Worship Liturgy for December 2, 2018
Invitatory and Psalter

Bishop:
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Lord, open our lips.

People:

And our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

Bishop and People:

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Bishop:

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 LESSONS

Old Testament Reading
Jeremiah 33:14-16 (NLT)
Elder Bernie Collins

14 “The day will come, says the Lord, when I will do for Israel and Judah all the good things I have promised them.

15 “In those days and at that time     I will raise up a righteous descendant from King David’s line. He will do what is just and right throughout the land.

16 In that day Judah will be saved, and Jerusalem will live in safety. And this will be its name: ‘The Lord Is Our Righteousness.’

Lector:
The word of the Lord for the people of the Lord. 

People: Thanks be to God!



Psalms Reading
Psalms 25:1-9 (NLT)
Elder Sharletha Collins



1 O Lord, I give my life to you.

2  I trust in you, my God! Do not let me be disgraced, or let my enemies rejoice in my defeat.

3 No one who trusts in you will ever be disgraced, but disgrace comes to those who try to deceive others.

4 Show me the right path, O Lord; point out the road for me to follow.

5 Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you.

6 Remember, O Lord, your compassion and unfailing love,     which you have shown from long ages past.

7 Do not remember the rebellious sins of my youth.     Remember me in the light of your unfailing love, for you are merciful, O Lord.

8 The Lord is good and does what is right; he shows the proper path to those who go astray.

9 He leads the humble in doing right, teaching them his way.

Lector:
The word of the Lord for the people of the Lord. 

People:
​​​​​​​Thanks be to God!​​​​​​​People: Thanks be to God!

New Testament Reading
1 Thessalonians 3:9-13 (NLT)
Sister Valerie Taylor


9 How we thank God for you! Because of you we have great joy as we enter God’s presence.

10 Night and day we pray earnestly for you, asking God to let us see you again to fill the gaps in your faith.

11 May God our Father and our Lord Jesus bring us to you very soon.

12 And may the Lord make your love for one another and for all people grow and overflow, just as our love for you overflows.

13 May he, as a result, make your hearts strong, blameless, and holy as you stand before God our Father when our Lord Jesus comes again with all his holy people. Amen.

​​​​​​​Lector:
The word of the Lord for the people of the Lord. 

​​​​​​​People: Thanks be to God!

The Gospel Reading
Luke 21:25-36 (NLT)
Deaconess Tabitha Perez



25 “And there will be strange signs in the sun, moon, and stars. And here on earth the nations will be in turmoil, perplexed by the roaring seas and strange tides.

26 People will be terrified at what they see coming upon the earth, for the powers in the heavens will be shaken.

27 Then everyone will see the Son of Man[a] coming on a cloud with power and great glory.

28 So when all these things begin to happen, stand and look up, for your salvation is near!”

29 Then he gave them this illustration: “Notice the fig tree, or any other tree.


30 When the leaves come out, you know without being told that summer is near.

31 In the same way, when you see all these things taking place, you can know that the Kingdom of God is near.

32 I tell you the truth, this generation will not pass from the scene until all these things have taken place.

33 Heaven and earth will disappear, but my words will never disappear.

34 “Watch out! Don’t let your hearts be dulled by carousing and drunkenness, and by the worries of this life. Don’t let that day catch you unaware,

35 like a trap. For that day will come upon everyone living on the earth.

36 Keep alert at all times. And pray that you might be strong enough to escape these coming horrors and stand before the Son of Man.”

People:     “Glory to you, Lord Christ”

Lector: May the word be forever written on our minds, our lips and our hearts.

The word of the Lord for the people of the Lord.

People: Thanks be to God!

COLLECT
ALL READ TOGETHER:

Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

​​​​​​​Amen.
CONFESSION OF SINS
BISHOP:
Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbors. 

BISHOP:
Let us pray together

BISHOP & PEOPLE: 

Most merciful God,
we confess that we have sinned against you
in thought, words, and deed,
by what we have done, and by what we have left undone.
We have not loved you with our whole heart;
we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.
We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.
For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, 
have mercy on us and forgive us;
that we may delight in your will,
and walk in your ways,
to the glory of your Name.
Amen.

BISHOP:
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.

PASSING OF THE PEACE

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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, 


Offering
Announcements
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THE HOLY COMMUNION

​​​​​​​The Great Thanksgiving 
Eucharistic Prayer A (Celebrant and People)

BISHOP:
The Lord be with you 

PEOPLE:
And, also with you

BISHOP:
Lift up your hearts.

PEOPLE:
We lift them to the Lord.

BISHOP:
Let us give thanks to the Lord.

PEOPLE:
It is right to give thanks and praise.

BISHOP:
​​​​​​It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and Earth.

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

BISHOP & 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.  


Eucharistic Prayer

BISHOP:
Holy and gracious Father: in your infinite love you made us for yourself; and, when we had fallen into sin and become subject to death, you, in your mercy, sent Jesus Christ, your one and only eternal Son, to share our human nature, to live and die as one of us, to reconcile us to you, the God and Father of all. 

He stretched out his arms upon the cross, and offered himself, in obedience to your will, a perfect sacrifice for the whole world.

Words of Institution Host

BISHOP:
On the night he was handed over to suffering and death, the 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 in remembrance of me.”

Words of Institution Chalice

BISHOP:
After supper he took the cup of wine; and when he had given thanks he gave it to them and said, “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 in remembrance of me.”

Mystery of Faith

BISHOP:
Therefore, we proclaim the Mystery of faith.

BISHOP & PEOPLE:

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


Epiclesis

BISHOP:

We celebrate the memorial of our redemption, O Father, in this sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving. Recalling his death, resurrection, and ascension, we offer you these gifts.
Sanctify them by your Holy Spirit to be for your people the Body and Blood of your Son, the holy food and drink of new and unending life in Him. Sanctify us also that we may faithfully receive this holy Sacrament, and serve you in unity, constancy, and peace; and at the last day bring us with all your saints into the joy of your eternal kingdom.
We ask this all through Jesus Christ your Son. Amen.


BISHOP & PEOPLE:

Our Father, who 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 trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,

and the power, and the glory,

forever and ever. Amen.



Breaking of Bread



Declaration



BISHOP:

Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! The gifts of God for the people of God; take them and remember that Christ died for you.  

Believe what you see, see what you believe and become what you are: the Body of Christ.

“This is the body of Christ, the bread of heaven.”

“I BELIEVE!”

“This is the blood of Christ, the cup of Salvation.”

“I BELIEVE!”




DMM Offering

Benediction

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.

Go now and be Christ to the world!

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