THE THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT
DECEMBER 15, 2013
Patience in Suffering
Be patient, therefore, beloved, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious crop from the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. You also must be patient. Strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near. Beloved, do not grumble against one another, so that you may not be judged. See, the Judge is standing at the doors! As an example of suffering and patience, beloved, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. —James 5:7-10 (excerpt from Epistle)
...and let the endless bliss begin,
by weary saints foretold,
when right shall triumph over wrong,
and truth shall be extolled.
The King shall come when morning dawns
and light and beauty brings:
Hail, Christ the Lord! Thy people pray,
come quickly, King of kings.
—Hymn 73 (excerpt), Greek; tr. John Brownlie (1859-1925), alt.
- 68, “Rejoice! rejoice, believers” —Entrance Hymn
- 615, ““Thy Kingdom come!” on bended knee” —Sequence Hymn
- 314, “Humbly I adore thee, Verity unseen” —Communion Hymn (9:00 a.m.)
- 645, “The King of love my shepherd is” —Communion Hymn
- 653, “Dear Lord and Father of mankind” —Communion Hymn
- 73, “The King shall come when morning dawns” —Postcommunion Hymn
The Offertory (9:00 a.m. only)
Sunday’s anthem at the 9:00 service was written by the Irish composer Charles Wood (1866-1926), who counted Ralph Vaughan Williams and Herbert Howells among his pupils.
O Thou, the central orb of righteous love, Pure beam of the most High, eternal Light Of this our wintry world, Thy radiance bright Awakes new joy in faith, hope soars above. Come, quickly come, and let thy glory shine, Gilding our darksome heaven with rays Divine. Thy saints with holy lustre round Thee move, As stars about thy throne, set in the height Of God’s ordaining counsel, as Thy sight Gives measured grace to each, Thy power to prove. Let Thy bright beams disperse the gloom of sin, Our nature all shall feel eternal day In fellowship with thee, transforming day To souls erewhile unclean, now pure within. Amen. —Henry Ramsden Bramley
Fugue on a theme of Archangelo Corelli, BWV 579 Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
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