Sunday 18 December, 2016 – Fourth 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:
Suggested prayers and responses following the lighting of the fourth candle:
(The  reader or children could read the part in normal print, and the congregation respond with the bold print).
To all who received the true light,
who believed in his name,
he gave power to become children of God.
The true light, who enlightens everyone,
was coming into the world.

OR
Lord Jesus, light of the world,
we bless you for Gabriel who brought the good news;
we bless you for Mary, who became your mother.
Bless your church as it prepares for Christmas;
and bless us your children who long for your coming.
Amen.

Altar colour: Violet/Blue

Bible readings:
FIRST Reading Isaiah 7:10-16 A virgin will conceive
PSALM Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19
SECOND READING Romans 1:1-7 Jesus, son of David, Son of God
GOSPEL Matthew 1:18-25 God’s call to Joseph

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: edited for lay reading sermon – matthew 1 18-25 – year a – advent 4 ; Pr Vince GerhardyPr Roger Atze ; NEW Pr Vince Gerhardy ; NEW Pr Peter Ghalayini ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon-matthew-1-18-25-year-a-advent4
Based on first reading: Pr Stephen Pietsch;

Opening sentences:
The young woman is with child and shall bear a son,
and shall name him Immanuel. 
(Isa 7:14b NRSV)

OR
The virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and they shall name him Emmanuel, which means, ‘God is with us.’
(Matt 1:23 NRSV)

Orders of service:
Advent 4 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
Traditional
Stir up, O Lord, your power and come;
and support us by your great might,
so that, as we are hindered by our sins,
your grace and forgiveness
may help and hasten us on our way;
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 and come, Lord.
Support and help us,
so that what is hindered by our sins
may be hastened by your great mercy.
For you live and reign
with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

OR, new (revised alternative)
(Let us pray for God to be with us. [silence])
Thank you, loving heavenly Father,
for coming with power to the Virgin Mary
and making her the mother of our Lord.
Come to us with your Holy Spirit,
so that we receive your saving word
and rejoice in our Saviour.
For he lives with you 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.
Thank you, Lord Jesus, for being born of Mary by the Holy Spirit.
Help us to believe that you came to be with us
to save us from our sins.
Amen.

Offering prayer:
Eternal Lord,
we thank you that you sent your Son Jesus
to be with us and to save us.
Teach us to live as your people
and to serve you joyfully,
as we look forward to the coming of Jesus.
Amen.

Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church- Advent 4A

Resources for services with Holy Communion:
SEASONAL 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.

Alternatively, use the third prayer of the day (as given above) at this point. It may be modified as follows.

Thank you, loving heavenly Father,
for coming with power to the Virgin Mary
and making her the mother of our Lord.
Be with us
through the healing gift of this sacrament,
so that we receive your saving word
and rejoice in our Saviour.
For he lives 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 . . .

DISMISSAL
Go in peace, for Jesus Christ came to save his people.
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 7:10-16
LHS
2       O come, O come, Immanuel G7
17    Come, Thou long-expected Jesus G6
19    Come, Thou Saviour of our race* G4
28    Immanuel, we sing Thy praise* (vv 1,2) G4
AT
17     Emmanuel, God is with us
157    Jesus, name above all names
514   Emmanuel Carol
TIS
265    O come, O come, Emmanuel
272    Come, thou long-expected Jesus
283    Long ago, prophets knew
295    Saviour of the nations, come

Second reading: Romans 1:1-7
LHS
14       Let the earth now praise the Lord* G4
16       Hail to the Lord’s Anointed G6
232    Rise, Thou light of gentile nations (vv 1,2,3)* G4
733    Daughter of Zion, O rejoice G6
AT
133    Jesus set us free
308    We are called to follow Jesus
349    There is a redeemer
TIS
241    So God loved the people of the world
275    Hail to the Lord’s anointed

Gospel: Matthew 1:18-25
LHS
2       O come, O come, Immanuel G7
15    Jesus came – the heavens adoring* G6
17    Come, Thou long-expected Jesus G6
19    Come, Thou Saviour of our race*G4
35    To the name of our salvation
36    Jesus, name of wondrous love*
156    Jesus our Saviour, of true joy the giver* G3
782    At the name of Jesus G7
AT
17     Emmanuel, God is with us
58    Praise the name of Jesus
141    Mary’s child
157    Jesus, name above all names
451    Saviour of the world
520   Star child
599   It’s Christmas
TIS
208    Jesus has come, and brings joy as our Saviour
231    At the name of Jesus
265    O come, O come, Emmanuel
272    Come, thou long-expected Jesus
277    He who by a mother’s love
295    Saviour of the nations, come
328    Joseph, your love of life brought an engagement

OTHER  ALL TOGETHER SONGS SUITABLE FOR ADVENT
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

PSALM 80
Here is a metrical paraphrase by David Schütz of Psalm 80:1-7,17-19, which could be sung to the tune Nativity (LH 627 ,TIS 204) or Evan (LH 68ii). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

Shepherd of Israel, hear us now;
you once were Joseph’s guide.
Enthroned on cherubim, shine forth:
stir up your saving might.

Restore us once again, O God,
and show your smiling face.
O Lord of hosts, how long will you
be angry with our prayers?

You fill our cups with grief, and give
us bread of tears to eat.
Our neighbours laugh at us with scorn,
and smile at our defeat.

Restore us once again, O God,
and show your smiling face;
O God of power, O God of might,
show us your saving grace.

Give blessing to the one who sits
with you at your right hand;
and give strength to your chosen one,
the promised Son of Man.

Give us again your gift of life,
and we will praise your name.
Restore us, God, and let your face
shine on us once again.

Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 80 p131 , Psalm 80 p132

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.
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.

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