Bulletin for Parking Lot Service December 24

Christmas Eve

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We are very happy to welcome you to our first “drive in” service. Thanks as well to UCity Schools for the use of the parking lot!

A few “ground-rules” are important to help keep everyone safe.

  • Distancing: Cars must be spaced a full parking spot away from other cars. If you do step out of your car, to sit on your tailgate on in lawn chairs, please do stay within your parking spot. As much as we wish we could greet one another, out of love for our neighbor we have to stay distanced. You are welcome to wave to one another!
  • Masks: If you step out of your car, or roll down your windows, please ensure all members of your household over age 2 are wearing a mask. Ushers have some masks available, if you forgot yours.
  • Eucharist: Everyone is invited to receive. The ministers will come to the driver’s window wearing a mask and gloves. Each wafer is individually wrapped in a sanitized plastic bag. Please let the minister know how many from your car will receive. If no one in the car would like to receive, simply cross your arms over your chest. (We will only be receiving in one kind. The bishop’s guidelines do not permit the distribution of wine or juice at this time.)
  • Singing: at this time we cannot sing safely as a group. You are welcome to quietly recite the words along with the musician. If you are out of your car, or have your windows down, please leave your mask on as you speak or sing.
  • Donations: We welcome donations to support the work of Holy Communion, whether a payment on a pledge or simply an offering. There are large orange buckets available at the entrance. Please drop checks or cash there. You can also make a gift online by clicking here.

The congregation is invited to say the words together in bold.

Welcome

Prelude

The rector welcomes the congregation. If you are new to us, consider filling out our “get connected” form, let us get to know you better.


Opening Hymn

O Come All Ye Faithful Hymnal 1982 #83 v 1, 4, and 6


The Collect of the Day

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Let us pray.

O God, you have caused this holy night to shine with the brightness of the true Light: Grant that we, who have known the mystery of that Light on earth, may also enjoy Christ perfectly in heaven; where with you and the Holy Spirit he lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.


The Gospel

The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke.
Glory to you, Lord Christ.


In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. All went to their own towns to be registered. Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see– I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!”

The Gospel of our Lord.
Praise to you, Lord Christ.


Homily The Rev. Mike Angell


The Prayers of the People

Please pray with us.

In peace, we pray to you, Lord God.

At a time when the faithful cannot come gather safely in person in ways we remember and cherish, we pray for the church throughout the world. Help us to remember all of those bishops, priests, and deacons and baptized ministers who have responded to this health crisis with courage and faith. Help us to know that we can come to adore you in a parking lot, through a screen at home, in a shelter, a hospital ward, or wherever Christmas finds us in this scattered world.

In a world facing a health pandemic, and coming to terms with the ongoing pandemics of racism and discrimination give us persistence and humility. Let us remind our neighbors and our elected officials, that the Son of God had no place to lay his head but a lowly manger. God chose the humble, the poor, and the hungry. Give us courage to stand with those whose voices often go unheard. In the midst of the coronavirus, we remember all those who are suffering with the disease, and all of the nurses, doctors, and first responders caring for them. We remember family members who are unable to visit. You are invited to name your own requests as well.

Finally this Christmas, let us remember all those who rejoice with us, but upon another shore and in a greater light, that whole multitude which no one can number who ran the course of faith before us. As we remember them, help us to cast our cares, our hopes, and our fears with You, the God who chose to dwell with us.

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, Holy Trinity, One God, now and forever. Amen.

The Peace 

The Peace is then exchanged. Please wave to folks, or honk your horns! We must ask you not to approach folks from outside your household.

The Peace of Christ be always with you.
And also with you.


Announcements:

Announcements are shared


Eucharistic Prayer                         

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give God thanks and praise.

The presider offers our thanks to God for the grace and mercy made available to us in Christ.

It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, God Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth. Because you gave Jesus Christ, your only Son, to be born for us; who, by the mighty power of the Holy Spirit, was made perfectly human of the flesh of the Virgin Mary his mother; so that we might be delivered from the bondage of sin, and
receive power to become your children. Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with Angels and Archangels and with all the company of heaven, who forever sing this hymn to proclaim the glory of your Name:

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

The presider gives thanks to God for the reconciling work of Christ’s passion and resurrection and prays over the bread and wine.

On the night Jesus was betrayed, he took bread, said the blessing, broke the bread, and gave it to his friends, and said, “Take, eat: This is my Body, which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.”

After supper, Jesus took the cup; gave thanks, and said, “Drink this, all of you: This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is shed for you and for all for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.”

And so, gracious God, we bring you these gifts. Sanctify them by your Holy Spirit to be for your people the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Merciful God, gather us by this Holy Communion into one body in your Christ. Make us a living sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving.

By Christ and with Christ and in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all honor and glory is yours, Almighty God, now and forever. 

AMEN.

The Lord’s Prayer

Pray in the language you prefer:

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

Alleluia. Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us;
Therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia.


Administration of the Sacrament

All are invited to receive the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist. Gluten Free wafers are available, on request, from the minister. The ministers will come to the driver’s window wearing a mask. Each wafer is individually wrapped in a sanitized plastic bag. Please let the minister know how many from your car will receive a wafer. If no one in the car would like to receive, simply cross your arms over your chest. (The bishop’s guidelines do not permit the distribution of wine or juice at this time.)

On Christmas Eve the ministers will also be carrying a lighted candle, if your car wishes to light candles, please tip your candle towards the minister to light.


Hymns during Communion

 Angels we Have Heard on High Hymnal 1982 #96

Away in a Manger Hymnal 1982 #101

Hymn After Communion


Post Communion Prayer  

Gracious God,
tonight you have united earth and heaven
in sending your Son to take our human nature.
May we, who have tasted heavenly things,
share in the life of Christ’s kingdom.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen


The Blessing

May Almighty God, by whose providence our Savior Christ came among us in great humility, sanctify you with the light of blessing and set you free from all sin; and the blessing of God the Holy and undivided Trinity, be upon you and  remain with you for ever. Amen.

The Dismissal  

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
Thanks be to God.


Service Leaders
Preacher: The Rev. Mike Angell
Officiant: The Rev. Marc Smith
Seminarian: Emilee Walker-Cornetta
Deacon: The Rev. Chester Hines
Musician: Mary Chapman
Ushers: Cecily Hawksworth, David Luckes