Sunday 9 December, 2018 – Second Sunday of Advent, Year C

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:Blue or Violet

Bible readings:
FIRST READING  Malachi 3:1-4 The day of judgement is near
PSALM Luke 1:68-79 Song of Zechariah *For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song suggestions below*
SECOND READING Philippians 1:3-11 Be ready for the day of Christ
GOSPEL Luke 3:1-6 All people will see the salvation of our God

Notes on the readings
MALACHI 3:1-4:  By the mid fifth century BC, the people of Judah had more or less given up on the God of Israel. They did not experience the expected prosperity on their return from Babylon and so lapsed into half-hearted worship and cynical morality. In these verses the prophet predicts that God, in an act of grace, will send his special messenger before he himself comes to purify the worship and cleanse the lives of the people. With this cleansing, the people will again be able to serve in righteousness. John the Baptist prepared the way of the Lord.

PHILLIPIANS 1:3-11: Paul expresses his joy in praise and thanks to God for the fellowship he had experienced with the Philippian believers in proclaiming the gospel. This wonderful quality continued in their witness of the gospel and in their support of him even though he was now in prison. He was confident that God would continue this work in them until the day of Jesus Christ. However, his constant continuing prayer was that they, living in God’s love, might grow also in accompanying knowledge and insight. In this way they would be ready and prepared when Jesus comes again. This is when the righteousness which is by faith will show as a fruitful harvest.

LUKE 3:1-6:  Luke signifies the importance of the event of John the Baptist’s preaching with very careful precision in marking the year. He further locates the place of John’s ministry in God’s long-term plan for salvation by citing the prophecy of Isaiah 40:3-5. In this figurative language it is clear that lives are to be straightened out and unnecessary hindrances to God’s grace are to be removed. This process of turning in repentance to receive forgiveness was, and still is, the only proper preparation to receive God’s Messiah.

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  reading: Pr Heath Pukallus ; edited for lay reading sermon – luke 3 1-6 – year c – advent 2 ; edited for lay reading sermon – luke 3 1-6 – year c – advent 2 new  ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon – luke 3 1-6 – year c – advent 2 – 2018
Based on second reading: Pr David Christian (please note the final 2 paragraphs are context specific and should be omitted when lay reading)
Based on Song of Zechariah:  Pr Stephen van der Hoek

Orders of service:
Advent readings and carols (for an evening service any time during Advent)
Advent 2C  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)

Opening Sentences
I will send my messenger to prepare the way for me.
Then the Lord you are looking for will suddenly come to his temple.
(Mal 3:1 TEV)

Here is your God.
He will come to save you.

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, alleluia.
A voice cries out in the desert:
Prepare the way of the Lord, and make his paths straight. (Luke 3:4)

Prayer after the gospel:
This is the gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
Thank you, Lord Jesus,
for coming to bring God’s salvation.
Help us to prepare the way for your coming.

Children’s Address: 2 ADVENT 2C

Offering Prayer:
Loving God, lead us to listen
to the message of your salvation
and to live as your people,
always ready for the day when Christ will return.
Help us to use our time
in service to you and to other people.

Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church – Advent 2C

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.  

Or the third prayer of the day (as listed above) may be used at this point. It may be modified as follows.

Merciful God,
you sent your messengers to preach repentance
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, producing the harvest of righteousness that comes through 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: Malachi 3:1-4

1    Hark, a herald voice is calling* G7 9 (also TIS 264)
8    Rise, children of the kingdom* G4
485    The day is surely drawing near* (vv 1,6) G5

264    Hark! a herald voice is calling

Second reading: Philippians 1:3-11

355    May we Thy precepts, Lord, fulfil* G3
381    O God our Father, throned on high G7 (alt tune 391, G9)
310    Yesu, Yesu
357    Give us hearts to know you, Lord
360    Help us
442    All praise to our redeeming Lord
640    Kneels at the feet of his friends

Gospel: Luke 3:1-6

9    Hark the glad sound (also TIS 269)
12    Comfort, comfort ye My people* G4
13    On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry G4 (also TIS 270)
489   Rejoice, rejoice believers
732    Comfort, comfort all my people GS (also TIS 647)
737    Prepare the royal highway G4 (also TIS 346)
25    Comfort, comfort
269   Hark the glad sound
270    On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry
346    Prepare the royal highway
647    Comfort, comfort all my people

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
619   Life Overflowing
648   Advent Lamb of God
677   Lord, now let your servant depart

There are several versions of the Song of Zechariah readily available for the congregation to sing:

Matins (p 42  Lutheran Hymnal with Supplement, Melody line edition or p68 of the Harmony edition)
Morning Praise (revised Modern Matins  from Worship Today) – Praise the Lord, the God of old, Metrical paraphrase by David Schubert. Note that this can be sung to a slightly modified version of LH 377 Savannah (‘Take my life and let it be’).
LHS 652, 653, 654 – Revised Standard Version text
Music Packages 7 and 9
TIS 284 O bless the God of Israel
Luke 1:68-79 by Dale Schoening

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