Monday, December 11, 2017

An Ordo for the Third Sunday of Advent (17 December 2017)

The Third Sunday of Advent

17 December 2017

The Gathering of the Community

Gathering Music


Entrance Hymn

‘Comfort , Comfort Ye, My People’  Common Praise #100

The Greeting

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
who has come to set us free,
who has raised up for us a mighty Saviour,
born from the house of David. Amen. [i]

Lighting of the Advent Wreath [ii]

Come, O Lord, and set us free.

We have been waiting and longing for light,
watching for signs of the Lord.
Promised of ages, Messiah to come,
hear us, we beg you:  Come, save!

Come, O Lord, and set us free.

Collect of the Day

Let us pray.

God of light,
who sent the Baptist to offer hope
and to face the world’s scorn:
open our ears to hear the cries from the margins,
exposing our fears, sharpening our vision
and calling us to faith;
through Jesus Christ, the one who is to come.  Amen. [iii]

The Proclamation of the Word

The First Reading:  Isaiah 61.1-4, 8-11

A reading from the prophet Isaiah.

            61.1 The spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me; he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed, to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and release to the prisoners; 2 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn; 3 to provide for those who mourn in Zion — to give them a garland instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the mantle of praise instead of a faint spirit.  They will be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, to display his glory.  4 They shall build up the ancient ruins, they shall raise up the former devastations; they shall repair the ruined cities, the devastations of many generations.

            8 For I the Lord love justice, I hate robbery and wrongdoing; I will faithfully give them their recompense, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.  9 Their descendants shall be known among the nations, and their offspring among the peoples; all who see them shall acknowledge that they are a people whom the Lord has blessed. 10 I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my whole being shall exult in my God; for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation, he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.  11 For as the earth brings forth its shoots, and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring up, so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring up before all the nations.

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

The Psalm:  Psalm 126 from Songs for the Holy One

Refrain (sung twice):  The Holy One does wonderful things for us.

When the Holy One restores Zion’s fortunes,
it will be like a glorious dream.
Our mouths will be filled with laughter
and our tongues with joyful shouts.

Refrain:  The Holy One does wonderful things for us.

The nations will exclaim,
“What wonderful things God has done for them.”
The Holy One has indeed done wonders for us!
We will be filled with ecstasy.
O Holy One, bring back our exiles
streaming through the southern desert.

Refrain:  The Holy One does wonderful things for us.

Those who sowed in tears will harvest in great joy.
Those who carried the seed went forth in tears,
but will surely return carrying the sheaves of harvest!

Refrain:  The Holy One does wonderful things for us.

The Second Reading:  1 Thessalonians 5.16-24

A reading from Paul’s First Letter to the Thessalonians.

5.16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.  19 Do not quench the Spirit.  20 Do not despise the words of prophets, 21 but test everything; hold fast to what is good; 22 abstain from every form of evil.

            23 May the God of peace himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be kept sound and blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.  24 The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do this.

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

Hymn before the Gospel

‘Prepare the Way’  Common Praise #107 (sung twice)

The Gospel:  John 1.6-8, 19-28

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

            1.6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.  7 He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him.  8 He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light.

            19 This is the testimony given by John when the [Jewish authorities] sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?”  20 He confessed and did not deny it, but confessed, “I am not the Messiah.”  21 And they asked him, “What then?  Are you Elijah?”  He said, “I am not.”  “Are you the prophet?”  He answered, “No.”  22 Then they said to him, “Who are you?  Let us have an answer for those who sent us.  What do you say about yourself?”

            23 He said, “I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’ ” as the prophet Isaiah said.

            24 Now they had been sent from the Pharisees.  25 They asked him, “Why then are you baptizing if you are neither the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the prophet?”  26 John answered them, “I baptize with water.  Among you stands one whom you do not know, 27 the one who is coming after me; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandal.”  28 This took place in Bethany across the Jordan where John was baptizing.

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

Hymn after the Gospel

‘Prepare the Way’  Common Praise #107 (sung once)

The Homily

The Apostles Creed

Let us confess the faith of our baptism.

I believe in God,
the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord. 
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
and born of the Virgin Mary. 
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died and was buried. 
He descended to the dead. 
On the third day he rose again. 
He ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father. 
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.  Amen.

The Prayers of the Community

Intercessions, Thanksgivings and Petitions

Confession and Absolution

Let us pray 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 Jesus Christ.  Amen.

The Exchange of the Peace

May the peace of Christ whose day draws near be with you.
And also with you.

The Holy Communion

Offertory Hymn

‘People, Look East!’  The Time Is Near!’  Common Praise #91

Prayer over the Gifts

Let us pray.

God of hope,
renew in us the joy of your salvation
and make us a living sacrifice to you,
for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen. [iv]

The Great Thanksgiving

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.

It is indeed right, our duty and our joy,
that we should at all times and in all places
give thanks and praise to you, almighty and merciful God,
through our Saviour Jesus Christ. 
You comforted your people with the promise of the Redeemer,
through whom you will also make all things new
in the day when he comes to judge the world in righteousness. 
And so, with all the choirs of angels,
with the church on earth and the hosts of heaven,
we praise your name and join their unending hymn:

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 in the darkness and in the light. 
Blessed are you for your promise to your people. 
Blessed are you in the prophetshopes and dreams. 
Blessed are you for Marys 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 forever.  Amen.

The Lords Prayer (said)

Awaiting his coming in glory,
let us pray as our Saviour has taught us,

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

Hymn during Communion

‘Creator of the Stars of Night’  Common Praise #96

The Sending Forth of the Community

Prayer after Communion

Let us pray.

Merciful God,
may this eucharist free us from our sins,
fill us with unending joy,
and prepare us to celebrate the birth of our Saviour.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ,
who is Lord now and for ever.  Amen. [vi]

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.

The Closing Hymn

‘There’s a Voice in the Wilderness’  Common Praise #107

The Dismissal

Go forth in the name of Christ and proclaim good news to the oppressed,
for the promises of God will be fulfilled.
Thanks be to God.

[i] The Book of Alternative Services (1985), 88 alt.

[ii] Common Praise #113 v. 2.

[iv] The Book of Alternative Services (1985), 271.

[v] Common Praise #722.

[vi] The Book of Alternative Services (1985), 271 alt.

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