Dec. 1, 2013

Worship for Advent - 2013

Hymns for Sunday, December 1, 2013
Advent 1

Opening Hymn 108: Hark, A Herald Voice is Sounding
Choir Anthem: Come to Us, O God of Hope

Hymn-at-the-Offertory 309:
Praise the Lord With the Sound of Trumpet

Anthem: Lamb of God
- 98: Hark the Glad Sound! The Saviour Comes
- You Are My Hiding Place
- 94: Wait for the Lord

Ablutions: Commune With Me

Closing Hymn 599: Awake! Awake!! Fling Off the Night

The Gathering of the Community
The Lord be with you
and also with you.

Almighty God,
to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hidden: cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayers of Penitence
Christ the light of the world has come to dispel the darkness of our hearts. In his light let us examine ourselves and confess our sins.

Most merciful God,
we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbours as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us, that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your name. Amen.

Almighty God have mercy upon you, pardon and deliver you from all your sins, confirm and strengthen you in all goodness, and keep you in eternal life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Collect of the Day
See the insert with the readings.
The Proclamation of the Word
(Hymn or anthem before the Gospel)
The Sermon

An Affirmation of Faith
We say together in faith
Holy, holy, holy
is the Lord God almighty,
who was, and is, and is to come.

We believe in God the Father,
who created all things:
for by his will they were created
and have their being.

We believe in God the Son,
who was slain:
for with his blood,
he purchased us for God,
from every tribe and language,
from every people and nation.

We believe in God the Holy Spirit:
the Spirit and the Bride say, 'Come!'
Even so come, Lord Jesus! Amen.
cf Revelation 4.8,11;5.9;22.17,20
The Prayers of the People
We pray for the coming of God's kingdom.
Father by your Spirit bring in your kingdom.

In joyful expectation of his coming to our aid
we pray to Jesus.
Come to your Church as Lord and judge.
We pray for …
Help us to live in the light of your coming
and give us a longing for your kingdom.
Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.
Come to your world as King of the nations.
We pray for …
Before you rulers will stand in silence.
Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.
Come to the suffering as Saviour and comforter.
We pray for …
Break into our lives,
where we struggle with sickness and distress,
and set us free to serve you for ever.
Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.
Come to us as shepherd and guardian of our souls.
We remember …
Give us with all the faithful departed
a share in your victory over evil and death.
Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.
Come from heaven, Lord Jesus, with power and great glory.
Lift us up to meet you,
that with all your saints and angels
we may live and reign with you in your new creation.
Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.
Lord of the Church,
hear our prayer,
and make us one in heart and mind
to serve you with joy for ever.

The Peace
In the tender mercy of our God, the dayspring from on high shall break upon us, to give light to those who dwell in darkness and in the shadow of death and to guide our feet into the way of peace.
cf Luke 1.78,79
The peace of the Lord be always with you
and also with you.


The Lighting of the Advent Wreath
See the insert with the readings.
The Prayer over the Gifts
See the insert with the readings.

The Holy Eucharist
The Lord’s Prayer
And now, as our Saviour Christ has taught us, we are bold to say,
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, the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

Breaking of the BreadAdvent
God of promise,
you prepare a banquet for us in your kingdom.
Happy are those who are called
to the supper of the Lamb.

Anthem: Lamb of God
The Communion
The gifts of God for the People of God.
Thanks be to God.
The giving of Communion

The Prayer after Communion
All your works praise you, O Lord.
And your faithful servants bless you. Gracious God we thank you for feeding us with the body and blood of your Son Jesus Christ. May we, who share his body, live his risen life; we, who drink his cup, bring life to others; we, whom the Spirit lights, give light to the world. Keep us firm in the hope you have set before us, so that we and all your children shall be free, and the whole earth live to praise your name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Be steadfast in faith, joyful in hope, and untiring in love all the days of your life; and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always. Amen.


Scattering (Mark 4:20)
Go forth in the name of Christ.
Thanks be to God.