Sunday 29 November, 2015 – First Sunday of Advent, Year C

Happy New Church Year (and Happy 5th Birthday to the LCA Worship Planning Page)!

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.

For more Advent ideas click here.

  • Altar colour: Blue or Violet
  • Bible readings:
    FIRST READING  Jeremiah 33:14-16 A righteous descendant of David as king.
    PSALM Psalm 25:1-10 *For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13 May God continue to bless you
    GOSPEL Luke 21:25-36 Signs of the end of the age
  • 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  reading: Pr Tim Stringer ; edited for lay reading sermon – luke 21 25-36 – year c – advent 1 ; NEW Pr Heath Pukallus ; NEW Pr Peter Ghalayini ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon – luke 21 25-36 – year c – advent 1new
    Based on second reading: Pr David Christian
  • Opening Sentences:
    The days are surely coming, says the Lord,
    when I will fulfil the promise I made to the house of Israel
    and the house of Judah.
    (Jer 33:14 NRSV)

    OR
    Stand up and raise your heads,
    because your salvation is near.
    (Luke 21:28b TEV)

    OR
    Here is your God.
    He will come to save you.

  • Orders of service:
    Advent readings and carols (for an evening service any time during Advent)
    Advent 1C  Sunday Word & Prayer ( pdf / doc / ppt )
    Service of the Word (pdf / rtf / ppt)
    Morning Praise (pdf / rtf / ppt)
    Service without communion (pdf / doc / ppt)
    Service orders with holy communion
    Service with communion (page 6) (pdf / doc / ppt)
    Alternative form A (page 58) (pdf / doc/ ppt)
    Sing the Feast (Chataway) (pdf / doc/ ppt)
    Simplified Spoken (pdf / doc/ ppt)
    Service with Five Songs of Faith (pdf / rtf/ 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.
    Lord Jesus, thank you for promising to return
    and bring your salvation.
    Help us to be watchful and to trust in you.
    Amen.

  • Offering Prayer:
    Great God, keep us faithful
    as we wait for the return of your Son as king.
    Help us not to get so caught up in the concerns of this life
    that we forget about the things that really matter.
    Keep us trusting in you,
    watching and praying,
    and loving one another and all people.
    Amen.

  • Prayer of the Church (General Prayer): Prayer of the Church – Advent 1C
  • Resources for services with Holy Communion
    PREFACE
    It is indeed right and good,
    Lord God, holy Father,
    that we should at all times and in all places
    give thanks to you,
    through Jesus Christ our Lord.
    You fulfilled your promise to comfort your people
    by sending Jesus the Redeemer,
    and to make all things new through him
    when he comes to judge the world
    and set it right.
    And so, with angels and archangels,
    and with all the company of heaven,
    we adore and praise your glorious name:

    COMMUNION INVITATION
    Blessed are those who have been invited
    to the wedding feast of the Lamb.
    (Thanks be to God.)
    Come, everything is ready.

    PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

    We give you thanks, almighty God,
    that you have fed us with this promise of salvation.
    We pray that through it
    you would graciously strengthen us
    in faith toward you and in love toward one another,
    so that we may be prepared
    for the coming of Jesus Christ our Saviour.
    For he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.  
    Amen.

    Or the third prayer of the day (as listed above) may be used at this point. It may be modified as follows.

    Cleanse our consciences, Lord,
    and enlighten our hearts,
    through the gift of the body and blood
    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.

    SEASONAL BLESSING
    This seasonal blessing is used together with (ie before) the usual blessing in the order of service.

    Christ, the Sun of Righteousness, shine on you and make you ready to meet him when he comes in glory . . .

    OR, the following words from the second reading may be used this Sunday:

    May the Lord make you increase and abound
    in love for one another and for all.
    And may he so strengthen your hearts in holiness
    that you may be blameless before our God and Father
    at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints . . .
    (1 Thess 3:12a,13 NRSV)

    DISMISSAL
    Go in peace, strengthened by the Lord.
    Thanks be to God.
    OR In the name of Christ. Amen.

  • 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: Jeremiah 33:14-16
    LHS

    2    O come, O come, Immanuel G7 (also TIS 265)
    17    Come, Thou long-expected Jesus G6 (also TIS 272)
    390    Wait, my soul, with patience* G3
    AT
    221    They were waiting
    TIS
    265    O come, O come Emmanuel
    272    Come, thou long-expected Jesus

    Second reading: 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13
    LHS

    346    Forth in Thy name, O Lord, I go G5 (modernised TIS 571)
    811    Praise and thanksgiving GS (also TIS 627)
    813    For strength to work till close of day
    814    For the fruits of his creation  G6 (also TIS 168)
    870    Lord of all hopefulness G6 (also TIS 613)
    AT
    230    Christ the worker
    405    Lord of all hopefulness
    TIS
    168    For the fruits of all creation
    571    Forth in your name, O Lord, I go
    613    Lord of all hopefulness
    627    Praise and thanksgiving
    634    All who love and serve your city

    Gospel: Luke 21:25-36
    LHS

    1    Hark, a herald voice is calling* G7 (also TIS 264)
    4    Once He came in blessing * G4 (modernised TIS 197)
    11    The advent of our King G4 (also TIS 271)
    15    Jesus came – the heavens adoring* G6
    18    Lift up your heads (modernised TIS 267)
    47    Songs of thankfulness and praise (v 4)* G4
    338    Rise, my soul, to watch and pray (vv 1,5,6) G4
    487   Wake, awake for night is flying (modernised TIS 266)
    735    Jesus comes with clouds descending G7 (also TIS 273)
    AT
    309    When the Lord returns
    420    Get ready
    434    Sing out with joy, he is coming
    TIS
    197    God’s Son came to bless us
    264    Hark! a herald voice is calling
    266   Wake, awake for night is flying
    267   Lift up your heads
    271    The advent of our God (omit v 3)
    273    Lo! he comes with clouds descending
    315    Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord

    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
    619   Life Overflowing
    648   Advent Lamb of God
    677   Lord, now let your servant depart

    PSALM 25
    Below is a metrical paraphrase by David Schütz of Psalm 25:1-10, which may be sung to the tune Die Sach ist dein, LH 228. If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

    To you, O Lord, I lift my soul.
    My God, in you I trust.
    Do not let me be put to shame;
    don’t let my foes rejoice.
    Do not let those who wait for you
    be disappointed in their hope.
    Let them be disappointed who
    have openly rejected you.
    Show me your ways,
    O Lord, teach me your paths.

    Teach me and lead me in your truth,
    my Saviour and my God;
    I wait for you the whole day long,
    do not forget me, Lord.
    Be mindful of your mercy, Lord,
    and of your steadfast love of old.
    Forget and wipe away my sins
    according to your steadfast love.
    Remember me,
    Lord, for your goodness’ sake.

    The Lord my God is good and just;
    therefore he shows the way
    to sinners who return to him
    and those with humble hearts.
    He shows the humble what is right,
    and teaches them to know his will.
    The paths of God are steadfast love
    and faithfulness for those who keep
    his covenant
    and listen to his word.

    Music Resources Vol. 3- Psalm settings : Psalm 25 p41Psalm 25 p42Psalm 25 p43

  • 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.
    Song and Hymn Index. Contains all the indexes of the LHS and AT books in one Excel file. Download the file (zip file) here.
    NEW! Metrical Psalms
    by Dale Schoening : Psalms set to well known hymn tunes.

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