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Fourth Sunday of Advent | December 18
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Sunday, December 19, 2021
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Join us in prayer on this fourth Sunday of Advent. 

the Rev. Melanie Calabrigo presides and the Very Rev. Christopher A. Pappas preaches. 

A pdf version of the service bulletin is available to download here. A text only version of the booklet is posted below. Continue scrolling to follow along. 


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Song of Approach O Holy Mother of God (Advent Mass) Text: Michael Joncas; Music: Rupert Lang

Presider In this time and place, We gather on the traditional, ancestral and unceded lands of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh nations.

All From many places and peoples we come to this house of prayer.

Presider In this time and place, We await the coming of Emmanuel, God with us. All Maranatha, Come Christ Come.

Presider In this time and place, We await the transformation of the world.
All Maranatha, Come Christ Come.

Presider In this time and place, We await the coming of the Commonwealth of peace.
All Maranatha, Come Christ Come.

Presider In this time and place, We commit ourselves to work with Christ that all these things may be accomplished.
All In the name of God, Source of all being, Eternal Word and Holy Spirit. Amen.

Presider The Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Love of God and the Communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
All And also with you. Collect of the Day

Presider God of promise,
All you look with favour on the lowly, you scatter the proud and you fill the hungry. May we, like Mary, respond to your call and be obedient to your will; through Jesus Christ who is to come. Amen.

The Blessing & Lighting of the Advent Candle
One We light this candle of love, remembering your abiding love for us, and manifested through the person and life of Jesus All Sharing love in this season of anticipation, watching and waiting for your Holy Light, we come in faith and say: Amen!Come, Lord Jesus!

All Reprise Refrain (O Holy Mother of God)

Proclamation of the Word

First Reading A reading from Micah 5:2-5a

Reader Hear what the Spirit is saying to the church.

All Thanks be to God.

Psalm Psalm 80

Second Reading A reading from Hebrews 10:5-10

Reader Hear what the Spirit is saying to the church.

All Thanks be to God.

Sequence Hymn Tell Out, My Soul (CP 362)

Deacon The Lord be with you.
All And also with you.
Deacon The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke,

Before the Gospel Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Gospel Luke 1:39-45

Deacon The Gospel of Christ
After the Gospel Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Sermon The Very Rev. Christopher A. Pappas 

Silence for Reflection

The Apostle’s Creed

Presider 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

In the Anglican Church of Canada Cycle of Prayer we pray for The Church of the Province of Central Africa . In the ECLCIC Cycle of Prayer we pray for the Rev. Paul Gehrs, Assistant to the National Bishop, Justice and Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations; Gretchen Peterson, Assistant to the National Bishop, Youth and Leadership. In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer we pray for we pray for John Stephens our Bishop; Linda Nicholls our Primate; Lynne McNaughton our Metropolitan; Susan Johnson the National Lutheran Bishop in Canada; Mark MacDonald the National Indigenous Anglican Archbishop, Gregory Mohr the Evangelical Lutheran Bishop in British Columbia; Justin Welby the Archbishop of Canterbury; our companion diocese, the Episcopal Diocese of Northern Philippines and the Rt. Rev. Brent Alawas; our companion parish, All Saints Cathedral, Bontac, Philippines and the Very Rev. Padi Luc; we pray for St. John the Apostle ( Port Moody), St. John the Divine (Maple Ridge), St. John the Divine (Squamish), St. John’s Shaughnessy.

If you have a special intention for which you wish to receive prayers, please email your prayer request to Your intention will be included in the Prayer Link for three weeks and can be renewed.

Confession and Absolution

Presider When the Lord comes, he will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness, and will disclose the purposes of the heart. Therefore in the light of Christ let us confess our sins..

Silence is kept

Presider We pray,

All Holy One, we long for you. You know our wounding and our broken-heartedness. You know how others have hurt us, and how we have hurt others. You alone have the healing we need. Yours is the love that changes everything. Amen. Presider Giver of life, have mercy on us; pardon and deliver, revive and strengthen, and keep us in eternal life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. All Amen.

The Peace

Presider May the God of peace make you completely holy, ready for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

All may exchange a non-contact sign of peace

Celebration of the Eucharist
The Offertory
You are invited to make a financial offering to further God’s mission through the work of the church by texting “Give” to 639.739.0843 and following the instructions; or by clicking here: Tax receipts are issued annually for gifts totalling $20 or more. Your financial gifts matter and together with the bread and wine they are presented in spirit at the Altar as a sign of thanksgiving to God from whom all blessings flow.

Offertory Hymn O Come, O Come, Emmanuel (CP 89) Text: Latin 9th c.; tr. John Mason Neale, alt.; Music: Plainsong, Mode 1, Processionale (15th c.); arr. Healey Willan, alt. ref desc. & altern. harm. David Willcocks; Veni Emmanuel

Refrain Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to you, O Israel.

1. O come, O Wisdom from on high, who orders all things mightily; to us the path of knowledge show, and teach us in her ways to go. Refrain

2. O Come, O Key of David, come, and open wide our heavenly home; make safe the way that leads on high, and close the path to misery. Refrain

3. O Come, O Dayspring from on high and cheer us by your drawing nigh; disperse the gloomy clouds of night, and death’s dark shadow put to flight. Refrain

4. O Come, Desire of nations, bind in one the hearts of humankind; O bid our bitter conflict cease, and be for us our Prince of Peace. Refrain

Prayer over the Gifts

Presider Eternal One,

All risking hope in this season of anticipation, watching and waiting for your Holy Light, we bring our offerings to you and say in faith: Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. We thank you for this bread and wine, gifts of your creation. We thank you for the gift of Emmanuel: God with us. Amen.

The Great Thanksgiving

Presider The Lord be with you.

All And also with you.

Presider Lift up your hearts.

All We lift them to the Lord.

Presider Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

All It is right to give our thanks and praise.

Presider 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 forever sing this hymn to proclaim the glory of your name:

Sanctus Advent Mass Music: Rupert Lang

Presider 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, Father, according to his command

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

Presider 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 Father, now and forever.

All Amen. The Lord’s Prayer

Presider As our Saviour taught us, let us pray,

All Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial, and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and for ever. Amen.

The Breaking of the Bread

Presider 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.

Presider The gifts of God for the People of God.

All Thanks be to God.

Share the Gifts If you know the brokenness of life, its fractures within and its division without, then you have participated in the broken body of Christ and you are invited to share in Communion. A reminder to make use of hand sanitizer before receiving communion. If you are not physically receiving Communion, then offer this prayer: “In union, O God, with all your faithful people gathered wherever the eucharist is celebrated this day, I offer you praise and thanksgiving for creation and all the blessings of this life, for the redemption given to us through the life, death and resurrection of Christ, and for the means of grace and the hope of glory. I pray you come into my heart, my soul and my mind. Let nothing separate me from you. May I serve you in this life until, by your grace, I come to your promised reign of justice and peace; through Christ and in the unity of the Spirit. Amen.”

During Communion Benedictus - Advent Mass

A Spotless Rose - Words: Anon 14th Century; Music: Herbert Howells

Sending Out of the Disciples

Prayer after Communion

Presider God for whom we wait,

All in this meal you give us a foretaste of that day when the hungry will be fed with good things. Send us forth to make known your deeds and to proclaim the greatness of your name, through Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord. Amen.


Presider Glory to God,

All 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 Presider Christ the Sun of Righteousness shine upon you, scatter the darkness from before your path, and make you ready to meet him when he comes in glory; and the blessing ...

Closing Hymn Lo, How a Rose e'er Blooming (CP 117)

Dismissal Go in peace to share the good news of God’s love.

All Thanks be to God.

Choral Postlude