Saint Peter’s Anglican Church
A Celebration of the Lord’s Supper on
The Second Sunday of Advent
December 6, 2020
Celebrant & Homilist: The Reverend Canon Richard G. Miller
THE GATHERING OF THE COMMUNITY
Celebrant: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.
All: And also with you.
MUSICAL OVERTURE: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
THE OPENING PRAYER (The Rev. Susan Climo of the ELCIC) Celebrant: Let us pray. (Silence is observed.) Loving God,
(arr. by Linda Hartman) this time of pandemic has stretched on so long, and has
been so filled with waiting:
waiting for testing, and then test results;
waiting for loved ones with COVID to recover – or be released from their struggles;
waiting in long lines everywhere;
waiting to learn if we’ll ever go back to our workplaces (or even have a job);
waiting for a vaccine; waiting to hug our family and friends;
waiting for life to go back to something more familiar, more full.
We are tired of waiting. But you are lovingly leading us into the season of Advent, a season filled with an entirely different, life-giving kind of waiting: an expectant, audacious, hope-filled waiting that looks forward to the coming of the one who brings love, joy, justice, peace and the promise of life with God now and forever.
As we turn our hearts and minds to waiting for Jesus, fill us with confidence in all your Advent promises. Remind us that, even if this year we will not experience all the traditional worship and events that we love, with the guiding of your Spirit we will find new and meaningful ways to mark Jesus’ coming, and to pray together ‘O Come, O Come, Emmanuel’.
In the name of Jesus we pray.
THE COLLECT OF THE DAY
you sent your servant John the Baptist to prepare your people to welcome the Messiah Inspire us, the ministers and stewards of your truth, to turn our disobedient hearts to you, that when the Christ shall come again to be our judge, we may stand with confidence before his glory; who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
The Lighting of the Advent Wreath
(The Rev. Dr. Elaine Boone of the ELCIC)
Advent 2 – Peace
Today we light the candle of peace.
This year we have prayed for peace.
This year we have prayed in peace: that people will find common ground, that nations will stop harming their citizens, that the doomsday clock marking imminent threats to humanity will go backward, not forward.
Today we pray with peace!
The Second Advent candle is lit.
Harold Clark will sing verse 2 of A Candle is Burning (words written by Sandra Dean)
We know God is with us in moments of peace and unrest.
We know God is with us.
THE PROCLAMATION OF GOD’S WORD
A Reading from the Second Letter of Peter (3:8-15a)
Do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like one day. The Lord is not slow about his promise, as some think of slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a loud noise, and the elements will be dissolved with fire, and the earth and everything that is done on it will be disclosed. Since all these things are to be dissolved in this way, what sort of persons ought you to be in leading lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set ablaze and dissolved, and the elements will melt with fire? But, in accordance with his promise, we wait for new heavens and a new earth, where righteousness is at home. Therefore, beloved, while you are waiting for these things, strive to be found by him at peace, without spot or blemish; and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation.
Reader: The Word of the Lord.
All: Thanks be to God.
Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13
Lord, you were favorable to your land; you restored the fortunes of Jacob.
You forgave the iniquity of your people; you pardoned all their sin.
Let me hear what God the Lord will speak,
for he will speak peace to his people, to his faithful, to those who turn to him in their hearts.
Surely his salvation is at hand for those who fear him that his glory may dwell in our land.
Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness and peace will kiss each other.
Faithfulness will spring up from the ground, and righteousness will look down from the sky.
The Holy Gospel
Gospeller: The Lord be with you.
All: And also with you.
The Lord will give what is good, and our land will yield its increase.
Righteousness will go before him, and will make a path for his steps.
“See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way; the voice of one crying out in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight,’” John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. He proclaimed, “The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” Gospeller: The Gospel of Christ.
All: Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.
AN AFFIRMATION OF FAITH (This Affirmation of Faith is taken from the New Zealand Prayer Book (with minor adaptations)
You, O God, are supreme and holy. You create our world and give us life. Your purpose overarches everything we do. You have always been with us. You are God.
You, O God, are infinitely generous, good beyond all measure. You came to us before we came to you. You have revealed and proved your love for us in Jesus the Christ, who lived and died and rose again. You are with us now. You are God.
You, O God, are Holy Spirit. You empower us to be your gospel in the world. You reconcile and heal; you overcome death. You are our God. We worship you.
The Intercessions (Please take a comfortable posture of prayer and join in the response as indicated by the Intercessor.)
Celebrant: The peace of the Lord be always with you.
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark. (1:1-8)
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.
The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. As it is written in the prophet Isaiah,
All: And also with you.
THE PRAYER OVER THE GIFTS
THE CELEBRATION OF THE EUCHARIST
Celebrant: Let us pray. (Silence is observed.) God of constant love,
All: in this Eucharist you renew the covenant made once with us in baptism. As you are faithful in all
things may we, in our offering, be faithful to our calling. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
THE GREAT THANKSGIVING (Eucharistic Prayer 2)
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.
We give you thanks and praise, almighty God, through your beloved Son, Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Redeemer. He is your living Word, through whom you have created all things. By the power of the Holy Spirit he took flesh of the Virgin Mary and shared our human nature. He lived and died as one of us, to reconcile us to you, the God and Father of all. In fulfilment of your will he stretched out his hands in suffering, to bring release to those who place their hope in you; and so he won for you a holy people. He chose to bear our griefs and sorrows, and to give up his life on the cross, that he might shatter the chains of evil and death and banish the darkness of sin and despair. By his resurrection he
brings us into the light of your presence. Now with all creation we raise our voices to proclaim the
glory of your name.
All: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.
Celebrant: Holy and gracious God, accept our praise, through your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ; who on the night he was handed over to suffering and death, took bread and gave you thanks, saying, “Take, and eat: this is my body which is broken for you.” In the same way he took the cup, saying, “This is my blood which is shed for you. When you do this, you do it in memory of me.” Remembering, therefore, his death and resurrection, we offer you this bread and this cup, giving thanks that you have made us worthy to stand in your presence and serve you. We ask you to send your Holy Spirit upon the offering of your holy Church. Gather into one all who share in these sacred mysteries, filling them with the Holy Spirit and confirming their faith in the truth, that together we may praise you and give you glory through your Servant, Jesus Christ. All glory and honour are yours, Father and Son, with the Holy Spirit in the holy Church, now and forever.
THE LORD’S PRAYER
Celebrant: As Jesus taught us, let us pray.
All: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your Kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread; forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours, now and forever. Amen.
THE INVITATION TO COMMUNION
Celebrant: Jesus said, “Whoever comes to me shall not hunger.”
All: “And whoever believes in me shall never thirst.”
Celebrant: So, come to this table, you who have much faith and you who would like to have more; you who have been to this sacrament often, and you who have not been for a long time; you who have tried to follow Jesus and you who have failed. So, come, for it is the Christ who invites us to meet him here. These are the gifts of God for the people of God.
All: Thanks be to God.
THE COMMUNION (All are welcome to receive Holy Communion. Please observe this as a prayerful time.)
PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
Celebrant: Let us pray. (Silence is observed) Gracious God,
All: we thank you for feeding us with this heavenly banquet. Help us always to hear the prophet’s call
to turn our hearts to you; in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.
Celebrant: Glory to God,
All whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine. Glory to God from generation to generation, in the Church and in Christ Jesus, forever and ever. Amen.
THE BLESSING (Rev. Katherine Gohm of the ELCIC)
Celebrant: May God, for whom nothing is impossible restore us and bless us.
May the Christ, in whom is the dawning of grace, carry us and gently lead us.
May the Spirit, whose song is gladness, fill us with peace and comfort.
CLOSING MUSIC: Tell Out My Soul
Leader: Go in peace. Prepare the way of the Lord.
All: Amen. We go in peace to prepare the way of the Lord. Amen.
(arr. by Paul Manz
Imminent Eschatology in Mark 13
1As he came out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher, what large stones and
what large buildings!” 2Then Jesus asked him, “Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone will
be left here upon another; all will be thrown down.” 8For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom
against kingdom; there will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. This is but the
to be (let the reader understand), then those in Judea must flee to the mountains; 15the one on the
beginning of the birth pangs. “But when you see the desolating sacrilege set up where it ought not
housetop must not go down or enter the house to take anything away; 16the one in the field must not 17
turn back to get a coat. Woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing infants in
those days! Pray that it may not be in winter. For in those days there will be suffering, such as has
not been from the beginning of the creation that God created until now, no, and never will be. And
if the Lord had not cut short those days, no one would be saved; but for the sake of the elect, whom
Messiah!’ or ‘Look! There he is!’—do not believe it. False messiahs and false prophets will appear
and produce signs and omens, to lead astray, if possible, the elect. 24“But in those days, after that
he chose, he has cut short those days. And if anyone says to you at that time, ‘Look! Here is the
suffering, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, 25and the stars will be falling 26
from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see ‘the Son of Man 27
coming in clouds’ with great power and glory. Then he will send out the angels, and gather his elect
from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven. “From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near.
So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates. Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place.
Delayed or Future Eschatology in Mark 13
3When he was sitting on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter, James, John, and Andrew
asked him privately, 4“Tell us, when will this be, and what will be the sign that all these things are
about to be accomplished?” 5Then Jesus began to say to them, “Beware that no one leads you astray. 67
Many will come in my name and say, ‘I am he!’ and they will lead many astray. When you hear of
and you will stand before governors and kings because of me, as a testimony to them. And the good
wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed; this must take place, but the end is still to come. “As for yourselves, beware; for they will hand you over to councils; and you will be beaten in synagogues;
news must first be proclaimed to all nations.
When they bring you to trial and hand you over, do not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit. Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child, and
children will rise against parents and have them put to death; 13and you will be hated by all because 23
of my name. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. But be alert; I have already told you
everything. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. But about that day
alert; for you do not know when the time will come. It is like a man going on a journey, when he
or hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Beware, keep
leaves home and puts his slaves in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to be
on the watch. herefore, keep awake – for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or at dawn, 36or else he may find you asleep when he
comes suddenly. And what I say to you I say to all: Keep awake.”