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At the end of this E-mail you will find announcements regarding the following:
  • Link to Thanksgiving Prayers
  • Sponsored Families for Christmas
  • Winter Warmth Project Announcement
  • CHOW Pantry Announcement
  • Christ Church Amazon
  • Fall 2021 Congregation Survey
  • Sunday School Zoom Link
  • Christ Church YouTube Link
  • Christ Church Mask Requirements
Please note the Church office will be closed November 25th, and 26th.
Christ Episcopal Church
First Sunday of Advent
November 28th, 2021
Voluntary “Veni Emmanuel” John Hebden Schaffner (1945 - 1995)

Lighting of the Advent Wreath: Hope

Reader One: When I look around, I see shadows of hunger. So many people in this city and around the world will go to bed hungry tonight…

Reader Two: When I look around, I see shadows of injustice, the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer, everyone saying, "Buy, buy, buy!" - and someone somewhere will fall asleep under a bridge tonight…

Reader One: In the face of hunger, we light a candle of hope…

Reader Two: In the face of injustice, in the face of despair, we light a candle of hope…

(Light the first candle in your Advent wreath.)

Reader One: Let the light from this candle say to all that God’s hope is coming on earth as it already is in heaven.

Reader Two: Friends, be not afraid, God’s hope is at hand!

Processional Hymn: “Lo! He comes with clouds descending” Hymnal 58

The Word of God
Celebrant: Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

People: and blessed be God’s kingdom now and forever. Amen.

Celebrant: 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. Amen

Trisagion (repeated three times) Hymnal S102

The Collect of the Day
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 for ever. Amen.

First Reading: Jeremiah 33:14-16 Read by S. Bowlby
The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David; and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will live in safety. And this is the name by which it will be called: "The Lord is our righteousness."

Celebrant: The Word of the Lord.
People: Thanks be to God.

Psalm 25:1-9 Read by S. Bowlby

1 To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul;
my God, I put my trust in you; *
let me not be humiliated,
nor let my enemies triumph over me.

2 Let none who look to you be put to shame; *
let the treacherous be disappointed in their schemes.

3 Show me your ways, O Lord, *
and teach me your paths.

4 Lead me in your truth and teach me, *
for you are the God of my salvation;
in you have I trusted all the day long.

5 Remember, O Lord, your compassion and love, *
for they are from everlasting.

6 Remember not the sins of my youth and my transgressions; *
remember me according to your love
and for the sake of your goodness, O Lord.

7 Gracious and upright is the Lord; *
therefore he teaches sinners in his way.

8 He guides the humble in doing right *
and teaches his way to the lowly.

9 All the paths of the Lord are love and faithfulness *
to those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.

Second Reading: Hebrews 10:11-14, 19-25 Read by S. Bowlby
How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy that we feel before our God because of you? Night and day we pray most earnestly that we may see you face to face and restore whatever is lacking in your faith. Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus direct our way to you. And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, just as we abound in love for you. And may he so strengthen your hearts in holiness that you may be blameless before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.

Celebrant: The Word of the Lord.
People: Thanks be to God.

Sequence Hymn: “Hark! A thrilling voice is sounding” Hymnal 59

The Gospel: Luke 21:25-36

Priest: The Holy Gospel of our Savior Jesus Christ according to Luke.
People: Glory to You, Lord Christ.

Jesus said, "There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves. People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see 'the Son of Man coming in a cloud' with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near." Then he told them a parable: "Look at the fig tree and all the trees; as soon as they sprout leaves you can see for yourselves and know that summer is already near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near. Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. "Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that day catch you unexpectedly, like a trap. For it will come upon all who live on the face of the whole earth. Be alert at all times, praying that you may have the strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of Man."

Priest: The Gospel of the Lord.
People: Praise to you, Lord Christ.

The Homily Mr. John Endress

Nicene Creed
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 Form VI
In peace, we pray to you, Lord God.


For all people in their daily life and work;

For our families, friends, and neighbors, and for those who are alone.

For this community, the nation, and the world, Joe our President and all elected officials;

For all who work for justice, freedom, and peace.

For the just and proper use of your creation;

For the victims of hunger, fear, injustice, and oppression.

For all who are in danger, sorrow, or any kind of trouble;

For those who minister to the sick, the friendless, and the needy.

For the peace and unity of the Church of God;

For all who proclaim the Gospel, and all who seek the Truth.

For Justin, our Archbishop of Canterbury, Michael, our Presiding Bishop, DeDe our Bishop;

For all bishops and other ministers;

For all who serve God in his Church.

For the special needs and concerns of this congregation, especially Bobbie, Candie, Connor, Don, George, Jeanette, Joell, Kathy, Mark, Mother Elizabeth, Osmond, Rose, Sally, and Scott.


Hear us, Lord;

For your mercy is great.

We thank you, Lord, for all the blessings of this life.

Silence (The People may add their own thanksgivings)

We will exalt you, O God our King;

And praise your Name for ever and ever.

We pray for all who have died, that they may have a place in your eternal kingdom.

Silence (The People may add their own petitions)

Lord, let your loving-kindness be upon them;

Who put their trust in you.

We pray to you also for the forgiveness of our sins.


Have mercy upon us, most merciful Father; in your compassion forgive us our sins, known and unknown, things done and left undone; and so uphold us by your Spirit that we may live and serve you in newness of life, to the honor and glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Confession

Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.

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


The Peace

Celebrant: The peace of the Lord always be with you.
People: And also with you.

Offertory Anthem “Sleepers, wake!” Hymnal 61

Doxology Hymnal 380 v. 3

3 Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
praise him, all creatures here below;
praise him above, ye heavenly host:
praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

Eucharistic Prayer A BCP 361

The Great Thanksgiving

Celebrant: The Lord be with you.
People: And also with you.
Celebrant: Lift up your hearts.
People: We lift them to the Lord.
Celebrant: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
People: It is right to give him thanks and praise.
Celebrant: It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth. Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with Angels and Archangels and with all the company of heaven, who for ever sing this hymn to proclaim the glory of your Name:

Sanctus Hymnal S130, BCP 362

Celebrant and People:
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.

Christ has died.
Christ is risen.
Christ will come again.

The Lord’s Prayer

Fraction Hymn (Agnus Dei) Hymnal S164

Music at Communion “Signs of ending all around us” WLP 721

Post Communion Prayer
Let us pray.

Celebrant and People:
Eternal God, heavenly Father,
you have graciously accepted us as living members
of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ,
and you have fed us with spiritual food
in the Sacrament of his Body and Blood.
Send us now into the world in peace,
and grant us strength and courage
to love and serve you
with gladness and singleness of heart;
through Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Blessing

Recessional Hymn: “Watchman, tell us of the night” Hymnal 640

The Dismissal

Voluntary “Wachet auf, ruft uns dei Stimme” Johann Gottfried Walther
(1684 - 1748)


Thanksgiving Prayers
Sponsored Families for Christmas
Here is the list of families/children (total of 5 children) that RTS Middle School at Susquehanna Valley Central School District s looking for help in getting holiday gifts.

We will need the gifts brought to Christ Church by Sunday December 12th so they can be picked up and brought to the school.

Please DO NOT wrap the gifts - they should be in a gift bag or box so that they can be wrapped by the RTS guidance counselors. If donors would like to include a gift receipt that is helpful as well.

The RTS Middle School appreciates the help Christ Church has given our school community in the past and is hoping that they will be able to continue their charitable support of local kids who are in need this holiday season.

Each list has the child's age and likes listed with the item requested. Each child has about 4-5 items requested.

If a donor would prefer to donate money towards the purchase of a gift, this would be very helpful as the Student Council officers or guidance counselor will be shopping for missing items after all the gifts are collected.

Thank you again from RTS Middle School.
Family A - Child #1 (Boy Age 12)

Board Game: Sorry
Men's Socks 6-12
Men's Underwear Size 34
Men's Winter Boots Size 8 Men's
He likes the Giants Football team and the colors purple and yellow.

Family A - Child #2 (Girl Age 5)

Paw Patrol Toys
Sweatshirt - 5T
Socks - Small Kids
Underwear 5T
Winter Boots 11 ½ Kids

Family D - Child #1 (Boy age 11)

Shoes 9 Men's - Needs Boots
Socks 9 Men's
Boys Underwear 14/16
Twin Bedding Set
Likes Pokemon.

Family D - Child #2 (Girl age 6)

Shoe Size 2 Kids - Needs Boots
Shoe Size 2 Kids - Need Sneakers
Girls Underwear Size 8 Girls
Girls Socks - Shoe Size 2 Kids
Likes books, frozen, and barbies.

Family D - Child #3 (Boy age 15)

Men's Shirts, Sweatshirts, and Long Sleeve Shirts - Size XL
Men's Pants (Jeans) 34/36
Men's Athletic Pants - Size XL
Men's Shoes - Size 13 Men's
Music Gift Cards for Android Phone
Men's Cologne

Please let the office know what you plan to purchase before hand so we can try to eliminate overlapping gifts. Thank you!
Winter Warmth Project
Binghamton's Festival of Lights at Otsiningo Park has partnered with Christ Church in support of our Winter Warmth project!

On December 3rd members of the community can drop off hats, scarves, and gloves while viewing the Festival of Lights that will be donated to Christ Church.

The Festival of Lights is scheduled to take place on December 3rd at 5:00 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
Our Winter Warmth will begin early December. We are accepting donations now. Donations of hats, scarves, gloves, thick socks, and/or umbrellas can be left in the back of the church after worship service or at the church during the church’s office hours.
CHOW Pantry

During the holiday season we service CHOW clients and walk-ins. Please consider donating holiday dinner foods, such as stuffing, instant potatoes and gravy, cranberry sauce, etc.., or your families personal favorite treats during the next two months for local families in need.

Please consider purchasing a replacement floor tile for CHOW for $10. There is a donation jar in the back of the Sanctuary now through January.
Christ Church Amazon

When you're shopping on Amazon this holiday season, go to smile.amazon.com and list "Christ Church Binghamton" as your charity of choice. The Church will receive .5 % of your purchase!

Over $500 has been given to Christ Church from your Amazon purchases since its program began. THANK YOU for designating Christ Church to receive these proceeds. Every little bit helps.
Fall Congregation Survey

Soon you should hear from a church member via phone or email. Our Vestry once again is reaching out to be in touch with our parishioners to check in, confirm contact information, and to ask a few questions which will help our parish discern priorities and ministries in the year and years ahead. We look forward to connecting.

Feel free to fill out the survey any time at: https://www.christepiscopalbing.com/fall-2021-congregation-survey/.
Sunday School Information

Start Time: 10:00 A.M.

Registration Link: Click Here!

Meeting ID: 851 7341 8446

Meeting Passcode: 714844
Christ Church YouTube Link
You can view our livestream Sunday starting at 10:00 a.m. or watch it any time after via our YouTube page: Christ Episcopal Church Binghamton (link)
Christ Church Mask Requirements

Each parish of the Diocese of Central New York has local discretion in establishing COVID-19 response guidelines within the restrictions established by New York State and in line with recommendations from the CDC.

The CDC’s COVID-19 Data Tracker indicates that Broome County is at “High” levels of community transmission.

Per CDC guidance, individuals attending indoor public worship in these counties should wear face coverings, regardless of vaccination status.

Thank you all for your tender care for one another in this challenging time.
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