Sunday 8 December, 2013 – Second 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.

  • Advent wreath:
    Suggested prayers and responses following the lighting of the second candle:
    (The  reader or children could read the part in normal print, and the congregation respond with the bold print).

    The true light came to those who belonged to him,
    and his own people did not accept him.
    The true light, who enlightens everyone,

    was coming into the world.


    Lord Jesus, you are the light of the world.
    The prophets foretold
    that you would bring peace to the world
    and save your people.
    Bring peace to our hearts,
    and show God’s love to all people.
  • Altar colour: Violet/Blue
  • Bible readings:
    FIRST Reading Isaiah 11:1-10 The longed-for Messiah
    PSALM Psalm 72:1-7,18,19
    SECOND READING Romans 15:4-13 Good news for the Gentiles
    GOSPEL Matthew 3:1-12 The kingdom of heaven is at hand!
  • 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: edited for lay reading sermon – matthew 3 1-8 – year a – advent 2; Pr Roger Atze
    Based on first reading: Pr Allan Heppner; Pr Vince Gerhardy
  • Orders of service:
    Advent 2 Sunday Word & Prayer (ppt/ pdf/ doc)
    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 our hearts, O Lord,
    to prepare the way for your only Son,
    so that by his coming
    we may be enabled to serve you
    with pure minds;
    through your Son,
    Jesus Christ our Lord,
    who lives and reigns
    with you and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.

    OR, modernised traditional
    Stir up our hearts, Lord,
    to prepare the way for your only Son.
    Help us by his coming
    to serve you with pure hearts and minds.
    We ask this through your Son,
    Jesus Christ our Lord,
    who lives and reigns
    with you and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.

    OR, new (revised alternative)
    (Let us pray that we are ready for Christ’s coming. [silence])
    Merciful God,
    you sent your messengers to preach repentance
    and prepare the way for our salvation.
    Turn us away from our sins,
    so that we greet our coming redeemer,
    Jesus Christ, with joy.
    For he lives
    with you and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.

  • Prayer after the gospel:
    This is the gospel of the Lord.
    Praise to you, O Christ.
    Lord Jesus, thank you for coming
    and bringing the kingdom of heaven.
    Lead us to repent, and fill us with your Spirit.
  • Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church- Advent 2A

  • Offering prayer:
    Great and loving God,
    we thank you for all your goodness.
    Help us to prepare a road for you
    by the way we live.
    Use us and our gifts
    in building up your kingdom.

  • Visual images: His Word in Pictures
  • Song/Hymn suggestions: * =  Modernised version available (please click here to go to the Modernised hymns page);G3, G4 . . . =  Guitar chords available in the Music Package 3, 4 . . .; GS =  Guitar chords in the Supplement to LH
    First reading: Isaiah 11:1-10
    2            O come, O come, Immanuel G7
    8            Rise, children of the kingdom* (alt tune 107, G4)
    16          Hail to the Lord’s Anointed G6
    147         O Morning Star so bright and fair* G3
    156         Jesus our Saviour, of true joy the giver* G3
    513         Peace to soothe all grief and woe G5
    514         Saviour, again to Thy dear name we raise* G7
    572         O God of love, O king of peace* G5
    739         When the King shall come again G4
    220         There’ll be peace
    221         They were waiting
    313         Christ, be our light
    359         Holy Spirit, living water
    199         Lord Jesus, our bright Morning Star
    208         Jesus has come, and brings joy as our Saviour
    265         O come, O come, Emmanuel
    275         Hail to the Lord’s anointed
    282         The voice of God goes out to all the world
    663         Isaiah the prophet has written of old

    Second reading: Romans 15:4-13
    344         Our God is love, and all His saints* G6
    355         May we Thy precepts, Lord, fulfil* G3
    587         O happy home, where Thou art loved the dearest G7
    797         Blest be the tie that binds GS
    798         Eternal Ruler of the ceaseless round G6
    799         In Christ there is no east or west G7
    800         May we be one GS
    802         One family, we’re together GS
    803         Peace with the Father G7
    870         Lord of all hopefulness G6
    892         Hear us now, our God and Father G3
    62          One family
    172         May we be one
    174         Bind us together
    180         A time for building bridges
    388         One body
    405         Lord of all hopefulness
    408         May the Lord bless you today
    448         Loving Spirit
    248         When Christ was lifted from the earth
    459         In Christ there is no east or west
    466         Peace with the Father
    581         Happy the home that welcomes you, Lord Jesus
    613         Lord of all hopefulness
    623         Lord Christ, true peace of all above
    648         Help us accept each other
    678         God beyond glory

    Gospel: Matthew 3:1-12
    12          Comfort, comfort ye My people* G4
    13          On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry G4
    192        Bowed low in supplication
    305       Today Thy mercy calls us* G3
    316        Smite me not in anger, Lord G4
    737       Prepare the royal highway G4
    850       O Father, my Father GS
    6            O Father, my Father
    327       Sorry
    331       Turn to me with all your heart
    332       We are sorry
    338       God in human shoes
    398       A child of God
    402       God has chosen me
    250         Christ, when for us you were baptized
    270         On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry
    289         Christmas is coming
    346         Prepare the royal highway


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

    PSALM 72
    A metrical version of Psalm 72:1-7,18,19, by David Schütz, is given here to be sung to the tune Dix (LH 40, TIS 314). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

    Give the King your justice, God,
    give his son your righteousness.
    With your righteous justice, Lord,
    he will act for those oppressed.
    So the fruit of justice spills
    from the mountains and the hills.

    He will crush those who oppress,
    use his power to save the poor.
    He’ll endure like sun and moon
    through the ages evermore.
    Like the rain upon the field,
    justice brings a prosperous yield.

    Praise be to the Lord our God,
    to the God of Israel,
    who alone does marvelous deeds,
    who alone does all things well.
    Praise be to his glorious name.
    Fill the whole earth with his fame.

    Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 72 p121 , Psalm 72 p122

    While the LCA does not necessarily endorse the content of these websites, you may find them helpful in your worship planning.
    Small Church Music: You can download mp3 and midi files of popular hymn tunes from this site.
    Singing from the Lectionary: has song and hymn suggestions based on the RCL from other hymnals.
    Song Select: you can search for more modern songs (eg. Hillsongs) by theme. If your congregation has a paid subscription you can also download sheet music.
    Hymns Without Words: mp3 downloads of hymn tunes.

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