Lessons and Carols, 2013

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Bulletin Date: December 29, 2013 5:00 am

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A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Priest-in-Charge:  The Rev. Catherine D. Hicks

(BCP—Book of Common Prayer, H-Hymnal 1982)  
As you enter this sacred space that has been set aside for time with God, join us in silence as we go to God in prayer.


The Ringing of the Bell


Hymn                                Once in Royal David’s City                    H 102

A Bidding Prayer

The First Lesson:              Genesis 2:4b-9, 15-25  
God creates man and woman to live in obedience to him in the Garden of Eden.

Hymn                                I sing the almighty power of God            H 398

The Second Lesson:           Genesis 3:1-23
Adam and Eve rebel against God and are cast out of the Garden of Eden.

Hymn                                Creator of the Stars of Night                    H 60

The Third Lesson:             Isaiah 40:1-11           
God comforts his people and calls on them to prepare for redemption.

Hymn                                Prepare the way, O Zion                          H 65

The Fourth Lesson:           Luke 1:5-25

An angel announces to Zechariah that his wife Elizabeth will bear a son.

Harp music                                                        Marilyn Newman, harpist

The Fifth Lesson:              Luke 1:26-58             
The Angel Gabriel announces to Mary that she will bear the Son of the Most High.

Hymn                                The Angel Gabriel from heaven came      H 265

The Sixth Lesson:             Luke 1:57-80            
John the Baptist is born and his father rejoices that his son will prepare the way of the Lord. 

Hymn                                Blessed be the God of Israel                    H 444

The Seventh Lesson:         Luke 2:1-20                 
Jesus is born at Bethlehem and is worshiped by angels and shepherds.

Hymn                                Hark! The herald angels sing                    H 87

The Eighth Lesson:           Luke 2:21-36              
Jesus receives his name and is presented to Simeon in the temple.  

Hymn                                At the name of Jesus (vs 1-4)                 H 435


The Ninth Lesson:             John 1:1-18          
The Word was made flesh and we have seen His glory.

Hymn                                Joy to the World                                   H 100

Closing Collect




Welcome to St Peter’s!  Our hope is that you will find God’s love present with you in this place and that you will return here often to worship. 

The Offering will be taken in the rear of the Church.  Please be generous as we begin 2014 and continue our mission of doing God’s work in the world.   

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is the Christmas Eve service first held in King’s College Chapel in 1918. It was conceived by Eric Milner-White, the Dean of the College, whose experience as an army chaplain had led him to believe that more imaginative worship was needed by the Church of England. The story of the fall of humanity, the promise of the Messiah, and the birth of Jesus is told in nine short Bible readings from Genesis, the prophetic books and the Gospels, interspersed with the singing of Christmas carols, hymns and choir music. 

Catherine is in North Carolina visiting her family and will return next Sunday.   

———————————  Coming Up ————————————– 

· Tues., Dec. 31st , 6:00pm- New Year’s Eve gala in the Parish House 

·   Wed., Jan. 1st – No Bible Study or Village Dinner 

·   Thurs, Jan. 2nd, 6:30pm –  Peumansend Creek Jail Ministry  

·   Sun., Jan. 5th , 10:50am –  Godly Play (preschool through 2nd grade)

·   Sun., Jan. 5th , 11:00am –  Holy Eucharist, Rite II (Christmas 2)  

·   Mon.,  Jan. 6th,6:00pm – Epiphany Service 

Please plan to attend the Epiphany service. This service marks the end of the Christmas season and the beginning of Epiphany, the season  of the church year in which we experience the unfolding of the identity of Jesus as the Son of God through scripture and song.  


St. Peter’s Episcopal Church
823 Water Street PO Box 399, Port Royal, VA  22535



Parish Office:  (804) 742-5908

The Vestry
Eunice Key, Senior Warden – (804)-241-5395
Cookie Davis, Junior Warden – (804) 742-5654 
Laura Carey, Cynthia Fields, Fred Pannell, Boyd Wisdom
Clarence Kunstmann, Treasurer & Elizabeth Heimbach Registrar  
Brad Volland – Music Director & Organist
The Rev. Catherine D. Hicks, Priest- in- Charge
(540) 809-7489, (540) 898-1586, stpetersrev@gmail.com 
Christ Centered, Biblically Based, Spirit Filled, Caring

Prayer List           

Genevieve Davis, Peggy Roberts, Oliver Fortune,  Toni Fabisy, Brad Volland, Boyd Wisdom, Vivian McDonald, John and Sylvia Sellars, Shaun (requesting prayers for himself from our St Peter’s community), and we pray for the Gideons and the spreading of the Gospel.   

Donna Lippa(friend of Judy Fox), Marc Boivin(friend of Region One), Tracy Howes(granddaughter of the Muhlys),Jaki Gathercole and family (friends of the Fishers),Crystal and Mike Gladdings (family of Judy Fox),  Brian Penneston(friend of the Wicks),  Nancy Davis(sister-in-law of Johnny Davis), Patricia Edwards (sister of Andrea Pogue),Herb Saunders (friend of Helmut Linne von Berg),Carlos Rivera (Uncle of Marion Mahoney’s Daughter-in-law),Larry Taylor(friend of  Terri Harrison),Mary Ryan, Kirby McClain, Betty Williams, Kathryn Hill, Bobbye Canaday(friends of Catherine Hicks),Matthew Delbridge(father of Catherine Hicks) Rick and Linda Ferree and family, Nancy Hartwick (friend of Brad Volland), Gloria Jewell, Charles and Yvonne Johnson (friends of the Pannells and Laura Carey) , Jeff, Carolyn & Elizabeth Nelson, Loretta Harich, Carole Morehead (friends of the Newmans), Leilani Oldham, Bob and Diane Creel(relatives of Mike and Marilyn Newman), Marjorie Gilliland (mother of John Gilliland),Steven Fox (husband of our nursery worker, Judy Fox), David Watson (uncle of Ruth TenHoven), Bernie and Doyle (friends of Ruth TenHoven), Russell Smith, Daniel Smith (brothers of Susan Linne von Berg),  Eudora Heath, Albert Barnett (uncle of Andrea Pogue), Kay BodeenKathi Coles (sister-in-law and daughter  of Clarence and Betty Kunstmann), Carrie Griffith (mother of Marilyn Newman),  Butch and Carolyn Delhagen (sister of  Mike Newman & brother-in-law of the Newmans), Dorine Righman (sister of BJ Anderson), Brittany, Greg and Caroline Merkl (family of Jim and BJ Anderson)  


Serving in the Armed Forces

   Alexander Long V            Gordon Devine        Jeffrey Woodard 

   David Locklerr                 Daniel Vanpike            Joseph George

Christopher R. DeHart        Steven Lee          Jonathan Wilkerson 





December 29, 2013, 11am

ST. Peter’s Episcopal Church


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