Schedule for the 10 AM church services

at St. Luke’s for the  Sundays in November

Rev. Bruce MacDuffie

December 5   Second Sunday of Advent    Rite I Eucharist

December 12    Third Sunday of Advent    Rite II Eucharist

December 19     Fourth Sunday of Advent    Rite I Eucharist








                                                                     St. Luke’s Episcopal Church  

                                                                     The Holy Eucharist: Rite One

                                                                                    2 Advent

The Advent Wreath is a visual symbol marking the progress of the season of Advent, originating as a domestic devotion and an opportunity for family prayer. It functions as a simple countdown-timer for the passage of Advent. Attaching symbolic meaning to particular candles is a more recent innovation. It is important to place the wreath in such a way so that it maintains the centrality of the essential symbols for the assembly: Font, Word, and Table. When the Advent Wreath is used in the worshiping community at morning services, the appropriate number of candles on the wreath are lighted, without prayer or ceremony, with the other candles. (Book of Occasional Services, 2018)

Entrance Hymn 76     The Hymnal 1982

Presider     Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

People     And blessed be his kingdom, now and for ever. Amen.

Presider and People 

     Almighty God, unto whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of thy Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love thee, and worthily magnify thy holy Name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.


Song of PraiseTrisagion EOM 55   Enriching our Music 1   Repeat three times.



The Collect of the Day  - for 2 Advent – The Sunday closest to December 5   BCP, p. 185)

Presider     The Lord be with you.    People           And with thy spirit.

Presider         Let us pray.

Presider and people  Merciful God, who sent thy messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer; who liveth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen. 


The Lessons

Reader           A reading from Baruch(5:1-9)

5Take off the garment of your sorrow and affliction, O Jerusalem,
  and put on for ever the beauty of the glory from God.
2 Put on the robe of the righteousness that comes from God;
  put on your head the diadem of the glory of the Everlasting;
3 for God will show your splendour everywhere under heaven.
4 For God will give you evermore the name,
  ‘Righteous Peace, Godly Glory’.

5 Arise, O Jerusalem, stand upon the height;
  look towards the east,
and see your children gathered from west and east
  at the word of the Holy One,
  rejoicing that God has remembered them.
6 For they went out from you on foot,
  led away by their enemies;
but God will bring them back to you,
  carried in glory, as on a royal throne.
7 For God has ordered that every high mountain and the everlasting hills be made low
  and the valleys filled up, to make level ground,
  so that Israel may walk safely in the glory of God.
8 The woods and every fragrant tree
  have shaded Israel at God’s command.
9 For God will lead Israel with joy,
  in the light of his glory,
  with the mercy and righteousness that come from him.


Reader    The Word of the Lord.   People      Thanks be to God


Canticle 16    

Hymn 889    Wonder, Love, and Praise


Reader     A reading from the Letter of Paul to the Philippians(1:3-11)

3 I thank my God every time I remember you, 4constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, 5because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now. 6I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ. 7It is right for me to think this way about all of you, because you hold me in your heart, for all of you share in God’s grace with me, both in my imprisonment and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel. 8For God is my witness, how I long for all of you with the compassion of Christ Jesus. 9And this is my prayer, that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight 10to help you to determine what is best, so that on the day of Christ you may be pure and blameless, 11having produced the harvest of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God.

Reader    The Word of the Lord.   People      Thanks be to God.


Sequence Hymn 65    The Hymnal 1982


Reader   The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke(3:1-6)

People   Glory be to thee, O Lord.


In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was ruler of Galilee, and his brother Philip ruler of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias ruler of Abilene, 2during the high-priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. 3He went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, 4as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah,
‘The voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
“Prepare the way of the Lord,
  make his paths straight.
5 Every valley shall be filled,
  and every mountain and hill shall be made low,
and the crooked shall be made straight,
  and the rough ways made smooth;
6 and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.” ’


Reader     The Gospel of the Lord.      People  Praise be to thee, O Christ.


The Sermon     The Rev. Bruce L. MacDuffie


The Nicene Creed (BCP, p. 326)

Presider and people  

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and  

        earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally

        begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from

        true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father. Through

        him all things were made. For us and for our salvation

           he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he

        became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and

was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.


We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from

      the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son he is worshiped

      and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. We believe in one

      holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for

      the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and

      the life of the world to come. Amen.


Prayers of the people -

Let us pray for the whole state of Christ's Church and the

After each paragraph of this prayer, the People may make an appropriate
response, as directed.

Almighty and everliving God, who in thy holy Word hast
taught us to make prayers, and supplications, and to give
thanks for all men: Receive these our prayers which we offer
unto thy divine Majesty, beseeching thee to inspire
continually the Universal Church with the spirit of truth,
unity, and concord; and grant that all those who do confess
thy holy Name may agree in the truth of thy holy Word, and
live in unity and godly love.

Give grace, O heavenly Father, to all bishops and other
ministers [especially                      ], that they may, both by
their life and doctrine, set forth thy true and lively Word,
and rightly and duly administer thy holy Sacraments.

And to all thy people give thy heavenly grace, and especially
to this congregation here present; that, with meek heart and
due reverence, they may hear and receive thy holy Word,
truly serving thee in holiness and righteousness all the days
of their life.

We beseech thee also so to rule the hearts of those who bear
the authority of government in this and every land [especially
                    ], that they may be led to wise decisions and right
actions for the welfare and peace of the world.

Open, O Lord, the eyes of all people to behold thy gracious
hand in all thy works, that, rejoicing in thy whole creation,
they may honor thee with their substance, and be faithful
stewards of thy bounty.

And we most humbly beseech thee, of thy goodness, O Lord,
to comfort and succor [                             and] all those who in this 
transitory life, are in trouble, sorrow, need, sickness, or any
other adversity.

Additional petitions and thanksgivings may be included here.

And we also bless thy holy Name for all thy servants
departed this life in thy faith and fear [especially                      ],
beseeching thee to grant them continual growth in thy love
and service; and to grant us grace so to follow the good
examples of [                     and of] all thy saints, that with
them we may be partakers of thy heavenly kingdom.

Grant these our prayers, O Father, for Jesus Christ's sake,
our only Mediator and Advocate. Amen.

Presider or leader   Let us humbly confess our sins unto Almighty God.

Silence may be kept

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


Priest   Almighty God, our heavenly Father, who of his great mercy hath promised forgiveness of sins to all those who 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.


Minister    Hear the Word of God to all who truly turn to him.

Come unto me, all ye that travail and are heavy laden, and I will refresh you. Matthew 11:28

God so loved the world, that he gave his only-begotten Son, to the end that all that believe in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

This is a true saying, and worthy of all to be received, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. 1 Timothy 1:15

If anyone sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and he is the perfect offering for our sins, and not for ours only, but for the sins of the whole world. 1 John 2:1-2

The Peace

Presider   The peace of the Lord be always with you.   People   And with thy spirit.

Offertory Sentence

Walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself for us, and offering and sacrifice to God.  (Ephesians 5

Offertory Hymn 75   The Hymnal 1982


Eucharistic Prayer I  (p. 333, BCP)


Presider    The Lord be with you.   People      And with thy spirit.

Presider    Lift up your hearts.  People      We lift them up unto the Lord.

Presider    Let us give thanks unto our Lord God.  People      It is meet and right so to do.

Presider   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. Through Jesus Christ our Lord; who on the first day of the week overcame death and the grave, and by his glorious resurrection opened to us the way of everlasting life.  Therefore with Angels and Archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we laud and magnify thy glorious Name; evermore praising thee, and singing


Presider    All glory be to thee, Almighty God, our heavenly Father, for that thou, of thy tender mercy, didst give thine only Son Jesus Christ 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 memory of that his precious death and sacrifice, until his coming again.


For in the night in which he was betrayed, he 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 Testament, 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 Lord and heavenly Father, according to the institution of thy dearly beloved Son our Savior Jesus Christ, we, thy humble servants, do celebrate and make here before thy divine Majesty, with these thy holy gifts, which we now offer unto thee, the memorial thy Son hath commanded us to make; having in remembrance his blessed passion and precious death, his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension; rendering unto thee most hearty thanks for the innumerable benefits procured unto us by the same.


And we most humbly beseech thee, O merciful Father, to hear us; and, of thy almighty goodness, vouchsafe to bless and sanctify, with thy Word and Holy Spirit, these thy gifts and creatures of bread and wine; that we, receiving them according to thy Son our Savior Jesus Christ’s holy institution, in remembrance of his death and passion, may be partakers of his most blessed Body and Blood.


And we earnestly 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 here we offer and present unto thee, O Lord, our selves, our souls and bodies, to be a reasonable, holy, and living sacrifice unto thee; humbly beseeching thee that we, and all others who shall be partakers of this Holy Communion, may worthily receive the most precious Body and Blood of thy Son Jesus Christ, be filled with thy grace and heavenly benediction, and made one body with him, that he may dwell in us, and we in him.


And although we are unworthy, through our manifold sins, to offer unto thee any sacrifice, yet we beseech thee to accept this our bounden duty and service, not weighing our merits, but pardoning our offenses, through Jesus Christ our Lord; By whom, and with whom, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, all honor and glory be unto thee, O Father Almighty, world without end. AMEN.


And now, as our Savior Christ hath taught us, we are bold to say,

Presider and People     Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.


The Breaking of the Bread

Presider     Alleluia.  Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us.

People       Therefor let us keep the feast.


S-164      Fraction Anthem


The Prayer of Humble Access

Presider and people     We do not presume to come to this thy Table, O merciful Lord, trusting in our own righteousness, but in thy manifold and great mercies. We are not worthy so much as to gather up the crumbs under thy Table. But thou art the same Lord whose property is always to have mercy. Grant us therefore, gracious Lord, so to eat the flesh of thy dear Son Jesus Christ, and to drink his blood, that we may evermore dwell in him, and he in us. Amen.


Invitation to Communion

The Gifts of God for the People of God. and may add Take them in remembrance that Christ died for you, and feed on him in your hearts by faith, with thanksgiving.

(The communion wine contains alcohol.  If you need not or prefer not to consume the wine, simply do not take the offered cup at the table.  The wine is served in a small cup.  Please drink it at the table and discard the cup in the receptacle provided (waste basket on floor under table).

Communion Hymn 67   The Hymnal 1982

Post communion prayer

Presider and people

Almighty and everliving God, we most heartily thank thee for that thou dost feed us, in these holy mysteries, with the spiritual food of the most precious Body and Blood of thy Son our Savior Jesus Christ; and dost assure us thereby of thy favor and goodness towards us; and that we are very members incorporate in the mystical body of thy Son, the blessed company of all faithful people; and are also heirs, through hope, of thy everlasting kingdom. And we humbly beseech thee, O heavenly Father, so to assist us with thy grace, that we may continue in that holy fellowship, and do all such good works as thou hast prepared for us to walk in; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with thee and the Holy Ghost, be all honor and glory, world without end. Amen.

Closing Hymn 657   The Hymnal 1982




Postlude (please remain seated for the postlude)



Leader     Go in  peace to love and serve the Lord.

People    Thanks be to God.



Please take this service leaflet with you.   Sing and/or learn one or more of the hymns that are part of this service. 


Below are some recommendations for home use of an Advent wreath.


When used in private homes, the Advent Wreath provides a focus for devotions at the time of the evening meal. There are many resources for devotions produced to include the reading of scriptures suitable for the Advent season. The short form of An Order of Worship for the Evening, Prayer Book pages 109-112, is also recommended. In place of the Short Lesson of Scripture provided in the Order, one of the readings from the Daily Office Lectionary may be used, in whole or in part. Alternatively, the following may be used:


Week of 1 Advent Keep awake therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. But understand this: if the owner of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour. (Matthew 24:42-44) 18


Week of 2 Advent The word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. He went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah, “The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth; and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.’” (Luke 3:2b-6