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Our regathering plan submitted to the Bishop's office has been approved! The first part of our plan introduces in-person outdoor worship.
We will share in the Liturgy of the Word on Sunday mornings at 10:00 a.m. in-person with registration or at home on our Facebook page. The recording will also be made available on our YouTube Channel

The First Sunday of Advent
November 29, 2020
Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Words in bold, italicized print are words of the gathered assembly.
BCP refers to The Book of Common Prayer (1979). Unless otherwise listed, hymns are from The Hymnal 1982. Holy Scriptures are from the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV).

Gathering Music        The King Shall Come When Morning Dawns                              Wilbur Held
                                             Dottie Norman, organist/hymn leader
Lighting of the Advent Candle
We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield.
Psalm 33:20
Hymn 616 “Hail to the Lord’s Anointed” v. 1, 2, and 5
See p. 9 of the bulletin.
Opening Acclamation
Celebrant:              Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
People:                      And blessed be his kingdom, now and for ever. Amen.
The Collect for Purity
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.
Kyrie Eleison
Celebrant:        Lord, have mercy.
People:                Christ, have mercy.
Celebrant:        Lord, have mercy.
The Collect of the Day
Celebrant:        The Lord be with you.
People:                And also with you.
Celebrant:        Let us pray.
Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The Readings
The First Reading – Isaiah 64:1-9
Worship Leader:          A reading from the book of Isaiah.
O that you would tear open the heavens and come down, so that the mountains would quake at your presence— as when fire kindles brushwood and the fire causes water to boil— to make your name known to your adversaries, so that the nations might tremble at your presence! When you did awesome deeds that we did not expect, you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence. From ages past no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who works for those who wait for him. You meet those who gladly do right, those who remember you in your ways. But you were angry, and we sinned; because you hid yourself we transgressed.
We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a filthy cloth. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. There is no one who calls on your name, or attempts to take hold of you; for you have hidden your face from us, and have delivered us into the hand of our iniquity. Yet, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand. Do not be exceedingly angry, O Lord, and do not remember iniquity forever. Now consider, we are all your people.
Worship Leader:          The Word of the Lord.
People:                                  Thanks be to God.
The Responsorial Reading – Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18
Worship Leader:          The responsorial psalm appointed for today is a portion of Psalm 80. We will pray the selected verses responsively.
1 Hear, O Shepherd of Israel, leading Joseph like a flock; *
       shine forth, you that are enthroned upon the cherubim.
2 In the presence of Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh, *
       stir up your strength and come to help us.
3 Restore us, O God of hosts; *
       show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.
4 O Lord God of hosts, *
       how long will you be angered
       despite the prayers of your people?
5 You have fed them with the bread of tears; *
       you have given them bowls of tears to drink.
6 You have made us the derision of our neighbors, *
       and our enemies laugh us to scorn.
7 Restore us, O God of hosts; *
       show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.
16 Let your hand be upon the man of your right hand, *
       the son of man you have made so strong for yourself.
17 And so will we never turn away from you; *
       give us life, that we may call upon your Name.
18 Restore us, O Lord God of hosts; *
       show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.
The Second Reading – 1 Corinthians 1:3-9
Worship Leader:          A reading from Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians.
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus, for in every way you have been enriched in him, in speech and knowledge of every kind— just as the testimony of Christ has been strengthened among you— so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ. He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you may be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful; by him you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Worship Leader:          The Word of the Lord.
People:                                  Thanks be to God.              
Hymn 640 “Watchman, tell us of the night” v. 1 and 2
See p. 10 of the bulletin.
The Holy Gospel – Mark 13:24-37
Celebrant:        The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew.
People:                Glory to you, Lord Christ.

“But in those days, after that suffering,
the sun will be darkened,
       and the moon will not give its light,
and the stars will be falling from heaven,
       and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.
Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in clouds’ with great power and glory. Then he will send out the angels, and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.
“From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates. Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
“But about that day or hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Beware, keep alert; for you do not know when the time will come. It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his slaves in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to be on the watch. Therefore, keep awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or at dawn, or else he may find you asleep when he comes suddenly. And what I say to you I say to all: Keep awake.”
Celebrant:        The Gospel of the Lord.
People:                Praise to you, Lord Christ.
Hymn 640 “Watchman, tell us of the night” v. 3
See p. 10 of the bulletin.
The Sermon                                                                                                                                                          The Rev. Anne K. Hoey
The Nicene Creed BCP p.358
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 III p. 387
Worship Leader:          Father, we pray for your holy Catholic Church;
People:                                  That we all may be one.
Worship Leader:          Grant that every member of the Church may truly and humbly serve you;
People:                                  That your Name may be glorified by all people.
Worship Leader:          We pray for all bishops, priests, and deacons;
People:                                  That they may be faithful ministers of your Word and Sacraments.
Worship Leader:          We pray for all who govern and hold authority in the nations of the world;
People:                                  That there may be justice and peace on the earth.
Worship Leader:          Give us grace to do your will in all that we undertake;
People:                                  That our works may find favor in your sight.
Worship Leader:          Have compassion on those who suffer from any grief or trouble;
People:                                  That they may be delivered from their distress.
Worship Leader:          Give to the departed eternal rest.
People:                                  Let light perpetual shine upon them.
Worship Leader:          We praise you for your saints who have entered into joy;
People:                                  May we also come to share in your heavenly kingdom.
Worship Leader:          Let us pray for our own needs and those of others.
Celebrant:                          O Lord our God, accept the fervent prayers of your people; in the multitude of your mercies, look with compassion upon us and all who turn to you for help; for you are gracious, O lover of souls, and to you we give glory, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen.
Confession and Absolution, BCP p. 352
Celebrant:              Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.
All:                                  Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen.
Celebrant:              Almighty God have mercy on you, forgive you all your sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen you in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in eternal life. Amen.
The Peace
Celebrant:              The peace of the Lord be always with you.
People:                      And also with you.
Birthday, Anniversary, and Baptismal Anniversary Blessings
Blessing of Financial Pledges for 2021
Offertory Hymn 380 v. 3 “Doxology”  A Capella
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.
The Great Thanksgiving, Eucharistic Prayer B p. 367
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 every-where to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.
                                          For you are the source of light and life, you made us in your image, and called us to new life in Jesus Christ our Lord.
                                          Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with Angels and Archangels and with all the company of heaven, who for ever say this hymn to proclaim the glory of your Name:
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.

Celebrant:              We give thanks to you, O God, for the goodness and love which you have made known to us in creation; in the calling of Israel to be your people; in your Word spoken through the prophets; and above all in the Word made flesh, Jesus, your Son. For in these last days you sent him to be incarnate from the Virgin Mary, to be the Savior and Redeemer of the world. In him, you have delivered us from evil, and made us worthy to stand before you. In him, you have brought us out of error into truth, out of sin into righteousness, out of death into life.
                                          On the night before he died for us, our Lord Jesus Christ took bread; and when he had given thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, and said, "Take, eat: This is my Body, which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me."
                                          After supper he took the cup of wine; and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and said, "Drink this, all of you: This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me."
                                          Therefore, according to his command, O Father,
Celebrant and People:
                                          We remember his death,
                                          We proclaim his resurrection,
                                          We await his coming in glory;
Celebrant:              And we offer our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving to you, O Lord of all; presenting to you, from your creation, this bread and this wine.
We pray you, gracious God, to send your Holy Spirit upon these gifts that they may be the Sacrament of the Body of Christ and his Blood of the new Covenant. Unite us to your Son in his sacrifice, that we may be acceptable through him, being sanctified by the Holy Spirit. In the fullness of time, put all things in subjection under your Christ, and bring us to that heavenly country where, with all your saints, we may enter the everlasting heritage of your sons and daughters; through Jesus Christ our Lord, the firstborn of all creation, the head of the Church, and the author of our salvation.
By him, and with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit all honor and glory is yours, Almighty Father, now and for ever. AMEN.
                                          And now, as our Savior
                                          Christ has taught us,
                                          we are bold to say,
Celebrant and People:
Our Father, who art in heaven,
    hallowed be thy Name,
    thy kingdom come,
    thy will be done,
        on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
    as we forgive those
        who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
    but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
    and the power, and the glory,
    for ever and ever. Amen.

The Breaking of the Bread
Celebrant:              Alleluia. Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us.
People:                      Therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia.
Celebrant:              The Gifts of God for the People of God. Take them in remembrance that Christ died for you, and feed on him in your hears by faith with thanksgiving.
Please look to the Verger and Usher for guidance.
Rev. Anne will stand in the center of the parking lot. The Usher and Verger will motion to you when it’s time to line up. Please maintain more than 6 ft. between the household in front of you.
You will not remove your mask; please lift it up from the bottom to put the wafer in your mouth and secure your mask before returning to your seat.
Post-Communion Prayer
Celebrant:              Let us pray.
Celebrant and People:    
                                          Almighty and everliving God,
                                          we thank you for feeding us with the spiritual food
                                          of the most precious Body and Blood
                                          of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ;
                                          and for assuring us in these holy mysteries
                                          that we are living members of the Body of your Son,
                                          and heirs of your eternal kingdom.
                                          And now, Father, send us out
                                          to do the work you have given us to do,
                                          to love and serve you
                                          as faithful witnesses of Christ our Lord.
                                          To him, to you, and to the Holy Spirit,
                                          be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.
Celebrant:              The peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you, and remain with you always. Amen.
Hymn 58 “Lo! he comes, with clouds descending” v. 1, 2, and 4
See p. 11 of the bulletin.
The Dismissal
Celebrant:              Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
People:                      Thanks be to God.
Sending Music                Hark! A Thrilling Voice is Sounding!                                Raymond Haan

St. Alban’s Parish Prayer List
Chris, Keith A., Gene and Jill B., Rick C., Tanyia C. and Family, Alfred and Shirley D.,
El Buen Samaritano staff, Karen F., Reyna G. and Matthew W.,
Sheila H., Charles H. and Larita M., Guyanese Community NY,
Charlene J. and Tom I., Menchaca Elementary School staff,
Aaron and Melinda T., Nancy P., Fred R., The Williford Family, Jan W., Connie Y.

Ministry Leaders:

  • If you would like to reserve space at St. Alban's for your ministry, please use the Facilities Reservation Request Form found here.
  • If you do not need to reserve space, but would like to have something publicized for the wider parish, please click here for the Opportunity Publicity Request. (For example, if you would like to let people know what your ministry is up to or to invite people to join.

Please contact Parish Life Administrator Lisa Perez for more details (