First Sunday of Advent,

November 27, 2022

The Holy Eucharist

Organ prelude selected and played by Karlaine Livingston

After the prelude, the Church Bell summons us, and we light the first candle of the Advent wreath.

Reader: The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. On those living in a pitch-dark land light has dawned. Isaiah 9:2

Reader and people: As we light the first candle of the Advent wreath, we give thanks for the great light of the world, your Son, Jesus, who is our light in the world, so that we no longer walk in darkness. May our lives be a light to others. Amen.

Entrance Hymn 522   The Hymnal 1982
Presider:  Blessed are you, holy and living One..
People:    You come to your people and set them free.

Presider:  Let us pray.
Presider and people:
Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily
magnify your holy Name; through Christ our Lord.
Song of Praise 55    Enriching our Music 1   

Presider:  God be with you. 

People:    And also with you.

Presider:  Let us pray.

Collect for the First Sunday of Advent     (Book of Common Prayer, p. 236)

Presider and people:

Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.


The First Reading – Isaiah 2:1-5
Reader: A reading from Isaiah

The word that Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. In days to come the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be raised above the hills; all the nations shall stream to it. Many peoples shall come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth instruction, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. He shall judge between the nations, and shall arbitrate for many peoples; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. O house of Jacob, come, let us walk in the light of the LORD!

Reader:    Hear what the Spirit is saying to God’s people.

People:    Thanks be to God.

Psalm 122  

1 I was glad when they said to me, * “Let us go to the house of God.”

2 Now our feet are standing * within your gates, O Jerusalem.

3 Jerusalem is built as a city * that is at unity with itself;

4 To which the tribes go up, the tribes of the Holy One, * the assembly of Israel, to praise the Name of God.


5 For there are the thrones of judgment, * the thrones of the house of David.

6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: * “May they prosper who love you.

7 Peace be within your walls * and quietness within your towers.

8 For my kindred and companions’ sake, * I pray for your prosperity.


9 Because of the house of the Holy One our God, * I will seek to do you good.”


Second Reading  –  Romans 13:11-14
Reader:    A reading from Paul's letter to the Romans.

Reader:   The Word of the Lord.

People:   Thanks be to God.

Besides this, you know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we became believers; the night is far gone, the day is near. Let us then lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armor of light; let us live honorably as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarreling and jealousy. Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.

Sequence Hymn 12      Lift Every Voice and Sing II   
The Holy Gospel – Matthew 24:36-44
Reader:  The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew
People:  Glory to you, O Christ.

“But about that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. For as the days of Noah were, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark, and they knew nothing until the flood came and swept them all away, so too will be the coming of the Son of Man. Then two will be in the field; one will be taken and one will be left. Two women will be grinding meal
together; one will be taken and one will be left. 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.

Reader  The Gospel of the Lord.

People  Praise to you, O Christ.

The Sermon The Rev. Bruce L. MacDuffie
Nicene Creed
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, was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and became truly human. 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, who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, who 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.

Prayers of the People


People of God, come, let us walk in the light of the Lord. Let us pray to the Lord saying, “Teach us your ways, O God, that we may walk in your paths.”

Wake from sleep, O God, your Church. Let us lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us live honorably as salvation draws ever nearer.



Presider:  Teach us your ways, O God,

People:    That we may walk in your paths.

Wake from sleep, O God, this nation. May we beat our swords into plowshares, and our spears into pruning hooks. May we learn war no more.



Presider:  Teach us your ways, O God,

People:    That we may walk in your paths.

Wake from sleep, O God, your creation. May the mountains rise to meet you and the crops of the fields burst forth in praise.


Presider:  Teach us your ways, O God,

People:    That we may walk in your paths.

Wake from sleep, O God, this city. May there be peace and prosperity within our walls. Make clear our paths that we may walk in your light.



Presider:  Teach us your ways, O God,

People:    That we may walk in your paths.

Wake from sleep, O God, those in pain and sadness. Deliver them from their darkness that they may rejoice in your light. May all those waiting for healing find your salvation is near.

(Invite the congregation to add their petitions and thanksgivings, followed by Silence)


Presider:  Teach us your ways, O God,

People:    That we may walk in your paths.

Wake all your people from sleep, O God. Prepare your saints for that day when the Son of Man will return, with the saints at rest, to reign with us forever and ever.



Presider:  Teach us your ways, O God,

People:    That we may walk in your paths.

Confession of Sin

Presider:   Let us humbly confess our sins unto Almighty God.

(Silence may be kept)


Minister and people:  God of all mercy, we confess that we have sinned against you, opposing your will in our lives. We have denied your goodness in each other, in ourselves, and in the world you have created. We repent of the evil that enslaves us, the evil we have done, and the evil done on our behalf. Forgive, restore, and strengthen us through our Savior Jesus Christ, that we may abide in your love and serve only your will. 




Priest:   Almighty God have mercy on you, forgive you all your sins through the grace of Jesus Christ, strengthen you in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in eternal life.

People:  Amen.

The Peace
Presider: The peace of Christ be always with you.
People: And also with you.

Offertory Sentence

Walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself for us, an offering and sacrifice to God.  (Ephesians 5:2)

Offertory Hymn 59     The Hymnal 1982
Eucharistic Prayer

Presider: The Lord be with you.
People And also with you.


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


Presider: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
People It is right to give God thanks and praise.


Presider: All thanks and praise are yours at all times and in all places, our true and loving God; through Jesus Christ, your eternal Word, the Wisdom from on high by whom you created all things.
You laid the foundations of the world and enclosed the sea when it burst out from the womb; You brought forth all creatures of the earth and gave breath to humankind. Wondrous are you, Holy One of Blessing, all you create is a sign of hope for our journey; through Jesus Christ our Lord; For you are the source of light and life, you made us in your image, and called us to new life in Jesus Christ our Lord. And so as the morning stars sing your praises we join the heavenly beings and all creation as we
shout with joy:

Presider and people:     S-125    Service Music, The Hymnal 1982

(The people stand or kneel)
Presider:    Glory and honor are yours, Creator of all, your Word has never been silent; you called a people to yourself, as a light to the nations, you delivered them from bondage and led them to a land of promise.

Of your grace, you gave Jesus to be human, to share our life, to proclaim the coming of your holy reign and give himself for us, a fragrant offering.
Through Jesus Christ our Redeemer, you have freed us from sin, brought us into your life, reconciled us to you, and restored us to the glory you intend for us.


We thank you that on the night before he died for us Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks to you, he broke it, gave it to his friends and said:

“Take, eat, this is my Body, broken for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.”

After supper Jesus took the cup of wine, said the blessing, gave it to his friends and said:
“Drink this, all of you: this cup is the new Covenant in my Blood, poured out for you and for all for the forgiveness of sin. Do this for the remembrance of me.”


And so, remembering all that was done for us: the cross, the tomb, the resurrection and ascension, longing

for Christ’s coming in glory, and presenting to you these gifts your earth has formed and human hands have made, we acclaim you, O Christ:

Presider and people
Dying, you destroyed our death.
Rising, you restored our life.
Christ Jesus, come in glory!


Presider: Send your Holy Spirit upon us and upon these gifts of bread and wine that they may be to us the Body and Blood of your Christ. Grant that we, burning with your Spirit’s power, may be a people of hope, justice and love.
Giver of Life, draw us together in the Body of Christ, and in the fullness of time gather us with blessed Luke, the patron of this congregation, and all your people into the joy of our true eternal home.


Through Christ and with Christ and in Christ, by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, we worship you our God and Creator in voices of unending praise.


Presider and people
Blessed are you now and for ever.


And now, As our Savior Christ Christ has 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.
The Breaking of the Bread
Presider: Alleluia. Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us.
People: Therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia.


Presider: The Holy Gifts of God for the Holy People of God.

This is the table, not of the Church but of Jesus Christ. It is made ready for those who love God and who want to love God more. So come, you who have much faith and you who have little, you who have been here often and you who have not been for a long time or ever before, you who have tried to follow and you who have failed. It is Christ who invites you to be known and fed here.  All are welcome to receive communion.
Communion Hymn 615    The Hymnal 1982
Post-communion Prayer
Presider: Let us pray.
Presider and People:
Loving God, we give you thanks for restoring us in your image and nourishing us with spiritual food in the Sacrament of Christ’s Body and Blood. Now send us forth a people, forgiven, healed, renewed; that we may proclaim your love to the world and continue in the risen life of Christ our Savior. 

Closing Hymn 61            The Hymnal 1982

Advent Blessing

(The Priest blesses the people, saying)

May Almighty God, by whose providence our Savior Christ came among us in great humility, sanctify you with the light of his blessing and set you free from all sin.


May he whose second Coming in power and great glory we await, make you
steadfast in faith, joyful in hope, and constant in love.


May you, who rejoice in the first Advent of our Redeemer, at his second
Advent be rewarded with unending life.


And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be upon you and remain with you for ever.



Presider: Go in peace to love and serve the Lord. Alleluia. Alleluia.
People: Thanks be to God. Alleluia. Alleluia.

PLEASE!! Print and save this service leaflet. Read the scriptures again. Learn a hymn or two. Use the prayers of the people all this coming week. Blessings!
Sunday, November 27  The First Sunday of Advent
                                      Holy Eucharist, 10-11:15 followed by Greening of the church.


Wednesday, November 30, Midweek Eucharist, 5:30-6:00 PM in Willard Hall

                                            St. Andrew the Apostle

Sunday, December 4,  The Second Sunday of Advent
                                    Holy Eucharist, 10-11:15
                                    The Lukan Liturgical Leadership Team meets in Willard Hall after coffee hour

Wednesday, December  7, Midweek Eucharist, 5:30-6:00 PM in Willard Hall

                                          Ambrose of Milan

Sunday, December 11  The Third Sunday of Advent
                                     Holy Eucharist, 10-11:15

Wednesday, December  14, Midweek Eucharist, 5:30-6:00 PM in Willard Hall

                                          John of the Cross

Sunday, December 18  The Fourth Sunday of Advent 10-11:15 am
                                     Holy Eucharist, 10-11:15
                                     3:00 -4:30 PM Lessons and Carols


Wednesday, December  21, Midweek Eucharist, 5:30-6:00 PM in Willard Hall

                                            St. Thomas the Apostle

Saturday, December 24, Christmas Eve – First Eucharist of Christmas
                                         7:00-7:30 PM Carol Sing
                                         8:00-9:00 PM, Eucharist
Sunday, December 25 Christmas Day – First Sunday of Christmas
                                     Holy Eucharist, 10-11:15
Sunday, January 1 Second Sunday of Christmas
                              Holy Eucharist, 10-11:15
                              Holy Name of Jesus


Saturday, December 3,  Annual Christmas Market, Willard Hall, 10 - 1
                                      Pre-order pickup 9:30-10

Sunday, December 18,  3:00 - 4:30 PM Lessons and Carols.

Saturday, December 24,  7:00-7:30 PM Carol Sing

                                         8:00-9:00 PM, Eucharist 


Sunday, December 4, After a cup of coffee the Lukan Liturgical Leadership Team will meet near the keyboard in Willard Hall.