Sunday 15 December, 2013- 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.

  • 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.

    OR

    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.
    Amen.
  • 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 reading sermon – isaiah 35 1-10 – year a – advent 3
  • Orders of service:
    Advent 3  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
    Traditional
    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.
    Amen.

    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.
    Amen.

    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.
    Amen.

    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.
    Amen.

  • Prayer after the gospel:
    This is the gospel of the Lord.
    Praise to you, O Christ.
    Lord Jesus Christ, thank you for coming as the promised Messiah.
    Help us to receive you in joyful faith.
    Amen.
  • Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church- Advent 3A

  • Offering prayer:
    Our loving heavenly Father,
    we thank you for all the good things you have given us.
    Teach us to serve you with patience
    and with compassion to one another and all people.
    Amen.

  • 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 35:1-10
    LHS
    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
    AT
    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
    TIS
    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
    LHS
    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
    AT
    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
    TIS
    272    Come, thou long-expected Jesus
    276    There’s a light upon the mountains

    Gospel: Matthew 11:2-11
    LHS
    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
    AT
    221    They were wating
    313    Christ, be our light
    389    Light of the nations
    441    Jesus was sent
    450    When Jesus Christ worked here on earth
    TIS
    210    O for a thousand tongues to sing
    264    Hark! a herald voice is calling
    270    On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry

    OTHER  ALL TOGETHER SONGS SUITABLE FOR ADVENT
    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 146
    TIS 90 ‘I’ll praise my maker while I’ve breath’ and LH 450 ‘Praise the Almighty, my soul’ are based on Psalm 146.

    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!

    Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 146 p241 , Psalm 146 p242 , Psalm 146 p243

    SONG OF MARY
    A setting may be found on page 50 of the Supplement; other settings are provided in LH 656-658.

    The following paraphrased text for the Song of Mary is from Evening Praise in Worship Today, by David Schubert, slightly revised. If a traditional hymn tune is desired, it may be sung to the tune ‘Wer weiss wie nahe’ (Hamburg), LH 568, or even ‘O come, O come Immanuel’, LH 2, TIS 265.

    My soul proclaims how great the Lord,
    and I rejoice in God who saves,
    for he  has looked on me with love,
    and all from now will call me blest.
    The Lord has done great things for me,
    and holy is the name of God.

    God’s mercy lasts from age to age,
    for everyone who honours him.
    With his own arm he’s shown his strength,
    and put to flight the proud of heart.
    He’s pulled the mighty from their thrones,
    the humble have been lifted high.

    God’s filled the hungry with good things,
    sent off the rich with empty hands.
    He’s come to give his people help
    as he had promised those of old.
    God’s shown his love to Abraham,
    and his descendants evermore.

    Below is an adaptation of this song in 8888 metre, for which there are many tunes, eg LH 364, TIS 559, O Jesus Christe, wahres Licht; LH 321, TIS 213(ii), Melcombe; LH 346 Angels’ Song; LH 327, TIS 583, O Jesu Christ, meins Lebens Licht; LH 433, TIS 59, Old Hundredth; LH 227, TIS 98, Church Triumphant; LH 75, TIS 139, Bow Brickhill.

    My soul proclaims how great the Lord,
    and I rejoice in God who saves,
    for he has looked on me with love,
    and all from now will call me blest.

    The Lord has done great things for me
    and holy is the name of God.
    God’s mercy lasts from age to age
    for everyone who honours him.

    With his own arm he’s shown his strength,
    and put to flight the proud of heart.
    He’s pulled the mighty from their thrones,
    the humble have been lifted high.

    God’s filled the hungry with good things,
    sent off the rich with empty hands.
    He’s come to give his people help
    as he had promised those of old.

    God’s shown his love to Abraham
    and his descendants evermore.
    God’s mercy lasts from age to age
    for everyone who honours him.

    Other song paraphrases of the Song of Mary may be found in LHS 903, TIS 161,’Tell out my soul’; ATE 260, ‘My soul is praising the Lord’; TIS 172, ‘My soul gives glory to my God’; and TIS 173, ‘My soul gives glory to the Lord’.

    NEW! : OTHER HELPFUL WEBSITES FOR CHURCH MUSIC
    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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