Sunday 24 December, 2017 – Fourth 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  2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16 God’s promise to David
PSALM Luke 1:[46b]47-55 Song of Mary (Magnificat)
OR Psalm 89:1-4, 19-26 *For musical settings of these Psalms, please see the song suggestions below*
SECOND READING Romans 16:25-27 God reveals his age-long purpose in Jesus
GOSPEL Luke 1:26-38 God’s call to Mary

Notes on the readings:
2 SAMUEL 7:1-11,16 : This special prophecy has its decided place here in the Advent lead-up to the birth of the King. King David, after defeating Israel’s long-standing enemies, established peace for the land. He made Jerusalem the capital city and built a royal palace, a king’s house. Being such a man of God, he thought it only right to build also a fitting house for God, a temple. However, God sent the prophet Nathan to tell David that this was not to be. God did not need such a ‘house’ as David envisaged. Instead, he would make a ‘house’ out of David – a play on words. This ‘house’ or ‘dynasty’ would be a kingship which would last forever (v 16). The New Testament sees the descendant of David who rules forever as none other than our Lord Jesus Christ.

ROMANS 16:25-27: This magnificent doxology concludes the mighty letter of St Paul to the Christians at Rome. Paul sums up all he has written in the letter in adoration of the only wise God. God is so gracious as to employ his limitless power to work within believers in Christ. In this way they are established in their faith and can stand firm in their salvation. The wondrous gospel planned before the ages, attested in the Old Testament by the prophets, brings about this obedience of faith. To God alone be glory!

LUKE 1: 26-38: The annunciation of Gabriel to Mary most fittingly prepares us for the marvellous event of the Christmas gospel. The prophecy made to King David in the first reading is brought to its full meaning in Gabriel’s announcement. Mary’s son will be called Jesus, Saviour. As an adopted son of Joseph he was a descendant of David. This Son of God, fully human and fully God (conceived by the Holy Spirit), will rule a kingdom which will never end, both in time and in space. No wonder a puzzled Mary should ask for explanation! Like all believers, her acceptance of Gabriel’s explanation came from trust which God’s servants always place in his word of promise.

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 the Song Of Mary: Pr Mark Greenthaner
Based on gospel reading: edited for lay reading sermon – luke 1 26-38 – year b – advent 4 ; Pr Vince Gerhardy (requires multimedia capability)
Based on Psalm 89: Pr Roger Atze
Based on first reading : edited for lay reading sermon – 2 samuel 7 1-11 – year b – advent 4
Based on second reading: NEW edited for lay reading sermon – romans 16 25-27 – year b – advent 4

Opening sentences:
The angel said to Mary, ‘Do not be afraid, for you have found favour with God.
You will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus.
He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High,
and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David.’
(Luke 1:30-32 NRSV alt)

Orders of service:
Advent 4B  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, 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.

ALLELUIA VERSE (after the second reading)
Alleluia, alleluia.
(Mary said:) Here am I, the servant of the Lord,
let it be with me according to your word. (Luke 1:38 NRSV)
Alleluia.

Prayer after the gospel
This is the gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
Lord Jesus, thank you for showing favour
to Mary and to us.
Help us to trust in you as the Son of God.
Amen.

NEW! Children’s Address Advent 4B

Offering Prayer:
Lord, as Mary accepted your will,
may we also accept your will
and rejoice in Christ our Saviour.
Let your good news change our lives,
and make us trusting and obedient,
always ready to serve you with all we are and all we have.
Amen.

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

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.
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 the peace of the Lord, who has sent his Son to rule forever.
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: 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16
LHS

2    O come, O come, Immanuel G7 (see TIS 265)
5    O bride of Christ, rejoice* G4 (mod – TIS 336)
17    Come, Thou long-expected Jesus G6
186    I love Thy kingdom, God G4
219    Jesus shall reign where’er the sun G3 (mod – TIS 207)
457    Mighty God, we praise Thy name G6 (see TIS 127)
TIS
127    Holy God, we praise your name (Te Deum)
134    Praise, my soul, the King of heaven
207    Jesus shall reign where’er the sun
265    O come, O come, Emmanuel
272    Come, thou long-expected Jesus
336    O bride of Christ, rejoice
AT
10    Your love surrounds me
329    Jesus, God’s righteousness revealed

Second reading: Romans 16:25-27
LHS

14    Let the earth now praise the Lord* G4
28    Immanuel, we sing Thy praise* G4
37    O wondrous type, O vision fair* G7
45    Hail, Thou source of every blessing* G4
215    Arise, O God, and shine G9
822    God has spoken by his prophets G6
TIS
158    God has spoken by his prophets
431    Thanks to God whose Word was spoken
567    God of all power, and truth, and grace
AT
42    Now unto the King eternal
329    Jesus, God’s righteousness revealed

Gospel reading: Luke 1:26-38
LHS

2    O come, O come, Immanuel G7 (see TIS 265)
19    Come, Thou Saviour of our race* G4 (mod – TIS 295)
21    Of the Father’s love begotten G7 (mod – TIS 290)
36    Jesus, name of wondrous love* G5
147    O Morning Star, so bright and fair* G3 (mod – TIS 199)
622   Behold a rose is growing (see also TIS 294)
903   Tell out my soul (Mary’s song)
TIS
161   Tell out my soul (Mary’s song)
199    Lord Jesus, our bright morning star
265    O come, O come, Emmanuel
283    Long ago, prophets knew
287    No wind at the window
290    Of the Father’s love begotten
294    Behold a rose is growing
295    Saviour of the nations, come
302    The angel Gabriel
AT

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

SONG OF MARY (MAGNIFICAT)
A setting may be found on page 50 of the Supplement; other settings are provided in LH 656-658.

The following paraphrased text for the Song of Mary is from Evening Praise in Worship Today, by David Schubert, slighty revised. If a traditional hymn tune is desired, it may be sung to the tune ‘Wer weiss wie nahe’ (Hamburg), LH 568, or even ‘O come, O come Immanuel’, LH 2, TIS 265.

My soul proclaims how great the Lord,
and I rejoice in God who saves,
for he  has looked on me with love,
and all from now will call me blest.
The Lord has done great things for me,
and holy is the name of God.

God’s mercy lasts from age to age,
for everyone who honours him.
With his own arm he’s shown his strength,
and put to flight the proud of heart.
He’s pulled the mighty from their thrones,
the humble have been lifted high.

God’s filled the hungry with good things,
sent off the rich with empty hands.
He’s come to give his people help
as he had promised those of old.
God’s shown his love to Abraham,
and his descendants evermore.

Below is an adaptation of this song in 8888 metre, for which there are many tunes, eg LH 364, TIS 559, O Jesus Christe, wahres Licht; LH 321, TIS 213(ii), Melcombe; LH 346 Angels’ Song; LH 327, TIS 583, O Jesu Christ, meins Lebens Licht; LH 433, TIS 59, Old Hundredth; LH 227, TIS 98, Church Triumphant; LH 75, TIS 139, Bow Brickhill.

My soul proclaims how great the Lord,
and I rejoice in God who saves,
for he has looked on me with love,
and all from now will call me blest.

The Lord has done great things for me
and holy is the name of God.
God’s mercy lasts from age to age
for everyone who honours him.

With his own arm he’s shown his strength,
and put to flight the proud of heart.
He’s pulled the mighty from their thrones,
the humble have been lifted high.

God’s filled the hungry with good things,
sent off the rich with empty hands.
He’s come to give his people help
as he had promised those of old.

God’s shown his love to Abraham
and his descendants evermore.
God’s mercy lasts from age to age
for everyone who honours him.

Other song paraphrases of the Song of Mary may be found in LHS 903, TIS 161,’Tell out my soul’; ATE 260, ‘My soul is praising the Lord’; TIS 172, ‘My soul gives glory to my God’; and TIS 173, ‘My soul gives glory to the Lord’.

PSALM 89
TIS 46 I will sing for ever of your love, O Lord is a version of Psalm 89:1-6,13-16. There is also a version of Psalm 89 at ATA 152 by Karen Barrie that may be used for the psalm.

Below is a metrical paraphrase by David Schütz of Psalm 89:1-4,19-26, which may be sung to the tune Yorkshire LH 625 / Stockport TIS 306. If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

Lord, I proclaim your faithfulness to all,
and I will sing forever of your love.
For I declare, your love is always sure;
your faithfulness is firm as heaven above.
You made a promise to your chosen one,
your servant David, and made firm his throne.

And to your faithful people you have said:
‘I’ve set a youngster over mighty men.
I’ve chosen David – he will be your king –
and with my holy oil anointed him.
My hand will give him help in all his ways,
my arm will give him strength through all his days.

‘He shall not be defeated by his foes,
for I will strike down those who hate his reign.
My faithfulness and love will be with him,
and he will be exalted in my name.
He’ll rule the land from river to the sea.
“You are my Father, God”, he’ll cry to me!’

Music Resources Vol 3– Psalm settings- Psalm 89 p144 , Psalm 89 p145

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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