Third Sunday of Advent | December 15, 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
Formation: Prophecy and the Coming of Christ, with Dr. Paul Stanwood, Bishops’ Room Rosary Prayers, Lady Chapel High Mass followed by Coffee Hour Lessons & Carols, with the Oculus Choir
The image on the front cover shows three 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 Reflectionâ€”The O-Antiphons
O Sapientia O Wisdom, coming forth from the mouth of the Most High, and reaching mightily from one end of the earth to the other, ordering all things well: Come and teach us the way of prudence. O Adonai O Adonai, and leader of the house of Israel, who appeared to Moses in the fire of the burning bush and gave to him the law on Sinai: Come and redeem us with an outstretched arm. O Radix Jesse O Root of Jesse, standing as a sign to the people, before whom kings shall shut their mouths and whom the nations shall seek: Come and deliver us and do not delay. O Clavis David O Key of David, and scepter of the house of Israel, who opens and no one can shut, who shuts and no one can open: Come and bring the prisoners from the prison house, those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death. (see also p. 29 of The Thurible)
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Entrance Rite PRELUDE Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland (BWV 659) — J.S. Bach & Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland (BuxWV 211) — Dietrich Buxtehude At the entrance of the clergy and servers all stand.
INTROIT Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say, rejoice; let your forbearance be known to all, for the Lord is near at hand; have no anxiety about anything, but in all things, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. Gaudete (Mode I)
KYRIE ELEISON Lord, have mercy upon us. Christ, have mercy upon us. Lord, have mercy upon us.
Kyrie eleison Christe eleison Kyrie eleison Messa da Cappella a quattro voci (1641) – Claudio Monteverdi
THE COLLECT OF THE DAY Celebrant All
The Lord be with you. And with thy spirit.
Let us pray. God of power and mercy, thou hast called us once again to celebrate the coming of thy Son. Remove those things which hinder love of thee, that when he comes, he may find us waiting in awe and wonder for him who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
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The Liturgy of the Word THE OLD TESTAMENT READING Reader
A reading from the Book of Isaiah The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom; like the crocus it shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice with joy and singing. The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, the majesty of Carmel and Sharon. They shall see the glory of the Lord, the majesty of our God. Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. Say to those who are of a fearful heart, "Be strong, do not fear! Here is your God. He will come with vengeance, with terrible recompense. He will come and save you." Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped; then the lame shall leap like a deer, and the tongue of the speechless sing for joy. For waters shall break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert; the burning sand shall become a pool, and the thirsty ground springs of water; the haunt of jackals shall become a swamp, the grass shall become reeds and rushes. A highway shall be there, and it shall be called the Holy Way; the unclean shall not travel on it, but it shall be for God's people; no traveller, not even fools, shall go astray. No lion shall be there, nor shall any ravenous beast come up on it; they shall not be found there, but the redeemed shall walk there. And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away. Isaiah 35:1-10
The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
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CANTICLE My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior. For he hath regarded the lowliness of his handmaiden. For behold from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. For he that is mighty hath magnified me, and holy is his Name. And his mercy is on them that fear him throughout all generations. He hath showed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. He hath put down the mighty from their seat, and hath exalted the humble and meek. He hath filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he hath sent empty away. He remembering his mercy hath holpen his servant Israel, as he promised to our forefathers, Abraham and his seed for ever. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. Magnificat â€” Robert Hunter Bell
EPISTLE READING Sub-deacon
A reading from the Letter of James Be patient, therefore, beloved, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious crop from the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. You also must be patient. Strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near. Beloved, do not grumble against one another, so that you may not be judged. See, the Judge is standing at the doors! As an example of suffering and patience, beloved, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. James 5:7-10
The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
A cantor begins the alleluia; all repeat it thereafter.
Alleluia. Stir up thy strength, O Lord: and come and help us. Alleluia. Restore us, O God: that we may be saved. Alleluia. Excita, Domine (Mode V) 8 | HIGH MASS
All stand and turn to face the book of the Gospels
When John heard in prison what the Messiah was doing, he sent word by his disciples and said to him, "Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?" Jesus answered them, "Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have good news brought to them. And blessed is anyone who takes no offence at me." As they went away, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John: "What did you go out into the wilderness to look at? A reed shaken by the wind? What then did you go out to see? Someone dressed in soft robes? Look, those who wear soft robes are in royal palaces. What then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. This is the one about whom it is written, 'See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.' Truly I tell you, among those born of women no one has arisen greater than John the Baptist; yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he." Matthew 11:2-11
Be Seated Mother Joyce Locht (At the conclusion of the sermon, silence is kept)
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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.
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The Liturgy of the Holy Eucharist OFFERTORY & PREPARATION OF THE GIFTS
You have been gracious to your land, O Lord; you have restored the good fortune of Jacob; you have forgiven the iniquity of your people. Benedixisti (Mode IV)
The People sing the hymn while the People’s gifts of bread, wine and money are brought forward. 7 Green Hymn Book (New English Hymnal) – Hills of the North, rejoice
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. Messa da Cappella a quattro voci (1641) â€“ Claudio Monteverdi
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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.
Messa da Cappella a quattro voci (1641) – Claudio Monteverdi
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 Rejoice in the Lord alway, and again I say, rejoice. Let your softness be known unto all men: the Lord is e’en at hand. Be careful for nothing: but in all prayer and supplication let your petitions be manifest unto God with giving of thanks. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesu. Amen. Rejoice in the Lord Alway — Anonymous (mid-16th C. English )
Sit or kneel
275 Green Hymn Book (New English Hymnal) – Blessed Jesu, Mary’s son
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Concluding Rite PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION Celebrant All
The Lord be with you. And with thy spirit.
Let us pray. Merciful God, may this eucharist free us from our sins, fill us with unending joy, and prepare us for the birthday of our Saviour. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, who is Lord now and for ever. 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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FINAL HYMN 102 Blue Hymn book (Common Praise) – Prepare the way, O Zion
POSTLUDE Fugue sopra il Magnificat (BWV 733) — J. S. Bach
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.
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Please take this booklet away with you to aid in your own reflection, prayers, and for your information.
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The flowers at the High Altar are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Mom and Dad, Irene and Bob Clarke, from Pat and Cliff Dyck and Family. The flowers at the High Altar are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Aunt Millie Fleming, from Peter Goodwin.
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The Thurible RECTOR’S NOTES So the world has celebrated the “heavenly birthday” of Mandela. “Each Easter marks the rebirth of our faith. It marks the victory of our risen saviour over the torture of the cross and the grave. Our Messiah, who came to us in the form of a mortal man, but who by his suffering and crucifixion attained immortality. Our Messiah, born like an outcast in a stable, and executed like criminal on the cross. Our Messiah, whose life bears testimony to the truth that there is no shame in poverty: Those who should be ashamed are they who impoverish others.” Nelson Mandela spoke these words at a Zionist Christian Church Easter Conference in 1994. “Mandela had courage that showed itself in leadership. He stood out, resisted, and fought… Resisting evil is a call of God. Christians disagree about whether force is justifiable, but are at one that resistance is essential. Easy to say, how hard to act! More than that, the act of resistance opens our souls to harm. In fighting hatred, we risk becoming what we resist.” So preached Archbishop
Justin Welby at a Mandela Memorial at St-Martin-in-theFields, London on Dec. 8th. He went on to quote Archbishop Desmond Tutu: “"I often surprise people when I say this. Suffering can lead to bitterness. But suffering is also the infallible test of the openness of a leader, of their selflessness. When Mandela had gone to jail, he had been one of the most angry. The suffering of those 27 years helped to purify him and grow the magnanimity that would become his hallmark. Jail helped Mandela learn how to make enemies into friends. It also gave him an unassailable credibility. When you speak of forgiveness, 27 years in prison sets you up very nicely.” At Mass during Advent, in the words of the proper preface, we pray that as we look for the second coming of Christ “we, without shame of fear, may rejoice to behold his appearing”. May Mandela now rejoice in the nearer presence of Christ.
Inform. Inspire. Invite. INSIDE: •
Today at St. James’
Formation on Sunday
Resourcing our Faith
Liturgy at Christmas
Outreach to the World
Opportunities to Serve
Dido’s “Did You Know?”
Mass this Week
Fr. Mark Greenaway-Robbins
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TODAY AT ST. JAMES MORNING PRAYER 8:00 am in the Church. LOW MASS 8:30 am in the Church.
RESOURCING OUR FAITH SERMON NOTES: Copies of recent sermons, including “The Advent Prose: desolation, abandonment, promise & liberation” from Fr. Mark Greenaway-Robbins, are now available in the Narthex.
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. Followed by Coffee Hour in the Bishops’ Room. CHRISTMAS LESSONS AND CAROLS WITH OCULUS CHOIR 4:00 pm in the Church.
FORMATION ON SUNDAY FORMATION SESSIONS IN ADVENT: PROPHECY AND THE COMING OF CHRIST Sunday, December 15, 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 3 (December 15th ): Dr. Paul Stanwood (Isa. 11:1-10) 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! 24 | THE THURIBLE
REFLECTIONS ON ADVENT AT VST An Advent Reflections booklet created by the Vancouver School of Theology – a compilation of reflections by students, staff, faculty, board members, alumni and emeriti – has contributions which include past and present clergy at St. James! http://www.vst.edu/main/2013/12/03/adventreflections-booklet SERMONS ON VIDEO Don’t forget to check out videos of our sermons online, at www.stjames.bc.ca. FEATURED RESOURCE – PROJECT CANTEBURY Project Canterbury is a free online archive of out-ofprint Anglican texts and related modern documents. It is not affiliated officially with any church body. http://anglicanhistory.org
STEWARDSHIP CAMPAIGN 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 (email@example.com or 604.685-2532) who can provide that information for you. INTENTION CARDS – UPDATE Parishioners have now completed 49 intention cards totalling $114,806 (as of Dec. 8th). 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
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LITURGY AT CHRISTMAS 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. At the High Mass of the Nativity, December 24, 2013 the St. James’ Choir will be joined by members of the Richmond-Delta Youth Orchestra as they present the Messe de minuit pour Noël by the French baroque composer Marc-Antoine Charpentier. Based on traditional French carols, Charpentier’s setting is at once charming, rustic, and brilliant. Mass begins at 10:30pm, and is preceded by a prelude of music for choir, orchestra, and organ, including the Christmas Concerto of Arcangelo Corelli at 10:00pm. Additional music includes beautiful seasonal works by Hugo Distler and William Mathias. 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.
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ADVENT MESSAGE FROM THE FLOWER GUILD St. James’ is now in a season of penitential purple and no flowers - except for today, when pink flowers on the High Altar anticipate the rosy dawn of Christmas. 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. 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. 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 & Deanna Ferguson
OUTREACH TO THE WORLD 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. COMING HOME SOCIETY NEWS The Coming Home Society’s annual newsletter is available in the Narthex. Please take one and read about the Society’s work with young Aboriginal women at Young Wolves Lodge in 2013, and the celebration of its 10th Anniversary! On January 1st the Coming Home Society will be launching its first website. You will find us at www.cominghomesociety.com so check in regularly for news and updates. The website will make it easy for you to contact us, and easy for you to help in this important work of healing and reconciliation. In 2014 the Coming Home Society will not be one of the programs sponsored through the “Care & Share” diocesan outreach program. Its mandate has changed to providing seed money for new programs. The Coming Home Society now needs your support more than ever. You can give here at St. James through your offering envelopes. Our Envelope Secretary will forward your donations directly to the Coming Home Society. Our new website will also offer multiple ways for you to make contributions to the Society. Just visit the
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“Donate” page, click on the Canada Helps and PayPal buttons, and explore the options to find one that’s right for you. The Coming Home Society is a registered charity, and all donations will receive a charitable tax receipt. In 2013 two of our program graduates returned to Young Wolves Lodge as staff members! It doesn’t get any better than that! Please help us continue to offer healing and transformation in the lives of young Aboriginal women and their children. Linda Adams, Coming Home Society
ADVENT 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. THE UNCLUTTERED HEART: MAKING ROOM FOR GOD DURING ADVENT with Leah Postman Saturdays: December 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.
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. THANK YOU – OUTREACH FUND Many thanks go to Dr. John Conway, who donated the sum of $500 to the Outreach Fund. If others would like to do the same to this or any other church ministry, please mark your donation clearly on your envelope.
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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.
REMAND CENTRE CONVERSION TO AFFORDABLE HOUSING: COMMUNITY INFO MEETING Monday, Dec. 16, 5:30pm to 7:00pm Firehall Arts Centre, 280 East Cordova St. Doors Open: 5:30pm: Presentation and Q&A: 6:00pm
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. ORDO CALENDARS ON SALE NOW The 2014 ORDO calendars are now for sale at a price of $15 each. Please see Reece Wrightman to purchase one.
In January 2014, construction will begin on the conversion of the former Remand Centre located at Powell and Gore. The upper floors have sat vacant for the last 11 years and are now being rebuilt into 96 units of low income and affordable housing. What were originally detention cells will be repurposed into bright, airy residential units that will be operated by The Bloom Group (formerly St. James Community Service Society) in partnership with BladeRunners. Construction of this important project is expected to take a year and will include some evening and weekend work. You are invited to meet the project team, hear about the construction plan, and ask any questions.
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DIDO’S “DID YOU KNOW?” THE O-ANTIPHONS These antiphons are traditionally said, or sung, before and after the Magnificat daily at Evening Prayer on the seven days, in the Roman usage, preceding Christmas Eve (17-23 Dec.). We do so every day at St. James. The name derives from the initial “O”, since each begins with this interjection. See page four this week and next for the full text of the antiphons, or take a copy of the St. James daily Office booklet for Advent, available in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel. The hymn “O come, O come, Emmanuel”, translated by John Mason Neale, is based on these O-Antiphons. The texts of the O-antiphons are a mosaic of scriptures from the Prophetic and Wisdom books. They were in use since the eighth century. O Sapentia (Wisdom / Eccl. 24.5); O Adonai (Lord / Ex. 6.13); O Radix Jesse (Root of Jesse / Isa. 11.10); O Claris David (Key of David / Rev. 3.7; cf. Isa. 22.22); O Oriens (Radiant Dawn / Zech. 6.12); O Rex Gentium (King of All Nations / Hag. 2.8); O Emmanuel (God-with-us / Isa. 7.14; 8.8). The Sarum rite (a modification of the Roman rite used at the cathedral church of Salisbury and in widespread use throughout England before the Reformation) began the antiphons on Dec. 16 and provided an additional eighth antiphon for Dec. 23 O Virgo virginum (Virgin of virgins) this arrangement was reflected in the calendar of the BCP.
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
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MASS THIS WEEK 2013 MON. DECEMBER 16 3rd Sunday of Advent O Sapientia
MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS 12:10 pm in the Lady Chapel For all at St. James’ serving in Building Management and Office Ministry 9:30 am in the Lady Chapel
TUES. DECEMBER 17 O Adonai
For all Readers and Intercessors throughout the year, and especially at this Festival time.
WED. DECEMBER 18
12:10 pm in the Lady Chapel
O Radix Jesse Ember Day
For all engaged in the Narthex and Front Steps ministries
THU. DECEMBER 19 O Clavis David
9:30 am in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel For the work of the Servers and the Guild of St. Vincent 12:10 pm in the Lady Chapel
FRI. DECEMBER 20 O Oriens
For the work of the Guild of St. Cecilia, and the music ministry at St. James’
SAT. DECEMBER 21 O Rex Gentium
For the work of the Sanctuary Guild
SUN. DECEMBER 22
8:00 am 8:30 am 10:30 am 5:00 pm
Advent 4 O Emmanuel
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Morning Prayer Low Mass High Mass Evening Prayer
DAILY LECTIONARY DATE
MORNING PRAYER 9:00 AM
EVENING PRAYER 5:00PM
MON. DECEMBER 16
Num 24:2-7, 15-17a Ps 25:3-8 Mt 1:23-27
Ps 41, 52 Zech 1:7-17 Rev 3:7-13
Ps 44 Is 8:16 – 9:1 Mt 24:15-31
TUES. DECEMBER 17
Gen 49:2, 8-10 Ps 72:1-8 Mt 1:1-7, 17
Ps 45 Zech 2:1-13 Rev 3:14-22
Ps 47, 48 Is 9:1-7 O Sapientia Mt 24:32-44
WED. DECEMBER 18
Jer 23:5-8 Ps 72:11-19 Mt 1:18-25
Ps 24, 29 Gen 3:8-15 Rev 12:1-10
Ps 8, 84 Is 42:1-12 O Adonai Jn 3:16-21
THU. DECEMBER 19
Jg 13:2-7, 24-25 Ps 71:1-8 Lk 1:5-25
Ps 61, 62 Zeph 3:14-20 Tit 1:1-16
Ps 112, 115 Is 11:1-9 O Radix Jesse Lk 1:1-25
FRI. DECEMBER 20
Is 7:10-14 Ps 24 Lk 1:26-38
Ps 66, 67 1 Sam 2:1b-10 Tit 2:1-10
Ps 116, 117 Is 11:10-16 O Clavis David Lk 1:26-38
SAT. DECEMBER 21
SUN. DECEMBER 22
S of S 2:8-14 Ps 33:1-5, 20-22 Lk 1:39-45 Is 7:10-16 Ps 80:1-7, 16-18 Rom 1:1-7 Mt 1:18-25
Ps 72 2 Sam 7:1-17 Tit 2:11 – 3:8a
Ps 80 2 Sam 7:18-29 Gal 3:1-14
Ps 111, 113 Is 28:9-22 O Oriens Lk 1:39-48a Ps 146, 147 Is 29:13-24 O Rex Gentium Lk 1:57-66
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 Days off: Friday & Saturday
Office Managers: Linda Adams: Mon – Wed, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM Deanna Ferguson: Thu – Sat, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Deacon Mother Joyce Locht email@example.com Street Outreach: Father Matthew Johnson firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com | Joyce Locht 604-614-9915
Rector’s Warden: Brian Rocksborough-Smith 604-291-9852 firstname.lastname@example.org People’s Warden: Reece Wrightman 604-872-4129 email@example.com Associate Warden: Betty Carlson 604-522-4412 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Diocese of New Westminster Anglican Church of Canada 303 East Cordova Street, Vancouver, BC, V6A 1L4 T: 604-685-2532 | Fax: 604-685-7605 E: email@example.com | Web: www.stjames.bc.ca Parish Office hours: Mon-Sat 9:00 am-4:00pm