Sunday 13 December, 2015 – Third 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  Zephaniah 3:14-20 The Lord will renew us by his love
    PSALM Isaiah 12:2-6 *For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING Philippians 4:4-7 Rejoice! The Lord is near
    GOSPEL Luke 3:7-18 What must we do?
  • 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 David Christian ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon – zeph 4 14-20 – year c – advent 3
    Based on second reading: Pr Stephen Pietsch ; edited for lay reading sermon – philippians 4 4-7 – year c – advent 3 ; NEW Pr Vince Gerhardy
  • Opening Sentences:
    Sing and shout for joy, people of Israel!
    Rejoice with all your heart, Jerusalem!
    (Zeph 3:14 TEV)

    The Lord your God is with you.
    The Lord will take delight in you,
    and in his love he will give you new life.
    He will sing and be joyful over you.
    (Zeph 3:17 TEV)

    Rejoice in the Lord always;
    again I will say, Rejoice.
    (Phil 4:4 NRSV)

    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 3C  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
    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

  • Prayer after the gospel:
    This is the gospel of the Lord.
    Praise to you, O Christ.
    Thank you, Lord Jesus,
    for coming as the promised Messiah.
    Lead us to repentance and faith.

  • Offering Prayer:
    Loving Father,
    let your message change our lives,
    so that we turn away from sin
    and live as your holy people,
    always trusting in you
    and doing what you want us to.

  • Prayer of the Church (General Prayer):  Prayer of the Church – Advent 3C
  • 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.

    Almighty and merciful God,
    each year you make us glad
    as we look forward to the birthday of your Son.
    May we who have joyfully received him
    as our redeemer in this sacrament
    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.

    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, for the Lord is near.
    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: Zephaniah 3:14-20

    9    Hark the glad sound! the Saviour comes G6 (also TIS 269)
    13    On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry G4 (also TIS 270)
    18    Lift up your heads (mod TIS 267)
    733    Daughter of Zion, O rejoice G6
    739    When the King shall come again G4
    333    You are our God
    267   Lift up your heads
    269    Hark the glad sound! the Saviour comes
    270    On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry

    Second reading: Philippians 4:4-7
    Any hymn of praise, in particular:
    115    Rejoice! the Lord is king G7 (also TIS 216)
    147    O Morning Star, so bright and fair* G3 (mod TIS 199)
    378    Fill Thou my life, O Lord my God G7 (mod TIS 596)
    489    Rejoice, rejoice believers
    870    Lord of all hopefulness G6 (also TIS 613)
    8    Praise and thanksgiving
    259    Let us praise the God of truth
    385    If there ever was a time
    405    Lord of all hopefulness
    128    Sometimes a light surprises
    199    Lord Jesus, our bright Morning Star
    216    Rejoice, the Lord is King
    472    Father of mercy, God of consolation
    596    Fill my whole life, O Lord my God
    613    Lord of all hopefulness
    623    Lord Christ, true peace of all above
    743    Praise and thanksgiving let everyone bring

    Gospel: Luke 3:7-18

    6    Ye sons of men, in earnest* G3
    13    On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry G4 (also TIS 270)
    119    Come down, O Love divine G9 (also TIS 398)
    130    O enter, Lord, Thy temple* G4
    798    Eternal Ruler of the ceaseless round G6
    217    Shine, Jesus, shine
    264    Hark! a herald voice is calling
    270    On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry
    398    Come down, O Love divine
    675    Lord, the light of your love is shining (Shine, Jesus, shine)

    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

    ISAIAH 12:2-6
    For musical settings of Isaiah 12:2-6, see Music Packages 2 and 7, and LHS 655. The following paraphrase by John Kleinig may be sung to the musical setting by Alan Collyer.

    The Lord our God is holy;
    the Lord is with us here.
    The Lord has made us holy;
    the Lord our God is great.

    I thank you, gracious Father,
    for saving me from death.
    I fear no condemnation,
    since you have pardoned me.

    I trust in you, my Saviour,
    and I am not afraid.
    You rescue me from ruin;
    you are my strength and song.

    You citizens of Zion,
    rejoice and sing for joy!
    Be bold and tell all people
    what God has said and done!

    The reign of death is over;
    the time for joy has come.
    From springs of living water
    you draw your life and health.

    The Lord is your strong fortress;
    so call on him for help.
    He cares for all the nations;
    proclaim his name to them!

    Music Resources Vol. 3- Psalm settings : N/A

    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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