A MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE to share alone or on ZOOM at 10.30am
Sunday 29th November 2020ADVENT SUNDAY

Welcome Greeting

Grace, mercy and peace,
from God our Father
The Lord Jesus Christ & the Holy Spirit be always with you
And also with you

O Lord open our lips
And our mouths shall proclaim your praise
Give us the joy of your saving help
And sustain us with your life-giving Spirit

Contemplating Advent: Hear the Words of the Ancient Hebrew Prophet, Isaiah.

Isaiah 11:1-2 “A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. The spirit of the Lord will rest on him – the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of might.”

Almighty God, as your kingdom dawns,
turn us from the darkness of sin to the light of holiness,
that we may be ready to meet you
in our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

We make our prayerful request to God for his help in this continued time of trouble

In the day of my trouble, I have sought the Lord.
God our shepherd,
You led us and saved us in times of old;
do not forget Your people in their troubles,
but raise up Your power to sustain the poor and helpless;
for the honour of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Hear the Words of Comfort from PSALM 94 verse 19:

“Lord, when doubts fill my mind,
when my heart is in turmoil,
quieten me and give me renewed hope and cheer.”

Our First Advent Hymn (a shortened version)

(In the Zoom service Corinne and Graham Morris will play
and sing for us as they lead us with everyone muted and we can listen or sing along at home.)

1. O come, O come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear.
Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

2. O come, Thou Wisdom from on high,
Who orderest all things mightily;
To us the path of knowledge show,
And teach us in her ways to go.
Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

3. O come, Thou Key of David, come,
And open wide our heavenly home;
Make safe the way that leads on high,
And close the path of misery.
Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

4. O come, Thou Root of Jesse’s tree
An ensign of Thy people be;
Before Thee rulers silent fall;
All peoples on Thy mercy call.
Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

5. O come, Desire of nations, bind
In one the hearts of humankind;
Bid Thou our sad divisions cease,
And be Thyself our King of Peace.
Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

The Invitation To Confession

We have come together in the name of Christ
To offer our praise and thanksgiving
To hear and receive God’s holy word
To pray for the needs of the world
And to seek the forgiveness of our sins
That by the power of the Holy Spirit
We may give ourselves to the service of God.
And so, let’s confess our sins in penitence and faith.

(In the Zoom meeting, I will then say each line below and everyone repeats it after me, please, thereby taking time to reflect on the words of our confession)

Most Merciful God
Father of our Lord Jesus Christ
We confess that we have sinned
In thought, word and deed.
We have not loved You with our whole heart
We have not loved our neighbours as ourselves.
In Your mercy,
Forgive what we have been
Help us to amend what we are
And direct what we shall be.
That we may act justly,
Love mercy
And walk humbly with You, our God.

We pray that the Father of all mercies
May cleanse us from our sins
And restore us in his image
To the praise and glory of his name 
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.

The night has passed,
and the day lies open before us;
therefore, on this Advent Sunday, let us pray with one heart and mind.

Awaken us, O Lord God,
with your grace for the future.
As you graciously forgive our sins,
protect and strengthen us from all danger of future sins,
so that we may serve you with a clear conscience,
and joyfully receive our Lord Jesus Christ when he come again in glory;
he lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God forever and ever.

O Lord our God, make us watchful and cheerful
as we await the coming of your Son, Christ our Lord,
that when he comes and knocks, he will find us not sleeping in sins but awake and rejoicing in his praises;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Lord God – Father, Son & Holy Spirit – hear the prayers of your people.

Lord in Your mercy:
Hear Our Prayer

Prayers for this week

Please then offer your own prayers to our Lord.

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Lord in your mercy: Hear Our Prayer

Psalm 80 (in the Zoom service this will be read for us by Brian Jennings)

1 Hear, O Shepherd of Israel,
you that led Joseph like a flock;
2 Shine forth, you that are enthroned upon the cherubim,
before Ephraim, Benjamin and Manasseh.
3 Stir up your mighty strength
and come to our salvation.
4 Turn us again, O God;
show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.
5 O Lord God of hosts,
how long will your be angry at your people’s prayer?
6 You feed them with the bread of tears;
you give them abundance of tears to drink.
7 You have made us the derision of our neighbours,
and our enemies laugh us to scorn.
8 Turn us again, O God of hosts;
show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.
18 Let your hand be upon the man at your right hand,
the son of man you made so strong for yourself.
19 And so will we not go back from you;
give us life, and we shall call upon your name.
20 Turn us again, O Lord God of hosts;
show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning,
is now and ever shall be,
world without end.


The BENEDICTUS   Luke 1.68–79 “The Song of Zechariah”

Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel  
Who has come to his people and set them free.
He has raised up for us a mighty Saviour 
Born of the house of his servant David.
Through his holy prophets God promised of old 
To save us from our enemies, from the hands of all that hate us
To show mercy to our ancestors 
And to remember his holy covenant.
This was the oath God swore to our father Abraham:  
To set us free from the hands of our enemies
Free to worship him without fear 
Holy and righteous in his sight all the days of our life.
And you, child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High  
For you will go before the Lord to prepare his way
To give his people knowledge of salvation  
By the forgiveness of all their sins.
In the tender compassion of our God  
The dawn from on high shall break upon us
To shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death  
And to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son
And to the Holy Spirit
As it was in the beginning
Is now and ever shall be
World without end. Amen

The Holy Gospel for Advent Sunday – according to St Mark
(in the Zoom service, Reverend Jenni will read this for us)

Matthew 13: 24-37

24 “But in those days, following that distress,

“the sun will be darkened,
and the moon will not give its light;

25 the stars will fall from the sky,
and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.”

26 “At that time people will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. 27 And he will send his angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of the heavens.

28 “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. 29 Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that it is near, right at the door. 30 Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. 31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

The Day and Hour Unknown

32 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33 Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come. 34 It’s like a man going away: He leaves his house and puts his servants in charge, each with their assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch.

35 Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back – whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn. 36 If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping.

37 What I say to you, I say to everyone: “Watch!

This is the Gospel of the Lord
Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ

Reverend Jenni will offer her reflections. Inviting us to try to
‘‘Hear what the Holy Spirit is saying to us today through the words of Jesus as recorded by St Mark”

The Collect for 29th November 2020: Advent Sunday

Almighty God,
give us grace to cast away the works of darkness
and to put on the armour of light,
now in the time of this mortal life,
in which your Son Jesus Christ came to us in great humility;
that on the last day,
when he shall come again in his glorious majesty
to judge the living and the dead,
we may rise to the life immortal;
through him who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

A special series of Advent Prayers
(led for us in the Zoom Service by Liz Shaw)

Dear Lord, this Advent season, we pray for an openness to the Holy Spirit’s guidance.
And we pray for Your help so that each and every one of us may find:

* attentiveness to what truly matters, without being distracted by trivial things.

* discernment of how You would like us to set our priorities and the ability to focus on them consistently to fulfill His purposes in our lives.

* the grace to be able to rest, become aware of Your presence, and enjoy it.

* strong relationships with other people in the bond of a loving community.

* peace in all situations, no matter what the circumstances.

* a passion to pursue justice.

* an enlivened imagination that helps us contribute to the world in creative ways.

* opportunities to learn something new regularly

* freedom from all that burdens us – past mistakes, fears, destructive habits, hurts other people have inflicted, and more.

* joy and a sense of humour.

* a clear mind and the ability to clearly communicate what we value to others.

* purity so we can grow as a person and encounter You more fully.

* confidence in Your love for us and trust in Your power to work things out for the best in our lives.

* And, a genuine awareness of Your grace in our lives and the humility to extend grace to others.

Lord in Your Mercy                       
Hear our Advent Prayers


Trusting in the compassion of God,
we pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;

thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;

on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,

the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.

At this continuingly deeply troubling time,
Reverend Jenni  & I would like to offer to share the Peace with you

May the peace of God
Which passes all understanding
Keep our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus

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“The Peace of the Lord
be always with you”   

Our second hymn (a shortened version)
(In the Zoom meeting Corinne & Graham Morris will play and sing for us as they lead us with everyone muted and we can listen or sing along at home.)

1. Lo! He comes with clouds descending,
Once for favoured sinners slain;
Thousand thousand saints attending,
Swell the triumph of His train:
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
God appears on earth to reign.

2. Every eye shall now behold Him
Robed in dreadful majesty;
Those who set at naught and sold Him,
Pierced and nailed Him to the tree,
Deeply wailing, deeply wailing,
deeply wailing,
Shall the true Messiah see.

3. The dear tokens of HIs passion
Still HIs dazzling body bears;
Cause of endless exultation
To His ransomed worshippers;
With what rapture, with what rapture, with what rapture
Gaze we on those glorious scars!

4. Yea, Amen! let all adore Thee,
High on Thine eternal throne;
Saviour, take the power and glory,
Claim the kingdom for Thine own;
O come quickly! O come quickly! O come quickly!
Everlasting God, come down!

As tomorrow, 30th November, is St Andrew’s Day – hear the special Collect

Almighty God, who gave such grace to your apostle Andrew that he readily obeyed the call of your Son Jesus Christ, and brought his brother with him:

Give us, who are called by your Holy Word, grace to follow him without delay, and to bring those near to us into his gracious presence; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen

Our Closing Prayers

O Lord our God,
make us watchful and keep us faithful
as we await the coming of your Son our Lord;
that, when he shall appear,
he may not find us sleeping in sin
but active in his service
and joyful in his praise;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Heavenly Father, we praise you
for all the blessings given to the sick for whom we pray,
for those stricken by the coronavirus,
and all suffering in any way in body, mind or spirit.

{In a moment of silence we remember before God those we know to be in need of his caring love}

Lord in your mercy: Hear Our Prayer

Dear Lord, we pray that the potential vaccines for Coronavirus prove to be successful, that Covid19 restrictions may be lifted, and that we may return to collective worship in your Churches.

With our whole hearts, we thank you today
for those who care for the sick and vulnerable
for the sick who have been made whole,
for those who are better,
and for those who have been drawn closer to you.

We bless you for the sense of your presence
enabling those who suffer to endure with patience.

We thank you for bringing good out of evil,
joy out of suffering,
and above all, for the cross of your Son Jesus Christ
and the certain hope of the redemption
of body and soul to everlasting life.

Lord in your Mercy: Hear Our Prayer

Merciful Father,
you gave your only Son, Jesus Christ
to be the good shepherd,
And in his love for us to lay down his life and rise again.
Keep us, we pray, always under his protection,
And give us the grace to follow in his footsteps;
Through Jesus Christ our Risen & Ascended Lord.

May God our Redeemer show us compassion and love.

The Grace

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ
And the love of God
And the fellowship of the Holy Spirit
Be with us all evermore.

Prayers for this week

The Zoom service will end with a CLOSING BLESSING by Reverend Jenni

“And So We Go in Peace to Love & Serve The Lord!

ADVENT SUNDAY 29.11.2020                                               LLM Paul