Sunday 2 December, 2012- First Sunday of Advent, Year C

Happy New Church Year!

Here are the resources you need for this Sunday. Please feel free to choose what is suitable for your congregation’s needs. You will notice that the orders of service are available in different formats: choose the “pdf” format if you want something that is ready to print and photocopy, the “doc” or “rtf” format if you wish to change the formatting yourself or the “ppt” format if you use PowerPoint.

  • Altar colour: Blue or Violet
  • Bible readings:
    FIRST READING  Jeremiah 33:14-16 A righteous descendant of David as king.
    PSALM Psalm 25:1-10 *For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13 May God continue to bless you
    GOSPEL Luke 21:25-36 Signs of the end of the age
  • Sermons:
    Lay-readers please note: the linked sermons have not been edited for general use. As part of your preparations, keep in mind that they have been written for specific people in a specific context, and for this reason the issues they address or the examples they use may not be entirely suitable for people in your congregation. If you feel this is the case, you may need to make minor adjustments or find another sermon

    Based on gospel  reading: Pr Tim Stringer ; edited for lay reading sermon – luke 21 25-36 – year c – advent 1
    Based on second reading: Pr David Christian
  • Orders of service:
    Advent 1C  Sunday Word & Prayer ( pdf / doc / ppt )
    Service of the Word (pdf / rtf / ppt)
    Morning Praise (pdf / rtf / ppt)
    Service without communion (pdf / doc / ppt)
  • Prayer of the Day (Collect): Choose one of the following
    Stir up your power, O Lord, and come,
    that by your protection
    we may be rescued
    from the threatening dangers of our sins,
    and saved by your mighty deliverance;
    for you live and reign
    with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.

    OR, modernised traditional
    Stir up your power, Lord, and come.
    Protect us,
    so that we may be rescued
    from the threatening dangers of our sins,
    and saved by your deliverance.
    For you live and reign
    with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.

    OR, alternative
    (Let us pray for the presence of Christ. [silence])
    Cleanse our consciences, Lord,
    and enlighten our hearts,
    through the daily presence of your Son Jesus Christ.
    Make us ready
    when he comes again in glory
    to be our judge.
    For he lives and reigns
    with you and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.

    OR, new
    (Let us pray that we remain alert for the coming of the Lord. [silence])
    Jesus, Son of God,
    you have promised to return
    at a time that no one knows.
    Keep us watchful in prayer
    and strong in faith
    as we wait for you to come.
    For you live and reign
    with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.

  • Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer:Prayer of the Church – Advent 1C
  • Offering Prayer:
    Great God, keep us faithful
    as we wait for the return of your Son as king.
    Help us not to get so caught up in the concerns of this life
    that we forget about the things that really matter.
    Keep us trusting in you,
    watching and praying,
    and loving one another and all people.

  • Visual images for the day: His Word in Pictures
  • Song/Hymn suggestions: * =  Modernised version available (please click here to download the text file) ;G3, G4 . . . =  Guitar chords available in the Music Package 3, 4 . . .; GS =  Guitar chords in the Supplement to LH
    First reading: Jeremiah 33:14-16

    2    O come, O come, Immanuel G7
    17    Come, Thou long-expected Jesus G6
    390    Wait, my soul, with patience* G3
    221    They were waiting
    265    O come, O come Emmanuel
    272    Come, thou long-expected Jesus

    Second reading: 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13

    346    Forth in Thy name, O Lord, I go G5
    811    Praise and thanksgiving GS
    813    For strength to work till close of day
    814    For the fruits of his creation  G6
    870    Lord of all hopefulness G6
    230    Christ the worker
    405    Lord of all hopefulness
    168    For the fruits of all creation
    571    Forth in your name, O Lord, I go
    613    Lord of all hopefulness
    627    Praise and thanksgiving
    634    All who love and serve your city

    Gospel: Luke 21:25-36

    1    Hark, a herald voice is calling* G7
    4    Once He came in blessing * G4
    11    The advent of our King G4
    15    Jesus came – the heavens adoring* G6
    47    Songs of thankfulness and praise (v 4)* G4
    338    Rise, my soul, to watch and pray (vv 1,5,6) G4
    735    Jesus comes with clouds descending G7
    309    When the Lord returns
    420    Get ready
    434    Sing out with joy, he is coming
    197    God’s Son came to bless us
    264    Hark! a herald voice is calling
    271    The advent of our God (omit v 3)
    273    Lo! he comes with clouds descending
    315    Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord

    17    Emmanuel: God is with us
    20    Come, Lord Jesus, come
    25    Comfort, comfort
    36    Vine and fig tree
    55    His name is Wonderful
    142    O Mary, don’t you weep
    187    Help us, Lord
    220    There’ll be peace
    221    They were waiting
    229    Christ is a-comin’
    260    My soul is praising the Lord
    302    Soon and very soon
    309    When the Lord returns
    313    Christ, be our light
    314    Come to us
    315    Drawn to the light
    355    Freedom is coming
    389    Light of the nations
    402    God has chosen me
    420    Get ready
    425    God moving
    434    Sing out with joy, he is coming
    450    When Jesus Christ worked here on earth
    453    The world is waiting
    454    Your God will come
    468    Sing a New Song
    499    It was me
    502    Patiently waiting for you
    510    Advent news
    519    New beginning
    542    Word of the Father

    PSALM 25
    Below is a metrical paraphrase by David Schütz of Psalm 25:1-10, which may be sung to the tune Die Sach ist dein, LH 228. If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

    To you, O Lord, I lift my soul.
    My God, in you I trust.
    Do not let me be put to shame;
    don’t let my foes rejoice.
    Do not let those who wait for you
    be disappointed in their hope.
    Let them be disappointed who
    have openly rejected you.
    Show me your ways,
    O Lord, teach me your paths.

    Teach me and lead me in your truth,
    my Saviour and my God;
    I wait for you the whole day long,
    do not forget me, Lord.
    Be mindful of your mercy, Lord,
    and of your steadfast love of old.
    Forget and wipe away my sins
    according to your steadfast love.
    Remember me,
    Lord, for your goodness’ sake.

    The Lord my God is good and just;
    therefore he shows the way
    to sinners who return to him
    and those with humble hearts.
    He shows the humble what is right,
    and teaches them to know his will.
    The paths of God are steadfast love
    and faithfulness for those who keep
    his covenant
    and listen to his word.

    Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings : Psalm 25 p41Psalm 25 p42Psalm 25 p43

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