Advent Sunday Service Audio Led by Rev. Robert Jennings
Order of Service
Lighting the Advent Candle – see words spoken below
HYMN – 138 Come thou long expected Jesus – Phil and Lythan Nevard
Reading – Mark 13:24-37
HYMN – Christian aid carol
Prayers of intercession
HYMN – 137 Hark, the glad sound
The blessing – See words shared below
RESPONSES – Join in with the Red print
Response after lighting Advent candles.
Mighty God, creator of the world, break through all that keeps us from You. We ask for your mercy and reform us in your image. This Advent, visit us with your justice, love and peace. Amen.
Responses during prayers
Come, God who draws near to us, for we live in fretful times, wondering if we will ever come out of them,
Come to us, with your grace.
Come, God who has walked these roads, for we long to be faithful in these days, but find it all to easy to be seduced by worry.
Come to us, with your hope.
Come, God who carries life in your breath, for we try to stay apart for others and ourselves, but find it easy to listen to those who mock us for being so foolish.
Come to us with your love.
Word of Flesh: have mercy
Friend of the poor: have mercy
Bridegroom of the faithful: have mercy
In the midst of all our uncertainty, we are reminded of the truths, that God loves us, God forgives us, God restores us to new life,
the child has come, bringing grace, offering mercy, and wrapping us in arms of love! thanks be to God, we are forgiven. Amen
Response after the blessing
On this pilgrimage of uncertainty
may we remember God has walked this road many times before
As we live through these endless moments,
may we remember Jesus shares hope with us every day, every day.
In this season filled with isolation from others,
may we remember that the Spirit knows our loneliness and cradles us in love.
Rejoice and Sing 138
Come, thou long-expected Jesus,
born to set thy people free;
from our fears and sins release us;
let us find our rest in thee.
Israel’s strength and consolation,
hope of all the earth thou art;
dear Desire of every nation,
joy of every longing heart.
Born thy people to deliver;
born a child, and yet a King;
born to reign in us for ever;
now thy gracious kingdom bring.
By thine own eternal Spirit
rule in all our hearts alone;
by thine all-sufficient merit
raise us to thy glorious throne.
Christian Aid Carol
When out of poverty is born
a dream that will not die
a landless, weary folk find strength
to stand with heads held high,
it’s then we learn from those who wait
to greet the promised day:
‘The Lord is coming; don’t lose heart
Be blest: prepare the way!’
When people wander far from God,
forget to share their bread,
they find their wealth an empty thing,
their spirits are not fed.
For only just and tender love
the hungry soul will stay.
And so God’s prophets echo still:
‘Be blest: prepare the way!’
When God took flesh and came to earth,
the world turned upside down,
and in the strength of women’s faith
the Word of Life was born.
She knew that God would raise the low,
it pleased her to obey.
Rejoice with Mary in the call:
‘Be blest: prepare the way!’
Rejoice and Sing 137
Hark, the glad sound! The Saviour comes,
the Saviour promised long:
let every heart prepare a throne,
and every voice a song.
He comes, the prisoners to release
in Satan’s bondage held;
the gates of brass before him burst,
the iron fetters yield.
He comes, from ignorance and doubt
to clear the inward sight;
and on the darkness of the blind
to pour celestial light.
He comes, the broken heart to bind,
the wounded soul to cure,
and with the treasures of his grace
to enrich the humble poor.