The rose vestments that you see today were designed and crafted by Katie Williams. They are to be used on the third Sunday of Advent, and the Fourth Sunday of Lent, when “rose” is the appropriate color. On these two days we celebrate the joy of Jesus’s birth, as well as the anticipation of his resurrection. These days of celebration, however, are admittedly a time of uncertainty.
When designing the rose colored vestments for St. Marks I (Katie) was incredibly inspired by the journey of Jesus’s mother, Mary, and her incredible strength and love that persists throughout her life. At both of these points in history, Mary is faced with so much darkness. As a young girl, she faces an unprecedented amount of uncertainty, as she is told by the Angel Gabriel that she is to give birth to the Son of God. As a mother, she stands with her son at his death. Yet through her love and faith she overcomes all darkness and at the end of the tunnel rejoices in the light. These hand-painted and embroidered vestments symbolize Mary’s strength and unwavering love for her son. The joy that we celebrate on these two Sundays burns in our heart and gives away to new life, and new beginnings.
The Crèche Service
Started in 1974, this is St. Mark’s 50th Creche Service.
The Third Sunday of Advent
The Holly and the Ivy, Traditional
Michael McCormick, Organ
Once in Royal David’s City, 102 Hymnal 1982
1 Once in royal David’s city
stood a lowly cattle shed,
where a mother laid her baby
in a manger for his bed:
Mary was that mother mild,
Jesus Christ her little child.
2 He came down to earth from heaven,
who is God and Lord of all,
and his shelter was a stable,
and his cradle was a stall;
with the poor, the scorned, the lowly,
lived on earth our Savior holy.
3 We, like Mary, rest confounded
that a stable should display
heaven’s Word, the world’s creator,
cradled there on Christmas Day,
yet this child, our Lord and brother,
brought us love for one another.
4 For he is our lifelong pattern;
daily, when on earth he grew,
he was tempted, scorned, rejected,
tears and smiles like us he knew.
Thus he feels for all our sadness,
and he shares in all our gladness.
5 And our eyes at last shall see him,
through his own redeeming love;
for that child who seemed so helpless
is our Lord in heaven above;
and he leads his children on
to the place where he is gone.
6 Not in that poor lowly stable,
with the oxen standing round,
we shall see him; but in heaven,
where his saints his throne surround:
Christ, revealed to faithful eye,
set at God’s right hand on high.
O Come Emmanuel, Come Soon, arr. Hal H. Hopson
St. Mark’s Adult Choir
A Christmas Carol
Read by Nicky Sant Foster
What Child is This, arr. Vince Guaraldi
Michael McCormick, piano
Night’s Lodging, by Luci Shaw
Read by Martha Heiner
Still, Still, Still, arr. Ruth Elaine Schram
St. Mark’s Adult Choir
The Prayer of the Donkey
Read by Madeline West
All things bright and beautiful, 405 Hymnal 1982
All things bright and beautiful,
all creatures great and small,
all things wise and wonderful,
the Lord God made them all.
1 Each little flower that opens,
each little bird that sings,
he made their glowing colors,
he made their tiny wings. Refrain
2 The purple-headed mountain,
the river running by,
the sunset, and the morning
that brightens up the sky, Refrain
3 The cold wind in the winter,
the pleasant summer sun,
the ripe fruits in the garden,
he made them every one. Refrain
4 He gave us eyes to see them,
and lips that we might tell
how great is God Almighty,
who has made all things well. Refrain
O Eve, by Columba Guare
Read by Sophie Martucci
Rejoice in the Lord alway, by Henry Purcell
St. Mark’s Adult Choir
Read by Spencer DeFeo
Joseph Dearest, Joseph Mine
St. Mark’s Adult Choir
Christ Child Presentation
Our graduating seniors: Owen Glass, Ben Larner, Elena Nicholson, Carter Rolli, and Julia West
Behold, the dwelling place of God is with us.
He will be our God and we shall be his people.
God himself is with us. Alleluia.
Come let us adore him. Alleluia.
Blessing of the Creche
Go Tell it on the Mountain, 99 Hymnal 1982
Go tell it on the mountain,
over the hills and everywhere;
go tell it on the mountain,
that Jesus Christ is born!
1 While shepherds kept their watching
o’er silent flocks by night,
behold, throughout the heavens
there shone a holy light. Refrain
2 The shepherds feared and trembled
when lo! above the earth
rang out the angel chorus
that hailed our Savior’s birth. Refrain
3 Down in a lowly manger
the humble Christ was born,
and God sent us salvation
that blessèd Christmas morn. Refrain
The Lamb, by William Blake
Read by Ryan Gogerty
While shepherds watched their flocks by night, 95 Hymnal 1982
1 While shepherds watched their flocks by night,
all seated on the ground,
the angel of the Lord came down,
and glory shone around.
2 “Fear not,” said he, for mighty dread
had seized their troubled mind;
“Glad tidings of great joy I bring
to you and all mankind.
3 “To you, in David’s town, this day
is born of David’s line
the Savior, who is Christ the Lord;
and this shall be the sign:
4 “The heavenly Babe you there shall find
to human view displayed,
all meanly wrapped in swathing bands,
and in a manger laid.”
There Were Shepherds, Luke 2:8-16
Read by Hannah Creighton
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Traditional
Michael McCormick, Piano
First Shepherd Presentation
Second Shepherd Presentation
Third Shepherd Presentation
Star Song, by Luci Shaw
Read by Quinn D’Angelo
We three kings, 128 Hymnal 1982
1 We three kings of Orient are,
bearing gifts we traverse afar,
field and fountain,
moor and mountain,
following yonder star.
O star of wonder, star of night,
star with royal beauty bright;
guide us to thy perfect light!
2 Born a King on Bethlehem’s plain,
gold I bring to crown him again,
King for ever,
over us all to reign. Refrain
3 Frankincense to offer have I:
incense owns a Deity nigh;
prayer and praising,
worship him, God Most High. Refrain
4 Myrrh is mine; its bitter perfume
breathes a life of gathering gloom;
sealed in the stone-cold tomb. Refrain
First King Presentation
Second King Presentation
Third King Presentation
Closing Prayers and Benediction
Joy to the world, 100 Hymnal 1982
1 Joy to the world! the Lord is come:
let earth receive her King;
let every heart prepare him room,
and heaven and nature sing.
2 Joy to the world! the Savior reigns;
let us our songs employ,
while fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains,
repeat the sounding joy.
3 No more let sins and sorrows grow,
nor thorns infest the ground;
he comes to make his blessings flow
far as the curse is found.
4 He rules the world with truth and grace,
and makes the nations prove
the glories of his righteousness,
and wonders of his love.
The Crèche figures were given in loving memory of
Francis Booth & Ivy Lennox
Thank you to our 50th Creche Service Players, including Barbara, Martin, Adelene, Patsy, Henry, Matthew, Olivia, Mattie, Gerald III, Abby, Caleb, Toby, Josh, Quinn, Barbara, James, Ben, Colin, Eli, Jad, Nicholas, Naya, Tala, and Katie. And, with appreciation to Kristen Hauser and John Lyga.