Second Sunday of Advent | December 8, 2013 | 10:30 am
Welcome We acknowledge our presence on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples. Welcome to St. James’, especially if you are a newcomer or visitor. Children of all ages are fully welcome at every liturgy. We hope that you will enjoy your visit here with us. Please help us to get to know you by introducing yourself to one of the clergy. VISION STATEMENT Discovering the beauty of holiness in our lives and neighbourhood, by living a Christ-centred sacramental life rooted in the Anglo-Catholic tradition. MISSION OBJECTIVES • To be a beacon for all as a neighbourhood and destination church where we invite and welcome friends, family and strangers into our midst; • To deepen our life of prayer and formation in Christ; • To develop relationships and fellowship in open, honest and spiritual ways among parishioners, with our neighbours, and those in need; • To pursue and practice justice and mercy for the imparting of the Kingdom of God within and beyond the Parish; •To maintain financial equilibrium, develop our reserves and optimize the use of our assets to ensure the preservation of our sacred space and ministry from generation to generation, to the everlasting glory of God. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
TODAY 9:30 AM 9:45 AM 10:30 AM 4:00 PM 5:00 PM
Formation: Prophecy and the Coming of Christ, with Dr. Paul Stanwood, Bishops’ Room Rosary Prayers, Lady Chapel High Mass followed by Coffee Hour Ordination of Joyce Locht, Christ Church Cathedral Evening Prayer, Blessed Sacrament Chapel
The image on the front cover shows two of the seven Altar lamps, silver containers, each cradling a copper vessel which holds enough oil to burn for six weeks. Each container is engraved in memory of a particular parish member from the early years of the 20th century. These sanctuary lamps, which date from the old church, represent the seven lamps of fire burning before the throne of God as mentioned in the Book of Revelation. from Allan Duncan’s Tour of St. James’ 2 | HIGH MASS
Before Mass If you require assistance at any time, please speak to one of the welcomers at the Church entrance (narthex). As a friendly reminder, please turn off all electronic devices that might disrupt worship. In the interest of security, please keep purses and other valuables with you at all times. Wireless hearing amplifiers are available. Washrooms can be accessed through the doors on the left hand side at the back of the church on the opposite side to the entrance. Your family is welcome at St. Jamesâ€™. Children may remain in the Church during the service: there is a play area with toys and colouring books in the back of the church. The sacrament of reconciliation (confession) is available. Speak with a priest to make an appointment. The Mass booklet contains all the prayers and information required to participate in the Mass. The directions given in this booklet to stand, sit and kneel are offered as guidelines to those who are able. The symbol + indicates when to make the sign of the cross. It is also customary to make a discreet bow at the name of Jesus. You are encouraged to take the opportunity before Mass for silence, stillness and prayer. Please refrain from talking before Mass begins. We adore you, most Holy Lord Jesus Christ here and in all your churches throughout all the world; and we bless you because by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world. St. Francis of Assisi
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A Reflection â€“ The Advent Prose Pour down, O heavens, from above, and let the skies rain down righteousness. Turn your fierce anger form us, O Lord, and remember not our sins for ever. Your holy cities have become a desert, Zion a wilderness, Jerusalem a desolation; our holy and beautiful house, where our fathers+ praised you. Pour down, O heavens, from above, and let the skies rain down righteousness. We have sinned and become like one who is unclean; we have all withered like a leaf, and our iniquities like the wind have swept us away. You have hidden your face from us, and abandoned us to our iniquities. Pour down, O heavens, from above, and let the skies rain down righteousness. You are my witnesses, says the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen, that you may know me and believe me. I myself am the Lord, and none but I can deliver; what my hand holds, none can snatch away. Pour down, O heavens, from above, and let the skies rain down righteousness. Comfort my people, comfort them; my salvation shall not be delayed. I have swept your offences away like a cloud; fear not, for I will save you. I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your redeemer. Pour down, O heavens, from above, and let the skies rain down righteousness. 4 | HIGH MASS
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Entrance Rite PRELUDE Vater unser im Himmelreich (BWV 737) â€” J. S. Bach At the entrance of the clergy and servers all stand.
INTROIT People of Zion, look up! The Lord is near at hand to redeem the nations; and in the gladness of your hearts the Lord shall cause his glorious voice to be heard. Populus Sion (Mode VII)
KYRIE ELEISON Lord, have mercy upon us. Christ, have mercy upon us. Lord, have mercy upon us.
Kyrie eleison Christe eleison Kyrie eleison Setting: Missa brevis â€” Matyas Seiber
COLLECT OF THE DAY Celebrant All
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The Lord be with you. And with thy spirit. Let us pray. Almighty God, who sent thy servant John the Baptist to prepare thy people to welcome the Messiah, inspire us, the ministers and stewards of thy truth, to turn our disobedient hearts to thee, that when the Christ shall come again to be our judge, we may stand with confidence before his glory; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
The Liturgy of the Word OLD TESTAMENT READING Reader
A reading from the Book of Isaiah A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. His delight shall be in the fear of the Lord. He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide by what his ears hear; but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked. Righteousness shall be the belt around his waist, and faithfulness the belt around his loins. The wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall graze, their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The nursing child shall play over the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put its hand on the adder's den. They will not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain; for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea. On that day the root of Jesse shall stand as a signal to the peoples; the nations shall inquire of him, and his dwelling shall be glorious.
The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
A cantor sings the antiphon first; the people repeat it thereafter.
Give the King your justice, O God, and your righteousness to the King's Son; He shall come down like rain upon the mown field, like showers that water the earth. Antiphon
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Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, who alone does wondrous deeds! And blessed be his glorious name for ever! and may all the earth be filled with his glory. Amen. Amen. Antiphon Psalm 72:1, 6, 18-19
EPISTLE READING Sub-deacon
A reading from the Letter of Paul to the Romans For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, so that by steadfastness and by the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope. May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus, so that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God. For I tell you that Christ has become a servant of the circumcised on behalf of the truth of God in order that he might confirm the promises given to the patriarchs, and in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written, "Therefore I will confess you among the Gentiles, and sing praises to your name"; and again he says, "Rejoice, O Gentiles, with his people"; and again, "Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles, and let all the peoples praise him"; and again Isaiah says, "The root of Jesse shall come, the one who rises to rule the Gentiles; in him the Gentiles shall hope." May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:4-13
The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
A cantor begins the alleluia; all repeat it thereafter.
Alleluia. I was glad when they said unto me: we will go into the house of the Lord. Alleluia. Our feet shall stand within thy gates, O Jerusalem. Alleluia. LĂŚtatus sum (Mode V)
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All stand and turn to face the book of the Gospels
In those days John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea, proclaiming, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near." This is the one of whom the prophet Isaiah spoke when he said, The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: 'Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.'" Now John wore clothing of camel's hair with a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey. Then the people of Jerusalem and all Judea were going out to him, and all the region along the Jordan, and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. But when he saw many Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism, he said to them, "You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear fruit worthy of repentance. Do not presume to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our ancestor'; for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham. Even now the ax is lying at the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. I baptize you with water for repentance, but one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and will gather his wheat into the granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire." Matthew 3:1-12
Be Seated Fr. Mark Greenaway-Robbins
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PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE Celebrant
In peace, let us pray to the Lord.
After each petition this response is said: Lord in thy mercy. Hear our prayer.
After the petition for the departed: + Rest eternal grant unto them, O Lord. And may light perpetual shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen.
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CONFESSION & ABSOLUTION Deacon
Let us humbly confess our sins to almighty God. Kneel
Almighty God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Maker of all things and judge of all people: We acknowledge and confess our manifold sins and wickedness, Which we from time to time most grievously have committed, By thought, word, and deed, Against thy divine majesty. We do earnestly repent, and are heartily sorry for these our misdoings. Have mercy upon us, most merciful Father; For thy Son our Lord Jesus Christ’s sake, Forgive us all that is past; And grant that we may ever hereafter Serve and please thee In newness of life, To the honour and glory of thy name; Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Almighty God, our heavenly Father, who of his great mercy hath promised forgiveness of sins to all them that with hearty repentance and true faith turn unto him: have mercy upon you; + pardon and deliver you from all your sins; confirm and strengthen you in all goodness; and bring you to everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The ministers and people may greet one another in the name of the Lord in the customary way. You may choose not to shake hands at the Peace. A simple exchange of “Peace be with you” with eye contact and a nod, or a bow, is a good substitute. 12 | HIGH MASS
The Liturgy of the Holy Eucharist OFFERTORY & PREPARATION OF THE GIFTS
Will you not turn, O God, and give us life again, that your people may rejoice in you? Show us your mercy, O Lord, and grant us your salvation. Deus, tu convertens (Mode III)
The People sing the hymn while the People’s gifts of bread, wine and money are brought forward. 12 Green Hymn Book (New English Hymnal) – On Jordan’s Bank, the Baptist’s Cry
SURSUM CORDA & PROPER PREFACE
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It is very meet, right, and our bounden duty, that we should at all times, and in all places, give thanks unto thee, O Lord, holy Father, almighty, everlasting God, creator and preserver of all things. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, who in the fullness of time came among us in our flesh and opened to us the way of salvation. Now we watch for the day when he will come again in power and great triumph to judge this world; that we, without shame or fear, may rejoice to behold his appearing. Therefore with angels and archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we laud and magnify thy glorious name; evermore praising thee and saying:
SANCTUS & BENEDICTUS Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of hosts, heaven and earth are full of thy glory. Glory be to thee, O Lord most high. + Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord: Hosanna in the highest. Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus Dominus Deus Sabaoth. Pleni sunt cĂŚli et terra Gloria tua. Hosanna in excelsis. + Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini. Hosanna in excelsis. Setting: Missa brevis â€” Matyas Seiber
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THE PRAYER OF CONSECRATION Celebrant
Blessing and glory and thanksgiving be unto thee, almighty God, our heavenly Father, who of thy tender mercy didst give thine only Son Jesus Christ to take our nature upon him, and to suffer death upon the cross for our redemption; who made there, by his one oblation of himself once offered, a full, perfect, and sufficient sacrifice, oblation, and satisfaction, for the sins of the whole world; and did institute, and in his holy gospel command us to continue, a perpetual memorial of that his precious death, until his coming again. Hear us, O merciful Father, we most humbly beseech thee; and grant that we receiving these thy creatures of bread and wine, according to thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ’s holy institution, in remembrance of his death and passion, may be partakers of his most blessed body and blood; who, in the same night that he was betrayed, took bread; and, when he had given thanks, he brake it; and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you: Do this in remembrance of me.” + Likewise after supper he took the cup; and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink ye all, of this; for this is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the remission of sins: Do this, as oft as ye shall drink it, in remembrance of me.” +
Wherefore, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, we thy humble servants with all thy holy Church, remembering the precious death of thy beloved Son, his mighty resurrection, and glorious ascension, and looking for his coming again in glory, do make before thee, in this sacrament of the holy bread of eternal life and the cup of everlasting salvation, the memorial which he hath commanded: We praise thee, we bless thee, we thank thee and we pray to thee, Lord our God. And we entirely desire thy fatherly goodness mercifully to accept this our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving, most humbly beseeching thee to grant, that by the merits and death of thy Son Jesus Christ, and through faith in his blood, we and all thy whole Church may obtain remission of our sins, and all other benefits of his passion; And we pray that by the power of thy Holy Spirit, all we who are partakers of this holy communion may be fulfilled with thy grace + and heavenly benediction; through Jesus Christ our Lord, by whom and with whom, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all honour and glory be unto thee, O Father Almighty, world without end. Amen. HIGH MASS | 15
THE LORD’S PRAYER
THE BREAKING OF THE BREAD
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AGNUS DEI Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi: miserere nobis. Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi: miserere nobis Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi: dona nobis pacem.
Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world : have mercy upon us. Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world: have mercy upon us. Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world: grant us thy peace. Setting: Missa brevis — Matyas Seiber
All who are baptized and believe Christ present in this sacrament are invited to come forward for communion. Those who are unable to receive communion, or do not yet receive, are invited to come forward for a blessing. To indicate you wish a blessing, fold your arms rather than holding out your hand for the Sacrament. When coming forward to receive, please approach from the centre aisle only and follow the directions of the attendant standing at the head of the aisle. Please return to your seat via the side aisles. When you receive the Holy Bread consume it immediately. It is no longer permissible to intinct the Holy Bread in the Holy Wine. You may choose not to receive the Holy Wine from the chalice at this time. If so, once you have received the Holy Bread please remain kneeling and fold your arms to indicate that you do not wish to receive from the chalice.
COMMUNION MOTET Blow ye the trumpet in Sion, for the day of God now is near at hand. See, he cometh and will save us: he will make the crooked ways straight, the rough places will he make plain: come then, O Lord, and do not tarry. Canite tuba — Francisco Guerrero
Sit or kneel
303 Green Hymn book (New English Hymnal) – O Word Immortal of Eternal God
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Concluding Rite PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION Celebrant All
The Lord be with you. And with thy spirit.
Let us pray. Faithful God, we thank thee for feeding us with this heavenly banquet. Help us always to hear the prophet's call to turn our hearts to thee; in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.
Kneel The peace of God, which passeth all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord: And the blessing of God Almighty, the +Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, be amongst you and remain with you always. Amen. Notices and announcements may be given.
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Be Seated Stand
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HYMN 116 Blue Hymn book (Common Praise) – Your Kingdom Come POSTLUDE Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland — Johann Pachelbel During the postlude you are encouraged to remain quietly in the nave, or to move to the Bishops’ Room to enjoy coffee hour conversation. For prayer requests, please contact the office or speak to a member of the clergy. Please notify the Parish Office (604-685-2532) when a parishioner/friend/family member is hospitalized or housebound. The Office will arrange visitation, Holy Communion or Anointing with the Parish Clergy Team and Pastoral Care Ministry Coordinator. If entering hospital, please inform the hospital on arrival that you (or the patient you are with) are Anglican and ask for the hospital’s Anglican chaplain.
Please take this booklet away with you to aid in your own reflection, prayers, and for your information.
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The Thurible RECTOR’S NOTES “God’s hand in the world / Like my mother’s hand in the innards / Of a slaughter chicken / On Sabbath eve.” Yehuda Amichai (1924-2000) in his opening sentence offers the reader a striking image of providence. A friend introduced me to the writings of this Israeli poet during a tour of the Holy Land for seminarians. I was coming to terms with my experience having lived in Jerusalem a few years previously. In the poem “Wild Peace” Amichai draws on imagery from passages in the prophet Isaiah which happen to be our Sunday lections this week and last: “Not the one of an armistice, / Not even the one of the vision of wolf and lamb,” (Isaiah 11:1-10) ; “Peace / Without the commotion of turning swords into plowshares, without words / without” (Isaiah 2:1-5). It concludes: “Let it be / Like wild flowers, / Suddenly, an imperative of the field: / Wild peace.” When living in Israel-Palestine life is lived in the imperative. In the midst of turmoil even the hope of peace can seem fleeting, often beyond reach. So it is for many of us in the midst of personal struggles, or the strivings of our
peoples and nations. Pope Francis, is his Advent Sunday homily, seized and proclaimed his conviction for hope in peace based on Isaiah 2: “What a lovely day it will be when weapons are damaged to be transformed into tools for work! Exactly what a gorgeous day that will be! And this is possible! Let us bet on hope, on the hope of peace, and it will be possible!”
Inform. Inspire. Invite. INSIDE: •
Today at St. James’
Formation on Sunday
Fr. Bill Crockett, during the Formation session last Sunday, drew on the work Barbara K. Lundblad, professor of preaching at Union Theological Seminary, New York, who cited a number of contemporary examples where swords have been turned into plowshares. Together Christian and Muslim women in Monrovia, Liberia, protested in support of peace talks. In Cambodia a dozen programs are eradicating the country of land mines.
Resourcing our Faith
Ministry & Money
Outreach to the World
Quote of this Week
Opportunities to Serve
Liturgy at Christmas
Dido’s “Did You Know?”
Advent, a season of joyful expectation, is the time when we may expand the horizon of our vision and be caught up in God’s work of peace-making.
Justice and Mercy
Mass this Week
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TODAY AT ST. JAMES MORNING PRAYER 8:00 am in the Church. LOW MASS 8:30 am in the Church. FORMATION SESSION 9:30 am in the Bishops’ Room. ROSARY PRAYERS – THE JOYFUL MYSTERIES 9:45 am in the Lady Chapel. HIGH MASS 10:30 am in the Church. PWRDF CHRISTMAS CARDS During coffee hour (after High Mass) in the Parish Hall. Peter Goodwin will be selling PWRDF Christmas cards. ORDINATION OF JOYCE LOCHT 4:00 pm at Christ Church Cathedral. EVENING PRAYER 5:00 pm in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel. ADVENT PASTORAL LETTER 2013 The Trustees and Collegium have written to the Parish with a summary of the Parish Review process and a plan for 2014. Please pick up a hard copy in the Narthex. Fr. Bill Crockett preached on the Review and the Anglican Marks of Mission. Copies of his inspiring and informative sermon are also available in the Narthex.
FORMATION ON SUNDAY FORMATION SESSIONS IN ADVENT: PROPHECY AND THE COMING OF CHRIST Sunday, December 8, 9:30 am, Bishops’ Room Our Formation Sessions during the first three Sundays of Advent reflect upon the Old Testament lessons, all taken from the first part of Isaiah. The presenters describe the context of these passages and the larger concerns of prophecy in the Christian tradition. Advent 2 (December 8th): Dr. Paul Stanwood (Isa. 11:1-10) Advent 3 (December 15th ): The Rector (Isa. 35:1-10) Advent 4 (December 22nd ): Dr. Shirley Sullivan , Professor Emeritus of Classics (UBC) is discussing the seven “O Antiphons” and showing how they reveal Jesus in his full nature of God in human flesh. ALL WELCOME!
RESOURCING OUR FAITH SERMON NOTES: Copies of recent sermons, including “The Marks of a Mission-Centered Parish” from Fr. Bill Crockett, are now available in the Narthex. FEATURED RESOURCE – THE TEXT THIS WEEK At The Text This Week, you will find convenientlyorganized links to a treasure of resources for study, reflection and liturgy pertaining to each week's lectionary texts – the Sunday lections based on the Revised Common Lectionary. For more info go to: http://www.textweek.com SERMONS ON VIDEO Don’t forget to check out videos of our sermons online, at www.stjames.bc.ca.
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MINISTRY & MONEY ARE YOU BEHIND IN YOUR GIVING? At this time of year, if you would like to see where you are at with your pledged giving, please contact Philip via the office (firstname.lastname@example.org or 604.6852532) who can provide that information for you. BUDGET 2014 AND THE STREET OUTREACH INITIATIVE SOI’s budget and their request for additional funding was received after the Annual Financial Vestry Meeting on November 17th. However, this increase was intimated in the letter from the Trustees that accompanied copies of the Budget. As a result, at a meeting of the Trustees held on November 26, it was decided that we should go ahead with funding in the amount of $28,850 as requested for 2014, and leave the amount listed in the Budget as it was. Please give as generously as you are able to this incredible parish outreach.
INTENTION CARDS – UPDATE We are delighted with the generosity of parishioners who at this early stage have completed 47 intention cards totalling $114,066 (as of Dec. 1st). In 2013 parishioners returned 73 intention cards and thereby committed a total amount of $144,722 to our ministry and mission budget. Our target amount in 2014 is $230,000 – which is the projected total of all regular giving and donations to Parish expenses. Don’t forget: if you are part of the pre-authorized debit arrangement (PAD) from your credit card, or bank account, please fill out a new intention card for 2014. Remember, if your circumstances change you are not bound to give the amount you pledged. It is an expression of commitment which can change during year depending on your circumstances. St. Jam es' Target Budget
FIRST TIME DONOR TAX CREDITS Did you know that for this year, if you are a first time donor (or haven’t donated for the past five years) you may be entitled to a “super” tax credit? This applies to monetary donations up to $1,000 made after March 20, 2013. see table below
$150,000 $100,000 $50,000 $0 DEC. 1 AMOUNT
Standard CDTC 15% = $30
Super CDTC 0
Total $30 credit
15% = $30
25% = $50
15% on first $200 = $30 29% on $300 = $87 15% on first $200 = $30 29% on $300 = $87
25% on $500 =$125
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OUTREACH TO THE WORLD SUPPORTING THE PHILIPPINES - PWRDF Long time PWRDF partner Cebu Bohol Relief and Rehabilitation Centre (CRRC) reports that 90% of the 60,000 residents from the 16 Barangays/communities in 6 municipalities with whom CRRC has been working for years are affected by the recent disaster. PWRDF’s other long time partners Farmers’ Development Centre (FARDEC) and Southern Partners Fair Trade Centre (SPFTC) along with CRRC mobilized resources from incountry donations and reached out to the affected families with food, water, clothing and medicines. These partners have identified 525 of the most vulnerable families in the remote areas of Bantayan Island whom they will provide with rice, dried fish, sardines, cooking oil, puritabs and plastic sheets for temporary shelter utilizing PWRDF’s grant. As a member of the ACT Alliance, PWRDF has contributed to the $14.1 million ACT response to Typhoon Haiyan. Between November 9 and December 9, 2013, all donations received for typhoon relief from Canadians by registered charities—including PWRDF—will be matched, dollar for dollar, by the Canadian government. The government will use the matching funds to provide assistance through international and Canadian humanitarian organizations. Donations can be made on-line at http://pwrdf.org/donate LOWER MAINLAND CHRISTMAS BUREAU Each year the Christmas Bureau provides help to families who have low incomes or are on social assistance. Food gift certificates and toys are given to families with children between Wednesday, December 4 and Friday, December 20, upon registration. Complete packages are available in the Narthex with all the information, and the registration requirements. If you think you qualify, or if you know someone who could use the help, please pick up a package and spread the word. 24 | THE THURIBLE
ELECTORAL SYNOD SUMMARY On November 30th, 2013 the Synod of our Diocese chose Canon Melissa Skelton as our Bishop-Elect. Her consecration is scheduled for March 1st, 2014.
ORDINATION OF JOYCE LOCHT TO THE DIACONATE Sunday, December 8, 4:00 pm Christ Church Cathedral Joyce Locht, our St. James’ Pastoral Care Coordinator, has been accepted for ordination into the Order of Deacons. Joyce will become a member of the vocational diaconate, and will continue to serve at St. James’. All are invited to attend her ordination service to support her as she undertakes this new chapter in her life. You are also invited to a fellowship meal in the Bishop's Room at St. James' at 6 pm (after the ordination service). Please RSVP to Joyce Locht 604-614-9915 or email@example.com
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ROSARY PRAYERS ON SUNDAYS Rosary prayers - the Joyful Mysteries - will resume on Sundays before High Mass during Advent. 9.45 am in the Lady Chapel. Please speak to Fr. Mark if you would like to know more, or be willing to share in leading this devotion.
“What a lovely day it will be when weapons are damaged to be transformed into tools for work! Exactly what a gorgeous day that will be! And this is possible! Let us bet on hope, on the hope of peace, and it will be possible!” Pope Francis. Sermon on the First Sunday of Advent, 2013
THE UNCLUTTERED HEART: MAKING ROOM FOR GOD DURING ADVENT with Leah Postman Saturdays: December 14 & 21 10:30 am – 12 pm, May Gutteridge Room As we enter into one of the busiest, most pressured and distractible times of the year, how are we able to create space in our inner and outer lives in preparation for the birth of Christ? You are invited to join in a fourweek Advent series which will endeavour to be a place that allows for letting go of the demands of the season and the opportunity to clear away obstructions to God—our worries, distractions, negative habits—so that our hearts and spirits are open to God’s movement during this holy time. To register, please contact the St. James’ Office 604.685.2532 at or call Leah at 604.318.3460, or for further information.
To read sermon online go to: http://www.fullycatholic.com/2013/first-sunday-ofadvent-pope-francis-sermon/
OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE STREET OUTREACH GIFT CARDS Again this Advent, Fr. Matthew is receiving Gift Cards for distribution to disadvantaged members of our parish community. Favourite brands include: Tim Horton's, McDonalds, Army & Navy, and Subway. Suggested card amount is $10. This purchases a full meal and possibly a separate coffee, or for groceries at Army & Navy. Other amounts are most welcome. If possible, at time of purchase, request a receipt for each card. This provides a backup for the credit. Please drop off at Church Office, or directly to Fr. Matthew on Sunday. CHRISTMAS BOUTIQUE The Women’s Guild thanks everyone for their custom last Sunday. Those still wishing to purchase preserves can do so by contacting Betty Carlson (604-522-4412) or Pamela Jeacocke (604-321-2213).
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LITURGY AT CHRISTMAS
ADVENT MESSAGE FROM THE FLOWER GUILD St. James’ is now in a season of penitential purple and no flowers. Advent is the time of preparation for Christmas, of making ourselves more worthy of the great gift that God is preparing for us. Concentrating as we are on our own unworthiness (perhaps even guilt), giving thanks tends to become less important, and flowers are all about giving thanks. But wait! Advent will end and God’s great gift to us will be born to Mary in the stable in Bethlehem. Then our gratitude can pour forth in flowers. The Flower Guild receives no money from Church funds, but depends entirely on free-will offerings from you – the congregation. We count on you to help us show the gratitude of St. James’ to God for the greatest gift of all – his own son.
CHRISTMAS WORSHIP AND EVENTS Tuesday, Dec. 24 at 5:00 pm: First Evening Prayer of Christmas at 5:30 pm: Vigil Mass of the Nativity - a family Liturgy in the Lady Chapel with carols and nativity costumes. Come dressed as a sheep, a king, a cow, a Mary, a Joseph, a star, an angel, even Herod! at 10:00 pm: Musical Prelude at 10:30 pm: Solemn High Mass of the Nativity with procession and blessing of the Creche. Wednesday, Dec 25 at 8:00 am: Morning Prayer at 8:30 am: Low Mass of the Dawn 10:30 am: Procession to the Creche & Solemn High Mass of the Day 5:00 pm: Second Evening Prayer of Christmas Monday, January 6 at 6:30 pm: The Epiphany—Procession to the Creche with the Blessing of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh & Solemn High Mass followed by potluck dinner. 26 | THE THURIBLE
Please remember the Flower Guild in your Christmas budget and light up St. James’ with flowers of thanksgiving. Margaret Vickers All Christmas flower offerings go toward beautifying the whole Church for Christmas. Please email or phone the Church Office by 9 am on Monday, December 16th, with the wording of your dedication. All dedications will appear in the Christmas bulletins, which are being printed on December 17, so please contact us before the deadline! Linda Adams and Deanna Ferguson
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OFFICE REMINDERS CHRISTMAS OFFICE HOURS The Church Office will be closed December 23, 24, 25 and 26. Regular office hours will be kept on December 27 & 28.
“Drop down, ye heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness.” (Isa. 45:8) These are the opening words and refrain to the advent text known as The Advent Prose. It is said, or sung, at Mass and the Divine Offices during the season of Advent. It gives poetical expression to the longings of Patriarchs and Prophets, and symbolically of the Church, for the coming of the Messiah. So this poem may also be used for private prayer and reflection during Advent. Why not give it a try? The St. James’ High Mass Choir sung this text at the Advent Lessons and Carols on Sunday last. And it is recited most days during public Morning and Evening Prayer in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel. The text can be found in the New English Hymnal (501) and in the St. James’ liturgy booklets for Morning and Evening Prayer, which you are welcome to take for your own use. On page four of the today’s Sunday Bulletin this exquisite poem is also available. The Advent Prose is also known as Rorate coeli the opening phrase in the Latin Vulgate translation of Isaiah 45:8.
PARISHIONER PARKING RENEWAL FOR 2014 The time has come to renew parishioner parking passes for the year. If you wish to renew or obtain parking, please see Reece Wrightman or the church office. The fee will remain at $125.00 for the next year. If you know your fob number, please note it with your payment.
ANNUAL VESTRY ANNUAL REPORTS FOR FEBRUARY 2014 VESTRY MEETING Please submit the Annual Report for your group or guild by December 31, 2013. The Office needs time to compile the reports for the Annual Vestry Meeting on Sunday, February 23 2014, so the earlier we receive your submissions the easier it will be for us. Thank you! Linda & Deanna, Office Managers
JUSTICE AND MERCY MOTHER’S UNION - WHITE RIBBON CAMPAIGN Pledge: "I will never commit, condone, or remain silent about violence against women." Nov. 25th - Dec. 10th (16 days) White Ribbons will be available in the Narthex and during Formation. For more information go to: http://www.whiteribbon.ca/ THE THURIBLE | 27
SAINTS THIS WEEK St. Lucy Martyr at Syracuse, 304 December 13 Lucy, or Lucia, was martyred at Syracuse, in Sicily, during Diocletian’s reign of terror of 303-304, among the most dramatic of the persecutions of early Christians. Her tomb can still be found in the catacombs at Syracuse. She was venerated soon after her death and her cult spread quickly throughout the church. She is among the saints and martyrs named in the Roman Canon of the Mass. Most of the details of Lucy’s life are obscure. In the tradition she is remembered for the purity of her life and the gentleness of her spirit. Because her name means “light,” she is sometimes thought of as the patron saint of those who suffer from diseases of the eyes. Holy Woman, Holy Men: Celebrating the Saints, Church Publishing, 2010.
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SAINTS THIS WEEK St. John of the Cross Mystic, Teacher of the Faith, 1591 December 14 John of the Cross was unknown outside the Discalced Carmelites for nearly three hundred years after his death. More recently, scholars of Christian spirituality have found in him a hidden treasure. Once described by Thomas Merton as “the church’s safest mystical theologian,” John has been called “the poet’s poet,” “spirit of flame,” “celestial and divine.” By the age of thirty-five he had studied extensively, had been spiritual director to many, and yet devoted himself to the search for God so fully that he reached the peak of the mystical experience: a complete transformation in God. John became disillusioned with what he considered the laxity of the Carmelites, and in 1568 he opened a monastery of “Discalced” (strict observance) Carmelites, an act that met with sharp resistance from the General Chapter of the Calced Carmelites. John was seized, taken to Toledo, and imprisoned in the monastery. During nine months of great hardship, he comforted himself by writing poetry. It was while he was imprisoned that he composed the greater part of his luminous masterpiece, The Spiritual Canticle, as well as a number of shorter poems. Other major works are The Ascent of Mount Carmel, The Living Flame of Love and The Dark Night. It is this latter work, Noche obscura del alma, that gave the English language the phrase dark night of the soul. After a severe illness, John died on December 14, 1591, in Ubeda, in southern Spain. Holy Woman, Holy Men: Celebrating the Saints, Church Publishing, 2010.
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MASS THIS WEEK 2013
MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS
MON. DECEMBER 9
12:10 pm in the Lady Chapel
The Immaculate Conception of The Blessed Virgin Mary
For all parishes under the patronage of St. Mary, and in thanksgiving for the Ordination to the Diaconate of Joyce Locht 9:30 am in the Lady Chapel
TUES. DECEMBER 10 Feria
WED. DECEMBER 11 Feria
For all who suffer from homelessness, especially those in the Downtown Eastside
12:10 pm in the Lady Chapel For all paramedics and those who work in Search and Rescue
THU. DECEMBER 12
9:30 am in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel
Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patron of the Americas, 1531
For the work and witness of the Church in Mexico
FRI. DECEMBER 13 St. Lucy, Martyr at Syracuse, 304
12:10 pm in the Lady Chapel For all young people who suffer abuse and persecution
SAT. DECEMBER 14 St. John of the Cross, Mystic and Teacher of the Faith, 397 SUN. DECEMBER 15 Advent 3
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For all Carmelites throughout the world, and especially those ministering here in Vancouver 8:00 am 8:30 am 10:30 am 4:00 pm
Morning Prayer Low Mass High Mass Christmas Lessons & Carols
DAILY LECTIONARY DATE
MORNING PRAYER 9:00 AM
EVENING PRAYER 5:00PM
MON. DECEMBER 9
Gen 3:9-15, 20 Ps 139:1-12 Eph 1:3-6, 11-12 Lk 1:26-38
Ps 25 Am 7:1-9 Rev 1:1-8
Ps 9, 15 Is 5:8-12, 18-23 Mt 22:23-33
TUES. DECEMBER 10
Is 40:1-11 Ps 96 Mt 18:12-14
Ps 26, 28 Am 7:10-17 Rev 1:9-16
Ps 36, 39 Is 5:13-17, 24-25 Mt 22:34-46
WED. DECEMBER 11
Is 40:25-31 Ps 103:1-10 Mt 11:28-30
Ps 38 Am 8:1-14 Rev 1:17 – 2:7
Ps 119:25-48 Is 6:1-13 Mt 23:1-12
THU. DECEMBER 12
Zech 2:10-13 Ps 132:6-10, 13-14 Lk 1:39-47
Ps 37:1-18 Am 9:1-10 Rev 2:8-17
Ps 37:19-42 Is 7:1-9 Mt 23:13-26
FRI. DECEMBER 13
Song of Sol 6:1-9 Rev 19:5-8 Ps 131 John 1:9-13
Ps 31 Hag 1:1-15 Rev 2:18-29
Ps 35 Is 7:10-25 Mt 23:27-39
Song of Sol 3:1-4 Ps 121 Jn 16:12-15, 25-28
Ps 30, 32 Hag 2:1-9 Rev 3:1-6
Ps 42, 43 Is 8:1-15 Mt 24:1-14
Is 35:1-10 Ps 146:4-9 Jas 5:7-10 Mt 11:2-11
Ps 63:1-8, 98 Am 9:11-15 2 Th 2:1-3, 13-17
Ps 103 Is 13:6-13 Jn 5:30-47
SAT. DECEMBER 14
SUN. DECEMBER 15
Public prayer is offered every day in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel which is accessed on East Cordova Street through the Chapel Walkway. Morning Prayer 9.00 am. Evening Prayer 5.00 pm. Please be on time since the gate may be closed once prayers have begun. THE THURIBLE | 31
Rector: Father Mark Greenaway-Robbins firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Managers: Linda Adams: Mon – Wed, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM Deanna Ferguson: Thu – Sat, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Days off: Friday & Saturday Street Outreach: Father Matthew Johnson email@example.com
Building Manager & Assistant: Art Cuthbertson: Mon-Thu, 9:00 AM-2:00 PM 604-329-7567 Darren Campbell: Sat, 8:00 AM-12:00 PM
604-685-7522 (non-emergency #) Days off: Monday & Saturday Honorary Assistants: Mother Alexis Saunders, Priest Sister Mary Christian Cross, Deacon
Organist & Choirmaster: Gerald Harder Assistant Organist: Bruce McKenzie
Clergy may be contacted through the Office: 604-685-2532 For immediate contact or within a few hours please contact the Rector on his cell phone at: Father Mark Greenaway-Robbins: 778-316-7941 You may need to leave a message if we are engaged in a pastoral matter and we will promptly return urgent calls. We seek to be available to all in any circumstances and encourage you to contact us and request an opportunity for a pastoral appointment. For pastoral care and support you may also contact our Pastoral Care Ministry Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org | Joyce Locht 604-614-9915
Rector’s Warden: Brian Rocksborough-Smith 604-291-9852 email@example.com People’s Warden: Reece Wrightman 604-872-4129 firstname.lastname@example.org Associate Warden: Betty Carlson 604-522-4412 email@example.com Trustee: Leslie Arnovick Trustee: Graham Murchie Trustee: Paul Stanwood Treasurer: Angela Van Luven Envelope Secretary: Philip Green Parish Privacy Officer & Vestry Clerk: Linda Adams PARISH COUNCIL Chair: Jane Turner Secretary: Erin Kenny
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