Sunday 27 November, 2016 – First Sunday of Advent, Year A

Happy New Church Year to you!

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.

Advent wreath: An Advent wreath can be made by tying evergreen branches (pine or eucalyptus) to a metal or wooden hoop, thus making a wreath. Care needs to be taken since both pine and eucalyptus are highly flammable. Candles should be large enough so that the first candle will last for all four Sundays – the symbolism is best maintained if there is no need to replace or rotate candles. Candles may be blue or red, but commonly the candles are purple. In the old 1-year calendar, the Third Sunday was known as Gaudete Sunday (Rejoice!) and so the third candle was occasionally rose-coloured as a symbol of joy. A fifth candle is often included in the centre of the wreath (this one is white, because it does represent Christ) to be lit at Christmas Eve. The wreath is taken away before the Christmas Day service. While the Advent wreath may be lit before the service at the same time as the altar candles, the lighting of the wreath candles in a little rite in the service offers the opportunity to focus the congregation’s attention on this symbol. Do not overlook the opportunity the Advent wreath gives for the participation of children. The lighting of the candle may be done by an older child (with care), or it may become the focus of the children’s address (which may be shifted to the beginning of the service).
Suggested prayers and responses following the lighting of the first candle:

(The  reader or children could read the part in normal print, and the congregation respond with the bold print).
The true light was in the world,
and the world came into being through him;
yet the world did not know him.
The true light, who enlightens everyone,
was coming into the world.

Lord Jesus, you are the light of the world.
You came to be born as a king in Bethlehem,
the city of King David.
Be born in our hearts,
and rule our lives today.

Altar colour: Violet/Blue

Bible readings:
FIRST Reading Isaiah 2:1-5 God’s kingdom of peace
PSALM Psalm 122
SECOND READING Romans 13:11-14 Our salvation is near
GOSPEL Matthew 24:36-44 No one knows the day or hour (Begin: ‘Jesus said:’)

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: Pr Vince Gerhardy; Pr Heath Pukallus; Pr Roger Atze; edited for lay reading sermon – matthew 24 36-44 – year a – advent 1 ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon-matthew-24-36-44-year-a-advent1 ; NEW Pr Peter Ghalayini
Based on first reading: Pr Stephen Pietsch
Based on second reading: NEW Pr Heath Pukallus

Opening sentences:
Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
to the house of the God of Jacob;
that he may teach us his ways
and that we may walk in his paths.  (Isa 2:3 NRSV)
The time has come for you to wake up from your sleep.
The night is nearly over, day is almost here.  (Rom 13:11,12 TEV)
Watch out,
because you do not know what day your Lord will come. (Matt 24:42 TEV)

Orders of service:
Advent 1 Sunday Word & Prayer (ppt/ pdf/ doc)
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 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.

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.

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.

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.

Prayer after the gospel:
This is the gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
Thank you, Lord Jesus, for promising to return.
Make us always ready for your coming.

Offering prayer:
Everliving God,
we thank you for coming to us through your Son.
Make us ready for his coming again.
Do not let us be trapped by worry or worldly concerns,
but teach us to cheerfully give of ourselves
in serving you and other people.

Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church- Advent 1A

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.

Alternatively, use the third prayer of the day (as given above) 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.

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. Be ready for the coming of the Lord.
Thanks be to God. OR In the name of Christ. Amen.

Visual images: 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 2:1-5
16          Hail to the Lord’s Anointed G6
215        Arise, O God, and shine* G9
731        Come, Lord Jesus, come GS
738        The night is marching onwards G4
779        My Lord of light who made the worlds G8
17          Emmanuel: God is with us
20          Come, Lord Jesus, come
36          Vine and fig tree
301        Prayer for peace
313        Christ, be our light
326        Shout for joy
389        Light of the nations
409        We are marching in the light of God
238         Christ is the world’s true light
275         Hail to the Lord’s anointed
441         Behold! The mountain of the Lord
666         We are marching in the light of God
680         God! as with silent hearts we bring to mind

Second reading: Romans 13:11-14

1            Hark, a herald voice is calling!* G7
11          The advent of our King G4
327         Jesus, Thy blood and righteousness* G3
336         ‘Come follow me’, the Saviour spake* (esp vv 1,2,3) G3
338         Rise, my soul, to watch and pray G4
358         Renew me, O eternal light* G3
359         Thee will I love, my strength, my treasure* (esp vv 3,4,6) G6
738         The night is marching onwards G4
798         Eternal Ruler of the ceaseless round G6
819         Wake us, O Lord, to human need GS
313         Christ, be our light
315         Drawn to the light
390         Put on love
264         Hark! a herald voice is calling
271         The advent of our God
416         Great God, your Spirit, like the wind
616         O day of God, draw near

Gospel: Matthew 24:36-44

180         Wake, arise, wake, arise (vv 1,4) G4
202         Help us to conquer, Thou Prince ever-living* G3
338         Rise, my soul, to watch and pray G4
342         Watch, my soul, and pray* G4
490         O Son of God, we wait for Thee* G3
187         Help us, Lord
221         They were waiting
303         Stay awake
420         Get ready
280         When he comes back

Emmanuel: God is with us    17
Come, Lord Jesus, come    20
Comfort, comfort    25
Vine and fig tree    36
His name is Wonderful    55
O Mary, don’t you weep    142
Help us, Lord    187
There’ll be peace    220
They were waiting    221
Christ is a-comin’    229
My soul is praising the Lord    260
Soon and very soon    302
When the Lord returns    309
Christ, be our light    313
Come to us    314
Drawn to the light    315
Freedom is coming    355
Light of the nations    389
God has chosen me    402
Get ready    420
God moving    425
Sing out with joy, he is coming    434
When Jesus Christ worked here on earth    450
The world is waiting    453
Your God will come    454
Sing a New Song    468
It was me    499
Patiently waiting for you    502
Advent news    510
New beginning    519
Word of the Father    542
Life Overflowing  619
Advent Lamb of God  648
Lord, now let your servant depart 677
Jesus is beside us  678

TIS 78 Jerusalem our home is a version of this psalm.
The following metrical paraphrase by David Schütz may be sung to the tune of ‘His banner over me is love’, ATN 76. If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

I was so glad to hear them say:
‘Let’s go up to the house of God.’
Our feet will stand within your walls,
O city of Jerusalem.
Here is a city strong and firm,
where people of the Lord will come
to praise the holy name of God.

Here are the thrones of David’s house,
where justice will be fairly done.
Pray for Jerusalem, that peace
and blessings of the Lord will come.
Peace to Jerusalem and to
the temple of the Lord our God.
For his sake I will seek your good.

Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 122 p210 , Psalm 122 p211

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.
Metrical Psalms by Dale Schoening : Psalms set to well known hymn tunes.
Keyboard Accompaniments for Together in Song – CDs are available for purchase through ACR. CD 1 & 2 ; CD 3 & 4.

2 comments to Sunday 27 November, 2016 – First Sunday of Advent, Year A

  • Heinzah

    Hi, the link for the sermon based on the first reading does not work. Please help!

  • Trudi

    Unfortunately, any archived sermons from the Ringwood-Knox website are currently unavailable but we hope this will be rectified. Newer sermons (from Advent 2013) have been made available on another website.