St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
DeKalb, Illinois, Diocese of Chicago
Member of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America
The Holy Eucharist Rite II
Festival Celebration of the Nativity December 24, 2014, 6:00 P. M.
Welcome to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.
Celebrations of the Holy Eucharist Sundays: 8:00 A.M. (spoken service)
10:30 A.M. (sung service) Wednesdays: 9:30 A.M. (with prayers for healing)
Child care for infants & young children is available
Sundays 9:15 A.M. – 11:45 A.M. in the Nursery.
Christian Education Classes 2nd Sunday in September – 3rd Sunday in May Sundays 9:30-10:15 A.M.: Christian formation classes for all ages.
Children and youth meet in the St. Timothy Center; adults meet in the conference room.
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
900 Normal Road, DeKalb, Illinois 60115 Parish Office: 815-756-4888 Email: email@example.com
Website: http://www.stpaulsdekalb.org The Very Reverend Stacy Walker-Frontjes, Rector
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Susan King, Administrative Assistant Lorraine Langer, Director of Music
Kathleen Johnson, Organist Huixin Chen, Pianist Chelsea Coventry, Cellist
Our Wardens and Vestry Luke Krueger, Senior Warden, Peg Newby, Junior Warden,
Pat Brown, Treasurer, Bill Cummings, Jocelyn Prall, Marilyn Cleland
Today’s Ministers The Very Reverend Stacy Walker-Frontjes Presiding Clergy
Gretchen Schlabach Eucharistic Minister Marilyn Cleland, Oscar and Rowan Frontjes Acolytes
Jane Nenonen Lector Mechelle Goodenough Intercessor
Rosemarie Ostberg, Linda Kelley Ushers Jane Nenonen Altar Guild Jocelyn Prall Reception
The Liturgy of the Word
We stand to sing and pray.
Processional Hymn # 83 O come, all ye faithful
Priest Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. People And blessed be his kingdom, now and for ever. Amen.
Gloria # 96 Angels we have heard on high
Priest The Lord be with you.
People And also with you.
Priest 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 him perfectly in heaven; where with you and the Holy Spirit he lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.
We sit to hear the lessons.
The First Lesson Isaiah 9:2-7
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness-- on them light has shined. You have multiplied the nation, you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest, as people exult when dividing plunder. For the yoke of their burden, and the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor, you have broken as on the day of Midian. For all the boots of the tramping warriors and all the garments rolled in blood shall be burned as fuel for the fire. For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace for the throne of David and his kingdom. He will establish and uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time onward and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this. Lector The Word of the Lord.
People Thanks be to God. Anthem Lo, how a rose e’er blooming Michael Praetorius The Second Lesson Titus 2:11-14
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all, training us to renounce impiety and worldly passions, and in the present age to live lives that are self-controlled, upright, and godly, while we wait for the blessed hope and the manifestation of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ. He it is who gave himself for us that he might redeem us from all iniquity and purify for himself a people of his own who are zealous for good deeds. Lector The Word of the Lord. People Thanks be to God.
We stand to sing and to hear the Gospel.
Gradual Hymn # 79 O little town of Bethlehem (Vs. 1, 2, 3, 5)
Priest The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke.
People 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!" When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us." So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.
Priest The Gospel of the Lord.
People Praise to you, Lord Christ.
The Very Reverend Stacy Walker-Frontjes
Silence for meditation
We stand to affirm our faith by reciting the Nicene Creed.
The Nicene Creed
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
We remain standing to pray.
The Prayers of the People
Intercessor Wondrous God, whose love was made flesh on this holy night, hear us, as we pray, and take to your heart all of our longings and thanks:
People Hear us and help us, O God.
Intercessor Wonderful Counselor, give wisdom to the leaders of the nations, that they might guide us to peace. Bring an end to war and conflict in Syria, Afghanistan, North Korea, Sudan and South Sudan, and the Holy Land, and bring peace to our own community of DeKalb and the greater Chicagoland area. May your justice and righteousness be established on the earth.
People Hear us and help us, O God. Intercessor Mighty God, make your church to be one, in spirit and truth,
strong with courage and with grace. Help us to tell the sweet, good news of your love in all we say and do. May your church be united in serving the world.
People Hear us and help us, O God. Intercessor Everlasting Father, help all who suffer to remember your
love. Bring relief, and strength to endure, to those who are lonely, dying, and in pain. Help, especially, those with AIDS and cancer. Stay near to those in prison. May the day come soon when our tears are wiped away by your own hand.
People Hear us and help us, O God. Intercessor Prince of Peace, help us to bring an end to all poverty and
racism, which keep you children hungry and powerless. Grant that your peace would rule in our hearts and in our lives.
People Hear us and help us, O God. Intercessor Child of David’s throne, may all who live with you in glory
help us, by their example and prayer, to find our way home. Give us, especially, the courage of Isaiah, of Mary, of Joseph, and of John. Grant us the wonder of the shepherds and the magi. Fill us with the songs of the angels. Make us one with all your saints who enjoy your presence day and night.
People Hear us and help us, O God. Intercessor Wondrous God, thank you for the miracle and grace of
Christmas. May we be true, all the year long, to its call to believe the impossible and to make our humble humanity the place of your dwelling. Hear us we pray, and take to your heart all of our longing and thanks, through Jesus the Christ, and through the Holy Spirit. Amen.
The Peace Priest The peace of the Lord be always with you. People And also with you.
Then we greet one another saying, “Peace be with you.”
The Holy Communion
The Offertory Walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself for us, an offering and sacrifice to God. (Ephesians 5:2) Offertory Anthem
Gloria Tibi, Domine Philip Gordon
Doxology Hymn 110 vs. 1 with refrain
The Great Thanksgiving
Eucharistic Prayer B
Priest It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to
give thanks to you, Father 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 perfect Man 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 for ever sing this hymn to proclaim the glory of your Name:
Sanctus S 124 Holy, holy, holy, Lord
Remain Standing or Kneel
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."
Memorial Acclamation S 138
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
Saint Paul, and 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,
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
Agnus Deis S 161
Priest The Gifts of God for the People of God.
The Episcopal Church invites all Christians to receive communion. The host is placed in your open hands; please assist in guiding the chalice to your lips,
or dip the host in the wine. We have gluten free hosts available, ask the priest at the rail. It is acceptable to receive only the bread or the wine. If you would rather not receive communion, you are
invited to come to the rail for a blessing. Simply cross your arms over your chest and the priest will say a prayer for you.
Communion Hymn 2: # 109 The first Nowell
Communion Hymn 1: # 84 Love came down at Christmas
When all have received Communion, the Priest leads the following prayer:
Priest Let us pray.
Eternal God, heavenly Father, you have graciously accepted us as living members of your
Son our Savior Jesus Christ, and you have fed us with spiritual food in the Sacrament of
his Body and Blood. Send us now into the world in peace, and grant us strength and
courage to love and serve you with gladness and singleness of heart; through Christ our
The Christmas Blessing
Priest May Almighty God, who sent his Son to take our nature upon him,
bless you in this holy season, scatter the darkness of sin, and
brighten your heart with the light of his holiness.
Priest May God, who sent his angels to proclaim the glad news of the
Savior’s birth, fill you with joy, and make you heralds of the
Priest May God, who in the Word made flesh joined heaven to earth and
earth to heaven, give you his peace and favor.
Priest And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the
Holy Spirit, be upon you and remain with you for ever.
We sit to sing. Hand candles are lit.
(Tip the unlit candle to light it from a lit candle)
Hymn # 111 Silent Night
1. The Adult/Youth Choir will sing the first verse in German.
2. Rick Johns Tenor and Freyja Rasmussen-Johns, Soprano, Duet
3. Choir and Congregation “Silent Night, holy night, shepherds quake…”
4. Jan Bach, Bass Solo.
Hand candles are extinguished and we stand to sing.
Procession into the World # 87 Hark! The herald angels sing
Priest Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
People Thanks be to God.
Christmas Flower Dedications 2014
The flowers on the altar this evening were donated by:
Dorothea Beard ~In Memory of Richard Beard~
Pat Brown ~In Thanksgiving for Laura and for Peace in the World~
Bill and Jennie Cummings ~In Thanksgiving for our Families~
~In Thanksgiving for Alec Dudgeon, Sara Dudgeon, Lyle Hilgendorf, Lucas Hilgendorf, Steve Dudgeon, Veronica Dudgeon,
Logan Dudgeon and Greg Dudgeon~
Rick Johns ~In Memory of my Godparents,
Marie Walkowiak and Robert Johns~
Lorraine Langer and Gretchen Schlabach ~In Memory of the Schlabach/Langer Families~
Henry and Eva Leonard ~In Thanksgiving~
Vince and Pat McMahon ~In Thanksgiving for Ryan~
George and Jane Nenonen ~In thanksgiving for family~
Peggy Newby ~In memory of Art Fields and Bob Newby~
Rosemarie Ostberg ~In Honor of Mary Rodine in Nursing Home~
Rhys and Jocelyn Prall ~In thanksgiving for Colin, Brian, Ellen and Lucy,
Chris, Steffanie, Kaden and Emma~
Rev. Stacy, Rev. Rich, Oscar & Rowan ~In Thanksgiving for Family, Friends, and St. Paul’s~
Citations Permission for music, text and other liturgy. All rights reserved. Reprinted under OneLicense.net A-718893. Cover photo: The Birth of Jesus with Shepherds, Jesus Mafa, http://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu Prayers of the People: Bock, Susan K. (2008). Liturgy for the whole church: Multigenerational resources for worship. New York, NY: Church Publishing Inc. O come, all ye faithful # 83 Words: John Francis Wade (1711-178); tr. Frederick Oakeley (1802-1880) and others Music: Adeste fideles, present form of melody att. John Francis Wade (1711-1786); harm. The English Hymnal, 1906
O little town of Bethlehem # 79 Words: Phillips Brooks (1835-1893) Music: St. Louis, Lewis H. Redner (1831-1908) Love came down at Christmas # 84 Words: Christina Rossetti (1830-1894), alt. Music: Gartan, melody from Petrie Collection of Irish Melodies Part II, 1902; harm. David Evans (1874-1948) Copyright Oxford University Press
The First Nowell # 109 Words: English Carol, 18th cent. Music: The First Nowell, English carol, 17th cent.; harm. John Stainer (1841-1901); alt. refrain harm and desc. Healey Willan (1880-1968) Copyright 1926 Oxford University Press Silent Night # 111 Words: Joseph Mohr (1792-1848(; tr. John Freeman Young (1820-1885) Music: Stille Nacht, melody Franz Xaver Gruber (1787-1863); harm. Carl H. Reinecke (1824-1910) Hark! The Herald Angels Sing # 87 Words: Charles Wesley (1707-1788) alt. Music: Mendelssohn, Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847); adapt. William H. Cummings (1831-1915) Gloria Angels We Have Heard on High # 96 Words: French carol; tr. James Chadwick (1813-1882), alt. Music: Gloria, French Carol; arr. Edward Shippen Barnes (1887-1958)
Doxology, The snow lay on the ground # 110, Vs. 1. Words: Source unknown, 19th cent. Music: Venite adoremus, melody adapt. Charles Winfred Douglas (1867-1944); harm. Leo Sowerby (1895-1968) Sanctus, The Holy Eucharist II, Holy, holy, holy Lord S 124 Music: From New Plainsong, David Hurd (b. 1950) Copyright 1981 GIA Publications, Inc. Memorial Acclamation, Prayer B, The Holy Eucharist II Music: McNeil Robinson II (b.1943) Copyright 1984 Theodore Presser Co. Agnus Dei, The Holy Eucharist II, Fraction Anthem: Lamb of God S 161 Music: From New Plainsong, David Hurd (b. 1950) Copyright 1981 GIA Publications, Inc. Choral Prelude Music: Ding, dong, merrily on high by Anonymous, What Child is this from Greensleeves, Carol of the Bells by Mykola Leontovich, Arr., Peter Wilhousky, Enatus est Emmanuel by Michael Praetorius