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At the end of this E-mail you will find announcements regarding the following:
  • 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 December 24th - January 2nd.
Christ Episcopal Church
Second Sunday of Advent
December 5th, 2021
Voluntary Kyrie (Couplets 1, 2, 5) François Couperin (1668-1733)

Taken from his "Messe pour les couvents," these "couplets" were written to be played in alternation with sung Gregorian chant.

Lighting of the 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.

Light the first candle in your Advent wreath.

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

Reader One: Because of war, because of violence in our communities, because there is still so much unrest in Jerusalem, we light a candle of peace…

Reader Two: Because hatred is still so strong, because so many swords have not yet been beaten into ploughshares, we light a candle of peace.

Light the second candle in your Advent wreath.

Reader One: May the light from this candle overwhelm the world.

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

Reader One: Friends, be not afraid, God’s peace is at hand!

Processional Hymn: Hymnal 76
On Jordan's Bank the Baptist's Cry
Winchester New

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

Holy God
Holy and Mighty
Holy Immortal One
Have Mercy Upon Us

The Collect of the Day
Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

First Reading: Baruch 5:1-9 Read by R. Pescatore
Take off the garment of your sorrow and affliction, O Jerusalem, and put on forever the beauty of the glory from God. Put on the robe of the righteousness that comes from God; put on your head the diadem of the glory of the Everlasting; for God will show your splendor everywhere under heaven. For God will give you evermore the name, "Righteous Peace, Godly Glory." Arise, O Jerusalem, stand upon the height; look toward the east, and see your children gathered from west and east at the word of the Holy One, rejoicing that God has remembered them. For they went out from you on foot, led away by their enemies; but God will bring them back to you, carried in glory, as on a royal throne. For God has ordered that every high mountain and the everlasting hills be made low and the valleys filled up, to make level ground, so that Israel may walk safely in the glory of God. The woods and every fragrant tree have shaded Israel at God's command. For God will lead Israel with joy, in the light of his glory, with the mercy and righteousness that come from him.

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

The Song of Zechariah: Canticle 16 Page 92, BCP Read by R. Pescatore

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; *
he has come to his people and set them free.

He has raised up for us a mighty savior, *
born of the house of his servant David.

Through his holy prophets he promised of old,

that he would save us from our enemies, *
from the hands of all who hate us.

He promised to show mercy to our fathers *
and to remember his holy covenant.

This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham, *
to set us free from the hands of our enemies,

Free to worship him without fear, *
holy and righteous in his sight
all the days of our life.

You, my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High, *
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,

To give his people knowledge of salvation *
by the forgiveness of their sins.

In the tender compassion of our God *
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,

To shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, *
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Second Reading: Philippians 1:3-11 Read by R. Pescatore
I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now. I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ. It is right for me to think this way about all of you, because you hold me in your heart, for all of you share in God's grace with me, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel. For God is my witness, how I long for all of you with the compassion of Christ Jesus. And this is my prayer, that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight to help you to determine what is best, so that in the day of Christ you may be pure and blameless, having produced the harvest of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God.

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

Sequence Hymn: Hymnal 75
There's a Voice in the Wilderness Crying

The Gospel: Luke 3:1-6 Read by The Rev. Deacon Kay Drebert

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

In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was ruler of Galilee, and his brother Philip ruler of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias ruler of Abilene, during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. He went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah, "The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: 'Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth; and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.'"

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

The Homily The Rev. Deacon Kay Drebert

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 Bill D., Bobbie, Candie, Connor, Don, Ellen, 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.


The Confession

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 Peace

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

Offertory Anthem: WLP 724
People, Look East

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

Communion: Hymnal 63
O heavenly Word, eternal Light
Verbum Supernum Prodiens

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: Hymnal 462
The Lord Will Come and Not Be Slow

The Dismissal

Christ unser Herr zum Jordan kam
Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706)

Based on Martin Luther's hymn about Christ's baptism, Pachelbel's setting places the hymn tune in the organ pedalboard.


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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