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Liturgy for Contemporary Service in the Courtyard

January 6, 2022 6:00 P.M.

Entrance on 2700 block of Fifth Avenue 92103 (5th Ave. Side)

Thank you for joining us this evening for a socially-distanced, outdoor worship service. Please follow along in this simple liturgy, based on the Doxology Life gathering at St. Paul’s Cathedral.

Due to in-climate weather the Dec 9th Contemporary Service will be held inside at the back of the cathedral.  After the service we invite you to come join us for a fellowship meal  at the Corner DraftHouse on the corner of Laurel and 5th Avenue.  There is no fee  parking at the Union Bank which is located on 4th and Laurel.

Would you like to participate in next week’s service? This is a community driven service. Whether you would like to read something, contribute a spoken piece or musical offering, or help with organization- you are welcome! Please email or call cell 619.840.2327 


Japanese Melody 


Let us begin the evening in silence.

Regular text will be said by the leader, text in bold can be said in unison. Please participate as you feel led, or feel free to rest in quiet contemplation.

We are glad you are here.

Officiant: Stay with us, Christ, for it is evening.

All: Make your church bright with your radiance.

Officiant: Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you, and his glory will appear over you. Nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.

Officiant: Let us pray.

Almighty God, we give you thanks for surrounding us, as daylight fades, with the brightness of the vesper light; and we implore you of your great mercy that, as you enfold us with the radiance of this light, so you would shine into our hearts the brightness of your Holy Spirit; through Jesus Christ our Savior.

All: Amen.

The officiant now lights the candle at the Altar as you may light your own (electronic) candle. Please listen, watch, pray or keep silence.

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.” John 1:5.  

O Gracious Light

Led by officiant, said by all

O gracious light,
pure brightness of the everliving Father in heaven,
O Jesus Christ, holy and blessed!

Now as we come to the setting of the sun,
and our eyes behold the vesper light,
we sing your praises, O God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

You are worthy at all times to be praised by happy voices,
O Son of God, O Giver of Life,
and to be glorified through all the worlds. 


The Psalms

Psalm 96

Sing to the Lord a new song; *

sing to the Lord, all the whole earth.

Sing to the Lord and bless his Name; *

proclaim the good news of his salvation from day to day.

Declare his glory among the nations *

and his wonders among all peoples.

For great is the Lord and greatly to be praised; *

he is more to be feared than all gods.

As for all the gods of the nations, they are but idols; *

but it is the Lord who made the heavens.

Oh, the majesty and magnificence of his presence! *

Oh, the power and the splendor of his sanctuary!

Ascribe to the Lord, you families of the peoples; *

ascribe to the Lord honor and power.

Ascribe to the Lord the honor due his Name; *

bring offerings and come into his courts.

Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness; *

let the whole earth tremble before him.

Tell it out among the nations: “The Lord is King! *

he has made the world so firm that it cannot be moved;

he will judge the peoples with equity.”

Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad;

let the sea thunder and all that is in it; *

let the field be joyful and all that is therein.

Then shall all the trees of the wood shout for joy

before the Lord when he comes, *

when he comes to judge the earth.

He will judge the world with righteousness *

and the peoples with his truth.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *

as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

The Lesson

Read by the Lector 

A Reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah.

Isaiah 52:7 – 10

How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the messenger who announces peace, who brings good news, who announces salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.” Listen! Your sentinels lift up their voices, together they sing for joy; for in plain sight they see the return of the Lord to Zion. Break forth together into singing, you ruins of Jerusalem; for the Lord has comforted his people, he has redeemed Jerusalem. The Lord has bared his holy arm before the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God

The Reflection

Led by Penny Bridges

Canticle / Poem

On To Bethlehem Town

by William Evans (1883-1968)

1. On to Bethlehem town;
Join the crowd and travel down;
Down the road that leads us to the cradle.
Come all who are able.
Come, come to the stable with
Hearts full of joy as we kneel and pray
Come and see the child,
With his mother Mary mild.
Come along and worship at the cradle.

2. There we’ll see the boy;
Hearts aglow with boundless joy;
In the everlasting word.
We will bow before for Him
Come, come and adore Him
Bringing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
On to Bethlehem town;
Join the crowd and travel down.
Down the road that leads us to the cradle.


Scottish Air 


The Blessing and Dismissal

Said by Officiant.

May the road rise up to meet you.  May the wind always be at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, and rains fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand.


Alleluia, alleluia.  Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

Thanks be to God.  Alleluia, alleluia!


Puerto Rican Christmas song  

Worship Leaders

Officiant:  Susan Jester

Lector: Ellen Hargus

Music: Prelude/Music/Postlude –  Jacqueline FitzGibbon

Poem: Susan Williams

Prayer: Joanna Airhart

Reflection : Penny Bridges


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