Sunday 14 December, 2014 – Third 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 61:1-4, 8-11 The good news of God’s deliverance
    PSALM Psalm 126
    OR Luke 1:[46b]47-55 Song of Mary (Magnificat)*For musical settings of these Psalms, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 Ready for the coming of the Lord
    GOSPEL John 1:6-8, 19-28 He who comes after me stands among you
  • 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 all readings: Pr Stephen Pietsch
    Based on first reading: NEW Pr Vince Gerhardy
    Based on gospel reading: edited for lay reading sermon – john 1 6-8 – year b – advent 3 ; NEW Pr Peter Ghalayini ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon – john 1 6-8 19-28 – year b – advent 3
  • Orders of service:
    Advent 3B  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
    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.
    Thank you, Lord Jesus, the Light,
    for coming into the world and shining on us.
    Help us to believe in you and follow you.
    Amen.
  • Offering prayer:
    Lord,
    lead us gladly to listen to the message
    you have sent about your Son,
    and to receive him with faith and joy.
    Help us live our lives in union with Christ,
    praying, giving thanks, doing good, and shunning evil.
    Amen.
  • Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer:Prayer of the Church- Advent 3B
  • 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 61:1-4, 8-11
    LHS

    5    O bride of Christ, rejoice* G4 (mod – TIS 336)
    8    Rise, children of the kingdom* (alt tune 107, G4)
    9    Hark the glad sound G6 (mod – TIS 269)
    10    O how shall I receive Thee* G3
    13    On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry G4 (mod – TIS 270)
    16    Hail to the Lord’s Anointed G6 (mod – TIS 275)
    17    Come, thou long-expected Jesus G6
    67    And can it be, that I should gain (alt tune Sagina TIS 209)
    219    Jesus shall reign G3 (mod – TIS 207)
    327    Jesus, Thy blood and righteousness* G3
    386    In Thee is gladness* G7 (mod – TIS 200)
    489    Rejoice, rejoice, believers* G4
    731    Come, Lord Jesus, come GS
    737    Prepare the royal highway G4
    TIS
    179    Praise with joy the world’s Creator
    193    God, you are clothed with light
    200    In you is gladness
    207    Jesus shall reign
    209    And can it be
    210    O for a thousand tongues
    269    Hark! the glad sound
    270    On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry
    272    Come, thou long-expected Jesus
    275    Hail to the Lord’s anointed
    282    The voice of God goes out to all the world
    336    O bride of Christ, rejoice
    346    Prepare the royal highway (see LHS 737 for verse 5)
    670    Jesus put this song
    688    Come to be our hope, O Jesus
    AT
    20    Come, Lord Jesus, come
    130    I am covered over
    221    They were waiting
    253    He turned my mourning into dancing
    258    Jesus put this song
    364    In you is gladness
    389    Light of the nations
    450    When Jesus Christ worked here on earth
    454    Your God will come

    Second reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24
    LHS

    Most songs of praise plus the following:
    397    Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us* G4
    402    Rejoice, my heart, be glad and sing* G6
    425    Lord, teach us how to pray aright
    437    Now thank we all our God *G6 (mod – TIS 106)
    443    Through all the changing scenes of life (mod – TIS 112)
    457    Mighty God, we praise Thy name G6 (see TIS 127 for fuller text)
    467    For the beauty of the earth (mod – TIS 137)
    489    Rejoice, rejoice, believers* G4
    865    God will take care of us G6
    887    We praise you, O God, our redeemer, creator
    TIS
    106    Now thank we all our God
    112    Through all the changing scenes of life
    127    Holy God, we praise your name (Te Deum)
    137    For the beauty of the earth
    162    Thank you for giving me the morning
    220    This, this is the God we adore
    580    Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us
    717    Give thanks with a joyful heart
    743    Praise and thanksgiving let everyone bring
    Anon song: Rejoice in the Lord always
    AT
    2    This is the day
    8    Praise and thanksgiving
    151    Thank you, Father
    235    In your hand, my Saviour
    254    I give you my joys and my sorrows
    265    Take us now, we are yours
    289    Thank you that you hear me

    Gospel: John 1:6-8, 19-28
    LHS

    6    Ye sons of men, in earnest* G3
    12    Comfort, comfort ye My people* G4
    13    On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry G4 (mod – TIS 270)
    14    Let the earth now praise the Lord* G4
    737    Prepare the royal highway G4
    783    Christ is the world’s light G6
    790    O Lord of light who made the stars (alt tune 346, G5 or 789, G6)
    TIS
    191    Hail, gladdening light
    246    Christ is the world’s light
    270    On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry
    346    Prepare the royal highway (see LHS 737 for verse 5)
    643   I want to walk as a child of the light
    AT
    313    Christ be our light
    315    Drawn to the light
    389    Light of the nations

    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 126
    Below is a metrical version by David Schütz, which may be sung to the tune Ode to joy (LHS 895, TIS 152). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

    When the Lord restored Jerus’lem,
    then we were like those who dream,
    then our mouths were filled with laughter,
    and our tongues with shouts of joy.
    Then they said among the nations,
    ‘See, the Lord has worked for them.’
    Yes, the lord has done this for us,
    we rejoice and sing his praise!

    Like a river in the desert,
    Lord, restore us once again.
    May all those who sow with weeping
    harvest with great shouts of joy.
    Those who bore their seed in sorrow,
    going out to sow in tears,
    will return with shouts of gladness,
    bringing in their sheaves of grain.

    Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings – Psalm 126 p218 , Psalm 126 p220 , Psalm 126 p221 , Psalm 126 p222

    SONG OF MARY (MAGNIFICAT)
    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, slighty 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’.

    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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