Sunday 4 December, 2016 – Second Sunday of Advent, Year A

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 second candle:
(The  reader or children could read the part in normal print, and the congregation respond with the bold print).
The true light came to those who belonged to him,
and his own people did not accept him.
The true light, who enlightens everyone,

was coming into the world.

Lord Jesus, you are the light of the world.
The prophets foretold
that you would bring peace to the world
and save your people.
Bring peace to our hearts,
and show God’s love to all people.

Altar colour: Violet/Blue

Bible readings:
FIRST Reading Isaiah 11:1-10 The longed-for Messiah
PSALM Psalm 72:1-7,18,19
SECOND READING Romans 15:4-13 Good news for the Gentiles
GOSPEL Matthew 3:1-12 The kingdom of heaven is at hand!

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: edited for lay reading sermon – matthew 3 1-8 – year a – advent 2; Pr Roger Atze ; NEW Pr Peter Ghalayini
Based on first reading: Pr Allan Heppner; Pr Vince Gerhardy ; NEW Pr Vince Gerhardy

Opening sentences:
A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse,
and a branch shall grow out of his roots. 
(Isa 11:1 NRSV)

The Root of Jesse will spring up, one who will arise to rule over the nations;
the Gentiles will hope in him.  (Rom 15:12 NIV)

Prepare the way of the Lord,
make his paths straight.  (Matt 3:3 NRSV)


Orders of service:
Advent 2 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 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.
Lord Jesus, thank you for coming
and bringing the kingdom of heaven.
Lead us to repent, and fill us with your Spirit.

Offering prayer:
Great and loving God,
we thank you for all your goodness.
Help us to prepare a road for you
by the way we live.
Use us and our gifts
in building up your kingdom.

Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church- Advent 2A

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.

Merciful God,
you sent your messengers to preach repentence
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 joy and peace, as you trust in 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 11:1-10
2            O come, O come, Immanuel G7
8            Rise, children of the kingdom* (alt tune 107, G4)
16          Hail to the Lord’s Anointed G6
147         O Morning Star so bright and fair* G3
156         Jesus our Saviour, of true joy the giver* G3
513         Peace to soothe all grief and woe G5
514         Saviour, again to Thy dear name we raise* G7
572         O God of love, O king of peace* G5
739         When the King shall come again G4
220         There’ll be peace
221         They were waiting
313         Christ, be our light
359         Holy Spirit, living water
199         Lord Jesus, our bright Morning Star
208         Jesus has come, and brings joy as our Saviour
265         O come, O come, Emmanuel
275         Hail to the Lord’s anointed
282         The voice of God goes out to all the world
663         Isaiah the prophet has written of old

Second reading: Romans 15:4-13
344         Our God is love, and all His saints* G6
355         May we Thy precepts, Lord, fulfil* G3
587         O happy home, where Thou art loved the dearest G7
797         Blest be the tie that binds GS
798         Eternal Ruler of the ceaseless round G6
799         In Christ there is no east or west G7
800         May we be one GS
802         One family, we’re together GS
803         Peace with the Father G7
870         Lord of all hopefulness G6
892         Hear us now, our God and Father G3
62          One family
172         May we be one
174         Bind us together
180         A time for building bridges
388         One body
405         Lord of all hopefulness
408         May the Lord bless you today
448         Loving Spirit
248         When Christ was lifted from the earth
459         In Christ there is no east or west
466         Peace with the Father
581         Happy the home that welcomes you, Lord Jesus
613         Lord of all hopefulness
623         Lord Christ, true peace of all above
648         Help us accept each other
678         God beyond glory

Gospel: Matthew 3:1-12
12          Comfort, comfort ye My people* G4
13          On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry G4
192        Bowed low in supplication
305       Today Thy mercy calls us* G3
316        Smite me not in anger, Lord G4
737       Prepare the royal highway G4
850       O Father, my Father GS
6            O Father, my Father
327       Sorry
331       Turn to me with all your heart
332       We are sorry
338       God in human shoes
398       A child of God
402       God has chosen me
250         Christ, when for us you were baptized
270         On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry
289         Christmas is coming
346         Prepare the royal highway

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

A metrical version of Psalm 72:1-7,18,19, by David Schütz, is given here to be sung to the tune Dix (LH 40, TIS 314). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

Give the King your justice, God,
give his son your righteousness.
With your righteous justice, Lord,
he will act for those oppressed.
So the fruit of justice spills
from the mountains and the hills.

He will crush those who oppress,
use his power to save the poor.
He’ll endure like sun and moon
through the ages evermore.
Like the rain upon the field,
justice brings a prosperous yield.

Praise be to the Lord our God,
to the God of Israel,
who alone does marvelous deeds,
who alone does all things well.
Praise be to his glorious name.
Fill the whole earth with his fame.

Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 72 p121 , Psalm 72 p122

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 4 December, 2016 – Second Sunday of Advent, Year A

  • Lesley Johnson

    Hi There,
    I am Lay Reading on the 4th and as Alan Heppner is a past pastor here – would like to consider using his sermon but the link has an error.
    With thanks

  • 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.