Sunday 12 December, 2010- Third Sunday of Advent, Year A

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: Violet/Blue
  • Bible readings:
    FIRST Reading Isaiah 35:1-10 God himself will come to save us
    PSALM Psalm 146:5-10
    SECOND READING James 5:7-10 Do not lose heart
    GOSPEL Matthew 11:2-11 Jesus and John the Baptist
  • 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: Pr Heath Pukallus
    Based on first reading: Pr Stephen Pietsch; Pr Roger Atze ; edited for lay-reader doc
  • Orders of service:
    Advent 3  Sunday Word & Prayer (ppt/ pdf/ doc/ rtf)
    Service of the Word (pdf / rtf/ ppt)
    Morning Praise (pdf/ rtf/ ppt)
  • Prayer of the Day (Collect): Choose one of the following


Lord, hear our prayers,
and graciously come into our hearts
to lighten our darkness;
for you live and reign
with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

OR, modernised traditional

Lord, listen to our prayers.
Come to us in your kindness,
and lighten the darkness of our hearts.
For you live and reign
with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

OR, alternative

(Let us pray that we may receive Christ with joy. [silence])

Almighty and merciful God,
each year you make us glad
as we look forward to the birthday of your Son.
May we who joyfully receive him
as our redeemer
confidently face him
when he comes 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 receive Christ with joy. [silence])

Jesus, our promised Messiah,
John the Baptist went ahead of you
and proclaimed the good news
of your coming.
Encourage us to receive you with joy
as our redeemer,
and faithfully follow you.
For you live and reign
with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

  • Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Advent 3
  • Advent wreath:
    Suggested prayers and responses following the lighting of the third candle:

    (The  reader or children could read the part in normal print, and the congregation respond with the bold print).

    John came to bear witness to the light,
    so that all might believe through him.
    The true light, who enlightens everyone,

    was coming into the world.


    Lord Jesus, you are the light of the world.
    John the Baptist preached
    that people should repent
    and get ready for you to come.
    Come into our hearts,
    and help us to welcome you.

  • Song/Hymn suggestions: * =  Modernised version available (please click here);G3, G4 . . . =  Guitar chords available in the Music Package 3, 4 . . .; GS =  Guitar chords in the Supplement to LH
    First reading: Isaiah 35:1-10

    6        Ye sons of men, in earnest* G3
    16      Hail to the Lord’s Anointed G6
    159    O for a thousand tongues to sing* G5
    386    In Thee is gladness* G7
    732    Comfort, comfort all my people GS
    739    When the King shall come again
    25       Comfort, comfort
    220    There’ll be peace
    364    In you is gladness
    416    We will rise up
    437    God’s time
    454    Your God will come
    200    In you is gladness
    210    O for a thousand tongues to sing
    275    Hail to the Lord’s anointed
    282    The voice of God goes out to all the world
    647    Comfort, comfort all my people
    663    Isaiah the prophet has written of old

    Second reading: James 5:7-10

    17      Come, Thou long-expected Jesus G6
    185    Sun of righteousness divine*
    260    Lord Jesus Christ, with us abide*
    390    Wait, my soul, with patience*
    490    O Son of God, we wait for Thee*
    731    Come, Lord Jesus, come GS
    736    O Saviour, rend the heavens wide
    20       Come, Lord Jesus, come
    187    Help us, Lord
    221    They were waiting
    300    Everyone should be quick to listen
    302    Soon and very soon
    272    Come, thou long-expected Jesus
    276    There’s a light upon the mountains

    Gospel: Matthew 11:2-11

    1         Hark, a herald voice is calling* G7
    13      On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry G4
    14      Let the earth now praise the Lord* G4
    159    O for a thousand tongues to sing* G5
    221    They were waiting
    313    Christ, be our light
    389    Light of the nations
    441    Jesus was sent
    450    When Jesus Christ worked here on earth
    210    O for a thousand tongues to sing
    264    Hark! a herald voice is calling
    270    On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry

    Psalm 146:5-10

    Below are two metrical paraphrases of this psalm by David Schütz. If reproducing either of these versions, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm. The first may be sung to either the tune Adelaide (LH 461) or the tune Laudes Domini (TIS 227).

    When mortal breath is gone,
    and strength returns to dust,
    all human plans will end;
    but Jacob’s God keeps faith –
    he made the earth and sky
    and all that they contain!

    He gives the hungry food,
    and justice to the poor,
    and sets the prisoners free.
    The righteous know his love.
    He lifts up those weighed down,
    and makes the blind to see.

    He cares for refugees,
    for widows, orphans too,
    but all who hate him fall!
    Forever Zion’s God
    is king of all the earth.
    O praise the Lord, my soul!

    The second version may be sung to the tune of ‘Now the green blade rises’ (LHS 764, ATN 15, TIS 382)

    Blest are those who find their help in Jacob’s God.
    Blest are those whose hope is in the Lord their God.
    He made the sky, the sea, and all the earth.
    He is always faithful, always keeps his word.

    The Lord feeds the hungry, sets the prisoner free,
    by his healing power the blind are made to see.
    He gives his justice to all those oppressed,
    lifts up those bowed down, and loves all righteousness.

    Strangers, widows, orphans, know his loving grace.
    But he brings to ruin every wicked way.
    The Lord will reign forever, Zion’s God.
    Through all generations, praise the Lord our God!

2 comments to Sunday 12 December, 2010- Third Sunday of Advent, Year A

  • Anne Maddern

    Many thanks. I used to struggle to find the relevant Sunday to choose songs to play for the service. I am not a top notch organist/pianist and have to choose songs which I am capable of playing. Please keep up the good work. Anne (St Matthews, Maryborough Qld)

  • Russell Briese

    Have seen this for the first time, and an already-completed document like this will be a great help for many,
    a thought: why not list the coming Sunday at the top of the page, and subsequent below?
    also: why not stick to the ecumenical formatting for the psalm, as eg in TIS, ie refrain by leader, repeated by all, and each verse by leader followed by refrain by all (ie refrain need not be at end of each verse for leader)
    overall great