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Reflections, Images, and Videos for the Fourth Sunday of Advent

December 20, 2016

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In between our morning Services on December 18, the Fourth Sunday of Advent, we decorated the Christmas Tree at the front of our Sanctuary, with home-made tree decorations called “Chrismons.”  

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The Tree joined the other symbols in our Sanctuary reminding us that Christmas is nearly here.

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Embedded immediately below are the 5 videos we showed on our screens before our 10 a.m. Service to help prepare us for worship. 

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We began our 10 a.m. Service with the following video for Advent 4.

The following Gospel passage was read at both 8:30 and 10 a.m. Services.

At both morning Services, we prayed together the “O” Antiphons.

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Our 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. times of worship were both Services of Nine Lessons and Carols. 

Both followed the traditional pattern of beginning with “Once in Royal David’s City.” 

At both, we also sang “The First Nowell.”

Two other carols were shared by both Services. The other 18 carols we sang were all different. Here are 2 of them, which we sang at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., respectively.

The 4 p.m. Service took place at our historic, 131 year old Chapel.

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We stepped back in time, reading Lessons from the 1611 King James Version of the (3,000 year old) Bible, singing Carols from the 1938 Book of Common Praise, and following exactly the Liturgy of the 1918 King’s College Lessons and Carols’ Service.

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This Liturgy included the following bidding prayer.

festival-nine-lessons-2015BELOVED IN CHRIST, be it this evening our care and delight to prepare ourselves to hear again the message of the angels; in heart and mind to go even unto Bethlehem and see this thing which is come to pass, and the Babe lying in a manger.

Let us read and mark in Holy Scripture the tale of the loving purposes of God from the first days of our disobedience unto the glorious Redemption brought us by this Holy Child; and let us make this Chapel, in which people have gathered to worship for 131 years, glad with our carols of praise:

But first let us pray for the needs of his whole world; for peace and goodwill over all the earth; and for unity and love shared within the Church he came to build:

And because this of all things would rejoice his heart, let us at this time remember in his name the poor and the helpless, the cold, the hungry and the oppressed; the sick in body and in mind and them that mourn; the lonely and the unloved; the aged and the little children; all who know not the Lord Jesus, or who love him not, or who by sin have grieved his heart of love.

Lastly let us remember before God all those who rejoice with us, but upon another shore and in a greater light, that multitude which no one can number, whose hope was in the Word made flesh, and with whom, in this Lord Jesus, we for evermore are one.

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Here are 2 Reflections on the Fourth Sunday of Advent.

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We departed our 10 a.m. Service to the following 5 videos, going forth to embody the joyous Good News of God’s measureless love for all.

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ky7ovlvc_400x400The 2 awesome photos of our Chapel in this posting were taken by Chris Doering. You can see them and 13 others of his photos of the Chapel by visiting his website “Off the Beaten Path – with Chris and Connie.” 

Chris’ pictures have also been added to our own historic St. Paul’s website. You can see them there by clicking here. They bring the total number of photos on the site to 90!

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