Sunday, November 23, 2014

Saint Faith's Advent Ordo 2014

As you prepare your Advent services, here is the Advent Ordo from Saint Faith's.  We will still publish the Sunday services week by week.

advent ordo 2014

The Gathering of the Community

Introductory Responses

Arise, shine, our light is coming;
the glory of the Lord is rising upon us.
Though night still covers the earth
and darkness covers the nations,
over us with the Lord arise,
over us will the glory of God appear.

Seasonal Processional Hymn

Advent 1:  ‘O Come, O Come, Emmanuel’  Common Praise #89 vv. 1, 2, 3
Advent 2:  ‘O Come, O Come, Emmanuel’  Common Praise #89 vv. 1, 3, 4
Advent 3:  ‘O Come, O Come, Emmanuel’  Common Praise #89 vv. 1, 4, 5
Advent 4:  ‘O Come, O Come, Emmanuel’  Common Praise #89 vv. 1, 6, 7


During the Collect the Advent Wreath is lit.

Let us pray.

Advent 1
God of unveiled truth,
in times of darkened sun and waning moon,
lift up our hearts and waken our love
to announce the coming dawn of unexpected peace;
through Jesus Christ, the one who is to come.  Amen. [i]

Advent 2
God of timeless grace,
you fill us with joyful expectation.
Make us ready for the message that prepares the way,
so that with uprightness of heart and holy joy,
we may eagerly await the coming of Christ,
who reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
now and for ever.  Amen. [ii]

Advent 3
O God of Isaiah and John the Baptist,
through all such faithful ones
you proclaim the unfolding of future joy and renewed life.
Strengthen our hearts to believe your advent promise
that we will walk in the way of Christ,
whose coming is certain and whose day draws near.  Amen. [iii]

Advent 4
O God of Elizabeth and Mary,
you visited your servants with news
of the world’s redemption in the coming of the Saviour.
Make our hearts leap with joy
and fill our mouths with songs of praise,
so that we may announce glad tidings of peace
and welcome your Christ in our midst.  Amen. [iv]

The Proclamation of the Word

First Reading

Advent 1:  Isaiah 64.1-9
Advent 2:  Isaiah 40.1-11
Advent 3:  Isaiah 61.1-4, 8-11
Advent 4:  1 Samuel 7.1-11

The Psalm

Advent 1:  Psalm 80.1-7, 17-19 with refrain from Songs for the Holy One
Advent 2:  Psalm 85.1-2, 8-13 with refrain from Songs for the Holy One
Advent 3:  Psalm 126 with refrain from Songs for the Holy One
Advent 4:  Psalm 89.1-4, 19-26 with refrain from Songs for the Holy One

The Second Reading

Advent 1:  1 Corinthians 1.3-9
Advent 2:  2 Peter 3.8-15a
Advent 3:  1 Thessalonians 5.16-24
Advent 4:  Romans 16.25-27

The Gradual Hymn

Advent 1:  ‘Come, O Lord, and Set Us Free’  Common Praise #113
Advent 2:  ‘Prepare the Way, O Zion’  Common Praise #100
Advent 3:  ‘Comfort, Comfort Ye My People’  Common Praise #106
Advent 4:  ‘The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came’  Evangelical Lutheran Worship #265

The Gospel

Advent 1:  Mark 13.24-37
Advent 2:  Mark 1.1-8
Advent 3:  John 1.6-8, 19-28
Advent 4:  Luke 1.26-28

The Homily

An Affirmation of Faith

We are called to proclaim the truth and let us believe:

It is not true that this world
and its people are doomed to die and to be lost.
This is true:  I have come that they may have life
in all its abundance.

It is not true that we must accept
inhumanity and discrimination, hunger and poverty,
death and destruction.
This is true:  The deaf hear, the dead are raised to life,
the poor are hearing the good news.

It is not true that violence and hatred should have the last word
and that war and destruction have come to stay forever.
This is true:  Death shall be no more,
neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain any more.

It is not true that we are simply victims
of the powers of evil who seek to rule the world.
This is true:  The Lord whom we seek
will suddenly come to the temple;
and the Lord is like a refining fire.

It is not true that our dreams of liberation, of human dignity,
are not meant for this earth and for this history.
This is true:  It is already time for us to wake from sleep.
For the night is far gone, the day is at hand. [v]

The Prayers of the Community

Intercessions, Petitions and Thanksgivings

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

Advent 1:  ‘Lo, He Comes with Clouds Descending’  Common Praise #114
Advent 2:  ‘Lamb of God, to Thee We Raise’  Common Praise #270
Advent 3:  ‘Hark, a Herald Voice Is Sounding’  Common Praise #108
Advent 4:  ‘We, the Lord’s People’  Common Praise #10

Prayer over the Gifts

God of abundance,
we bring before you
the precious fruits of your creation,
and with them our very lives.
Teach us patience and hope
as we care for all those in need
until the coming of your Son,
our Saviour and Lord.  Amen. [vi]

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,
so 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. [vii]

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. [viii]

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. [ix]

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. [x]

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. [xi]

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

The Communion

Communion Hymn

Advent 1:  ‘Shepherd of Souls, Refresh and Bless’  Common Praise #85
Advent 2:  ‘Bread of Heaven, on Thee We Feed’  Common Praise #72 (sung to #160)
Advent 3:  ‘Creator of the Stars of Night’  Common Praise #96
Advent 4:  ‘From East to West, from Shore to Shore’  Common Praise #155 vv. 1, 2, 4

The Sending Forth of the Community

Prayer after Communion

God for whom we wait,
in this meal you give us a foretaste of that day
when the hungry will be fed with good things.
Send us forth to make known your deeds
and to proclaim the greatness of your name,
through Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord.  Amen. [xii]

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

Advent 1:  ‘Awake!  Awake!  Fling Off the Night’  Common Praise #599
Advent 2:  ‘There’s a Voice in the Wilderness’  Common Praise #106
Advent 3:  ‘When the King Shall Come Again’  Common Praise #109
Advent 4:  ‘The People That in Darkness Sat’  Common Praise #156


The Deacon sends the People forth with an appropriate Dismissal.

[i] Liturgy Task Force, ‘Trial Use Collects for Advent 1 to the Baptism of Christ’ (Year B), 1.

[ii] Liturgy Task Force, ‘Trial Use Collects for Advent 1 to the Baptism of Christ’ (Year B), 1.

[iii] Liturgy Task Force, ‘Trial Use Collects for Advent 1 to the Baptism of Christ’ (Year B), 2.

[iv] Liturgy Task Force, ‘Trial Use Collects for Advent 1 to the Baptism of Christ’ (Year B), 2.

[v] Alan Boesak as quoted by Janet Morley, ed., Bread for Tomorrow:  Prayers for the Church Year (1992), 31.

[vi] Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), 64 alt.

[vii] The Book or Alternative Services (1985), 219 alt.

[viii] Common Praise #722.

[ix] Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), 110.

[x] Common Praise #744.

[xi] The Book of Alternative Services (1985), 212.

[xii] Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), 65 alt.

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