Sunday 21st December The Fourth 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.

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We are in Advent at the moment.

This week’s theme is: Prepare

 

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 89.1-4, 19-26

I will sing of your steadfast love, O Lord, forever;
    with my mouth I will proclaim your faithfulness to all generations.
I declare that your steadfast love is established forever;
    your faithfulness is as firm as the heavens.

You said, “I have made a covenant with my chosen one,
    I have sworn to my servant David:
 ‘I will establish your descendants forever,
    and build your throne for all generations.’”  Selah

Then you spoke in a vision to your faithful one, and said:
    “I have set the crown on one who is mighty,
    I have exalted one chosen from the people.
I have found my servant David;
    with my holy oil I have anointed him;
my hand shall always remain with him;
    my arm also shall strengthen him.
The enemy shall not outwit him,
    the wicked shall not humble him.
I will crush his foes before him
    and strike down those who hate him.
My faithfulness and steadfast love shall be with him;
    and in my name his horn shall be exalted.
I will set his hand on the sea
    and his right hand on the rivers.
He shall cry to me, ‘You are my Father,
    my God, and the Rock of my salvation!’

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:

God our redeemer,
who prepared the Blessed Virgin Mary
to be the mother of your Son:
grant that, as she looked for his coming as our saviour,
so we may be ready to greet him
when he comes again as our judge;
who is alive and reigns with you,
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:

2 Samuel chapter 7 verses 1-11, 16

Romans chapter 16 verses 25-end

This week our featured reading is from Luke chapter 1 verses 26-38 read it aloud below.

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 for ever, 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.

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 four: prepare

Just a few days to go now and we are called to prepare. The shops have had us preparing since October and many people by now have just had enough. But we are not called here to prepare practically for parties, but spiritually for the coming of Christ. Not just 2000 years ago but the    coming of Christ into our hearts today.

December 21st    Mary says yes to the Angel and Jesus is born inside her. What is God calling us to say yes to so he can be born   inside us?

December 22nd Jesus is with us at Christmas, he shares our joys and sorrows. What are our joys and sorrows today that Jesus shares?

December 23rd In business of today try and find five minutes to be quiet with God

December 24th In your window tonight light a candle to show there is room in your heart to welcome Christ in.

Prayer for week four:

People of God: prepare!

God, above all, maker of all,

is one with us in Christ.

Come, Lord Jesus!

God, the mighty God,

bends down in love to earth.

Come, Lord Jesus!

God with us, God beside us,

comes soon to the world he has made.

Come, Lord Jesus!

We are God’s children,

we seek the coming Christ.

Come, Lord Jesus!

Amen

 

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