St. Stephen's Week

Sun Mon Tue Wed Th Fri

Sat

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8:30 Osteo Exercise
9:00 Morning Prayer



7:30 Bells
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9:00 Morning Prayer



7:30 Choir
15
8:30 Osteo Exercise 
9:00 Morning Prayer

16
9:00 Morning Prayer
9:00 Fabricators & Yarners
11:00 Rehearsal, Pageant
17 Advent 3
7:30 Morning Prayer 
8:00 Communion
9:00 Adult Class
9:45 Choir rehearsal 
10:00 Nursery Care 
10:15 Communion & 
Youth Pageant
10:30 Holy Spirit Kids 
11:30 Sunday Friends

18
8:30 Osteo Exercise 
9:00 Morning Prayer
10:00 Parish Council 

19
9:00 Morning Prayer
10:30 Seminar   

20
8:30 Osteo Exercise
9:00 Morning Prayer




7:30 Bells 

     

Happenings...

The pageant is scheduled for the 3rd Sunday in Advent this year, December 17; the dress rehearsal will be on Saturday, December 16 at 11:00am.  This is the last day that anyone can be added. If your child has not been in class at least one of the preceding Sundays or is not at the rehearsal then they will be unable to participate. The day of the performance we will meet in the classroom at 10:00 to get costumed and line up to process into the church with the choir.

Cleaning and Greening of the Church. Help prepare the church for Christmas. On Sunday morning, December 17th, beginning after you get your coffee at 11:30, we will meet in the Church to hang the greens, and generally prepare the church for our celebration of Christ's birth.

The schedule of Christmas services is in the Messenger. It's a bit different this year because the 24th is Christmas Eve. The Messenger is always available online. The December Messenger

Serving this Sunday:

8:00 chalice, B. Frank; lector, J. Palko; Coffee Hour, Santiago-Mason
10:15 chalice, L. Pratico; lector, V. Avila; Coffee Hour, Guiles
Counters: Crates, Spang
Pastoral Care: Woodzell
Altar Guild: Russell & all for Greening of the Church

The Lessons

The Lessons Appointed for Use on the

Third Sunday of Advent

Year B
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The Collect

Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.

Old Testament

Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11

The spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
because the Lord has anointed me;

he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed,
to bind up the brokenhearted,

to proclaim liberty to the captives,
and release to the prisoners;

to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor,
and the day of vengeance of our God; 
to comfort all who mourn;

to provide for those who mourn in Zion—
to give them a garland instead of ashes,

the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
the mantle of praise instead of a faint spirit.

They will be called oaks of righteousness,
the planting of the Lord, to display his glory.

They shall build up the ancient ruins,
they shall raise up the former devastations;

they shall repair the ruined cities,
the devastations of many generations.

For I the Lord love justice,
I hate robbery and wrongdoing;

I will faithfully give them their recompense,
and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.

Their descendants shall be known among the nations,
and their offspring among the peoples;

all who see them shall acknowledge
that they are a people whom the Lord has blessed.

I will greatly rejoice in the LORD,
my whole being shall exult in my God;

for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation,
he has covered me with the robe of righteousness,

as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland,
and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

For as the earth brings forth its shoots,
and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring up,

so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise
to spring up before all the nations.

The Response

Canticle 15
The Song of Mary Magnificat

Luke 1:46-55

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,

my spirit rejoices in God my Savior; * 
for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.

From this day all generations will call me blessed: *
the Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his Name.

He has mercy on those who fear him *
in every generation.

He has shown the strength of his arm, *
he has scattered the proud in their conceit.

He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, *
and has lifted up the lowly.

He has filled the hungry with good things, *
and the rich he has sent away empty.

He has come to the help of his servant Israel, *
for he has remembered his promise of mercy,

The promise he made to our fathers, *
to Abraham and his children for ever.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

The Epistle 1

Thessalonians 5:16-24

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise the words of prophets, but test everything; hold fast to what is good; abstain from every form of evil.

May the God of peace himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be kept sound and blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do this.

The Gospel

John 1:6-8,19-28

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light.

This is the testimony given by John when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” He confessed and did not deny it, but confessed, “I am not the Messiah.” And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the prophet?” He answered, “No.” Then they said to him, “Who are you? Let us have an answer for those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?” He said, “I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’” as the prophet Isaiah said. Now they had been sent from the Pharisees. They asked him, “Why then are you baptizing if you are neither the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the prophet?” John answered them, “I baptize with water. Among you stands one whom you do not know, the one who is coming after me; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandal.” This took place in Bethany across the Jordan where John was baptizing.


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