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1 New Year s Eve Eve of the Holy Name Grace & Holy Trinity Episcopal Cathedral December 31, 2016 Kansas City, Missouri 5:30 p.m.

2 Prelude The Word of God Opening Acclamation All rise, as able. Presider Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. And blessed be God s kingdom, now and forever. Amen. Hymn Hark, the Herald Angels Sing Hymnal 87 Dialogue for New Year s Eve Presider For everything there is a season And a time for every purpose under heaven: Presider A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted. Presider A time to break down, and a time to build up. A time to weep and a time to laugh. Presider A time to keep and a time to throw away. A time to be silent and a time to speak. Presider A time to love and a time to hate. A time for war and a time for peace. Presider God has made everything suitable for its time. God has put a sense of past and future into our minds. Presider God has done this, so that all should stand in awe before him. God s mercy endures forever. Ecclesiastes 3:1-13 Hymn of Praise Angels We Have Heard on High Hymnal 96 Collect Prayer of the Day Presider The Lord be with you. And also with you. Presider Let us pray. Eternal God, you have placed us in a world of space and time, and through the events of our lives you bless us with your love. Grant that in this new year we may know your presence, see your love at work, and live in the light of the event that gives us joy forever the coming of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Lesson All are seated. Revelation 21:1-6a Lector Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, ~page 2~

3 Lector and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, See, the home of God is among mortals. He will dwell with them as their God; they will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them; he will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away. And the one who was seated on the throne said, See, I am making all things new. Also he said, Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true. Then he said to me, It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life. The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God. Psalm 8 Read in unison. O Lord our Governor, * how exalted is your Name in all the world! Out of the mouths of infants and children * your majesty is praised above the heavens. You have set up a stronghold against your adversaries, * to quell the enemy and the avenger. When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, * the moon and the stars you have set in their courses, What is man that you should be mindful of him? * the son of man that you should seek him out? You have made him but little lower than the angels; * you adorn him with glory and honor; You give him mastery over the works of your hands; * you put all things under his feet: All sheep and oxen, * even the wild beasts of the field, The birds of the air, the fish of the sea, * and whatsoever walks in the paths of the sea. O Lord our Governor, * how exalted is your Name in all the world! ~page 3~

4 Holy Gospel All rise, as able. Matthew 25:31-46 Deacon The Holy Gospel of our Savior Jesus Christ according to Matthew. Deacon Glory to you, Lord Christ. When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left. Then the king will say to those at his right hand, Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me. Then the righteous will answer him, Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you? And the king will answer them, Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me. Then he will say to those at his left hand, You that are accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not give me clothing, sick and in prison and you did not visit me. Then they also will answer, Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you? Then he will answer them, Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me. And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life. Praise to you, Lord Christ. ~page 4~

5 A New Year s Reflection All are seated. Larry Ehren Prayers for a New year All rise, as able. The prayer leader concludes each petition with O God, who is with us, Hear our prayer. The Peace Presider The peace of the Lord be always with you. And also with you. Offertory Hymn O God, Our Help in Ages Past Hymnal 680 The Holy Communion You may bring your offering up when you come up for communion. The Great Thanksgiving All rise, as able. Book of Common Prayer 361 Presider The Lord be with you. And also with you. Presider Lift up your hearts. We lift them up to the Lord. Presider Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give God thanks and praise. Sanctus All Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest. Memorial Acclamation All Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again. The Lord s Prayer Book of Common Prayer 364 Distribution of Communion ~page 5~

6 Communion Hymn Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence Hymnal 324 Prayer of St. Francis All Lord, make me an instrument of your peace: where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console, to be understood as to understand, to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen. Thanksgiving for a Ministry All present offer thanks for the ministry of Canon John Schaefer. Presider O God, whom saints and angels delight to worship in heaven: You raise up men and women to perfect the praises offered by your people on earth; we give you thanks for John Schaefer and his forty years of faithful service as principal musician of this Cathedral. Dean Canon Schaefer Choristers & Musicians John, you have offered your many gifts to lead the worship of God in this place and have enriched the musical life of Kansas City faithfully and with an open heart and mind to the leading of the Spirit. It has been my delight to serve in this calling. John, we give thanks to God for your direction of singers and instrumentalists, and for your care for each of us through the years, and for the lessons you have taught us. John, we give thanks to God for your leadership in providing music to enhance weekly worship, Holy Days and Festivals, weddings, funerals and special occasions. ~page 6~

7 Dean Canon Schaefer Dean John, we give thanks to God for the time, talent and resources you have given so freely for the welfare of God s people and all creatures great and small: With joy we give thanks for these blessings. I give thanks for this calling and for each of you. May the Lord watch over our going out and coming in this night and always. And may God, whose coming into the world was accompanied by the song of angels, bless, preserve and keep you, that we may continually give thanks in all things and offer praise at all times in this new year of grace, in the name of God who creates us, redeems us in Christ, and sanctifies us with the Holy Spirit. Amen. Christmas Blessing Sending Hymn Now Greet the Swiftly Changing Year Hymnal 250 Dismissal Postlude All are invited to the reception in Founders Hall to celebrate John Schaefer s retirement. ~page 7~

8 Serving Today Presider: Canon Christy Dorn Deacons: Jerry Grabher, Jim Robertson Homilist: Larry Ehren Lector: Fiona Schaefer Intercessor: Mike Maiden Eucharistic Ministers: Sharon Sprague, Larry Ehren Altar Guild: Candy McDowell, Mary Byrne Ushers: Bud McDowell, Richard Fanolio, Jill Fanolio ~page 8~

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