Advent IV Bulletin (blog edition) Dec 23 2018

4th Sunday in Advent                                December 23, 2018

Visitors – Welcome!

Peace and joy in our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.  Please advise us of your visit and ask for a “First Time Visitor Bulletin” which briefly explains the communion service.  Please join our church family in the Parish Hall after the service for fellowship, drinks, and food.

Holy Communion:

If you have been confirmed by a Bishop in Apostolic Succession, you are invited to receive the Blessed Sacrament.  If not, but are a Baptized Christian, please come to the Altar Rail for a blessing (simply cross your arms over your chest when the Celebrant approaches.)  If you have questions, please speak to the clergy.

Fourth Sunday in Advent              December 23, 2018

H= 1940 Hymnal #            B= 1928 BCP Page #

Stand                    Processional       H (Hymn #) 2

Kneel                    Collect for Purity              B (Page) 67

Introit                                   Choir

The Summary of the Law              B 69

Ninefold Kyrie   H 702     B 70

Collect for the Day           B 95, 90

Sit                           Psalm: 80                             B 441

Epistle:                 Phi IV:  4               B 95

Stand                    Gradual                                                H 4

Gospel:  JOHN  I:  19        B 95

Nicene Creed                    B 71

Sit                           Notices

Stand                    Sermon Hymn                   H 7

Sit                           Sermon (Fr. Michael Cawthon)

Alms Collection & Offertory Sentences (Choir)

Stand                    Alms Presentation, Natl Hymn   H 139 / 141 (v4)

Kneel                    Biddings & Intercessions (said by celebrant)

For the Whole State of Christ’s Church   B 74

Invitation and General Confession           B 75

Absolution & Comfortable Words             B 76

Sursum Corda & Sanctus               H 796     B 76

Consecration                     B 80

Lord’s Prayer                     H 722     B 82

Humble Access                 B 82

Agnus Dei                            B 706

Ecce Agnus PRIEST: “Behold the Lamb of God, behold him that takest away the sins of the world.  Lord I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof;”

People—”But speak the word only and my soul shall be healed.”

Communion Hymns        H 8(1), 391

Kneel                    Thanksgiving      B 83

Bread of Heaven              H 212

The Blessing       B 84

Dresden Amen H 740

Stand                    Recessional        H 11


Nursery is available for children 5 years and under during the 10:30am service

Church Services & Key Activities the week of December 23rd:

Sun:       8 am          Said Eucharist                 10:30 am   Sung Eucharist

12:30 pm              Greening of the Church

Mon:     6 pm        Christmas Eve Family Eucharist

11 pm      Christmas Eve Midnight Mass

Tue:       10 am      Christmas Day Eucharist

Wed:     10 am       Eucharist:  St. Stephen, Deacon and Martyr

Thu:       10 am      Eucharist:  Feast of St John

Fri:          10 am      Eucharist:  Holy Innocents

Acknowledgements and Thanksgivings!

SANCTUARY CANDLE burns this week to the glory of God.

Please come next door to the Parish Hall, after the 10:30 service for fellowship and refreshments.

News and Notes:


GIVING ENVELOPES:  2019 Giving Envelopes are in the Narthex.  If you want to begin using an envelope, choose one at the end that has “available”.

MONDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY:  Following Ladies Evening Pray at 6pm returning January 7th.

SUNDAY SCHOOL:    9:15 am Youth in the church and Adults in the Parish Hall, starting on January 6th.

THE NATURE OF ANGLICANISM:  Wednesday evening classes at 7 pm, continuing January 9th.

YOUTH CONFIRMATION:  Classes have begun, Wednesday evening following the Wednesday Eucharist.  See Tina if you have any questions.


Cost:            $24,415

Donations to Date:            13,165


… Upcoming Events:    

Dec        23           12:30 pm              Greening of the Church

24           10 am                    Altar Guild Workday

24           6 pm                      Christmas Eve Family Mass

24           11 pm                    Christmas Eve Midnight Mass

25           10 am                    Christmas Day Eucharist (Day of Obligation)

26           10 am                    Eucharist – St. Stephen

27           10 am                    Eucharist:  Feast of St. John

28           10 am                    Eucharist:  Holy Innoncents

31           11:30 pm              New Year’s Midnight Mass

Jan           5            11 am                    Christmas Brunch

6            12:30 pm              Vestry Meeting

15           12:30 pm              Ladies Lunch Out @ Hembry Barbecue

18-20                                     APA Youth Ski Trip

23-25                                     Clergy Winter Conference

SCHEDULE FOR NEXT WEEK:      July 8, 2018

Nursery:   10:15 am         Help needed

Ushers:      8 am                 Bob & Betty Self

10:15 am         Dame Martin, Tommy Johnson

Altar Guild:                         Debbie Cawthon

CHRISTMAS BRUNCH:  All women of the church are members of St. Martha’s Guild and are invited to the Annual Christmas Brunch at Margie Schlier’s on January 5th at 11 am.  We will be doing a gift exchange.  The gift should be no more than $10.00.

YOUTH NEWS:     Mark your calendars:  Annual Ski Trip will be January 18th – 20th.


Dec        25           Tanya King


Prelude                                Veni Emmanuel                                Daniel Pinkham

Introit                   Drop down, he heavens, from above: and let the skies pour down  righteousness. Let the earth open: and bring forth salvation. The heavens declare the glory of God: and the firmament showeth His handywork.

Offertory             Be strong, fear not: behold your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompense;                He will come and save you.

Anthem –             Jesus Christ, the Apple Tree                            Simon Andrews

Postlude              Veni Emmanuel                                                  Daniel Pinkham

Veni Emmanuel, the processional hymn today, is based on the 7 Latin antiphons (known as the “Great O” for each beginning with that letter) that were said on successive days before and after the Magnificat at Vespers between December 17-23. The tune is a 15th century chant that was first used with the English translation (1861).

Daniel Pinkham (1923-2006) was a composer of symphonies, operas, choral works, film scores and numerous organ works. For forty years he was music director at King’s Chapel, Boston, and was on the faculty of the New England Conservatory of Music. His variations from 1996 use various organ colors.

The anthem is a setting of a poem first published in England in 1761 based on Song of Solomon 2:3, Luke 13:18-19 and Revelation 22:1-2. The music is set to the hymn tune “Tallis Canon” by Simon Andrews (b.1958), born in England and a music professor and conductor in Lancaster, PA.

The Vestry:

Sr. Warden:  Ed Stemborowski                   Jr. Warden:  Brett Ford

Carol Alsis                  ’21         Laurna Blackwood   ’20          Margie Schlier                 ’19

Frank Ihekaire            ’21         Randall Burgess        ’20          Brett Ford                        ’19

Sylvia Jack                  ’21         Pam Driscoll              ’20          Michelle Montgomery   ’19

Eastern Diocese of the Anglican Province of America:

The Most Rev. W. H. Grundorf, Diocesan

The Rt. Rev. Chad Jones, Suffragan Bishop

The Rt. Rev. Bill Perkins, Suffragan Bishop

The Rt. Rev. David Haines, Missionary Bishop

The Rev. O. Michael Cawthon, Rector

The Very Rev. Can George Harding, Ret.

Dss. Tina Jenkins, APA Sr. Deaconess

John Apple,  Organist & Choir Master

Shonika Bankole,  Preschool Director

Lou Hale, Sandra Scherer, & Susan Stepp:  Bible Women

Brett Ford, Phil & Susan Crosby, Alan Crosby:  Youth Leaders

Dame Martin & Joyce Allen:  Outreach Programs

Susan Stepp & Sandra Scherer:  Worship Preparation

Gale McEvilley,  Social Programs


✟The Anglican Church: Our St. Michael’s family, Deanery, Diocese, Anglican Province of America, Anglican Catholic Church, Anglican Church in America, Deus of the Holy Cross, our Bishops, Rector, Clergy & their families, and that many men are called to the sacred Ministry.

✟ Our Country, its Leaders, Fire and Police Departments & those in military service: Andrew, Adam, Edwin, Daniel, Mark, Conner, Caleb, Brian, Dustin, Brett, Kegan, Charles, Robert, James.

✟Pregnancy: Jennalyn, Sally, Charla, Maddi

✟ Those Traveling: Ralph, Scott, Mike, Will, Tommy, Kristen, Nance, Jeff, Stephen, Lee, all church families traveling this holiday season.

✟Guidance & Protection: Destinn, Conner, Reagan, Evan, Christopher, Karl, Phyllis, Ari, Dame, Kristin, Sandy, Margaret, Linda, Claude, Tommy, Sam, Sean, Paul, Ben, Henry, Victoria, Travis. Lane, Kirk, Mary, The Rogers, Washburn, Burgess, Taylor/White, Ackley, Correal, Schlier, Unterberger, Decker, Eldridge families.

✟ In Affliction: Jerry, June, Roger, Virginia Gayle, Trudy, Pat, Wayne, Harry, Doris, Lyle, Edna, Pat, June, Rich+, Angelica, Jan, Michele, Hilda, Lisa, James, Danny, John, Doreen, Desmond, Yvonne, Richard, Dame, Donna, Lisa, Vivian, Baria. The Conner, Palmer, Becker Powell/Mason families.

✟The Lord’s Healing: Austin, Issac, Juliana, Brooke, Ana, Nicholas, Noah, Reagan, Jordan, Blonnie, Amanda, Haywood, Sue, Debbie, Teddy, Mike, Troy, Walter, Jennifer, Leslie, Margaret, Noah, Kelly, Brenda, Betty, Wanda, Marie, Norah, Alex, Joe, Chris, Gary, Robert, Randall, Earl, Richard, Jim, Stephen, Fred, Lori, Leslie, Anne, Phyllis, Sherry, Ryan, Juanita, Lynn Gayle, Elizabeth, Tony, Tina, Gretchen, Michael, John, Sandra, Lynn, Gloria, Mari, Shannon, Earl, Jack, Joe, Vikki, Gina, Janet, James, Daisy, Dana, Ralph, Lisa, Dame, Darlene, Robin, Michelle, David, Sandy, Stuart, Carlton,  Nancy, Kevin+, George+, +Jack, Michael+.

✟R.I.P.:    Cameron Eldridge

St. Michael the Archangel

St. Michael’s:  2211 Margaret Wallace Road, Matthews, NC 28105

Rector:  Fr. Michael’s Cell:  704-651-9070

Anglican Church                Church office:  704-537-7777     Rectory:  704-531-9306       

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