 Choir Rehearsal
11am Photo Day
7pm TBJ Learners’
11am Annual Meeting
PRAYER NEEDS
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer
Church of the Holy Spirit,
Plymouth
Requests
Teri, Dave, Thay, Joe
and Harold
Confirmation Youth
Emily, Jessica, Charlie, Wyatt
and Gwendolyn
TAKE-A-TOTE
Although the schools are now
on Christmas break, the need
to provide food for those
schoolchildren we service is
ever present. Please remember
to bring in your food donations each week as we conclude 2014.
Thanks to your generosity,
starting in January ten additional children will benefit
from our Take a Tote ministry.
Thirty-five pasta containers, 35
fruit cups, 35 tuna pouches, 35
boxes of cereal; it quickly adds
up. Your assistance is needed,
too, to set up the items that
others will pack and another
team will deliver. Consider volunteering in 2015. Contact
Barb Ashworth or Janet Cumming.
Beyond our Walls
Centrepoint Church downtown has taken our lead and is
now running their own Take-a
-Tote program to the Christa
McAuliffe School. God bless
their new ministry!