Sunday 30 November, 2014 – First Sunday of Advent, Year B

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  Isaiah 64:1-9 Open the heavens and come down!
    PSALM Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19*For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 As you wait for Christ’s return
    GOSPEL Mark 13:24-37 No one knows the day or the hour
  • 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 first reading: Pr Roger Atze ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon – isaiah 64 5-9 – year b – advent 1
    Based on second reading and psalm: Pr Heath Pukallus
    Based on gospel reading: edited for lay reading sermon – mark 13 24-37 – year b – advent 1 ; NEW Pr Peter Ghalayini ; NEW Pr Vince Gerhardy
  • Orders of service:
    Advent 1B  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
    Traditional
    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.
    Amen.

    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.
    Amen.

    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.
    Amen.

    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.
    Amen.

  • Prayer after the gospel
    This is the gospel of the Lord.
    Praise to you, O Christ.
    Thank you, Lord Jesus, for promising to return.
    Help us always to keep watching
    and to be awake and ready.
    Amen.

  • Offering prayer
    Lord, help us always to remember
    that Christ has promised to return.
    Keep us faithful to him,
    doing the work you have given us to do,
    until he comes to take us to himself.
    Amen.
  • Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church- Advent 1B
  • Visual images for the day: 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 64:1-9
    LHS

    1    Hark ! A herald voice is calling* G7 (mod – TIS 264)
    11    The advent of our King G4 (mod – TIS 271)
    15    Jesus came – the heavens adoring* G6
    17    Come, Thou long-expected Jesus G6
    154    Amazing love that rent the heavens* G4
    731    Come, Lord Jesus, come GS
    735    Jesus comes with clouds descending G7 (see also TIS 273)
    736    O Saviour, rend the heavens wide
    TIS
    264    Hark ! A herald voice is calling
    271    The advent of our God
    272    Come, thou long-expected Jesus
    273    Lo! he comes with clouds descending
    AT
    20    Come, Lord Jesus, come
    354    Change my heart, O God

    Second reading: 1 Corinthians 1:3-9
    LHS

    4    Once He came in blessing* G4 (mod – TIS 197)
    323    Blessed are the sons of our God* G4
    334    Lord, ’tis not that I did choose Thee* G3
    490    O Son of God, we wait for Thee* G3
    TIS
    197    God’s Son came to bless us
    AT
    329    Jesus, God’s righteousness fulfilled (This kingdom)
    502    Patiently waiting for you

    Gospel: Mark 13:24-37
    LHS

    1    Hark ! A herald voice is calling* G7 (mod – TIS 264)
    11    The advent of our king G4 (mod – TIS 271)
    15    Jesus came – the heavens adoring* G6
    180    Wake arise, wake arise (vv 1,2,4,6,7) G4
    338    Rise, my soul, to watch and pray G4
    342    Watch, my soul, and pray* G4
    487    Wake, awake for night is flying
    490    O Son of God, we wait for Thee* G3
    735    Jesus comes with clouds descending G7 (mod – TIS 273)
    736    O Saviour, rend the heavens wide
    TIS
    264    Hark ! A herald voice is calling
    271    The advent of our God
    273    Lo! he comes with clouds descending
    AT
    303    Stay awake and watch for me
    309    When the Lord returns
    337    The grass withers
    395    Stay with me

    GENERAL ADVENT HYMNS
    LHS
    18   Lift up your heads (see also TIS 267)
    489    Rejoice, rejoice believers*

    OTHER ADVENT SONGS (AT)
    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 80
    The hymns ‘O come, O come Immanuel’ (LH 2, TIS 265), ‘The king of love my shepherd is’ (LH 391*, TIS 145), and ‘Saviour, like a shepherd lead us’ (LH 604*), as well as the song ‘Help, O Lord, the thrown away’ (AT 272), are partly based on 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 p131Psalm 80 p132

    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.
    Together to Celebrate: lectionary based song and hymn suggestions from a variety of sources.
    Singing from the Lectionary: has song and hymn suggestions based on the RCL from other hymnals.
    Song Select: you can search for more contemporary songs 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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