Sunday 7 December, 2014 – Second Sunday of Advent, Year B

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 40:1-11 Prepare the way of the Lord
    PSALM Psalm 85:1,2,8-13*For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING 2 Peter 3:8-15a The day of the Lord
    GOSPEL Mark 1:1-8 John the Baptist prepares the way
  • 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 Mark Greenthaner
    Based on second reading: Pr Heath Pukallus
    Based on gospel reading: edited for lay reading sermon – mark 1 1-8 – year b – advent 2 ; NEW Pr Lloyd Boughen (sermon based on John 1 but still suitable for this Sunday) ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon – mark 1v1-8 – year b – advent 2
  • Orders of service:
    Advent 2B  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
    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.
    Thank you, Lord Jesus,
    for sending John the Baptist
    to announce your coming to save people.
    Help us to repent and believe in you.

  • Offering prayer
    Lord, lead us to show in our lives,
    by our repentance and faith,
    that we are your people.
    As you have made us holy,
    help us to live holy lives,
    dedicated to you,
    preparing the way for your coming.
  • Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer:Prayer of the Church- Advent 2B
  • 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 40:1-11

    12    Comfort, comfort ye My people* G4
    75    We sing the praise of Him who died G5 (see TIS 347 for lower setting)
    159    O for a thousand tongues to sing* G5 (also see TIS 210 for extra verses)
    273    We have a sure prophetic word G7
    431    My soul, now bless thy Maker* G6
    440    Sing praise to God who reigns above G3 (mod – TIS 110)
    732    Comfort, comfort all my people G5
    737    Prepare the royal highway G4
    822    God has spoken by his prophets G6
    824    Your Word, O Lord, is gentle dew G7
    832    The gentle Shepherd calls (baptism) GS
    110    Sing praise to God who reigns above
    158    God has spoken by his prophets
    183    Sing of the Lord’s goodness
    210    O for a thousand tongues to sing
    276    There’s a light upon the mountain
    346    Prepare the royal highway (see LHS 737 for verse 5)
    347    We sing the praise of him who died
    647    Comfort, comfort all my people
    25    Comfort, comfort all my people (also TIS 647)
    337    The grass withers
    470    I’m so secure
    486    Let’s praise the Lord

    Second reading : 2 Peter 3:8-15a

    4    Once He came in blessing* G4 (mod – TIS 197)
    10    O how shall I receive Thee* G3
    193    Jesus, with Thy Church abide* G9 (alt tune 82, G5)
    314    Turn, Lord, Thine anger, and in mercy G4
    464    Songs of praise the angels sang G6
    485    The day is surely drawing near* G5
    490    O Son of God, we wait for Thee* G3
    735    Jesus comes with clouds descending G7 (see TIS 273)
    850    O Father, my Father, I call on your name GS
    197    God’s Son came to bless us
    273    Lo! he comes with clouds descending
    444    Dear Shepherd of your people, hear
    616    O day of God

    6    O Father, my Father
    126    The light of Christ
    187    Help us, Lord, to wait for you
    221    They were waiting
    303    Stay awake and watch for me
    308    We are called to follow Jesus
    309    When the Lord returns
    345    Nothing but the blood
    427    God’s time

    Gospel : Mark 1:1-8

    1    Hark, a herald voice is calling* G7
    6    Ye sons of men in earnest* G3
    13    On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry G4 (mod – TIS 270)
    264    Hark! a herald voice is calling
    270    On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry
    289    Christmas is coming (vv 1,2,3)
    636    God has spoken to his people

    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 85
    Below is a metrical version by David Schütz of Psalm 85:1,2,8-13, which may be sung to the tune Ave virgo (LH 469, TIS 391). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

    Lord, you have been merciful
    to your land of Israel;
    and you give prosperity
    to the tribes of Jacob.
    You forgave the sinfulness
    of your wayward people;
    you have pardoned all their wrongs
    and restored their fortune.

    Let me hear what God will say –
    say to all his faithful.
    He will speak his peace to us –
    peace to all who trust him.
    His salvation now is near –
    near to all who fear him.
    He in glory comes to us –
    comes and makes his dwelling.

    Love and faithfulness will meet –
    meet in peace and justice.
    Faithfulness will spring from earth,
    righteousness from heaven.
    God will give us what is good
    and our land will prosper.
    Righteousness will pave his way
    as he comes to save us.

    Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings – Psalm 85 p140 , Psalm 85 p141

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    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.
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    Hymns Without Words: mp3 downloads of hymn tunes.

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