December 6th, 2023
The Rev. Canon Bahman Kalantari
Every Tuesday, at 3 p.m. we are holding an alternate worship opportunity.
which consists of Taize music and includes the Holy Eucharist as
well as prayers for healing. This is a beautiful opportunity for
those who feel more comfortable gathering in a smaller,
more intimate setting to experience the love and power of Jesus.
At the beginning of the service, you are invited to light a candle – to affirm a personal vow, to pray for someone or a particular situation, to invite the light of Christ to shed light on your path, and to receive illumination.
In the Name of the Lord.
Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. The brightness of God’s light shines upon all the nations. All are welcomed to the brightness of God’s dawn.
God gathers us from far away and carries us. With radiant eyes, with rejoicing hearts, we receive the abundance God gives. We respond in praise. With our gifts, with our very selves, we worship God. Hallelujah!
We will now sing Holy Spirit come to us:
How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,
Nor stand in the path of sinners,
Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!
But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water,
Which yields its fruit in its season
And its leaf does not wither;
And in whatever he does, he prospers.
The wicked are not so,
But they are like chaff which the wind drives away.
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
Nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.
For the Lord knows the way of the righteous,
But the way of the wicked will perish.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be: world without end. Amen.
Let us now sing The Kingdom of God:
God of wonder
O God of wonder, as that ancient star rose and guided the magi, illuminating the place where Jesus was, so now may the light of your Holy Spirit shine in our hearts and minds as the Word is read and proclaimed. Guide us again to Christ, and direct us in new paths of faithfulness. In Christ we pray. Amen.
We will now sing In the Lord:
When a Person Sins Against You
Jesus said: “If your fellow believer sins against you, go and tell him in private what he did wrong. If he listens to you, you have helped that person to be your brother or sister again. But if he refuses to listen, go to him again and take one or two other people with you. ‘Every case may be proved by two or three witnesses.’ If he refuses to listen to them, tell the church. If he refuses to listen to the church, then treat him like a person who does not believe in God or like a tax collector.
“I tell you the truth, the things you don’t allow on earth will be the things God does not allow. And the things you allow on earth will be the things that God allows.
“Also, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about something and pray for it, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. This is true because if two or three people come together in my name, I am there with them.”
The Word of the Lord
Let us now sing Stay With Me:
The Apostles' Creed
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth;
And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord;
who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead, and buried.
He descended into hell.
The third day he rose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven,
and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father almighty.
From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
We will now sing God is Forgiveness:
O God, we would be servants of your gospel.
By your grace, through the power of your Holy Spirit, reveal to us your wisdom in its rich variety.
Speak to us in your Word read and proclaimed, that hearing we may in turn share with others the boundless riches of Christ, that everyone might come to see your plan for all creation. In Christ Jesus our Lord we pray. Amen.
Let us now sing O Lord Hear My Prayer
God of steadfast love, you raise us up when we fall and place our feet on steady ground. Strengthened by your faithfulness, we offer our prayers in thanksgiving for the grace that is ours in Christ.
We pray for the mission of your church, that we may proclaim the good news of the age as we put our trust in you.
We pray for the world, that your saving love may reach to the ends of the earth as we serve the common good.
We pray for all who suffer, that we may heed their cry as we share in your steadfast mercy.
We pray for your creation, that we may safeguard its well-being as we labor together for redemption.
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor are yours, almighty Father, forever and ever. Amen.
Let us now sing Jesus, Remember me:
May the God who called Jesus “beloved” speak blessing to us, beloved sons and daughters, and empower us to bring that good news to others who still need to hear it. Amen.