Sunday 10 December, 2017 – Second Sunday of Advent, Year B

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 40:1-11 Prepare the way of the Lord
PSALM Psalm 85:1,2,8-13*For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song suggestions below*
SECOND READING 2 Peter 3:8-15a The day of the Lord
GOSPEL Mark 1:1-8 John the Baptist prepares the way

Notes on the readings:
ISAIAH 40:1-11: Exiled as captive slaves for over fifty years in Babylon, God’s people had lived in guilt, despondency, lonely forsakenness and spiritual depression. Now a comforting prophetic voice announces that God is coming to them gloriously, so that even the desert and mountains must give way to this majestic procession. The people, of course, can similarly clear their hearts of sin’s obstacles; for they can know that their punishment is not permanent! While human flesh vanishes, the word of the Lord remains firm and effective forever. The exiles can therefore be assured. Inhabitants of the desolated cities of Judah may also be told that the all-powerful Lord is coming with reviving mercy.

2 PETER 3:8-15a: There are always people who laugh about the end of the world. St Peter says, ‘Don’t.’ If God has delayed this event, it is simply because in his eternal way of working the main consideration is human repentance. He wants for himself every person who will turn from sin before that end assuredly comes. The physical world and all that is done in it will be consumed, thus ending sin and establishing total and eternal righteousness. Christians accordingly should not only believe, but give their deep faith clear expression through holy and peaceable living in the church.

MARK 1:1-8: Part of today’s first reading is picked up by Mark as a prophecy reaching its ultimate fulfilment. The coming of the Lord to his people in a special way in the promised Messiah was announced by the voice in the wilderness, John the Baptist. His message called for people to make straight their lives through repentance. Baptism, an outward bodily washing, was to be accompanied by the inward washing by God through forgiveness. The one who was coming would baptise with fire.  Jesus fulfilled this promise by sending the Holy Spirit on Pentecost day, having attained the forgiveness of the whole world. God’s people have indeed returned home, led by the Lord himself.

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 Mark Greenthaner; NEW edited for lay reading sermon – isaiah 40 1-11 – year b – advent 2
Based on second reading: Pr Heath Pukallus
Based on gospel reading: edited for lay reading sermon – mark 1 1-8 – year b – advent 2 ;  edited for lay reading sermon – mark 1v1-8 – year b – advent 2

Opening sentences:
Comfort my people, says our God. Comfort them!
Encourage the people of Jerusalem.
Tell them they have suffered long enough
and their sins are now forgiven.  (Isa 40:1,2 TEV)

In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord,
make straight in the desert a highway for our God.  (Isa 40:3 NRSV)

There is good news for the city of Zion.
Shout it as loud as you can from the highest mountain.
Don’t be afraid to shout to the towns of Judah,
Your God is here! 
(Isa 40:9 CEV)

John said: ‘After me will come one more powerful than I,
the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie.
I baptise you with water,
but he will baptise you with the Holy Spirit.’ 
(Mark 1:7,8 NIV)

Orders of service:
Advent 2B  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
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.

ALLELUIA VERSE (after the second reading)
Alleluia, alleluia.
A voice cries out in the desert:
Prepare the way of the Lord, and make his paths straight. (Mark 1:3 comp)

Prayer after the gospel
This is the gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
Thank you, Lord Jesus,
for sending John the Baptist
to announce your coming to save people.
Help us to repent and believe in you.

NEW! Children’s Address Advent 2B

Offering Prayer:
Lord, lead us to show in our lives,
by our repentance and faith,
that we are your people.
As you have made us holy,
help us to live holy lives,
dedicated to you,
preparing the way for your coming.

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

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.

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.

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 peace, joyfully preparing the way for the Lord.
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 40:1-11

12    Comfort, comfort ye My people* G4
75    We sing the praise of Him who died G5 (see TIS 347 for lower setting)
159    O for a thousand tongues to sing* G5 (also see TIS 210 for extra verses)
273    We have a sure prophetic word G7
431    My soul, now bless thy Maker* G6
440    Sing praise to God who reigns above G3 (mod – TIS 110)
732    Comfort, comfort all my people G5
737    Prepare the royal highway G4
822    God has spoken by his prophets G6
824    Your Word, O Lord, is gentle dew G7
832    The gentle Shepherd calls (baptism) GS
110    Sing praise to God who reigns above
158    God has spoken by his prophets
183    Sing of the Lord’s goodness
210    O for a thousand tongues to sing
276    There’s a light upon the mountain
346    Prepare the royal highway (see LHS 737 for verse 5)
347    We sing the praise of him who died
647    Comfort, comfort all my people
25    Comfort, comfort all my people (also TIS 647)
337    The grass withers
470    I’m so secure
486    Let’s praise the Lord

Second reading : 2 Peter 3:8-15a

4    Once He came in blessing* G4 (mod – TIS 197)
10    O how shall I receive Thee* G3
193    Jesus, with Thy Church abide* G9 (alt tune 82, G5)
314    Turn, Lord, Thine anger, and in mercy G4
464    Songs of praise the angels sang G6
485    The day is surely drawing near* G5
490    O Son of God, we wait for Thee* G3
735    Jesus comes with clouds descending G7 (see TIS 273)
850    O Father, my Father, I call on your name GS
197    God’s Son came to bless us
273    Lo! he comes with clouds descending
444    Dear Shepherd of your people, hear
616    O day of God

6    O Father, my Father
126    The light of Christ
187    Help us, Lord, to wait for you
221    They were waiting
303    Stay awake and watch for me
308    We are called to follow Jesus
309    When the Lord returns
345    Nothing but the blood
427    God’s time

Gospel : Mark 1:1-8

1    Hark, a herald voice is calling* G7
6    Ye sons of men in earnest* G3
13    On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry G4 (mod – TIS 270)
264    Hark! a herald voice is calling
270    On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry
289    Christmas is coming (vv 1,2,3)
636    God has spoken to his people

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

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

Below is a metrical version by David Schütz of Psalm 85:1,2,8-13, which may be sung to the tune Ave virgo (LH 469, TIS 391). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

Lord, you have been merciful
to your land of Israel;
and you give prosperity
to the tribes of Jacob.
You forgave the sinfulness
of your wayward people;
you have pardoned all their wrongs
and restored their fortune.

Let me hear what God will say –
say to all his faithful.
He will speak his peace to us –
peace to all who trust him.
His salvation now is near –
near to all who fear him.
He in glory comes to us –
comes and makes his dwelling.

Love and faithfulness will meet –
meet in peace and justice.
Faithfulness will spring from earth,
righteousness from heaven.
God will give us what is good
and our land will prosper.
Righteousness will pave his way
as he comes to save us.

Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings – Psalm 85 p140 , Psalm 85 p141

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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