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Advent 4 C

Dec. 23


Scripture  (from the Revised Common Lectionary, with links provided by – a source for thoughtful worship and preaching throughout the year):


Click on Scripture Lessons below for study links and resources:

Micah 5:2-5a
Roman Catholic reading: Micah 5:1-4

Luke 1:47-55 or Psalm 80:1-7
Roman Catholic reading: Psalm 80:2-19
Episcopal reading (RCL): Canticle 3 or Canticle 15 or Psalm 80:1-7
United Methodist reading: Luke 1:47-55

Hebrews 10:5-10

Luke 1:39-45, (46-55)
Roman Catholic reading: Luke 1:39-45


Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal

Hymn of Praise:  15 Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart   or see Dismissal Hymn

Hymn of Invitation:   130 My Soul Gives Glory to My God

Communion Hymn:   144 O Little Town of Bethlehem or

Dismissal/Missional Hymn:  142 People, Look East

More hymn suggestions, as well as helpful references for use of the arts in worship, are available from the United Church of Christ website.


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 settings for the Magnificat on 130 & 131 are excellent.


Hymn of the Day  from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2012, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

On Micah 5:2-5a


Little Bethlehem is ready

to provide our ruler yet.

Welcome in the village proper

he whose reign is set for aye.


Standing he will feed his flock well

in the majesty of God.

Dwelling in security, we

do adore his gentleness.


By this rising from the village,

little in the clans of all,

Bethlehem provides the savior

who is evermore our peace.      Suggested tune: Merton


Advent Wreath

If using readers at the lighting of the Advent Wreath, you may wish to visit the Advent Sundays posted in 2010 (read from bottom of page toward the top for those entries), and adapt them as desired for the texts given in this year.


Call to Worship  (created or adapted by the editor)

L: Long ago the people were given a sign of God’s presence.

P:  “Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means “God with us.”

L: God’s promise to us remains sure and true:  God’s anointed Son will soon walk among us, to lighten our darkness, to restore the joy of our salvation, to save us from sin.

P:  God—the God of all love—is with us.  Praise the Lord!



Prayer of Approach (created or adapted by the editor)

L: The Lord be with you.

P:  And also with you.

L: Let us pray.  We come, O God, with adoration and praise, as well as thanksgiving, to you.  Our anticipation grows as we come nearer to the day of great celebration of the birth of your Christ.  Open our hearts that we may truly receive the gift of your Son, and know that the joy of life with you.  This we pray through our Lord Jesus Christ  (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)




God of all love, our hearts are moved by your gracious promises fulfilled for us in Jesus Christ.  Give us the grace we need to live lovingly in all of life, and empower us to make your love known through the deeds of our lives; for we pray as your Son Jesus taught us saying…





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.

This provision is not used on weekdays after 23 December.

Post Communion

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.


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.


Resources from the Jubilee Fund: This stewardship ministry serving the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) offers weekly emails, archived here at the Disciples Center for Faith and Giving Site, for each Sunday’s service.

You may also want to visit Worship Connection at, which offers numerous helps, including electronic versions of print resources for worship and preaching planning.

Intercessions and other helpful planning materials geared to the Lectionary (using Roman Catholic version, but normally quite useful for all traditions) for preaching and worship are supplied for several weeks in advance at The Sunday Website of St. Louis University. 

Liturgies created by Moira Laidlaw(Uniting Church in Australia) as a part of her doctoral dissertation are often helpful.  Read more here.

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