Scripture (from the Revised Common Lectionary, with links provided by TextWeek.com – a source for thoughtful worship and preaching throughout the year):
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Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal
Hymn of Praise: 136, 127
Communion Hymn: 160
Dealing with the Psalm of the Day:
Since Chalice Hymnal does not provide a complete Psalter, there will be occasions when suggestions may be made for alternate Psalm use (or hymn equivalent). Alternate for this week is the Magnificat (included in next week’s Gospel text).
Hymn of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2011, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
On 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24
Abruptly pied within our dreads
God inserts gracefully
the bold insistent qualities
that spur the heart to joy.
Always rejoice; pray constantly;
give thanks at every turn.
For in this bright inversion found
lies settlement with God.
God, send the Spirit, prophecy:
we shall not quench nor scorn.
For in the moment of your birth
we find contentment’s seal
In you persistence, Holy Lord,
we gather faithfully;
we stagger in the peace you wield
and yield to you our lives.
CM Suggested tune: Dundee
RESOURCES from COMMON WORSHIP
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.
We give you thanks, O Lord, for these heavenly gifts;
kindle in us the fire of your Spirit
that when your Christ comes again
we may shine as lights before his face;
who is alive and reigns now and for ever.
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.
Common Worship Almanac and Lectionary for the year beginning Advent Sunday 2011. Compiled by Simon Kershaw October 2011 from the Common Worship Calendar and Lectionaries
using Almanac Maker; compilation © Simon Kershaw 2011; Almanac Maker © Simon Kershaw 2010. The Revised Common Lectionary is copyright © the Consultation on Common Texts 1992. The Daily Eucharistic Lectionary is adapted from the Ordo Lectionum Missae of the Roman Catholic Church reproduced by permission of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy. Adaptations and additions to the RCL and the DEL, together with Second and Third Service lectionaries and the Weekday Lectionary for Morning and Evening Prayer are copyright © the Archbishops’ Council 1997-2010. Version 2012-1.2 30 October 2011. http://almanac.oremus.org/lectionary
From The Jubilee Fund:
Call to Worship (Responsive)
Adapted from Psalm 126
L: The LORD has done great things for us.
P: Let us rejoice!
L: When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion,
P: Our tongues were filled with shouts of joy!
L: As we prepare for your coming, O LORD,
P: We anticipate the arrival with Joy.
(Adapted from Isaiah 61)
Loving and Gracious God, we come with Joy in our hearts and song on our lips. As we journey through the celebration of your Advent, we long for the year of your favor. For those among us who are mourning, we ask your comfort. For those who are oppressed, good news; captives, liberty; and release for all of those who are imprisoned by oppressive things of this world. We come to sing your praises. Accept our offerings of praise and prayer with joy.
Somewhere out there, there might be a church which has never needed resources for a search committee; has never had a conflict which needed someone to coach them through; has never sent a child to camp, a woman or man to retreat; has never needed a fresh set of eyes to look at a challenge. That mythical church probably doesn’t need the partnership that comes from being a part of a regional church. We are not that church. So we set aside our Christmas Special Offering to support the ministries of our region, knowing that we are stronger together than we are apart. Today, and next Sunday, we ask you to not only bring your tithes to our church, but also a special offering, which will help make the ministries of our region possible.
Almighty God, we bring these gifts with joy and thanksgiving. For we know that they are a mere returning of a small portion of all which you have blessed us. Join them with the gifts of others and multiply them, we pray, that churches throughout our region will be strengthened by them. We offer them in the name of Christ our Lord. Amen.
Prepare Ye the Way of Lord. That was the cry of the one in the wilderness, whom John proclaimed himself to be. As we stand around the table of the Lord, we know that today’s desired journey for Jesus is into hearts of believers. As we come to this table, let us open our hearts, minds and souls fully, that today’s journey into each of us will be an easy one for Christ our Lord.
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