Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Liturgical Ordo for Advent 2B

Second sunday of advent
4 December 2011

The Gathering of the Community

Processional Hymn

“O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”  Common Praise #89 vv. 3, 4, 5

Introductory Responses

Restore us, O Lord God of hosts;
Show us the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.
Will you not give us life again,
that your people may rejoice in you?
Show us your mercy, O Lord,
and grant us your salvation.
Blessed is your Beloved who comes in your name, O Lord!
Peace in heaven and glory in the highest.  [1]

Hymn of Praise

“Comfort, Comfort Ye My People”  Common Praise #100

Lighting of the Advent Wreath


Let us pray.

God of hope,
you call us from the exile of our sin
with the good news of restoration;
you build a highway though the wilderness;
you come to us and bring us home.
Comfort us with the expectation of your saving power,
made known to us in Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.  [2]

The Proclamation of the Word

First Reading

Isaiah 40.1-11

The Psalm

Psalm 85.1-2, 8-13 in Songs for the Holy One

Second Reading

2 Peter 3.8-15a

The Gradual Hymn

“There’s a Voice in the Wilderness”  Common Praise #106

The Gospel

Mark 1.1-8

The Sermon

The Affirmation of Faith

We believe in God the Father,
God almighty, by whose plan
earth and heaven sprang to being,
all created things began.
We believe in Christ the Saviour,
Son of God in human frame,
virgin-born, the child of Mary
upon whom the Spirit came.

Christ, who on the cross forsaken,
like a lamb to slaughter led,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
he descended to the dead.
We believe in Jesus risen,
servant king to rule and reign
to the side of God ascended
till as judge he comes again.

We believe in God the Spirit;
in one Church, below, above:
saints of God in one communion,
one in holiness and love.
So by faith, our sins forgiven,
Christ our Saviour, Lord and friend,
we shall rise with him in glory
to the life that knows no end.  [3]

Sung to Arfon Major (Common Praise #44 or #391)

The Prayers of the Community

Intercessions, Petitions and Thanksgivings

Confession and Absolution

We pray to you for the forgiveness of our sins.

Have mercy upon us, most merciful God;
in your compassion, forgive us our sins,
known and unknown,
things done and left undone;
and so uphold us by your Spirit
that we may live and serve you in newness of life,
to the honour and glory of your name;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

The almighty and merciful Lord
grant you pardon and forgiveness of all your sins
time for amendment of life,
and the grace and strength of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.  [4]

The Exchange of the Peace

May the peace of the Lord be always with you.
And also with you.

The Holy Communion

The Offertory Hymn

“Lead Us, Heavenly Father, Lead Us”  Common Praise #564

Prayer over the Gifts

God of the prophets,
you raised up John the baptizer
as a herald who calls us to conversion.
Receive the gifts we offer you this day
and empower us to give voice
to your presence among us
as we joyfully await the glorious coming
of Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.  [5]

Thanksgiving at the Table

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.

Blessed are you, gracious God,
creator of heaven and earth;
we give you thanks and praise
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who in the fullness of time came among us in our flesh,
and opened to us the way of salvation.
Now we watch for the day when he will come again
in power and great triumph to judge this world,
that we, without shame or fear,
may rejoice to behold his appearing.
Therefore we praise you,
joining our voices with angels and archangels
and with all the company of heaven,
who for ever sing this hymn
to proclaim the glory of your name.

Holy, holy, holy Lord,
God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

Holy One, the beginning and the end, the giver of life:
Blessed are you for the birth of creation.
Blessed are you in the darkness and in the light.
Blessed are you for your promise to your people.
Blessed are you for the prophets’ hopes and dreams.
Blessed are you for Mary’s openness to your will.
Blessed are you for your Son, Jesus, the Word made flesh.

In the night in which he was betrayed,
our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks;
broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying:
Take and eat; this is my body given for you.
Do this for the remembrance of me.

Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks,
and gave it for all to drink, saying:
This cup is the new covenant in my blood,
shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin.
Do this for the remembrance of me.

Let us proclaim the mystery of faith:
Christ has died.
Christ is risen.
Christ will come again.

With this bread and cup we remember
your Word dwelling among us, full of grace and truth.
We remember our new birth in his death and resurrection.
We look with hope for his coming.
Come, Lord Jesus.

Holy God, we long for your Spirit.
Come among us.  Bless this meal.
May your Word take flesh in us.
Awaken your people.  Fill us with your light.
Bring the gift of peace on earth.
Come, Holy Spirit.

All praise and glory are yours, Holy One of Israel,
Word of God incarnate, Power of the Most High,
one God, now and for ever.  Amen.  [6]

The Lord’s Prayer

As our Saviour taught us, let us pray,
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial,
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours,
now and for ever.  Amen.

The Breaking of the Bread

God of promise,
you prepare a banquet for us in your kingdom.
Happy are those who are called
to the supper of the Lamb.

The gifts of God for the people of God.
Thanks be to God.

The Communion

Communion Hymn

“Wait for the Lord, Whose Day Is Near”  Common Praise #94 (sung four times)

The Sending Forth of the Community

Prayer after Communion

God of timeless grace,
you fill us with joyful expectation.
Make us ready for the message
that prepares the way,
that with uprightness of heart and holy joy
we may eagerly await the kingdom of your Son,
Jesus Christ, who reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
now and for ever.  Amen.   [7]

Glory to God,
whose power, working in us,
can do infinitely more
than we can ask or imagine.
Glory to God from generation to generation,
in the Church and in Christ Jesus,
for ever and ever.  Amen.

Closing Hymn

“Prepare the Way, O Zion”  Common Praise #102


Go forth and prepare the way of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.


Any liturgical elements not noted here are taken from ‘The Holy Eucharist’ in The Book of Alternative Services, p. 185 ff.

[1]  ‘Introductory Responses for Advent’ from The Book of Alternative Services, p. 96 alt.

[2]  ‘Scripture Prayer:  Advent 2, Year B’ in Revised Common Lectionary Prayers, p. 31.

[3]  ‘Affirmation of Faith 3’ from Common Worship of the Church of England, p. 146 alt.

[4]  An absolution from Common Worship (Church of England), p. 136.

[5]  ‘Intercessory Prayer for Advent 2’ in Revised Common Lectionary Prayers, p. 30 alt.

[6]  ‘Thanksgiving at the Table III’ from  Evangelical Lutheran Worship, p. 111 with the Eucharistic Preface for ‘Advent’ from The Book of Alternative Services, p. 219.

[7]  ‘Thematic Prayer’ for Advent 2 in Revised Common Lectionary Prayers, p. 30 alt.

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