Thursday, December 13, 2012

Liturgical Ordo for Advent 3

third sunday of advent
16 december 2012

The Gathering of the Community

Processional Hymn

‘O Come, O Come, Emmanuel’  Common Praise #89 vv. 4, 5, 6, 7

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.

Lighting of the Advent Wreath

The Wreath is lit.  The following prayer of thanksgiving is said.

Blessed are you, Sovereign God of all,
to you be praise and glory for ever.
In your tender compassion
the dawn from on high is breaking upon us
to dispel the lingering shadows of night.
As we look for your coming among us this day,
open our eyes to behold your presence
and strengthen our hands to do your will,
that the world may rejoice and give you praise.
Blessed be the Holy One of Israel, Word of God incarnate,
Power of the Most High.  Blessed be God for ever.[i]

Hymn of Praise

‘We Bless you, God of Israel’  Common Praise #12 (sung to #96)


Let us pray.

O God of the exiles and the lost,
you promise restoration and wholeness
through the power of Jesus Christ.
Give us faith to live joyfully,
sustained by your promises
as we eagerly await the day
when they will be fulfilled
for all the world to see,
through the coming of your Son,
Jesus Christ.  Amen.[ii]

The Proclamation of the Word

First Reading

Zephaniah 3.14-20

The Psalm

‘Surely It Is God Who Saves Me’  Common Praise #361

Second Reading

Philippians 4.4-7

The Gradual Hymn

‘Wait for the Lord, Whose Day Is Near’  Common Praise #94 (sung three times)

The Gospel

Luke 3.7-18

The Sermon

The Affirmation of Faith

Do you believe and trust in God the Father,
source of all being and life,
the one for whom we exist?
We believe and trust in God the Father.

Do you believe and trust in God the Son,
who took our human nature,
died for us and rose again?
We believe and trust in God the Son.

Do you believe and trust in God the Holy Spirit,
who gives life to the people of God
and makes Christ known in the world?
We believe and trust in God the Holy Spirit.

This is our faith.
We believe and trust in one God,
the Holy One of Israel
from whom the Word is begotten
and the Spirit proceeds.  Amen.[iii]

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.

May the God of love and power
forgive you and free you from your sins,
heal and strengthen you by the Holy Spirit,
and raise you to new life in Christ our Lord.  Amen.[iv]

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

‘Lord, Who Left the Highest Heaven’  Common Praise #581 vv. 1, 2, 3, 4 (sung to #220)

Prayer over the Gifts

God of joy and exultation,
you strengthen what is weak;
you enrich the poor
and give hope to those who live in fear.
Receive all we offer you this day,
making us grateful for the good news of salvation
and keeping us faithful in your service
until the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who lives for ever and ever.  Amen.[v] 

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.[vi]

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

‘Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming’  Common Praise #117

The Sending Forth of the Community

Prayer after Communion

God of hope,
you call us home from the exile of selfish oppression
to the freedom of justice,
to the balm of healing,
to and the joy of sharing.
Make us strong to join you in your holy work,
as friends of strangers and victims,
companions of those whom others shun,
and as the happiness of those whose hearts are broken.
We make our prayer through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.[vii]

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

'How Firm a Foundation'  Common Praise #527


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


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

[i] Common Worship:  Daily Prayer (2000), 198.

[ii] Scripture Prayer for Advent 3C in Revised Common Lectionary Prayers (2002), 33.

[iii] Common Worship (2000), 144 alt.

[iv] Common Worship (2000), 135 alt.

[v] Intercessory Prayer for Advent 3 in Revised Common Lectionary Prayers (2002), 32 adapted by the Rev’d Dr R. G. Leggett.

[vi] ‘Thanksgiving at the Table III’ from  Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), 110 with the Eucharistic Preface for ‘Advent’ from The Book of Alternative Services (1985), 219.

[vii] Thematic Prayer for Advent 3 in Revised Common Lectionary Prayers (2002), 32 adapted by the Rev’d Dr R. G. Leggett.

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