Sunday Bulletin

St. James Episcopal Church

Sunday, December 4 2022 – 


                            Celebration of Confirmation And Reception


Confirmation, Proper 24                                                  December 4, 2022

Holy Eucharist - Rite II                                                       

The Right Reverend Craig Loya- Celebrant


    Advent 2 The Wonder of the Promise 

Responsive Litany

During Advent we recall God’s promises spoken

through the prophets.

The Word of the Lord is steadfast and true.

To the hurting, God promises unshakable hope.

The Word of the Lord is steadfast and true.

To the forsaken, God promises unconditional love.

The Word of the Lord is steadfast and true.

To the broken, God promises unmerited grace.

The Word of the Lord is steadfast and true.

To the heavy hearted, God promises unbridled joy.

The Word of the Lord is steadfast and true.

 Candle lighting

Today we light two candles. The first candle reminds us to recapture the wonder of the season. In a world that seldom slows, Advent is an opportunity to still our hearts and open our eyes to the wonder and majesty of our Savior. As we light the second candle, we call to mind God’s promise to restore, redeem and reconcile a broken world, spoken through the prophets and fulfilled through Christ.

 Let us sing


PROCESSIONAL HYMN        Holy Spirit, Lord of Love  (Hymn 349)


Bishop        Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

People        And blessed be his kingdom, now and for ever. Amen. 

Bishop        There is one Body and one Spirit; People    There is one hope in God’scall to us; Bishop   One Lord, one Faith, one Baptism; People   One God and Father of all.



Bishop        The Lord be with you.

People        And also with you.

Bishop        Let us pray.

Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

 The Lessons

Old Testament:

Isaiah 11:1-10

A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse,
and a branch shall grow out of his roots.

The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him,
the spirit of wisdom and understanding,
the spirit of counsel and might,
the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the 

His delight shall be in the fear of the Lord.


He shall not judge by what his eyes see,
or decide by what his ears hear;

but with righteousness he shall judge the poor,
and decide with equity for the meek of the earth;

he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth,
and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked.

Righteousness shall be the belt around his waist,
and faithfulness the belt around his loins.


The wolf shall live with the lamb,
the leopard shall lie down with the kid,

the calf and the lion and the fatling together,
and a little child shall lead them.

The cow and the bear shall graze,
their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the

The nursing child shall play over the hole of the asp,
and the weaned child shall put its hand on the adder's den.

They will not hurt or destroy
on all my holy mountain;

for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord
as the waters cover the sea.

On that day the root of Jesse shall stand as a signal to the peoples; the nations shall inquire of him, and his dwelling shall be glorious.

Reader            Hear what the Spirit is saying to God’s people

People             Thanks be to God.



Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19

Remain seated read responsively whole verse by whole verse

Deus, judicium

Give the King your justice, O God, *
and your righteousness to the King's Son;

2 That he may rule your people righteously *
and the poor with justice;

3 That the mountains may bring prosperity to the people, *
and the little hills bring righteousness.

4 He shall defend the needy among the people; *
he shall rescue the poor and crush the oppressor.

5 He shall live as long as the sun and moon endure, *
from one generation to another.

6 He shall come down like rain upon the mown field, *
like showers that water the earth.

7 In his time shall the righteous flourish; *
there shall be abundance of peace till the moon shall be no more.

18 Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, *
who alone does wondrous deeds!

19 And blessed be his glorious Name for ever! *
and may all the earth be filled with his glory.
Amen. Amen.


The Epistle:       Romans 15:4-13

Whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, so that by steadfastness and by the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope. May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus, so that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God. For I tell you that Christ has become a servant of the circumcised on behalf of the truth of God in order that he might confirm the promises given to the patriarchs, and in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written,

"Therefore I will confess you among the Gentiles,
and sing praises to your name";

and again he says,

"Rejoice, O Gentiles, with his people";

and again,

"Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles,
and let all the peoples praise him";

and again Isaiah says,

"The root of Jesse shall come,
the one who rises to rule the Gentiles;
in him the Gentiles shall hope."

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Reader            Hear what the Spirit is saying to God’s people

People             Thanks be to God.



SEQUENCE HYMN           Like the murmur of the dove's song  (Hymn 513)



GOSPEL: Matthew 3:1-12

The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew:

People            Glory to you, Lord Christ.

 In those days John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea, proclaiming, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” This is the one of whom the prophet Isaiah spoke when he said,

“The voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the Lord,
make his paths straight.’”

Now John wore clothing of camel’s hair with a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey. Then the people of Jerusalem and all Judea were going out to him, and all the region along the Jordan, and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.

But when he saw many Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism, he said to them, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear fruit worthy of repentance. Do not presume to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our ancestor’; for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham. Even now the ax is lying at the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

“I baptize you with water for repentance, but one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and will gather his wheat into the granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”

The Gospel of the Lord.

People            Praise to you, Lord Christ.


THE SERMON       The Right Reverend Craig Loya

Presentation and Examination of the Candidates

PRESENTATION -     Evan Andrew Franson 18                                   Alexander Thomas Franson 15 

Bishop         The Candidates will now be presented.

Presenters      I present these persons for Confirmation, 


Bishop    Do you reaffirm your renunciation of evil?

Candidates       I do.

Bishop             Do you renew your commitment to Jesus Christ?

Candidates       I do, and with God's grace I will follow him as my Savior and Lord.


Will you who witness these vows do all in your power to support these persons in their life in Christ?

People  We will. 


Let us join with those who are committing themselves to Christ and renew our own baptismal covenant.


Bishop       Do you believe in God the Father?

People       I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. 

Bishop       Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God?

People       I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,

He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.

He suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, died, and was buried.

He descended to the dead.

On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven,

and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

Bishop       Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit?

People       I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church,

the communion of saints,

the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body,

and the life everlasting.

Bishop       Will you continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of the bread, and in the prayers?

People       I will, with God’s help. 

Bishop       Will you persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord

People       I will, with God’s help.

Bishop       Will you proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ?

People       I will, with God’s help.

Bishop       Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself?

People       I will, with God’s help.

Bishop       Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?

People       I will, with God’s help.



The Bishop then says to the congregation

Let us now pray for these persons who have renewed their commitment to Christ.

Bishop        Deliver them, O Lord, from the way of sin and death.

People        Lord, hear our prayer. 

Bishop        Open their hearts to your grace and truth.

People        Lord, hear our prayer. 

Bishop        Fill them with your holy and life-giving Spirit.

People        Lord, hear our prayer. 

Bishop        Keep them in the faith and communion of your holy Church.

People        Lord, hear our prayer.

Bishop        Teach them to love others in the power of the Spirit.

People        Lord, hear our prayer.

Bishop        Send them into the world in witness to your love.

People        Lord, hear our prayer.

Bishop        Bring them to the fullness of your peace and glory.

People        Lord, hear our prayer.

Almighty God, we thank you that by the death and resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ you have overcome sin and brought us to yourself, and that by the sealing of your Holy Spirit you have bound us to your service. Renew in these your servants the covenant you have made with them at their Baptism. Send them forth in the power of that Spirit to perform the service you set before them; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen


For Confirmation

Strengthen, O Lord, your servants Evan and Alex  with your Holy Spirit; empower them for your service; and sustain them all the days of their life. Amen.

Almighty and everlasting God, let your fatherly hand ever be over these your servants; let your Holy Spirit ever be with them; and so lead them in the knowledge and obedience of your Word, that they may serve you in this life, and dwell with you in the life to come; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Celebrant    The peace of the Lord be always with you.

People            And also with you.





Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and make good your vows to the Most High.

Psalm 50:14

(Plate offerings at today’s service are designated for the Bishop’s discretionary fund)


OFFERTORY HYMN                                                         Where He Leads Me  (LEVAS 144)

The Holy Communion

The Great Thanksgiving


Celebrant        The Lord be with you.

People            And also with you.

Celebrant        Lift up your hearts.

People            We lift them to the Lord.

Celebrant        Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

People            It is right to give God thanks and praise.


It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.

For by water and the Holy Spirit you have made us a new people in Jesus Christ our Lord, to show forth your glory in all the world.

Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with Angels and Archangels and with all the company of heaven, who forever sing this hymn to proclaim the glory of your Name:



                                                      Holy, Holy, Holy  (Hymn S 125)




Holy and gracious Father: In your infinite love you made us for yourself; and, when we had fallen into sin and become subject to evil and death, you, in your mercy, sent Jesus Christ, your only and eternal Son, to share our human nature, to live and die as one of us, to reconcile us to you, the God and Father of all.

He stretched out his arms upon the cross, and offered himself in obedience to your will, a perfect sacrifice for the whole world.

On the night he was handed over to suffering and death, 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.” Therefore we proclaim the mystery of faith:


Celebrant and People

Christ has died.

Christ is risen.

Christ will come again.


We celebrate the memorial of our redemption, O Father, in this sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving. Recalling his death, resurrection, and ascension, we offer you these gifts.

Sanctify them by your Holy Spirit to be for your people the Body and Blood of your Son, the holy food and drink of new and unending life in him. Sanctify us also that we may faithfully receive this holy Sacrament, and serve you in unity, constancy, and peace; and at the last day bring us with all your saints into the joy of your eternal kingdom.

All this we ask through your Son Jesus Christ. 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,

People and Celebrant

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, forever and ever. Amen.

        The Breaking of the Bread


Alleluia. Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us;

Therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia.



The Celebrant says

The Gifts of God for the People of God.



For those unable to be present in the church:

The Prayer of Spiritual Communion

Beloved Jesus, I believe that you are truly present in the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar. I love you above all things, and long for you in my soul.

Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, come spiritually into my heart. Cleanse and strengthen me with your love, Lord Jesus and let me never be separated from you.

May I live in you, and you in me, in this life and in the life to come. Amen


Take My Life, and Let It Be  (Hymn 707)




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 Lord. Amen.





Lord, we have Come at Your Own Invitation  (Hymn 348)



Let us go forth rejoicing in and being filled with the power of the Holy Spirit

People        Thanks be to God.