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: 142, 130
Responsory/Psalm: 131, 130
Communion Hymn: 124
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). The Magnificat should be considered the primary Psalm of the day (see #131 or 130 for a metrical version).
Hymn of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2011, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
On Luke 1:26-38
Unto the gentle maid
who learns the ways of God
the angel Gabriel appears
to greet her faithfully.
Hail cries the angel, seeks
to own attentive ears.
Hail, know the favor of our God
who seeks to find consent.
Announce then to the maid
of gentle mien and joy,
the invitation of our God
to bear the Holy One.
So in confusion, awe
attends the gentle heart
that in the moment of delight:
Let be to me your word.
SM Suggested tune: Narenza
RESOURCES from COMMON WORSHIP
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.
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.
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.
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
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Call to Worship (Responsive)
Adapted from Luke 1:49-55
L: The LORD has done great things for me.
P: Holy is God’s name!
L: God has brought down the powerful from their thrones,
P: and lifted up the lowly.
L: God has filled the hungry with good things.
P: And remembered the faithful in love.
Invocation: (Adapted from Romans 16) God of Love, whose arrival we eagerly anticipate, we glorify your name. You have strengthened us in the proclamation of Jesus Christ, which you have given not only to the chosen, but also to us gentiles, by your decree. We come today seeking your wisdom, your guidance, and your truth. Hear our prayers and praises; offer us the blessing of knowing your presence this day. We ask these things in the name of Christ, to whom be the glory forever.
Advent is the season of Hope, of Peace, of Joy, and of Love. It is the season when we celebrate all that God gave us through the gift of the presence of His son, Jesus. In this season of hope, there are sister congregations (or maybe our own) that are praying for the calling of God to fill the heart of a new pastor. In this season of Peace, there are sister congregations (or maybe our own) that are seeking peace in the midst of conflict. In this season of Joy, there are sister congregations (or maybe our own) which are grieving and in need of pastoral care and support. In this season of Love, there are sister congregations (or maybe our own) that are dreaming of ways to reach out to children and youth who feel less loved than they deserve. One of the solutions to these challenges and opportunities is our shared ministries within our region. Through our region and its partnerships we do reach out to our brothers and sisters who are searching, seeking, grieving, and dreaming. As you consider making a gift for the Christmas Special Offering this year, know that your gift supports the ministries of our region: One Hundred percent.Today 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.
In Mary’s story we hear “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.” And “Do not be afraid, for you have found favor with God.” These are certainly words of great comfort. Through Christ our Lord, and the gift of this, His table, these words belong not only to Mary, but to each of us gathered here. So in the name of Christ our Lord, and by His grace I say to you: “Greetings favored one, the Lord is with you. Do not be afraid, for you have found favor with God.” Come. Eat. Drink. Enjoy the blessings of God’s favor.
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We also urge you to visit Worship Connection at MinistryMatters.com, which offers numerous helps, including electronic versions of print resources for worship and preaching planning.