• 8
  • 10
Map & Directions
Welcome to Trinity Episcopal Church, NJ!

December 18, 2016: The Fourth Sunday of Advent

Celebrant and Homilist: The Rev. Stephanie Shockley
Deacon: Clive Oscar Sang
Verger: Anthony Francis Vitale
Organist: Anthony J. Rafaniello

  • “Prelude on Helmsley” – Robert Lind
  • Offertory Anthem: “Creator of the Stars of Night” – Plainsong (H # 60)
  • Postlude: Improvisation of Veni, Emmanuel

Trinity Choir Anthem: “Creator of the Stars of Night” – Plainsong (H # 60)

The lyrics for this week’s choir anthem are taken directly from Hymn #60 in the Hymnal.

Readings of the Day

Collect of the Day

We beseech thee, Almighty God, to purify our consciences by thy daily visitation, that when thy Son our Lord cometh he may find in us a mansion prepared for himself; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

First Reading

Isaiah 7:10-16
Again the Lord spoke to Ahaz, saying, “Ask a sign of the Lord your God; let it be deep as Sheol or high as heaven.” But Ahaz said, “I will not ask, and I will not put the Lord to the test.” Then Isaiah said: “Hear then, O house of David! Is it too little for you to weary mortals, that you weary my God also? Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel. He shall eat curds and honey by the time he knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good. For before the child knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good, the land before whose two kings you are in dread will be deserted.”

Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18

Second Reading

Romans 1:1-7
Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy scriptures, the gospel concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh and was declared to be Son of God with power according to the spirit of holiness by resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord, through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles for the sake of his name, including yourselves who are called to belong to Jesus Christ, To all God’s beloved in Rome, who are called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Holy Gospel

Matthew 1:18-25
Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet: “Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means, “God is with us.” When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife, but had no marital relations with her until she had borne a son; and he named him Jesus.

Audio Files

The Worship Service

10 AM: Rite Two


Prelude see above
Processional Hymn H # 57
Acclamation BCP 355
Collect for Purity BCP 355
Trisagion S # 100
Collect of the Day BCP 212
The Lesson Isaiah 7: 10-16
Psalm 80: 1-7, 16-18
The Epistle Romans 1: 1-7
Sequence Hymn H # 497
The Gospel Matthew 11: 18-25
Sermon Mother Stephanie+
Nicene Creed BCP 358
Prayers of the People Form I
Confession BCP 360
Absolution BCP 360
The Peace BCP 360


Choir Anthem see above
Offertory Hymn H # 66
Eucharistic Prayer B BCP 367
Sanctus S # 124
The Lord’s Prayer BCP 364
Agnus Dei S # 161
The Invitation BCP 364
Communion Hymns H # 54, # 53
Meditation Taize
Post Communion Prayer BCP 365
Recessional Hymn H # 56 (v 5-8)
Postlude see above