The Fourth Sunday of Advent, 11am

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Bulletin Date: December 21, 2014 5:00 am

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The  Fourth Sunday of Advent,  Year B 

Christmas Pageant  

Rector: The Rev. Catherine D. Hicks

(BCP—Book of Common Prayer, H-Hymnal 1982; S Numbers are the service music found in the front of The Hymnal 1982; WLP-Wonder, Love and Praise)

LEVAS-Lift Every Voice and Sing II)

In the name of Christ, we welcome you to this Church. May those who sorrow find comfort; the weary, rest; the unhappy, joy; the troubled, peace; the stranger, friends; and to all the sense of God’s Presence in this holy place.

The Ringing of the Bell

Prelude                                                        Ave Maria                                                           Franz Shubert  
                                                                        Helmut Linne von Berg, violinist

Processional Hymn                                Come thou long expected Jesus                                 H  66

Lighting of the Advent Candle           Candle glowing, Verse 1-4                                               Pew 

The Word of God

Opening Acclamation                                                                                                                         BCP 355 

The Collect of the Day                                                                                                                             Insert 

The Christmas Pageant                                                                                      Insert

The Peace                                                                                                                                                BCP 360 


Birthday and Anniversary Blessings                                                                        BCP 830 #51/431 

The Holy Communion

The Offertory                                             People look East!                                         Besancon Carol                                                                           Melody/arr. Malcolm Archer

Eucharistic Prayer 2   from EOW                                                                                                       Insert 

Sanctus                                                                                                                                                            S 130 

The Lord’s Prayer                                                                                                                                BCP 364 

The Breaking of the Bread                                                                                                               BCP 364 

Fraction Anthem                                       Jesus Lamb of God                                                          S 164

The Communion of the People of God

Communion Hymn                                  I come with joy to meet my Lord                             H 304 

Post-Communion Prayer                                                                                                                 BCP 365 

The Blessing                                              

Closing Hymn                                            Joyful, joyful we adore thee                                        H 376  




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.

Happy Birthday  – Rob Dobson (Dec. 26)

Happy Anniversary   Cookie and Johnny Davis (Dec. 21)

Village Harvest-Many thanks to all who donated food & money & those who helped with the food distribution. We gave away over 700 pounds of fresh produce along with pantry staples. 

Thank you, Becky Fisher, for making the costumes for today’s Christmas Pageant.

The script for today’s Pageant is taken from The Message, a paraphrase of the Bible by Eugene Peterson.

The Christmas Eve service will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 24th at 4:30pm. Marilyn Newman will provide harp music before the service. We will be enjoying the blessing of sharing an agape meal together and receiving the light of Christ. Our service comes from the Moravian tradition. The Episcopal Church and the Moravian Church in America are in full communion with one another.

Lessons and Carols will be Sunday, Dec. 28th at 11:00am. Godly Play takes a break on Dec. 28 and Jan. 4.

Why do we have a Christmas pageant every year?

Back in 1223, St Francis of Assisi decided that he wanted to experience the birth of our Lord and Savior for himself. “For once I want to see all this with my own eyes,” St Francis said, and so he arranged with a friend to prepare in a special way for Christmas that year.

Here’s an account in the very words of Brother Thomas de Celano, who was there when it happened and who wrote it down: “The joyful day approached. The crib was made ready, hay was brought, the ox and ass were led to the spot and Greccio became a new Bethlehem. The night was radiant with joy. The crowds drew near and rejoiced in the novelty of the celebration. Their voices resounded from the woods, and the rocky cliff echoed the jubilant outburst. As they sang in the praise of God, the whole night rang with exultation. St Francis stood before the crib, overcome with devotion and wondrous joy. A solemn Mass was sung at the crib.”

We, too, want to see all this with our own eyes. And so through the centuries, churches have re-enacted this story, the story of a transcendent God who loves us mightily and comes to dwell among us, to be our light, our life, and our salvation, both in this world and in the next. 


St. Peter’s Episcopal Church

823 Water Street PO Box 399, Port Royal, VA 22535

Website: Parish Office: (804) 742-5908

The Vestry Boyd Wisdom, Senior Warden – (804) 742-5224 Johnny Davis, Junior Warden – (804) 742-5654 

Laura Carey, Cynthia Fields, Fred Pannell, Roger Key

Clarence Kunstmann, Treasurer & Elizabeth Heimbach Registrar

Brad Volland – Music Director & Organist

The Rev. Catherine D. Hicks, Rector

(540) 809-7489, (540) 898-1586,

Christ Centered, Biblically Based, Spirit Filled, Caring

Prayer List

Dutchy and Dave Fannon, Linda Beck, Virginia and Perry Bowen, Linda Upshaw, Crystal and Fred Pannell, Boyd and Barbara Wisdom, Myrtle Samuels, Peggy Roberts, John and Toni Fabisy, Brad Volland, Vivian McDonald, John and Sylvia Sellars, and we pray for the Gideons.

Travis Crabtree (nephew of Eunice Key) Carol Whitcomb, (aunt of Becky Fisher), Richard Morgan (grandfather of Kimberly Fisher), Siegfried Bohlmann (friend of the Linne von Bergs), Lauri McGuire (sister of Charles McGuire), Mark Mallin (brother of Barbara Wisdom), Martie Sothoron Donavan, Mary Prior (family and friend of the Segars) Towanda Simmons (daughter of Gladys Fortune), Grayson Kirby, Rhonda Hicks (friend and family of the Davis family), Mark Dobronski (friend of the Wicks), Mohan Machuga (grandson of Millie Muhly), Charlene Schnackenberg (mother of Becky Fisher), Bill Upshaw, (family of Linda Upshaw), Leroy Fisher (grandfather of Chris Fisher), Jose Gutierrez, Jaki Gathercole and family (friends of the Fishers), Allison Storm, Nancy Davis(family of Johnny Davis), Susan Onderdonk, Kirby McClain, Bobbye Canaday, Dick Delbridge(friends of the Hicks), Rick and Linda Ferree and family, Betty Lontz, Nancy Hartwick, Betty Davenport, J. C. Volland, Jr. (friends and father of Brad Volland), Gloria Jewell, Charles and Yvonne Johnson (friends of the Pannell, Laura Carey), Peter Sorensen, Chuck Beckman, Carolyn & Elizabeth Nelson, Jan and Jeff Ward (friends of the Newmans), Carrie Griffith (mother of Marilyn Newman), Butch and Carolyn Delhagen, Bob and Diane Creel(relatives of the Newmans), 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, Morris Samuels, Patricia Edwards (family of Andrea Pogue) and PCRJ prisoners.

Passed into eternal life: Marjorie Gilliland, Jeff Nelson and Lee Adams

Serving in the Armed Forces

  Gordon Devine                                    Christopher Feliciano 

 David Locklerr                                       Daniel Vanpike                                              Joseph  George 

 Christopher R. DeHart                        Steven Lee 




Fourth Sunday in Advent


December 21 2014, 11am  

 “Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins. ” – Matthew 1:18-21

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church



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