Sunday 6 December, 2015 – Second Sunday of Advent, Year C

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  Malachi 3:1-4 The day of judgement is near
    PSALM Luke 1:68-79 Song of Zechariah *For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING Philippians 1:3-11 Be ready for the day of Christ
    GOSPEL Luke 3:1-6 All people will see the salvation of our God
  • 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 ; Pr Heath Pukallus ; edited for lay reading sermon – luke 3 1-6 – year c – advent 2 ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon – luke 3 1-6 – year c – advent 2 new
    Based on second reading: NEW Pr David Christian (please note the final 2 paragraphs are context specific and should be omitted when lay reading)
    Based on Song of Zechariah: NEW Pr Stephen van der Hoek
  • Opening Sentences:
    I will send my messenger to prepare the way for me.
    Then the Lord you are looking for will suddenly come to his temple.
    (Mal 3:1 TEV)

    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 2C  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
    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 coming to bring God’s salvation.
    Help us to prepare the way for your coming.

  • Offering Prayer:
    Loving God, lead us to listen
    to the message of your salvation
    and to live as your people,
    always ready for the day when Christ will return.
    Help us to use our time
    in service to you and to other people.

  • Prayer of the Church (General Prayer):  Prayer of the Church – Advent 2C
  • Resources for services with Holy Communion
    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:

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


    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.  

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

    Merciful God,
    you sent your messengers to preach repentance
    and prepare the way for our salvation.
    May the body and blood of Christ
    which we have received in this meal
    give us strength to turn away from our sins,
    so that we may greet our coming redeemer,
    Jesus Christ, with joy.
    For he lives and reigns
    with you and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.

    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 . . .

    Go in peace, producing the harvest of righteousness that comes through 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: Malachi 3:1-4

    1    Hark, a herald voice is calling* G7 9 (also TIS 264)
    8    Rise, children of the kingdom* G4
    485    The day is surely drawing near* (vv 1,6) G5

    264    Hark! a herald voice is calling

    Second reading: Philippians 1:3-11

    355    May we Thy precepts, Lord, fulfil* G3
    381    O God our Father, throned on high G7 (alt tune 391, G9)
    310    Yesu, Yesu
    357    Give us hearts to know you, Lord
    360    Help us
    442    All praise to our redeeming Lord
    640    Kneels at the feet of his friends

    Gospel: Luke 3:1-6

    9    Hark the glad sound (also TIS 269)
    12    Comfort, comfort ye My people* G4
    13    On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry G4 (also TIS 270)
    489   Rejoice, rejoice believers
    732    Comfort, comfort all my people GS (also TIS 647)
    737    Prepare the royal highway G4 (also TIS 346)
    25    Comfort, comfort
    269   Hark the glad sound
    270    On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry
    346    Prepare the royal highway
    647    Comfort, comfort all my 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
    619   Life Overflowing
    648   Advent Lamb of God
    677   Lord, now let your servant depart

    SONG OF ZECHARIAH (Benedictus)
    There are several versions of the Song of Zechariah readily available for the congregation to sing:

    Matins (p 42  Lutheran Hymnal with Supplement, Melody line edition or p68 of the Harmony edition)
    Morning Praise (revised Modern Matins  from Worship Today) – Praise the Lord, the God of old, Metrical paraphrase by David Schubert. Note that this can be sung to a slightly modified version of LH 377 Savannah (‘Take my life and let it be’).
    LHS 652, 653, 654 – Revised Standard Version text
    Music Packages 7 and 9
    TIS 284 O bless the God of Israel
    NEW Luke 1:68-79 by Dale Schoening

    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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