Sunday 3 December, 2017 – First Sunday of Advent, Year B

Happy New Church Year!

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.

Altar colour: Violet or Blue

Bible readings:
FIRST READING  Isaiah 64:1-9 Open the heavens and come down!
PSALM Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19*For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song suggestions below*
SECOND READING 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 As you wait for Christ’s return
GOSPEL Mark 13:24-37 No one knows the day or the hour

Notes on the readings:
ISAIAH 64 :1-9: God’s people had again departed from him through their own deliberate turning from him and his ways.  Isaiah here prays for them. If only the Lord would show his awesome presence through the cataclysms of nature as he had done for Israel long ago! But he won’t, because the present Israel has hardened itself in its sin and become spiritually listless, and is therefore left only to sink lower into its transgression and iniquity. The final verses of this selection offer a beautiful placatory prayer that God would still change and mould them as his people.

1 CORINTHIANS 1:3-9: Even though he is going to have many severe words to say in this letter, St Paul’s opening greeting to the Corinthians is greatly affirmatory and encouraging. It is always important that Christians realise and remember that it is solely God’s grace which has first called them to faith, established the necessary knowledge to be saved, and then distributed marked gifts to serve his purposes in his kingdom. God for his part will faithfully continue to do this right up until the day of Jesus Christ as Christians continue in the testimony (the word) of Jesus Christ.

MARK 13:24-37: Once more the readings of Advent direct our attention to the end of all things in the return of our Lord. Jesus here refers to cataclysmic cosmic disturbances among the signs immediately prior to his coming. Other signs mentioned earlier in the same chapter give protracted warning that the end is impending. As nature’s harbingers herald the coming summer, so believers should be reminded of the end. As only the Father knows in his deep counsels exactly when this will occur, believers need constantly to be spiritually awake and working.

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 Roger Atze ; edited for lay reading sermon – isaiah 64 5-9 – year b – advent 1
Based on second reading and psalm: Pr Heath Pukallus
Based on second reading: NEW edited for lay reading sermon – 1 corinthians 1 3-9 – year b – advent 1
Based on gospel reading: edited for lay reading sermon – mark 13 24-37 – year b – advent 1 ; Pr Vince Gerhardy

Opening sentences:
God is faithful;
by him we were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. 
(1 Cor 1:9 NRSV alt)
OR
Be on watch, be alert,
for you do not know when the time will come.  (Mark 13:33 TEV)

Orders of service:
Advent 1B  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
Traditional
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.
Amen.

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.
Amen.

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.
Amen.

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.
Amen.

ALLELUIA VERSE (after the second reading)
Alleluia, alleluia.
(Jesus said:) Heaven and earth will pass away,
but my words will not pass away. (Mark 13:31 NRSV)
Alleluia.

Prayer after the gospel
This is the gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
Thank you, Lord Jesus, for promising to return.
Help us always to keep watching
and to be awake and ready.
Amen.

NEW! Children’s Address Advent 1B

Offering Prayer:
Lord, help us always to remember
that Christ has promised to return.
Keep us faithful to him,
doing the work you have given us to do,
until he comes to take us to himself.
Amen.

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

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
See the service order for a standard post-communion prayer. Alternatively, use the third prayer of the day (as listed 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.
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, waiting with confidence for our Lord’s return.
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: Isaiah 64:1-9
LHS

1    Hark ! A herald voice is calling* G7 (mod – TIS 264)
11    The advent of our King G4 (mod – TIS 271)
15    Jesus came – the heavens adoring* G6
17    Come, Thou long-expected Jesus G6
154    Amazing love that rent the heavens* G4
731    Come, Lord Jesus, come GS
735    Jesus comes with clouds descending G7 (see also TIS 273)
736    O Saviour, rend the heavens wide
TIS
264    Hark ! A herald voice is calling
271    The advent of our God
272    Come, thou long-expected Jesus
273    Lo! he comes with clouds descending
AT
20    Come, Lord Jesus, come
354    Change my heart, O God

Second reading: 1 Corinthians 1:3-9
LHS

4    Once He came in blessing* G4 (mod – TIS 197)
323    Blessed are the sons of our God* G4
334    Lord, ’tis not that I did choose Thee* G3
490    O Son of God, we wait for Thee* G3
TIS
197    God’s Son came to bless us
AT
329    Jesus, God’s righteousness fulfilled (This kingdom)
502    Patiently waiting for you

Gospel: Mark 13:24-37
LHS

1    Hark ! A herald voice is calling* G7 (mod – TIS 264)
11    The advent of our king G4 (mod – TIS 271)
15    Jesus came – the heavens adoring* G6
180    Wake arise, wake arise (vv 1,2,4,6,7) G4
338    Rise, my soul, to watch and pray G4
342    Watch, my soul, and pray* G4
487    Wake, awake for night is flying
490    O Son of God, we wait for Thee* G3
735    Jesus comes with clouds descending G7 (mod – TIS 273)
736    O Saviour, rend the heavens wide
TIS
264    Hark ! A herald voice is calling
271    The advent of our God
273    Lo! he comes with clouds descending
AT
303    Stay awake and watch for me
309    When the Lord returns
337    The grass withers
395    Stay with me

GENERAL ADVENT HYMNS
LHS
18   Lift up your heads (see also TIS 267)
489    Rejoice, rejoice believers*

OTHER ADVENT SONGS (AT)
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

PSALM 80
The hymns ‘O come, O come Immanuel’ (LH 2, TIS 265), ‘The king of love my shepherd is’ (LH 391*, TIS 145), and ‘Saviour, like a shepherd lead us’ (LH 604*), as well as the song ‘Help, O Lord, the thrown away’ (AT 272), are partly based on 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 p131Psalm 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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