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WELCOME TO ST. PAUL EPISCOPAL CHURCH
WELCOME. In the name of Christ, we offer you welcome to this church. May those who
sorrow, find comfort; the weary, rest; the troubled, peace; the stranger, friends; the unhappy, joy;
and to all, the sense of Gods presence in this Holy Place. If you are new to this parish community,
please give your name and phone number to the Rector or sign our guest register on the stand in
the back of the Church. As our honored guest, we want to welcome you.
THE SERVICE. There are two main books used for our service; the smaller red book is the Book
of Common Prayer and the larger blue book is the Hymnal. There is also a Gray Hymnal. They
can be found in the bookrack on the back of the pew in front of you. A Bible can be found at the
ends of the pew. The page / hymn numbers in the service bulletin help you find your place in
these service books. We invite you to participate fully in our worship.
RECEIVING COMMUNION. Holy Communion in the Episcopal Church is open to all who are
comfortable participating in the Communion of the Lords Table. To receive communion come to
the altar rail; kneel or stand with one hand cupped on top of the other hand to receive the
consecrated bread. Please take the chalice and drink from it; or you may intinct the bread by
dipping it in the consecrated wine. Parents are encouraged to determine when a child is ready to
receive communion. All children are invited to the altar rail to receive communion or a blessing.
Please feel comfortable doing what is best for you and your child.
Fourth Sunday of Advent December 18, 2016
Opening Hymn How Bright Appears the Morning Star Hymnal 497
Call to Worship:
Celebrant: Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
All: and blessed be his kingdom, now and for ever. Amen.
Celebrant: Lift up your heads, O gates!
All: and be lifted up, O ancient doors!
Celebrant: That the King of glory may come in.
All: Who is the King of glory?
Celebrant: The Lord, strong and mighty, the Lord, mighty in
All: Lift up your heads, O gates!
Celebrant: And be lifted up, O ancient doors!
All: That the King of glory may come in.
Celebrant: Who is this King of glory?
All: The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory.
Collect for Purity Prayer Book, page 355
Collect of the Day Insert
First Reading Isaiah 7:10-16 Insert
Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18
Second Reading Romans 1:1-7 Insert
Gospel Hymn: Creator of the Stars of Night Hymnal 60
Gospel Matthew 1:18-25 Insert
Gospel Response Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord
(2 times by Choir and repeated 2 times by congregation)
Sermon The Rev. J. Patrick Peters
Nicene Creed Prayer Book, page 358
Prayers of the People (Form III) Prayer Book, page 387
Prayer of Confession and Assurance
Forgive us Lord, when we go our own way, get ourselves in
trouble, and then wonder where you are.
Forgive us when we put ultimate trust in people, ideas, visions,
and things other than you.
Forgive us when we ask you for a sign that you are there,
when you have been there all along,
patiently waiting for us to turn to you to help guide us
throughout lifes twists and turns.
Forgive us, merciful God.
Open our eyes and ears, our minds, and hearts to trust and follow
You today and forever. Amen.
Absolution Prayer Book, page 332
The Peace Prayer Book, page 360
Greetings and Announcements
Presentation Hymn O Come, O Come, Emmanuel Hymnal 56
Eucharistic Prayer B Prayer Book, page 367
Sursum Corda Hymnal S-120
Sanctus Hymnal S-129
Memorial Acclamation Mass of Creation
The Great Amen Mass of Creation
Our Father Celtic
The Breaking of the Bread Prayer Book, page 364
Prayer of Thanksgiving Prayer Book, page 366
Closing Hymn Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus Hymnal 66
Prayer Requests December 18, 2016
Delores Baker (Saint Anne); Helen Vollmer (Saint Anne); Ethel Edelman (Autumn House West)
Sue Ellen; Buzz; Ruth; Matthew; Bonnie; George; Mike; Shalimar; Sondra; Grace; Davina; Janet
12/18 Dee Kaufhold; 12/19 Ralph Jones, Darlene Swartzbaugh; 12/20 Linda Gewiss; 12/22 Rose
Lauren Rousseau; Esther Wood; John Brommer; Sue Brommer; Jean Feltenberger; Robert Kuhns
For Those in Positions of Public Trust President Barack Obama; Governor Tom Wolf; Mayor Leo Lutz; All legislative bodies & all
courts of law; for the leaders of all nations and peoples
For our Bishops, Rector, and Parish Members
The Most Rev. Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury and his staff; The Most Rev. Michael
Curry and his staff; The Rt. Rev. Audrey Scanlan and her staff; The Rev. J. Patrick Peters; the
staff and people of this parish, especially Jonathan and Iris Lutz and children Sophia, Lily and
Olive; Joel and Ericka Sipe and children Emily and Evan; Bea Warfel
World Cycle of Prayer
12/18 India; 12/19 Indonesia; 12/20 Iran; 12/21 Iraq; 12/22 Ireland; 12/23 Israel; 12/24 Italy
Anglican Cycle of Prayer
12/18 Kilmore; Elphin and Ardagh, The Rt. Revd Ferran Glenfield; 12/19 Kimberley and
Kuruman, The Rt. Revd Oswald Swartz; 12/20 Kindu, The Rt. Revd Zacharie Masimango
Katanda; 12/21 Kinkiizi, The Rt. Revd Dan Zoreka; 12/22 The Most Revd Kahwa Henri
Isingoma, Archbishop of the Congo and Bishop of Kinshasa; Suffragan Bishop of Kinshasa, The
Rt. Revd Molanga Jean Botola; Kisangani, The Rt. Revd Lambert Botolome; 12/23 Kirinyaga,
The Rt. Revd Joseph Kibuchua; 12/24 Kita Kanto, The Rt. Revd Zerubbabel Katsuichi Hirota
Ecumenical Cycle of Prayer
12/18 Southern Baptist Convention; 12/19 Sovereign Grace Baptists; 12/20 Strict Baptists; 12/21
Two-See-in-the-Spirit Predestinarian Baptists; 12/22 Union DEglises Baptistes Francaises Au
Canada; 12/23 United American Free Will Baptist Church; 12/24 United American Free Will
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer and Parish Cycle of Prayer:
St. Thomas, Lancaster and their congregation; Salem United Church of Christ, Columbia and their
Companion Parish Cycle of Prayer:
Rev. Beth J. Costlow and the people of Saint John Lutheran Church, Columbia
Rev. Mark Kopp and the people of Saint James Lutheran Church, Columbia
Rev. Stephen Kelley and the people of Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church,
Rev. Anthony Swamy Anthappa, MSFS and the people of Saint Peter Roman Catholic
Rev. David Powers and the people of The Columbia Presbyterian Church, Columbia
Rev. Thomas Grubbs and the people of The Columbia United Methodist Church, Columbia
Rev. Patricia McAllister and the people of Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church, Columbia
Rev. Hub Smith and the people of The Columbia Christian Fellowship, Columbia
Revs. Gordon and Angie Misal and the people of Impact Christian Center, Columbia
Rev. Charles Deutsch and the people of Ironville United Methodist Church, Columbia
Rev. Mary Ann Kingsborough and the people of Concordia Lutheran Church, Columbia
Rev. Dione Kleptka and the people of Saint John Herr Estate Retirement Community
Rim Parishes of the Lancaster Convocation:
Rev. Gina Barrett and the people of Saint John Episcopal Church, Marietta
Rev. Ingrid Andersen and the people of Saint Luke Episcopal Church, Mount Joy
Rev. Sud Tiwari and the people of Saint Paul Episcopal Church, Manheim
Rev. Tim Small and the people of Hope Episcopal Church, Mt. Hope
Rev. Mark Scheneman and the people of Bangor Church, Churchtown
and the Revs. Beth Mollard, Pete Greenfield, John Emmert, Philip Snyder, Ellie Garner and
Peace and Justice
South Sudan; Nigeria; Iraq; Israel; Kenya; Afghanistan; Palestine; Somalia; Iran; Libya; Syria;
Egypt; Tunisia; Yemen; Ukraine; Venezuela; North Korea
The Prayer Circle is comprised of a group of people who will pray for special and / or
specific intentions and people as requested. If you would like special prayers, call anyone
on the Prayer Circle list and they will pass it to the next person and so on until everyone on
the Prayer Circle list has received the request. If you would like to be a member of th