Services

 

St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church 

GOING FORWARD IN FAITH 

December 10, 2017      Year B

Second Sunday in Advent

 

10:00am  Eucharist with Music and Sermon

The Rev. Jeffrey L. Frost

Celebrant Preacher

The Holy Gospel

MARK 1 : 1-18

The Holy Gospel of our Lord, Jesus Christ, according to Mark.

The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

As it is written in the prophet Isaiah,

“See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you,
who will prepare your way;

the voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the Lord,
make his paths straight,’”

John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. He proclaimed, “The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

The Gospel of the Lord

 View Bulletin

The Holy Eucharist

 Call To Worship    "We Have Come Into His House”                                     Levas II, #245

1
We have come into His house and gathered in His name to worship Him.

We have come into His house and gathered in His name to worship Him.

We have come into His house and gathered in His name to worship Christ the Lord.

Worship Him, Christ the Lord.

2
So forget about yourself and concentrate on Him and worship Him.

So forget about yourself and concentrate on Him and worship Him.

So forget about yourself and concentrate on Him and worship Christ the Lord.

Worship Him, Christ the Lord.

3
Let us lift up holy hands and magnify His Name and worship Him

Let us lift up holy hands and magnify His Name and worship Him

Let us lift up holy hands and magnify His Name and worship Christ the Lord

Worship Him, Christ, the Lord

Processional Hymn      "Hark a Thrilling Voice is Sounding”                            Hymnal, #59

1

Hark! a thrilling voice is sounding: “Christ is neigh,” it seems to say;

“Cast away the works of darkness, O ye children of the day.”

2

Wakened by the solemn warning, from earth’s bondage let us rise;

Christ, our sun, all sloth dispelling, shines upon the morning skies.

3

Lo! the Lamb so long expected, comes with pardon down from heaven;

let us haste, with tears of sorrow, one and all to be forgiven;

4

so when next he comes in glory, and the world is wrapped in fear,

may he with his mercy shield us, and with words of love draw near.

5

Honor, glory, might, and blessing to the Father and the Son,

with the everlasting Spirit while unending ages run.

Prayer for Lighting the Advent Wreath Candles

Light and peace, in Jesus Christ our Lord

People: Thanks be to God

Today is the Second Sunday of Advent, in which we recall the hope we have in Christ.

God told Abraham that through him all the nations of the world would be blessed, because he trusted and put his hope in God. The Old Testament spoke of the coming of Christ, of how a Saviour would be born, a king in the line of King David. He would rule the world wisely and bless all the nations. We too believe in God's promise to send Jesus again to this world to establish his kingdom upon the earth.

(The second candle is lighted)

Hope is like a light shining in a dark place. As we look at the light of this candle we celebrate the hope we have in Jesus Christ.

 Let us pray:

All: God of Abraham and Sarah and all the Patriarchs of old, you are our Father too. Your love is revealed to us in Jesus Christ, Son of God, and Son of David. Help us in preparing to celebrate his birth, to make our hearts ready and to place our hope in you. Help us today and every day to worship you, to hear your word, and to do your will by sharing your hope with others. We ask it in the name of the one who was born in Bethlehem. Amen.

The Opening Sentence                                                                                                             

The people standing

Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

People:         And blessed be God’s kingdom, now and for ever.  Amen.

The Prayer of Intent and the Collect for Purity   

 Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy Name; through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

The Trisagion        (Sung) HYMNAL, #S-102

All             Holy God,  Holy and Mighty,  Holy Immortal One, Have mercy upon us.  x 3

The Collect                                                                                                                             The Lord be with you.

People        And also with you.

Celebrant      Let us pray.

Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Loving God, we pray for the Search Committee of this parish, asking you to grant them open hearts and minds, a discerning spirit, and confidence in your strength and guidance. Fill them with a vision of your reign, and our participation in its fulfillment. Remove from them any blinders or prejudice that may keep them from seeing your face all those they encounter in their discernment, and give us grateful hearts for the good work and ministry they do. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.

 

 

The Ministry of the Word

The First Reading              Isaiah 40:1-11      

Comfort, O comfort my people,
says your God.

Speak tenderly to Jerusalem,
and cry to her

that she has served her term,
that her penalty is paid,

that she has received from the Lord's hand
double for all her sins.

A voice cries out:

“In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord,
make straight in the desert a highway for our God.

Every valley shall be lifted up,
and every mountain and hill be made low;

the uneven ground shall become level,
and the rough places a plain.

Then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed,
and all people shall see it together,
for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

A voice says, “Cry out!”
And I said, “What shall I cry?”

All people are grass,
their constancy is like the flower of the field.

The grass withers, the flower fades,
when the breath of the Lord blows upon it;
surely the people are grass.

The grass withers, the flower fades;
but the word of our God will stand for ever.

Get you up to a high mountain,
O Zion, herald of good tidings;

lift up your voice with strength,
O Jerusalem, herald of good tidings,
lift it up, do not fear;

say to the cities of Judah,
“Here is your God!”

See, the Lord God comes with might,
and his arm rules for him;

his reward is with him,
and his recompense before him.

He will feed his flock like a shepherd;
he will gather the lambs in his arms,

and carry them in his bosom,
and gently lead the mother sheep.

The Word of the Lord

Congregation: Thanks be to God

PSALM 85:1-2, 8-13

You have been gracious to your land, O Lord, *
you have restored the good fortune of Jacob.

2 You have forgiven the iniquity of your people *
and blotted out all their sins.

8 I will listen to what the Lord God is saying, *
for he is speaking peace to his faithful people
and to those who turn their hearts to him.

9 Truly, his salvation is very near to those who fear him, *
that his glory may dwell in our land.

10 Mercy and truth have met together; *
righteousness and peace have kissed each other.

11 Truth shall spring up from the earth, *
and righteousness shall look down from heaven.

12 The Lord will indeed grant prosperity, *
and our land will yield its increase.

13 Righteousness shall go before him, *
and peace shall be a pathway for his feet.

The Epistle                                                                     2 Peter 3:8-15

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus, for in every way you have been enriched in him, in speech and knowledge of every kind-- just as the testimony of Christ has been strengthened among you-- so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ. He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you may be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful; by him you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

The Word of the Lord

Congregation: Thanks be to God 

Sequence Hymn      “Just a closer walk with thee”                                      LEVAS II, #72

1

I am weak but thou art strong;

Jesus, keep me from all wrong;

I’ll be satisfied as long

As I walk, let me walk close to thee.

 

Refrain

Just a closer walk with thee,

Grant it, Jesus, is my plea,

Daily walking close to thee,

Let it be, dear Lord, let it be.

2

Through this world of toil and snares,

If I falter, Lord, who cares?

Who with me my burden shares?

None but thee, dear Lord, none but thee.

Refrain

 3

When my feeble life is o’er,

Time for me will be no more;

Guide me gently, safely o’er

To Thy kingdom shore, to thy shore.

Refrain

 The Holy Gospel               Mark 1:1-8

 The Holy Gospel of our Lord, Jesus Christ, according to Mark.

Congregation: Glory to You, Lord Christ

 The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

As it is written in the prophet Isaiah,

“See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you,
who will prepare your way;

the voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the Lord,
make his paths straight,’”

John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. He proclaimed, “The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

The Gospel of the Lord

Congregation: Praise to You, Lord Christ

 

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The Nicene Creed

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.

Preyers of the People

Prayers of the People      

In peace we pray to you, Lord God

  Silence

For all people in their daily life and work;

For our families, friends, and neighbors, and those who are alone.

 For this community, the nation, and the world;

For all who work for justice, freedom, and peace.

For the just and proper use of your creation;

For the victims of hunger, fear, injustice, and oppression.

For all who are in danger, sorrow, or any kind of trouble;

For those who minister to the sick, the friendless, and the needy.

 For the peace and unity of the Church of God;

For all who proclaim the Gospel, and all those who seek the Truth.

 For Michael our Presiding Bishop, and Marc our Bishop, and for all bishops and other ministers;

For all who serve God and God’s Church

For the special needs and concerns of this congregation and those named now;

Ithon Babb, Ruth Barbour, Eleanor Barnes, Gary Baugh, Bill Begg, Olivia Brathwaite, Suzanne Cervantes, Dann Conley, Denise Conley, Marcella Conley, Joyce Eldridge, Elizabeth and Aiden Evelyn, Barbara Fuller, Nellie Richardson-Gardere, Rodessa Gordon, Kenneth Hart, Dorothy Haynes, Katy Peters Howard, Faye Johnson, Raphael Johnson, Gregory Jones, The Rev. Zelda Kennedy, Carol Knight, Peter, Tupac, Trevon Leahy, Regina Lewis, Lois Logwood, LaVergne Malone, Lamar Marcelle, Hamisi Marshall, Richard Miller, Edward Parsons, Nan Parsons, Kathy Pither, Tiffany Reeves, Amy Jo Richardson-Edgerly, Belinda Sanders, Monica Selter, Sandra Soderland, Jacqui Thornell, Elmer Troublefield, Bishop Desmond Tutu, Alice Walker, Rev. Katherine Ward, Lisa R. White, Anita Wilkerson, Guy Williams.

Hear us, Lord;

For your mercy is great.

We thank you, Lord, for all the blessings of this life.

 Silence

The people may add their own thanksgivings

 We will exalt you, O God our King;

And praise your Name for ever and ever.

 We pray for all who have died, that they may have a place in your eternal kingdom.

 Silence

The people add their own petitions

Lord, let your loving kindness be upon them;

Who put their trust in you.

We pray to you also for the forgiveness of our sins.

Silence may be kept.

Have mercy upon us, most merciful Father; in you compassion forgive us our sins, known and unknown, things done and left undone; and so uphold us by your Spirit that we may love and serve you in newness of life, to the honor and glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Absolution

Almighty God have mercy on you, forgive you all your sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen you in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in eternal life. Amen.            

Life Celebrations, Thanksgivings, and New Friends

The Peace      

All stand.           The peace of the Lord be always with you.

People              And also with you.  

        

Holy communion

Offertory Anthem     “Come, Thou Font of Every Blessing”             LEVAS II, #111

1

Great is Thy faithfulness,” O God my Father, There is no shadow of turning with Thee; Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not

As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be.

Refrain

Great is Thy faithfulness! Great is Thy faithfulness!

Morning by morning new mercies I see; All I have needed Thy hand hath provided—

Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

2

Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest, Sun, moon and stars in their courses above, Join with all nature in manifold witness

To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.      Refrain

3

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth, Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide; Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,

Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!     Refrain

Doxology

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise God, all creatures here below;
Praise God above, ye heavenly host:
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

The Great Thanksgiving

Eucharistic Prayer A

The people remain standing.

The Lord be with you.

People       And also with you.

Celebrant    Lift up your hearts.

People       We lift them to the Lord.

Celebrant   Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

People       It is right to give him thanks and praise.

It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and every where to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth…

Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with Angels and Archangels and with all the company of heaven, who for ever sing this hymn to proclaim the glory of your Name:

Celebrant and People

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest. 

The people stand or sit or kneel.

Holy and gracious Father: In your infinite love you made us for yourself…

Therefore we proclaim the mystery of faith:

Celebrant and People

Christ has died.
Christ is risen.
Christ will come again.  

We celebrate the memorial of our redemption, O Father, in this sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving…

All this we ask through your Son Jesus Christ.

By him, and with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit all honor
and glory is yours, Almighty Father, now and for ever. AMEN.

 And now, as our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to sing,             

 The Lord's Prayer                                                                                LEVAS II, #264

Our Father, which 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 daily bread. And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

 

Alleluia Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us; 

Therefore let us keep the feast.       

 

Fraction Anthem       “Make Us One Lord”

Make us one, Lord, make us one

Holy Spirit make us one, let your love flow

So the world will know, we are one in You

Invitation  

Communion Hymn    “One Bread On Body”       LEVAS II, #151

Refrain

One bread, one body, one Lord of all, one cup of blessing which we bless.

And we, though many, throughout the earth, we are one body in this one Lord.

1 Gentile or Jew, servant or free, woman or man, no more.     Refrain

2 Many the gifts, many the works, one in the Lord of all.      Refrain

Grain for the fields, scattered and grown, gathered to one, for all.     Refrain

​Prayer of Thanksgiving

Let us pray.

Celebrant and People

Eternal God, heavenly Father, you have graciously accepted us as living members of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ, and you have fed us with spiritual food in the Sacrament of his Body and Blood.

Send us now into the world in peace, and grant us strength and courage to love and serve you with gladness and singleness of heart; through Christ our Lord. Amen

Hymn  “Let the Church Say Amen”

Let the church say Amen!
Let the church say Amen!
God has spoken.
Let the church say Amen! (x3)

Announcements

Recessional Hymn    “soon and very soon   Levis 14       

1

Soon and very soon we are goin' to see the King. (X3)

Hallelujah, hallelujah, we are goin' to see the King.

2

No more cryin' there we are goin' to see the King. (X3)

Hallelujah, hallelujah, we are goin' to see the King.

3

No more dyin' there we are goin' to see the King. (X3)

Hallelujah, hallelujah, we are goin' to see the King.

4

Soon and very soon we are goin' to see the King. (X3)

Hallelujah, hallelujah, we are goin' to see the King.

Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah.


The Blessing

Dismissal

Let us go forth in the name of Christ. Alleluia, Alleluia.

Thanks be to God. Alleluia, Alleluia

 

SAVE THE DATE

The Holiday Art and Craft Show will take place December 16-17 in Bakewell Hall.


 

 

SUNDAY SCHOOL & YOUTH EDUCATION

Lessons and Activities each Sunday for young people aged 5-18. Ask an usher or a person sitting near you to bring you into Trinity Chapel to our schoolroom. We begin at 10:00 and end in time for the young people to join you for communion. Children under 5 welcome with an adult.

ADVENT CALENDAR

Third Sunday in Advent, plus Greening of the Church with Reception – December 17 Fourth Sunday in Advent, Service at 10:00am – December 24
Christmas Eve Worship, Service at 8:30pm

FOOD PANTRY SUPPORT ITEM OF THE WEEK
NEXT WEEK please bring CANNED SOUP and PEANUT BUTTER to support our food pantry ministry. Also, personal hygiene items are needed - toothpaste, tooth brushes and deodorant.

St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church Sunday Bulletin ~ Page 14

UPCOMING SERVICES /CHURCH EVENTS

  • AA Meeting, Monday, December 10 @8:00pm
  • Vestry Meeting, Tuesday, December 12 @6:30pm
  • Bible Study, Wednesday, December 13 @6:30pm
  • AA Meeting, Thursday, December 14@8:00pm
  • Holiday Arts and Crafts Show, Bakewell Hall, Saturday, December 16 @10:00am
  • Sunday,December17 ,Service@10:00am

 

 

 

St. Augustines Episcopal Church

Address

525 29th Street Telegraph Ave.
Oakland CA 94609
Phone: 510-832-6462
Fax: 510-832-6464

St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church

“If you desire to praise him, then live what you express. Live good lives, and you yourselves will be his praise.”

Mission

To grow God’s church and serve God’s people in our worship, which reflects the richness of the African American culture, and through educational and outreach programs to the community. We welcome all who wish to join us in witness to God’s love, empowerment and mercy.

Address

525 29th Street
Oakland CA 94609
Phone:
510-832-6462
Fax: 510-832-6464

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