Sunday 13th Dec - third Sunday in Advent

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Introduction

Welcome to our online worship on this the third Sunday in Advent. Welcome to our worship as we are gathered in heart and spirit if not in physical proximity with one another.  It is a reminder that the church is not the building but rather it is the people of God who are the church.  

We will be having Reflective Carol Services in St John's, Hook and in Rotherwick this afternoon and a 6pm Holy Communion in Hook, places will need to be booked via Richard Morely for Hook or Shona for Rotherwick.  There will also be a live worship service using zoom at 10am, which will be open 15 mins beforehand for technical sound checks & notices.  For any children we have weekly activities which follow the same theme and are used for junior church and for children joining the Zoom Meeting - click here for activity sheets for this week.

10am Worship via Zoom
Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85217620782?pwd=bzJDT0xDcjREditVNlA0bEZmUjFNZz09
Meeting ID: 852 1762 0782 & Passcode: 20201213

Junior Church
11:00am to 11:30am for 3 to 8yrs and 11:30am to 12:00 for 9-14yrs each Sunday (except the first Sunday in the month). Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/94581937074?pwd=SmxRTXUzNDhQcmszZHVvUXltcXdNZz09
Meeting ID: 945 8193 7074 & Passcode:760169

4pm Reflective Carols in Hook & Rotherwick Churches

6pm Holy communion in Hook

If you are unable to join the Zoom Meeting using the link, you can phone in on 0203 051 2874  and use the appropriate meeting ID & passcode

Candle

Welcome To Worship

Welcome to our worship. Today is Gaudete Sunday. Traditionally we light the Pink Advent Candle, and for churches that wear robes, the colour is Pink. It is a light touch in a season of reflection and penitence.

If you have an Advent candle, you may like to light the third candle and say the prayer for John the Baptist today.

Lord Jesus, light of the world, John told the people to prepare, for you were very near. As Christmas grows closer day by day, help us to be ready to welcome you now. Amen.

An ancient prayer of approach to God

O Lord our God,
grant us grace to desire you with our whole heart;
that so desiring, we may seek and find you;
and so finding, may love you;
and so loving, may hate those sins from which you have delivered us;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.                                                            Anselm (1109)

Music: March from Scipio by Handel, played by Richard Joyce

March from Scipio - Handel

The Greeting

Faithful One, whose word is life: come with saving power to free our praise, inspire our prayer and shape our lives. For the kingdom of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Hymn

Hills of the North, rejoice

The Commandments

In Advent it is traditional to prepare our hearts by reflecting on the ten commandments from the Old Testament. If you find this helpful in your preparation, here they are:

I am the Lord your God: you shall have no other gods but me.
You shall not make for yourself any idol.
You shall not dishonour the name of the Lord your God.
Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy.
Honour your father and your mother.
You shall not commit murder.
You shall not commit adultery.
You shall not steal.
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour.
You shall not covet anything which belongs to your neighbour.
Amen. Lord, have mercy upon us and write all these your laws in our hearts.

Prayer of Preparation

Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open
all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hidden:
cleanse the thoughts of our hearts
by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,
that we may perfectly love you,
and worthily magnify your holy name;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Confession

Almighty God, our heavenly Father,
we have sinned against you
and against our neighbour
in thought and word and deed,
through negligence, through weakness,
through our own deliberate fault.
We are truly sorry
and repent of all our sins.
For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,
who died for us,
forgive all that is past
and grant that we may serve you in newness of life
to the glory of your name.

Amen

Absolution

May Almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins,
and keep us in eternal life.
Amen

Collect

God for whom we watch and wait,
you sent John the Baptist to prepare the way of your Son:
give us courage to speak the truth,
to hunger for justice, and to suffer for the cause of right,
with Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Bible Readings

Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11

1The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
    because the Lord has anointed me
    to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the broken-hearted,
    to proclaim freedom for the captives
    and release from darkness for the prisoners,
2to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour
    and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
3    and provide for those who grieve in Zion –
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
    instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
    instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
    instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
    a planting of the Lord
    for the display of his splendour.

4They will rebuild the ancient ruins
    and restore the places long devastated;
they will renew the ruined cities
    that have been devastated for generations.

8For I, the Lord, love justice;
    I hate robbery and wrongdoing.
In my faithfulness I will reward my people
    and make an everlasting covenant with them.
9Their descendants will be known among the nations
    and their offspring among the peoples.
All who see them will acknowledge
    that they are a people the Lord has blessed.’

10I delight greatly in the Lord;
    my soul rejoices in my God.
For he has clothed me with garments of salvation
    and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness,
as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest,
    and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
11For as the soil makes the young plant come up
    and a garden causes seeds to grow,
so the Sovereign Lord will make righteousness
    and praise spring up before all nations.

John 1:6-8, 19-28

6There was a man sent from God whose name was John. 7He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. 8He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. 19Now this was John’s testimony when the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him who he was. 20He did not fail to confess, but confessed freely, ‘I am not the Messiah.’21They asked him, ‘Then who are you? Are you Elijah?’ He said, ‘I am not.’ ‘Are you the Prophet?’ He answered, ‘No.’ 22Finally they said, ‘Who are you? Give us an answer to take back to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?’

23John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet, ‘I am the voice of one calling in the wilderness, “Make straight the way for the Lord.”’ 24Now the Pharisees who had been sent 25questioned him, ‘Why then do you baptise if you are not the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?’ 26‘I baptise with water,’ John replied, ‘but among you stands one you do not know. 27He is the one who comes after me, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.’ 28This all happened at Bethany on the other side of the Jordan, where John was baptising.

Talk from Marion

Hymn

On Jordan's Bank the Baptist's Cry

The Apostles’ Creed

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

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
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,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come 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

 

Prayers

As we listen to the quiet music, and gathered in God’s presence let us pray.

Music: Spirit of the Living God played by Nikki Wild

Spirit of the Living God - Daniel Iverson

In joyful expectation of his coming to our aid, we pray to Jesus.

Come to your Church as Lord and judge. We pray for your Church around the world, remembering especially the Church in Myanmar.
Help us to live in the light of your coming
and give us a longing for your kingdom.
Maranatha:
Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.

Come to your world as King of the nations. We pray for Brexit negotiations, the new administration in the USA, and other places on our hearts…
Before you rulers will stand in silence.
Maranatha:
Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.

Come to those who suffer as Saviour and comforter. We pray for those on our Notices sheet, our prayer groups, and on our hearts. Break into our lives, where we struggle with sickness and distress, and set us free to serve you for ever.
Maranatha:
Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.

Come to us as shepherd and guardian of our souls. We remember those who have shaped our lives and guided us in faith. Thank you for each and every one. Give us with all the faithful departed a share in your victory over sin and death.
Maranatha:
Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.

Come from heaven, Lord Jesus, with power and great glory. Lift us up to meet you, that with St John the Evangelist, St Michael and all your saints and angels, we may live and reign with you in your new creation.
Maranatha:
Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.

Come Lord Jesus, do not delay;
give new courage to your people, who trust in your love. By your coming, raise us to share in the joy of your kingdom on earth as in heaven, where you live and reign with the Father and the Spirit, one God for ever and ever.
Amen.

The Lord's Prayer

As our Saviour taught us, so we 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.
Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
now and for ever.
Amen

The Peace

God will speak peace to his people,
to those who turn to him in their hearts.
The peace of the Lord be always with you.
And also with you.

Offertory

Consider all that God has done for you, especially as you see this in Jesus. ‘Count your blessings’ and respond with appropriate generosity from your material wealth.
Amen

Giving to our Churches

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Reflecting on Holy Communion

At this time when we cannot gather to share Holy Communion with one another we take some time to reflect on what it means to each of us that Jesus gave his own life that we might live life in freedom.

1 Corinthians 11: 23 - 26

23For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: the Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread,24and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, ‘This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.’25In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.’26For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

O God, whose beauty is beyond our imagining
and whose power we cannot comprehend:
show us your glory as far as we can grasp it,
and shield us from knowing more than we can bear
until we may look upon you without fear;
through Jesus Christ our Saviour.
Amen

Blessing

Christ the Sun of Righteousness shine upon you,
scatter the darkness from before your path,
and make you ready to meet him when he comes in glory;
and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,
be upon you now, and always. Amen.
 

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
In the name of Christ. Amen.

Hymn

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

Advent - 3

Copyright details

Services and Prayers for the Church of England. Common Worship. Church House Publishing. The Archbishops’ Council. 2000. Daily Prayer, 2005.
Liturgy and Prayers from Times and Seasons, Church of England Services and Prayers. Archbishops Council.
Readings taken from THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
Image: Advent Third Candles Image by Lisa eppinger from Pixabay
Music:
March from Scipio by G. F. Handel - played by Richard Joyce
Spirit of the Living God by Daniel Iverson - played by Nikki Wild (CCLI SONG 23488)
Hymns from A Church near you. Hymns recorded by St Martin in the Fields
CCLI - St Johns Hook, 827213


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