First Sunday After Christmas – Lessons and Carols

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Bulletin Date: December 28, 2014 5:00 am

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A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

The Rev. Catherine D. Hicks: Rector

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

Prelude                                   Love Came Down at Christmas                                 St. Peter’s Choir

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.

Hymn                                       Hark! a thrilling voice is sounding, vs 1, 5                                  H 59

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

Hymn                                       Of the Father’s love begotten                                                            H 82

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                                       What child is this                                                                                  H 115

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 Nineth 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 

Dismissal and Postlude



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 – Linda Upshaw, Vivian McDonald, (Dec. 30th)

The offering plates are in the back of the church. Please be generous as we begin 2015 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.

——————————————————————Coming Up ———————————————————————-

Wed., Dec. 31st, No Bible Study

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

The celebration starts at 6 pm with wine and cheese. Bring your favorite drink or enjoy eggnog and wine that will be available. Bring a dish to share for the meal which will start about 6:45pm.

• Sun., Jan. 4th , 10:00am – Godly Play

• Sun., Jan. 4th , 11:00am – Holy Eucharist, Rite II (Christmas 2)

• Sun., Jan. 4th, 12:00pm – Coffee Hour

• Tues., Jan. 6th, 7:00pm – Epiphany Service

Please plan to attend the Epiphany service of Evening Prayer. 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

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 





“We gather here to recall the mystery of our redemption.

Though sin drew us away from God, he never stopped loving us.

The prophets told of the coming of a Messiah

who would initiate a reign of justice and peace.

This promise was fulfilled in the incarnation of Jesus Christ.

Let us now reflect with joy on this wondrous mystery.”


December 28, 2014, 11am

ST. Peter’s Episcopal Church


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