Sunday 21 December, 2014 – Fourth 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  2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16 God’s promise to David
    PSALM Luke 1:[46b]47-55 Song of Mary (Magnificat)
    OR
    Psalm 89:1-4, 19-26 *For musical settings of these Psalms, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING Romans 16:25-27 God reveals his age-long purpose in Jesus
    GOSPEL Luke 1:26-38 God’s call to Mary
  • 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 the Song Of Mary: Pr Mark Greenthaner
    Based on gospel reading: edited for lay reading sermon – luke 1 26-38 – year b – advent 4 ; NEW Pr Vince Gerhardy (requires multimedia capability)
    Based on Psalm 89: NEW Pr Roger Atze
    Based on first reading : NEW edited for lay reading sermon – 2 samuel 7 1-11 – year b – advent 4
  • Orders of service:
    Advent 4B  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, 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.
    Amen.

    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.
    Amen.

    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.
    Amen.

  • Prayer after the gospel
    This is the gospel of the Lord.
    Praise to you, O Christ.
    Lord Jesus, thank you for showing favour
    to Mary and to us.
    Help us to trust in you as the Son of God.
    Amen.

  • Offering prayer:
    Lord, as Mary accepted your will,
    may we also accept your will
    and rejoice in Christ our Saviour.
    Let your good news change our lives,
    and make us trusting and obedient,
    always ready to serve you with all we are and all we have.
    Amen.
  • Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer:Prayer of the Church- Advent 4B
  • 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: 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16
    LHS

    2    O come, O come, Immanuel G7 (see TIS 265)
    5    O bride of Christ, rejoice* G4 (mod – TIS 336)
    17    Come, Thou long-expected Jesus G6
    186    I love Thy kingdom, God G4
    219    Jesus shall reign where’er the sun G3 (mod – TIS 207)
    457    Mighty God, we praise Thy name G6 (see TIS 127)
    TIS
    127    Holy God, we praise your name (Te Deum)
    134    Praise, my soul, the King of heaven
    207    Jesus shall reign where’er the sun
    265    O come, O come, Emmanuel
    272    Come, thou long-expected Jesus
    336    O bride of Christ, rejoice
    AT
    10    Your love surrounds me
    329    Jesus, God’s righteousness revealed

    Second reading: Romans 16:25-27
    LHS

    14    Let the earth now praise the Lord* G4
    28    Immanuel, we sing Thy praise* G4
    37    O wondrous type, O vision fair* G7
    45    Hail, Thou source of every blessing* G4
    215    Arise, O God, and shine G9
    822    God has spoken by his prophets G6
    TIS
    158    God has spoken by his prophets
    431    Thanks to God whose Word was spoken
    567    God of all power, and truth, and grace
    AT
    42    Now unto the King eternal
    329    Jesus, God’s righteousness revealed

    Gospel reading: Luke 1:26-38
    LHS

    2    O come, O come, Immanuel G7 (see TIS 265)
    19    Come, Thou Saviour of our race* G4 (mod – TIS 295)
    21    Of the Father’s love begotten G7 (mod – TIS 290)
    36    Jesus, name of wondrous love* G5
    147    O Morning Star, so bright and fair* G3 (mod – TIS 199)
    622   Behold a rose is growing (see also TIS 294)
    903   Tell out my soul (Mary’s song)
    TIS
    161   Tell out my soul (Mary’s song)
    199    Lord Jesus, our bright morning star
    265    O come, O come, Emmanuel
    283    Long ago, prophets knew
    287    No wind at the window
    290    Of the Father’s love begotten
    294    Behold a rose is growing
    295    Saviour of the nations, come
    302    The angel Gabriel
    AT

    GENERAL ADVENT HYMNS
    LHS
    627  Joy to the world (see also TIS 268)
    903  Tell out my soul (Mary’s song/ Magnificat) (see also TIS 161)

    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

    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’.

    PSALM 89
    TIS 46 I will sing for ever of your love, O Lord is a version of Psalm 89:1-6,13-16. There is also a version of Psalm 89 at ATA 152 by Karen Barrie that may be used for the psalm.

    Below is a metrical paraphrase by David Schütz of Psalm 89:1-4,19-26, which may be sung to the tune Yorkshire LH 625 / Stockport TIS 306. If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

    Lord, I proclaim your faithfulness to all,
    and I will sing forever of your love.
    For I declare, your love is always sure;
    your faithfulness is firm as heaven above.
    You made a promise to your chosen one,
    your servant David, and made firm his throne.

    And to your faithful people you have said:
    ‘I’ve set a youngster over mighty men.
    I’ve chosen David – he will be your king –
    and with my holy oil anointed him.
    My hand will give him help in all his ways,
    my arm will give him strength through all his days.

    ‘He shall not be defeated by his foes,
    for I will strike down those who hate his reign.
    My faithfulness and love will be with him,
    and he will be exalted in my name.
    He’ll rule the land from river to the sea.
    “You are my Father, God”, he’ll cry to me!’

    Music Resources Vol 3– Psalm settings- Psalm 89 p144 , Psalm 89 p145

    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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