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1 Christ Church (Parish Church) 4 th Sunday in Advent December 18, :30 HOLY COMMUNION, BCP 10:30 SERVICE OF LESSONS AND CAROLS Welcome LIGHTING OF THE FOURTH ADVENT CANDLE: LOVE Advent is a time for waiting; waiting for God to bring his kingdom to our world. We wait for the LOVE that God so freely offered us through his Son, Jesus Christ. We pray that all people will receive the Christ Child as God s wondrous gift to the world. As we light our fourth candle may it be a sign of the Love that imparts to human hearts the blessings of God s heaven. Love is a flame that burns in our heart, Jesus has come and will never depart When God is a child, there s joy in our song. The last shall be first and the weak shall be strong And none shall be afraid. Processional Carol Once in Royal David s City (verse 1 Solo) 123 The Bidding Prayer 1 st Lesson: Genesis 3:8-19 God announces in the Garden of Eden, the seed of woman shall bruise the serpent s head. Anthem O Come, Redeemer of the Earth B. L. Hanson 2 nd Lesson: Genesis 22:15-18 God promises to faithful Abraham that in his seed shall the nations of the earth be blessed. Anthem Lo, How a Rose E er Blooming harm.m.praetorius 3 rd Lesson: Isaiah 9:2, 6-7 Christ s birth and Kingdom are foretold by Isaiah. Carol O Come, Divine Messiah (Verses 1-2) 95 4 th Lesson: Isaiah 11:1-9 - The peace that Christ will bring is foreshown. Anthem Sans Day Carol arr. J. Rutter Carol O Come, O Come, Emmanuel 89 5 th Lesson: Luke 1: The Angel Gabriel visits Mary. Anthem Gabriel to Mary Came arr. D. Willcocks Carol Twas in the Moon of Wintertime th Lesson: Luke 2:1-7 St. Luke tells of the birth of Jesus. Anthem Candlelight Carol J. Rutter Carol O Little Town of Bethlehem (Verse 1,2 & 4) th Lesson: Luke 2:8-20 The shepherds go to the manger. Anthem Ding Dong! Merrily on High harm C.Wood Carol While Shepherds Watched their Flocks th Lesson: Matthew 2:1-12 The Rev d Garth Maxwell Wise men seek the newborn king. Anthem Let Carols Ring arr. C. Black Offertory Carol In the Bleak Midwinter (Verses 1,2,4) th Lesson: John 1:1-14 The Rev d Wandlyn Snelgrove St. John unfolds the great mystery of the Incarnation. Carol Of the Father s Love Begotten (Vs 1 Solo) 132 Closing Prayers Recessional Carol O Come, All Ye Faithful (Verses 1-4) 118 REMEMBER IN OUR PRAYERS Sandra Allan, Dorothy Miller, Jeanette Maillet, Melanie McKinnon, Tracey Nolan, Jackie Warren, Mike Washburn, Chris Sharp, Holly Currie, Baby Elena Currie, Baby Ellie Jane, Harmony, Eva Lake, Kyle Schwent, Steve Lange, Cathy Lynch, Dottie Maxwell, Joan Lautard, Preston Carrier, Esther Gmah, Wally Hunt, Colin Ranson, Phyllis Strang, Edrie Stephens

2 THIS SUNDAY Advent IV Lessons & Carols THIS WEEK AT THE PARISH 8:30 Holy Communion BCP Monday, December 19 10:30 Holy Lessons & Carols Service 8pm Ball Hockey - Gym LAYREADER: Tuesday, December 20 EUCH. ASSISTANT: 6pm Cubs/Scouts - Gym READER: Wednesday, December 21 SOUND SYSTEM: R.Coburn 12pm Prayer Group GREETERS:D.&M.Pond,G.Farrell 5:30pm Elite Kenpo - Gym B.Vaughan,F.Lowthers 6:30 pm Recital-Church COFFEE: J&A Galpin,R.Coburn Thursday, December 22 COUNTERS: P&JSchousboe,R.Coburn,M.Mersereau 6:30 pm Beavers - Gym ALTAR GUILD: E.Malmber,G.Lacey-House 7:15pm - Choir SERVERS:C.Hanscomb Saturday, December 24 4pm-Family Service of HC 8:30pm Hymn Sing - Chapel 9pm Holy Communion - Chapel NEXT SUNDAY Christmas Day Sunday, December 25 10:00am Holy Communion BCP 10:00 am Holy Communion BCP LAYREADER: SERVERS: READER: SOUND SYSTEM: R.Coburn GREETERS: COFFEE: COUNTERS: ALTAR GUILD: E.Malmberg,G.Lacey-House SUNDAY SERVICE SCHEDULE 8:30 Holy Communion (BCP) PARISH DIRECTORY 10:30 - BISHOP 1 st & 3 rd Holy Communion (BAS) The Rt. Rev d David Edwards 2 nd & 4 th - Holy Communion (BCP) RECTOR The. Rev d Wandlyn Snelgrove HONOURARY ASSISTANT HOW TO REACH US The Rt. Rev d Bill Hockin 245 Westmorland Street DEACON Fredericton, NB E3B 3L9 The Rev. Deacon Joyce Perry Office Hours: ORGANIST/CHOIR DIRECTOR Mon & Wed: 9am-12noon & 1pm-4pm Alice Boyd Tues & Thurs: 9am-12noon SECRETARY Fri: 9am-2pm Twyla Harvey BOOK KEEPER Office: Barb Brown Rector: SEXTON Deacon: Wally Hunt TREASURER Rector s Website: parishchurch.ca David Blacklock WARDENS Michael Blizzard Nancy Cook We welcome all visitors to our Communion Table. If you take communion in your own church, you are most welcome to do so here. If you would prefer, you may cross your arms and the priest will know you would like a blessing.

3 VESTRY MEETING There will be a very brief Vestry meeting today at noon in the Sunday School room. ADVENT CANDLE LIGHTING Thank you to Rob, Donna and Rochelle for lighting the fourth candle of Advent: the candle of Love at our 10:30 am service this morning. CHRISTMAS CAROLING Please join us this afternoon at 3pm for Christmas Caroling followed by hot chocolate and cookies when we return to the church. BOOK CLUB Our next book club meeting will be on January 10 th, 7pm at Betty Scovil s home. The book we are reading is Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende. CHRISTMAS FLOWERS & MEMORIALS If you would like to place flowers in the church or place a memorial in memory of a loved one this Christmas Season please let the office know by Monday, December 19. OFFERING ENVELOPES FOR 2017 Offering envelopes for 2017 are ready and are at the Westmorland Street entrance this morning. For those that have e-offering and would like some envelopes for special occasions there are unmarked boxes with those in them for you. Advent Organ Recitals at Christ Church Cathedral. Fridays in December, 12:10-12:50pm. December 23: David Drinkell. Freewill offering. CHRISTMAS DINNER Home alone at Christmas? Come to St. John the Evangelist Church in Fredericton for a delicious meal with wonderful people. Thanks to willing volunteers and warm hearts, we are offering a Christmas dinner with all the trimmings at 12noon on Christmas day. If you will be alone or simply would enjoy a free Christmas dinner with others, come. Enjoy Christmas music, conversation and food in the friendly atmosphere of our hall. It would be helpful if you let the church office ( ) know you are attending. Come and enjoy! Saturday, Dec. 24 th 4:00pm Family Service of Holy Communion in Main Church If there are any children that would like to participate in our unrehearsed Christmas Creche presentation there will be costumes in the Lounge prior to the 4pm service. Saturday, Dec. 24 th 8:30pm Carol Sing - Chapel 9pm - Holy Communion in St. Anne s Chapel of Ease Sunday, Dec. 25 th 10am - Holy Communion in Main Church A MULTITUDE OF THANKS Thank you to the clean up crews who have continuously been here this fall and who have made special efforts this past week to clean up the Church and Chapel for our Christmas Services. Thank you to the decorating crew who was here this week and have made our Worship spaces even more beautiful for the Advent and Christmas seasons. Thank you to everyone who assisted in making our annual Christmas Dinner for our neighbours a resounding success. Donations of food and gifts and time are most appreciated as are the chefs, potato peelers, dishwashers and set-up crew. Thanks to our Youth Group for getting together and making the lovely gift bags to give out at the dinner - for some, this could be their only gift. Everyone who attended is always so appreciative; it is truly a wonderful event in which to participate. Our thanks to all the readers and musicians who have come together to lead our Service of Lessons and Carols. The choir has been practicing diligently since October and our organist, Alice, began her planning long before then. A welcome and thank you to our talented trumpeter, Jonathan Snell, and to Signa Love who has been singing with us over the Advent Season.

4 VESTRY MEETING There will be a very brief Vestry meeting today at noon in the Sunday School room. ADVENT CANDLE LIGHTING Thank you to Rob, Donna and Rochelle for lighting the fourth candle of Advent: the candle of Love at our 10:30 am service this morning. CHRISTMAS CAROLING Please join us this afternoon at 3pm for Christmas Caroling followed by hot chocolate and cookies when we return to the church. BOOK CLUB Our next book club meeting will be on January 10 th, 7pm at Betty Scovil s home. The book we are reading is Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende. CHRISTMAS FLOWERS & MEMORIALS If you would like to place flowers in the church or place a memorial in memory of a loved one this Christmas Season please let the office know by Monday, December 19. OFFERING ENVELOPES FOR 2017 Offering envelopes for 2017 are ready and are at the Westmorland Street entrance this morning. For those that have e-offering and would like some envelopes for special occasions there are unmarked boxes with those in them for you. Advent Organ Recitals at Christ Church Cathedral. Fridays in December, 12:10-12:50pm. December 23: David Drinkell. Freewill offering. CHRISTMAS DINNER Home alone at Christmas? Come to St. John the Evangelist Church in Fredericton for a delicious meal with wonderful people. Thanks to willing volunteers and warm hearts, we are offering a Christmas dinner with all the trimmings at 12noon on Christmas day. If you will be alone or simply would enjoy a free Christmas dinner with others, come. Enjoy Christmas music, conversation and food in the friendly atmosphere of our hall. It would be helpful if you let the church office ( ) know you are attending. Come and enjoy! Saturday, Dec. 24 th 4:00pm Family Service of Holy Communion in Main Church If there are any children that would like to participate in our unrehearsed Christmas Creche presentation there will be costumes in the Lounge prior to the 4pm service. Saturday, Dec. 24 th 8:30pm Carol Sing - Chapel 9pm - Holy Communion in St. Anne s Chapel of Ease Sunday, Dec. 25 th 10am - Holy Communion in Main Church A MULTITUDE OF THANKS Thank you to the clean up crews who have continuously been here this fall and who have made special efforts this past week to clean up the Church and Chapel for our Christmas Services. Thank you to the decorating crew who was here this week and have made our Worship spaces even more beautiful for the Advent and Christmas seasons. Thank you to everyone who assisted in making our annual Christmas Dinner for our neighbours a resounding success. Donations of food and gifts and time are most appreciated as are the chefs, potato peelers, dishwashers and set-up crew. Thanks to our Youth Group for getting together and making the lovely gift bags to give out at the dinner - for some, this could be their only gift. Everyone who attended is always so appreciative; it is truly a wonderful event in which to participate. Our thanks to all the readers and musicians who have come together to lead our Service of Lessons and Carols. The choir has been practicing diligently since October and our organist, Alice, began her planning long before then. A welcome and thank you to our talented trumpeter, Jonathan Snell, and to Signa Love who has been singing with us over the Advent Season.

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