Taizé Holy Eucharist, Rite II - 10:00 a.m. The First Sunday of Advent November 29, 2020 ______________________________________________________________________________
On Silence When we try to express communion with God in words, we rapidly reach the end of our capacities. But in the depths of our being, Christ is praying, far more than we imagine. Compared with the immensity of that hidden prayer of Christ in us, our explicit praying dwindles to almost nothing. That is why silence is so essential in discovering the heart of prayer. Although God never stops trying to communicate with us, God never wants to impose anything on us. Often God’s voice comes in a whisper, in a breath of silence. Remaining in silence in God’s presence, open to the Spirit, is already prayer. It is not a matter of trying to obtain inner silence at all costs by following some method that creates a kind of emptiness within. The important thing is a childlike attitude of trust by which we will allow Christ to pray within us silently, and then one day we will discover that the depths of our being are inhabited by a Presence. from Songs and Prayers from Taizé
Gathering In Welcome Remarks Lighting of Advent Wreath
from St Barnabas’ Church, Linslade
Chant #59, Venite Exultemos Domino O come and let us sing to God our hope. Godâ€™s mercy is forever.
Chant #23, Sing praises all you peoples Sing praises all you peoples, sing praises to the Lord.
Collect of the Day BCP 211 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.
Listening for Godâ€™s Word The First Reading - 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 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. Chant #77, Alleluia with Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18 Psalmist will read the four verses. Congregation will sing Alleluia after each verse.
1 Hear, O Shepherd of Israel, leading Joseph like a flock; shine forth, you that are enthroned upon the cherubim. 2 In the presence of Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh, stir up your strength and come to help us. Alleluia 3 Restore us, O God of hosts; show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved. 4 O Lord God of hosts, how long will you be angered despite the prayers of your people? Alleluia 5 You have fed them with the bread of tears; you have given them bowls of tears to drink. 6 You have made us the derision of our neighbors, and our enemies laugh us to scorn. Alleluia 7 Restore us, O God of hosts; show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.
16 Let your hand be upon the man of your right hand, the son of man you have made so strong for yourself. Alleluia 17 And so will we never turn away from you; give us life, that we may call upon your Name. 18 Restore us, O Lord God of hosts; show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved. Alleluia Chant #17, In the Lord I’ll be ever thankful
The Gospel - Mark 13:24-37 Jesus said, “In those days, after that suffering, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in clouds’ with great power and glory. Then he will send out the angels, and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven. “From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates. Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. “But about that day or hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Beware, keep alert; for you do not know when the time will come. It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his slaves in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to be on the watch. Therefore,
keep awake - for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or at dawn, or else he may find you asleep when he comes suddenly. And what I say to you I say to all: Keep awake.â€? Silence - 5 minutes Chant #2, Wait for the Lord
A Liturgical Affirmation of Faith
from The New Zealand Prayer Book
You, O God, are supreme and holy. You create our world and give us life. Your purpose overarches everything we do. You have always been with us. You are God. You, O God, are infinitely generous, good beyond all measure. You came to us before we came to you. You have revealed and proved your love for us in Jesus Christ, who lived and died and rose again. You are with us now. You are God. You, O God, are Holy Spirit. You empower us to be your gospel in the world. You reconcile and heal; you overcome death. You are our God. We worship you. Amen.
Prayers of the People Renew in us, Lord, the joy of your call. Be with us, Lord Emmanuel! Send upon us your Spirit of love: may we never shut our hearts to our neighbor. Be with us, Lord Emmanuel! Renew the unity between Christians and all faith communities: may they manifest your love by their communion. Be with us, Lord Emmanuel! Support those who suffer in their hearts or in their flesh: restore them to peace and health. Be with us, Lord Emmanuel! Welcome those who have died into the life of eternity: may their eyes see the light that never sets. Be with us, Lord Emmanuel! At this time you may offer aloud your own intercessions. We will end each one by saying, Be with us, Lord Emmanuel. Quiet The Peace Celebrant: The peace of the Lord be always with you. People: And also with you.
Celebrating Holy Communion The Presentation Chant #125, The Kingdom of God
The Great Thanksgiving from Enriching Our Worship Celebrant: 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 our thanks and praise. Celebrant: We praise you and we bless you, holy and gracious God, source of life abundant. From before time you made ready the creation. Your Spirit moved over the deep and brought all things into being: sun, moon, and stars; earth, winds, and waters; and every living thing. You made us in your image, and taught us to walk in your ways. But we rebelled against you, and wandered far away; and yet, as a mother cares for her children, you would not forget us. Time and again you called us to live in the fullness of your love. And so this day we join with Saints and Angels in the chorus of praise that rings through eternity, lifting our voices to magnify you as we say: 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 Celebrant continues with the prayerâ€Ś In the fullness of time bring us, With Peter, Philip and Mary and all your saints, from every tribe and language and people and nation, to feast at the banquet prepared from the foundation of the world. Through Christ and with Christ and in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, to you be honor, glory, and praise, for ever and ever. Amen. The Lordâ€™s Prayer 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. Chant #114, Agnus Dei Lord, have mercy upon us. Grant us peace.
The Breaking of the Bread The Celebrant breaks the consecrated bread. A period of silence is kept. Celebrant: Alleluia. Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us; People: Therefore, let us keep the feast. Alleluia.
The Gifts of God for the People of God. Take them in remembrance that Christ died for you, and feed on him in your hearts by faith, with thanksgiving. The Communion of the People Chant #15, Ubi Caritas Where there is charity and love, God is to be found.
The Post-Communion Prayer During a Time of Separation Priest and people together Lord of the Feast, we thank you for gathering us as your people. We call to remembrance the many times we have been fed at your table and we lament our distance now. Be present Lord Jesus as you were present with your disciples, be known to us in the breaking of the bread, and may your Holy Spirit sustain us and all your Church until we can gather together again. We ask this for the sake of your love. Amen.
Sending Out The Blessing Prayer Around the Light Those gathered in the sanctuary are invited to approach the altar during the singing of the closing chants, and light a candle as you offer whatever prayer is in your heart. Those gathered online are invited to offer your prayer using the comment section. We will light candles in honor of every prayer shared online.
Chant #9, Jesus, Le Christ Lord Jesus Christ, your light shines within us. Let my heart always welcome your love.
Chant #19, Magnificant Sing out my soul. Sing out and glorify the Lord who sets us free.
Taizé Prayer Our prayer today is patterned after the Taizé community in France. There, at the heart of community prayer (we call it worship), pilgrims engage in the experience before even knowing what to expect. We want you to share that same experience.
The Chants of Taizé reflect the many languages of the pilgrims who travel to the Taizé Community in France. When the language we’ve chosen for our service (noted in italics) is not the primary one, look for it above the music. The many translations remind us we are connected in faith with others around the world.