Sunday 14th December the Third Sunday of Advent

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You will need for today’s service, a small bowl of water, a candle a pen and paper.

If you are doing this alone, say the Bold and normal type. If in a group assign one person to say the normal type and everyone join in with the bold type. The Italics are directions for actions within the service.

 

We are in Advent at the moment.

This week’s theme is: Be Glad

 

The Lord be with you

And also with you

Light your candle as you pray:

As we light this candle in prayer we ask God’s blessing on us, our family, our church and world. We ask Christ to surround and his Angels to protect us.

Loving God,
open our ears to hear your word
and draw us closer to you,
that the whole world may be one with you
as you are one with us in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

The Psalm (Poem) for the Week say this aloud quietly and slowly

Psalm 126

When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion,
    we were like those who dream.
Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
    and our tongue with shouts of joy;
then it was said among the nations,
    “The Lord has done great things for them.”
The Lord has done great things for us,
    and we rejoiced.

Restore our fortunes, O Lord,
    like the watercourses in the Negeb.
May those who sow in tears
    reap with shouts of joy.
Those who go out weeping,
    bearing the seed for sowing,
shall come home with shouts of joy,
    carrying their sheaves.

 

Penitence where we reflect on the good and bad of the last week

 

Meditation on our last week:

Quietly look at your candle burn before you.

Think of the one thing that you are most proud of this week

Where have you surprised yourself with your kindness or patience

Quietly think it over and relive that moment in your mind.

Feel the Joy within you as you notice God’s presence.

Write it down and place it by your candle

Think of one thing that you are ashamed of this week.

What led to that thought, action or inaction?

How did this make you feel?

Now touch the water in your bowl and trace the sign of the cross on your forehead

Then say aloud:

Lord God I am your child my I turn away from the darkness of depression to the joy of love

 

Pray aloud:

O Lord Jesus Christ,
who at your first coming sent your messenger
to prepare your way before you:
grant that the ministers and stewards of your mysteries
may likewise so prepare and make ready your way
by turning the hearts of the disobedient to the wisdom of the just,
that at your second coming to judge the world
we may be found an acceptable people in your sight;
for you are alive and reign with the Father
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen

The Word where we listen to the Bible Readings and the Sermon

 

This week’s readings are:

Isaiah chapter 61 verses 1-4, 8-end

1 Thessalonians 5.16-24

This week our featured reading is from John chapter 1 verses 6-8, 19-28 read it aloud below.

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

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

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

This is the word of the Lord

Thanks be to God

 

Sermon

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Intercessions we pray for others and our world.

 

Spend some time thinking about situations in your life or in our community and world.

What is it in the Church that you are most concerned about? Think for a moment and write it down

What is in your family that you are most concerned about? Think for a moment and write it down

What have you seen on the news that most concerns you? Think for a moment and write it down

What have you heard about within our community that most concerns you? Think for a moment and write it down

Who do you know who is sick at the moment? Think for a moment and write it down

Think about your loved ones who have passed, Think for a moment and write it down

Take a drop of water on your finger, touch each person or situation you have written, as you do this pray aloud for each one written..

Lord Jesus Christ Son of God have mercy on us.

 

Thanksgiving where we say Thank you to God and bring to him all we thought and prayed about today

 

Listen to the choir sing, this is a hymn they sing during communion. As you listen think back over all the readings, prayers, sermon and your own life. Within you heart, say thank you to God for those things that led you to feel that deep Joy within you.

Click to listen to the Choir

 

 

This week’s Challenge:

Each week we are called to put our prayer into action:

Do the Advent Calendar below

Go in Peace to Love and Serve the Lord

In the name of Christ Amen.

 

Christ Church Advent Calendar

Each week has a prayer which is said while the Advent Candle is lit. Each day light a candle at home and pray that same prayer with us as we do the activities together.

Week three: Be Glad!

This week we are called to be glad. It can be very depressing in December with the dark days

and long nights. This week we are asked to look around us and be glad, not just about what is happening now but in the future also. Advent is about looking forward to a joyful future with God. Jesus is born at the darkest time of the year. After his birth the world become literally lighter. With Jesus born in our lives they can be lighter too.

December 14th  Today John points to Jesus with joy saying he is the light of the world. What in our lives lights up with joy?

December 15th The food bank gives food to those in crisis. This is more than just food it is hope and joy given to those in despair. What can I give to the food bank today to bring joy?

December 16th Who in your life brings light and joy to you? Make the effort to tell them and thank them too.

December 17th Jesus is born with the poorest of the poor. Showing that love is more valuable than gold. Think on this and be glad that God loves us for who we are not what we have.

December 18th What three things have you seen today that made you glad?

December 19th We don’t need all that stuff in the adverts, buying stuff doesn’t make you joyful. Be glad in knowing this.

December 20th God sends Jesus into our world without being asked, be glad that God loved us all first.

 

Prayer for week three

People of God: be glad!

Your God delights in you,

giving you joy for sadness

and turning the dark to light.

Be strong in hope therefore;

for your God comes to save.

You are God’s children.

Lord, make us one in the love of Christ

today and for ever.

Amen.

 

 

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