Sunday 22 December, 2013 – Fourth 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 fourth candle:

    (The  reader or children could read the part in normal print, and the congregation respond with the bold print).
    To all who received the true light,
    who believed in his name,
    he gave power to become children of God.
    The true light, who enlightens everyone,
    was coming into the world.

    Lord Jesus, light of the world,
    we bless you for Gabriel who brought the good news;
    we bless you for Mary, who became your mother.
    Bless your church as it prepares for Christmas;
    and bless us your children who long for your coming.
  • Altar colour: Violet/Blue
  • Bible readings:
    FIRST Reading Isaiah 7:10-16 A virgin will conceive
    PSALM Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19
    SECOND READING Romans 1:1-7 Jesus, son of David, Son of God
    GOSPEL Matthew 1:18-25 God’s call to Joseph
  • 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 1 18-25 – year a – advent 4 ; Pr Vince GerhardyPr Roger Atze
    Based on first reading: Pr Stephen Pietsch;
  • Orders of service:
    Advent 4  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, O Lord, your power and come;
    and support us by your great might,
    so that, as we are hindered by our sins,
    your grace and forgiveness
    may help and hasten us on our way;
    for you live and reign
    with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.

    OR, modernised traditional
    Stir up your power and come, Lord.
    Support and help us,
    so that what is hindered by our sins
    may be hastened by your great mercy.
    For you live and reign
    with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.

    OR, new (revised alternative)
    (Let us pray for God to be with us. [silence])
    Thank you, loving heavenly Father,
    for coming with power to the Virgin Mary
    and making her the mother of our Lord.
    Come to us with your Holy Spirit,
    so that we receive your saving word
    and rejoice in our Saviour.
    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.
    Thank you, Lord Jesus, for being born of Mary by the Holy Spirit.
    Help us to believe that you came to be with us
    to save us from our sins.
  • Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church- Advent 4A

  • Offering prayer:
    Eternal Lord,
    we thank you that you sent your Son Jesus
    to be with us and to save us.
    Teach us to live as your people
    and to serve you joyfully,
    as we look forward to the coming of Jesus.

  • 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 7:10-16
    2       O come, O come, Immanuel G7
    17    Come, Thou long-expected Jesus G6
    19    Come, Thou Saviour of our race* G4
    28    Immanuel, we sing Thy praise* (vv 1,2) G4
    17     Emmanuel, God is with us
    157    Jesus, name above all names
    514   Emmanuel Carol
    265    O come, O come, Emmanuel
    272    Come, thou long-expected Jesus
    283    Long ago, prophets knew
    295    Saviour of the nations, come

    Second reading: Romans 1:1-7
    14       Let the earth now praise the Lord* G4
    16       Hail to the Lord’s Anointed G6
    232    Rise, Thou light of gentile nations (vv 1,2,3)* G4
    733    Daughter of Zion, O rejoice G6
    133    Jesus set us free
    308    We are called to follow Jesus
    349    There is a redeemer
    241    So God loved the people of the world
    275    Hail to the Lord’s anointed

    Gospel: Matthew 1:18-25
    2       O come, O come, Immanuel G7
    15    Jesus came – the heavens adoring* G6
    17    Come, Thou long-expected Jesus G6
    19    Come, Thou Saviour of our race*G4
    35    To the name of our salvation
    36    Jesus, name of wondrous love*
    156    Jesus our Saviour, of true joy the giver* G3
    782    At the name of Jesus G7
    17     Emmanuel, God is with us
    58    Praise the name of Jesus
    141    Mary’s child
    157    Jesus, name above all names
    451    Saviour of the world
    520   Star child
    208    Jesus has come, and brings joy as our Saviour
    231    At the name of Jesus
    265    O come, O come, Emmanuel
    272    Come, thou long-expected Jesus
    277    He who by a mother’s love
    295    Saviour of the nations, come
    328    Joseph, your love of life brought an engagement

    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 80
    Here is a metrical paraphrase by David Schütz of Psalm 80:1-7,17-19, which could be sung to the tune Nativity (LH 627 ,TIS 204) or Evan (LH 68ii). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

    Shepherd of Israel, hear us now;
    you once were Joseph’s guide.
    Enthroned on cherubim, shine forth:
    stir up your saving might.

    Restore us once again, O God,
    and show your smiling face.
    O Lord of hosts, how long will you
    be angry with our prayers?

    You fill our cups with grief, and give
    us bread of tears to eat.
    Our neighbours laugh at us with scorn,
    and smile at our defeat.

    Restore us once again, O God,
    and show your smiling face;
    O God of power, O God of might,
    show us your saving grace.

    Give blessing to the one who sits
    with you at your right hand;
    and give strength to your chosen one,
    the promised Son of Man.

    Give us again your gift of life,
    and we will praise your name.
    Restore us, God, and let your face
    shine on us once again.

    Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 80 p131 , Psalm 80 p132

    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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