Wednesday, December 17, 2014

An Order for the Eucharist on Advent 4 (21 December 2014)

The Fourth sunday of Advent
21 December 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 will the Lord arise,
over us will the glory of God appear.

Seasonal Processional Hymn

‘O Come, O Come, Emmanuel’  Common Praise #89 vv. 1, 6, 7


During the Collect the Advent Wreath is lit.

Let us pray.

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. [i]

The Proclamation of the Word

First Reading

A reading from Second Samuel (7.1-11).

            Now when the king was settled in his house, and the Lord had given him rest from all his enemies around him, the king said to the prophet Nathan, “See now, I am living in a house of cedar, but the ark of God stays in a tent.”  Nathan said to the king, “Go, do all that you have in mind; for the Lord is with you.”

  But that same night the word of the Lord came to Nathan:  Go and tell my servant David:  Thus says the Lord:  Are you the one to build me a house to live in?  I have not lived in a house since the day I brought up the people of Israel from Egypt to this day, but I have been moving about in a tent and a tabernacle.  Wherever I have moved about among all the people of Israel, did I ever speak a word with any of the tribal leaders of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, saying, “Why have you not built me a house of cedar?”  Now therefore thus you shall say to my servant David:  Thus says the Lord of hosts:  I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep to be prince over my people Israel; and I have been with you wherever you went, and have cut off all your enemies from before you; and I will make for you a great name, like the name of the great ones of the earth.  And I will appoint a place for my people Israel and will plant them, so that they may live in their own place, and be disturbed no more; and evildoers shall afflict them no more, as formerly, from the time that I appointed judges over my people Israel; and I will give you rest from all your enemies.  Moreover the Lord declares to you that the Lord will make you a house.

Hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church.
Thanks be to God.

The Psalm

Psalm 89.1-4, 19-26 with refrain from Songs for the Holy One

Refrain (sung twice):  May we ever be faithful to your covenant, O Holy One.

1 Your love, O Lord, for ever will I sing; *
            from age to age my mouth will proclaim your faithfulness.
2 For I am persuaded that your love is established for ever; *
            you have set your faithfulness firmly in the heavens.
3 “I have made a covenant with my chosen one; *
            I have sworn an oath to David my servant:
4 ‘I will establish your line for ever, *
            and preserve your throne for all generations.’”

Refrain:  May we ever be faithful to your covenant, O Holy One.

19 You spoke once in a vision and said to your faithful people: *
            “I have set the crown upon a warrior
            and have exalted one chosen out of the people.
20 I have found David my servant; *
            with my holy oil have I anointed him.
21 My hand will hold him fast *
            and my arm will make him strong.
22 No enemy shall deceive him, *
            nor any wicked one bring him down.
23 I will crush his foes before him *
            and strike down those who hate him.

Refrain:  May we ever be faithful to your covenant, O Holy One.

24 My faithfulness and love shall be with him, *
            and he shall be victorious through my name.
25 I shall make his dominion extend *
            from the Great Sea to the River.
26 He will say to me, ’You are my Father, *
            my God, and the rock of my salvation’”

Refrain:  May we ever be faithful to your covenant, O Holy One.

The Second Reading

A reading from Paul’s Letter to the Romans (16.25-27).

Now to God who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages but is now disclosed, and through the prophetic writings is made known to all the Gentiles, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith — to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever!  Amen.

Hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church.
Thanks be to God.

The Gradual Hymn

‘The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came’  Evangelical Lutheran Worship #265

The Gospel

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke (1.26-38).
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

            In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David.  The virgin’s name was Mary.  And he came to her and said, “Greetings, favoured one!  The Lord is with you.”  But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.  The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God.  And now, 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.  He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”  Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?”  The angel said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God.  And now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month for her who was said to be barren.  For nothing will be impossible with God.”  Then Mary said, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.”  Then the angel departed from her.

The Gospel of Christ.
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

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. [ii]

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

‘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. [iii]

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. [iv]

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. [v]

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. [vii]

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. [viii]

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

The Communion

Communion Hymn

‘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. [ix]

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

‘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), 2.

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

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

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

[v] Common Praise #722.

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

[vii] Common Praise #744.

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

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

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