As we prepare to meet theLord of righteousness, let usoffer prayers to the Son ofMan who comes with powerand great glory.
For Rowan, the Archbishop ofCanterbury; Justin, the nextArchbishop of Canterbury;Katharine, our PresidingBishop; Gay, President of theHouse of Deputies; John,Bruce, Vernon, and Bob, ourBishops;
and all the holy people of God.For the Diocese of Kebbi,Nigeria. For Christ Church, RedShirt, South Dakota. For St.Stephen’s in the Diocese ofKiteto. For the mission andministry of St. Mark’s, St.Stephen’s,
Christ Church, Glenrock, and allthe congregations in theDiocese of Wyoming, especiallySt. George’s, Lusk.For this holy gathering and thepeople of God in every place.
For the peace of the world,and for our unity in Christ.
For the leaders of the nationsand all in authority, and forcompassionate justice, peace,and freedom among allpeoples.
For travelers, for the sick andthe suffering, for the hungryand the oppressed, and forthose in prison.
For our deliverance from allaffliction, strife and need. Forthose who have requested ourprayers and those we nowname, especially…(The people may add their prayers aloud or silently.)
For the dying and the dead,and for those who mourn,especially …(The people may add their prayers aloud or silently.)
For our community and thosewho live in it, and forourselves, our families, ourcompanions and all those welove.
For all our Prayer Circle. Forthe members of thiscongregation and our guestsas we minister to each otherand to the world.
We thank you for showing usyour presence in all yourcreation. May our knowledgeof your love be made perfect inour love for all your children…(The people may add their prayers of thanks aloud orsilently.)
Lifting our voices with allcreation, with SaintMary, Saint Stephen and allthe saints and angels ofGod, letus offer ourselves and oneanother to the living Godthrough Christ.
O Emmanuel, our king andlawgiver, desire of all nationsand Savior of allpeoples, come and save us, OLord our God. Glory to youfor ever. Amen.
Confession of SinPriest:Let us confess our sinsagainst God and ourneighbor.
Most merciful God, weconfess that we have sinnedagainst 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 trulysorry and we humbly repent.
For the sake of your SonJesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that wemay delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to theglory of your Name. Amen.
Priest pronounces the absolution:Almighty God have mercy onyou, forgive you all your sinsthrough our Lord Jesus Christ,strengthen you in all goodness,and by the power of the HolySpirit keep you in eternal life.Amen.
Celebrant:Grace and peace to you, fromhim who is, and who was, andwho is to come, and the peaceof the Lord be always withyouand also with you.
The AnnouncementsBirthday Prayer (next slide)Anniversary Prayer (following slides)
The Birthday PrayerWatch over your child, ______, O Lord as his days increase; bless and guide him wherever he may be. Strengthen him when he stands; comfort him when discouraged or sorrowful;
raise him up if he falls; and inhis heart may your peacewhich passes understandingabide all the days of his life;through Jesus Christ our Lord.Amen.
The Anniversary PrayerO God, you have so consecrated the covenant of marriage that in it is represented the spiritual unity between Christ and his Church:
Send therefore your blessingupon these your servants,that they may so love, honor,and cherish each other infaithfulness and patience, inwisdom and true godliness,that their home may be ahaven of blessing and peace;
through Jesus Christ ourLord, who lives and reignswith you and the HolySpirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Walk in love, as Christ lovedus and gave himself for us, anoffering and sacrifice to God. The Offertory HymnO Come, O Come, Emmanuel (on the following slides)
Sequence HymnO Come, O Come, Emmanuel verses 1-5 (On following slide)
Refrain: Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.
DoxologyPraise God, from whom all blessings flow; praise him, all creatures here below;praise him above, ye heavenly host:praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
Eucharistic Prayer BBook of Common Prayer pg. 367
The Lord be with you.And also with you.Lift up your hearts.We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to theLord our God.It is right to give him thanksand praise.
It is right, and a good andjoyful thing, always andeverywhere to give thanks toyou, Father Almighty,Creator of heaven and earth.
Therefore we praise you,joining our voices withAngels and Archangels andwith all the company ofheaven, who for ever singthis hymn to proclaim theglory of your Name:
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God ofpower and might,heaven and earth are full ofyour glory. Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes inthe name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.
We give thanks to you, OGod, for the goodness andlove which you have madeknown to us in creation; inthe calling of Israel to beyour people;
in your Word spokenthrough the prophets; andabove all in the Word madeflesh, Jesus, your Son.
For in these last days yousent him to be incarnatefrom the Virgin Mary, to bethe Savior and Redeemer ofthe world.
In him, you have delivered usfrom evil, and made usworthy to stand before you.In him, you have brought usout of error into truth, out ofsin into righteousness, out ofdeath into life.
On the night before he died forus, our Lord Jesus Christ tookbread; and when he had giventhanks to you, he broke it, andgave it to his disciples, andsaid, “Take, eat: This is myBody, which is given for you. Dothis for the remembrance of me.”
After supper he took the cupof wine; and when he hadgiven thanks, he gave it tothem, and said, “Drinkthis, all of you: This is myBlood of the new Covenant,
which is shed for you and formany for the forgiveness ofsins. Whenever you drinkit, do this for theremembrance of me.”
Therefore, according to hiscommand, O Father,We remember his death,We proclaim his resurrection,We await his coming in glory;
And we offer our sacrifice ofpraise and thanksgiving toyou, O Lord of all; presentingto you, from your creation,this bread and this wine.
We pray you, gracious God,to send your Holy Spirit uponthese gifts that they may bethe Sacrament of the Bodyof Christ and his Blood of thenew Covenant.
Unite us to your Son in hissacrifice, that we may beacceptable through him,being sanctified by the HolySpirit. In the fullness of time,put all things in subjectionunder your Christ,
and bring us to thatheavenly country where,with Stephen and all yoursaints, we may enter theeverlasting heritage of yoursons and daughters;
through Jesus Christ ourLord, the firstborn of allcreation, the head of theChurch, and the author ofour salvation.
By him, and with him, and inhim, in the unity of the HolySpirit all honor and glory isyours, Almighty Father, nowand for ever. AMEN.
And now, as our Savior Christhas taught us, we are bold tosay,
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 dailybread.
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.
Alleluia. Christ our Passoveris sacrificed for us;Therefore let us keep thefeast. Alleluia.
The gifts of God for thePeople of God. Take them inremembrance that Christdied for you, and feed on himin your hearts by faith, withthanksgiving.
Communion Hymn“We remember you, Jesus” (on following slides)
Communion HymnIn broken bread, in the cupthat we share, we rememberyou.In broken bread, in the cupthat we share, we rememberyou.
We remember you, Jesus.We remember your lovefor us.We remember the bloodyou shed.We remember you.
Post Communion Prayer (BCP p. 365):Eternal God, heavenly Father,you have graciously acceptedus as living members of yourSon our Savior Jesus Christ,and you have fed us withspiritual food in the Sacramentof his Body and Blood.
Send us now into the worldin peace, and grant usstrength and courage to loveand serve you with gladnessand singleness of heart;through Christ our Lord.Amen.
Advent PrayerGod grant that the account,one day, be given before ourjudge…So that when that daycomes our diligence andvigilance will allow us toanswer with joy, not grief, infollowing the saints. Amen.
Recessional Hymnand Extinguishing of the Advent Candle Hymnal #59 (on the following slide)
The DismissalAlleluia. Alleluia.Go in peace to love and servethe Lord.Thanks be to God.Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia!
St. Stephens Rule of LifeWe commit ourselves to be involved in all aspects of church life:LiturgyPastoral CareEvangelism/MissionVisionAdministrationWe commit ourselves to encourage each other to use our spiritualgifts. We commit ourselves to create an environment wheregroups and individuals are invited to explore and define theirspirituality by asking, listening, and learning from each other andfrom God. We commit ourselves to the stability, growth andtransformation of St. Stephens by working together and by ourcommitment to God.