Eucharist The Fourth Sunday in Advent

21 December 2014
The Fourth Sunday in Advent
St Peter’s Cathedral is a Christ-centred, sacramental, inclusive, thinking, mission-oriented,
faith community. The Cathedral resides on the lands of the Kaurna people whom we
acknowledge as the original custodians of the Adelaide Region.
Welcome: “In the sixth month the angel…” These evocative
words mark the beginning of Mary’s story and the start of
Luke’s nativity narrative. As we listen to them on the fourth
Sunday of Advent they remind us of a young woman who
said “Yes” to God. It is a brave, some would say naïve, thing
to do – saying yes to God. That is what Christians are called
to do: to say yes and then go out and make a difference to the
world. Mother Teresa encouraged her sisters to ‘do something
beautiful for God today.’
We need lots of beautiful things in our country reeling after last Monday’s
tragedy in Sydney. The ‘I’ll ride with you’ hashtag is one such, intentionally
reaching out to people different to us and embracing them as part of the human
race. This surely is part of the message we will celebrate in the birth of the Prince
of Peace.
O come, O come, Emmanuel,
and ransom captive Israel,
that mourns in lonely exile here,
until the Son of God appear:
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
shall come to thee, O Israel.
Welcome to all who long for Emmanuel to come again, as we gather to worship him.
Frank Nelson
Master of Ceremonies
Director of Music
Music Setting
The Very Rev’d Frank Nelson
The Rev’d Jenny Wilson
Philip Heath
Larissa Bailey
Carol Sim
Leonie Hempton
Alana Brook
St Peter’s Cathedral Gregorian Choir
Missa Rector Cosmi Pie
Please stand to sing the Processional Hymn
1. O come, O come, Emmanuel!
Redeem thy captive Israel,
That into exile drear is gone
Far from the face of God’s dear Son.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.
4. O come, thou Root of Jesse! Draw
the quarry from the lion’s claw;
from those dread caverns of the grave,
from nether hell, thy people save.
2. O come, thou Wisdom from on high!
Who madest all in earth and sky,
creating us from dust and clay:
to us reveal salvation’s way.
5. O come, thou Lord of David’s Key!
the royal door fling wide and free;
safeguard for us the heavenward road,
and bar the way to death’s abode.
3. O come, O come, Adonaï,
Who in thy glorious majesty
from Sinai’s mountain, clothed with awe,
gavest thy folk the ancient law.
6. O come, O come, thou Dayspring bright!
pour on our souls thy healing light;
dispel the long night’s lingering gloom,
and pierce the shadows of the tomb.
7. O come, Desire of nations! Show
thy kingly reign on earth below;
thou Corner-stone, uniting all,
restore the ruin of our fall.
Music: Melody adapted from a French Missal by Thomas Helmore 1811-90
Words: Cologne 1710, based on the ancient Advent Antiphons tr. T A Lacey 1853-1931 and Editors
The Lord be with you:
And also with you.
Ceremony of the Lighting of the Advent Candles
Today is the fourth Sunday in Advent.
We light a candle each week to remind us that Jesus brings
light into the dark places of the world.
We light the candle of hope to proclaim that God’s light is
coming into the world.
The first candle (purple) is lit
We light the candle of peace to proclaim that God’s
promises will be fulfilled in the birth of Jesus – Prince of Peace.
The second candle (purple) is lit
We light the candle of joy to celebrate that God’s saving
power is coming into the world.
The third candle (pink) is lit
Today we are reminded that God so loved the world that he
became human and lived as one of us: Love incarnate.
We light the candle of love as we ponder, with Mary,
that God’s love is revealed in the baby born in Bethlehem.
The fourth candle (purple) is lit
God of hope and peace, joy and love
we eagerly await the birth of Jesus,
Prince of Peace, Emmanuel, God-with-us.
Open our hearts to receive your gift. Amen
This child will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most high. He will reign over
the house of Jacob for ever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.
Luke 1.32-33
Let us pray
Almighty God,
to whom all hearts are open, all desires known,
and from whom no secrets are hidden:
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.
The Lord comes, bringing to light things now hidden in darkness, and disclosing the
purposes of the heart.
Kyrie (choir)
Kyrie eleison
Christe eleison
Kyrie eleison
Lord, have mercy
Christ, have mercy
Lord, have mercy
Let us open our hearts and prepare for his coming, confessing our sins in
penitence and faith.
Please kneel
Merciful God,
our maker and our judge,
we have sinned against you
in thought, word, and deed,
and in what we have failed to do:
we have not loved you with our whole heart;
we have not loved our neighbours as ourselves;
we repent, and are sorry for all our sins.
Father, forgive us.
Strengthen us to love and obey you
in newness of life;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Almighty God,
who has promised forgiveness to all who turn to him in faith:
pardon you and set you free from all your sins,
strengthen you in all goodness
and keep you in eternal life,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Trisagion (choir)
Holy God, holy and mighty, holy and immortal, have mercy on us.
Gracious God, whose eternal Word took flesh among us when Mary placed
her life at the service of your will: prepare our hearts for his coming again
and keep us steadfast in hope, that we may be ready for the coming of his
kingdom; for his sake, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Please sit for the first two readings and the Psalm
First reading: 2 Samuel 7.1-11, 16 (Read by Roger Taylor)
Now when the king was settled in his house, and the Lord had given him rest from
all his enemies around him, the king said to the prophet Nathan, ‘See now, I am
living in a house of cedar, but the ark of God stays in a tent.’ Nathan said to the
king, ‘Go, do all that you have in mind; for the Lord is with you.’ But that same
night the word of the Lord came to Nathan: Go and tell my servant David: Thus
says the Lord: Are you the one to build me a house to live in? I have not lived in a
house since the day I brought up the people of Israel from Egypt to this day, but I
have been moving about in a tent and a tabernacle. Wherever I have moved about
among all the people of Israel, did I ever speak a word with any of the tribal
leaders of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, saying, ‘Why
have you not built me a house of cedar?’ Now therefore thus you shall say to my
servant David: Thus says the Lord of hosts: I took you from the pasture, from
following the sheep to be prince over my people Israel; and I have been with you
wherever you went, and have cut off all your enemies from before you; and I will
make for you a great name, like the name of the great ones of the earth. And I will
appoint a place for my people Israel and will plant them, so that they may live in
their own place, and be disturbed no more; and evildoers shall afflict them no
more, as formerly, from the time that I appointed judges over my people Israel; and
I will give you rest from all your enemies. Moreover, the Lord declares to you that
the Lord will make you a house. Your house and your kingdom shall be made sure
for ever before me; your throne shall be established for ever.
Hear the word of the Lord,
thanks be to God.
Magnificat Song of Mary
My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord:
my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour,
Who has looked with favour on his lowly servant:
from this day all generations will call me blessèd.
The Almighty has done great things for me:
and holy is his name.
God has mercy on those who fear him:
from generation to generation.
The Lord has shown strength with his arm:
and scattered the proud in their conceit,
Casting down the mighty from their thrones:
and lifting up the lowly.
God has filled the hungry with good things:
and sent the rich away empty.
He has come to the aid of his servant Israel:
to remember the promise of mercy,
The promise made to our forebears:
to Abraham and his children for ever.
Second Reading: Romans 16.25-27 (Read by Janet Taylor)
Now to God who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the
proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that
was kept secret for long ages but is now disclosed, and through the
prophetic writings is made known to all the Gentiles, according to the
command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith— to the
only wise God, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory for ever! Amen.
Hear the word of the Lord,
thanks be to God.
Please stand for the Gradual Hymn
1. The God whom earth and sea and sky
adore and laud and magnify,
whose might they own, whose praise they tell,
in Mary’s body deigned to dwell.
3. Blest in the message Gabriel brought;
blest in the work the Spirit wrought;
most blest, to bring to human birth
the long-desired of all the earth.
2. O Mother blest, the chosen shrine
wherein the Architect divine,
whose hand contains the earth and sky,
vouchsafed in hidden guise to lie:
4. O Lord, the Virgin-born, to thee
eternal praise and glory be,
whom with the Father we adore
and Holy Ghost for evermore.
Tune: Puer Nobis Nascitur
Words: Venantius Fortunatus 530-600 tr. JM Neale 1818-1866
Gospel Reading: Luke 1.26-38
Alleluia. (choir)
I am the servant of the Lord: may his will for me be done. Alleluia
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke.
All sing
In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called
Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of
David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, ‘Greetings,
favoured one! The Lord is with you.’ But she was much perplexed by his words and
pondered what sort of greeting this might be. The angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid,
Mary, for you have found favour with God. And now, you will conceive in your
womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great, and will be
called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his
ancestor David. He will reign over the house of Jacob for ever, and of his kingdom
there will be no end.’ Mary said to the angel, ‘How can this be, since I am a virgin?’
The angel said to her, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most
High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called
Son of God. And now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son;
and this is the sixth month for her who was said to be barren. For nothing will be
impossible with God.’ Then Mary said, ‘Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be
with me according to your word.’ Then the angel departed from her.
This is the Gospel of the Lord,
All sing
Children are invited to follow the Gospel procession down the aisle to the altar where their
cross will be collected, then go to the Cynthia Poulton Hall for Cathedral Kids. This week they
will be learning about the European traditions of Christingles, and the origins of the carol
'The twelve Days of Christmas’.
The Sermon
The Rev’d Jenny Wilson
Nicene Creed
Let us together affirm the faith of the Church.
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,
was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary
and became truly human.
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,
who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified,
who 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.
Please sit or kneel for the prayers of the people (led by Roslyn Marley)
Let us pray for the world and for the Church.
The intercessions conclude with:
Almighty God, you have promised to hear our prayers.
Grant that what we have asked in faith
we may by your grace receive,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
The Lord’s Prayer (sung)
Please stand for the Greeting of Peace
We are the body of Christ.
His Spirit is with us.
The peace of the Lord be always with you.
And also with you.
Please stand to sing Offertory Hymn
1. Of the Father’s love begotten
ere the worlds began to be,
he is Alpha and Omega,
he the source, the ending he,
of the things that are, that have been,
and that future years shall see,
evermore and evermore.
4. O ye heights of heaven, adore him;
angel-hosts, his praises sing;
powers, dominions, bow before him,
and extol our God and King:
let no tongue on earth be silent,
every voice in concert ring,
evermore and evermore.
2. At his word they were created;
5. This is he whom seers and sages
he commanded; it was done:
sang of old with one accord;
heaven and earth and depths of ocean
whom the writings of the prophets
in their threefold order one;
promised in their faithful word;
now he shines, the long-expected:
all that grows beneath the shining
let creation praise its Lord,
of the light of moon and sun,
evermore and evermore.
evermore and evermore.
3. O that birth for ever blessèd
when the Virgin, full of grace,
by the Holy Ghost conceiving,
bare the Saviour of our race,
and the babe, the world’s Redeemer,
first revealed his sacred face,
evermore and evermore.
6. Christ, to thee, with God the Father,
and, O Holy Ghost, to thee,
hymn and chant and high thanksgiving
and unwearied praises be,
honour, glory, dominion,
and eternal victory,
evermore and evermore.
Tune: Divinum Mysterium, Melody from Piæ Cantiones 1582
Words: Prudentius 348 –c.413 tr. JM Neale 1818-1866 HW Baker 1821-1877 and others
Blessed are you, Lord, God of all creation.
Through your goodness we have these gifts to share.
Accept and use our offerings for your glory
and for the service of your kingdom.
Blessed be God for ever.
The Great Thanksgiving
All glory and honour, be yours now and always,
mighty Creator, everliving God.
We give you thanks and praise for your Son,
our Saviour Jesus Christ,
who was looked for by the prophets,
heralded by the Baptist,
announced by an angel,
born of the Virgin Mary,
and revealed at last to men and women of every race.
By his death on the cross
and rising to new life,
he offered the one true sacrifice for sin
and obtained an eternal deliverance for his people.
Therefore with angels and archangels,
and with all the company of heaven,
we proclaim your great and glorious name,
for ever praising you and singing:
Sanctus and Benedictus (choir)
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.
Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus Dominus
Deus Sabaoth.
Pleni sunt caeli et terra Gloria tua.
Hosanna in excelsis.
Benedictus qui venit
in nomine Domini.
Hosanna in excelsis.
Merciful God, we thank you
for these gifts of your creation,
this bread and wine,
and we pray that by your Word and Holy Spirit,
we who eat and drink them
may be partakers of Christ’s body and blood.
On the night he was betrayed Jesus took bread;
and when he had given you thanks
he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying,
‘Take, eat. This is my body given for you.
Do this in remembrance of me.’
After supper, he took the cup,
and again giving thanks
he gave it to his disciples, saying,
‘Drink from this, all of you.
This is my blood of the new covenant
shed for you and for many
for the forgiveness of sins.
Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.’
Therefore we do as our Saviour has commanded:
proclaiming his offering of himself
made once for all upon the cross,
his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension,
and looking for his coming again,
we celebrate, with this bread and this cup,
his one perfect and sufficient sacrifice
for the sins of the whole world.
Let us proclaim the mystery of faith (all sing):
Renew us by your Holy Spirit,
unite us in the body of your Son,
and bring us with all your people
into the joy of your eternal kingdom;
through Jesus Christ our Lord;
with whom, and in whom,
in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit,
we worship you, Father,
in songs of never-ending praise:
Acclamation (all sing)
We break this bread to share in the body of Christ.
We who are many are one body;
for we all share in the one bread.
The gifts of God for the people of God.
Come let us take this holy sacrament of the body and blood of Christ in remembrance
that he died for us, and feed on him in our hearts by faith with thanksgiving.
Agnus Dei sung by choir
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi,
miserere nobis.
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi,
miserere nobis.
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi,
dona nobis pacem.
Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the
world, have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the
world, have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the
world, grant us your peace.
Baptised and communicant Christians of all denominations are welcome to receive
Holy Communion. Communion will be administered at the nave platform. Please
follow the guidance of stewards and servers.
Gluten free bread is available; please ask for this from the priest giving communion.
If you do not wish to receive Holy Communion, you may like to come forward and
receive a blessing (simply bow your head as a signal).
Communion Motets (choir)
Rorate coeli
Rorate, coeli, desuper, et nubes
pluant iustum; aperiatur terra, et
germinet Salvatorem.
Drop down, ye heavens, from above,
and let the skies pour down
Ecce virgo concipiet
Ecce virgo concipiet et pariet
filium et vocabitur nomen eius
Behold, a virgin shall conceive and
bear a son, and shall call his name
Immanuel, God with us.
Prayer after Communion (please kneel)
God for whom we wait,
we thank you that you have fed us with the bread of life
and the cup of salvation.
As we joyfully await your Son,
keep us ever watchful
that we may be ready to stand before him
on the day of his coming.
Most loving God,
you send us into the world you love.
Give us grace to go thankfully and with courage
in the power of your Spirit.
Please stand to sing Post Communion Hymn
1. Hark the glad sound! The Saviour comes,
the Saviour promised long:
let every heart prepare a throne,
and every voice a song.
3. He comes, the broken heart to bind,
the bleeding soul to cure,
and with the treasures of his grace
to enrich the humble poor.
2. He comes, the prisoners to release
in Satan’s bondage held;
the gates of brass before him burst,
the iron fetters yield.
4. Our glad hosannas, Prince of peace,
thy welcome shall proclaim;
and heaven’s eternal arches ring
with thy belovèd name.
Tune: Bristol, Psalmes 1621 Thomas Ravenscroft c.- 1633
Word: Luke 4.18-19 Philip Doddridge 1702-1751
Please remain standing for the Blessing
Christ the Sun of Righteousness shine upon you,
and make you ready to meet him when he comes in glory;
and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be upon you and remain with you always. Amen.
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord:
In the name of Christ. Amen.
Organ Postlude
Toccata in F Bux WV157 Dietrich Buxtehude c. 1637 - 1707
You are invited to sit and listen to the organ postlude,
or else to leave quietly so as not to disturb those who are listening.
Please join us for morning tea in the Cynthia Poulton Hall after the service.
Community Notices
Cathedral Kids: Children of all ages, and parents, are welcome to join the Cathedral
Kids’ program during the 10:30am service in the Cynthia Poulton Hall. Children are
invited to follow the Gospel procession down the aisle to the altar where their cross
will be collected, and then go to the Cynthia Poulton Hall for Cathedral Kids.
Children will be supervised by Louise, Amanda & Jecinta. Alternatively, children
are welcome to remain in the Cathedral with parents, or may use the children’s area
on the left side.
Newcomers: To join the Cathedral community, fill in a newcomers leaflet and either hand
it to a steward, place it in the offertory bags or return it to the Cathedral Office.
Toilets are in the Cathedral Close, across the car park from the Cathedral.
Hearing Aid: If you wear a hearing aid, please sit on the left side of the Cathedral and
set your aid to T position to make use of the audio loop.
Changing Service times
Christmas Eve: This year’s Christmas Eve Midnight Eucharist will start at 11.00pm.
There will be no reserved seating this year, so please plan to arrive early for a front
Evensong in 2015: On Sunday 4 January evening services will begin an hour earlier at
6.00pm. This new earlier starting time will enable young trebles to get home earlier,
and events to happen more easily following Evensong.
Memorial Flowers: The beautiful flowers at the high altar for the Christmas services
will be in memory of Anne Kidman and Kate Abel Smith.
Flowers at the Nave Altar will be in memory of Joan Grotto (given by Ossy Grotto).
The Advent Wreath:
Each year we have an Advent wreath as part of our preparations
for Christmas, lighting a new candle each week. The Advent
wreath is usually circular (symbolising eternity) and evergreen
(representing hope and renewal). Four candles, one for each
Sunday of Advent, (referred to as the candles of hope, peace, joy,
and love) surround the central Christ candle, representing the
light of God coming into the world.
Christian Meditation: The Wednesday evening meditation group is in recess until
the last week in January. The first gathering for 2015 is on Wednesday 28 January
in the John Dunn Room.
4.00 pm
Children's Crib Service
7.00 pm
Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols
11.00 pm
Midnight Mass
Preacher: The Most Rev’d Dr Jeffrey Driver, Archbishop
Music Setting: Mozart’s Spatzenmesse
8.00 am
Eucharist BCP
10.00 am
The Very Rev’d Frank Nelson, Dean
Choral Eucharist and Blessing of the Crib
Preacher: The Very Rev’d Frank Nelson, Dean
Music Setting: Darke in E
Coming Events
St Mary Magdalene's Drop-in Centre Dinners for 2015: Our two visits to the
Centre for 2015 are on Saturday 7 February and Saturday 3 October. Please
put these dates in your diary. If you have any queries please contact Robert
Fleetwood on 8431 1971.
The Mark Drama at the Cathedral: Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 January 2015.
Numbers are strictly limited to 100 for each performance. Free tickets will be available
from the back of the Cathedral from Sunday 21 December.
This Week’s Services
Sunday 21 December
Holy Communion BCP (said)
Preacher: The Rev’d Jenny Wilson
Choral Eucharist APBA
Preacher: The Rev’d Jenny Wilson
2 Samuel 7.1-11, 16; Song of Mary, Romans 16.25-27; Luke 1.26-38
Choral Evensong APBA
Preacher: The Very Rev’d Frank Nelson
Monday to Friday
Eucharist – Lady Chapel
Morning Prayer – Dean’s Chapel
Wednesday 24 December – Christmas Eve
BCP Eucharist: Lady Chapel
Children’s Crib Service
Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols
Midnight Mass
Preacher: The Archbishop
Thursday 25 December – Christmas Day
Holy Communion BCP
Choral Eucharist APBA
Preacher: The Very Rev’d Frank Nelson
Preacher: The Very Rev’d Frank Nelson
Sunday 28 December
Holy Communion BCP (said)
Preacher: The Rev’d Grant Moore
Sung Eucharist APBA
Preacher: The Rev’d Grant Moore
Isaiah 61.10-62.3; Psalm 148, Galatians 4.4-7; Luke 2.22-40
Night Prayer
The Dean
The Very Rev’d Frank Nelson
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The Rev’d Dr Lynn Arnold AO
Facilities Manager
Denis Falland
People’s Warden Stephen Matthew
The Canon Precentor
The Rev’d Jenny Wilson
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The Rev’d Grant Moore
Director of Music
Leonie Hempton OAM
Dean’s Warden
Joe Thorp
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