St. Barnabas (Chester) Anglican Church The Church in the Marketplace Embracing the Community Advent Three Sunday, December 16, 2012 361 Danforth Ave., Toronto, Ont. M4K 1P1 416-463-1344 www.stbarnabas-toronto.com Let us faithfully witness to the Risen Jesus, giving generously of our lives and substance for the relief of the poor and the sharing of the Gospel, bringing encouragement to all. (From the COLLECT for ST. BARNABAS)
Welcome to St. Barnabas (Chester) Anglican Church. The Church in the Marketplace Embracing the Community 10:30 AM HOLY EUCHARIST Our 10:30 AM Worship Service begins on page 230 of the green Book of Alternative Services.Organ Prelude Advent Music for Flute and Organ – Robert PowellThe Gathering of God’s PeopleOpening Hymn 98 “Hark the glad sound!”GreetingCollect for Purity p. 230The Summary of the Law p. 231The Kyrie p. 231Collect for the Day: God of power and mercy, you call usonce again to celebrate the coming of your Son. Removethose things which hinder love of you, that when he comes,he may find us waiting in awe and wonder for him who livesand reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now andfor ever. Amen.Lighting the Advent WreathLast Sunday we lit the candles for peace and hope. The thirdcandle of our Advent wreath is the candle of joy. When theangel Gabriel told Mary that a special child would be born toher she was filled with joy - she sang a song that began with thewords, " My soul magnifies the Lord, my spirit rejoices in Godmy Saviour." We light the candle of joy to remind us that whenJesus is born in us we have joy. Joy is like a light shining in a
dark place. As we look at this candle we celebrate the joy wefind in Jesus Christ.Let us pray: Thank you God for the joy you give us. We ask thatas we wait for all your promises to come true, and for Christ tocome again, that you would remain present to us. Help us toshare your joy with each other. AmenThe lighting of the third candle – the Candle of JoyChildren’s Focus led by Mara HarrisThe Story of God’s PeopleA READING FROM THE BOOK OF ZEPHANIA 3: 14–20 Read by Sue Ann EliteSing aloud, O daughter Zion; shout, O Israel! Rejoice and exultwith all your heart, O daughter Jerusalem! The Lord has takenaway the judgements against you, he has turned away yourenemies. The king of Israel, the Lord, is in your midst; you shallfear disaster no more. On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem:Do not fear, O Zion; do not let your hands grow weak. TheLord, your God, is in your midst, a warrior who gives victory;he will rejoice over you with gladness, he will renew you in hislove; he will exult over you with loud singing as on a day offestival. I will remove disaster from you, so that you will notbear reproach for it. I will deal with all your oppressors at thattime. And I will save the lame and gather the outcast, and I willchange their shame into praise and renown in all the earth. Atthat time I will bring you home, at the time when I gather you;for I will make you renowned and praised among all the peoplesof the earth, when I restore your fortunes before your eyes, saysthe Lord.
Hear what the Spirit is saying to God’s People:Thanks be to God.ISAIAH 12: 2-6 (read responsively)Surely, it is God who saves me; *I will trust in him and not be afraid.For the Lord is my stronghold and my sure defense, *and he will be my Savior.Therefore you shall draw water with rejoicing *from the springs of salvation.And on that day you shall say, *Give thanks to the Lord and call upon his Name;Make his deeds known among the peoples; *see that they remember that his Name is exalted.Sing the praises of the Lord, for he has done great things, *and this is known in all the world.Cry aloud, inhabitants of Zion, ring out your joy, *for the great one in the midst of you is the Holy One of Israel.A READING FROM THE LETTER OF PAUL TO THE PHILIPPIANS 4: 4-7 Read by Darryl NakamotoRejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let yourgentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do notworry about anything, but in everything by prayer andsupplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made knownto God. And the peace of God, which surpasses allunderstanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in ChristJesus.Hear what the Spirit is saying to God’s People:Thanks be to God.Gospel AcclamationChoir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia
All: Alleluia, Alleluia, AlleluiaCantor: You who sit enthroned between the cherubim shine forth: Awaken your might / come and save us.Gospeller: The Lord be with you.All: And with thy spirit.Gospeller: The Holy Gospel according to Luke 3: 7-18.All: Glory be to thee, O Lord.John said to the crowds that came out to be baptized by him,“You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrathto come? Bear fruits worthy of repentance. Do not begin to sayto yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our ancestor’; for I tellyou, God is able from these stones to raise up children toAbraham. Even now the axe is lying at the root of the trees;every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut downand thrown into the fire.” And the crowds asked him, “Whatthen should we do?” In reply he said to them, “Whoever hastwo coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoeverhas food must do likewise.” Even tax collectors came to bebaptized, and they asked him, “Teacher, what should we do?”He said to them, “Collect no more than the amount prescribedfor you.” Soldiers also asked him, “And we, what should wedo?” He said to them, “Do not extort money from anyone bythreats or false accusation, and be satisfied with your wages.”As the people were filled with expectation, and all werequestioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he mightbe the Messiah, John answered all of them by saying, “I baptizeyou with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming;I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals. He willbaptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork isin his hand, to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheatinto his granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable
fire.” So, with many other exhortations, he proclaimed the goodnews to the people.The Gospel of Christ. Praise be to thee, O Christ.HomilySolo “Every valley shall be exalted” (from ‘Messiah’) – G. F. Handel (Ed Wiens – tenor)Affirmation of Faith p. 234Prayers of the People led by Rhonda BoyceConfession & Absolution p. 238Sharing Christ’s PeaceWe Offer Our Gifts to GodOffertory Hymn “Mine eyes have seen the glory” Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord: He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored; He hath loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword: His truth is marching on. (Chorus) Glory, glory hallelujah! Glory, glory, hallelujah! Glory, glory, hallelujah! His truth is marching on. In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea, With a glory in His bosom that transfigures you and me:
As He died to make men holy, let us die to make men free, While God is marching on. (Chorus) He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat; He is sifting out the hearts of men before His judgment-seat: Oh, be swift, my soul, to answer Him! be jubilant, my feet! Our God is marching on. (Chorus) He is coming like the glory of the morning on the wave, He is Wisdom to the mighty, He is Succour to the brave, So the world shall be His footstool, and the soul of Time His slave, Our God is marching on. (Chorus)Prayer over the Gifts: God of hope, renew in us the joy ofyour salvation and make us a living sacrifice to you, for thesake of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.The Eucharist: God’s Spirit Transforms Our Gifts“People of all ages and denominations who are baptized into Christare invited and encouraged to share in communion. If you will not bereceiving bread and wine, we would be pleased if you would join us atthe Lord’s Table for a blessing.”Eucharistic Prayer A p. 241
The Lord’s Prayer (said) p. 245The Breaking of the Bread p. 212Celebrant: 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.Communion Hymn 96 “Creator of the stars of night”Communion Motet: Adam lay ybounden – Howard Skempton Adam lay ybounden, Bounden in a bond; Four thousand winter Thought he not too long. And all was for an apple, An apple that he took, As clerkës finden written In their book. Nor had one apple taken been, The apple taken been, Then had never Our Lady A-been heavens queen. Blessed be the time That apple taken was. Therefore we may singen Deo gratias!Prayer after Communion: Faithful God, we thank you forfeeding us with this heavenly banquet. Help us always tohear the prophet’s call to turn our hearts to you; in thename of Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.Sharing God’s Love in the World
Doxology p. 247The BlessingAnnouncementsFinal Hymn 93 “You servants of the Lord”DismissalOrgan Postlude Advent Music for Flute and Organ – Robert Powell We welcome all who are new or visiting today. If we can serveyou or you wish to know more about the church, please fill out a visitors envelope, available in pews or at back of church. The flowers at the altar are dedicated to the Glory of God in loving memory of Norma Ketchen, a gift from the estate of her husband Bill.Today’s Liturgical Team:Celebrant & Homilist: The Rev. Dr. Harold ShepherdDeacon: The Rev. Grace Caldwell-HillOrganist & Choirmaster: Neil HoultonServer: Annie StrainSidesteam: Team 1: Eleanor Morgan - (Captain); EverodMiller, Vivian Rodney, Grantley Hinkson, Sheila Lightfoot,Lori Lightfoot, Tracey FergusonChancel Guild: Teresa JohnsonToday we remember in our Prayers:Anglican Cycle, The General Secretary & National Staff of theAnglican Church of Canada
Diocesan Cycle, Pray for the Raising Up of VocationsDeanery Cycle, St. Monica’sParish Cycle, Our Advisory BoardOutreach & Advocacy Cycle, All Saints, Whitby & Churchof the Ascension, Don MillsMusic Notes:“Adam lay ybounden” is a macaronic (meaning it has a mix ofLatin and English words) poem by an unknown author, datingfrom around 1400. Several composers have set this text tomusic, one of the more recent being Englishman HowardSkempton (born 1947). His is a simple setting of this medievalAdvent carol which has great impact in its originality; the styleis controlled, almost austere, and the effect is hypnotic. It is aperhaps unsettling but poignant piece of music.Here is a very loose interpretation of the old English: Adams (i.e.mans) sin enchained him for four thousand years (the accepted time from creation to Jesus birth.) He did not think it was too long to wait. And all this was because of the apple Adam took, as scribes have recorded in Holy Scripture. If the apple had never been taken, then Mary would never have become Heavens Queen. Blessed then be that apples theft (because it ultimately brought salvation.) Therefore we must sing, thanks be to God! LIFE AND MINISTRY OF OUR COMMUNITYA New Incumbent for St. Barnabas
St. Barnabas is pleased to announce a new incumbent. Fr.Jonathan Eayrs will be joining us, starting February 1,2013. Fr Jonathan has a great deal of pastoral experience,working with multi-faith and multi-cultural communities. He isa graduate of the University of Toronto (Trinity College) in1984, and preached for many years in Nova Scotia beforereturning to Toronto in 2001, where he has assisted at St. MaryMagdalene and more recently St. Thomas, Huron St. He was theincumbent of Church of the Advent from 2004 to 2012. Heenjoys music, canoeing, sailing, skating and an early morningreading group with non-parishioners. We welcome him to StBarnabas and hope he quickly feels at ease in our church family.Envelopes for 2013Please pick up your envelopes for 2013 at the back of thechurch today . For those who do not have envelopes and wish tobe issued a set, please talk to member of the Leadership Team.Sunday schoolMara Harris will teach the Sunday school class today.Advent Study Group following the service todayThe Advent study group will meet in the rector’s study from12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Today’s topic - Scholastic,Reformation and Anglican Approaches to the Eucharist.Taizé tonightCome to the Taizé service this evening for a time of gentlemusic, meditation and prayer. Doors open at 6:30; service startsat 7 PM. And don’t forget to bring a friend!No Bible Study until the New YearMonday night Bible study will resume in the rector’s study at7:00 PM on January 21, 2013. All are welcome.
Midweek Eucharist resumes in JanuaryThe midweek eucharist with Fr. David will resume on Thursday,January 10th.Vestry reportsIt isn’t too soon to start planning and writing your report forVestry. The meeting always comes up so soon in the New Year,and a lot of work must get done before it can happen!Choir newsThe choir is very pleased to be able to donate $2,000 towardsthe organ restoration fund. This money was raised through aseries of bake sales during the summer and the RemembranceDay concert on November 11. Thanks to them for their hardwork and dedication, and to everyone who supported thesevarious ventures. Please mark Sunday, January 13 at 10:30 AM on yourcalendar for the Epiphany Carol Service. There will bereadings, congregational carols and choral music as well as pre-and post- service music by harpist Veronique Drozdz. Inviteyour friends to attend this unique service. WORSHIP SCHEDULE Sunday, December 23rd Advent 4 900AM Said Eucharist 10:30 AM Choral Eucharist
Readings: Micah 5: 2-5a; Psalm 89: 1-4, 19-26 Hebrews 10: 5-10; Luke 1: 39-45 Monday, December 24th Christmas Eve 4:00 PM Family Service & Carols 10:30 PM Carols & Eucharist Readings: Isaiah 62: 6-12; Titus 3: 4-7 Tuesday, December 25th Christmas Day 10:30 AM Sung Eucharist Readings: Isaiah 52: 7-10; John 1: 1-14 Sunday, December 30th First Sunday after Christmas 10:30 AM Morning Prayer Readings: 1 Samuel 2: 18-20, 26; Psalm 148 Colossians 3: 12-17; Luke 2: 41-52 CLERGY The Rev. Dr. Harold ShepherdDEACON The Rev. Grace Caldwell-HillHONORARY ASSISTANT Fr. David Hoopes, OHCLEADERSHIP TEAM Gary Davenport, Jane Smith Lyn Inniss, Everod Miller, Jan BookerORGANIST & CHOIRMASTER Neil HoultonPARISH ADMINISTRATOR Mary Roycroft RanniORGANIST EMERITUS Dr. Eugene Gates