Sunday 20th Dec - 4th Sunday in Advent

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Welcome to our online worship on this the 4th Sunday in Advent. 

There will 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:
Meeting ID: 836 3482 8773 & Passcode: 201220

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:
Meeting ID: 945 8193 7074 & Passcode:760169

4pm Carols via Zoom
Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 827 5736 0247 & Passcode: 20201220

6pm Holy communion in Hook 
book via Richard Morley on 01256 762948

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


Welcome To Worship

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. 

advent 4

If you have an Advent candle, you may like to light a candle – or four even - as you join with others around the world marking Advent as we continue in this season of expectation and preparation to celebrate the coming of Christ in his incarnation and also looking ahead to his coming again.


God our Father,
the angel Gabriel told the Virgin Mary
that she was to be the mother of your Son.
Though Mary was afraid,
she responded to your call with joy.
Help us, whom you call to serve you,
to share like her in your great work
of bringing to our world your love and healing.
We ask this through Jesus Christ,
the light who is coming into the world.

Music: Jesus Christ the apple tree, sung by St John's Choir

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.


Come thou long expected Jesus
Link to Come thou long expected Jesus (from YouTube, opens in a new tab)



Christ the light of the world has come to dispel
the darkness of our hearts.  In his light let us examine
ourselves and ask for forgiveness.

Lord God, our maker and our redeemer,
this is your world and we are your people:
come among us and save us.

Lord Jesus, you came to gather the nations into the peace of your kingdom:
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

You come in word and sacrament to strengthen us in holiness:
Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.

You will come in glory with salvation for your people:
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.


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


Eternal God,
as Mary waited for the birth of your Son,
so we wait for his coming in glory;
bring us through the birth pangs of this present age
to see, with her, our great salvation
in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Bible Readings

Romans 16: 25 - end

25Now to him who is able to establish you in accordance with my gospel, the message I proclaim about Jesus Christ, in keeping with the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past, 26but now revealed and made known through the prophetic writings by the command of the eternal God, so that all the Gentiles might come to the obedience that comes from faith – 27to the only wise God be glory for ever through Jesus Christ! Amen.


Luke 1: 26 – 38

26In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28The angel went to her and said, ‘Greetings, you who are highly favoured! The Lord is with you.’


29Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30But the angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favour with God. 31You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants for ever; his kingdom will never end.’

34‘How will this be,’ Mary asked the angel, ‘since I am a virgin?’

35The angel answered, ‘The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. 36Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. 37For no word from God will ever fail.’

38‘I am the Lord’s servant,’ Mary answered. ‘May your word to me be fulfilled.’ Then the angel left her.

Talk from Shona


Of the Father’s love begotten
Link to Of the Father’s love begotten (from YouTube, opens in a new tab)

Affirmation of Faith

We believe in God the Father,
from whom every family
in heaven and on earth is named.
We believe in God the Son,
who lives in our hearts through faith,
and fills us with his love.
We believe in God the Holy Spirit,
who strengthens us
with power from on high.
We believe in one God;
Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  Amen



Loving Lord
Through the birth of your son, Jesus, you showed the world your great love and care for each one of us.  We thank you for the courage shown by Mary as she heard from the Angel what was being asked of her.  We pray that we too might be people of courage, willing to listen to your word for our lives and to respond with the same servant-heart as Mary.

Lord in your mercy
Hear our prayer

Loving Lord
Thank you that the birth of Jesus was good news for all people.  As Jesus brought healing and hope to those he lived alongside may we too be people who show compassion to our neighbours.  Help us see those who are in need and to offer a gentle hand of friendship; show us those for whom life has become uncertain so that we might bring comfort and practical support.  We pray for those organsiations and charities that work directly with individuals to bring immediate relief for those in distress and ask that they will continue to have the funding required to keep their support levels meeting the need.

Lord in your mercy
Hear our prayer

Loving Lord
You know our deepest fears and highest hopes.  We pray for all governments and leaders of nations that they would be people of integrity who work for the greater good of all people, that they would see the needs of all people and no person would be considered unworthy.  We especially pray for all those who are refugees – economic or from war – and ask that they continue to hold the hope of returning home to a land restored.  For those who seek a new life in a different country we pray that they would find a welcome in that place and know that they are home even while far from their place of birth.

Lord in your mercy
Hear our prayer

Loving Lord
We hold before you all those who are suffering in some way, whether in body, mind or spirit.  May you bring them comfort in their time of need, healing where restoration is needed, hope for those who have lost hope.  For those who mourn we pray that you would support them in their grief and turn their tears of sorrow into tears of joy as they recognise you with them.

Merciful Father, we offer all these prayers to you as we watch and wait for your coming.  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.

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.

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.



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.

Giving to our Churches

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Final prayer and Blessing

Heavenly Father,
who chose the Blessed Virgin Mary to be the mother
of the promised saviour:
fill us your servants with your grace,
that in all things we may embrace your holy will
and with her rejoice in your salvation; through Jesus Christ our Lord.


May God himself, the God of peace,
make you perfect and holy,
and keep you safe and blameless, in spirit, soul and body,
for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ;
and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always.


At the name of Jesus
Link to At the name of Jesus (from YouTube, opens in a new tab)

Advent - 4

thanks to the flower arrangers in Hook for the Advent Wreath

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.
Hymns from YouTube under under appropriate licensing
CCLI - St Johns Hook, 827213

Children's Activities for Sunday 20th Dec
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